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Better Than Laughing Gas

Jay Leno cracks 'em up at Alley Theatre's $1 million gala held on the floor of NRG stadium

By Shelby Hodge

"Whose idea was this anyway?" Jay Leno cracked wise as he attempted to summon intimate comedy club ambience in the vast environs of NRG Stadium. While the space might have been less than ...

Splendor in the Night

Inside the Houston Grand Opera Ball: Video with Lynn Wyatt details glittery white-tie spectacle

By Shelby Hodge

By all accounts, Houston Grand Opera's España ball was one of the most beautiful on record, the Spanish-inspired theme lending itself for lavish floral displays and grand mural ...

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 ...

Pix of the Day

Pirates overrun party planner's warehouse on a magical treasure hunt

By Shelby Hodge

When more than 50 youngsters completed the Youth Development Center's summer enrichment program recently, a celebration was in order. After all, they had spent several weeks participating ...

Delicious, delicious, delicious

Houston's best foodie event ever: Top restaurant chefs wow big spenders from a makeshift kitchen

By Shelby Hodge

Most of the chefs participating in the Youth Development Center's grand Bon Vivant Houston fundraiser don't need the publicity or the challenge of turning out a gourmet dinner from a makesh ...

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 ...

Perfect Black Tie Dinner

The perfect black-tie dinner? Discovery Green gala team piles on the calories at Tony's in hot pursuit

By Shelby Hodge

Decisions, decisions — at the table in Tony's. Should it be the traditional beef tenderloin or the more interesting pollo involtini? The Maker's Mark butter cake or the key ...

Baker Celebration

Two former presidents help Baker Institute raise $3.4 million at 20th anniversary celebration

By Shelby Hodge

With 725 black-tie attired guests dining in tented splendor beneath a score of crystal chandeliers, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy celebrated its 20th anniversary in grand ...

A heavenly wedding

Dominique Sachse & Nick Florescu wed by Joel Osteen amid a sea of TV news stars and social swells

By Shelby Hodge

It was Joel Osteen's first wedding outside of tying the knot for a handful of family members and the pastor, who preaches to millions via television from Lakewood Church every Sunday, was endea ...

Done in good taste

Top Chefs cook for very exclusive tables in Houston foodie paradise

By Shelby Hodge

Congrats to Linn Energy general counsel Charlene Ripley and The Events Co.'s Richard Flowers for once again chairing the most delicious fundraiser of the year. How could "Bon Vivant Housto ...

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