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Alamo Drafthouse Plans Midtown Location

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 "Venetian…

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Texas Music Festival Empowers Young Musicians

This June, the sounds of Beethoven and Mozart will once again fill the Moores Opera House at the University of Houston as the 23rd annual Texas Music Festival gets underway. Launched as a summer program primarily for Houston students, the festival has expanded over the last two decades to become one of the most prestigious in the nation-drawing young musicians from around the globe. It's also perhaps the best place to hear classical music in Houston during the summer-with numerous concerts…

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George Takei Beaming in to Houston

George Takei is best known for his role as Commander Sulu on Star Trek. Though the original series only lasted three years in the late 1960s, it became a cult classic in syndication and spawned numerous other series and feature films--several that included Takei. The actor and longtime activist continues to have a strong fan base--one that has followed him into a uniquely 21st Century realm, Facebook. He made headlines in 2005 when he publicly announced he was gay and introduced his longtime…

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Mock Shuttle to Arrive in Houston June 1

A major new attraction is coming to Space Center Houston that's expected to draw many more visitors to one of the city's most visited places. A full-size replica of the Space Shuttle Orbiter is set to arrive on June 1, kicking off what Space Center is calling "Shuttlebration Weekend." The orbiter replica is traveling from Kennedy Space Center in Florida by boat. When it arrives in Texas it will take a couple days to get it from the dock in nearby Galveston Bay to its new home in front of…

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TripAdvisor: Houston Ranks Among Most Popular U.S. Destinations

Travelers to Houston are raving about what this city has to offer. A new survey from travel website TripAdvisor shows that Houston is one of the top 25 most popular destinations in the U.S. among its users. Houston ranks 18th on the list, ahead of cities such as Philadelphia, Austin and Charleston, S.C. The rankings are determined based on the popularity of destinations, taking into account travelers' favorites and most highly rated places. In Houston, top rated hotels on TripAdvisor include…

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