Romantic Rendezvous Around Town — or Right at Home! 7 Spectacular Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas

Natalia Gonzalez Blanco Serrano

THIS VALENTINE'S DAY weekend looks a lot different than last year's — but why not take advantage of the excuse to stay in and cozy up, or a reason to splurge and go out to eat for once? Houston restaurants have something for everyone: all the sweethearts, galentines and those who just need a little self-love this year.

Dynamic Group Show at Blaffer Demonstrates Anxiety, Desire, Resilience — and Diversity

Cody Fitzsimmons

AFTER NEARLY A year without gallery openings and with museum programs gone virtual, it feels encouraging to be back in close proximity to the local arts community, relatively speaking. Fifteen Houston-based artists — many of whom share the same social circle in "normal" times — are brought together again in Carriers: The Body as a Site of Danger and Desire at Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, on view through March 14. The featured works demonstrate how each artist examines the role of the body and its connectivity to the circumstances of a global pandemic, longing for contact during isolation, as well as the resurfacing of racial tension across the US.

Chef-Activist Chris Williams Launches Hospitality Venture

Evan W. Black

NEARLY 10 YEARS ago, chef Chris Williams opened his Lucille's restaurant in the Museum District with his brother Ben, dishing out refined Southern cuisine and homaging their great-grandmother and her culinary legacy.

AN INTERVIEW WITH Brad & Joanna Marks, owners of IW Marks Jewelers

What were your biggest challenges of 2020? Our biggest challenge was definitely dealing with the economic shutdowns due to the virus.

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Natalie Varnum

ARTS PATRONS WILL know that tonight is the Ballet Ball, a glamorous fundraiser for the Houston Ballet, this year to be thrown virtually. What might be lesser known is that one Houston photographer has been using his talents — in collaboration with dancers from the company and other visual artists — to create a bold series of works to also be used as a fundraiser.

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Smoked-salmon waffle at Max's Wine Dive

Everyone's favorite weekend meal has gotten an upgrade at some of Houston's hottest restaurants! From Montrose to Memorial, here are the tastiest new brunch offerings around town.

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