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Tyler Rudick

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Tyler Rudick is a Houston writer who specializes in art, architecture and urban life. He joined the CultureMap team in 2011 as a staff writer.

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After nearly two years behind bars, Menil graffiti tagger talks prison, parole and his Picasso attack

By Tyler Rudick

More than two years after spray-painting a Picasso at the Menil Collection, Uriel Landeros says he still receives the occasional piece of hate mail. But fresh from a 20-month stint ...


Red Planet Drama

Mysterious Mars lights cover up? UFO enthusiasts not buying NASA's sudden rush to explain phenomenon

By Tyler Rudick

NASA hasn't had a week like this since Viking 1 photographed the so-called "Face on Mars" . . . A mysterious beam of light spotted by the Mars Curiosity rover has UFO ...


Gruesome High Heel Murder Details

Stiletto heel murder scene like a real-life horror movie: Prosecutors reveal gruesome, bloody details

By Tyler Rudick

Ana Trujillo — who made international headlines last year after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend 25 times with a stiletto heel — appeared before a grand jury in Houston Monday as opening statements ...


Bike Killings Continue

Justice sought in another hit-and-run bike killing: Police target suspect, but will anything change for cyclists?

By Tyler Rudick

League City police say tipsters have identified a driver possibly involved in hit-and-run incident that took the life of yet another area cyclist. Kevin Ronald Munson was struck around 2 ...


The Ultimate Guide to FotoFest

The ultimate guide to FotoFest: 5 don't-miss events from Houston's international photo party

By Tyler Rudick

With six weeks of programming and more than 100 participating gallery spaces, the 2014 FotoFest Biennial offers art fans an ocean of outings and events. CultureMap has combed though this ...


View From Inside

FotoFest battles stereotypes and ignorance with an unprecedented look at the Arab world

By Tyler Rudick

Following its acclaimed 2012 exploration of Russian photography, the FotoFest Biennial returns Saturday with some of the biggest names in contemporary art from the Arab world. In a massive four-location ...


Rice University Controversy

Too radical for Rice? University's plan to demolish the historic Art Barn alarms artists and preservationists alike

By Tyler Rudick

If all goes according to plan on Monday, Rice University will begin leveling its legendary "Art Barn" — the quirky former gallery space that helped to solidify Houston as a major ...


Houston's New Theme Park Twist

New AstroWorld to bring live animals with roller coasters: Agritainment hits Houston's theme park

By Tyler Rudick

Officials with the Grand Texas Entertainment District say that Lasso — the new Houston area theme park's cowboy horse mascot — will have some real-life animal companionship when the hotly-anticipated complex ...


App companies defy City Hall

Uber and Lyft plan Houston invasion by offering car-calling app services for free

By Tyler Rudick

Despite the reality that their paid services are still illegal in Houston, a pair of rival tech companies will enter the local transportation market on Friday, boldly skirting city ordinances ...


Film + Earth fest

Mountainfilm festival highlights world view in Houston return: 3 don't-miss documentaries

By Tyler Rudick

On the heels of 2013's sold-out event, the Mountainfilm on Tour festival returns to the Asia Society Texas Center on Friday for two nights of eye-opening short films and ...


A True Houston Icon

The last real cowboy: Leroy Shafer swears this won't be his final Rodeo, resignation no matter

By Tyler Rudick

For more than 40 years, Leroy Shafer and his trademark cowboy hat have been de facto stand-ins for the entire Houston Rodeo experience — a little bit country, a little bit ...


Pleas For Help

Teen lover's mysterious Valentine's disappearance baffles the police: Car wrecked, only shoes found

By Tyler Rudick

A cloud of mystery continues to surround the bizarre disappearance of Antonio Saldivar — the high school junior who vanished this weekend while delivering a Valentine's Day gift. The 17-year-old ...


Flu mystery stikes Pearland

Mysterious illness takes life of popular teacher in less than 24 hours

By Tyler Rudick

Students at Pearland High School are mourning the loss of a popular teacher who died Tuesday from a still-undetermined illness resembling the flu. Tracie Burroughs, who was honored with the ...


Restaurant Burns Down

Houston breakfast institution gutted in a massive fire: Owner vows to rebuild restaurant

By Tyler Rudick

Firefighters arrived to a donut disaster Friday as raging flames ripped through a southeast Houston breakfast institution. Located along the Gulf Freeway just below Wayside, Mary Lee Donuts has been ...


Houston's Hit-and-Run Shame

Horrific hit-and-run shames Houston: 14-year-old run over repeatedly — and not a single driver stops

By Tyler Rudick

Investigators with the Harris County Sheriff's Office are searching for multiple drivers involved in the nightmarish hit-and-run death of a teenaged girl in northwest Houston. Fourteen-year-old Ruekwe Nicole Tobor ...


Iconic Store Shutters

Legendary River Oaks store closing for good after nearly 70 years: An era of fighting the big box stores ends

By Tyler Rudick

After nearly 70 years in business, a legendary River Oaks hardware store is closing its doors. Harry Truman sat in the White House as Frank Sinatra topped the charts in ...


Horrific Cult Murder

Teenage satanic cult murderers may have struck before: Another teen girl comes forward

By Tyler Rudick

Harris County prosecutors say that two teens accused of murdering a 15-year-old girl were motivated by a pact with the devil. After going missing for several days, Corriann Cervantes was ...


Movie Theater Robbery

BB gun robbery attempt at a popular Houston movie theater turns into a real police shooting

By Tyler Rudick

A late-night movie date erupted in violence this weekend when an off-duty cop shot two young robbery suspects armed with what investigators believe was a "realistic looking" BB gun. Just ...


Hometown Glory Days

Bruce Springsteen picks Houston over Dallas and Austin: The Boss clearly knows which city is best

By Tyler Rudick

Sorry, Austin and Big D . . . Myth, man and rock legend Bruce Springsteen only has eyes Houston as his upcoming tour proves. The Boss and his mighty E Street Band will ...


Pit Bull Armed Robbery

Pit bull used as a weapon by punk crook: Preys on vulnerable mom and special needs kid

By Tyler Rudick

The domestic dog has proven an ideal work companion for millennia, offering assistance in everything from herding sheep and pulling sleds to detecting improvised bombs. A Spring Branch man exploited ...


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