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NEWS 'High Society' exhibition opens Sunday at MFAH

Tomorrow, April 17, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, opens High Society: The Portraits of Franz X. Winterhalter, an exhibition of some 45 paintings by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805–1873), the most renowned portraitist of the courts of Europe during his day. Throughout the course of his career, Winterhalter captured the elegance of his aristocratic sitters with an unrivaled brilliance of technique and sensitivity of touch. 

Complementing his canvases are a number of garments fashioned by sought-after 19th-century couturier Charles Frederick Worth (1825–1895) and several of his contemporaries. Featuring works drawn from public, private and royal collections around the world, the exhibition will be on view in Houston thru August 14, between its presentation at the Städtische Museen Freiburg, Germany, and the Musée du Château de Compiègne, France.

Several special programs have been scheduled during the run of the exhibition, including exclusive tours, lectures, family workshops and a Mother's Day Concert. 

The key underwriting for the exhibition was provided by  the Kinder Foundation. Additional generous funding was provided by the Estate of Margo Lamb and Luther King Capital Management.

For more information, please visit www.mfah.org/.


NEWS Lane Closures Slated for Hermann Park area

Beginning tomorrow, a major construction project adjacent to Hermann Park will cause significant traffic disruptions, and citizens should be aware of lane closures and alternate ways of reaching the park. The traffic changes will occur in two phases: a short-term and a long-term phase that will extend through a construction project in the Texas Medical Center.

Phase One will call for Cambridge Street to be reduced to one eastbound and one westbound lane between the T.M.C. Garage 4 and Fannin Street. Hermann Park visitors should consider using MetroRail or bus service to reach the park, or approach the park from Fannin or Hermann Drive.

It is important to bear in mind that ambulances coming to and from the T.M.C. should be given the right of way, which will be difficult within the two-lane, two-way traffic pattern. Traffic control officers and flaggers will be directing traffic. Automobiles exiting the parking garage onto Cambridge Street will only be able to turn right.

Details of Phase Two of the traffic plan will be released closer to the proposed implementation date, estimated to take place in May 2016.

NEWS Biggio's sport bar to open in November in new Marriott Marquis

Today, the Marriott Marquis Houston announced a partnership with Houston Astros All-Star Craig Biggio to open Biggio’s, a two-story sports bar to debut November 2016.

Just steps from the Houston Astros home field, Minute Maid Park, Biggio’s will pay homage to the baseball legend through showcasing memorabilia from the sports star, as well as offering patrons giant flat screen TVs to enjoy the game, a large craft beer selection including many local brews from Houston’s best breweries, and a selection of crowd-pleasing menu items. The high energy bar will be the place for Houstonians and visitors alike to catch all the sporting action throughout the year.

A second baseman and catcher who played his entire career from 1988 through 2007 for the Houston Astros, Craig Biggio in January became the first of the Astros to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In his career, Biggio tallied 3,060 hits, which ranks 21st in all-time in Major League history and 11th all-time among right-handed hitters.

Beloved by local fans, Biggio earned a reputation during his time in the majors for being a tough and scrappy player, winning the Hutch Award in 2005, given to the player who best shows competitiveness and never gives up.

Biggio is also the recipient of two prestigious community service awards, including the  Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet, which honors the Major League Baseball player who combines outstanding play on the field with devoted work in the community and the  Branch Rickey Award, which is also given annually to an individual in Major League Baseball in recognition of his exceptional community service.

“For nearly 30 years, Houston has been my home town, and I am honored to partner with the Marriott Marquis to bring Biggio’s to the city,” said Craig Biggio. “It is really a dream to open a first-rate sports bar just steps away from my second home, Minute Maid Park, with an esteemed partner like Marriott.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Houston legend, Craig Biggio,” said Scot Cotton, general manager of the Marriott Marquis Houston. “Biggio’s will be a premier Houston destination for sports, a good drink, and a great meal.

The Marriott Marquis Housotn, the city’s newest hotel, opens in November 2016, adding 1,000 new guest rooms, over 100,000 square feet of meeting space and Houston's largest ballroom to the city. A one-of-a-kind Texas-shaped lazy river, rooftop infinity pool, and special events pavilion overlooking Discovery Green Park, establish the property as a cosmopolitan oasis in the heart of downtown. The hotel also features a full- service spa and fitness center, great room lobby, and six food and beverage outlets, including two specialty restaurants. 


NEWS Rice sets tuition for fall 2016

Rice University’s undergraduate tuition for the 2016-17 school year will be $43,220, an increase of $1,660 from the current year. The total cost, including $13,750 for room and board and $698 in mandatory fees, will be $57,668, a 3.2 percent increase.

Rice is consistently ranked as a “best value” because its tuition is lower than rates at peer research universities and its financial aid policy is designed to make education affordable to students from a variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Freshmen who qualify for need-based aid and whose annual family income is $80,000 or less are not required to take out loans to pay for their education; other freshmen who have demonstrated financial need are not required to take out more than a total of $10,000 in loans for their four undergraduate years at Rice.

Because of Rice’s need-blind admission policy, students’ academic qualifications for admission are reviewed without any consideration of their financial situation. Nearly 60 percent of all undergraduate students at Rice receive some form of financial aid through a combination of scholarship grants, loans and work-study programs, and nearly 15 percent of undergraduates receive federal Pell Grants.

“With the economy in another period of volatility and uncertainty, it’s even more important that we take steps to augment our high quality of education and generous financial aid,” President David Leebron said. “That takes support from our donors and prudent stewardship of our endowment and other resources. Our undergraduate students contribute through their tuition and fees payments on average about 30 percent of the total cost of their education, but we have worked very hard to keep increases in their share as small as possible even while adding enhancements to our educational programs.”

The 2016 edition of the Princeton Review’s “Colleges That Pay You Back” guidebook ranks Rice No. 9 on the basis of academic quality, college cost and alumni’s salaries. Rice is ranked No. 4 on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s 2016 list of best values among private universities and has placed among Kiplinger’s top five private best values since the rankings began in 1999.


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