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Having a Ball

Ars Lyrica hosted a special event at Downtown’s Esperson building in support of its upcoming production of Handel’s Agrippina, the organization’s first fully staged Baroque opera. ... At the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s glitzy Jewel of the Nile gala, guests were greeted by none other than a pair of camels! Inside, dinner tables and auction items were featured throughout the museum’s exhibit halls. ... And the Reach for the Stars gala, held at the Briar Club, raised funds and awareness for the KnowAutism foundation. Deborah Duncan emceed the event, which included a fashion show presented by The Webster, as well as live and silent auctions touting items like a Hawaiian vacation.

Ars Lyrica by Pin Lim; HMNS by Wilson Parish; KnowAutism by Quy Tran

Donae and Rob Chramosta at KnowAutism
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In the hopeful last days of a year that can't end too soon, the Yuletide sparkles anew — with festive frocks, and beautiful, giftable bling from Houston's finest jewelers. Photos by Steven Visneau, styling by Todd Ramos, hair and makeup by Edward Sanchez for Edward Sanchez Cosmetics, model Melani Colic for Wallflower Management, shot on location at the Omni Houston Hotel.

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Houstonians have visited the Shaftel family for custom baubles and high-quality gemstones for decades, most recently at their showroom on the ground floor of a Richmond Ave. office building. Now, Shaftel Diamonds has a luxury storefront that's just as radiant as its jewels, located at the corner of San Felipe and Chimney Rock in the heart of Tanglewood.

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