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Houston Billionaires Unite

Two Houston billionaires spearhead $330 million museum push — right before the oil bust

By Shelby Hodge

Move over Texas Medical Center and Rice University. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has successfully tapped into some of the city's deepest pockets for the Fayez S. Sarofim Campus e ...


Dramatic Museum Expansion

Museum of Fine Arts unveils $450 million expansion plan with new buildings, roof garden, top-tier restaurant

By Shelby Hodge

When the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's $450 million master plan expansion is completed in 2019, the city as well as the museum will be poised for an enviable uptick in national and intern ...


Buzzy New Store

New Houston antiques shop draws A-Listers to vintage bungalow: New York transplant behind eclectic store

By Shelby Hodge

When New York transplant Christopher Gardner opened the doors on his whimsical antiques shop in December, the opening day reception was something of an unexpected success as A-Listers poured i ...


Men in Black-tie

Men in black-tie: Museum's boys' night out raises almost $1.3 million

By Shelby Hodge

Since its inception several decades ago, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston's "One Great Night in November" has been a financial windfall year over year, proving that when it comes to wr ...


Life is a Cabaret

A movie star's intimate Houston lunch with Lynn Wyatt ends with a Shakespeare ode to love

By Clifford Pugh

When Lynn Wyatt learned her good friends, actor Michael York and his wife, Pat, were headed to Houston for a screening of the remastered classic, Cabaret, she gathered friends for an ...


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Confessions of a famous river: Insider reveals the real story of life with Monet

By Tarra Gaines

When it comes to visual art, Houston is not only a connoisseur of Impressionism, we’re like tween girls screaming for those light-rendering bad boys, and every year the Museum of Fine Arts, f ...


Standing tall

Magical Planned Parenthood gala transcends party lines and raises $1.3 million

By Shelby Hodge

For as much as a year, Planned Parenthood gala chairs Kathryn Rabinow and her daughter, Sarah Rabinow Pesikoff, have been working to take the annual fundraiser beyond the political arena, to t ...


Party Watch

Wish upon a star: Houston's film festival gives a celebrity preview on the veranda of a downtown hotel

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston Cinema Arts Festival launch party. Where: The upper level veranda of the Sam Houston Hotel. The 411: Festival artistic director Richard Herskowitz announced the line ...


Magical Museum Ball

Enchanted Grand Gala Ball soars to magical heights with shimmering trees; raises $1.6 million

By Shelby Hodge

To completely mesmerize more than 300 of the city's most sophisticated philanthropists is no easy task. But the kinetic energy and graceful beauty of Jennifer Steinkamp's flo ...


Party Watch

Gallery exhibition draws heavy-hitter crowd and welcomes artist's widow

By Shelby Hodge

What: Meredith Long & Company opening cocktail reception for Kenneth Noland: Handmade Paper and Monoprints 1978-1985. Where: Meredith Long & Company. The 411: Long-time family ...


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