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.

Chapman & Kirby Launches Free Concert Series for Spring

Danny Ray and the Atlantic Street Band performs May 31 (photo from dannyrayatlanticstreetband.com)

CHAPMAN & KIRBY, THE premier event destination in Houston’s East Village, is thrilled to announce the launch of its Spring Music Series, kicking off on Friday, April 12. Chapman & Kirby has become synonymous with top-tier events and unforgettable experiences, many attended by celebrities both local and worldwide. With concert ticket prices soaring to hundreds and even thousands of dollars in the last year, this eight-week music series promises to be a welcomed opportunity to engage with live music for free, showcasing an eclectic lineup of talented acts.

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Badolina Bakery in Rice Village (photo by Kirsten Gilliam)

WHAT MAKES A restaurant patio great? Beauty, comfort, uniqueness? Check. Stellar food? Check. The feeling that you got away from it all? Triple check. Whether you’re looking to whet your whistle, grab a bite in a treehouse, dine under the stars, or catch a sunset over the urban landscape, Houston is rich with patios, balconies and rooftops. Get some air and celebrate the glorious season at these newbies and stalwarts.

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Local Foods sandwiches

ONCE UPON A time on a charming vintage corner of West University Place, chef Tony Luhrman cranked out tacos and other Mexican specialties in his tiny restaurant El Topo. The newcomer earned recognition from Texas Monthly and elsewhere, but couldn’t pull out of the post-COVID slump. Enter Maximo in the same space, a new Mexican concept owned by Benjy Levit (Local Foods, Lees Den, Eau Tour), Luhrman, and Dylan Murray of Local Foods.

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