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Super Bowl Returning to Houston in 2017

The Super Bowl is returning to Houston in 2017. NFL owners awarded Super Bowl LI to Houston on Tuesday in Boston. Houston won in a vote over South Florida after San Francisco won Super Bowl L in 2016. The biggest single game in American sports will be played at Reliant Stadium in February 2017 bringing a multitude of visitors, unprecedented global media attention and tremendous economic impact to Houston. This is the third Super Bowl for Houston. The city last hosted the big game at Reliant…

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Houston Press Calls Out Top Downtown Restaurants

We don't envy Houston food critics. It can't be easy dissecting the best (and sometimes the worst) restaurants in this dish-diverse culinary capital. You're bound to get a lot of criticism from chefs and diners for your take on things and, let's face it, with all the eating out involved you kinda need to run a marathon each week to avoid a coronary. So kudos to the Houston Press' Katharine Shilcutt for stepping out on a limb to call out the top 10 restaurants in Downtown Houston. It's a…

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Developer Breaks Ground on Downtown JW Marriott

Add another luxury hotel to the plans for Downtown. The 102-year-old Samuel F. Carter Building at 806 Main has been gutted as crews work to transform it into a 323-room JW Marriott. Pearl Hospitality is spending $80.8 million to develop the new luxury hotel at the corner of Rusk and Main streets in the center of Downtown. The hotel will include a full-service restaurant, bar, spa, health club, executive lounge, swimming pool and 10,000 square feet of meeting space. The hotel is slated to…

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HMNS Prepares for New Hall of Ancient Egypt

It's big, it's green and it's found a new home at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. A 10-foot, sarcophagus that may date back to 664 BC will soon be on display in the museum's new Hall of Ancient Egypt. This week museum staff allowed media a sneak peak at the new 10,000-square-foot hall and the sarcophagus of Gemshuankh, a priest of the god Hersihef. The hall opens to museum members Memorial Day Weekend and to the general public May 31. The new permanent Egypt hall is part of HMNS'…

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Main Street Theater Scheduled for Major Upgrade

It's been quietly turning out quality theatrical performances for nearly four decades, most recently in its intimate space on the edge of Rice Village. Now Main Street Theater is embarking on a $3 million capital campaign to renovate and add to that space-and it's already almost halfway there. The independent theater company has raised $1.3 million toward its goal, money which will go toward paying off the debt on its building purchase and expand. Plans call for adding a second level of…

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