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Rice University Holds Ceremonial Groundbreaking for New Music Building Rice University Holds Ceremonial Groundbreaking for New Music Building

State-of-the-art venue is Expected to open in late 2020
Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music held a ceremonial groundbreaking on Dec. 7 for a new music building that together with Alice Pratt Brown Hall and the …

Clay Walker is Helping Change Lives Clay Walker is Helping Change Lives

The country music star shares his battle with multiple sclerosis and offers a message of hope

By Rebecca Maitland
Country music star Clay Walker and the nonprofit organization he founded in 2003, Band Against MS (BAMS), hosted …

World-renowned Graffiti Artist Unveils Mural in East End World-renowned Graffiti Artist Unveils Mural in East End

Beautification effort a result of a coalition of community groups
A 260-foot-long concrete wall located at 7400 JW Peavy Drive has been transformed by a colorful mural, “Turtle Soup,” recently commissioned by the Greater East End …

A Chat with Author and Filmmaker Steven Fenberg A Chat with Author and Filmmaker Steven Fenberg

HIS BOOKS AND FILMS TELL THE STORY OF “MR. HOUSTON,” JESSE H. JONES
By Melanie Saxton
Steven Fenberg enjoys a fascinating life as an author, an Emmy Award-winning executive producer and curator of Houston’s backstory — one …

Animal Shelter Sets New Standards for Disaster Response Animal Shelter Sets New Standards for Disaster Response

Friends For Life Cared For Nearly 3,000 Animals Impacted By Hurricane
Y ou can bring your pets.” These five simple words immensely impacted the lives of pets and their human companions during the Hurricane Harvey evacuation …

Midtown Park: A New Urban Oasis Midtown Park:  A New Urban Oasis

Lush Environment Will Host Exceptional Programs And Entertainment Activities
Midtown Houston opened Mid­town Park, the new urban oasis in the heart of the city, to the public on Oct. 11. The soft opening leads the …

Solving Mysteries on the Family Tree Solving Mysteries on the Family Tree

A Houston DNA Lab Connects People Around The World
By Melanie Saxton | Photography by Kevin West
If you’ve ever “gotten stuck” compiling your family tree, a Houston company offers DNA testing to anyone in the world. Bennett …

CleRenda’s Calling CleRenda’s Calling

Helping Women Find Their Purpose Through Project P.U.S.H.
Text by Cathy Gordon | Photography by Miro Dvorscak
Stilettos. One misstep and you’re hobbling about like a newborn fawn trying to stand for the first time. But CleRenda …

Bayou City Art Festival Downtown Returns Oct. 14-15 Bayou City Art Festival Downtown Returns Oct. 14-15

Featured Artist Tony Paraná Has Big Talent And A Big Heart For Houston
By Cheryl Alexander
The Art Colony Association, Inc. (ACA) has announced Bayou City Art Festival Downtown 2017 will be held on Saturday and …

Weird Homes Tour Returns Oct. 7 Weird Homes Tour Returns Oct. 7

One-Of-A-Kind Event Showcases The City’s Most Extraordinary Living Spaces
Weird Homes Tour is pleased to announce its return to Houston on Saturday, Oct.7 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. to take fans on a journey …

The Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project at MD Anderson The Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project at MD Anderson

Auction Oct. 25-Nov.8 Funds Ovarian Cancer Research And Builds Awareness One Quilt At A Time
Text by Mara Soloway | Images by Barbara Garvin and Shawn Green
Ovarian cancer is known as the silent killer – it …

How Frank Billingsley was “Swabbed & Found” How Frank Billingsley was “Swabbed & Found”

Houston’s Popular Meteorologist Untangled A Closed Adoption
By Melanie Saxton
H e is the familiar and friendly face on Channel 2, guiding us through thunderstorms, hurricanes and tornados since 1995. KPRC chief meteorologist Frank Billingsley certainly knows …

30 Years and Counting 30 Years and Counting

Johnny Carrabba Shares His Family’s Success Story
The abundance of great food is Houston is widely known, and foodies can find trendy, beautiful, satisfying restaurants on almost every city block both inside and outside the loop. …

Houstonian Gene Watson Continues to Delight Fans with His Classic Brand of Country Music Houstonian Gene Watson Continues to Delight Fans with His Classic Brand of Country Music

More Than 50 Years After His Career Started, He Is Not Slowing Down
By Judy Latta
In an era in which it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between contemporary country and pop music, Houstonian Gene Watson has …

The Evolving Work of Katy Artist Mike Peyton: The Evolving Work of Katy Artist Mike Peyton:

Philosopher, Re-Inventor, Destroyer Of Sharpies
Interview by Mara Soloway
Mike Peyton’s drive to create has been getting more and more intense of late, like a disturbance in his force moving him forward. Known since 2005 for his …

Houstonian Selected for PBS Digital Innovators Program Houstonian Selected for PBS Digital Innovators Program

Krissy Venosdale Of The Kinkaid School Is One Of 52 Educators Across The U.S. Recognized As Classroom Changemaker
Houston Public Media has an­nounced that Krissy Venosdale, a Fort Bend County resident and the innovation coordinator …

Thornwood Gallery Brings Fine Art to River Oaks District Thornwood Gallery Brings Fine Art to River Oaks District

Its Second Location Showcases Unique Works And International Flair
By Mara Soloway
Zelma Legendre, Thornwood Gallery’s owner and founder, felt that the upscale setting of River Oaks District with its national and international clientele was the ideal …

Craig Biggio Craig Biggio

Houston’s Adopted Son Still Giving Back To The City With Coaching, Community Service And A Cool New Restaurant
By Judy Latta
Craig Alan Biggio may have been born and raised on Long Island, New York, but Houston …

Vibrancy in Art and Words Vibrancy in Art and Words

Houston Artist And Poet Carolyn Dahl Fills Her Life With Inspired Accomplishments
Interview by Mara Soloway
It’s rare that Carolyn Dahl creates artworks with muted colors. The vibrant hues she uses for her artistry are inspired by …