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Mod home-decor store BeDesign launched its Molteni&C shop-in-shop with a cocktail soiree. The well heeled crowd — which included industry pros and design aficionados — sipped Veuve and enjoyed bites courtesy of L’Olivier while learning about the 80-year-old Italian brand known for office and kitchen furniture. ... Meanwhile, another hip happy hour took place at B&B Butchers, where supporters of JDRF celebrated the organization’s upcoming Promise Ball with a rooftop patio party. Guests snacked on savory bites from the restaurant while soaking in skyline views on the warm, breezy evening — which fit well with the main event’s Havana Nights theme.

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Even in a pandemic, the arts culture of Houston never stops — from movie screenings in the wee hours of the morning, to public art installations that light up the night. Seven photographers capture the everyday wonders of art in the most resilient city in America, over the course of 24 hours on Saturday, Oct. 3.


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The performing arts have been brought to a screeching halt as a result of the ongoing pandemic. The Houston Brass Quintet, a local nonprofit music troupe, met the moment head-on with outdoor pop-up concerts around the city. Their perseverance has helped keep their heads above water, and the group is gearing up for a holiday season unlike any other.

The chamber group focuses on diverse music genres, prioritizes collaboration in the arts community, and gives back to the community through educational and service programs. Founding member and managing director Sarah Perkins beams as she discusses the service component of the quintet. "The group was originally formed as a one-off for a party," she says. "A gentleman approached me at the party and asked if I was interested in putting a chamber group together, and he gave us $5,000 to get started. With the seed money we got, we decided to make our group a nonprofit, because the mission aspect was important to me — to have a service component involved, with particular emphasis on the Alzheimer's and dementia community."

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