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Whitney Radley

After graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in English, Whitney Radley tried her hand at a couple of careers in a few different Lone Star locales before ending up in Houston — and on CultureMap's doorstep — in August of 2011. She stayed on as Staff Writer through July of 2013, and continues to report on her Bayou City explorations. 

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Young curators take on the big leagues with do it: houston, an experimental pop-up exhibition

By Whitney Radley

Most art world aficionados would consider it risky for a pair of fledgling curators to organize their first group show without any real indication of how the final product would ...

Foodie News

Sweet: One of America's top pastry chefs is opening a new bakery in Houston

By Whitney Radley

It won't be just any bakery that opens up at the corner of Westheimer and Dunlavy later this year. It will be a bakery helmed by Houston native Roy ...

Celebs Gone Wild In Houston

John Mayer hits the town in Houston — brings security entourage to high-end restaurant, makes bar plans

By Whitney Radley

How did John Mayer prepare for his sold-out Friday night concert at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion?  The heartthrob singer-songwriter and his underdressed entourage enjoyed dinner in a private dining ...

10-minute Art

Art that breaks up the office grind: FotoFest takes on the workday with "Really Short Tours"

By Whitney Radley

If you squint through the swarm of lunch hour crowds at the Allen Center, you'll likely spot dedicated exhibition spaces full of work by international artists. But finding time ...

Rick Perry Irate

Texas loses its No. 1 state for business ranking due to quality of life issues: Rick Perry must be irate

By Whitney Radley

Gov. Rick Perry has touted, over and over and over again, the dominance of Texas as a business-friendly state, but South Dakota has edged us out for the top spot ...

Shopping City

Is Willowbrook Mall becoming a fashionista destination? New stores are raising the bar

By Whitney Radley

Willowbrook Mall is fast becoming a fashionista destination, with H&M opening its second (and largest) area store there last summer and another fashion-forward retailer on the way. Earlier this ...

Mrs. Carter Street?

Beyonce hysteria prompts Houston stores to offer special concert deals as hot night approaches

By Whitney Radley

Any true Beyoncé fan has already stocked up on crop tops and leather booty shorts and taken a couple of personal half-days in anticipation of her Houston appearance Monday night ...

Real Estate Rumblings

Houston high school to be turned into a luxury mixed-use development? Bidding war winner emerging

By Whitney Radley

The bidding war is coming to a close for the Houston Independent School District's High School for Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice campus, which went on the market earlier this ...

New Theme Park Construction Begins

AstroWorld times six: Construction on new Houston theme park begins — and its size is already expanding

By Whitney Radley

One can almost hear the roar of a roller coaster on the New Caney property where Grand Texas Theme Park will soon sprawl . . . but don't get ahead of yourself ...

Strange Crime

A doctor bank robber? Another costumed criminal pulls off a grocery store heist

By Whitney Radley

Gone are the days when bank robbers could be spotted by their striped getup or pantyhose-smashed faces. Anyone could be preparing a heist . . . Even the middle-aged man in medical scrubs ...

First Look

Houston's newest wine bar is a playground of good drinks: Cool, not pretentious

By Whitney Radley

Biking home at dusk from opening night at Camerata, it crossed my mind that the Montrose wine bar might become my new favorite neighborhood hangout. That distinction was cemented over ...

Island Time

Beach price hike: Galveston is ending its free parking (for real this time!)

By Whitney Radley

Island life may mean fresh salty air and daily boogie boarding, but it isn't exempt from parking woes — a fact that is coming to light as parking signs go ...

A New AstroWorld Takes Shape

AstroWorld replacement is no longer a pipe dream: New $205 million Houston theme park gets its land

By Whitney Radley

Skeptics might have initially written off plans for Grand Texas Theme Park, with its equine mascot, its zip line dreams and its petting zoo splendor, but the pipe dream seems ...

Foodie News

A shakeup at a major Houston restaurant puts a Walt Disney exec in charge

By Whitney Radley

A quiet shuffle has taken place at Philippe Restaurant + Lounge, the upscale BLVD Place eatery from chef Philippe Schmit. CultureMap has learned that industry veteran Chris Fannin is out as ...

Praying On the Presidency?

Rick Perry's reign over Texas is finally ending: His future? Only one powerful being knows

By Whitney Radley

Rick Perry billed his Monday press conference as one that would reveal "exciting future plans" for the longest-serving Texas governor, but the revelation wasn't so much plans as . . . lack ...

Skyline Art

Houston gets its own 28-foot-tall version of the Hollywood sign

By Whitney Radley

Visitors arriving via Houston's notoriously congested freeways will have no reason to doubt residents' dedication to the city — it will be spelled right out for them in We Love ...

Major Restaurant Closes

Katsuya suddenly closes to make way for a hot new local restaurant

By Chris Baldwin, Whitney Radley

Katsuya — the hot sushi restaurant in West Ave that stood out as a favorite of pro athletes and scene setters alike — has closed, clearing the way for another high-end restaurant ...

Ranking It

Rice University tuition deemed inexpensive: Houston's Ivy League worthy college makes Best Buy list

By Whitney Radley

No stranger to bang-for-your-buck accolades, Rice University has been named one of 20 "Best Buy" private schools in the United States, according to Fiske Guide to Colleges.  The 2014 ranking ...

Attacked for Being Too Hot

Wendy Davis is just too damn buxom to be real! Critics call her Human Barbie Doll

By Whitney Radley

Following a high-profile filibuster on the hot-button abortion issue, Fort Worth Sen. Wendy Davis has been launched into the national political spotlight — which comes with inevitable personal attacks and speculation ...

Need A Recount

Stuck Up City? Houston named the snobbiest city in Texas — seriously

By Whitney Radley

When I made the move from Austin to Houston almost two years ago, I noticed a marked difference in the way people presented themselves here. Cutoffs didn't seem appropriate ...

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