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Art buzz: VIP Picasso preview brings heavy hitters from around the globe to dinner at MFAH

By Shelby Hodge

Excitement generated by the invitation to join the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for the VIP preview of Picasso Black and White ran so high that in the end more than 300 museum trustees, exhibi ...


Surprise Time?

A blind taste test of big dollar wines: Prominent Houstonian opens up his underground cellar

By Shelby Hodge

When wine collector and businessman Frank Hevrdejs purchased bottles of Chateau Mouton Rothschild in 1982 for $32, he had no idea that today the wine would retail at $3,000 a bottle. So when he and ...


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A $2 million night: Houston Grand Opera Ball raises big bucks with stunning gowns & Italian delights

By Shelby Hodge

There is always something magical about the Houston Grand Opera Ball with its the dazzling array of ladies in designer gowns and jewels, gents in white-tie-and-tails, the lavish decor and, on occas ...


Walk like an Egyptian

MFAH patrons partied with the pharaohs in a first-look at the blockbuster King Tut exhibition

By Shelby Hodge

One hour just wasn't long enough Wednesday night for a coterie of well-heeled supporters to sate their appetites for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's blockbuster exhibition Tutankhamun: T ...


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Was it pyramid power or a Midas touch that catapulted the Museum Ball to a King Tut windfall?

By Shelby Hodge

It was a swell crowd that danced in the shadow of the pyramids Saturday night as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston raised a pharaoh's ransom in greenbacks at the Grand Gala Ball, this year theme ...


Shelby About Town

Fab jewels, fab food, a Studmuffin, a cakewalk for Annise Parker & party Virgos make social waves

By Shelby Hodge

Oh la la. Five nights at the George V in Paris with airfare, Egyptian jewelry including a necklace dating from 1400 B.C., a Pebble Beach golf holiday, a Palm Beach golf holiday and more — the ...


Shelby About Town

Cleopatra and Joanne King Herring are just two of the strong women rockin' the social scene

By Shelby Hodge

 Not since the premiere of Charlie Wilson's War in 2007 has political protagonist/philanthropist, and now author, Joanne King Herring been in such a state of glorious apprehension. Ha ...


Beyond the Boxscore

10 things you don't know about new Houston Astros owner Jim Crane

By Chris Baldwin

Jim Crane is set to become the new owner of the Houston Astros — and the parties involved might even get around to officially announcing it someday. Current Astros owner Drayton McLane co ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Cai gunpowder, Buddhist monks and antiquities launch China Gallery at MFAH

By Shelby Hodge

With the delicate chiming of brass bells and the chanting of Buddhist monks in saffron robes, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's new China Gallery received blessings for prosperity on Wednesday ...


California dreamin'

From a Houston high-rise to a country French manse, this second home soars (with photos)

By Shelby Hodge

The moment the heavy front door opens on Michelle and Frank Hevrdejs' imposing Pebble Beach home, the view is breathtaking. Yes, the view. For the foyer opens directly to the living room wh ...


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