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2015 Houston International Jazz Festival: Mayor's Scholarship Jazz Brunch

Wortham Theater Center

As part of the 2015 Houston International Jazz Festival, the Mayor's Scholarship Jazz Brunch will be held at Wortham Theater Center. Mayor Annise Parker will present the 2015 scholarship r

Houston's Green Makeover

$220 million overhaul will make Memorial Park too nice? Plan approved amid strange city council concerns

By Barbara Kuntz

The estimated $220 million Memorial Park Long-Range Master Plan to overhaul the city's largest green space has gotten an unanimous thumbs up from Houston City Council. The approval cam ...

Hometown Glory

Annise Parker named one of the best mayors in the world: Houston's leader only American to crack Top 10

By Barbara Kuntz

Houston Mayor Annise Parker  has won seventh place in the annual World Mayor Prize organized by the City Mayors Foundation, an international think tank dedicated to promoting go ...

No Kirby Oaks?

Don't call it Kirby Oaks: Tree killer pays hefty penalty but other legal cut-downs continue

By Barbara Kuntz

When are some Houstonians going to learn they can't just cut down trees, especially those of certain varieties and, even then, without a permit? The good news for those who believe a l ...

Changing Houston

New $80 million history center breaks ground downtown with eyes on the 2017 Super Bowl

By Barbara Kuntz

A groundbreaking ceremony for the $80 million Nau Center for Texas Cultural Heritage marks the beginning of construction for the museum, just in time for it to open its doors in fall 2016 and ...

Best Pixs Of The Day

Cute, hilarious and stunning photos: A look back at Houston's best Pixs of the Day

By Barbara Kuntz

CultureMap has consistently illustrated its articles these past five years with outstanding images from freelancers, contributors, staff and a team of incredibly talented photographers. "Best ...

Mayor Food?

Houston food trucks are set free: Downtown dining to be forever changed — and foodies are pumped up

By Elizabeth Rhodes

The long-ridiculed and extremely restrictive regulations on food trucks in Houston have been revised in at least one major way. Until now, food trucks using propane in the Texas ...

Sunday Streets HTX Returns

Look Houston, no cars! Popular Sunday Streets HTX program returns this fall

By Elizabeth Rhodes

After a successful run this summer, the Sunday Streets HTX program is back to help Houstonians get outdoors and get moving. What began as a three-month pilot initiative back in A ...

Pearls and Ice

Houston's mayor jumps into the Ice Bucket Challenge, calls out Jadeveon Clowney and zings the Astros

By Barbara Kuntz

Sitting in her backyard on a sunny day wearing pearls and a roller derby T-shirt, Mayor Annise Parker beat the Houston heat for a worthy cause by taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — an ...

Houston's Tiniest Park

Houston's tiniest park: City's first parklet rises from one converted asphalt parking space

By Barbara Kuntz

A parking space converted into Houston's first parklet brought a mini-media frenzy — and fun street party — to 19th Street in the Heights, where New Living artisans, city ...

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