Prestigious HGO Program's New Music Director Arrives from San Francisco

Evan W. Black

ONE OF THE country’s most prestigious opera-training programs, HGO Studio has announced its next music director.

MFAH Welcomes Exclusive Items from New York's Jewish Museum, Prepares to Open Permanent Gallery

Evan W. Black

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH New York’s Jewish Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has just unveiled a collection of “exceptional objects” called Beauty and Ritual, on view through Sept. 18.

Here’s Where to Chill Out for National Ice Cream Month

Robin Barr Sussman

OF ALL THE national food holidays, ice cream day is probably the most important if you live in sweltering Texas. President Reagan gets the credit for making it official in 1984 when he designated July as National Ice Cream Month, and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. Scoop up these mouthwatering specials while it’s hot!

Alto Rideshare Names Its Top Spots for Houston Restaurant Weeks!

HOUSTON FOODIES ARE out this month, and those in the know are getting from restaurant to restaurant in the rideshare service that has taken the industry by a storm.

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On Ally and Marion: Custom one-piece swimsuits by Cesar Galindo.

HOUSTON HAS A few favorite playgrounds — the Texas Hill Country, Aspen, Cabo. But none are more beloved than the sultry, always just a bit scandalous Big Easy, whose towering new Four Seasons has been described as a must-hit by H-Town’s travel-savviest. It’s the perfect place to stage CityBook’s annual Sexy Issue fashion shoot highlighting swimwear, lingerie and other racy little numbers right off the runway from Gucci, Versace and much more, oui?

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A sea turtle captured in 'Deep in the Heart'

FOR THREE YEARS, a production crew trekked across Texas, capturing stunning footage of species like the mountain lion and the blind catfish and vistas from the Chisos Mountains to the Gulf. In July, Deep in the Heart, narrated by none other than Matthew McConaughey, was released on steaming platforms. And this month, a companion coffee-table book by the same name is available, featuring photos depicting the state’s diverse landscapes and awe-inspiring wildlife, along with important information about conservation.

“Whether we deserve the responsibility or not, we as humans decide which animals have a future, which go extinct, and how much habitat will be allotted,” says filmmaker Ben Masters, a Texas A&M grad who previously directed the feature-length documentary The River and the Wall, which garnered high praise at SXSW in 2019. He and his team, which includes Jay Kleberg and Katy Baldock, selected the best images captured during production and wrote the accompanying text for the 250-page book, published by Greenleaf Book Group out of Austin. Chapters include ones on black bears, bison, white-tailed deer, coastal birds, ocelots and aquifers.

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