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Top toques are on their toes when cooking with Houston Ballet stars

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston Ballet's Ballet Barre's "A Dinner in Five Acts." Where: Brennan's of Houston. The 411: Five chefs, five courses, five dancers — it was the recipe f ...


Shelby's Social Diary

A wintry Hats in the Park pits sexy spring frocks against practical fur

By Shelby Hodge

"The weather is always interesting for this event," noted Mayor Annise Parker as she surveyed the Hermann Park Conservancy's "Hats in the Park" luncheon crowd. With temps in ...


Calendar Closeup

Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — crazy space party included

By Joel Luks

Screw this return of the spirit of the polar vortex. Let's not allow Mother Nature to get in the way of going out and having a good old time as this week offers quite the range of things to do. ...


Houston Ballet Dance Talk: Stanton Welch and Katherine Ciscon on The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

Houston Ballet Center for Dance

Houston Ballet hosts a talk about the premiere of artistic director Stanton Welch's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. In celebration of his 10th anniversary as artistic director, W


U.S. Premiere

Despite stellar dancing and lavish sets, Houston Ballet's Aladdin doesn't really fly

By Theodore Bale

The orchestra members played with gusto. The dancers gave their all. And the complicated production, with its flying carpets, Chinese dragons, and smoke-filled genie lamps, went off without a hitch ...


A Fantasy Land

Sexy genies and real magic carpet rides: Aladdin feel makes this Ballet ball a showstopper

By Joel Luks

Someone must have rubbed the magical oil lamp before balletomanes arrived at Wortham Theater Center as a trio of sexy genies awaited to escort guests on an exotic carpet ride up to the Grand Foyer ...


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Death and Shakespeare: Houston Ballet's new season is more than secret kisses and high drama

By Joel Luks

Romeo, Romeo, Romeo. I suppose you can't blame an artist for wanting a turn at playing this archetypal Shakespearean character. Not even Houston Ballet artistic director Stanton Welch is i ...


Cinema Arts Festival Buzz

The real history of the Houston Ballet: New movie brings dance drama to life

By Nancy Wozny

The Ballet Russe makes a pit stop in Houston over the holidays during the 1930s. They hit the road again, leaving enough hearts stirred by the spell of ballet magic to launch the first seed of what ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Houstonians cheer Houston Ballet's debut in Paris with pianist Lang Lang

By Shelby Hodge

A privileged flock of Houston Ballet supporters swept across the Atlantic last week to be in the audience at Paris' famed Theatre des Champs-Élysées for the company' ...


At the Ballet Barre

A lewd ballet: Young professionals embrace the attitude in a rare behind-the-scenes look

By Joel Luks

Everyday gestures of brushing teeth, applying makeup and eating breakfast, combined with lewd signs such as giving the middle finger and mouthing aggressive indecencies, makes Houston Ballet a ...


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