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Noah is a Houston-based writer and photographer. You can find him exploring Houston's restaurant and museum scenes with his wife or catching a game at Minute Maid Park. He and his wife serve local businesses through their digital content company, Two Cats Communications.

All-Day Winecafé Postino Opens in Heights Mercantile

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In case you missed the memo, you probably ought to be spending more time in the Houston Heights. The thriving neighborhood perfectly melds urban Houston savvy with a charming, independent vibe that’s more commonly found in smaller towns. The latest jewel in the district’s crown is Postino WineCafé, now open at Heights Mercantile.

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Stephen Marchione’s Masterful Handmade Guitars

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Photo courtesy of Marchione Guitars.

In a light-filled studio behind a small house in Houston’s historic Montrose district, Stephen Marchione and his team of artisan woodworkers craft some of the finest guitars in the world. You wouldn’t know it, driving down the tree-lined residential street where he makes his music magic. You wouldn’t know it if you ran into Marchione walking his dogs around the block—he’s affable and down-to-earth, never mind that he’s received special orders from musical icons like Paul Simon and Mark Knopfler.

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Houston Restaurants Team Up for Child Abuse Prevention

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Emmaline dining room © Julie Soefer Photography

For the sixth year in a row, many of Houston’s leading restaurants are teaming up with The Thread Alliance, a local nonprofit dedicated to ending child abuse once and for all, during National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Starting on April 1st, Houston diners will find a Blue Plate Special entrée, dessert, or drink on the menu at participating eateries; for every Blue Plate menu item ordered, the restaurant will donate percentage of its proceeds to The Thread Alliance.

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Learn The New Wine Rules at Camerata with Jon Bonné

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Camerata Montrose

Montrose wine bar Camerata is playing host to James Beard Award-winning wine critic and writer Jon Bonné this Friday night as he celebrates the release of his latest book, The New Wine Rules.

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Astros Circling in on Extension with Jose Altuve

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The Houston Astros are keeping their brightest star around a little bit longer. 2017 AL MVP Jose Altuve has agreed to a record-setting five-year contract extension, per a report from Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. The Astros have not yet confirmed the report.

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Spring Into Patio Season with Six Houston Favorites

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Springtime is here, and in Houston, that means one thing: Patio season. Patios make everything better—the fresh air and convivial atmosphere are the ultimate harbingers of relaxation. Besides, everything tastes better under blue skies. So grab a few friends, order your signature drink, and soak in a dose of “Vitamin P” this season—here are a few of the best patios in Houston.

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Experience the Royal Treasures of Jodhpur, India, Never Before Seen Beyond Palace Walls

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Pavilion (Baradari), 19th century. Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Now through August 19, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is host to a trove of royal treasures from the kingdom of Marwar-Jodhpur, a princely state in northwest India. The unprecedented new exhibition, Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India showcases the artistic legacy of the Jodhpur court across nearly four centuries.

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Roll into Spring at Discovery Green

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The Rink: Rolling at Discovery Green is back. Houston’s newest outdoor tradition returns tomorrow for its second season with a rollicking kickoff party hosted by Avenida Houston. Houston’s first outdoor roller rink delighted skaters of all ages last year, and it’s coming back with a new, improved skating surface, retro-fun colored lighting, and themed programming—including ‘80s and ‘90s throwback nights.

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After the Rodeo, Head to Tony Mandola’s

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The 2018 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo swings into full gear tonight with a rollicking performance from country superstar Garth Brooks. For the next three weeks, Houston is Rodeo City, home to the largest livestock show and the richest regular-season rodeo in the world. Close to three million visitors will stream through the rodeo gates before all is said and done. Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen, never ones to miss a big event, is marking the occasion with a mouthwatering Rodeo Special.

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Eight Bold Margaritas to Help You Celebrate National Margarita Day in Houston

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Photo courtesy of Roka Akor

Today is National Margarita Day, and we strongly recommend taking some time this evening to celebrate the ubiquitous cocktail. Houston has no shortage of amazing margs, so it’s hard go wrong—any of the best restaurants in town will shake up a mixed drink worthy of your time. But tequila is an adventurous spirit, best suited for the bold at heart. Nudge past the classic combination of lime, orange liqueur, and agave spirits, and you’ll find a plethora of bewitching variations. Here are a few of our favorites.

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