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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 ...


Pens and Personalities

Best-selling authors dine with the Bushes in amazing River Oaks chateau with a ghost

By Shelby Hodge

One of the perks for the authors who volunteer their time as readers at the annual Celebration of Reading is an intimate luncheon with Barbara and George H.W. Bush and major donors. So it was midda ...


Over The Rainbow

A Yellow Brick Road to serious cash: Oz gala sets fundraising record, delights with whirlwind whimsy

By Shelby Hodge

All it took was a yellow brick road, the wizardry of Willie Chiang and the fairy godmother generosity of Occidental Petroleum to take the Society for the Performing Arts gala on a whirlwind ride th ...


Out of this world

This $650,000-plus gala transports partygoers to an alternate reality: Wild performance art, metal dress wow

By Shelby Hodge

It rained and stormed in the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston on Friday night. But by the time the black-tie gala crowd was about to send home for rain gear, things changed. The four seasons pl ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Houston's Prince of Parties pulls off an afternoon tea that is straight out of the movies

By Shelby Hodge

Perfection. How else could one describe the beautiful afternoon tea hosted by Jackson Hicks and Milton Townsend in honor of Houston Grand Opera patron Terrylin Neale? Even the drizzly day could ...


Sing it, baby

Concert of Arias combines glorious opera talent competition with glamorous black-tie soirée

By Shelby Hodge

The social set turned out in exceptionally fine feather for Houston Grand Opera's exuberant "Concert of Arias," which once again thrilled a sellout audience with performances by ...


Garden Party

Donors get first look at new $31 million Hermann Park wonderland — and they like it!

By Shelby Hodge

Like entranced children entering a flourishing wonderland, leading patrons of the John C. and Kathrine G. McGovern Centennial Gardens enjoyed a first look Thursday night at the splendid $31 million ...


French Quarter Fun

French Quarter fun is just the ticket for rockin' Children's Museum gala, raising close to $1 million

By Shelby Hodge

The Children's Museum of Houston gala was rocking even before the Hustlers Brass Band descended the stairs of the Corinthian, horns blasting, umbrellas swaying above the dancer's heads. But ...


Shelby's Social Diary

The most influential crowd ever? Community Champions take a preview bow at River Oaks manse

By Shelby Hodge

"A phenomenal list of philanthropic boldfaces" — what better way to describe the honorees who will walk the runway as Community Champions at the "Celebration of Champions" ...


Shelby's Social Diary

A Saturday Night Live DJ and breakfast tacos fuel the wild after-party of a $2.6 million Symphony ball

By Shelby Hodge

As the Richard Brown Orchestra packed up its instruments and Jackson and Co. began clearing the tables at the Houston Symphony Centennial Ball, another even livelier party was taking shape across t ...


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