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Song of Houston

A secret immigration opera: Houston Grand Opera tackles real-life issues in powerhouse way

By Joel Luks

Shakespeare used it. Richard Strauss wrote for it. One of Michael Frayn's hilarious plays is all about it. What A Midsummer Night's Dream, Ariadne auf Naxos and Noises Off have in ...


Calendar Closeup

Your weekly guide: Five (plus) don't-miss events — young professionals Big Party included

By Joel Luks

Can I get an amen now that Halloween is over? It's time to pick yourself up from the evening's reveling and make plans for the weekend. On tap are a fundraiser on the green, a walk with hea ...


Community dialogue

Artists respond: HGOco recital opens doors to hidden beauty, wisdom & joy of Houston's diversity

By Joel Luks

What if it were possible to grasp the core ethos of an individual whose life's trials have bestowed a wisdom that's unattained by most? Like a woman — a mother of three, a grandmother ...


CultureMap Video

A 70th birthday surprise for the ages — opera legend style

By Joel Luks

Samuel Ramey had no idea a mob of his colleagues were taking cover behind closed doors waiting to belt out "Happy Birthday" in four-part harmony when he was asked to autograph photos for ...


Final performance Friday night

Opera Vista boosts boundaries of contemporary opera with controversial, unforgettable Powder Her Face

By Theodore Bale

“They wrote songs about me,” the Duchess sings defiantly time and again during the course of Thomas Adès and Philip Hensher’s Powder Her Face. Apparently she’s referr ...


Touting "Powder Her Face"

Opera Vista celebrates fifth anniversary with "Dirty Duchess Party"

By Ruchi Mukherjee

Everyone loves a great party and if the key words are good food, great music and promising to be dirty then you are assured to get a crowd. In this case partygoers gathered for the "Dirty Duch ...


Pipa Power

The Yao Ming opera? Houston Grand Opera combines East + West with a nod to basketball

By Joel Luks

The term outreach has almost transcended into a taboo industry expression in the arts world. Whether it is used for education or to reach untapped audiences, it has the potential to be slightly pat ...


Not letting talent fall through the cracks

Educating young musicians: In Houston, arts organizations step in where cash-strapped schools cannot

By Joel Luks

At a time when people and businesses alike are trimming the fat and counting their pennies, where cash is king and operating cash flow is managed with overprotective maternal care, Houston’s ...


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