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A Lot to See at 2012 Cinema Arts Fest

The 2012 Houston Cinema Arts Festival will bring Robert Redford and more than 50 film programs and panels to the city Nov. 7-11. With the program just weeks away, HCAF announced the film lineup and more details at a kickoff event at Hotel Icon on Oct. 23. The 2012 event will feature works shown in traditional theatrical venues, interactive video installations, live music and film performances, and outdoor projects. This year's fest will also be a "walkable experience" with screenings at the…

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Houston to Battle for 2017 Superbowl

Houston, are you ready for another Superbowl? The Bayou City may be poised to bring the NFL extravaganza back in 2017. Houston will be one of two finalist cities for that year's game, officials announced on Oct. 16. San Francisco and South Florida are vying for the 2016 game. The NFL and the Texans say the city not selected for 2016 will then go head-to-head with Houston for 2017. Texans owner Bob McNair told the Houston Chronicle: "I'm delighted. To be selected as a finalist for (Super…

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New "Hardhat" Tours Aboard Battleship Texas

A new hardhat tour aboard one of the area's most treasured pieces of history will launch later this month. Battleship Texas, the only surviving U.S. vessel to have served in both world wars, is a shrine to combat life during the first half of the 20th Century. The ship has been docked at the San Jacinto battlefield in LaPorte for decades and become a popular tourist attraction. The new three-hour tour will allow visitors to see areas of the ship seldom open to the public, according to an…

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Thrilling Voices Rule Jekyll & Hyde

Haunting. That's the best single word descriptor for the revival of Jekyll & Hyde currently on stage at the Hobby Center. With its simple yet effective period sets, rock opera score from Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse and the soaring voice of Deborah Cox, the musical is a must-see for Houston audiences at an ideal time of year--Halloween. Conceived for the stage by Tony and Grammy Award nominee Wildhorn and Steve Cuden, Jekyll & Hyde actually got its start on the Houston stage in 1990…

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$40M Center for Texas Cultural Heritage to Take Shape Downtown

City officials unveiled plans in early October for the Center for Texas Cultural Heritage-a $40 million project that will serve as a visitors' center, museum and tourism hub in Downtown Houston. At a kickoff event held Oct. 4, Mayor Annise Parker and others discussed the importance of the new center, which will be a place for visitors to explore and experience the history that built and continues to define Houston and the region. Project Chairman John Nau also announced his contribution of $8…

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