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

By Joel Luks

Let's keep it classy this week with the creme de la creme artsy groups in the city, shall we? On the sched are witty and deeply emotional operas, a ...


No art in protest

Artists protest alleged mishandling of $830,000 Super Bowl art commission

By Joel Luks

Call it a type of nonviolent resistance by two Houston artists in support of another. Artists Nohelia Vargas Bolivar and Liza Littlefield have requested that their art be removed from ...


Artful Winter

An ice rink moves into MFAH: Storied arts museum now offers skating — really

By Joel Luks

While Claude Monet's The Ice Floes isn't one of my personal favorite paintings — the greenish hues giving the Impressionist image a somewhat eerie, extraterrestrial air — I have to ...


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Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — new dog park's buzzy debut included

By Joel Luks

On tap this week is a fruity shopping frenzy, the grand opening of a dog-lovers paradise, the beginning of a large-scale exhibition that celebrates an iconic Houston-born artist, an engaging ...


Musical Makeover

Houston theater company gets a starry 21st century look from legendary design firm

By Joel Luks

You know what it's like to see someone and immediately know that something's different but you can't figure out what. Is it the hair, makeup or the ...


Sing A Tune

Houston's new Broadway season is revealed: Brace yourself for wicked fun, a TV throwback & musical ghosts

By Joel Luks

Timeless classics and new favorites are on tap for the 2015-16 Broadway at the Hobby Center season, which was just revealed. From shows that have been around for decades to ...


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Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events, professional sexy burlesque show included

By Joel Luks

January is back with a vengeance with events that have me scratching my head as I try to schedule my artsy adventures. With so much on the calendar, this week ...


"Having fun is in my blood"

Houston artist is remembered for vibrant paintings, gentle spirit and love of stray cats

By Joel Luks

Houston-based artist Van McFarland III died unexpectedly from a brain hemorrhage on Dec. 26, a day after celebrating Christmas with his family. He was 48 years old. Friends and loved ...


Can you feel the love tonight?

Legendary British pop star plans Houston return for one-night-only concert

By Joel Luks

Here's a bit of trivia: Do you now which singer/songwriter holds the record for the biggest-selling single of all time? Don't go breaking "his" heart if you ...


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Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — sassy gay Blue Balls included

By Joel Luks

Artsy fun awaits you this coming weekend with events such as a witty play about holiday magic, a musical performance crowned by royalty, a dark spiral into the sinful world ...


Up To Speed Video

Too much text fest? Avoid surgery from smartphone overuse with these tips

By Joel Luks

With smartphones and mobile devices becoming larger and larger — hello, iPhone 6 — more people are in danger of developing symptoms in their hands that, if not treated, can progress into ...


CultureMap Romance

Speechless TV news anchor gets romantic surprise of a lifetime in fairy tale setting

By Joel Luks

It was a typical Friday night for KHOU Channel 11 morning news anchor Lily Jang and her hunky beau, chef Kevin Bryant of Eleven XI restaurant — until something special happened ...


Party Time

Artsy friends and philanthropists turn out for elegant birthday party that's one to remember

By Joel Luks

The cake? An Italian cream monster so moist you could take a bath in it. The décor? Chic silver and black to complement the charming gent that the event ...


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

By Joel Luks

On tap this week is a mega art sale, a wine wholesale shop-a-thon, a twinkling tour that celebrates Houston's iconic past, a performance in which Manischewitz and Santa play ...


Not Welcome — For Now

Bill Cosby furor hits Houston: Symphony cancels upcoming show, but plans to reschedule alleged rapist

By Joel Luks

One of Bill Cosby's most memorable lines on The Cosby Show was: "I'm so good, I don't even know what to do with myself." The then-lovable father ...


Will Wok for Food

Young professionals Iron Chef-style throwdown answers question: Where's the beef?

By Joel Luks

We've seen chef Donald Chang cracking jokes and busting a move while cooking and entertaining guests. But the Nara restaurant owner was serious nom nom business as he and ...


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

By Joel Luks

It's inconceivable to think that we are indeed in December. That means time is of the essence as you get your ducks in a row for the gift-giving season ...


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Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — Houston's best Holiday Lighting included

By Joel Luks

What's on your list of things for which you are thankful? On mine is you, the reader, who week after week indulges me by poring over this column of ...


Whatever Floats

Quick change of party venue introduces guests to creative EaDo lab where anything is possible

By Joel Luks

Quick on their feet, the Houston Arts Alliance crew decided that moving this party from the Buffalo Bayou Silos to Houston Makerspace was the right thing to do as precipitation ...


Up To Speed Video

Houston's baking queen shows off her gluten-free dessert secrets: Let them eat (good) cake!

By Joel Luks

Aunt Bertha is gluten free. Uncle Albert is gluten free. And even your second cousin once removed, Sven, has decided that gluten is a huge evil that's the cause ...


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