The 20 Best Arts Photos for 2011, Fangirls to Festivals

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Houstonians got out and about to all sorts of cultural events this past year.

So we've drawn up a best-of-the-best slideshow that shows where you were and what you were wearing while you mingled with the madding crowds.

As it turns out, there's various lessons to be learned from the fast life in the culture lanes:

--It really doesn't matter what the temperature is outside. Wear it and bare it.

--If you're going to take off your clothes, do it with panache.

--For some people, the sexiest objects possible are cars.

--And, as the British have known for years, there isn't a party or event that can't be improved by a good costume.

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