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Alley Renovation Set to Begin Summer 2014

With most of the funding in hand, Houston's largest professional theater company will begin a $46.5 million renovation of its facility this summer. But for the Alley Theatre, the show must go on. And it will go on next season, at the University of Houston. As work continues to complete the renovation by fall 2015, the company will perform its 2014/2015 season at UH's Wortham Theatre. Major renovation work will begin July 14 and will include fully modernizing the existing building, including…

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Experimental Arts Festival Coming to Houston this April

To experience the finest performing arts in the world, you need look no further than Houston. Houston is one of the nation's largest visual arts markets and one of the few U.S. cities to boast resident opera, symphony, theater and ballet companies. While more traditional performing arts have long been a staple in Houston's vibrant arts scene, a more experimental performance element will soon make its way to the city. Coming this April, the CounterCurrent 14 festival will be the latest…

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Forbes Gives Gold Star to 8 Houston Hot Spots

We give Houston four stars. And apparently, we aren't the only ones to recognize the city for having the best of the best. Forbes Travel Guide recently created its 56th list of Star Award Winners and Houston made the Texas list not once, but eight times. On the 2014 list of winners worldwide, categories Houston hit include Four-Star hotels…

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Big Brew Craft Beer Event on Tap for Houston

Beer lovers in Houston celebrate its local craft beers regularly. But now, following an announcement today from Mayor Annise Parker and partners Houston First Corp. and Food & Vine Time Productions Inc., Houstonians will soon have a full weekend to lay out the red carpet and pay proper respects to the booming brew industry sweeping America. "Big Brew Houston", slated to run October 23 to 25 at the George R. Brown Convention Center, will be the Bayou City's newest destination event, anticipated…

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Drew’s Pastry Place Chef/Owner to Star on “Bakery Boss” National TV Show

Houston's own Chef Andrew "Drew" Rogers, pastry chef and owner of Drew's Pastry Place in Northwest Houston, will go head-to-head with the one and only "Cake Boss" reality TV star Buddy Valastro on the new TLC show, "Bakery Boss," set to air January 20, 2014 (date subject to change). The Boss's mission is to help smaller, family-owned bakeries like Drew's Pastry Place to improve their business and find even more success. But as his name suggests, Buddy the Boss doesn't cook up advice without…

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Menil Collection announces Café Name, Opening Set for Labor Day

Bistro Menil will soon be a welcomed addition at the Menil Collection, where visitors will be able to feast on both fine art and a tasty meal. Current location prior to Bistro Cafe and landscaping. An eager audience gathered Wednesday to hear the winner of the Menil Collection's "name game", a challenge to Houstonians to help the museum name the new restaurant scheduled to open around Labor Day 2014. Over 450 entries were submitted from across Houston, taking inspiration from Menil…

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2014: A Look at What's in Store

Houston is beginning 2014 with plenty to be excited about. The Bayou City continues to top lists of all kinds-from most vibrant economies to best places to grab a bite. And as the city prepares to host Super Bowl LI in 2017, there's even more development headed our way. Here are just a few things we're excited about in the year ahead. GreenStreet Redevelopment Changes to the 568,294-square-foot Convention District complex Downtown include creating a vibrant, urban linear park, an installation…

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