Top Web Stories of ’19

In case you missed ’em, these were the three most widely read stories of the year at CityBook online!


As the year — and the decade! — comes to a close, it’s time to revisit a few of 2019’s most widely read stories on

The most clicked-on story of the year? Our second annual Leaders & Legends portrait series, which also appeared in print. This year’s feature included then-newly-elected congressman Dan Crenshaw, Grammy-winning gospel great Yolanda Adams, and other local luminaries.

Chris Becker’s preview of the MFAH’s landmark Van Gogh exhibit in the spring — which included an interview with longtime curator David Bomford, one of his last he gave before retiring in March — ranked second, and also ran in our March issue.

Vincent Van Gogh’s self-portrait, 1887, one of dozens by the artistVincent Van Gogh’s self-portrait, 1887, one of dozens by the artist

Rounding out the top three was a fun and flavor-packed list of must-try dishes during August’s Houston Restaurant Weeks extravaganza, put together by celebrated local chef and food writer Kate McLean.

Fried chicken at La Lucha, featured on our round-up of the best Houston Restaurant Week dealsFried chicken at La Lucha, featured on our round-up of the best Houston Restaurant Week deals

The new year will surely bring more delicious news and fascinating features, both in print and online. Stay tuned!

AT TOP: Lucinda Loya from the second annual Leaders & Legends Portrait series


Artist Wayne Bell with pieces for December’s ‘Trapeze’ fundraising show

"ART IS LIKE love,” says Houston artist Wayne Bell. “When you fall in love with people, you lose yourself in them. But you can also find yourself.” For 36-year-old Bell, whose dramatic, abstract oil paintings, where gradations of rich, otherworldly colors give the viewer the sense they have stepped into an alternate universe, the path to self-discovery has been anything but straightforward. But art, and the impetus to “create and destroy and start over,” has been with him since childhood, and never really left him alone, even as he pursued divergent goals.

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Bella Madre’s new owners, Pia Tolomei and CC Brollier

TWO LIFELONG-FRIENDS-turned-business-partners are breathing new life into a Houston jewelry brand which initially launched in 2013. Pia Tolomei and CC Brollier recently purchased Bella Madre from the founders, one of which is Brollier’s mother, and are gearing up for their first holiday shopping season.

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