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Sheer genius

Certified Houston genius celebrated by the city's most elite movers and shakers

By Shelby Hodge

Yes, the story is true. Houston artist and social innovator Rick Lowe didn't initially answer the phone call that would change his life. Not until the persistence of the caller on the other end ...


The Fight For Civil Rights

Houstonians come together for Concert Against Hate and raise close to $900,000

By Shelby Hodge

Emmy- and Oscar-winning actor Lou Gossett Jr. wowed the gathering of more than 2,000 as he narrated "Concert Against Hate," the Anti-Defamation League's evening of theatrical and ...


The CultureMap Interview

Leading the good fight: Oscar winner explains how America can get rid of racism — once and for all

By Joel Luks

At 78 years old, Louis Gossett Jr. says he feels better than ever — both physically and spiritually. The actor and founder of The Eracism Foundation, best known for his roles as Emil ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Houston's special India connection draws praise from a powerful senator at heavy-hitter gala

By Shelby Hodge

Fifteen years of building relationships between Houston's business community and India were celebrated in high style at the Hilton Americas-Houston during the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce ...


UH Stadium Suites

Power players celebrate the suite life amid plush surroundings at new University of Houston stadium

By Shelby Hodge

Even before kickoff for Saturday night's University of Houston football victory, a select group of Cougar fans were celebrating — suite owners and their guests. With the paint barely dry ...


UH Stadium's Puzzling Name

New UH football stadium name joins list of Houston sports palace puzzlers

By Ellen Goodacre

The University of Houston announced Tuesday that the $120 million football stadium nearing completion at the corner of Cullen Boulevard and Cougar Place will be rebranded as TDECU Stadium. The Univ ...


Building blocks

UH College of Architecture makes international splash with Venice Biennale appearance

By Shelby Hodge

Cougar pride enjoys a quantum leap forward this first week of June when the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture joins the International Architecture Exhibition at the este ...


Party Watch

Cougars and lawyers mix and mingle at River Oaks Country Club with Gatsby style

By Shelby Hodge

What: The University of Houston Law Center 38th annual gala. Where: River Oaks Country Club. The 411: Shawn and Bill Jackson, class of 1992, chaired the gala that raised close to $525,000. ...


Shelby's Social Diary

88-year-old music legend honored in a black-tie Houston night full of starpower

By Shelby Hodge

It's not often that a non-profit scores such a renowned collection of complementary headliners as the University of Houston's Moores School of Music managed for its 27th annual gala. B ...


Making An InPrint

Saving lives with words: Celebrity poet preaches the power of prose at Houston's Writers Ball

By Tarra Gaines

Poetry is a necessity in life. This was the argument put forth by current U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey to 430 of Houston’s glittering literati gathered at the Houston Country Club for ...


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