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Doing Good

New CultureMap Charity Challenge has 12 worthy nonprofits competing: And your vote means everything

By Elizabeth Rhodes

Part of the mission of CultureMap is to shine a light on all the good work Houston nonprofits do to make our city a better place to live. That's why we're bringing back the CultureMap ...


"Having fun is in my blood"

Houston artist is remembered for vibrant paintings, gentle spirit and love of stray cats

By Joel Luks

Houston-based artist Van McFarland III died unexpectedly from a brain hemorrhage on Dec. 26, a day after celebrating Christmas with his family. He was 48 years old. Friends and loved ones will ...


The greatest gift

Christmas for the homeless: Santa, Elves and a winter wonderland in Houston surprise shelter moms and kids

By Shelby Hodge

Houston's chilly Christmas morning turned into a snowy delight in one small corner of the city when the 150 mothers and children at the modest Mission of Yahweh homeless shelter were treat ...


Holiday schmooze

Ridiculous traffic jam can't keep revelers from holiday party at River Oaks mansion

By Shelby Hodge

Even the ridiculous traffic jam at Shepherd and Inwood could not thwart the enthusiasm of partygoers headed for the ever-popular, annual Holiday Schmooze benefitting Legacy Community Health Service ...


Party Watch

River Oaks billionaire's mansion becomes a magical setting for ultimate Christmas party — and kids benefit

By Shelby Hodge

What: M.D. Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital ninth annual Santa's Elves party. Where: The River Oaks estate of Paige and Tilman Fertitta. The 411: Some 375 "Santa's Elves ...


Party Watch

Former Astros manager Bo Porter lures a baseball legend to Houston, showing his undying love for the city

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Stacey and Bo Porter SELF Foundation second annual "Legacy Gala." Where: The Hilton Americas-Houston. The 411: He might no longer work in Houston but former Astros ...


The Downfall

Bill Cosby sees his "feel good" Dallas gig get canceled: Rape allegations bring Texas wrath

By Diana Oates

Bill Cosby isn't welcome in Dallas (for good reason of course). Dallas charity LaunchAbility has yanked Cosby and tapped Emmy Award-winning comedian Dana Carvey to perform at the 14th annua ...


Breast Cancer Battles

Three remarkable women recount breast cancer battle at razzle dazzle luncheon

By Shelby Hodge

There could not have been a more heartwarming luncheon than Memorial Hermann's recent Razzle Dazzle Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser at the Westin Houston Memorial City where three ...


Fast Food Transformation

Celebrity chefs transform McDonald's fast food into elaborate crowd-pleasing dinner

By Shelby Hodge

It was no ordinary foodie competition when three intrepid chefs went head to head in a test of who could make the most compelling dinner using ingredients from McDonald's. Yes, the hamburger an ...


Party Watch

Steakhouse sommelier wins top honors, beating out a dozen others in wine-tasting competition

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Periwinkle Foundation Iron Sommelier competition and wine tasting. Where: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa. The 411: While sampling wines from across the globe, more than 500 ...


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