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Texas-based Bumble sponsors 50 female athletes to honor 50 years of Title IX

Bumble is causing a buzz once again, this time for collegiate women athletes. Founded by recent Texas Business Hall of Fame inductee Whitney Wolfe Herd, the Austin-based and female-first dating and social networking app this week announced a new sponsorship for 50 collegiate women athletes with NIL (name, image, and likeness) deals in honor of the 50th anniversary of Title IX.
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Fun Houston band headlines 'Sad' national summer music festival

A popular, national summer music festival is headed to Houston with some home-grown talent leading the way. Sad Summer Fest, now in its third year, heads to the Lawn at White Oak Music Hall on Wednesday, July 13. Houston trio Waterparks will headline along with UK act Neck Deep and alt band Mayday Parade. Sad Summer Fest also hits Dallas’ Gilley’s on Tuesday, July 12 as part of the 13-city trek.

New star-studded, Houston-backed movie sends viewers on a Wild West murder mystery

Movie producer Kelly Frazier is a Western kind of gal. Born and raised in Houston, the former music-video producer (she's worked with such country artists as Shania Twain, George Jones, and Billy Ray Cyrus) has been working almost exclusively in the genre of cowboy fiction. "I did about seven Westerns in a row, which are always the most fun to shoot," Frazier, who's been in the business ("scarily enough," she says) for 30 years, tells CultureMap.

Baz Luhrmann's Elvis fails to shake up the myth of music legend

Doing a “standard” biopic about Elvis Presley in this day and age would be a fool’s errand; as the biggest selling solo artist of all time, his life and everything in it has already been dissected a million times over. That includes movies and documentaries specifically about him, others that use that use his larger-than-life presence as part of another period story, and still others that use his now-iconic face and voice in ways that have nothing to do with his life.

Exciting new Vietnamese restaurant freshens up The Heights, plus award-winning Thai in the East End

On this week's episode of "What's Eric Eating," Jason Andaya and chef Cole Hoang join CultureMap food editor Eric Sandler to discuss Dinette. Slated to open later this summer, Dinette aims to offer a fresh perspective on Vietnamese fare by blending Hoang's heritage from northern Vietnam with some of the techniques he learned while working for James Beard Award finalist Christine Ha at The Blind Goat.

Beloved Houston classical music festival showcasing young stars winds down this weekend

One of Houston’s most beloved music events is winding down this weekend, offering classical music fans a chance to enjoy burgeoning, top-tier talent. The Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival, which runs through June 26 at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music on the school’s central campus, boasts performances from its Texas Music Festival Orchestral Institute as well as a showcase of piano, organ, harpsichord and fortepiano in its 2022 High School Keyboard Academy event.

Big golf moves could spark major changes to Astros-backed Houston Open

A pro golf response to an overseas rival could reverberate locally in Houston. On Wednesday, June 22, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan admitted his tour couldn't win an "arms race" against Saudi-funded LIV Golf. By paying its members billions of dollars in guaranteed salaries directly funded by the Saudi Arabian government, the new rival golf league has convinced high-profile players like Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, and Houston's Patrick Reed to leave the PGA Tour.