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Madonna's Houston digs, NYC workouts and barbecue news lead the week's top stories

Madonna's Houston digs and NYC workouts lead the week's top stories

St. Regis Hotel Houston, Jan. 2016
Madonna booked 45 rooms at the luxurious St. Regis Hotel for her multi-night stay in Houston. Courtesy photo
SoulCycle cycling class
New York-based high-intensity cycling class Soulcycle arrives in the Bayou City for three days only. Courtesy photo
John Avila Burro and Bull
John and Veronica Avila are focusing on bringing El Burro and the Bull to Conservatory. Photo by Eric Sandler
News, Ritz Hotel Paris, Swan fixtures, Jan. 2016
The Ritz Hotel in Paris reopens in March after three and a half years of renovations. Photo Courtesy of The Ritz Hotel
News, Viridian Design District
A one-bedroom apartment in the Viridian Design District on Old Katy Road rents for $1,499. Courtesy Photo
St. Regis Hotel Houston, Jan. 2016
SoulCycle cycling class
John Avila Burro and Bull
News, Ritz Hotel Paris, Swan fixtures, Jan. 2016
News, Viridian Design District

Editor's note: It's time to recap the most popular stories on CultureMap from this past week:

1. Madonna makes swank hotel home while her dancers hit rockin' club with surgical masks. Read all about the Queen of Pop's stay at one of Houston's most luxurious hotels during her recent tour stop at Toyota Center.

2. SoulCycle kicks into high gear with Houston classes — for 3 days only. The culty New York-based high-intensity cycling class arrives in the Bayou City for three days only, courtesy of Target.

3. Ousted pitmaster brings Franklin Barbecue pedigree to downtown beer garden. Find out about the respected local pitmaster's plans to take his barbecue expertise to a soon-to-open downtown destination.

4. Famed Ritz Paris set to reopen with new level of luxury after 3-1/2-year renovation. Get the scoop on the massive renovations at the opulent Paris hotel that's been hosting discriminating travelers for 114 years.

5. What $1,500 in rent will get you in 12 U.S. cities: Houston fares well in apartment survey. See how the cost of living in Houston compares to some of the nation's major cities, according to the results of a new survey.