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Dinner and Discourse

Power couple honored as Rice University's Baker Institute raises $740,000 for new center

By Shelby Hodge

Corporate, diplomatic and education leadership turned out in black-tie force for the Rice University Baker Institute for Public Policy gala that not only honored one of the city's leading coupl ...

Record-Breaking Tiger Ball

Golden dragons and glamorous gowns reflect Asian pride at record-breaking Tiger Ball

By Shelby Hodge

The understated yet noble architecture of Yoshio Taniguchi's Asia Society Texas Center provided a serene backdrop for the vivid tableau of cultural fashions and manners that defi ...

Party Watch

Rice Design Alliance gala draws top names in the field to salute beloved architect

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Rice Design Alliance gala, "Draw." Where: The Hilton Americas-Houston. The 411: The late William D. Kendall, founder of Kendall/Heaton Associates, was honored posthumous ...


A-list crowd gets ready for grand gala — six months early — at glam kick-off party

By Shelby Hodge

In H-Town's social milieu, there are kick-off parties and then there are KICK-OFF parties. Asia Society Texas Center threw one of the latter Tuesday night when a swell group of 200 partied thro ...

One helluva party

Surprise 50th birthday bash is one for the record books as swank restaurant transformed

By Shelby Hodge

You simply would not have recognized Tony's on Saturday night. In a 17-hour transformation, the already-swank restaurant blossomed into a sophisticated dinner club for a 50th birthday bash that ...

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 ...

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