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Carlos and Daniella Correa at Ignacio Torras' dinner party with Fabergé

As discussion of rising Covid numbers permeates the national news, many Houstonians in recent days have decided it's time for a return to something like normalcy. And, in the peak of fall, that means charity bashes.

There were glitzy to-do's Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights last week — all with thoughtful safety precautions — one function featuring an Astro raising money for kids with cancer at a fabulous Memorial area mansion, another highlighting buff firemen stripping shirtless in support of the Houston Professional Firefighters Association Charitable Foundation.

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On the leading edge of what seems to be a cautious return to live events — with actual people there, in person — the Periwinkle Foundation on Thursday night crowned Evan Turner of Krasi Meze & Wine the 2020 Iron Sommelier at its annual wine-tasting fundraiser, where extraordinary measures were taken to minimize any risk of Covid spread. Theodore Rex's Justin Vann was runner-up.

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In Covid Times, Symphony Reimagines Opening Night

Guests enjoy lovely, thoughtfully scaled-down performance, and home-delivered dinners.

As the Houston Symphony hit high notes at its Opening Night Celebration on Saturday night, it also raised a high bar — the scaled-down, socially distant and live-streamed event was lovely, and a Covid-era model for performing arts groups struggling to find their way through tough times. The memorable program was curated to highlight small groups of musicians on stage at a time, rather than the entire orchestra.

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