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$40M Menil Drawing Institute Begins Construction

This past weekend, Mayor Parker and local philanthropists oversaw the groundbreaking of the 30,000-square-foot, $40 million Menil Drawing Institute in Midtown. The building comes as part of a $110 million campaign for the Menil Collection campus. Mayor Parker said, "Today we are launching the building of the Menil's new gift to the city of Houston. The museum was truly a gift when it opened, and it has been a gift every day since - a gift that is growing and becoming more precious over the…

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Fore! It’s Tee Time for the 2015 Shell Houston Open

By John Egan The biggest golf event of the year in the Houston area is about to tee off. The 2015 Shell Houston Open will be March 30-April 5 at Golf Club of Houston, about 15 miles north of Houston, in Humble. It's the PGA Tour's only stop in the Houston area. Among the golf stars who plan to be driving and putting in the SHO are Keegan Bradley, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, Hunter Mahan and Phil Mickelson. During the week of the SHO, roughly 100,000 fans are expected to turn out to watch PGA…

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The Health Museum Debuts New Permanent Exhibit

On Friday, March 27, The Health Museum will unveil its newest exhibit, the DeBakey Cell Lab, which is the museum’s first permanent exhibit in five years. Named after medical pioneer Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, the $1.2 million exhibit aims to inspire and educate guests in the fields of biology and medicine, as well as inspire medical leaders and scientists of the future. The lab features seven biology-based science experiments that allow visitors a chance to don a lab coat, gloves and goggles and…

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Houston: ‘America’s Next Great Food City’

By John Egan Want to dine in what GQ magazine touts as "America's next great food city"? Then prepare to whet your appetite in Houston. "Houston is our fourth-largest city in population," famed restaurant critic Alan Richman proclaims in GQ's March 2015 issue, "but in food it's poised to move into the top three." In dishing about Houston's eating environment, Richman singles out three restaurants: Oxheart, a tasting-menu spot featuring American-style meat, fish and vegetables; Uchi, which…

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Houston Museum District Mixes Culture and Conference Space

By John Egan The Houston Museum District paints a cultural picture like no other in the country. Within a roughly 1.5-mile radius of the Mecom Fountain in Houston's Hermann Park, the 19 institutions that make up the Museum District attract more than 7 million visitors a year. That's more people than the entire population of the Houston metro area. The district's 19 institutions reflect the impressive ascent of Houston's ethnic and cultural diversity, a transformation that's "more dramatic…

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Kemah Celebrates 50 Years

From humble beginnings as a sleepy fishing village on the upper reaches of Galveston Bay to a rip-roaring center for illegal gambling to the booming tourist attraction it is today; the city of Kemah has seen many transitions over the years. Since the Boardwalk opened in 1997, Kemah has broadened its scope to include fine dining and hotels. Today, Kemah has evolved to become a primary waterfront getaway for the region's residents. Located just 25 minutes south of Downtown Houston, the community…

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Southwest launches international service

Low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines launched a new international route from Houston’s Hobby Airport to Aruba last weekend—the first in a series of destinations the company plans to service in 2015. For now, the Aruba destination will remain seasonal and operate every Saturday until August 8, 2015. Southwest plans to expand its international flight service from Houston this year, adding stops in Belize, Mexico City, Cancun, Cabo, Puerto Vallarta, San Jose and Costa Rica. Currently, the airline…

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Houston Celebrates 80th Annual Azalea Trail

One of the surest signs of spring in Houston is the start of the River Oaks Garden Club's Annual Azalea Trail. As the oldest continually running Azalea Trail in the nation, the club celebrates its 80th annual event this March. The 80th Annual Azalea Trail takes place March 6 to 8 from 11AM to 5PM daily. Trail blazers will see the spectacular gardens at Bayou Bend and Rienzi and visit River Oaks' exquisite private homes, admire their breathtaking gardens designed by River Oaks Garden Club…

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How Offshore Technology Conference Attendees Can Immerse Themselves in Worldly Houston

By John Egan The annual Offshore Technology Conference truly brings the world to Houston: The record-high 108,300 attendees at the 2014 conference-including energy executives, consultants and scientists-hailed from more than 130 countries. This year's conference, which will be May 4-7 at NRG Park, should be no different. Conference spokeswoman Dana Otillio said registration for the 2015 conference "remains positive and strong," on pace with registration in recent years. One indication that…

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Canelo Alvarez and James Kirkland to Face Off in Houston Fight

One of the biggest boxing matches ever to be held in Houston is coming to Minute Maid Park on May 9. Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez faces off against Texas fighter James "Mandingo Warrior" Kirkland in a match-up to be televised live on HBO. A former WBC and WBA Super Welterweight World Champion, Alvarez is hailed as one of the best fighters in Mexican history. Austin-native and former WBC Continental Americas Champion Kirkland has racked up 28 knockout victories over his nearly 14-year…

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