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A chilly garden party raises $700,000 for a major Bayou Bend boost

By Shelby Hodge

That whimsical Mother Nature. Some years, she smiles on the Bayou Bend Garden Party. Other years, she presents a chilly, drizzly challenge. The latter was the case Sunday night when a number of ...


A Fantasy Land

Sexy genies and real magic carpet rides: Aladdin feel makes this Ballet ball a showstopper

By Joel Luks

Someone must have rubbed the magical oil lamp before balletomanes arrived at Wortham Theater Center as a trio of sexy genies awaited to escort guests on an exotic carpet ride up to the Grand Foyer ...


Party Watch

VIPs celebrate MFAH's major coup with a special sneak peek: No other U.S. city gets this art

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston dinner and preview of Georges Braque: A Retrospective. Where: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The 411: Just days before the exhibition opened t ...


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Ooh la la! Contemporary Arts Museum ladies night out takes on a French flair

By Shelby Hodge

From the moment guests arrived at the magnificent River Oaks chateau of Terri and John Havens for the Contemporary Arts Museum's annual ladies night out, the French accent was palpable. After a ...


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$50 million in diamond jewels make a tempting backdrop for Asprey invitation-only dinner party

By Shelby Hodge

Now it can be told, now that the major domos of London jewelry house Asprey have caught the big bird to New York carting with them their cache of $50 million in to-die-for bling. The diamond jewels ...


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A stunning, new-age $1.96 million gala rocks the MFAH's sedate traditions: Welcome to India!

By Shelby Hodge

Not in two decades of covering H-Town society have we encountered a more alluringly self-confident gala chair. As she welcomed guests to the south entrance of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Frida ...


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Alley Theatre patrons learn You Can't Take It With You at pre-performance dinner

By Shelby Hodge

Nothing like a tasty light supper and the camaraderie of like-minded theater patrons to kick off an evening at the Alley. Just ask well-heeled supporters and sponsors invited to enjoy a pre-pe ...


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Swank River Oaks mansion sets the stage for Alley Theatre's Artists Dinner

By Shelby Hodge

The theatrics were all playful in Deana and Larry Blackburn's River Oaks swankienda when they opened their expansive home for the Alley Theatre's Artists Dinner during which ...


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A true British feast whets the appetite for Sherlock Holmes' Alley antics

By Shelby Hodge

Before they could sink their teeth into the Alley's lively opening night of Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club, theater patrons were treated to a British-inspired feast ...


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The road to riches paved with street smARTS at creative Glassell School of Art bash

By Shelby Hodge

The Glassell School of Art annual benefit and auction typically takes a distant turn from the buttoned-down persona of its parent, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Friday night's bash took ...


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