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Nature Conservancy heats up the party scene with boot-scootin' night in the great outdoors

By Shelby Hodge

When Ann and Don Short signed on to chair the Nature Conservancy of Texas gala celebrating 50 years in Texas, they felt sure that they could reach the fundraising goal of $250,000. Thursd ...


Party Watch

Legendary mountain climber sticks up for nature in Houston, helps raise $480,000

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Nature Conservancy of Texas annual conservation luncheon. Where: Hyatt Regency The 411: Having reached the summit of Mount Everest five times, explorer Peter Hillary, son of renow ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Best wardrobe switch ever? It's one woman, two spectacular gowns at Rolling Stone rocking bash

By Shelby Hodge

Chairing a gala that has a split personality — a sedate seated dinner followed by a rocking after party — calls for wardrobe creativity. Just ask Ann Short, who chaired "Cabaret Da ...


Calendar Closeup

Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — indoor biking included

By Joel Luks

What's going on this week is a melange of fresh opera, sporty events that support good doers, a funky costume party, a classy gala and a wine dinner. I can be of further assistance: Click o ...


Happy New Year!

The social names of the year in poetry: Reliving 2012 as only Shelby Hodge can

By Shelby Hodge

Since we had a fine time in the year that's almost passed, let's look back at memories of the fun that will last. As we quickly move forward to 2013, the best of 2012 is worth visiting ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Movie magic: Ethan Hawke buzz spreads through Cinema Arts Festival launch party in The Grove

By Shelby Hodge

The Grove was grooving Monday night when the Houston Cinema Arts Society worked to stir up interest in the Nov. 9-13 Cinema Arts Festival Houston with an indoor-outdoor twilight cocktail recep ...


Shelby About Town

Big Brothers Big Sisters auction off little artworks to raise major mentoring funds

By Shelby Hodge

It was dubbed "The Big Black Tie Ball" and by Big Brothers Big Sisters' accounting it was indeed a big night with enough funds raised — $250,000 — to provide more than 500 ...


Taste of Texas

Night with the ROXOR: Robert Del Grande launches first-ever Texas gin with cohort Don Short

By Caroline Gallay

Robert Del Grande and Don Short have been dropping hints all over Texas about their new venture: ROXOR, the first-ever Texas gin. The project has been kept under wraps in advance of its launch ...


Shelby About Town

From Houston to Galveston to Nantucket, it was a rollicking holiday weekend

By Shelby Hodge

It takes a special kind of girl to vault herself into the ranks of Coco Chanel. But, hey, when it's your birthday and your initials are CC as in Carrie Carson, why not? With the Chanel logo and ...


The big schmooze

Launch party rockets CultureMap into the media stratosphere

By Shelby Hodge

When is a street party better held indoors than out? When the temps are falling faster than newspaper circulation numbers. So it was that CultureMap's rocking launch party Wednesday ni ...


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