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Houston Pride parade to get extra security this year after alerts

"We want to reassure our community that your safety is our utmost priority," Pride Houston 365 said in a statement released earlier this week. "Pride has always been an event to celebrate despite hate and fear. We are taking every measure possible to ensure that our festival and parade remains a safe space for everyone to come together in celebration and solidarity."

The move comes after a series of warnings issued by the FBI, the U.S. State Department, and the Department of Homeland Security w

Custom jeweler for Lady Gaga, Beyoncé debuts exhibition

Artist Georgina Treviño has made custom jewelry for celebrities including Lady Gaga, Doja Cat and Beyoncé, and her work has graced the pages of Rolling Stone and W Magazine. But she's never had a solo exhibition—that is until May 25, when her show La Fuente del Deseo (The Fountain of Desire) opens at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

Treviño, who was born in San Diego and raised in Tijuana, studied jewelry and metalsmithing at San Diego State University, graduating in 2014 and starting

'Crazy Rich Asians' author Kevin Kwan returns home to Houston

The 2013 novel Crazy Rich Asians brought glitzy, modern Singapore to Western audiences. But author Kevin Kwan insists that he never would have become a writer were it not for Houston, where he lived from the age of 11 to early adulthood.

The book, billed as a modern retelling of Anthony Trollope's Doctor Thorne, is a comedy of errors that spans from an ill-fated wedding in Hawaii to the markets of Marrakech to the gleaming skyscrapers of Los Angeles. The story follows wealthy bachelor Rufus Leu

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston unveils renovated Korea Gallery

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Korea Gallery, the first gallery dedicated to Korean art in the southern United States, will reopen on May 16 after a renovation and newly configured installation.

The gallery, part of the museum's Arts of Asia collection, includes several new acquisitions and loans that have been added to the museum since the gallery first debuted in 2007. The works span several centuries, with a heavy focus on the 500-year-long Joseon Dynasty, a transformative period in Kore

Meow Wolf Houston announces more artists for upcoming space

Ten more Texas artists have been announced as collaborators for Meow Wolf, the psychedelic immersive art experience set to open a Bayou City location later this year.

The 10 newly-announced artists will join Meow Wolf Houston's Art Team Task Force (ATTF), which will work with the company's Artist Development and Production team to apply the "frosting" to Meow Wolf Houston before it opens.

According to Meow Wolf's website, "the Frosting layer is one of the last phases of the install timeline in

Trial set in Astroworld lawsuit involving 9-year-old victim

Despite settlements in nine of the 10 wrongful death lawsuits filed after the deadly Astroworld festival in 2021, legal woes still aren't over for organizers of the concert.

In a conference on May 14, 11th District Court Judge Kristine Hawkins set a Sept. 10 start date for the final wrongful death lawsuit, according to the Associated Press. That lawsuit was filed by the family of 9-year-old Ezra Blount, the youngest of 10 victims in the fatal crowd crush.

The move comes less than a week after

Longtime Houston weatherman Frank Billingsley leaving KPRC 2

Frank Billingsley, the beloved ginger-haired meteorologist who has been bringing weather reports to Houstonians for more than three decades, will depart KPRC 2 on June 28, according to a new interview with Culturemap.

Billingsley, who joined Channel 2 as chief meteorologist in 1995, is the longest-running TV weather person in Houston, according to the publication. He previously spent six years as the weekend weather anchor at KTRK.

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Meet Dessie Love-Blake, Houston's Miss Gay America winner

Miss Gay America is the oldest drag pageant in the United States, founded in 1972. Soon, Love-Blake will embark on a six-month tour, visiting close to 30 cities for preliminary pageants that feed into the finale in Little Rock, Arkansas, next January. Before all that, though, she's taken a moment to speak to Chron about her drag life, her long road to the crown, and her love of Astros baseball.

"I'm a competitive person," she says of entering the pageant world. "When I found out that there was

Take a little trip: Museum showcases Texas' lowrider culture

Austin's Bullock Texas State History Museum is opening a new exhibit on lowrider culture that will highlight the Mexican American origins of the vehicular art form.

The show, called Carros y Cultura, will include not just classic lowrider cars, but also custom lowrider bicycles from Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Laredo, Pecos and other Texas locales.

Lowrider car culture began in Los Angeles in the post-war era when Mexican Americans began customizing cars as a way to express individua

Hundreds built Houston art installation just for it to be burned

The Houston Temple, the non-denominational structure built by Petaluma, California-based artist David Best to The , is now open for visitation every Thursday night at Orange Show headquarters.

Beginning this evening, the wooden temple will be open from 6–9 p.m. every Thursday through Oct. 31. Visitors are welcome to write messages or memories on one of the temple's wooden planks, or simply sit in contemplation or remembrance. The temple will be burned in a public ceremony on Nov. 9.

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Live Nation announces settlements in 9 Astroworld lawsuits

Representatives for Live Nation Entertainment told the court during a pretrial hearing on May 8 that settlements have been reached in nine of the 10 lawsuits filed by families of the victims. Several of the lawsuits had been lumped together for pretrial hearings due to the huge nature of the proceedings, which included defendants Apple, Live Nation, rapper Travis Scott, and numerous subcontractors.

The terms of the settlements in the cases are confidential. Only one lawsuit, filed by the family

Houston professor brings home Pulitzer for true crime memoir

A University of Houston professor with a Ph.D. and several novels under her belt can add a new title to her extensive resume: Pulitzer Prize winner.

Cristina Rivera Garza, director of the creative writing program in Hispanic Studies at UH, was announced as a winner on May 6 in the memoir or autobiography category. She won for her 2023 genre-bending true crime memoir Liliana’s Invincible Summer: A Sister’s Search for Justice.

