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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 party

Festival ends with a mad dash for "stolen" art at colorful garden party

By Joel Luks

With Mother Nature smiling upon Memorial Park — mostly clear skies, lovely temperate weather plus an ever so gentle breeze — Sunday was lively for the 43rd Annual Bayou City Art Festival ...


Up To Speed

Controversial Montrose apartment mega fire gets a second look — and other top stories you can't miss

By Joel Luks

Between a hilarious House of Cards plus Game of Thrones video spoof commercial and absurd accusations that President Barack Obama might be of the other and more fabulous persuasion, it ...


En garde!

Men of Menil dinner soars to Olympic proportions with dueling masters

By Joel Luks

Even the most sophisticated of manly gents can't resist becoming playful youngsters when given a sword. After Tony Chase and Bob Cavnar received an impromptu lesson from world fencing ...


SPA's New Season

10 don't miss shows headed to Houston: From foodie TV on stage to Ira Glass to Hot Box Girls

By Joel Luks

It's easy to feel overwhelmed when planning what to do, who to see and where to be when it comes to performing arts in Houston. With presenters such as ...


Calendar Closeup

Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — bigger, better Bayou City Art Fest included

By Joel Luks

On tap this weekend is an outdoors art festival, a family gathering filled with flying objects, a home tour that reveals local ingenuity, a folky concert, a bartending event suitable ...


Eye on FotoFest

Who Am I? Noted photographer asks difficult questions — and that's a good thing

By Joel Luks

Editor's note: From time to time, CultureMap will highlight remarkable works on view as part of the FotoFest Biennial 2014 "View From Inside: Contemporary Arab Photography, Video and Mixed ...


Calendar Closeup

Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events, celestial celebration included

By Joel Luks

Let's fling into spring, shall we? On the itinerary this week is a learn-and-play scavenger hunt, a young professionals fundraising race, an art installation that looks directly to the ...


Say Cheese

FotoFest opening night party draws photo-loving crowd from around the world

By Joel Luks

Blame it on the camera-equipped smartphone — everyone is a photographer nowadays. But only a select few have the eye to transform the fast growing populist genre into fine art that ...


Doctor's Orders

The show must go on: Rising star replaces ailing master in Houston Symphony concert

By Joel Luks

Conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos' Friday performance with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. left musicians in tears and audiences on their feet as they offered a ...


Rice looks to the future

Drama in the house: Rice hires New York firm with Texas ties to design new opera theater

By Joel Luks

After a 10-month search, Rice University officials have selected a New York-based architecture firm with Houston ties to design the Shepherd School of Music's new opera house. The new ...


Great first impression

Still time to see the Impressionists: Marvelous exhibition extended for six weeks

By Joel Luks

The painterly brushstrokes, the allure of Parisian life, the sensual soft palette — have you ever met one person who claims to dislike Impressionism? If you have, it's highly plausible ...


Party Watch

New CounterCurrent festival gets all charged up at kickoff celebration

By Joel Luks

What: University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts' experimental festival kickoff gathering. Where: Moongoose versus Cobra. The 411: An amicably creative assemblage of adventurous art consumers, administrators ...


Up To Speed

Food truck gets cock blocked, Owen Daniels is sacked and mega church theft: CultureMap top stories revealed

By Joel Luks

If the recent adventures of Grumpy Cat have derailed you from staying on top of what your local Houston peeps are yapping about to no end, CultureMap has your back ...


Calendar Closeup

Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — St. Patrick's Day fun included

By Joel Luks

On tap this week is a green parade of happy people, a giant kaleidoscope installation at a downtown park, provocative photography, a whiskey fest and a seasonal workshop just in ...


Glorious History

Houston Symphony centennial book with magnificent photos celebrates a city with can-do spirit

By Joel Luks

Here's is something of a gem for Houston history buffs. Famed philanthropist Ima Hogg, in an effort to rouse attendance for the Houston Symphony's inaugural 1913 performance on ...


Fringe benefits

A reason to party: Chamber orchestra gets jazzy with unbridled spirit of Mardi Gras

By Joel Luks

It was a concert for the history books, a performance that River Oaks Chamber Orchestra associate artistic director Suzanne LeFevre would file away as one of the best she had ...


Mark your calendars

No boring chamber music: Da Camera's new season gets daring, hailing inventors and explorers

By Joel Luks

The inner workings of Sarah Rothenberg's gray matter have been busy bees once again curating yet another season of concerts that extend beyond traditional performances. The Da Camera of ...


Intimate Salon

Haunted Red Violin croons for Houston classical music buffs — woo woo sorcery included

By Joel Luks

The Red Violin — two thumbs up, agree? We are sure everyone is aware that the film wasn't 100 percent factual. It couldn't be. What happened between the storied ...


Collaborations and Innovation

Houston gets a new edgy arts festival based on a trendy Austin staple: Ready for CounterCurrent?

By Joel Luks

If you've ever pondered what exactly the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston — not to be confused with the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion ...


Calendar Closeup

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

By Joel Luks

Screw this return of the spirit of the polar vortex. Let's not allow Mother Nature to get in the way of going out and having a good old time ...


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