Category Archives: Les Amis

My Fifth Starving Artist Story

I was sad when Victoria Donner, Tamsen’s older sister moved out of the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs.  I found her to be the sweetest and most approachable of all The Donner clan.  Her room was immediately taken by Parivash Shogi’s cousin, who was sent from Tehran to America for brain surgery. Pari was the […]

My Third Starving Artist Story

Stick with it – there are pictures at the bottom! I really didn’t appreciate my coworkers during the times that I worked at Les Amis (I worked there at two separate times).  There were the itinerates that had worked there for years, and the college students that were working for pocket money.  I was already […]

Ok, My First Starving Artist Story

Now, you will soon find out why I am obsessed with the cafe culture and painting in coffee houses. During the late 70’s, I worked at the now-defunct, legendary coffee house,  Les Amis.  Les Amis was ahead of its time, and I often wonder what it would be like if it had survived the expansion […]