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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 — wild Britney Spears impostor included

By Joel Luks

Oh, Houston summer. How we love to hate you. I say let's embrace our sultry alter ego and shout its arrival from the roof tops with this week's ...


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Miraculous music: Scandalous masterpiece set in post-apocalyptic brothel shakes up classical world

By Joel Luks

I'm always in the mood for Chinese. Who isn't? My friends howled at my expense. I was humiliated. But looking back at my misguided assertion, I can't ...


Sound Advice

A dad's hope: Legendary violinist and son unite for special Father's Day weekend at Texas Music Fest

By Joel Luks

Words of wisdom or tough love? "I, Leon Spierer, will be the first one who will take you out of this orchestra if things don't work," one caring father ...


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Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — flamenco and book sale included

By Joel Luks

On tap this week is a huge book sale, a tour of lovely floral oases, a young professional's party that safeguards Houston's main urban waterway, a fiery dance ...


Up To Speed

Dreams on wheels: The best hardbody money can buy makes Texas debut in Phish musical

By Joel Luks

A sparking hardbody with a price tag of more than $120,000 may be at the center of TUTS Underground's season finale production, but a look under the hood ...


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Texas Music Fest opens with special concert: Recently deceased Houston icon honored by Mahler magic

By Joel Luks

One look at the repertoire for the opening concert of the Texas Music Festival and one can make one assertion: This is a music festival with attitude. Mahler's Symphony ...


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Mysterious fireflies inspire a composer to take on crazy 21st century living: Slow down and listen

By Joel Luks

According to Native American folklore, fireflies are remnants of stars that fell from the heavens. A Japanese legend suggests that fireflies are the tears of the child of the moon ...


Houston Arts Shocker

Houston arts shocker: Dominic Walsh is stepping away, leaving future of groundbreaking dance troupe in doubt

By Joel Luks

Critics have described the works of Dominic Walsh Dance Theater as dynamic, impressive, blissful and groundbreaking, but the Houston-based dance maker who lends his name to the contemporary troupe needs ...


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Inked in mystery: Hot-off-the-press summer exhibition explores hand-rolled ancient art

By Joel Luks

It has become fashionable to use a variant of the verse, "Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose," arguably Gertrude Steins' most quotable sentence, to imply that ...


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Your weekly guide to Houston: Stay cool with these five (plus) don't-miss indoor events

By Joel Luks

There's no question that we are starting to feel Houston's impending humid hell that's the next handful of months. While our bodies acclimate and you stock up ...


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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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