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Creative Economy Contributes $9 billion to Region

Creativity is a catalyst for business in Houston, contributing more than $9 billion to the local economy last year alone, according to a new study. Officials from the Houston Arts Alliance, along with Mayor Parker and other champions of the arts revealed the findings of the study titled The Creative Economy of Houston at a press conference on Tuesday. More than 150,000 people are employed by the creative industries in the 10-country region, an 8% increase over 2001. The study compared…

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Forbes: Houston Coolest Place to Live

The writers at Forbes get what makes a city cool. It's the interesting people and quirky places, innovative arts groups and multiculturalism. And, oh yes, a vibrant economy. So when the writers set out to select the coolest city to live in the U.S., it was clear Houston had this one in the bag. Forbes ranked the Bayou City No. 1 on the list out today. According to Forbes' take on Houston: "Over the past decade, the dreary corporate cityscape has been quietly transforming. Stylish housing…

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Menil to Offer Neighborhood Audio Tour

Houstonians know that the Menil Collection isn't a building or a set of buildings. Rather the legacy of John and Dominique de Menil and their world-renowned collection is an entire neighborhood of art, nestled in a quiet tree-lined section of the Montrose. Over several decades architects such as Howard Barnstone, Philip Johnson and Renzo Piano helped the de Menils realize their campus vision, from the museum buildings themselves to the gray bungalows to the green spaces adorned with outdoor…

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Follow the Creation of Houston’s Newest Campaign

What makes Houston the exciting place it is? Quite simply, it's the people. It's the people who make our world-class culinary scene, our dynamic arts culture and our cutting-edge fashion sector-to name just a few of the things Houston is known for. Starting today with a photo shoot, the Greater Houston CVB is developing a major ad campaign that will showcase Houston through the lens of some of its most dynamic faces and personalities. We invite you to follow the progress of the campaign, and…

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Houston Restaurant Weeks Returns

August is approaching. And Houston food lovers know that's a time for rejoicing. Houston Restaurant Weeks returns next month with more than 100 restaurants participating. The month-long event is designed to bring business to area eateries during a typically slow period and also raise money for the Houston Food Bank. If Houston Restaurant Weeks is new to you, here's how it works: lunches are typically two courses for $20 while dinners are $35 for three courses (a few restaurants do it a…

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Summer at Alley Theatre and a Preview of Next Season

For the 18th year, the Alley Theatre is staging its Summer Chills production, a seasonal, lighthearted whodunit that continues to entertain audiences. Returning to the works of Agatha Christie, the Alley company tackles Black Coffee in 2012, one of the more popular plays from the mistress of mystery. Set in a British manor house during the 1920s, Coffee dissects the inner workings of a well-to-do family suffering under a conniving and inventive patriarch. When Sir Claud Amory (played by Alley…

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Headlines from NAACP in Houston

The 2012 NAACP Convention continues at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston this week. Roughly 5,000 attendees are in town for the election year-conference of the nation's largest African American organization. Here is a running recap of headlines from the convention. July 12 Biden's rousing speech makes NAACP crowd forgive Obama no-show (Houston Chronicle) July 11 NAACP cool toward Romney's overtures (Washington Post) Romney speech to NAACP draws boos, raises questions on…

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TUTS Names Artistic Director

Bruce Lumpkin has joined the staff of Theatre Under the Stars as artistic director. The artistic director position at TUTS was previously held by the organization's founder Frank Young. In his new role, Lumpkin will maintain artistic oversight of the theater company's productions and provide creative direction to TUTS' Humphreys School of Musical Theatre. A Houston native, Lumpkin's experience includes working with Tommy Tune on the Broadway productions of Grand Hotel, Nine and My One and…

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Valet Service Launches at IAH; Spirit to Begin New Service to DFW

If you're running late for your flight or just don't want to deal with the hassle of parking at the airport, you're in luck. This week George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) launched valet parking service. Customers can now valet park in each of the airports terminals and arrange to have their car delivered to whichever terminal they fly into upon return. Valet service is $25 per day. A similar service is expected to launch at Hobby Airport later this year. Meanwhile, Spirit Airlines…

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