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The Heights Outdoor Sculpture Project: "True North"

Houston Heights neighborhood has long been recognized as a community that not only supports the arts but is home to many of the country's top artists. That distinction is about to get even better. Gus Kopriva, owner of Redbud Gallery on 11th Street, spearheaded a large-scale public art exhibition titled "True North" along the esplanade of Heights Boulevard as part of a larger initiative to expand the placement of public art pieces throughout the city. The esplanade, a declared Scenic Right…

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Offshore Technology Conference Sets New Record

Houston's largest annual convention saw its highest attendance ever this month. Officials with the Offshore Technology Conference say roughly 108,300 people attended this year's event, which wrapped up at NRG Park yesterday. The conference draws energy professionals from around the world to learn about the latest technologies in offshore oil and gas exploration. The previous attendance record was set in 1982, when just over 108,000 attended the show. Attendance dropped significantly in ensuing…

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$25 Million MATCH Project Breaks Ground

What started a decade ago as a small idea for how Houston arts groups could share space and services has grown to become one of the most innovative collaborations in the nation's arts scene. And with a groundbreaking this week, that concept will soon become a reality. The Midtown Art & Theatre Center Houston (MATCH) is a $25 million development at the intersection of Main and Holman streets. The nearly 60,000-square-foot facility will bring together several performing and visual arts groups…

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Texas Music Fest Helped Shape Houston Trombonist's Career

Phillip Freeman grew up listening to his father's eclectic record collection. There was rock, R&B and many other genres spanning the 60s, 70s and 80s. His dad was also a singer-songwriter himself, making music an integral part of the household in La Porte, 30 miles east of Houston. So it was natural for the younger Freeman to pick up guitar as a kid. And then there was that piano. "We had a very terrible one," says Freeman. "It hadn't been tuned in so long that it really couldn't be tuned…

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Bulgari showcases 130 dazzling years at the Museum of Natural Science

Richard Burton once said of Elizabeth Taylor, "The only word Elizabeth knows in Italian is Bulgari." And, indeed, Taylor and legions of Hollywood's most iconic women have long been attracted to the preeminent jeweler to the stars, from Sophia Loren and Grace Kelly to Meryl Streep and Jennifer Aniston. Now, from May 2 to October 5 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, visitors can feast their eyes upon 150 pieces of jewelry from Bulgari's Heritage Collection, comprised of both masterpieces…

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