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New Destinations

It's a lot easier to get to Hobbit land: Air New Zealand launches nonstop Houston service

By Elizabeth Rhodes

On Thursday, Air New Zealand named Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) as its fifth North American gateway with nonstop service starting in December. The airline's refi ...


Party Watch

Politicians from both sides of the aisle recognize clout of Hispanic businesses at gigantic luncheon

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 22nd luncheon and Business Expo. Where: Hilton Americas-Houston. The 411: Anyone who ever doubted the political impact of the Hispanic&n ...


Sunday Streets Explode

Closing Westheimer to cars is a major hit: Houston's first big step to becoming a walking city?

By Elizabeth Rhodes

After a successful launch last April, Houston's Sunday Streets program — which blocks off city streets to allow for pedestrians, cyclists and skaters to take over the road —&nb ...


Groundbreaking Menil

Dream project: $40 million Menil Drawing Institute finds innovative ways to tame the light

By Joel Luks

When Menil Collection director Josef Helfenstein first placed a phone call to Los Angeles-based architecture firm Johnston Marklee's founders Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, he posed two que ...


New Bike Trail

Biking through downtown Houston just got easier thanks to new protected green lane

By Nikki Ndukwe

Attention cyclists, the first protected bike trail in Houston is finally here. Mayor Annise Parker and a slew of bike enthusiasts opened what they are calling the city's "first protec ...


History On Hold

"Super" $80 million visitors' center halted; plans for prime downtown property up in air

By Shelby Hodge

Four months after the mayor and city officials gathered for the groundbreaking of the Nau Center for Texas Cultural Heritage, the historic Cohn House on the property is a sad si ...


Party Watch

Gay Civil Rights fight brings powerhouse politicians to a champagne brunch in Houston

By Shelby Hodge

What: The 2015 Victory Fund Houston Champagne Brunch. Where: The Corinthian. The 411: Ryan Lindsay and Tammi Wallace chaired the event that drew a crowd of more than 500 and raised more tha ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Houston's grocery store king, a TV news star and Mayor Annise Parker give virgin fundraiser a push

By Shelby Hodge

Three powerful women and one worthy cause — that was the ticket to success when the American Red Cross Greater Houston Chapter celebrated a century of providing services throughout the Texas ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Mayor steals the show in umbrella-size hat, but others come close with wild designs at luncheon

By Shelby Hodge

What a fabulous day in Hermann Park and what a fabulous day for Hermann Park. The annual Hats in the Park luncheon earned a record $360,000 for park coffers on a day that saw a record turnout of cl ...


Party Watch

Honored leader: Mayor Annise Parker gets a swanky Houston party for her national award

By Shelby Hodge

What: Reception honoring Mayor Annise Parker. Where: The art-filled home of Marc Melcher, Houston Arts Alliance board chair. The 411: Arts community leaders and Parker fans gathered to salu ...


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