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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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Festival Dying?

iFest on death's door: Bankruptcy filing puts longtime Houston festival tradition at severe risk

By Joel Luks

Things are looking mighty grim for the Houston International Festival, with its organizing group filing for bankruptcy. iFest officials blame similar festival events and a lack of sponsorship dollars for ...

Top Young Professionals

Houston's Top Young Professionals: 10 YP groups that make doing good feel like a hot party

By Joel Luks

You're young. You're cute. You have energy. You're a go-getter. Say bye-bye to sleep. Today's young professionals scene has ballooned into an unstoppable wave that's ...

A Green Life

Hot young professionals hold one heck of a birthday party for one of Houston's great treasures

By Joel Luks

Perfect spring temps? Check. Charming decor? Check. Some 350 of Houston's young professionals with a penchant for the greener side of life swathed in their finest white attire? Check ...

CultureMap Video

Graffiti finally gets its just due in Houston: Towering Midtown mural honors street art's good work

By Joel Luks

Known in the street art community as Mr. D, muralist Sebastien Boileau is in the process of completing a massive installation that has the city abuzz. His newest work, dubbed ...

Lounging With Luks

British hipsters invade Houston: And you won't believe these chicks in go-go boots

By Joel Luks

With psychedelic lighting projections, Courrège lunettes and a canopy of polychromatic umbrellas, there was no mistaking the modernist zeitgeist that invaded the Blaffer Art Museum for its British-inspired hipster ...

Calendar Closeup

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

By Joel Luks

Let's not allow a little precipitation to rain on your parade. Grab an umbrella and paint the town with this week's event suggestions, which include an artsy talk ...

New Galleria Theater

New Galleria area theater complex is coming to life: Pricey project hits cookie-cutter townhouse land

By Joel Luks

Amid a myriad of up-and-coming residential, commercial and mixed-use developments, the Galleria area's makeover will soon include a new performance arts complex that will house a popular 47-year-old local ...

Party Watch

With Texans players in the house, wounded heroes and families are honored at Diamonds & Denim dinner

By Joel Luks

What: The 10th Annual Impact A Hero's Hall of Fame Gala "Diamonds & Denim​" Dinner. Where: Reliant Stadium. The 411: The stars and stripes were shinning proud and bright at ...

Calendar Closeup

Your Memorial Day weekend guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — roller disco included

By Joel Luks

At a loss for what to do with the fam this Memorial Day weekend? I have the answer with this week's event suggestions, which include a performance with soul ...

Houston Chamber Choir

A Grammy winner, a funny sackbut and Baltic love: This new music lineup stands out — with many firsts

By Joel Luks

As the Houston Chamber Choir sings into its 19th season, the troupe of talented choristers, led by the towering force that's artistic director Robert Simpson, have unveiled a 2014-15 ...

The CultureMap Interview

Glee star jets into Houston for the Symphony's Centennial Ball, dishes on his wedding & lucky boots

By Joel Luks

There was a time when the name of Glee character Will Schuester was more familiar to the public than the actor who portrayed him. Perhaps for some that's still ...

American Voices

Spiritual music: Composer transforms her 30-year quest into a special Houston premiere

By Joel Luks

While some art is created with the intention of sharing it with the world, some is so reflective that it's reserved for individual contemplation. It was during a time ...

Calendar Closeup

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

By Joel Luks

On the calendar this week are a green-loving, white-themed young professionals bash, a quirky best-of-the-best show, a performance in which Brahms and The Beatles feel right at home, a spicy ...

CultureMap Video

Feeding the city through art: Empty Bowls inspires creative types to fight hunger with their hands

By Joel Luks

"After what I did, I can't believe my friends are still talking to me," she jokes. It's not what Glassell School of Art ceramics student Michelle Matthews did ...

This ain't no gala

Who gets the Make-Out Merit Badge? Camping for grown ups turns into Catastrophic fun

By Joel Luks

Is there any Catastrophic Theatre party in which the company's rascals don't abide by the theme with Scout's honor? And talking about those scouts, such was the ...

Up To Speed

Crazy CrossFit strength: Gym owner shows off his handstand walks and Annihilation plans

By Joel Luks

With the weather heating up, Houstonians are feeling the pressure to get their bodies beach ready. Have you noticed your friends on social media checking into CrossFit gyms as if ...

The Review is In

A magical finish: Houston Symphony's 100th season closes with the best concert of all

By Joel Luks

The curious acoustical hexagons and the circular house lights that hover above Jones Hall dissolved from their physical constraints to constitute a breathtaking poetic milieu, one in which each glimmer ...

Symphony's Supersized Epic

With 437 musicians on stage, Houston Symphony mounts supersized epic to end centennial season

By Joel Luks

For being Gustav Mahler's most transcendentally monumental musical epic, the account of how his Symphony No. 8 came to life is somewhat minimalist. The Austrian composer was notorious for ...

The CultureMap Interview

Raunchy comedian with a shocking signature line dishes on straight boys, offended cougars & battling bullies

By Joel Luks

You can't help but fall in love with the, shall we say, flamboyantly unrestrained disposition of this petit Tennessee southern gent with a spirit as sultry as a summer ...

Musiqa to my ears

Damn girls: Bold and fearless music celebrated in an artsy spring bash

By Joel Luks

As an avant garde art presenter worthy of a reputation for broadening the dialogue between aesthetic genres, Musiqa had much to celebrate at its spring benefit at McClain Gallery. The ...

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