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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.

Celebrate the Season at Historic Bayou Bend

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Bells ring out in harmony, lights dance and shimmer in the twilight, and carols fill the air.

It’s the most magical time of the year again at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. For the third year in a row, Christmas Village at Bayou Bend has transformed Ima Hogg’s celebrated home and grounds into a show-stopping holiday wonderland.

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Discover Fabergé’s Long-Lost Surprise at the Houston Museum of Natural Science

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Diamond Trellis Egg & Surprise

In 1892, jeweler to the tsars Peter Carl Fabergé created the third in a series of objects that would go on to define his legacy. The Diamond Trellis Egg, commissioned as an Easter gift from Tsar Alexander III to Tsarina Maria Feodorovna, is a diamond-encrusted triumph of luminous green stone. Inside the egg, Fabergé enclosed his first-ever “surprise”—in this case a jeweled elephant automaton that walked around the egg with the turn of a key. The House of Fabergé would go on to create many more Imperial Easter Eggs, often including special surprises hidden within.

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Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker Twirls Into Town

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Artists of Houston Ballet by Amitava Sarkar, Courtesy of Houston Ballet

The best holiday traditions have a way of standing the test of time, even if it means overcoming the odds—that’s the magic of this time of year. For the city of Houston, one of those traditions is a dazzling performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker by Houston Ballet. Even though the company’s Wortham Theater home is closed until mid-2018 after suffering in Hurricane Harvey, visions of sugar plum fairies will dance their way across the stage this season in as splendid fashion as ever thanks to a pair of local venues.

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Offseason Notes: Keuchel, Bullpen, Ohtani, Stanton, Fiers

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While most of Houston is still reveling in the Astros’ thrilling World Series victory, the major league front office is hard at work looking for ways to improve an already-dominant roster. Expect a flurry of activity next week, as baseball’s annual Winter Meetings kick off in Lake Buena Vista, Florida—it’s traditionally one of the busiest weeks of the offseason, and the Astros  have a few things on their holiday shopping list.

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Spend Your Weekend at Holiday Brews on the Bayou

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So you’re spending the weekend in Houston. What strikes your fancy? Sampling craft beers from top breweries? Catching some jazz from an emerging quartet? Supporting a beloved cultural institution that suffered during Hurricane Harvey? Why not all three?

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The Rich Flavors of South African Cuisine

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Close your eyes for a moment and picture South African cuisine. What do you see?

For most, the exercise is more difficult than it seems. People think of many things when they think of South Africa—Mandela, rugby, diamonds, penguins—but the food remains shrouded in mystery, victim to more recognizable world cuisines.

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Benjy’s Happy Hour Still Fresh After 22 Years

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No trip to Houston is complete without a stop in Rice Village, an eclectic dining and shopping district with roots in the late 1930s. Today, more than 300 shops and boutiques dot the 16-block neighborhood, with a host of dining options to match.

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Jose Altuve: Unlikely Superstar, Deserving 2017 MVP

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Jose Altuve first put on an Astros uniform as a 17-year-old playing in the Venezuelan Summer League ten years ago. He’d recently persuaded Astros personnel to tender him a professional contract despite concerns over his diminutive frame. The second baseman stands just 5’6”, about eight inches below the MLB average. The Astros handed him a check for $15,000—a drop in the ocean of their budget for international prospects—and silently hoped for a growth spurt. Altuve, perhaps playing with a chip on his shoulder, batted .343 in 64 games that summer.

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