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MFAH art opening: Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

For the first time, the renowned collection of paintings, sculptures and decorative arts from Houghton Hall in England travels to the United States. The national tour of Houghton Hall: Portrait of


Royal Recognition

Regal recognition: Queen Elizabeth honors former Houston Ballet sensation

By Joel Luks

When a former Houston Ballet cavalier penned his New Year's resolutions for 2014, we are sure that becoming a Commander of the Order of the British Empire wasn't on his list. What an ho ...


Audio Photo Essay

Sex, society, popularity contests: An insider's guide to Romney's fancy visions at Rienzi

By Joel Luks

Like what Antonio Salieri was to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 18th-century English portraitist George Romney (1734 - 1802) often recedes into the shadows of his better known contemporaries. ...


At Wine & Food Week

From royal chef to proud Texan: Princess Diana's former chef gets into the food scene of new home

By Erin Schwarz

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Houston’s Eighth Annual Wine & Food Week is bringing in royal chef Darren McGrady as this year's Wizard Gourmet. “I have never been called a Wizard Go ...


Who needs a glass slipper?

Putting princesses in power is the ultimate no brainer: All hail the British throne rule changes!

By Sarah Rufca

History is littered with some pretty bad-ass queens — Elizabeth I of England, Maria-Theresa of Austria, Catherine the Great and Cleopatra to name a few. So with British Prime Minister David C ...


CultureMap Video

A meal the 18th-century Martha Stewart would adore: Get an English Taste at Rienzi

By Joel Luks

Let's play a word association game. I say English food, you say? What usually comes to mind is an assortment of selections like fish and chips, bangers and mash, shepherd's pie and spotted ...


Do it for the children

Royal fascinator: Princess Beatrice auctions off the ugliest hat ever & there's a potential buyer

By Fayza A. Elmostehi

You may not know the person, but you know you know the object on her head. It's been almost two weeks since the royal wedding, and the ensuing fuss continues to nab headlines. This week, it ...


Not an album for the meek

PJ Harvey's anti-war Let England Shake is essential listening

By Jim Beviglia

Arcade Fire’s stunning Grammy triumph was not just a victory for the band, but it was a victory for independent music artists everywhere. Few of those artists will ever see that kind of expos ...


Royal Wedding

Harry's suddenly the most eligible British bachelor: The aftershocks of Prince William's engagement

By Caroline Gallay

There had been warning signs for months — Kate Middleton's parents joining Prince William at a royal estate, their public outing to a friend's wedding — but the world has receiv ...


Soccer fever

Goooaaaaal! Houston tops the leaderboard of World Cup bid cities

By Sarah Rufca

With 98 days of voting to go, Houston is the top-ranked bid city in the effort to bring the World Cup to the United States. FIFA officials will unveil the winning site countries for the 2018 an ...


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