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Merry Widow a Spectacle for Houston Ballet

When it comes to dance, particularly ballet, I'm an admitted classicist. I prefer the tradition, pageantry and movement of ballets such as Cinderella and Giselle over more modern compositions. So while I had never before experienced The Merry Widow, the setup intrigued me. Paris. The turn of the 20th Century. A ball. Political intrigue. Unrequited love. Ladies in gowns and girls in can-can garb. This is good stuff. At the outset of the Houston Ballet's production of The Merry Widow, we are…

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Master plans unveiled for Houston's Memorial Park

In September 2013, the Memorial Park Conservancy committee announced the selection of landscape architects Nelson Byrd Woltz to help lead the redesign and restoration of Houston's 89-year-old park. The improvements—which aim to combat overgrowth, erosion and a historic drought—could cost as much as $100 million and take two decades to complete, but will take into account the park's natural habitat and needs of the pedestrians and cyclists that frequent the 1,466-acre expanse. The initiative is…

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Houston Among Top 10 Domestic Destinations, New Report Shows

The mid-year Hotel Price Index report from shows Houston continues to be a major destination for domestic travelers. The Bayou City ranks No. 9 on the list of top U.S. destinations for Americans. Houston ranks ahead of other Texas cities including San Antonio (No. 10), Dallas (No. 15) and Austin (No. 16). Competitive peer cities such as New Orleans (No. 14), Atlanta (No. 11) and Miami (No. 13) also fell below Houston on the list. "This report shows us what we in the Houston…

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Forbes: Houston is America's Next Great Global City

There's little surprise for Houstonians in Forbes' latest accolade for the Bayou City. The business magazine predicts that, within a decade, Houston will be the nation's "next great global city." Of course, locals already know this to be true. H-Town is the most diverse metro in the country and a leader in everything from arts and culture to aerospace and medical technology. The prognostication from Forbes came as part of its Reinventing America series. In the series' latest article titled A…

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