With Marching Band — and Bobby and Phoebe Tudor as Honorees — SPA Gala Fetes Org at Time of Change

Jeff Gremillion

FESTOONED IN SPRING pastels — not just the floral centerpieces, but also the shades on the massive chandeliers overhead in the soaring grand foyer of the Wortham Center — the Society of Performing Arts (SPA) gala was a colorful A-List bash, dubbed the Kaleidoscope Ball.

‘Women of Distinction’ Honored at Downtown’s Glittering Winter Ball

Jeff Gremillion

A TRADITION CONTINUED when some of Houston’s most notable women were honored in grand style at the 35th Winter Ball, delayed from its usual cold-weather schedule. raising funds for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.

MFAH's Lively Latin American Experience Weekend Brings in a Record $2 Mil — Olé!

THE MUSEUM OF Fine Arts, Houston’s groundbreaking Latin American Art Department celebrated 20 years in style. Its ninth biennial Latin American Experience took place over four days, drawing scores of international gallerists, artists and collectors to the Museum District for lectures, tours and a fabulous fiesta.

Duos, Trios and Teams: ‘Next-Generation’ Mother-Daughter Leppert Duo Debuts

Clare Leppert and Clementine, the Cavachon. Leigh Leppert and Benny, the Bernedoodle.

HOW DID YOU come together as a team? This fall, we are celebrating the introduction of an exciting real estate collaboration between Clare Leppert, longtime Houston Realtor®, and daughter Leigh Leppert. Clare shared a 20+ year real estate partnership with her mother, Bette Carpenter, until Bette’s death in 2016. Having worked solo for several years, Clare in 2021 was awarded Houston Business Journal’s No. 2 Luxury Realtor® in Houston. Leigh, who has been working in marketing for the past decade, has always shared a passion for real estate and watched Clare successfully balance family and career. We are excited to re-create the next generation of a mother-daughter duo at Compass!

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Ben Berg (photo by Douglas Burns)

THE NEW YEAR has already yielded its fair share of tastebud-tingling headlines — and here's a few more! From a prolific restaurateur's big announcement to a Houston institution's ambitious expansion, catch up on all the latest below.

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Wiley's 'Judith and Holofernes'

THE ENERGY IN the foyer of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Caroline Wiess Law Building is quite lively, thanks to the installation of two provocative paintings, painted 400 years apart — one by Artemisia Gentileschi, an Italian 17th-century female artist, the other by Kehinde Wiley, a contemporary, Nigerian-born queer Black artist. Each depicts the grisly climax in the Old Testament Book of Judith, in which the widow Judith decapitates the Assyrian general Holofernes, thus saving her besieged Jewish city of Betulia.

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