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Beloved River Oaks garden landmark forced to close for private school expansion

By Elizabeth Rhodes

The River Oaks Plant House, a fixture at the corner of Westheimer and Buffalo Speedway for more than 30 years, is being forced to close to make way for the expansion of St. John ...


Margaret Alkek Williams Crain Garden Performance Series: St. John's School Mavericks

The St. John's School Mavericks will perform a concert at Houston Methodist as part of the Margaret Alkek Williams Crain Garden Performing Series.


Straight Talk

Michelle Obama talks to Houston kids on Google — and delivers some pointed advice

By Julie Knutson

It wasn’t a typical weekend morning for a group of young women from Breakthrough Houston, St. John’s School and the United Nations Foundation campaign, Girl Up. This past Saturday a ...


A real Breakthrough

Students teaching students: Innovative summer program offers a win-win model for middle schoolers

By Julie Knutson

Now in its 17th year, the Breakthrough Houston summer enrichment program has aimed to tackle the city's academic achievement gap by providing an engaging environment for middle school students ...


CultureMap & KHOU

Mileage racing: Hitting the track for the Shell Eco Marathon

By Whitney Radley

When it comes to  a Texans' way of thinking, there aren't many circumstances where "less is more" holds true. But at the Shell Eco Marathon, a competition running at the Geor ...


Drink Up . . . Now

Closing date revealed for iconic bar elbowed out by St. John's School expansion

By Whitney Radley

As CultureMap first reported earlier this year, Blanco's Bar & Grill is on its last legs. The St. John's School's purchase of the land where the longtime honky-tonk institution ...


Property purchase

St. John's School buys Blanco's property — what will happen to the hallowed honky tonk?

By Whitney Radley

Over the weekend, St. John's School alumni received an email announcing the school's purchase of a 13-acre tract of property along Buffalo Speedway and West Alabama Street. T ...


texas on film

On location: Long before Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson used St. John's School as a movie set

By Samantha Pitchel

Wes Anderson’s films are as well known for their colorful locations and carefully designed sets as their impossibly wise and eternally classy characters. His latest, Moonrise Kingdom, whi ...


At the movies

Trust screenwriter Andy Bellin makes his mark with the help of Friends and a great Galveston actress

By Joe Leydon

Andy Bellin always knew he would succeed as a screenwriter if he played his cards right. He just didn’t realize that he wouldn’t get his first on-screen credit until a friend took a gam ...


"Blondes vs. Brunettes" Powder Puff Football Game benefiting The Alzheimer's Association

The age-old rivalry between blondes and brunettes finds its way to St. John's Skip Lee Field. It's a flag football game with teams divided by hair color and all funds benefiting The Alzheim


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