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Wham, bam — thank you ma'am

A big bang season finale: River Oaks Chamber Orchestra delivers a concert with plenty of 'tude

By Joel Luks

Clunk! Bonk! Kapow! Thwach! Vronk! Zap! Wham, bam — thank you ma'am. With the exception of the "thank you" part, one would think that these onomatopoeic words come straight ...


The Arthropologist

Can't sit still? The performance experience can be a magnificent or claustrophobic thing

By Nancy Wozny

It all started one dark, troubling day while I was sitting in one of those red velvet plush theater seats. The house lights dimmed, the doors closed, the blood pressure surged, the heart pounded an ...


The Arthropologist

The aging process: As Houston arts organizations grow older, they, too, question their purpose in life

By Nancy Wozny

"We are turning 35, it's time that we look at what we are up to," says Mary Lampe, director of SWAMP, while sitting across from me at lunch at the Houston Arts Resource Fair. Lam ...


Love Letters to Music

Madonna headsets & a sad clown: ROCO's Paul English premiere honors composer who didn't fit in

By Joel Luks

As the instrumentalists of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra arrived at The Church of St. John the Divine for a routine rehearsal, some were equipped with an unusual technology gadget: A Madonna hea ...


The Arthropologist

Pay it forward: If random acts of kindness work, can random acts of art change a life?

By Nancy Wozny

What did you do this summer? I cleaned about 100 junk drawers in the process of selling my family home in Buffalo, NY., and found a gorgeous tabletop biography of Anna Pavlova. Just recently, I lea ...


The ArTHROPOLOGIST

Just because you're an artist doesn't mean you should have a horrible website: Keeping up social media appearances

By Nancy Wozny

"Your site needs some work," I told an artist friend, thinking that it is something you could tell a friend. Newsflash: I would have been better off telling her that she gained some weigh ...


The Arthropologist

Salon Houston style: Arts groups reinvent conversation gathering spots for the 21st century

By Nancy Wozny

"And now Nancy will do an interpretive dance," I imagine Gertrude Stein saying to a gaggle of assorted artists and intellectuals gathered for spirits, discourse, and who knows what else. ...


Pick Five

Your weekly guide to Houston: Eliminate the there's nothing to do excuses

By Joel Luks

It’s my second day on the job. Although it feels like I have been a part of the CultureMap team for a while producing pieces on anything from the best cinnamon roll in the city to insane ...


The Arthropologist

Art and science meld in Houston: From Buckyball to nanotechnology

By Nancy Wozny

"The experiment and the poem complete each other," writes Jonah Lehrer, in Proust Was a Neuroscientist, a book that looks at how artists intuit scientific breakthroughs. Art and science o ...


Hit the Bend for Mozart tonight

Classical music for the Bayou: Brad Sayles turns to the trees

By Theodore Bale

Looking for new musical ideas, Houston composer Brad Sayles keeps his ears and his eyes open. While classical composers have sought to express the natural world in music for centuries — from ...


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