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Shelby Hodge

Editor at Large

Social Scene

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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Heartfelt evening

Houston Hospice dinner offers heartfelt tributes to former NFL player and civic leaders

By Shelby Hodge

Standing ovations and heartfelt emotions were the order of the night when Houston Hospice held the 16th annual Laura Lee Blanton Community Spirit Award Dinner at River Oaks Country Club ...


Party Watch

TV news stars go incognito amid 600 wildly costumed guests at rockin' Halloween Bash

By Shelby Hodge

What: Easter Seals Greater Houston annual fundraiser "The Bash: A Halloween Happening." Where: Hotel ZaZa. The 411: So convincing were many of the costumes among the 600 partygoers that it ...


Party Watch

Chemistry pioneer honored for groundbreaking research at black-tie dinner

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Welch Foundation's Welch Award in Chemistry dinner. Where: The Hilton Houston Post Oak. The 411: One of the oldest and largest private funding sources for chemistry researchers ...


Top Chefs At Mansion

Big-name chefs put on a culinary show at Houston's most expensive mansion

By Shelby Hodge

Long before Marie and Ed Bosarge listed their 27,000-square-foot Memorial area mansion for $43 million on HAR, they had signed on to host the ninth annual "Home Safe Home ...


Best Ball Gowns

Magnificent evening gowns: Houston Grand Gala Ballgoers showcase creations from top fashion designers

By Shelby Hodge

From Valentino to Naeem Khan, the ladies stepping out at the Museum of Fine Arts Grand Gala Ball selected top labels for their season debut. CultureMap selects a few faves.


Party Watch

"Alice in Wonderland" gala honors advocates of early childhood education

By Shelby Hodge

What: Collaborative for Children "Alice in Wonderland" gala. Where: Hotel ZaZa. The 411: Kristy and Chris Bradshaw and Heidi and Marcus Smith, both couples with young children, chaired the evening ...


Party Watch

Leaders in education reform receive "Accolades" at luncheon benefiting Children at Risk

By Shelby Hodge

What: Children at Risk "Accolades" luncheon. Where: Hotel ZaZa. The 411: Innovations and reform in education were on the table at the luncheon that celebrated the non-profit's quarter century ...


Party Watch

Dan Pastorini rounds up 60 sports stars for charity weekend of golf, poker and gala dinner

By Shelby Hodge

What: Third annual Dan Pastorini Celebrity Golf Invitational benefiting Be an Angel. Where: Sugar Creek Country Club for a round of golf and Sugar Land Marriott Town Square for a ...


Party Watch

"Small Miracles" gala celebrates medical transplant successes with a lot of heart

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Living Bank's "Small Miracles" gala. Where: The Junior League of Houston. The 411: Lifesaving transplants were the focus of the dinner evening that featured entertainment by Theatre ...


Party Watch

Fine art, divine jewels and dramatic masks dazzle at gala kick-off in River Oaks mansion

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston Ballet Ball kick-off. Where: The River Oaks home of Melissa and Michael Mithoff. The 411: In anticipation of the Feb. 18 gala, "The Masked Ball," Tenenbaum & Co. dressed ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Tragedy left onstage as Houston Grand Opera celebrates 60th season with lavish party

By Shelby Hodge

It was a rough night for the Venetian court when Othello was tricked into believing that Desdemona was unfaithful. Murder, mayhem and suicide ensued on stage at Wortham Theater Center ...


Party Watch

Young trick or treaters take over Galleria for Halloween Spooktacular fundraiser

By Shelby Hodge

What: Little Galleria Trick and Treat Halloween Spooktacular fundraiser for M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Where: The Little Galleria play area in the Galleria. The 411: Pint-sized celebrants filled the ...


Coming our way

Tony Bennett tells all: Why he's gaga over Lady Gaga and how he'll never grow old

By Shelby Hodge

Within a week of last month's debut of Cheek to Cheek, Tony Bennett's new album with Lady Gaga, the recording hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Album ...


Saturday night shocker

Saturday night shocker: Unicorns with whips, Victoria's Secret angels haunt trendy River Oaks eatery

By Shelby Hodge

It's official. Adults have stolen Halloween from the kiddos. And nowhere was there a more adult Halloween bash than at Brasserie 19 on Saturday night. Risqué costuming, dirty dancing ...


Style File

Houston fashion standout dazzles with one-of-a-kind shoes and handbag that changes shades

By Shelby Hodge

It was quite the fashion scene at Artista when Dec My Room took over for its annual fall luncheon. While it was difficult to pinpoint a favorite among the fashionistas ...


Standing tall

Magical Planned Parenthood gala transcends party lines and raises $1.3 million

By Shelby Hodge

For as much as a year, Planned Parenthood gala chairs Kathryn Rabinow and her daughter, Sarah Rabinow Pesikoff, have been working to take the annual fundraiser beyond the political arena ...


$1 Million Halloween Party

A $1 million Halloween party: No slutty costumes, just classy and rich in giving

By Shelby Hodge

Getting a jumpstart on Halloween revelry, Ronald McDonald House filled the ballroom of the Hilton Americas-Houston with a sellout cotillion of 1,000 costumed revelers Friday night for its biennial ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Jeans & Jewels raises big bucks amid swinging 1940s decor, show-stopping car

By Shelby Hodge

Selecting a theme for the 16th annual Jeans & Jewels gala benefiting Northwest Assistance Ministries, gala chairs Courtney Cook and Vicki Morrison focused on the honorees — Robin and Jack Burke, co-founder ...


Party Watch

Top interior designers huddle in Houston, spill their secrets at Fall Market

By Shelby Hodge

What: Decorative Center Houston Fall Market. Where: Decorative Center Houston. The 411: Leading the day's programing were iconic designers Bradley Bayou and Laura Hunt, who happen to be brother ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Teen health issue brings power players to River Oaks Country Club — and it's the men who step up

By Shelby Hodge

When the health care of 30,000 Houston area teens is at issue, the troops turn out in support as they did at the Foundation for Teen Health luncheon at ...


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