Readers are flocking to CultureMap in record numbers — we had our best week ever last week — for an eclectic mix of stories. Postings with pop culture themes dominated the top of the list, but other topics caught your eye — a look at the newly renovated Julia Ideson library, a big proposed rate increase in water bills for apartment renters, our green living series (my personal favorite: the fabric softener diet ), an events calender full of interesting things going on in town, and Janet Gurwitch's interview with Texas Children's Hospital CEO Mark Wallace — the first in a monthly series where she quizzes business leaders on their secrets of success.
Top stories for week of April 10-17:
1. Fireworks on all levels made the opera ball one for the record books — Houston's premier society scribe Shelby Hodge had the scoop on the Houston Grand Opera "Yellow Rose of Texas" Ball honoring Lynn Wyatt. The big news: Lynn's husband, Oscar, gave $1 million to the opera in her honor.
2. A liberal crashes the Tea Party (and finds some surprises) — CultureMapper writer Sarah Rufca went to the tea party rally at Discovery Green and was surprised to discover some speakers had ideas that seem downright sensible.
3. Greg Scheinman's Profile comes to CultureMap — CultureMap is proud to be the online home for the PBS/Channel 8 series that profiles Houston's top leaders in business, philanthropy, sports, business and the arts. Watch the second season's first episode featuring Sam Gainer, senior partner of Gainer Donnelly & Desroches, one of Houston's largest independent accounting firms. And catch all the episodes of the first season on CultureMap.