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Better Than Laughing Gas

Jay Leno cracks 'em up at Alley Theatre's $1 million gala held on the floor of NRG stadium

By Shelby Hodge

"Whose idea was this anyway?" Jay Leno cracked wise as he attempted to summon intimate comedy club ambience in the vast environs of NRG Stadium. While the space might have been less than ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Hollywood star surprises and nearly everyone wears black to celebrate director's 25th anniversary

By Shelby Hodge

Alley Theatre artistic director Gregory Boyd's signature black became the celebratory color of the evening when more than 150 Alley board members, patrons and their guests took over the River O ...


Calendar Closeup

Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — from pig feast to Mardi Gras

By Joel Luks

"I'm too busy." "I need more sleep." "I am stressed at work." "My boss is riding my derrière" — ugh, I've heard it all, folks. I am ...


CultureMap Video

Inside the Alley Theatre's extreme makeover: 21st century renovation saves iconic Houston building

By Clifford Pugh

On a frigid day, the Alley Theatre is just a shell of its former self, as a patch of blue sky and the Wortham Theater peek out from the top of an exposed main stage. Workers scr ...


Party Watch

Alley Theatre holiday party for major patrons and board is an unscripted delight

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Alley Theatre board's annual holiday party. Where: The River Oaks home of Kristi and John Schiller. The 411: 'Twas several nights before Christmas and all through the ...


Hollywood In Houston

Hollywood rolls into Houston for a red carpet night: It's paparazzi and stars at Cinema Arts Fest opener

By Joel Luks

With the red carpet rolled out and a clique of local paparazzi huddling outside the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the scene was all Hollywood for the opening soiree of the sixth annual Houston Cine ...


Shelby's Social Diary

A luxury school bus ride, a lavish dinner and champagne fun: This road trip Alley opener is anything but ordinary

By Shelby Hodge

It's not often that well-heeled patrons of the arts climb aboard a school bus, albeit a fancy air-conditioned bus, for an evening out but that's exactly what a number of Alley Theatre  ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Gilded sledgehammers and champagne toasts mark launch of Alley's $46.5 million facelift

By Shelby Hodge

With the strike of a gilded sledge hammer, the $46.5 million renovation of the Alley Theatre ceremoniously began at midday on the Hubbard Stage. Wearing a commemorative hard hat, Roger Plank, ...


Party Watch

Houston theater stage set to close down for good, but not before one last great party (and play)

By Shelby Hodge

What: Alley Theatre opening night partying for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Where: The Alley Theatre. The 411: The partying began with a pre-performance dinner by City Kitchen ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Sexy movie star gowns, James Franco's tux and Gladys Knight rocking add up to a $1 million Houston night

By Shelby Hodge

With the dashing duo of Brian Teichman and Andrew Cordes at the helm, the Alley Theatre Ball was destined for theatrical elegance, thanks in part to the sophisticated involvement of Gucci ...


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