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Shelby Hodge

Editor at Large

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After 18 years as society columnist at the Houston Chronicle, Shelby Hodge jumped ship in October 2009 to join CultureMap as Editor-at-Large.

While at the Chronicle, she covered a variety of subjects from Presidential inaugurations in Washington D.C. to travels of the British Royal family in the U.S. Her main area of expertise was and continues to be Texas society — the black tie galas, the fancy weddings, the swell parties. But since joining CultureMap she has expanded her writing repertoire to include a variety of subjects of interest to Houstonians — business, design, a bit of politics and breaking news when she gets the scoop on a hot happening.

Shelby is a native of Baton Rouge, La., and a journalism graduate from LSU. 

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Magical, Mystical, Magnificent

Enchanting Field of Light covers Discovery Green in a magical romantic glow

By Shelby Hodge

Even the weekend's evening showers, lightening and thunder could not dampen the glow of British artist Bruce Munro's Field of Light, which fills the Discovery Green oak alley ...


Lots of laughter and loot

Presidential library enjoys a windfall as raucous comedian plays funny with liberal politics

By Shelby Hodge

There were probably few yellow dog Democrats in the ballroom of the Royal Sonesta for the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation dinner Thursday night. And that would be a good ...


Party Watch

Globe-trotting young professional celebrates landing a new job in the most awesome way possible

By Shelby Hodge

New job celebrations come in all forms from congratulatory dinners to floral bouquets, but this young professional took the festivities a step further when he threw a red carpet bash ...


Naked Ladies Party

New trendy downtown hotel opens with naked ladies, sexy models & bathtub frolics thanks to NY party fiend

By Shelby Hodge

We're fairly certain that in its 104-year history the Samuel F. Carter building, newly repurposed as the JW Marriott Downtown, never saw a night like the one that celebrity ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Houston's most generous people: National Philanthropy Day honors the Bayou City's world changers

By Shelby Hodge

The true measure of Houston's philanthropic momentum is witnessed each fall with the annual National Philanthropy Day "Changing the World" awards luncheon. Wednesday's event was no exception with ...


Party Watch

The ultimate antiques show: A cocktail crowd and social swans swoon, turning this preview festive

By Shelby Hodge

What: The 62nd Theta Charity Antiques Show Gala Preview Party. Where: The George R. Brown Convention Center. The 411: More than 1,000 cocktail-attired collectors and social swans perused the ...


Party Watch

The ultimate Irish party raises some serious green as three close friends honor their bestie

By Shelby Hodge

What: The University of St. Thomas Irish Gala. Where: The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa. The 411: More than 400 guests help raise in excess of $380,000 for UST ...


65th annual celebration

1,000 lawyers party in River Oaks: These Legal Eagles only want to do good

By Shelby Hodge

It's one of those must see-and-be-seen events for the legal community, the annual Harvest Celebration that raises funds for pro bono legal services for the poor, provided by members ...


Fashionista frolic

Sorority sisters make a hot new River Oaks boutique rock as pink lights up Shepherd Drive

By Shelby Hodge

Only days before the Theta Charity Antiques Show doors opened, a trio of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority alumni from Southern Methodist University joined one of their sisters in celebrating the ...


Party watch

Stunning art collection space welcomes Houston's thought leaders, puts culture first

By Shelby Hodge

What: Welcome reception for Jamie Bennett, executive director of ArtPlace America. Where: At the private art collection space of collectors Leslie and Brad Bucher. The 411: The newly-expanded art space ...


Party Watch

Speed painter's instant art of J.J. Watt and other celebs is a hit at dinner honoring three remarkable women

By Shelby Hodge

What: Krist Samaritan Center's "Portrait of Individuality" dinner. Where: Hotel ZaZa. The 411: With Carlo Chiocchio and Jim Smith as chairs, the Krist Samaritan Center honored three women of ...


Affordable housing

Bargains for great artwork is the draw at funky Avenue CDC fundraiser

By Shelby Hodge

What: Avenue CDC's 18th "Art on the Avenue" preview party and fundraiser. Where: Winter Street Studios. The 411: Avenue CDC drew an enthusiastic crowd of more than 750 to ...


The Fight For Civil Rights

Houstonians come together for Concert Against Hate and raise close to $900,000

By Shelby Hodge

Emmy- and Oscar-winning actor Lou Gossett Jr. wowed the gathering of more than 2,000 as he narrated "Concert Against Hate," the Anti-Defamation League's evening of theatrical and musical ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Eight hot chefs create culinary magic amid Kinky entertainment at Theatre Under the Stars dinner

By Shelby Hodge

How could the night have been anything but spectacular when eight of the city's top chefs joined forces at Reef to create a multi-course dinner for Theatre Under the ...


Party Hearty

Houston Symphony gets down with classic rock 'n' roll band at gala and wine dinner with top LA celeb chef

By Shelby Hodge

The Houston Symphony kicks its fundraising efforts up a notch in the new year with a number of special events but none more special than the annual "Wine Dinner and ...


Party Watch

Besties join forces with Downton Abbey-themed party and raise big bucks for non-profit

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Women's Home annual gala themed "An Evening at Downtown Abbey," a Houston riff on the popular PBS series Downton Abbey. Where: The Corinthian. The 411: Dressed in ...


Party Watch

Red roses, rosé champagne and Rose Ribbon Foundation make a winning combo at Crimson party

By Shelby Hodge

What: Rosé Thursday at Crimson benefiting the Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation. Where: Crimson on Kirby. The 411: Club owner Joe Arbeely's nifty idea of "Rosé Thursdays Ladies Night" took ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Glittering holiday bash with "dripping jewels" tree raises close to $1 million for the homeless

By Shelby Hodge

River Oaks Country Club was shimmering in Christmas trees and holiday decorations Friday night as Trees of Hope hosted the 25th annual benefit for children's programs at the Star ...


Legendary Duke Honored

Star-studded gala honoring a legendary Duke brings in nearly $2 million for UTHealth

By Shelby Hodge

For its first dip into the waters of gala fundraising, UTHealth scored an amazing success, bringing in $1.85 million for student scholarships and faculty endowments at the dinner evening ...


Party Watch

Guys in boxers and Santa hats rock holiday fashion show with an island theme

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market Macy's fashion show and holiday brunch with an island theme. Where: NRG Center. The 411: While the credit card machines whirled at warp speed ...


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