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Joel Luks

Contributing Editor

Arts/Entertainment, Food/Drink, Society

Joel Luks is a communications specialist who has an impressive collection of bow ties.

As a contributing editor CultureMap until 2015, Joel mused and amused about arts, entertainment, classical music and society while serving as a regular contributor on KHOU 11 News through a special partnership between CultureMap and the CBS affiliate. Joel is now a content strategist with the boutique marketing and public relations firm The CKP Group.

Joel earned degrees from the University of Rochester and Rice University, where he excelled in classical music performance. Additional studies in arts management and psychology led to a post as education director of Young Audiences of Houston, a chapter of a national nonprofit that advocates for creative pursuits in schools. He then gained experience in sales as a home consultant for Newmark Homes, a Houston-based production builder.

Joel is passionate about the importance of the arts in society, education and sustainability. As a volunteer, he has served on the boards of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Urban Harvest and Fresh Arts, having also been the chair of the Impulse Artist Series board. He's also a frequent speaker on topics of media relations, marketing practices and art trends.

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Care to dance?

Ghosts, folk tunes & fallen heroes: Houston Ballet's exciting new season keeps dancers on their toes

By Joel Luks

Romance, dramatic deaths, sex, power, money, politics — one would think that we were talking about an irresistible novela. But we aren't. These are characteristics of some of the works ...


Calendar Closeup

Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — from pig feast to Mardi Gras

By Joel Luks

"I'm too busy." "I need more sleep." "I am stressed at work." "My boss is riding my derrière" — ugh, I've heard it all, folks. I am here ...


Happy Anniversary!

Winter wonderland: Warehouse that sparked Houston's artistic renaissance celebrates big time

By Joel Luks

Adjacent to the train tracks in Houston's First Ward was a run-down old warehouse on Winter Street that — as many in real estate often say — had "potential." Although it ...


Naughty Surprises

Murder, orphans and cheating wives: TUTS musical season is filled with naughty surprises

By Joel Luks

Musicals never before seen in Houston dot Theatre Under the Stars' 2015-16 lineup. The local presenter's 48th season, which was announced on Saturday, is filled with romance, laughter, mystery ...


Riotious Word Play

Grown-Up Spelling Bee combines comic commentary and riotous word play for a good cause

By Joel Luks

You know what they say: Spelling is only noticeable when it's wrong. Brave and courageous were the scholarly teams that stepped up to the lectern as they attempted to ...


Calendar Closeup

Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — Oscar shorts & ballet in the buff included

By Joel Luks

On tap this week is dramatic opera, a narcissistic bitch, unknown Oscar movie screenings, Japanese medieval music and a contemporary ballet with tunes by one of the most iconic legends ...


Talk Opera to Me

Arts scoop: Houston Grand Opera's new season is packed with sexy world premieres

By Joel Luks

A melange of old and new, tradition and innovation, and favorites and unknowns are what opera buffs can expect for the Houston Grand Opera's 2015-16 lineup, which the organization ...


Show me the music

Keeping it classical: Houston Symphony reveals a showstopping new season — here are the don't-miss concerts

By Joel Luks

Unlike the Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera, which typically program somewhere between six to eight big works per season, the Houston Symphony is like a revolving door of performing ...


Calendar Closeup

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 ...


Calendar Closeup

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 ...


Calendar Closeup

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 ...


Calendar Closeup

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 ...


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