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High Level Patronage

Houston Symphony dedicates opening night to $5 million benefactor after receiving largest personal gift in a decade

By Shelby Hodge

The timing could not have been more perfect for Margaret Alkek Williams to make a $5 million commitment to the Houston Symphony. The philanthropist, whose beauty and grace belie her age, turns ...


Making Beautiful Music

Twenty Houston movers and shakers serenaded by superheroes at Virtuosi dinner concert

By Shelby Hodge

Talk about stacking the deck for success. That would be Zarine Boyce, who orchestrated a masterful list of 20 honorees for the Virtuosi of Houston gala concert and dinner, honorees guaranteed to dr ...


Best Ball Gowns Ever

Houston Grand Opera Ball brings out the best designer gowns on glamorous night: Here are our favorites

By Shelby Hodge

What better time to wear your most spectacular ball gown than the Houston Grand Opera white-tie-and-tails gala? Each year, the social swans dress to impress as at no other time. ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Mega jewels, stunning gowns and dashing gents make this Opera Ball a $1.3 million extravaganza

By Shelby Hodge

It was a brilliant evening of roses, ruffles and mucho dinero as Houston Grand Opera took an Iberian turn with its annual white-tie-and-tails gala, this year playing on the theme of Espa&ntild ...


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Paris comes to Houston: A Tony star, a UH piano and a glittering Eiffel Tower give this gala real French power

By Shelby Hodge

Both upstairs and downstairs — in the Grand Foyer and in the Brown Theater — music filled Wortham Theater Center during the University of Houston Moores School of Music Society annual c ...


Lots of laughter and loot

Presidential library enjoys a windfall as raucous comedian plays funny with liberal politics

By Shelby Hodge

There were probably few yellow dog Democrats in the ballroom of the Royal Sonesta for the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation dinner Thursday night. And that would be a good thing as c ...


Party Watch

The horror of the Ebola virus is brought home to Houston amid cushy gala life

By Shelby Hodge

What: Medical Bridges "One People, One World" gala. Where: Hilton Post Oak Hotel. The 411: In a compelling evening focusing on the good works of Medical Bridges, chairs Dr. Kelli ...


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  ...


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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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Houston's record-breaking doctor is honored: This life saver showed a lot of heart

By Shelby Hodge

The myriad accomplishments of Dr. O.H. "Bud" Frazier were in the spotlight once again when a packed house of more than 300 celebrated the renowned heart surgeon and researcher at a b ...


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