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Black-tie galas for the arts
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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Grand Gala Ball Map It
1001 Bissonnet St.
713-639-7300
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It's the most glamorous black-tie event of the fall social season attracting the creme-de-la-creme of Houston society. This is the one for which you bring out the designer gowns and the serious jewels. Get thee to the vault! For the steep ticket price beginning at $1,000 a person, you get a fine meal with decent wines, good dance music, very little program and the opportunity to schmooze with the upper rung of the city's elite.

Houston Grand Opera Ball Map It
501 Texas St.
713-237-1439
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Since the opening of Wortham Theater Center, home to Houston Grand Opera, that arts organization has held its black-tie (and more often than not white-tie-and-tails) galas in the theater's Grand Foyer noted for its soaring ceilings and contemporary ribbon sculptures. Held each spring, this event draws city sophisticates. What sets the Opera Ball apart are the decorative themes that typically transform the space into an opera stage fantasy.

Houston Ballet Ball Map It
501 Texas St.
713-237-1439
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This is another not-to-be-missed gathering of Houston's social swells, who wine and dine stylishly in the glamorously-decorated Grand Foyer of Wortham Theater Center. The gala theme generally embraces a recent production of Houston Ballet and company principals are always on the guest list. And, yes, dancing — of the ballroom/disco variety — is always a big part of this sophisticated evening.

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston Gala Map It
5216 Montrose Blvd.
713-284-8250

It's typically a younger, hipper crowd that is drawn to the CAMH gala, often held in the museum itself. Expect a livelier theme and a vibrant band to kick it up a notch as far as black-tie galas go. Count on commendable food and wine from the city's best caterers. Interestingly, CAMH enjoys its share of Old Guard support, so the people mix is always entertaining.

Alley Theatre Gala Map It
615 Texas Street
713-220-5700
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Leave the stuffiness at home, for the patrons of the Alley Theatre know how to party and party they do each spring in venues that have ranged in recent years from a historic aviation terminal to a massive warehouse converted into a Parisian streetscape. The creativity of the stage traditionally infuses this evening with loads of energy. A show band and a top-level caterer guarantee a satisfactory night. And the crowd is a mix of blue bloods and up-and-comers.

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