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Posts from October 2015

  • October 28, 2015
    by John Egan From 2013 to 2014, the Houston area gained more than 150,000 new residents. But it's not just residents flocking to Houston. Close to 15 million people, many of them meeting attendees, visited Houston in 2014. "You could spend 365 days in our city and still not experience everything we have to offer. Showing visitors a good time is what we do," Houston Mayor Annise Parker says. So, what makes Houston a magnet for meetings? Here are 10 reasons. Houston sits in the...
  • October 22, 2015
    Texas native cinema stars headline the 2015 lineup of The Houston Cinema Arts Festival (HCAF15) taking place November 12-19, 2015. Richard Linklater (Boyhood, Before Midnight, Before Sunset), an Oscar-nominated Houston native, will present I Dream Too Much, a film he produced with director Katie Cokinos, on November 15. The festival will also host the premiere of Janis: Little Girl Blue, a biopic of Texas rock icon Janis Joplin, with its Oscar-nominated documentary director Amy Berg (Deliver Us
  • October 16, 2015
    CityCentre, West Houston’s popular mixed-used development, continues to grow and just announced six new tenants, many set to arrive in time for the holiday season. In September, H&M opened the doors to its first Houston area location outside of a mall setting. The 20,000-square-foot store offers the brand’s wallet-friendly fashion for ladies and men, as well as H&M’s children’s collection. Earlier this month, Fellini Gelato & Caffé bowed on the south...
  • October 15, 2015
    Houston's own Minute Maid Park will feature the best cricket players in the world for a one-day "Cricket All-Star Series" match on November 11, 2015. Many Americans have never watched a match of cricket in their lives. But the sport is played by over 120 million people worldwide, making it the second most popular sport after soccer. As the most diverse city in the country, Houston's cultural distinction makes it the perfect location for the historic occasion. The All-Star...
  • October 12, 2015
    Considering Houston's close proximity to the Gulf, there's no shortage of good seafood inside the city's culinary scene. Gumbo is one of the most iconic seafood creole dishes you’ll find along the south coast. So we put together a list of some of Houston’s best takes on this seafood stew. Brennan’s of Houston Brennan's of Houston, the 1967 beloved Houston landmark, is famous for its Texas Creole-inspired menu with longtime favorites like shrimp...
  • October 12, 2015
    By David Solce As Fall sets on Houston, visitors can expect to see some serious color-change as we welcome the first annual Houston Urban Experience (HUE) Mural Festival, October 17-24, 2015. Nearly 70 artists from around the world will cover over 20,000 square feet of Houston, transforming the city from concrete to color within 170 hours. Within the 17-mile roundtrip path of the HUE Mural Festival, visitors can see the evolution of 25 different murals while enjoying live music, food trucks
  • October 12, 2015
    Market Square Park, located downtown at 301 Milam, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this Saturday night. This block was the seat of power in Houston's early days. Donated in 1854 by Houston's founder, Augustus Allen, it was briefly used as the state capitol. City Hall was located at Market Square, though twice destroyed by fire. (Today's City Hall fronting Smith Street has remained intact since it was built in the 1930s.) Today, Market Square remains a happenin' place....
  • October 8, 2015
    Space City is a major theme at this year's upcoming Houston Cinema Arts Festival. Thanks to a new partnership with NASA for the inaugural CineSpace short film competition, the Nov. 12-19 festival will feature more than 20 space-themed films and programs, highlighted by "CineSpace Day" at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, on Friday, Nov. 13. CineSpace day will include a presentation by NASA astronaut Don Pettit of the top entries to the competition, along with an announcement of...
  • October 6, 2015
    As a matter of course, one rarely flips burgers on the grill on a week night, but we are tonight. And not because the Astros are in a wild-card playoff game. Tonight is America's 31st annual National Night Out commemoration and it's a big deal on our street in the Spring Branch area of town. Given post-work constraints, there's not time enough to prepare elaborate fare and fancy décor. We keep it simple. We grill hamburgers and hot dogs and everyone brings a side dish or...
  • October 5, 2015
    Did you know that Houston, Texas is the most ethnically and racially diverse city in the country, surpassing NYC? More than one-fifth of its residents hail from other countries, and more than 80 languages are spoken within city limits! A diverse city means a broad variety of cuisines, customs and cultural festivals. Here's a list of the 8 cultural festivals your readers MUST attend in Houston this fall, including nods to Italian, Turkish and Mexican heritage, as well as the world's...
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