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The University of Tamarie

Wild campus life at The University of Tamarie: Summer's wackiest comedy skewers cutthroat kindergarten and Ted Cruz

By Tarra Gaines

From its humble beginnings 20 years ago as a kind of performance art dance piece with thrift shop fashion and a pasta cooking segment, Tamarie Cooper’s summer musical extravaganzas ...


Motown The Musical Entertains

Motown the Musical always entertains but loses Berry Gordy within the spectacle

By Tarra Gaines

Motown the Musical is a lie of a title, but audiences will probably have such fun being deceived, they won’t much care. "Motown the Fantastic Tribute Concert" would be ...


Photos Of A Legacy

Photos of a Legacy: Amazing exhibit of master works salutes curator's life in photography

By Tarra Gaines

If Houston seemed just a little bit more photogenic than usual last week, that might be because by mayoral proclamation June 23 was officially declared Anne Wilkes Tucker Day throughout ...


Keeping Up With The Habsburgs

Keeping Up With The Habsburgs: Blockbuster exhibition combines fashion, riches and naked ladies

By Tarra Gaines

Summer brings blockbusters but not just to the multiplex. With it’s newest visiting exhibition, Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections, the Museum of Fine Arts is giving ...


Hidden Indoor Gems

Funny dancers, a giant whale, painted food porn and James Franco fill Houston summer with cool arts happenings: All indoors!

By Tarra Gaines

Every summer Houston’s most acclaimed performing arts institutions head outside for some sizzling artistic endeavors in the fresh air, but when all that wonderful dance, drama and music gets ...


Song In Summer

Houston theaters are whistling a happy tune this summer: 7 don't-miss musicals

By Tarra Gaines

Do you hear that Houston — a lofting melody floating on the summer breeze? Well, get used to it because the whole city is about to break out into catchy tunes ...


Summer Fest Survival

How I Survived Free Press Summer Fest: Naps, water breaks and decision time — Weezer and Skrillex — or both?

By Tarra Gaines

The problem with Free Press Summer Fest 2015, and generally with any kind of festival with multiple stages, is the more spectacular the event, the harder the choices. You have ...


Monsters Mash

Shadow Monsters invade museum: Create a creature with 21st-century technology for ferocious fun

By Tarra Gaines

Don’t be afraid, Houston, but the Museum of Fine Arts has unleashed a hall (Cullinan Hall to be precise) full of monsters, and they’re waiting to play with ...


Comicpalooza Guide

Get Your Geek On: Comicpalooza's don't-miss guide to fan happenings, star spottings and personal picks

By Tarra Gaines

Every Memorial Day weekend, thousands of Houstonians from all walks of life don their best corsets, pleather catsuits, feathered tutus, stormtrooper codpieces, medieval codpieces, S.H.I.E.L.D ...


The CultureMap Interview

Screen legend Geraldine Chaplin praises famous dad, Latin Cinema, Sponge Bob and Thrones

By Tarra Gaines

Geraldine Chaplin the internationally-acclaimed film actress who has worked with some of the greatest directors of the 20th century, might have lived and starred in movies across the globe, but ...


A Locke On Houston

Houston politics, family loyalty and murder figure prominently in Empire producer's new mystery

By Tarra Gaines

Houston’s own Attica Locke is having a busy month. Her third novel Pleasantville — the second to feature her Gene Locke-like, but not really Gene, character Jay Porter — debuted last ...


A Night Of Celebration

Houston's newest power couple turn heads as Celebration of Reading raises $2.5 million

By Tarra Gaines

Ready for the ultimate blind item gossip, Houston? Can you guess what married, silver-foxy dynamo was recently seen on the arm of a hunky younger man, who just happens to ...


Get Artsy

Murder mystery hidden within a new Houston art exhibit: When math, spies and assassination collide

By Tarra Gaines

Hovering at the core of El Paso-born artist Michael Petry’s glass installation AT the Core of the Algorithm is a historical mystery: How did Alan Turing, genius mathematician, master ...


At The Movies

World film fest hits Houston: A fearless guide to the strange and powerful movies that will change your life

By Tarra Gaines

With 10 packed days, more than 50 award-winning new films and 111 shorts, WorldFest Houston is certainly not slowing down after reaching middle age. Even though the 48 years-young indie ...


On The Road

Surviving Texas Antiques Week and that overblown stripper furor: A practical guide to the tacky wonders

By Tarra Gaines

Having lived in Texas for half my life, I tend to think I’ve seen it all. Yet every once in a while I’m again surprised by whole segments ...


Texas Jersey Boy Rocks

Texas Jersey Boy is ready to rock — UK style — with Houston Symphony and a Pink Martini

By Tarra Gaines

The Houston Symphony is getting ready to rock, UK style, and they’ve called upon Texas-raised original Jersey Boy, J. Robert Spencer to accompany them for U.K. Rocks, their ...


Pitbull's Dirty Rodeo Night

Pitbull's dirty night at the Rodeo: Stripping dancers, plenty of tongue and the world's largest VIP party

By Tarra Gaines

Here’s a true life lesson from the 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo: It’s a Pitbull world party and we’re just guests at it. This year’s ...


Legend Embarrasses H-Town

Sexy cool John Legend embarrasses Houston at Rodeo: Undressed fools exposed, treated to old school class

By Tarra Gaines

Oh. My. God, Houston. I am soooo embarrassed. Multi-Grammy, and now Oscar award winner John Legend came to the Rodeo to sing to us Friday night, and all 69,500 ...


Spectacular MFAH Exhibit

Rubens with a twist: Spectacular tapestry exhibit plays out like a great film — with a surprise ending

By Tarra Gaines

Even though Sir Peter Paul Rubens, Baroque master and one of the greatest painters of the 17th century, lived 250 years before the invention of the motion picture camera, what ...


Houston's Broadway

Dressing a drag queen: Behind the scenes confessions from Kinky Boots and its wild backstage drama

By Tarra Gaines

Kinky Boots, the Tony Awarding winning musical now at the Hobby Center, is a show with dazzling dance numbers performed by women and men, lots of men, wearing six inch ...


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