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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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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 ...


Til death do us part

The quick and the dead party elbow to elbow at packed Dia de los Muertos gala: Skulls are the hot accessories

By Shelby Hodge

Lawndale Art Center executive director Christine West was actually hoping for a smaller turnout at the annual Dia de Los Muertos gala than that of previous years. But Thursday night ...


Party Watch

Wish upon a star: Houston's film festival gives a celebrity preview on the veranda of a downtown hotel

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston Cinema Arts Festival launch party. Where: The upper level veranda of the Sam Houston Hotel. The 411: Festival artistic director Richard Herskowitz announced the lineup of 50 films ...


Shelby's Social Diary

A check for $2 million to Texas Children's Hospital comes as big surprise at special reception

By Shelby Hodge

Only a handful among the 150 guests gathered at the Blue Bird Circle Resale Shop on Alabama knew what was coming at the "Fall-en Love With a Blue Bird" event ...


Party Watch

House party packs a Punch with 18th century cocktails, pompadour wigs and playful masks

By Shelby Hodge

What: Rienzi's annual Punch Party. Where: Rienzi, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston house museum in River Oaks. The 411: Always a lively event, this year's party celebrating ...


Shelby's Social Dairy

Top women chefs prepare feast and female vets are honored at Dress For Success gala

By Shelby Hodge

It was all about women —  and a few men behind the scenes — when Dress for Success held its 16th annual fundraiser at the nonprofit's home on Eastside. A coterie ...


Pedal To The Metal

Unveiling of sporty new Cadillac ATS Coupe fuels a rockin' party scene

By Shelby Hodge

The sleek showroom of Sewell Cadillac on the Katy Freeway became party central Tuesday night when the car manufacturer unveiled its ATS Coupe for a sporty crowd that wined, dined ...


Party Watch

Top chefs wow at Cirque du Cuisine fundraiser amid high-flying entertainers

By Shelby Hodge

What: March of Dimes Signature Chefs "Cirque du Cuisine" benefit. Where: Silver Street Studios. The 411: Chefs from Max's Wine Dive, Nara, Ouisie's, Shade and Tiny Boxwood's ...


Party Watch

Dracula puts away his fangs for the night as Alley young professionals party

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Alley Theatre's young professional group, SCENE, post-performance cocktail party. Where: The Wortham Theatre Scene Shop at the University of Houston, where the Alley Theatre is bunking until ...


Don't step on my train

Marie Antoinette inspires evening of wicked fun with big wigs, fancy dress and real royalty

By Shelby Hodge

Marie Antoinette's champagne — Piper-Heidsieck —flowed. The royals (real ones) showed up. Wigs were a fashion must. Yep, Stages Repertory Theatre knows how to party and party they did in ...


Magical Museum Ball

Enchanted Grand Gala Ball soars to magical heights with shimmering trees; raises $1.6 million

By Shelby Hodge

To completely mesmerize more than 300 of the city's most sophisticated philanthropists is no easy task. But the kinetic energy and graceful beauty of Jennifer Steinkamp's flowering trees ...


Garden Party

Donors get first look at new $31 million Hermann Park wonderland — and they like it!

By Shelby Hodge

Like entranced children entering a flourishing wonderland, leading patrons of the John C. and Kathrine G. McGovern Centennial Gardens enjoyed a first look Thursday night at the splendid $31 million ...


French Quarter Fun

French Quarter fun is just the ticket for rockin' Children's Museum gala, raising close to $1 million

By Shelby Hodge

The Children's Museum of Houston gala was rocking even before the Hustlers Brass Band descended the stairs of the Corinthian, horns blasting, umbrellas swaying above the dancer's heads ...


Grownups at play

Bean bag toss party in the great outdoors scores a big hit for Texas Children's

By Shelby Hodge

Leslie and Michael Fertitta and Carolyn and David Anderson know first-hand the value of Texas Children's Hospital, both couples having had a child whose life was saved there through ...


Party Watch

Tommy Hilfiger swoops into The Galleria to kick off a cancer shopping weekend

By Shelby Hodge

What: Kickoff to Saks Fith Avenue's 16th annual Key to the Cure shopping weekend.  Where: Saks Fifth Avenue in the Galleria. The 411: Saks sponsors the fundraiser for cancer ...


A noble cause

Ebola angels: Nurses benefit with ties to Houston billionaire could not come at a better time

By Shelby Hodge

Although the Holiday Style Fashion Show & Luncheon benefiting the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has been a year in the planning, the time could not have been better ...


Party Watch

World's leading builders, investors & thinkers headed to Houston and the preview's already bringing buzz

By Shelby Hodge

What: Urban Land Institute Mixer. Where: Brennan's of Houston. The 411: This VIP kickoff for the ULI's global spring meeting honored internationally renowned developer Gerald Hines. H-Town's ...


Play Ball!

More than $5 million and counting: Black-tie dinner tradition continues to raise big bucks for Rice athletics

By Shelby Hodge

Since its inception in 1984, "An Evening in Rice's Honour" has raised more than $5 million for scholarships and athletic programs at Rice University. That number was bumped up ...


Party Watch

Stunning Buffalo Bayou mansion proves to be the perfect setting for waterways protecting gala

By Shelby Hodge

What: Bayou Preservation Association's 15th annual gala, "Bayoutopia." Where: An outdoor setting at the home of Natasha and Michael Bleyzer on the banks of Buffalo Bayou. The 411:  Laurie ...


Style File

One sexy cocktail dress: Ukraine native and CEO shows Houston style in CityCentre benefit

By Shelby Hodge

Winter Ball underwriting chair Jacquie Baly welcomed a flock of fashionistas to Kendra Scott in CityCentre for her annual salute to the benefit for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation and ...


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