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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. ...


Cherry blossom time

Pretty in pink: Asia Society Texas Center salutes Japan at sellout black tie gala

By Shelby Hodge

Some might have called it "pretty in pink Japan style" as Asia Society Texas Center celebrated Japan at its annual gala and for the salute washed the walls of its modern home, designed by ...


Different Perspectives

After international search, Asia Society Texas Center finds new director close to home

By Joel Luks

After a nine-month international executive director search, the Asia Society Texas Center has found its new leader close to home. University of Houston graduate Bonna Kol, who was unanimo ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Men of Distinction flex their fundraising muscle: City's most powerful players gather in one room

By Shelby Hodge

We would venture to say that not a lot of serious business transpired in Houston at midday last Wednesday as the majority of men who make things happen in this city seemed to all be gathered in the ...


Y. Ping Sun

This rare homecoming queen/attorney is a rock star at Rice University

By Shelby Hodge

It's almost impossible to walk across the Rice University campus with Y. Ping Sun, wife of Rice president David Leebron, without her being stopped by admiring students and faculty. She is ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Early party of the year contender? Asia Society is on a $1 million mission to top last year's blowout

By Shelby Hodge

Last spring's "Tiger Ball" was a four-day rollicking success celebrating the Asia Society Texas Center's new home in the Yoshio Taniguchi-designed building in the museum dist ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Rice Design Alliance gala plays it by the numbers: 40 years on the scene, 30 years of Cite and more

By Shelby Hodge

The final note in Rice University's centennial celebration sounded Sunday night when Rice Design Alliance hosted 900 guests at its annual gala celebrating 100 years of Rice architecture, 40 yea ...


Nothing less than spectacular

1,000 guests, a 25,000 sq.ft. party tent & 10-tier birthday cake: Rice celebrates 100 years in high style

By Shelby Hodge

An influential flock of black-tie-attired guests dined in silvery blue splendor Thursday night as Rice University formally celebrated its 100th anniversary with a grand birthday gala, an evening gl ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Houston: We have a future. Just ask historian James Fallows and guests attending the Impact Gala

By Shelby Hodge

The mood at the Center for Houston's Future Impact Gala was so much more cerebral than at most of the city's evening fundraising events. And that was a welcome change of pace for the 350 gu ...


Shelby About Town

Houstonians celebrate Arts of the Islamic World, American Hospital in Paris and honors in Beijing

By Shelby Hodge

In the same week that the Louvre in Paris opened its new $125 million Islamic galleries, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston celebrated its upcoming initiatives for the Arts of the Islamic World depar ...


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