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On Sunday June 4, between 4 and 6 p.m., Cactus Music will host a farewell reception in the Record Ranch for writer, teacher and radio programmer Rick Mitchell. Rick and his wife, Lori Sumako, are returning to Portland, Oregon, where they met and were married thirty years ago.

Since arriving in Houston in 1989, Rick has contributed to H-Town’s musical culture through his writing for the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Press, Da Camera of Houston and other regional and national outlets; his radio programming on KPFT-FM and KTSU-FM; and his artistic direction of The Houston International Festival. Most recently, he helped organize the “Houston’s Musical Soul” conference for the Houston History Alliance. Rick also has taught at the University of Houston, the Awty International School and Lamar High School.

Lori is a labor and delivery nurse who worked for many years at Woman’s Hospital of Texas. It is quite possible that she was present at the birth of your children or those of someone you know.

“Houston has provided us with many wonderful opportunities,” says Rick. “It’s been a great place to do useful work, make a living and raise a family. We will miss all kinds of cool things about the city; most importantly, our good friends and former colleagues. But it’s time to go home.”

If you know Rick or Lori, or you have been touched by their work over the years, please join us in thanking them for their contributions to our community and congratulating them on their move back to the Great Northwest. They will be hanging out in the Record Ranch between and 4 and 6 p.m., digging the sounds of vintage vinyl and enjoying the free beer provided by St. Arnold’s Brewery.

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