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Houston's Best Dressed

Who wore it best: Great gowns from the Houston Grand Opera Ball

By Shelby Hodge

With the Grand Foyer of Wortham Theater Center filled with 550 glam guys and dolls, the Houston Grand Opera Ball tableau was a fashionista paradise. Look who wore what. ...


Grand Opera Ball

With dancers in swimsuits, a soprano on stage and flowers galore, Opera Ball is spectacular

By Shelby Hodge

Even without the stellar $2 million in proceeds, Saturday night's Houston Grand Opera Ball would have been one of the company's most memorable. With the dreamy Don Carlos from HGO's upc ...


Party Watch

This Mardi Gras party raises tons of green as college king and queen represent in River Oaks

By Shelby Hodge

What: The University of St. Thomas 64th annual Mardi Gras gala. Where: At River Oaks Country Club. The 411: With the ballroom decorated in the Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold, t ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Lunching ladies hand over more than $5,000 in gift cards during one special Tony's meal

By Shelby Hodge

The ooh-la-la factor edged into the social stratosphere when Houston Grand Opera Ball chair Margaret Alkek Williams summoned supporters for a luscious luncheon at Tony's. Cost of admission: a $ ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Houston's Icepocalypse cannot keep big donors away from Rienzi's $300,000 night

By Shelby Hodge

Neither rain, nor sleet nor forecasts for the icepocalypse could keep Rienzi supporters from their rounds on Tuesday night. The 14th annual Rienzi Society dinner drew a stalwart, and shall we ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Houston's most glamorous gala: Anticipation builds for the party of the season — a florist's dream

By Shelby Hodge

With Fleurs de l'Opera as the theme for the upcoming Houston Grand Opera ball, it should be no surprise that on departure from the gala kickoff party, guests were presented with bouquets of min ...


Music as beautiful medicine

Symphony, opera and ballet turn hospital stay into a holiday musical delight

By Shelby Hodge

Other than the birth of a baby, there probably is never a good time to be in the hospital. But for patients at Houston Methodist this past week, their timing was right for a very merry medical mome ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Glee star's Houston appearance builds buzz for the Symphony ball: That's centennial power

By Shelby Hodge

Champagne glasses were raised in jubilant toasts when Houston Symphony CEO Mark Hanson unveiled particulars of the 2014 symphony ball, which will be held in May rather than March, as long-standing ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Generations of generous philanthropists honored at Huffington Center on Aging gala

By Shelby Hodge

A dozen high-profile philanthropists from three families, representing two generations of giving, took bows at River Oaks Country Club as honorees at the "Crystal Ball," celebrating the 2 ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Deluge and flooded party tent can't dampen exuberant Houston Grand Opera opening night gala

By Shelby Hodge

Even as the black-tie attired guests stepped gingerly through inches of water, ladies genteelly hiking their designer gowns, Houston Grand Opera's opening night gala dinner showed no signs ...


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