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Super Bowl LI in Houston

Houston is just days away from hosting the world's biggest annual sporting event. Super Bowl LI will bring 10 days of concerts, festivals, a big fan experience and other events all culminating in the big game February 5 at NRG Stadium. Super Bowl LIVE Houston’s Discovery Green park and Avenida Houston will soon welcome over 1 million football fans as part of a 10-day Super Bowl LIVE fan festival. Super Bowl LIVE will be chock full of free concerts by some of the biggest names in music…

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Must Listen to Podcasts

The worst part about the holiday season can sometimes be the traveling. Most of us will have to board a plane, train or automobile in the coming weeks to visit family. Here are some podcasts that will make your holiday travel, or just sitting in Houston traffic, fly by. Throwing Shade This podcast from FemiNasty Erin Gibson and HomoSensual Bryan Safi offers a sassy look at everything from pop culture, gay rights, women’s issues and current events. Listening to this two gab is like being a fly…

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Houston Holiday Gift Guide

Ho Ho Ho! No, we aren’t shaming you for any escapades at Rich’s from last night, ‘tis the season for shopping of course. The clock for buying the perfect gifts has already started and the holiday season will be over before you know it. We’ve saved you some time, stress and a little extra shoe leather by coming up with some fabulous gift ideas for this holiday season. iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case This sleek iPhone case is perfect for anyone who complains about Grindr draining their battery…

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Local Voices: Stephanie Carpenter

Stephanie Carpenter was raised in Cleveland and Porter, Texas. Having grown up surrounded by what she calls “a lot of wonderful, conservative, and well-meaning Christian people” who raised her “to believe that God hated me and I was going to hell,” Carpenter moved to more liberal locales – first Austin, then San Marcos, and ultimately Houston. That was a long time ago. Now Carpenter is a Houston do-gooder who inspires a lot of people to the same. When she’s not working or helping others…

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How and Where to Volunteer this Holiday

The holidays can just as much be about giving as they are receiving. We’ve come up with a list of charities that can benefit from volunteer efforts this season and all year long. AIDS Foundation Houston: Founded in 1982 as Texas’ first organization dedicated to HIV prevention education and services, the AIDS Foundation has several events during the year like the AIDS Walk and World AIDS Day that you can volunteer. Volunteer by providing tutoring/mentoring to students living in Friendly Haven…

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Composer Jake Heggie Discusses Reimagining 'Wonderful Life'

This week the Houston Grand Opera raises the current on It’s a Wonderful Life , an operatic adaptation of the classic holiday story. It’s a world premiere for the original work by composer Jack Heggie, whose previous credits include Dead Man Walking and Moby Dick , which both won critical acclaim. Together with HGO, Heggie set out to create something unique yet familiar and endearing for the opera audience—a piece that spoke to the sentiment of the holiday season. He settled on the story, which…

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