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A Super Week

Joni Hoffman
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Adrian Greiner, Joni Hoffman

Buzz editor Joni Hoffman met actor Adrian Greiner at the Bulls & Blackjack Celebrity Poker Night and then reconnected on the red carpet at the Rolling Stone party. Joni was thrilled Adrian remembered meeting her. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

When the Super Bowl took place in Houston in 2004, all I wanted was the “golden ticket” to watch it live. I didn’t get a ticket – until the very last minute. My relative, David Levin, was visiting from Boston and had tickets. Literally 20 minutes before the game, he called me to ask if I was still interested in going, as the person he was supposed to go with had gotten sick. Yes! I told him. It was a bucket-list experience.

For the past year before Super Bowl LI, I was hoping to get lucky again and watch it live. But this time, The Buzz Magazines received media access to some of the exciting Super Bowl parties and events leading up to The Big Game. I couldn’t wait to be right in the middle of all the action. We hired photographer Dylan Aguilar to team up with me to cover all the fun.

The weekend kicked off for us on Thursday with the 2017 Bulls & Blackjack Celebrity Poker Night at Dr. Quang and Staci Henderson’s home in River Oaks. My goal, as always, was to find Buzz residents enjoying the event. I approached a good-looking young man and asked him if he was from Houston, as he looked familiar. “No,” he told me, “California.” It caught me by surprise when I realized I was standing with “Vince Chase” from Entourage (Adrian Greiner).

DJ Khaled performed at the Maxim Super Bowl party at the Smart Financial Centre.

From there we hopped in an Uber to downtown Houston. We saw lots of Buzz residents having a blast at Super Bowl LIVE and the NFL Experience

On Saturday night, we started the night by covering the Red Carpet Experience at the Museum of Fine Arts for Rolling Stone Live’s Big Game Bash, hosted by Rolling Stone in partnership with Talent Resources Sports. It was wild to be standing among national media outlets such as ESPN and the Today Show on the red carpet.

Next, we made our way to Sugar Land for the Maxim Super Bowl party, presented by Thomas J. Henry and produced by Karma International, at the new Smart Financial Centre. From the moment we arrived and saw the venue all lit up, we knew it would be something special. It was beyond impressive. Performances included Travis Scott, DJ Khaled, DNCE and star celebrities and athletes were everywhere. Thomas J. Henry’s daughter, 16-year-old actress, model and activist Maya Henry, spearheaded the silent auction with proceeds going to Tree Media Foundation. The evening – and all events leading up to Super Bowl LI – made me so proud to call Houston home.

Buzz editor Joni Hoffman asked DJ Cassidy: "What's your advice for a budding DJ?"(Video: Lisa Myers)

DJ Cassidy performed at Rolling Stone Live’s Big Game Bash, presented by Rolling Stone and Talent Resources Sports, during Super Bowl LI weekend.

Super Bowl Sunday arrived and, this time, there was no last-minute invitation to attend the game. But after all the glamourous parties, I was so glad to watch the game at a friends’ home in sweatpants. The only thing that could’ve made the Super Bowl LI experience better? Of course, if the Texans had been playing.

Houston Super Bowl Committee, you really pulled it off. Houston shined and we are all so proud.

  • Joni Hoffman

    Buzz editor Joni Hoffman, excited to cover the red carpet at the Rolling Stone party at the Museum of Fine Arts. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Big Sean

    Big Sean performed at the Rolling Stone party at the Museum of Fine Arts over Super Bowl weekend. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Alyssa Milano

    Actress Alyssa Milano looking stunning on the red carpet at the Rolling Stone party at the Museum of Fine Arts. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Michael Heller

    Michael Heller, founder and CEO of Talent Resources Sports, was all smiles on the red carpet and ready to kick off Rolling Stone Live during Super Bowl. Talented Resources Sports partnered with Rolling Stone for the Rolling Stone LIVE event at the Museum of Fine Arts. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • DJ Cassidy

    Buzz editor Joni Hoffman with DJ Cassidy, who performed at the Rolling Stone party at the Museum of Fine Arts over Super Bowl weekend. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Adrian Greiner

    Actor Adrian Greiner flashing a peace sign on the red carpet at the Rolling Stone party. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Adrian Greiner, Joni Hoffman

    Buzz editor Joni Hoffman met actor Adrian Greiner at the Bulls & Blackjack Celebrity Poker Night and then reconnected on the red carpet at the Rolling Stone party. Joni was thrilled Adrian remembered meeting her. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Big Sean

    Big Sean striking a pose in front of the new Mercedes AMG GT C. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar)  

