While Marianella was born and raised in Philadelphia, the cheesesteak city, she’s a lifelong vegetarian. She earned a master’s degree in journalism at Columbia University and, two weeks later, in June 2015, came to work at Houstonia.

She splits her time between contributing to Houstonia each month and heading up custom projects including District magazine, the Galveston Visitors Guide, and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital’s Kids’ Health Annual.

In her spare time, Marianella loves listening to Drake, cooking, and hanging out with her Betta fish Brody.

Comedy

See Jane Lynch Sing…Outside of the Shower

The former Glee star brings her musical-comedy show to the House of Blues.

06/02/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Postcards From Beyond the Beltway

Best of the Burbs: Visit Pearland

Relive the retro roller rink days of your youth.

05/31/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Newstonians

Escaped Converts: Adam Doster

Our occasional check-in with the flood of recent arrivals—poor, huddled and yearning to clog our freeways.

05/31/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Photography

Showcasing the Texas Surf Culture You Didn't Know Existed

Photographer and surfer Kenny Braun showcases the state's surfing life in Surf Texas.

05/18/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 6-8

Julien Temple's films at the MFAH, the Asia Society's annual festival, Beyonce at NRG, the Houston Ballet at the Miller Outdoor Theatre (for free!), and the Star Wars Festival you've been waiting for.

05/05/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Opera

A Historic Court Case Freed A Slave and Now Turns To Chamber Opera

The Houston Grand Opera premieres What Wings They Were: The Case of Emeline for free this weekend.

04/29/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Musical

The (Other) Symbols Behind Beauty and the Beast

The Hobby Center's production spotlights a valuable lesson for everyday life.

04/29/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Book

Former Texans Player Wade Smith Tackles Children's Book

In Smitty Hits the Play Books, the NFL veteran discusses his own experience handling school and football.

04/28/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Best State Parks

For the City Slickers: Huntsville State Park

Horse stable? Check. Spec's for champagne? Also check.

04/28/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Public Art

What's Behind the Big Burp in Buffalo Bayou

Who fixes the Big Bubble when it breaks, and other important questions.

04/28/2016 By Marianella Orlando

One Life at a Time

Inside Houston's First Animal Blood Bank

The hospital keeps blood, plasma and red blood cells in stock to aid animals suffering from trauma, anemia, heatstroke and rat-bait poisoning.

04/28/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: April 22-24

Fort Bend Theatre plays The Jungle Book Kids, hip-hop group Salt-N-Pepa at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston Ballet Academy presents spring showcase, San Jacinto Day Festival and Francofonia at MFAH.

04/20/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Concert

Carrie Underwood Pushes Back Houston Concert Due to Flooding

“Fans can focus on taking care of their families and friends.”

04/19/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Events

Weeknight Pick-Me-Ups: Concerts, Plays and Art Shows

Coffee can only do so much to turn your day around.

04/19/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Music

Country Music Legend Merle Haggard Dies at 79

The Okie from Muskogee was scheduled to perform at Houston’s Arena Theatre on June 16.

04/06/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Om-Ha-Ha

Behold! The Power of Positive Giggling

In laughter yoga, you can improve physical and mental health by laughing for no reason, and playing like a child. Plus, you don’t even a mat.

03/31/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Eat, Pray, Love

A Sunday Love Feast With Houston’s Hare Krishnas

For Hare Krishnas, food is as much an expression of faith as their famous prayers.

03/01/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Blood Bath

The Booming Business of Crime Scene Cleanup

An afternoon with Bio-One Houston’s rookie of the year.

03/01/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Grande, Venti, Trenta

The Largest Starbucks in Texas…Is in Houston?

An expanded menu of beer, wine and small plates still isn't enough to pack them in the state's biggest 'Bucks.

02/05/2016 By Marianella Orlando