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Kathryn Way
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Kathryn Way

Kathryn Way is a queer writer, comedian, designer, creative, and business owner who was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She moved around as a young whippersnapper chasing comedy dreams, but it was the leaving Houston that led to truly loving Houston. Now, she’s making awesome things happen in her bubbly and diverse artistic communities while sharing her love of Houston’s past, present, and future with absolutely anyone who will listen.

Four Wheeling

Many queer adults today didn't get to grow up with the sweet, nostalgic experiences of young love the way straight folks do. Bringing a date to prom, slow dancing at the sock hop, wearing someone's letter jacket for all to see — many idyllic rites of romantic passage are a bit delayed for us. Put on your rainbow-tinted glasses, though, and you might find that a missed experience is just an opportunity for doing things on your own terms, on your own time. One absolute must on the queer sweetheart…

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Vocal Local: Harper Watters

Pride is an everyday sense of self, an empowered embrace of who you are at your core. Those who practice pride become beacons for all those still stumbling around in the dark. We could all learn a lesson in pride from Harper Watters. The 26-year-old, black, gay ballet dancer is a soloist with the Houston Ballet (the fourth-largest professional ballet company in the country) who is one of the brightest beacons of pride in the sky. “My 3-year-old son told me recently that boys don't do ballet…

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10 Underrated Houston Views

Everything is bigger in Texas — our great state is larger than France, Spain, Germany, and Japan. You can drive for 12 hours straight and still be within our borders. Along our western side are sprawling, brick-red mountains in a desert that was once under the prehistoric ocean. Deep in our heart is the Hill Country with its eponymous hills teeming with rocky cliffs, lush forests, and Czech sausage. The massive metropolis of Houston is decidedly flat, hovering barely 50 feet above sea level…

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Time Out

Part of Houston’s charm is its dancing dichotomy between the slow pace of a southern town and the hustle and bustle of a big city. This duality is reflected practically everywhere — five minutes on our freeways and you’ll see the way we effortlessly drive fast while somehow still in traffic. Our inner city is freckled with green spaces between the concrete. We make tea the slow way (in the sun) and then we drink it fast. Speaking in terms of Selena songs, the city’s heartbeat thumps faster than…

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Vocal Local: Bob Morrissey

Bob Morrissey doesn’t fit the mold, regardless of what that mold is for. “I’m a bad gay,” he says. “I don’t get involved in anything gay other than standup and talking about my gay sex life on stage in front of people.” He prefers the slower pace of a coffee shop, scribbling in his ever-present notebook, his flat affect dropping a joke that doesn’t hit you immediately. Unlike the comedians who ham it up and jump around on stage and in conversation, Bob is thoughtful, methodical, dry and…

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Houston Restaurant Weeks

More and more, Houston is drawing international attention for its booming food scene. Just this past June, global lifestyle magazine, The Robb Report, named Houston’s own James Beard award-winning chef, Chris Shepherd, the best chef in the world (yes, WORLD). All this buzz adds weight to an idea that Houston’s residents have always known — Houston has some of the best food in the world. From August 1st-September 2nd, over 200 beloved Houston eateries participate in Houston Restaurant Weeks…

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Dive In! - Best Houston Dive Bars

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Poison Girl Cocktail Lounge (@poisongirlbar) on Jul 9, 2018 at 8:33pm PDT Once called Boomtown for the overnight oil boom in 1901, Houston is now experiencing a new—and delicious—kind of boom. Every few blocks, you can find award-winning restaurants and cocktail bars, but Houston is also a gritty underdog of a city that does just fine without all the frills. Sometimes you just need some good…

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Strollin' On A Bayou - Best Houston Walks

There’s a joke that Houston itself is, “just an hour away from Houston.” Visitors always take note of the way Houstonians (and Texans, in general) measure distance through time and not miles because our land is so massive. Oh, Galveston Beach? That’s like, 45 minutes away. Lake Houston? Only a 30 minute drive! Houston’s 669 square miles is vast, but the Greater Houston area is a whopping 1,660 miles. Much of that mileage belongs to Houston’s natural resources, the land of many bayous and trails…

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The Great Indoors

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Fidelis Creative Agency (@fideliscreativeagency) on Feb 21, 2019 at 10:03am PST Houston is a strictly air-conditioned city, but that’s fairly recent history. The first air-conditioned building in Houston was the cafeteria at The Rice Hotel (now The Rice Lofts) downtown in 1922. Texans of yesteryear would build big, open porches and transoms above every door in the home that kept breezes moving through the house. There were…

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Vocal Local: Dr. Jonatan Gioia

In 2019, a WalletHub.com survey named Houston the most diverse city in the country, ahead of both New York City and Los Angeles. This didn’t come as a shock to Houstonians themselves, because to us, Houston has never been defined by its politicians or industries — Houston has and always will be defined by its people. We are a city with no majority, a city that speaks 140 languages, a city of change and innovation. Much of that change and innovation is due to immigrants like Dr. Jonatan Gioia, a…

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