  • Smart Financial Centre

    The new Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land was all lit up for the star-studded Maxim Party. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Thomas J. Henry, Azteca Henry, Maya Henry, Fergie

    (From left) Thomas J. Henry, Azteca Henry, Maya Henry, Fergie at the Maxim party. (Photo: Getty Images)

  • Joni Hoffman, Tena Lundquist Faust, Tama Lundquist

    Joni Hoffman loved running into Buzz residents Tena Lundquist Faust and Tama Lundquist at the Maxim party. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • DJ Khaled

    DJ Khaled hyping up the crowd at the Maxim party. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Aerialist

    An aerialist entertained at the Maxim party. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Maxim party

    Buzz editor Joni Hoffman couldn't help taking a shot with this handsome guest at the Maxim party. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Joni Hoffman, David Levin, Adam Levin

    Joni Hoffman’s relatives David Levin and his son Adam, diehard Patriots fans, visited from Boston for Super Bowl weekend. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Maxim party

    Partiers and fashionistas having a blast at the Maxim party. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Joni Hoffman, Dylan Aguilar

    Buzz editor Joni Hoffman and photographer Dylan Aguilar, hard at work at the Maxim Party.

  • Maxim party

    Theatrical lighting and concert-level sound made for an over-the-top experience at the Maxim party. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar)

  • Joni Hoffman
  • Big Sean
  • Alyssa Milano
  • Michael Heller
  • DJ Cassidy
  • Adrian Greiner
  • Adrian Greiner, Joni Hoffman
  • Big Sean
  • Smart Financial Centre
  • Thomas J. Henry, Azteca Henry, Maya Henry, Fergie
  • Joni Hoffman, Tena Lundquist Faust, Tama Lundquist
  • DJ Khaled
  • Aerialist
  • Maxim party
  • Joni Hoffman, David Levin, Adam Levin
  • Maxim party
  • Joni Hoffman, Dylan Aguilar
  • Maxim party

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Joni Hoffman

Buzz editor Joni Hoffman, excited to cover the red carpet at the Rolling Stone party at the Museum of Fine Arts. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Big Sean

Big Sean performed at the Rolling Stone party at the Museum of Fine Arts over Super Bowl weekend. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Alyssa Milano

Actress Alyssa Milano looking stunning on the red carpet at the Rolling Stone party at the Museum of Fine Arts. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Michael Heller

Michael Heller, founder and CEO of Talent Resources Sports, was all smiles on the red carpet and ready to kick off Rolling Stone Live during Super Bowl. Talented Resources Sports partnered with Rolling Stone for the Rolling Stone LIVE event at the Museum of Fine Arts. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

DJ Cassidy

Buzz editor Joni Hoffman with DJ Cassidy, who performed at the Rolling Stone party at the Museum of Fine Arts over Super Bowl weekend. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Adrian Greiner

Actor Adrian Greiner flashing a peace sign on the red carpet at the Rolling Stone party. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Adrian Greiner, Joni Hoffman

Buzz editor Joni Hoffman met actor Adrian Greiner at the Bulls & Blackjack Celebrity Poker Night and then reconnected on the red carpet at the Rolling Stone party. Joni was thrilled Adrian remembered meeting her. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Big Sean

Big Sean striking a pose in front of the new Mercedes AMG GT C. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar)  

Smart Financial Centre

The new Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land was all lit up for the star-studded Maxim Party. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Thomas J. Henry, Azteca Henry, Maya Henry, Fergie

(From left) Thomas J. Henry, Azteca Henry, Maya Henry, Fergie at the Maxim party. (Photo: Getty Images)

Joni Hoffman, Tena Lundquist Faust, Tama Lundquist

Joni Hoffman loved running into Buzz residents Tena Lundquist Faust and Tama Lundquist at the Maxim party. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

DJ Khaled

DJ Khaled hyping up the crowd at the Maxim party. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Aerialist

An aerialist entertained at the Maxim party. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Maxim party

Buzz editor Joni Hoffman couldn't help taking a shot with this handsome guest at the Maxim party. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Joni Hoffman, David Levin, Adam Levin

Joni Hoffman’s relatives David Levin and his son Adam, diehard Patriots fans, visited from Boston for Super Bowl weekend. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Maxim party

Partiers and fashionistas having a blast at the Maxim party. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Joni Hoffman, Dylan Aguilar

Buzz editor Joni Hoffman and photographer Dylan Aguilar, hard at work at the Maxim Party.

Maxim party

Theatrical lighting and concert-level sound made for an over-the-top experience at the Maxim party. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar)

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