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Clifford Pugh

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After a long journalism career at the Houston Post and Houston Chronicle, Clifford Pugh has discovered the joys of the web in creating a unique news and information site that covers Houston in real time. His claim to journalism fame came at the Vanity Fair Oscar party, when screenwriter Alexander Payne asked him to hold his Oscar while he went to the bathroom.

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The Chron's Big Move

End of an era: Houston Chronicle plans to leave downtown headquarters for former rival's space

By Clifford Pugh

The owners of the Houston Chronicle announced late Monday that they plan to leave their longtime downtown Houston headquarters and relocate to a 21-acre property near the intersection of the ...

Young Star's Tragic Death

21-year-old Houston actress, who shot to stardom in The Patriot, found dead at her home

By Clifford Pugh

Skye McCole Bartusiak, the Houston actress who shot to stardom as Mel Gibson's youngest daughter in the 2000 movie, The Patriot, was found dead in her home Saturday. She ...

Best Houston Hospitals

Best Hospitals: Houston institution slips (just barely) in latest U.S. News rankings

By Clifford Pugh

By the slimmest of margins, the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center has slipped to No. 2 among the nation's premier cancer hospitals in the latest U ...

Astrodome Plan A Joke

New Astrodome plan something only Austin Powers could love: Texans, Rodeo have to do better than a joke

By Clifford Pugh

In the ongoing saga over what to do with the Astrodome, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and Houston Texans officials are floating an idea of tearing down the historic structure ...

KHOU CultureMap Moment

Urban farm in the middle of Montrose thrills foodies while giving refugees the opportunity to grow

By Clifford Pugh

An urban farm on the edge of the University of St. Thomas is providing Houston shoppers with fresh produce and refugees a chance at a better life. In this week ...

Tragedy in Spring

Relative charged in "execution-style" murders of 4 children, 2 adults

By Clifford Pugh

After a slow-speed car chase and long standoff, a 33-year-old man was arrested in the shooting death of six members of a Spring family Wednesday night and remains in custody ...

Richest Families in Texas

Houston's richest families: Forbes list has several billionaire surprises

By Clifford Pugh

The latest Forbes List of America's Richest Families has a Texas flavor. Twenty-one families in the Lone Star State were named to the list of 185 wealthiest clans in ...

Munich Time

A beer trip: This legendary bar counts Adolf Hitler and George W. Bush among its historic customers

By Clifford Pugh

MUNICH — Just about every tourist in this Bavarian capital eventually ends up at one place in the heart of the city, just a few blocks from the Marienplatz, the bustling ...

Fall Fashion Preview

Get ready for a colorful fall: Michelle Obama-loved designer for all seasons showcases truly bold looks

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — Fall fashion used to be the time for shades of falling leaves — rust, yellow, brown and orange colors that have traditionally predominated in clothing as the season automatically ...

We Love A Parade

A lot of Pride: The best images from Houston's Pride Parade — and why it's more wild, colorful & festive than ever

By Clifford Pugh

The annual Pride Parade was particularly festive this year, as the GLBT community celebrated growing acceptance of marriage equality. Veteran photographer Dalton DeHart captured the scene.

Fab Finds

Watch this: Cellphones haven't killed timepieces yet thanks to bold new looks from two of fashion's biggest names

By Clifford Pugh

Since every cellphone comes equipped with a clock, there was a time not too long ago when it seemed like the wristwatch was headed for oblivion. But now timepieces are ...

Party Watch

The Next Big Things: Up-and-coming fashion designers celebrated in an arty Texas Southern University night

By Clifford Pugh

What: For The Sake of Art 2014. Where: The University Museum at Texas Southern University. The 411: More than 200 art and fashion patrons gathered for the biannual fundraiser highlighting ...

Midtown Changing Restaurant

Midtown makeover: Massive new restaurant, bar & bakery in an old garage seeks to change a neighborhood

By Clifford Pugh

Ian Rosenberg is at it again. The urban designer/developer with a conscience who is responsible for meticulously restoring historic buildings into two of Midtown's hippest bars — 13 Celsius ...

Party Watch

No small trick: This magical party raises more than $650,000 for real equal opportunity

By Clifford Pugh

What: Houston Area Urban League’s 46th Annual Equal Opportunity Day Gala.  Where: Hilton Americas-Houston. The 411: More than 750 guests turned out to "celebrate the magic," which was the ...

The CultureMap Interview

Xanadu star romps on roller skates, plays in "pageant closet" and channels Olivia Newton John

By Clifford Pugh

In a decade at Stages Repertory Theatre, Holland Vavra has portrayed a stripper, an agoraphobic housewife, a 1940s pinup girl, a Steel Magnolia and a Wonderette, among other roles. But ...

Role of a lifetime

Fierce medical ethics debate hits the stage: When doctors and lawyers become actors, the issues are real

By Clifford Pugh

Doctors and researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, along with some prominent Houston attorneys, became actors for one night at they gathered on a stage at Diverse Works to read ...

World Cup Mania

Superman's cape: The Houston Dynamo's World Cup player designs a unique $52 T-shirt for USA fans

By Clifford Pugh

Houston Dynamo captain Brad Davis is known for his prowess on the soccer field. But now the 32-year old player, who is a reserve midfielder on the U.S. World ...

Laugh & Live

Joan Rivers makes a Houston crowd gasp at outrageous comments, but lets her serious side shine

By Clifford Pugh

Houston organizers of the 2014 Susan B. Komen Foundation Impact Awards Luncheon knew what they were getting when they invited outrageous comedienne Joan Rivers as featured guest: A lot of ...


CultureMap and Houston Public Media honored with national journalism awards

By Clifford Pugh

CultureMap real estate contributor Ralph Bivins and Houston Public Media reporter Andrew Schneider were among the winners in the The National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) 64th Annual Journalism ...

Snap Judgment

The most frequent request from CultureMap readers: Can you remove my photo?

By Clifford Pugh

Blame it on Google.  At least three or four times a week, we receive a request from readers asking us to delete their photo from our site. In most cases ...

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