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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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Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Foodies and young professionals have lots of reasons to celebrate at Tastemaker Awards party

By Shelby Hodge

Ah, the grazing fields and watering holes of Tastemakers. Twelve chef-driven food stations, a Whole Foods cheese extravaganza, six bars, sleek Jaguars on display and generous pours from Herradura tequila ...


Party on the Moon

George Clooney headlines spectacular out-of-this-world salute to Apollo 13 mission

By Shelby Hodge

Much like its fine Swiss timepieces, Omega's salute to the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 13 moon mission was an evening of carefully orchestrated precision, drama and star power ...


Glassell Gone Gonzo

12-foot disco shark swims overhead as art school fans rock out in psychedelic frenzy

By Shelby Hodge

Of course, creativity is at the heart of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Glassell School of Art and the annual fundraising event held each spring is a colorful mashup ...


Party Watch

Junior League of Houston celebrates major anniversary with major donors at swank garden party

By Shelby Hodge

What: Junior League of Houston League Legends Annual Fund donor salute. Where: The swank Southampton home of Phoebe and Bobby Tudor. The 411: Built in 1925, the Tudors' home turns ...


Hitting the High Notes

Opera in the Heights closes 19th season on high note with glorious evening of music and standing ovations

By Shelby Hodge

Music and more music punctuated the Opera in the Heights' fundraising dinner that closed the company's 19th season. The 35th floor perch of the Petroleum Club with expansive views ...


Party Watch

Young professionals go green as they party with Ziggy Stardust in Arboretum woods

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston Arboretum & Nature Center's Evergreen young professionals kick-off party. Where: Houston Arboretum & Nature Center on the edge of Memorial Park. The 411: Close to 100 green-minded young professionals ...


Better Than Laughing Gas

Jay Leno cracks 'em up at Alley Theatre's $1 million gala held on the floor of NRG stadium

By Shelby Hodge

"Whose idea was this anyway?" Jay Leno cracked wise as he attempted to summon intimate comedy club ambience in the vast environs of NRG Stadium. While the space might have ...


Keeps on Ticking

Smokin' hot party at private club entertains big spenders with high-roller watches and haute cigars

By Shelby Hodge

While Swiss watchmaker Hublot unveiled its ForbiddenX line at a glam party in Dubai in December, the introduction of the pricey timepieces in Houston this week was more than sufficiently ...


Gender Bender

Men of Distinction take over charity luncheon scene, raising millions for children's healthcare

By Shelby Hodge

For the ninth consecutive year, the gents took over the charity luncheon scene with the always successful, always inspiring Men of Distinction fundraiser at River Oaks Country Club. The $360 ...


On The Market

Houston or Provence? $8.5 million Country French chateau in River Oaks exudes European charm

By Shelby Hodge

Editor's Note: Houston, the surrounding areas and beyond are loaded with must-have houses and properties for sale in all shapes, sizes and price ranges. In this continuing series, CultureMap ...


Party Watch

Oscar winner rivets Signature Luncheon audience with his story of living with bipolar disorder

By Shelby Hodge

What: Menninger Clinic Signature Luncheon. Where: Westin Galleria Hotel. The 411: Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss held the gathering of more than 700 in rapt attention as he shared his ...


Party Watch

Kids swarm Houston Arboretum for Safari-themed Texas Children's Family Fun Day

By Shelby Hodge

What: Texas Children's Hospital Ambassador's "Family Fun Day." Where: Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. The 411:  Serious about family fun, Texas Children's supporters and their kiddoes turned out ...


Andre Johnson Returns

Former Texan Andre Johnson is the center of attention at Houston Area Women's Center gala

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston Area Women's Center annual gala. Where: Royal Sonesta Hotel. The 411: He might be playing today for the Indianapolis Colts, but former Houston Texan Andre Johnson continues ...


Party Watch

Rockets' Clutch, singing waiters and marching band keep party rolling, raising $500,000

By Shelby Hodge

What: Nora's Home "Spotlight on Nora's Home" gala. Where: Hilton Americas-Houston. The 411: Applause, applause for chairs Lisa and Rudy Beeching and Anita and Tom Richards for orchestrating ...


Party Watch

Young professionals, 400 strong, swarm over Houston Polo Club for party high on hats, long on fun

By Shelby Hodge

What: Young Friends of Yellowstone Academy sixth annual "Stomping of the Divots" fundraiser. Where: Houston Polo Club. The 411: Yellowstone Academy second grade teacher Presley Bourquein stepped into the role ...


Style File

Bold colors and simple accessories are a winning style combo for creative director at Best Dressed luncheon

By Shelby Hodge

To catch a photographer's eye at the Houston Chronicle Best Dressed luncheon is no easy task considering the number of women who step out in the absolute best from ...


Star Power

Empire creator Lee Daniels captivates audience at Houston Arts Alliance dinner

By Shelby Hodge

Houston Arts Alliance supporters were captivated by the energy and magnetism of film and television director, producer and writer Lee Daniels, as he entertained a gathering of 300 at Hotel ...


Big Strides For Small Steps

Energy industry's rising stars show philanthropic side at 20th anniversary celebration of Small Steps

By Shelby Hodge

Since its founding two decades ago, Small Steps Nurturing Center has captured the attention of the city's energy industry elite with members continually supporting the non-profit's annual golf ...


High Honors

Holocaust Museum Houston honors Chinese and Japanese diplomats at $1.3 million dinner

By Shelby Hodge

Saluting Chinese and Japanese diplomats, Holocaust Museum Houston took a cultural turn to the Far East for the Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award dinner at the Hilton Americas-Houston. Red ...


Go Coogs!

Big stars honored at University of Houston alumni gala, but Shasta steals the show

By Shelby Hodge

If it weren't for the high-level group of honorees recognized at the University of Houston Alumni Association awards gala, it would have been university mascot Shasta that stole the ...


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