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High Society

Two of the season’s most glamorous galas took over the ballroom of Downtown’s new Marriott Marquis hotel. The Houston Symphony’s annual ball — this year helmed by the organization’s executive director and CEO, Mark Hanson, and wife Christina — featured a lively performance by Frankie Moreno and his band, who flew in for the Vegas-themed event. ... A couple weeks later, Michael Bolton took the stage at the Audrey Hepburn Society Ball. Actress and Unicef ambassador Angie Harmon was honored with the Spirit of Compassion award in front of 500 black tie-clad guests, who raised an impressive $900,000 for Unicef, which helps children around the world obtain basic rights and resources.

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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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As the world capital of the traditional energy business, Houston's economic future rests on its ability to evolve with the changing demands on the energy sector. Bobby Tudor, chairman of energy advisory firm Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. and board chair of the Greater Houston Partnership, knows this well. But in a city long driven and enriched by the oil and gas industry, how well will his message go over? Tudor's address to the Partnership's 2020 Annual Meeting on the topic earlier this year has been called a turning point, with the local energy community accepting his call to take on a leadership role in the coming transition to renewables and greener standards. In an excerpt from the new publication, Houston Business Insider: The Metro Region's Official Economic Development Guide, produced by the Partnership in conjunction with CityBook, Tudor spoke about the challenges at hand — and what Houston is doing about it.

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