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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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Cause For Alarm

Cause for alarm: Security system at former president Bush's Houston home was broken for more than a year

By Clifford Pugh

While former president George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush did not appear to be in danger, their Tanglewood-area home remained without a security alarm system for ...

Pix Of The Day

Family photo: Beyoncé and Solange dress for the occasion at mom Tina Knowles' wedding

By Clifford Pugh

A recently released photo from the wedding of Tina Knowles and Richard Lawson shows how daughters Beyoncé and Solange dressed for the occasion. Following the all-white theme, Beyonce's lace ...

TV Surprise

Steve Harvey drives Houston philanthropist to tears on national TV — and gives her the surprise of her life

By Clifford Pugh

Kristi Schiller is one tough cookie. So when she was asked to appear on the popular nationally-syndicated Steve Harvey Show to be honored for founding the K9s4COPS non-profit organization that ...

Stormy Weather

Stormy weather makes for breaktaking photos of Houston skyline on wet weekend

By Clifford Pugh

Just as the weekend was nearing an end and it seemed that the worst of the rain was behind us after a glorious sunny Sunday, a new storm was brewing ...

United Upgrades Food

United upgrades food at clubs and brings back free wine and beer on international economy flights

By Clifford Pugh

No more carrots in tiny plastic bags. That's one of the first things that travelers who frequent United Club locations in Houston and Chicago will notice about the new ...

Jason Wu Scores

"Almost famous" designer Jason Wu insists he's just a crazy cat lady who loves the Menil

By Clifford Pugh

At age 32, Jason Wu isn't as well known to the Houston social set as Valentino, Chanel or Oscar de la Renta. But, since designing Michelle Obama's inaugural ...

Celeb Spotting

Tina Knowles breaks the rules in celebrity marriage as Beyonce and Solange dress for yacht day

By Clifford Pugh

While etiquette experts continue to ponder whether it's OK for the bride to wear white to her second wedding, Tina Knowles had no such worries when she wed Richard ...

Social Scene

Stages goes Hollywood at glittery gala and after-party with upside-down champagne servers

By Clifford Pugh

The invitation to Stages Repertory Theatre's "Hollywood and Vine" Gala & Auction asked guests to wear "1920s Hollywood Glam" or black tie and most of the crowd of 250 eagerly ...

Fashion Faceoff

Fashion Houston founder says the show will go on despite recent split

By Clifford Pugh

Could there be two fashion extravaganzas in Houston's future? In an exclusive CultureMap report, Fashion Houston partner Vivian Wise revealed that she and founder Jared Lang have parted ways ...

Party Watch

Shirtless hunks and fabulous hats keep hoppy spirit alive despite gray skies at 36th annual Bunnies on the Bayou outdoor party

By Clifford Pugh

Gray skies couldn't dampen the enthusiasm at the 36th annual Bunnies on the Bayou party. Photographer Dalton DeHart captured some of the fun.

Pink Flamingo

Founder of one of world's hippest fashion boutiques has big plans for new Houston store

By Clifford Pugh

MIAMI BEACH — Having conquered this hip South Florida enclave with one of the world's coolest fashion boutiques, Laure Heriard Dubreuil could have set her sights on New York or ...

New Store Video

Leather goods favorite of disco jet set comes roaring back with first Houston store

By Clifford Pugh

In the '80s, MCM was the luggage and leather goods brand of choice among the rich and famous. Diana Ross carried the suitcases with the distinctive repetitive logo on tour ...

Puppy Love

Best in show: Famed photographer finds puppy love in adorable spring fashion layout

By Clifford Pugh

Noted photographer Bruce Weber sent CultureMap some photos from a shoot he recently did for the April issue of Vogue magazine and we couldn't resist. Yeah, we're suckers ...

Fall Fashion Preview

Before Houston visit, Nanette Lepore shows her rebel side in secret girls club collection

By Clifford Pugh

NEW YORK — Nanette Lepore is a rebel at heart.  For fall, she channeled "my unapologetic muse — the posh rebel — to create a vision of a secret girls club unified around ...

Fashion Split

Fashion divorce: Major changes planned for Houston's runway extravaganza after top organizers split

By Clifford Pugh

One of Houston's biggest fashion events of the year is undergoing a major change after its two top leaders decided to part ways. Fashion trendsetter Vivian Wise, known for ...

Green Day

Houston billionaire will lose $1 million if Michigan State wins the Final Four: Greenlighted longshot bet

By Clifford Pugh

Bet we know who Tilman Fertitta will be betting against in the Final Four. The Houston billionaire could be out $1 million if Michigan State wins the championship. That's ...

The Suffers Debut

Looking sharp, a Houston band gets a lot of love from David Letterman — and even a kiss — on national TV

By Clifford Pugh

In their national television debut, the Houston soul band the Suffers brought down the house and got a lot of love from David Letterman Monday night. Led by singer Kam ...

Bracket Buster

Billionaires-only NCAA Tournament bracket pool sees a Houstonian flying high — until Kentucky's comeback

By Clifford Pugh

Billionaires — they're just like us. Like thousands of basketball fans around the nation, Houston hospitality king Tilman Fertitta is taking part in a pool to pick the eventual winner ...

Downton Abbey Tea

Downton Abbey's real countess charms Houstonians at Highclere Tea with stories of famous castle

By Clifford Pugh

Downton Abbey's days are numbered, but life at Highclere Castle continues. News surfaced this week that the upcoming season for the popular PBS series will be the last. But ...

Pix Of The Day

In tense four-hour competition, two Houston-area students advance to national Spelling Bee

By Clifford Pugh

After a tense four-hour competition featuring 55 spellers from 42 Texas counties, two Houston area teens were declared co-champions at the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee Saturday. Shobha Dasari, an ...

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