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Houston Gears Up for NBA All-Star Weekend

Houston is ready for an NBA invasion. NBA All-Star 2013 kicks off next month with a series of events leading up to the big game on Sunday Feb. 17. Returning to Houston for the first time since 2006, the All-Star game celebrates the NBA's greatest athletes. But there's plenty for basketball fans to see and do beyond the game itself. The NBA All-Star Jam Session - NBA All-Star Jam Session is wall-to-wall basketball fun for all ages. Fans can shoot, slam, dribble and drive all day, compete…

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Air China Coming to Bush Airport

Air China said this week it will begin new nonstop service between Beijing and Houston Bush Intercontinental in July. The new route, which is pending federal approval, will significantly improve access between Houston and China. Plans call for four flights a week on Boeing 777-300ER jets. China-bound flights will leave Houston at 1:40 a.m. and land in Beijing at 5 a.m. the next day. The return flight will leave Beijing at 3 p.m. and land in Houston at 3:30 p.m. on the same day. "We've seen a…

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Houston Symphony Selects Orozco-Estrada as Music Director

He was born in Colombia, trained in Austria, conducted in Spain and now he's the new music director of the Houston Symphony. Andres Orozco-Estrada, 35, is a vibrant young conductor who has impressed audiences across Europe and the United States. Orozco-Estrada began conducting at age 15, which led the young violin player to begin training at the Vienna Music Academy at 19. The selection caps a three-year pursuit led by a 12-member search committee comprised of Houston Symphony musicians…

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Houston No. 7 on NYT List of Places to Visit in 2013

Is Houston on your radar in 2013? The New York Times thinks it should be. The newspaper of record ranked Houston No. 7 on its list of the 46 places to go this year. Houston was the only U.S. city in the top 10. NYT writer Ingrid K. Williams had this to say about the city: Houston is probably best known as the Texan center for energy and industry, but it's making a bid to be the state's cultural and culinary capital as well. The Houston Museum District is a formidable coterie of institutions…

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From Art to Food, Local Orgs Celebrate Milestones in 2013

Look for a lot of excitement in 2013 as some of Houston's most notable organizations celebrate milestone anniversaries. Founded in 1913, the Houston Symphony is renowned among major municipal symphonies. Each year, the organization performs more than 170 concerts for approximately 350,000 people, with shows that include a broad range of music from classical to popular. After a century in business, the symphony shows no signs of slowing down. Upcoming shows include Dvorak's New World Symphony…

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