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Joel Luks

Listings Editor

Arts/Entertainment, Food/Drink

Joel Luks, a native of Lima, Peru, moved to Toronto, Canada, upstate New York, and later Houston in a never ending quest for enlightenment through higher learning. A classically trained flutist at the Eastman School of Music and Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Joel developed a love for the arts, arts education, and diverse cultural experiences.

Food and cooking became an obsession early in life, as his mother introduced him to perfectly cooked scrambled eggs. The curiosity of how ingredients metamorphose into delectable dishes translated into a fetish for learning and experimenting with different cuisines, flavors and techniques.

After working at McDonald's through high school, Joel transitioned slowly into a vegan lifestyle. While abstaining from animal products, he reinvented his definition of a meal and developed alternatives — sometimes nutritious, sometimes sinfully indulgent. Joel takes a personal interest in developing vegan recipes that satisfy the vegetable lover and the carnivore alike, challenging the stereotype that vegans and rabbits share similar sustenance. His concoctions can be found on Vegan Good Eats

Joel joined the CultureMap contributor team in May 2010. In January 2011, he joined the CultureMap editorial staff as the Listings Editor.

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Art Power

The $504 billion arts economy: National leader shares overlooked culture truths in Houston, pushes for more

By Joel Luks

Increasing the number of people who participate in the arts is not good enough. What's pivotal is heightening the relevance of the arts experience. National Endowment for the Arts ...


Calendar Closeup

Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — a $1.55 brunch throwdown included

By Joel Luks

On the agenda this week is a witty play about a tragic queen, a family gathering in Houston's favorite urban waterway, wine in a beautiful fall backdrop, a program ...


Houston's New Park Space

Houston unveils a new park space: Vision for city's Green game changer dates back to 1924

By Joel Luks

Although it's been roughly more than one year since construction of the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Centennial Gardens at Hermann Park began, the vision for this new ...


Don't Miss Events

Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — festivals included

By Joel Luks

On tap this week is a fabulous anniversary party that celebrates a group of your favorite news personalities, a family-friendly gathering at Houston's newest happy place, an attempt to ...


Rob Lowe Hits Houston

Punching Rob Lowe in the face isn't as appealing as you might think: Insights from an exclusive celeb interview

By Joel Luks

I wanted to punch Rob Lowe in the face. I hated his Wayne's World character so much — the epitome of corporate greed, the white douchebag who orders Chinese takeout ...


Calendar Closeup

Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — and all the best festivals

By Joel Luks

It's festival mania in Houston as this weekend offers more than your share of celebrations that laud art, culture, food and music. The Original Greek Festival I have two ...


Hottie Auction

Hottie auction: Houston's most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes sell themselves for Green

By Joel Luks

What: RedBuds Membership Drive and Date Auction benefiting Trees for Houston. Where: The Gaslamp. The 411: What a sight it was when a bevy of Houston's most eligible hunks ...


Top 5 Art Videos

Top 5 arts videos: From devil fiddle to dancing on water, Houston is a creative powerhouse

By Joel Luks

I was bored. I had a little bit of cash from my birthday and I had an itch to spend it. An hour or so later, I had a video ...


Calendar Closeup

Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — Discovery Green beer fest included

By Joel Luks

On tap this week is campy food affair, a stage adaptation of a popular literary work, a beer and music fest, a terrific classical music performance and the kickoff of ...


5 Best Videos Ever

The 5 best videos ever: From death-defying flight to Playboy model reveal, CultureMap's top shoots shock

By Joel Luks

We've come a long, long way since the days when we used to shoot video segments inside a car because we didn't have an acceptable microphone or had ...


Calendar Closeup

Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — great sackbut included

By Joel Luks

Artsy experience abound this week as the city's premiere classical ensemble welcomes its next baton leader. On tap this week are three historic concerts, a strong exhibition, photography that ...


Downtown Theatre Fire

Storied downtown theatre catches on fire, turning the lunch hour into a rush of trucks and smoke

By Barbara Kuntz, Joel Luks

A smoky scene greeted downtown lunch-goers with the storied Alley Theatre catching fire early Thursday afternoon. The two-alarm blaze forced the under-renovation building to be evacuated and brought a quick ...


Calendar Closeup

Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — a Seinfeld worthy Symphony moment included

By Joel Luks

On the schedule this week is a big as Texas art fair, the American premiere of a Shakespearean tale set to dance, a Seinfeld comedian, a centennial family celebration and ...


History comes alive

A three-month party: Parades, performances & pop-up art celebrate Houston's East End

By Joel Luks

With a whack of a champagne bottle that burst into a billow of confetti, Mayor Annise Parker christened a large float-cum-art sculpture by Sharon Engelstein as a gesture that launched ...


Calendar Closeup

Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss Labor Day weekend happenings

By Joel Luks

Back to school already? Don't let the sucky traffic get in the way of enjoying what's happening in Houston this weekend, which includes thespian dance, a creativity workshop ...


Sounds Like Texas

Texas gains recognition as the new music mecca: Emotional music changes all — as special concert shows

By Joel Luks

Sometimes it takes an outsider to point out what's remarkable about something in one's own city before locals pay attention to it and give it the cred it ...


CultureMap Video

Amazing video combines dance and water: Get drenched in euphoria with Quench summer show

By Joel Luks

They were apprehensive at first but with a child-like desire for whimsical play. And who would blame them. It was the first time in an arduous schedule of rehearsals when ...


Calendar Closeup

Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — cosmic mixer included

By Joel Luks

On the agenda this week are the opening of a hyper local art exhibition, a film festival that explores architecture's relationship to the natural order, a community market and ...


Calendar Closeup

Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — a real shark weekend included

By Joel Luks

On tap this week is a happy concert about the untroubled disco era, a two-day festival about prehistoric killing machines, a tale about the filthy rich gone to the dark ...


Party Like A Rock Star

The ultimate '90s Party: Hot young professionals channel 90210, Dirty Dancing to reach Nirvana

By Joel Luks

The zeitgeist of the 1990s — a melange of grunge, metal, Beverly Hills 90210 prep plus flannel and cutoff shirts — occupied Winter Street Studios for the 13th Annual "Party Like a ...


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