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Novel Thoughts

Set in Houston: From Galveston hurricane to Enron debacle, Gulf Coast history inspires three new novels

By Tarra Gaines

This month a Houston institution, Brazos Bookstore, celebrates its 40th anniversary and a big part of that celebration is a week’s worth of events featuring Houston writers and, perhaps ...


It's Never Too Early To Celebrate

A holiday for the underdog: Explore the secret history of Cinco de Mayo

By Tarra Gaines

Americans love holidays, and we have to admire our own ability for turning a day of sacred or patriotic observance into a good excuse to shop or party or both ...


Talk Opera To Me

An opera with real Houston power: Award-winning author and HGO bring city's immigrant truths to life

By Tarra Gaines

A young, brilliant Indian woman falls in love with an American man, moves to Houston and falls almost equally in love with the city. She seems to embrace her new ...


Inprint Reading Series

TV's OK, but best-selling writer Mohsin Hamid contends there's still nothing like a novel

By Tarra Gaines

Three weeks ago, the award-winning and best-selling novelist of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid made a very embarrassing and perhaps even taboo confession in the New York Times on behalf ...


Adam Levine Gives It Up

That sexy man Adam Levine gives up the dirt on Maroon 5's scandals and secrets in a spinning Rodeo concert

By Tarra Gaines

If you were not one of the 75,214 Maroon 5 fans who managed to get a much sought after ticket to Thursday night’s Houston Rodeo concert before the ...


A Big Rodeo Surprise

REO Speedwagon pulls a Rodeo surprise: These old rock stars don't give a damn what you want

By Tarra Gaines

There’s something rather inspiring about witnessing an artist of a certain age metaphorically say: Fuck it. I’m NOT too old for this shit, and I’m going to ...


The Big Picture

Sunlight on paper: Monumental exhibit showcases John Singer Sargent's watercolor paintings

By Tarra Gaines

John Singer Sargent achieved world renown in the late 19th century as a portrait painter, perhaps the greatest portrait painter of that era. But according to Museum of Fine Arts ...


Usher's Crazy Houston Night

Usher makes the most dramatic concert entrance ever, flashes nipple and teases Houston in record Rodeo night

By Tarra Gaines

Mark your journals in red, Houston. March 7, 2014, that was the night we’ll always remember, the night we met our perfect rodeo luvah, Usher. We first felt his ...


Up Her Alley

Houston beats Broadway: A top playwright and Smash creator makes her choice clear — she's no Fool

By Tarra Gaines

Adult Language, Adult Situations, Beheadings. This is the description the Alley Theatre gives as a guidance for audiences planning to see the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s farce Fool ...


At Brazos Bookstore

The Minimalists up the ante in their war against materialism: Will you give up your clutter?

By Tarra Gaines

Joshua Fields Millburn, one half of The Minimalists, was living what should have been the American dream, but after the death of his mother and end of his marriage, he ...


Best Bird-Watching

Texas is for the birds: Best places for bird-watching in the Lone Star State

By Tarra Gaines

Texas presents travelers with a mountain (valleys and rivers) of recreational activities, but sometimes the most rewarding experience can come from just looking up. Some of the best bird watching ...


Eye on Magritte

Caught up in the mystery: Blockbuster Magritte exhibit questions love, reality and relationships

By Tarra Gaines

For many Houston art lovers René Magritte is probably something of an old friend, albeit one who seems perfectly normal but constantly makes statements that cause us to question the ...


Making An InPrint

Saving lives with words: Celebrity poet preaches the power of prose at Houston's Writers Ball

By Tarra Gaines

Poetry is a necessity in life. This was the argument put forth by current U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey to 430 of Houston’s glittering literati gathered at the ...


Year of the Short Story

Author of best book of the year reveals how he survived the Colbert Report

By Tarra Gaines

With the myriad of things 2013 was the year of, we might also add the year of the short story, in no small part thanks to author George Saunders. The ...


Get Fit

Hang tough: Hot suspension workout builds strength and endurance

By Tarra Gaines

Every New Year thousands of Houstonians make a resolution to get in shape, but many might give up quickly when faced with the sheer abundance of workout programs, titled with ...


Downton Abbey Update

Women rule on new season of Downton Abbey; Houston after-show goes national

By Tarra Gaines

Americans so love the upstairs/downstairs denizens of Downton Abbey, they’ve made it the highest rated television show in PBS’s history. Houstonians so love to talk about Downton ...


Art Secrets & Tips

Art secrets: This cheat sheet to MFAH's new blockbuster Impressionism exhibit will make you seem brilliant

By Tarra Gaines

As much as we love our families, concentrated time in enclosed spaces with them during the holidays can create stress. After the turkey has been devoured, the presents opened and ...


Out of this world exhibit

Saudi prince celebrates the many Roads of Arabia — and space travel, too

By Tarra Gaines

Traders, pilgrims and kings, these are the people, some renowned in history, some lost in time, who once journeyed on the roads of Arabia. The remnants of these wanderers — the ...


Book Talk

Domestic violence fuels new Houston author's inventive historical novel

By Tarra Gaines

Sometimes the story of how a work of art came into being can be almost — though not quite — as fascinating as the piece itself. This is the case of Playing ...


New Traditions

Naughty 'n' nice new holiday plays and musicals spice up the season

By Tarra Gaines

Aww, the holidays, the most wonderful time of the year. . .unless you’re a Houston theater-lover like myself. In that case, Christmas time might be the most dreaded time of ...


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