The book recounts Garza's return to Mexico City 30 years after the mu

Texas man's prison stint led to creating graphic novel about dogs

Called Ultimate Guard Dogz: Unleashed, the book is the first installment in a series that features vivid drawings and deeply researched storytelling to create a world where dogs "aren't just pets but superheroes, villains, and everything in between." Author and artist Taurean "Tory" Bush will sign copies of the book during a meet and greet at Gulf Coast Cosmos Comicbook Company on Saturday, May 18.

As a child growing up in southwest Louisiana, Bush had two loves: art and dogs. He drew versions

Legendary Austin punk rocker Gary Floyd has died

Gary Floyd, the openly gay singer of early 1980s Texas punk band The Dicks, has died. He was 71. His death, from congestive heart failure, was first reported by the Austin Chronicle on May 3.

Floyd was born in Palestine, Texas, and spent a few years in Houston before moving to Austin in 1974. It was there that the Dicks would form in 1980, with bassist Buxf Parrott, drummer Pat Deason, guitarist Glen Taylor, and Floyd, often clad in drag or makeup, on vocals. Along with the Butthole Surfers and

Texas is finally getting a bar dedicated to women's sports

The project, called ATX Women’s Sports Pub, is the brainchild of Debra Hallum and Marlene du Plessis, who have more than 30 years of experience in educational and corporate leadership. The bar, as the name indicates, will be located in Austin and is expected to open by the end of the year. Though the development of ATX WSP is in the early stages, the duo has already seen an outpouring of support since announcing their plan on Instagram last month.

The pair were inspired in part by the immense s

Trippy spa from Meow Wolf co-founder is headed to Texas

Called Submersive, the project promises to be "a spa that takes you beyond relaxation into elevated states of consciousness." The 25,000-square-foot, $15 million project is set to open in 2026. An exact location for the retreat has yet to be announced.

The project is the brainchild of Corvas Brinkerhoff, who in 2008 helped cofound the psychedelic art space Meow Wolf in Santa Fe. Meow Wolf now has four locations in the United States, including an outpost in Grapevine, Texas, that opened in 2023.

Houstonians will finally hear testimony on Astroworld tragedy

The first civil lawsuit in the 2021 Astroworld Festival disaster, in which 10 people were killed during a crowd crush, is set to begin as soon as May 6. The suit marks the first time a public jury will hear testimony in the case, brought to the court by the family of 23-year-old victim Madison Dubiski. Hundreds of suits have been brought against dozens of plaintiffs involved in planning the festival, including rapper Travis Scott, entertainment company Live Nation, tech giant Apple, and numerous

Pornhub could be dead in Texas after Supreme Court ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request to block a new Texas law that requires adult websites to verify a user's age before allowing them to access content on the site.

The ruling was handed down on April 30, just days after a group called the Free Speech Coalition asked the nation's highest court to overturn a lower court's ruling enforcing the law. The single-sentence ruling marks a victory for Attorney General Ken Paxton's office, which sued at least three adult content websites in March

Mick Jagger sure does love Houston

The Stones performed in Houston for the first date of their 2024 Hackney Diamonds tour before the British rockers head to New Orleans to headline at Jazz Fest. But first, Jagger made several stops in the Bayou City, as evidenced by photos posted to his social media.

On Friday, the singer visited Space Center Houston, where he toured Mission Control and got to sit in a variety of simulators, plus got to hang with astronauts Josh Cassada, Bob Hines and Jessica Meir.

On Sunday, he shared more pho

Houston's Menil Collection lets abstract art take center stage

In the first room of the new Menil Collection exhibit "Abstraction after Modernism: Recent Acquisitions," a sculpture from recently deceased artist Richard Serra hangs on the wall. The work is made from thick rubber industrial belts, dark brown and floppy, but structured at the same time. Triangle Belt Piece, made in 1967, is a direct response to the dripping, gravity-influenced works abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock was making a decade before. At the same time, the lines and flow

Texas AG settles with porn website over age verification law

Attorney General Ken Paxton's office has reached an agreement with a porn website over a law meant to prevent children from being able to access adult content online.

According to the agreement announced Friday, Multi Media, LLC, the owners of adult website Chaturbate.com, will pay $675,000 in fines for operating its site without an age verification system. Chaturbate has also agreed to require age verification for users in Texas, which it has already implemented.

The age verification law, pre

Jennifer Aniston's favorite fitness studio heading to Houston

Pvolve, the New York-based fitness concept backed in part by Friends actress Jennifer Aniston, is set to open several Houston-area studios in the next few years.

The expansion is thanks to a franchise agreement with local entrepreneurs Mark To, Hahn To and Shawn Bishop, according to the Houston Business Journal. The Tos and Bishop have previously opened various other franchises including Massage Envy, The Joint Chiropractic, European Wax Center and Phenix Salon Suites.

They hope to eventually

Slow, low and bangin': Houston car culture, explained

Texas culture can get boiled down to barbecue and country music, but some things are unique to a city like Houston. One of them? Swangas, which confused some drivers in Austin recently.

This week, a user posted to the Austin subreddit a photo of an otherwise staid-looking Kia sedan sporting major rims. The post now has more than 900 comments, asking everything from, "What is the point of these?" to, "How is this legal?" A good number of the comments reference classic Houston rap, including Lil'

Megan Thee Stallion sued for harassment, hostile work environment

The suit was filed in California by Emilio Garcia, who claims that he worked as a personal cameraman for the "Savage" rapper from July 2018 until June 2023, when he was let go. The suit alleges multiple violations of the Fair Employment and Housing Act, including harassment so severe that it created a “hostile, abusive work environment” that made Garcia’s “working conditions intolerable."

The lawsuit alleges that Garcia quit his full-time job in 2019 to work and travel with Megan Thee Stallion,
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