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Belt It Out

Singing gala brings surprises and hilarious fun: This is no ordinary, boring fundraiser

By Joel Luks

While some would say that 20 years of the same thing is enough, what engenders generous party-goers to have much affection for Bering Omega Community Service's "Sing for Hope" three-a ...


Til death do us part

The quick and the dead party elbow to elbow at packed Dia de los Muertos gala: Skulls are the hot accessories

By Shelby Hodge

Lawndale Art Center executive director Christine West was actually hoping for a smaller turnout at the annual Dia de Los Muertos gala than that of previous years. But Thursday night, the ...


Downton Abbey Update

Women rule on new season of Downton Abbey; Houston after-show goes national

By Tarra Gaines

Americans so love the upstairs/downstairs denizens of Downton Abbey, they’ve made it the highest rated television show in PBS’s history. Houstonians so love to talk about Downton that t ...


Shelby's Social Dairy

Movie stars hit River Oaks for a premiere — and swank partying

By Shelby Hodge

UPDATE: Joanne King Herring is not working with Charlie Gilmore or Sam Cable on any projects and particularly not a television series as it was erroneously reported earlier to CultureMap and then p ...


Happy Tails

Dog fight! Super cute pooches pull off crazy tricks in gift certificate battle

By Joel Luks

Would they jump, leap, sing . . . maybe talk? What could a dozen pooches possibly carry out to wow a critical panel of media types to win prizes? OK, so perhaps the competitive gathering at the ...


Shelby About Town

A Texans star parties for a cure, Ernie Manouse parties with Al Pacino and the gals party on a yacht

By Shelby Hodge

With the Blue Cure Foundation annual benefit little more than a month away (May 31 at Hotel ZaZa), founder Gabe Canales invited friends and board members to La Griglia for a spirited pep talk on th ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Speak up: Intelligent life rules at UH Honors College Great Conversation fundraising dinner

By Shelby Hodge

The University of Houston Honors College Great Conversation fundraiser is one event at which plenty of talk is encouraged — all night long. And that explains the vibrant din that filled Houst ...


A New Ernie

Local TV star fights back from bike accident, loses 60 pounds in dramatic weight battle

By Tyler Rudick

September 2011 marked the beginning of a rough patch for local public television celeb Ernie Manouse. "I was literally laid up for two-and-a-half months after the accident," he says o ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Grey's Anatomy star returns to Houston to reveal Medal of Arts winners and tout Texas clout

By Shelby Hodge

As one of the inaugural Texas Medal of Arts honorees, it was fitting that Emmy Award-winning choreographer and actress Debbie Allen returned to hometown Houston on Tuesday to join the Texas Cultura ...


Welcome to Crawley-ville

Downton Abbey season premiere moves fans to tears, but what happened to the wedding?

By Clifford Pugh

Fans of the hit British TV series Downton Abbey had a lot to laugh and cry about in the season three U.S. premiere Sunday night on PBS. But there were also some puzzling aspects, too. ...


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