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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, ...


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The real high life: British opulence shown off to VIPS and a Lord at this unique MFAH sneak peek

By Kate Bentsen

What: Dinner reception and viewing of the exhibition, Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House. Where: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The 411: MFAH trustees were treated to a ...


Tilda Takes Houston

Tilda Swinton, Wes Anderson and Lynn Wyatt light up rare Rothko Chapel fundraiser

By Shelby Hodge

The last time that screenwriter/director Wes Anderson was in the Houston Country Club ballroom, it was for his St. John's senior prom back in 1987. Thursday night, the Hollywood A-lister was in ...


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Putting on the glitz: High-style Houstonians make a splash at exclusive New York gala

By Shelby Hodge

New York City glitterati got a taste of Houston glitz when a handful of H-Town notables turned out for the New York Academy of Art's Tribeca Ball. Among those spreading the Bayou City razz ...


From Rock to Riches

Red carpet ready: Exhibit showcases spectacular jewels worn by Elizabeth Taylor

By Heather Staible

The new Bulgari exhibit is a sparkling sanctuary on the third floor of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, but to fully appreciate the cases of glittering gems worn by celebrities and the fashio ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Divine Miss M does H-Town: Bette Midler reveals biggest mistake, fave flick & passion for green

By Shelby Hodge

Whether on stage at Wortham Theater Center, being interviewed for the Brilliant Lecture Series, or dining late-night with patrons, Bette Midler shows that it's possible to be a mega-star and a ...


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Bargain hunters have a field day as designer threads from chic closets rake in $600,000 for Salvation Army

By Shelby Hodge

While few residents of River Oaks, Tanglewood and Memorial would ever be caught shopping in a resale boutique, they swarmed with enthusiasm through the racks at the Salvation Army Women&# ...


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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 ...


Social Scene

The next Downton Abbey? TV insider makes a bold prediction at a Houston gala that includes its own butler

By Clifford Pugh

Not many Houston galas have a butler doing the honors. But Mr. Rodgers, the rising star of Channel 8's Manor of Speaking, the locally-produced talk show that dissects every episode of the monst ...


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Lynn Wyatt for the cover of Vogue: That's the consensus of supermodels and I Am Waters fans

By Shelby Hodge

Even a pride of sleek and gorgeous models from the pages of top fashion magazines could not dim the star power of the I Am Waters luncheon honoree — Lynn Wyatt. As the supermodels gather ...


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