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Power couple honored as Rice University's Baker Institute raises $740,000 for new center

By Shelby Hodge

Corporate, diplomatic and education leadership turned out in black-tie force for the Rice University Baker Institute for Public Policy gala that not only honored one of the city's leading coupl ...

Record-Breaking Tiger Ball

Golden dragons and glamorous gowns reflect Asian pride at record-breaking Tiger Ball

By Shelby Hodge

The understated yet noble architecture of Yoshio Taniguchi's Asia Society Texas Center provided a serene backdrop for the vivid tableau of cultural fashions and manners that defi ...

Sheer genius

Certified Houston genius celebrated by the city's most elite movers and shakers

By Shelby Hodge

Yes, the story is true. Houston artist and social innovator Rick Lowe didn't initially answer the phone call that would change his life. Not until the persistence of the caller on the other end ...

High Paid Presidents

The $1.5 million man: Rice University president among nation's highest paid private college leaders

By Clifford Pugh

Forget aiming to become a rock star or a professional athlete. Maybe those looking for a lucrative career should aim to be top dog at a private college or university. The Chronicle of Higher Ed ...

Party Watch

Rice Design Alliance gala draws top names in the field to salute beloved architect

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Rice Design Alliance gala, "Draw." Where: The Hilton Americas-Houston. The 411: The late William D. Kendall, founder of Kendall/Heaton Associates, was honored posthumous ...

Play Ball!

More than $5 million and counting: Black-tie dinner tradition continues to raise big bucks for Rice athletics

By Shelby Hodge

Since its inception in 1984, "An Evening in Rice's Honour" has raised more than $5 million for scholarships and athletic programs at Rice University. That number was bumped up by $256 ...


A-list crowd gets ready for grand gala — six months early — at glam kick-off party

By Shelby Hodge

In H-Town's social milieu, there are kick-off parties and then there are KICK-OFF parties. Asia Society Texas Center threw one of the latter Tuesday night when a swell group of 200 partied thro ...

One helluva party

Surprise 50th birthday bash is one for the record books as swank restaurant transformed

By Shelby Hodge

You simply would not have recognized Tony's on Saturday night. In a 17-hour transformation, the already-swank restaurant blossomed into a sophisticated dinner club for a 50th birthday bash that ...

Cherry blossom time

Pretty in pink: Asia Society Texas Center salutes Japan at sellout black tie gala

By Shelby Hodge

Some might have called it "pretty in pink Japan style" as Asia Society Texas Center celebrated Japan at its annual gala and for the salute washed the walls of its modern home, designed by ...

Baker Celebration

Two former presidents help Baker Institute raise $3.4 million at 20th anniversary celebration

By Shelby Hodge

With 725 black-tie attired guests dining in tented splendor beneath a score of crystal chandeliers, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy celebrated its 20th anniversary in grand ...

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