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Anticipation

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 ...


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 ...


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