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  • September 11, 2012
    Longtime Houston arts supporter and philanthropist Kitty King Powell has donated $1.5 million to three local performing arts organizations. The Houston Ballet , Houston Grand Opera , and the Houston Symphony each received $500,000 from Powell, whose daughters announced the gifts earlier this month. The gift to Houston Ballet is earmarked to help support the new Houston Ballet Center for Dance, which opened in April 2011; monies directed toward the Symphony are to be used for the orchestra's
  • Proposal Would Improve City Parks System
    August 22, 2012
    If voters approve a proposed public bond package in November, Houston's parks will get some much needed green. The $410 million bond package would include $160 million for improvements to bayous and parks. City officials say the money will go a long way to connecting, expanding and improving parks citywide. Voters head to the polls November 6. The initiative has actually spawned an organization that hopes to raise awareness about the benefits of the bond proposal. The citizens coalition...
  • August 21, 2012
    Houston wants to host a mega bowl game--and the city's ready to make its case. Officials announced their plans on Tuesday to bid for the Champions Bowl, which will pit the top team from the Big 12 against that of the Southeastern Conference. The game would be played at Reliant Stadium. The other cities said to also be bidding for the Champions Bowl are Arlington, San Antonio, New Orleans and Atlanta. "The inclusion of Houston in this group of elite bowl destinations is a recognition of...
  • August 8, 2012
    UPDATE : Oxheart, the intimate tasting menu concept from Justin Yu made the narrowed list of the 10 best new restaurants in the country. Click here for more details. Three local restaurants have made Bon Appetit 's list of the best new places to eat in the nation, tying Houston with Portland for the most spots on the much-lauded roundup. Underbelly , Oxheart (pictured right) and Uchi were all included on the list of best new restaurant nominees. All three opened in the last year under
  • August 3, 2012
    If you're like many, you've probably been swept up in the pride, pageantry and competition of the Olympic Games. And with all of the sweeping shots of London, the coverage is also giving viewers here a touch of British fever. Fortunately there are ways to experience a little bit of across-the-pond culture without leaving Houston. Here's a rundown of some of our favorite British-themed spots around town. Dine at Feast , a classic "nose to tail" restaurant (you're...
  • July 31, 2012
    Creativity is a catalyst for business in Houston, contributing more than $9 billion to the local economy last year alone, according to a new study. Officials from the Houston Arts Alliance, along with Mayor Parker and other champions of the arts revealed the findings of the study titled The Creative Economy of Houston at a press conference on Tuesday. More than 150,000 people are employed by the creative industries in the 10-country region, an 8% increase over 2001. The study compared
  • July 27, 2012
    The writers at Forbes get what makes a city cool. It's the interesting people and quirky places, innovative arts groups and multiculturalism. And, oh yes, a vibrant economy. So when the writers set out to select the coolest city to live in the U.S., it was clear Houston had this one in the bag. Forbes ranked the Bayou City No. 1 on the list out today. According to Forbes' take on Houston: "Over the past decade, the dreary corporate cityscape has been quietly transforming. Stylish...
  • July 24, 2012
    Houstonians know that the Menil Collection isn't a building or a set of buildings. Rather the legacy of John and Dominique de Menil and their world-renowned collection is an entire neighborhood of art, nestled in a quiet tree-lined section of the Montrose. Over several decades architects such as Howard Barnstone, Philip Johnson and Renzo Piano helped the de Menils realize their campus vision, from the museum buildings themselves to the gray bungalows to the green spaces adorned with outdoor
  • July 18, 2012
    What makes Houston the exciting place it is? Quite simply, it's the people. It's the people who make our world-class culinary scene, our dynamic arts culture and our cutting-edge fashion sector-to name just a few of the things Houston is known for. Starting today with a photo shoot, the Greater Houston CVB is developing a major ad campaign that will showcase Houston through the lens of some of its most dynamic faces and personalities. We invite you to follow the progress of the...
  • July 16, 2012
    August is approaching. And Houston food lovers know that's a time for rejoicing. Houston Restaurant Weeks returns next month with more than 100 restaurants participating. The month-long event is designed to bring business to area eateries during a typically slow period and also raise money for the Houston Food Bank. If Houston Restaurant Weeks is new to you, here's how it works: lunches are typically two courses for $20 while dinners are $35 for three courses (a few restaurants do it a
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