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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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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 ...

New Light Rail Fight

Houston light rail fight heats up: Pro rail forces tangle with U.S. Rep — again — over city's transportation future

By Clifford Pugh

Update: On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2015 transportation spending bill, 229-192, with a provision to deny federal funds for the University line. The U.S ...

Party Watch

Spectacular new Menil show draws a fashionable, artsy crowd — and some daring looks

By Clifford Pugh

What: Preview party for the exhibition, A Thin Wall of Air: Charles James. Where: The Menil Collection. The 411: Fans of famed fashion designer Charles James and patrons Dominique and ...

KHOU & CultureMap

A foodie carnival hits Houston: Top chefs transform the tired fair fare into gourmet delights

By Clifford Pugh

For this week's KHOU CultureMap Moment, Channel 11 morning news anchor Lily Jang and CultureMap food writer Eric Sandler visited with Eleven: XI executive chef Kevin Bryant, who is ...

Art & Fashion

Strange & wonderful relationship between Menils and Charles James explored in new exhibit

By Clifford Pugh

Nasty and temperamental, Charles James scared off most of his well-heeled clients. But Dominique and John de Menil saw something different in the notorious designer: A touch of genius. “My ...

Houston's New Slogan

Houston's not hot! Fancy new slogan touts cool city's unlimited possibilities

By Clifford Pugh

Officials from the Greater Houston Partnership unveiled the latest slogan in a seemingly never-ending campaign to change the city's image. Get ready for "Houston: The City With No Limits ...

Hometown Shame

A not-so fabulous snub: Houston denied spot in Top Gay Friendly City rankings due to equal rights issues

By Claire St. Amant, Clifford Pugh

Two Texas cites have been ranked among the most LGBT-friendly places in America in a new survey — but Houston isn't one of them. Despite electing the first openly lesbian ...

Fashion News

This celebrity-beloved designer bewitches shoe lovers with fashionable new collection

By Clifford Pugh

Jimmy Choo. Manolo Blahnik. Tory Burch. Tabitha Simmons? The 43-year-old Simmons, who was named for the character in the TV classic Bewitched, has burst on the scene as a prime ...

Party Watch

Celebrity designer's new high-end handbags showcased in Houston, drawing out the fashionistas

By Clifford Pugh

What: Trunk show for Hayward handbags. Where: Atrium. Celebrity designer's new high-end handbags showcased in Houston The 411: The Houston social set came out to check out a new ...

World's Best Olympic Park

The world's best Olympic Park: Munich defies its dark history with outdoor joy — an Astrodome example?

By Clifford Pugh

MUNICH — For three weeks every four years, the site of the Summer Olympics is the center of the universe. And then everyone gets the hell out of town, leaving the ...

Party Watch

Auction party: The stakes are raised for Planned Parenthood at this artful River Oaks bash

By Clifford Pugh

What: Fine Art Auction benefiting Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. Where: The artful River Oaks home of Judy and Scott Nyquist. The 411: Guests sipped wine and nibbled light bites from ...

Handbag Heaven

Launch of handbag collection raises funds for next generation of robots

By Clifford Pugh

What: Launch of JulieBeth handbag collection. Where: Américas. The 411: Handbag designer Beth Purpich introduced her new JulieBeth handbag collection, with 15 percent of the evening's sales going ...

Landmark Montrose Bar Closes

Another sign Montrose isn't so gay anymore: Landmark neighborhood bar is closing

By Clifford Pugh

Another one bites the dust. As Montrose land gets pricier and more attractive to affluent Houstonians at a time when gay and lesbians have become more assimilated into mainstream society ...

Tastemaker Party Video

Tastemaker Awards video: Hot chefs, cool crowd, fab dancers, fun time!

By Clifford Pugh

The first-ever CultureMap Tastemaker Awards provided the perfect opportunity for ace videographer Joel Luks and me to roam around Winter Street Studios to capture all the action. We spoke with ...

New $25 Million Arts Center

It's a MATCH: New $25 million Midtown arts center aims to enhance Houston's rep as center for creative class

By Clifford Pugh

A band playing oldies tunes and a food truck doling out tasty treats livened up a desolate Midtown lot along Main Street Wednesday afternoon amid high spirits it will soon ...

Designing Woman

Designing woman: Tommy Hilfiger's wife blazes trail with innovative "three-in-one" handbag collection

By Clifford Pugh

As I waited to interview handbag designer Dee Ocleppo at Saks Fifth Avenue, I did a double take as Tommy Hilfiger walked by. He's one of America's most ...

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