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  • April 11, 2012
    Holocaust Museum Houston has achieved accreditation from the American Association of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition possible for a U.S. museum. The recognition, announced on April 10, represents a milestone for the 16-year-old museum. Of the nation's estimated 17,500 museums, 775 are currently accredited. Holocaust Museum Houston joins the Museum of Natural Science , the Contemporary Arts Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts as one of only four AAM-accredited museums in the
  • April 5, 2012
    Go Pig! Or Go Home! Doesn't that get you excited? On April 15, Kata Robata , will host the first annual Suckling Pig Throwdown. Thirteen of Houston's top local chefs will come together to take part in this friendly competition for the title of suckling pig champ. The event will benefit Recipe for Success, a nonprofit that helps fight childhood obesity (insert tiny ironic laugh here). Chefs will offer up bites of their pig roasts to attendees who will also get to enjoy signature Kata...
  • April 5, 2012
    With its pastoral landscape and century-old architecture, few would use the term "unconventional" to characterize Rice University. But the revered institution of higher education is embracing just that term. As part of its centennial year celebration, Rice is opening its campus up to all Houstonians April 12-14 for a massive open house it's calling an UnConvention. From a display of inventions by student engineers and an Asian Film Festival, to Shepherd School of Music concerts...
  • April 4, 2012
    Good news golfers… and wannabe golfers. Illinois-based TopGolf is opening a 65,000 square foot facility in Houston. Though company brass remains mum on where the new entertainment complex is setting up shop, they will confirm that it’s scheduled to open in October 2012. For those new to the TopGolf experience, it’s basically an over-the-top, state-of-the-art driving range that brings together groups for golfing, dining and drinking. The concept replaces traditional golf...
  • April 4, 2012
    A newly released study shows the 2011 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, which pitted Texas A&M football against Northwestern University, generated roughly $17.5 million in direct spending and a total economic impact of $29.3 million for the city of Houston. Strategic Marketing Services worked with bowl game officials and the Greater Houston Convention Center and Visitors Bureau on the economic impact analysis. The group conducted 462 surveys at the game and in the Galleria during game weekend,
  • April 2, 2012
    In some cities, people enjoy an occasional ballgame. In other cities, professional sports are woven into the fabric of the community. Houston is one of the latter cities. Whether it's tailgating for a Texans game or cheering on the Rockets courtside, Houstonians are some of the most avid sports fans around. Small wonder then that excitement is building this spring for two major events in local pro sports: the 50th anniversary of the Houston Astros and the debut of the Houston Dynamo's...
  • March 29, 2012
    It’s been nearly five months since California-based Trader Joe’s announced plans to open its grocer concept in The Woodlands Crossing Shopping Center. In the time since, locals speculated whether the supplier would expand in Houston and, fortunately, the company is ready to put the rumors to rest. By year’s end, Trader Joe’s will add two additional outposts in the Houston market—one in Memorial and another in Montrose. Located at 1440 S. Voss, the Memorial...
  • March 26, 2012
    With $2.3 million in improvements now complete, it's a new day for the Courtyard Houston Hobby Airport . Updates have been made to the 153-room hotel's lobby, guest rooms and services. Welcoming pedestals have replaced the traditional front desk--an effort to increase guest interaction and speed the check-in process. There's also a new high-tech GoBoard in the lobby, a large touchscreen HDTV that offers guests news headlines, sports scores, directions to local businesses, flight...
  • Downtown H-Town Comes Alive in Time Lapse Video
    March 23, 2012
    Every now and then, a cool video comes along that really captures the dynamic of a city. Award-winning artist and videographer Erik Clapp has done just that with his short film titled Downtown H-Town. Check it out and let us know what you think. Downtown H Town from Erik Clapp on Vimeo . You can see more of Erik's work on his website . And to see other Houston videos, visit the videos section of our website.
  • March 22, 2012
    Players in the Houston art scene will receive major honors at an awards event in New York next month. The U.S. section of the International Association of Art Critics presents awards each year to artists, curators, museums, galleries and other institutions recognizing excellence in exhibitions. Twenty-four winners will receive awards in 12 categories at the event in April. Among this year's winners are: • Co-curators Josef Helfenstein and Isabel Schulz at the Menil Collection , for...
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