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  • July 11, 2012
    For the 18th year, the Alley Theatre is staging its Summer Chills production, a seasonal, lighthearted whodunit that continues to entertain audiences. Returning to the works of Agatha Christie, the Alley company tackles Black Coffee in 2012, one of the more popular plays from the mistress of mystery. Set in a British manor house during the 1920s, Coffee dissects the inner workings of a well-to-do family suffering under a conniving and inventive patriarch. When Sir Claud Amory (played by Alley
  • July 9, 2012
    The 2012 NAACP Convention continues at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston this week. Roughly 5,000 attendees are in town for the election year-conference of the nation's largest African American organization. Here is a running recap of headlines from the convention. July 12 Biden's rousing speech makes NAACP crowd forgive Obama no-show (Houston Chronicle) July 11 NAACP cool toward Romney's overtures (Washington Post) Romney speech to NAACP draws boos, raises...
  • July 5, 2012
    Bruce Lumpkin has joined the staff of Theatre Under the Stars as artistic director. The artistic director position at TUTS was previously held by the organization's founder Frank Young. In his new role, Lumpkin will maintain artistic oversight of the theater company's productions and provide creative direction to TUTS' Humphreys School of Musical Theatre. A Houston native, Lumpkin's experience includes working with Tommy Tune on the Broadway productions of Grand Hote l, Nine...
  • July 3, 2012
    If you're running late for your flight or just don't want to deal with the hassle of parking at the airport, you're in luck. This week George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) launched valet parking service. Customers can now valet park in each of the airports terminals and arrange to have their car delivered to whichever terminal they fly into upon return. Valet service is $25 per day. A similar service is expected to launch at Hobby Airport later this year. Meanwhile, Spirit...
  • June 29, 2012
    One of Houston's biggest annual expos is expected to contribute $17 million to the local economy this year, according to new figures. The NAPE Expo, which happens twice a year, is likely to have a $17 million impact in 2012 based on figures of $2 million for the summer show and $15 million in the winter. The world's largest upstream energy and petroleum expo has been held in Houston for more than 20 years. "NAPE is such a strong asset to Houston's economy," says Greg...
  • Annual NAPE Conference Brings $17M to Houston
    June 29, 2012
    One of the biggest annual expos in Houston contributes is expected to contribute $17 million to the local economy this year, according to new projections. Now in its 20th year the twice-annual NAPE Expo is forecasted to bring $17 million in spending, with $2 million coming from the group's summer event and $15 million from the winter expo. NAPE is the world's largest upstream energy and petroleum expo. The Summer Expo is slated for August 22-24, 2012 at the George R. Brown Convention...
  • June 25, 2012
    Good news for bicycle-loving Houstonians: The Department of Transportation recently awarded the city a $15-million TIGER Grant to improve and expand H-Town’s trails and bikeways. More than 18 miles of hike and bike trails, sidewalks and on-street bikeways are being added or enhanced, helping link Northside Village, Fifth Ward and Third Ward to Downtown, Midtown and the Medical Center. Joined by Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez, U.S. Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee and Gene...
  • June 8, 2012
    A country brothel in rural Texas may not seem like the best fodder for a musical. But anyone who has seen the stage or film productions of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" knows it's the stuff of legend. Based on the true story of the Chicken Ranch that once operated in LaGrange, "Whorehouse" is a romping, upbeat and colorful homage to Texas culture, in all its glory and infamy. The story is set in the 1970s when Miss Mona Stangley is the proprietor of the Chicken...
  • June 1, 2012
    Megabus.com is launching new service in Texas and the Southern U.S. with daily departures and arrivals between Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and other cities. Megabus.com began taking reservations this week for service beginning June 19. Fares start as low as $1 each way. Adding to the attractiveness of the service is the fact that each double-decker bus is equipped with free wireless Internet, power outlets and restrooms. In Houston, the company will have buses arriving and departing
  • May 30, 2012
    Next year a Houston franchisee of Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas will open two new locations, including the first inside the Loop in Midtown. Triple Tap Ventures LLC, which owns and operates the cinemas at West Oaks Mall and on Mason Road in Katy, says it's planning both new locations for 2013 but did not specify a month. The company did say that the first new Alamo to open will be in Northwest Houston at Vintage Park Shopping Village off of Tomball Parkway 249 and Louetta Road. That...
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