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8 Things We're Excited About in 2016

From performance spaces to outer space, the year ahead in Houston is full of exciting additions, renovations and openings that are sure to make headlines. As the city prepares to host some major events in coming months, there's an energy and drive to complete major projects and put the best spotlight possible on Houston. Check out some of the highlights on the horizon in 2016 for the Culinary and Cultural Capital of the South. 180 th Anniversary of Texas Independence and Houston’s Founding In…

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Gettin' Healthy in Houston: 2016

The New Year is here, and alongside are resolutions to get healthy or be more adventurous. For those eager to get a jump on the “new you” in 2016, Houston has more than enough to keep people entertained and energized. Ice Skate at Discovery Green Each winter, Discovery Green’s model boat basin is transformed into an outdoor ice rink using renewable energy and water recycled from Kinder Lake. The 7,716 square-foot ice skating surface, the largest in the Southwest, is kept at a frosty 22º F just…

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University of Houston Takes the Stage in Peach Bowl

With a 12-1 record and a win in The American Championship, the University of Houston Football team will travel to Atlanta, Georgia with the goal of winning the Peach Bowl. Nearly 800-miles away in the Georgia Dome, the #20 Cougars will take on the #9 Florida State Seminoles on Thursday, December 31, at 11:00 am. With a newly-built TDECU Stadium, Houston won all eight of its home games, and has caught national attention by becoming at FBS Top 25 team. For those wanting to root on the Cougars…

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Paula Poundstone On Sex, Funny and Neck Ties

Paula Poundstone is one of the most prolific performers on the comedy circuit today. For more than three decades, she’s entertained audiences with her standup routine and amassed a loyal fan base for her unassuming wit and wacky insight into the everyday mundanity of life. Beyond comedy, she’s been a frequent guest on the NPR news quiz Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me , penned a book and numerous articles and even lent her voice talent to an animated film project. On January 15, Poundstone comes to…

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20-acre BMX Park Coming to Houston

Everything really is bigger in Texas. Houston recently broke ground on a 20-acre BMX park adjacent to the North Houston Skatepark, the largest skatepark in North America. The North Houston Bike Park will be one of the largest parks of its kind in the country when completed in the fall of 2017. Located just minutes from Bush Intercontinental Airport, the bike park will feature a BMX-sanctioned race track, street course, freestyle ramps and bowls, and a community events center. The complex is…

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Memorable New Year's Eve Celebrations in Houston

By Jenn Haight From a relaxing family-friendly evening to a raucous costume party, every type of New Year's celebration is available in Houston. Live out your spy fantasy, rock out, or watch the sky explode in fireworks - just be sure to plan ahead as most ticketed events will sell out. CityCentre has a DJ in the plaza beginning at 7 p.m., and its numerous restaurants, retailers and lounges are hosting site-specific events. When the clock strikes 12, there will be a fireworks show in the Plaza…

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Virgin of Guadalupe exhibit Explores Mexico’s Rich History

Widely regarded as one of the most iconic legends of Mexico’s rich history, The Virgin of Guadalupe has inspired generations with a message of peace and hope. The Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) hosts a unique exhibit dedicated to the faith, artifacts, and incredible Aztec roots of Mexico in La Virgin De Guadalupe: Empress of the Americas . The story begins in 1531 when famous peasant-turned-saint, Juan Diego, saw a vision of the Virgin Mary at the Hill of Tepeyac, Mexico City, and was…

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10 Things to Do After Your Meeting in Houston

By John Egan So, the workshops at your conference have wrapped up, the trade show floor has cleared out and that must-attend industry happy hour is over. Now what? If you’re in Houston for a meeting, there’s plenty to keep you occupied after your business day has ended or even if you’ve got time on your hands during the day. Here are just 10 options among many. If you’re near the George R. Brown Convention Center, check out Discovery Green. The 12-acre urban oasis, adjacent to the convention…

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LSU and Texas Tech to Face Off in AdvoCare Texas Bowl

The Louisiana State University Tigers will face off against the Red Raiders of Texas Tech in the 2015 AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl in what promises to be one of the more interesting matchups in the young bowl game’s history. The game is set for an 8 pm kickoff at NRG Stadium on December 29 and will be broadcast live on ESPN. The AdvoCare game pits a Big 12 team against an SEC team. This year’s game will be the bowl’s 10 th , AdvoCare has been the title sponsor since 2014. LSU arrives in Houston…

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Chefs from Mexico Headed to Houston for Special Event

Mexico City is sending some of its top culinary talent to Houston next week to prepare some of their signature dishes. Chefs Margarita Carrillo Arronte, Gerardo Vazquez Lugo and Victor Cabrera will join local chefs in their restaurants December 10-12. The initiative dubbed Sabores CDMX is part of a new tourism collaboration between Mexico City Tourism and Visit Houston. Carrillo Arronte, the chef at Mexico City’s Turtux and author of Mexico: The Cookbook , will be cooking alongside Hugo Ortega…

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