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Posts from January 2015

  • January 28, 2015
    By John Egan Houston's NRG Stadium hosted Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 and is set to host Super Bowl LI in 2017. So if NRG Stadium is well-equipped to handle the Super Bowl, then it's certainly well-equipped to handle any number of events - as are Houston's three other major league sports venues. NRG Stadium, BBVA Compass Stadium, Minute Maid Park and the Toyota Center can ably accommodate gatherings big and small. NRG Stadium and Minute Maid Park boast retractable roofs, allowing...
  • January 22, 2015
    Visit Houston recently launched its monthly Facebook Live Chat series with acclaimed Houston artist David Addickes. The man responsible for some of the most iconic public art pieces around Houston has led a storied life. Long before the president's heads, the giant Sam Houston statue in Huntsville and the We (Heart) Houston sculpture, Adickes studied art under French masters, wrote music and launched the celebrated nightclub Love Street Light Circus at Allen's Landing. Now he's...
  • Houston's Texas Medical Center on Global Health Care Map
    January 21, 2015
    By John Egan Houston's status as an international medical hub makes it an attractive place for medical conventions. Houston is home to the Texas Medical Center, the world's largest medical complex. The center comprises 55 institutions, employs about 106,000 people and hosts about $3.6 billion worth of medical research. At 1,345 acres, the Texas Medical Center ranks as the eighth largest business district in the U.S. In
  • Replay: Houston through the lens of Boyhood
    January 20, 2015
    Houston-born filmmaker Richard Linklater spent part of his own boyhood in the Bayou City, which now serves as much of the backdrop for his groundbreaking new film, Boyhood. Boyhood was filmed over 12 years, following the same actors; Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane. It chronicles the ups and downs of a typical American family, set against the backdrop of the Lone Star State. The groundbreaking film just took home top prizes at the Golden Globes, winning the award for best
  • January 15, 2015
    By John Egan For convention-goers and other business travelers, Houston's two major airports keep flying to new heights, further enhancing the city's status as a national and international gateway. Expansions are on tap at both George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport. At IAH, city officials have given the green light to a project to replace Terminal D, which serves an increasing number of international passengers. The City Council announced plans to...
  • January 13, 2015
    Follow the trails and tails to the Grand Opening of Johnny Steele Dog Park at Buffalo Bayou Saturday, January 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. Located at Allen Parkway and Montrose Boulevard, the centrally located dog park boasts large and small dog ponds, washing stations, shade structures and seating areas. The event will include plenty of fun activities to keep Fido happy including a Strut Your Mutt Doggie Fashion Show, a Dog Look-Alike Contest, raffle giveaways, doggie kissing booths and trainer tips by
  • January 13, 2015
    Today, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston revealed exciting expansion plans that will change the face of the cultural institution in the years to come. The $450 million project includes two new buildings that will complement the institutions two existing structures. MFAH tapped Steven Holl Architects, who offices in NYC and Beijing, to reimagine the north side of the campus with pedestrian-friendly additions and underground parking. The firm will also design the Nancy and Rich Kinder...
  • January 9, 2015
    The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts has unleashed Broadway to the Bayou City. The season, which runs from 2015-2016, kicks off with the Tony Award-winning revival of Pippin in October and is followed by numerous other Broadway big names like The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked. "I am thrilled that once again, Houston audiences have the opportunity to experience the best of Broadway in their own backyard," said Fran Macferran, President of the Hobby Center Foundation, in a recent
  • January 7, 2015
    By John Egan As one of the country's 10 largest convention facilities, Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center has served millions of convention-goers - and has served them well. Every year, the center adeptly hosts more than 40 major conventions and more than 200 smaller events. Now, the George R. Brown Convention Center and the entire Houston Convention District are in the midst of a massive transformation that promises to make the area an even more attractive option for...
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