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Shelby's Social Diary

Hot Sardines and cool flappers add jazzy spirit to SPA gala with Paris panache

By Shelby Hodge

The invitation to the Society for the Performing Arts's "Forever Paris" gala called for black-tie or "jazz age chic" attire, the invitation clearly hinting at the lively eve ...


SPA's New Season

10 don't miss shows headed to Houston: From foodie TV on stage to Ira Glass to Hot Box Girls

By Joel Luks

It's easy to feel overwhelmed when planning what to do, who to see and where to be when it comes to performing arts in Houston. With presenters such as Society for the Performing Arts, which ye ...


Society for the Performing Arts presents "¡Ritmo Latino!" featuring Pedrito Martinez Group

Miller Outdoor Theatre

Recognized as the leader of the Afro-Cuban sound, with their roots planted firmly in the rumba tradition, the Pedrito Martinez Group revels in the bata rhythms and vocal chants of Yoruban and Sater


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Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — pure yoga madness included

By Joel Luks

January is just about over and done with. And hopefully so are any mentions of the biatch of a polar vortex.  Warm yourself up with this week's suggestions, which include a bendy gathe ...


Houston Debut Tuesday

Changes in China and passion for dance boost Shanghai Ballet to international success

By Theodore Bale

Paris, London, Moscow, Copenhagen, St. Petersburg. And it goes without saying, of course, New York. When ballet enthusiasts ponder the world’s greatest companies, these cities quickly come to ...


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Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — zombie walk included

By Joel Luks

Yes, folks, I can count. Though I vow to curate five don't miss Houston happenings every week, there's is too much going on this week to narrow my picks to only a mere handful. On the a ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Molly Ringwald rocks 'em in Houston: This lunch is on center stage

By Shelby Hodge

It was a feel good day all around when Molly Ringwald took the stage at Jones Hall along with a fashionable pride of Society for the Performing Arts supporters for the SPA's annual fall luncheo ...


Scales, arpeggios & octaves

Van Cliburn gold medalist whiz kid weighs in on Pussy Riot, Coldplay and music in his head

By Joel Luks

When one thinks of classical musicians from across the pond, one typically assumes that they come from a musical family whose métier extends back generations. After all, classical music is e ...


The CultureMap Interview

The Matthew Broderick of classical music reveals all: Staying fresh, Miss America judging and more

By Joel Luks

Life is a never-ending adventure for violin celeb Joshua Bell, who at 45 years old continues to follow a hectic travel and performance itinerary that takes him to all the corners of this convoluted ...


Society for the Performing Arts hosts "A Taste of SPA"

Jones Hall

Society for the Performing Arts is teaming up with local celebrity chefs and restaurants for a special event titled "A Taste of SPA." Guests will be treated like celebrities as they walk


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