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Steven Thomson

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Steven Thomson wrote for CultureMap as a contributing editor since the publication's November 2009 launch, developing a following with his Thursday column about life as a post-college graduate living in Montrose, "Trendysomething in SoMo." He joined the team full-time at CultureMap as an assistant editor in March 2010 through September 2011.

A native Houstonian with experience in New York and Barcelona, Steven is particularly attuned to the local visual arts and design scene. He now attends graduate school in London.

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TrendySomething in SoMo

Au revoir, Trendysomething: A Houston iconoclast reflects on quilts, rehab and Erica Rose

By Steven Thomson

Let mourning turn into celebration of a CultureMap mainstay, Steven Thomson, as he becomes an overseas ambassador of all things SoMo.


The Circle of Life

Inside the loop: New Hula Hoop craze grips the nation and Houston's at the center of it all

By Steven Thomson

In the summer of 1958, more than 25 million Hula Hoops sold to plastic-happy Americans. The Hula Hoop defined a generation of post-pubescent Baby Boomers, teaching them to grind their ...


A Preservation Question

The magic of metal: Deconstructing the endangered Tin House movement

By Steven Thomson

The Tin House movement in the West End defined a period of cultural rebirth in one of the city's forgotten neighborhoods. As the shimmering homes age, they face demolition ...


Take it to the bank

Catch a Flite: New ATM cluster systems arrive in Houston and free you from fees

By Steven Thomson

A trio of sleek white umbrella-like structures have emerged along the north feeder of Highway 59. The space-age architecture is home to the Flite Banking Center, a new concept in ...


International art starts

To Russia with Love: FotoFest portfolio review parks at Moscow's Garage Center for Contemporary Culture

By Steven Thomson

The FotoFest Biennial not only offers a sweeping array of photography exhibitions at more than 100 galleries, non-profit spaces, and commercial venues in the Houston area. The festival also culls ...


Houston Hole In One

An artful mini golf course is heading to Discovery Green: Putt putt holes designed by artists

By Steven Thomson

A group of 10 artists are courting visitors to Discovery Green's Sarofim Picnic Lawn for an entirely art-driven miniature golf course. Sponsored by human resources outfit Insperity, the athletic ...


Beware of the silver SUV

Attack on the affluent: River Oaks and other haute hoods targeted by burglars in new crime spree

By Steven Thomson

It's time to stow away your Cartier cufflinks and Tiffany jewels in the safe and put your Baccarat baubles under lock and key. The Houston Police Department is reporting ...


To The T

Fran Drescher, Roger Moore & other celebs tout prostate cancer awareness with Blue Cure T-shirts

By Steven Thomson

What do Bob Saget, Fran Drescher, former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige and hometown reality TV star Erica Rose have in common? They're all sporting a righteous ...


Verde Cool

Meet the City Council candidate who loves the Hipstrict and has the vanity license plates to prove it

By Steven Thomson

You may have noticed a car prowling around the streets of the Heights and Montrose sporting the vanity license plates reading, "HPSTCT," a reference to the CultureMap-coined ironic lingo for ...


Brrr

Laugh at the heat: What record? The best air conditioned escapes in Houston allow you to chill easy

By Steven Thomson

Several days have passed since Rick Perry's Response, and we're still suffering from record high temperatures. Why not take a chill pill and step off from the sizzling ...


Movin' on Up

Kombucha tastings & art launches: A health-conscious urban bodega is born in a Houston highrise

By Steven Thomson

The new Nature's Market in the ground floor of the south tower of the Mosaic highrise stocks, among other things, handmade jalapeño linguine, organic baby food packets and ...


Take the low road with METRO

A bridge less traveled: Main Street artery to close for 14 months to make way for two new bridges

By Steven Thomson

Downtown drivers will be making a few detours in the 14 months ahead as the North Main Street bridge alongside the University of Houston-Downtown closes starting Monday to make way ...


Modernist Legacy

High-powered filmmakers advocate for Houston preservation in new documentary

By Steven Thomson

On the heels of the recognition of new historic districts in Houston, the Architecture Center Houston Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to fund a feature-length film about the ...


Tar Balls of the North

The Alaska shore may be grosser than even Jersey Shore: When mysterious orange goo attacks

By Steven Thomson

The newest season of Jersey Shore is making media waves, but the Alaska shore may just be one-upping the gross factor. Picture an orange goo mysteriously appearing on the surface ...


Art news

Curator carousel: As Kristina Van Dyke exits, Josef Helfenstein explains why the Menil is such a good training ground

By Steven Thomson

In less than six years as the curator of collections and research at the Menil Collection, Kristina Van Dyke rapidly reenvisioned how the Houston museum presents its non-Western art collection ...


TrendySomething in SoMo

A visit to the church of fine dining for Houston Restaurant Weeks: It's all about second chances

By Steven Thomson

Mark's American Cuisine is inherently a hub of second chances. Situated on a strip of Westheimer that's just on the cusp of grungy to simply gay, the restaurant ...


A Heartbroken Ashton?

Charlie Sheen left for dead

By Steven Thomson

It came as little surprise when CBS announced that Charlie Sheen would no longer play the role of Charlie Harper on Two and a Half Men, but it left the ...


QR Query

A sinister pink romance: The Lawndale Big Show People's Choice Award winner is ...

By Steven Thomson

The votes are in on the inaugural CultureMap People's Choice Award for the 2011 Lawndale Art Center Big Show. We're giving an online ovation to artist Britt Ragsdale ...


Curb Sex Appeal

Near nude muscle studs invade Houston's streets for a good cause: Boxers, no briefs — or pants

By Steven Thomson

Downtown denizens were treated to a trio of shirtless models standing outside a Subway sandwich shop at the corner of Main and Preston streets on Tuesday morning. This wasn't ...


Morning Mania

Premature reelection bid buzz? Gabrielle Giffords' full-time return to Congress touted, but is she ready?

By Steven Thomson

Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' surprise appearance at the congressional debt ceiling vote on Monday evening raises the question of whether she will attempt a reelection bid as she recovers from ...


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