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Influential Women in Houston

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re recognizing the contributions of the incredible women of Houston who enrich our lives and make the lights of our city shine a little brighter. In this four-part series, we’ll highlight the accomplishments of Houstonians in various industries, from culinary to fashion, medical to aerospace. What do you get when you cross a degree in chemistry with top honors at the acclaimed California Culinary Academy in San Francisco? Houston’s Chef Erin Smith –…

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Chevron Houston Marathon: A Spectator Sport

You will need to get set up early if you want a prime downtown spot at the finish line, which means setting that dreaded weekend alarm. But don't fret sound sleepers. No matter where you land along the race course, Houston has plenty to delight and entertain while you wait for the main attraction. Experience Houston (and the marathon) along the race route Breakfast at The Honeymoon Open at 7:00 a.m., spectators can fuel up before the big race. Their light and healthy menu will keep you…

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Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University Opens to Public

Designed by acclaimed Los Angeles-based architect Michael Maltzan to bring together the Rice community and the Houston public and enable innovative artistic work to flourish, the $30 million, 50,000-square-foot Moody serves as an experimental platform for creating and presenting works in all disciplines, a flexible teaching space and a forum for creative partnerships with visiting national and international artists. Open and free to the public, the Moody is dedicated to trans-disciplinary…

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10 New Art Installations Coming to Avenida Houston

Downtown Houston will soon add ten public art installations by local Houston artists within the new Avenida Houston convention district. The artwork will be placed throughout the buildings as part of Houston First's "Houston Infusion" initiative, all of which are slated to be complete by October 15, 2016. Works fabricated in a variety of media and imagined by a diverse group of artists and collaborators will explore themes of space and technology, Houston's natural flora and fauna, reuse and…

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Burke Baker Planetarium’s Re-Opening out of This World

Only astronauts will have a better seat to majestic views of distant galaxies, neighboring planets and more. The Burke Baker Planetarium and Friedkin Theater will re-open Friday, March 11 with a top-of-the-line digital laser projection system never before seen on Earth. The “world’s best” moniker rests on the system’s ability to deliver more than 50 million unique pixels at a level of resolution and contrast unmatched by any theater of its kind. Images this clear, for example, allow guests to…

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Interact with Discovery Green’s Latest Art Installation

The whimsical and interactive Los Trompos art installation will make its Texas debut at Discovery Green Saturday, November 14 and will remain in the park through March 22, 2016. Los Trompos, meaning ‘the spinning tops’, was created by Mexico City designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena. During its stay at Discovery Green the colorful, large-scale, temporary installation, elements of which take their form from the common toy, will delight park visitors of all ages. Twenty 3D structures will…

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A Live Chat with Houston Zoo's Primate Supervisor Jill Moyse

We recently chatted with Houston Zoo's Primate Supervisor Jill Moyse about the new gorilla exhibit. If you couldn't join in the conversation, don't panic! You can read all about it here. Q: What has been the most surprising part of being a primate supervisor? A: I'm really excited about working with all the different primates here at the Houston Zoo that I haven't been able to work with in the past. For instance, the sifaka lemur is fascinating and they surprise me every day! Q: Do the…

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A Live Chat with Buffalo Bayou's Anne Olson

In anticipation of Buffalo Bayou Park's grand opening celebration Saturday, June 20th, Visit Houston's Facebook fans participated in a Live Chat to ask park expert Anne Olson about the project. Check out the Q&A below, and find out more about Buffalo Bayou's renovations and the grand opening event at BuffaloBayou.org. Q: Happy to hear there are new bike-friendly renovations along the Bayou! Are there any places to park bikes? Yes! There are several locations where bike racks are installed…

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A Live Chat with Sommelier Justin Vann

Visit Houston recently invited Houston sommelier and cicerone Justin Vann to LIVE CHAT with our Facebook friends. Justin's been named Sommeliers of the Year by Food & Wine and touted as one of six Sommeliers to Watch in 2015 by Bon Appetit. Basically, he knows his stuff. Check out the Q&A below. When you're done, head to his current project Public Services Wine & Whiskey and try one of his recommendations in person! Q: I'm in charge of mimosas at a brunch this weekend, can I get away with a…

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A Live Chat with Houston Artist David Adickes

Visit Houston recently launched its monthly Facebook Live Chat series with acclaimed Houston artist David Addickes. The man responsible for some of the most iconic public art pieces around Houston has led a storied life. Long before the president's heads, the giant Sam Houston statue in Huntsville and the We (Heart) Houston sculpture, Adickes studied art under French masters, wrote music and launched the celebrated nightclub Love Street Light Circus at Allen's Landing. Now he's working on a…

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