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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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Calendar Closeup

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

By Joel Luks

Enjoying the best time of the year in Houston? Don't waste these idyllic temperatures by staying home. Instead, get out and enjoy a walk for your health, a fair ...

World Renowned Orchestra

Historic Berlin Wall concert brings a president to the Houston Symphony: The sounds of freedom

By Joel Luks

Roaring applause and multiple standing ovations saluted the historic Houston debut of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under the direction of notable maestro Riccardo Chailly. The orchestra, one of the oldest ...

Giant Penis Party?

Is that a giant penis? Wild art party gives the middle finger to traditional stuffy galas

By Joel Luks

Let's just say that the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art gives a playful middle finger to the traditional stuffy black-tie gala, evident from Jeff Kalina's outfit — which ...

To serve and protect

Superheroes and celebs take a bite out of crime at record-setting gala

By Joel Luks

While Houston gets a superhero thumbs up thanks to its economic standing as a national leader in job growth, there's a much darker alter ego that Crime Stoppers executive ...

Ultimate Southern Home

The ultimate Southern home: Brother-sister builders make a dream almost reality in West U

By Joel Luks

A house isn't a home unless you feel as though you could drop your everyday stuff on the floor, sink into a comfy couch and cozy up with family ...

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Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events with international flair

By Joel Luks

On the itinerary this week is a hilarious opera, a popular conference in which quilts rule, the beginning of a cultural and literary binge, a Día de los Muertos ...

One day at a time

Team Jellybean: Besties unite for million dollar walk to fight an unexplainable disease

By Joel Luks

While some girls prattle on about the cutest boy in class, the in vogue fashion trends or the latest One Direction mega hit, two 10-year-old besties quip about how low ...

Up To Speed Video

Lions of the sea: New exhibit lets visitors touch live sharks and track them on Twitter

By Joel Luks

Chris Fischer had a few close calls with what he calls the "lions of the ocean." The rugged man of the sea who's better known as the host of ...

Insider's Guide to Monet

Insider's Guide to the terrific new Monet exhibition: 11 can't-miss paintings that redefine Impressionist master's work

By Joel Luks

While the public at large may have fallen in love with any iteration of Claude Monet's sensual depictions of water lilies, art connoisseurs know a dirty little secret about ...

Belt It Out

Singing gala brings surprises and hilarious fun: This is no ordinary, boring fundraiser

By Joel Luks

While some would say that 20 years of the same thing is enough, what engenders generous party-goers to have much affection for Bering Omega Community Service's "Sing for Hope ...

Pix of the Day

Battle of the bands creates quite a ruckus on the University of Houston campus: Can you hear them now?

By Joel Luks

Anyone passing by the University of Houston's TDECU Stadium was met with thunderous sounds of belting brass and pounding rhythmic drums as hundreds of students gathered together for the ...

Calendar Closeup

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

By Joel Luks

On tap this week are a celebration of all things modern, a stage drama about a tuneful jealous husband, a creepy family musical, a happy street festival in Houston's ...

CultureMap Video

Love at first sight: Amazing renovation of 1880s bungalow has happy ending with marriage proposal

By Joel Luks

Some say that if a marriage can survive building a home, it can survive any of life's surprises. Except Karine and Carl Hollimon weren't married — yet. At least ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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