Sidewalk, the Personalized City Guide to Entertainment, Goes Live in Houston

HOUSTON, Oct. 15, 1997 — No more excuses for going to the same restaurant again, missing the one concert you wanted to see or enduring another evening of takeout and TV reruns when a city of entertainment options awaits. The Houston Sidewalk
city guide, published by Microsoft Corp., is now available on the World Wide Web at ( .

There are hundreds of restaurants in Houston, dozens of movie theaters, scores of nightclubs and getaways to discover. Theaters. Galleries. Museums. Parks. “Yet Houston residents are working longer hours and paying the price in their social lives,” said Chris Hearne, general manager of Houston Sidewalk.

Research commissioned by Sidewalk shows that most people have less free time and more entertainment options than ever before. At the end of a long workday or week, many people find it challenging to sort through the array of entertainment options and try new things. “That’s why Sidewalk is designed to be a virtual entertainment adviser, matching your tastes and interests with the best the city has to offer,” Hearne said.

“Sidewalk fits your busy lifestyle by helping you make better decisions about what to do in your free time,” said John Wilburn, executive producer of Sidewalk. “Our team of editors is tracking down hundreds of events every day in and around Houston. The site lets you customize the information so it’s easy to find the things you are interested in.”

Houston Sidewalk covers everything from concerts and movies to restaurants and sporting events, with previews, reviews and personalized recommendations about what’s happening in Houston. “We even go one step further to make sure you don’t miss the events you care most about,” Wiburn said. “Sidewalk tracks your favorite events and performers, alerting you by e-mail while there’s still time to get tickets.”

Other Sidewalk city guides scheduled to launch this year include Denver, San Diego, Washington, D.C., and Sydney, Australia. Guides for Seattle, New York, Boston, the Twin Cities and San Francisco already are available.

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