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Inspiring young minds

Life lessons from Yo-Yo Ma: Surprise Houston talk wows kids, reveals a happy-go-lucky cello celeb

By Joel Luks

"He was a short man with a bold head," joked Yo-Yo Ma. Yo-Yo Ma's lighthearted description of storied Spanish cellist Pablo Casals, which was received with hesitant laughter from ...

Theater District Cheat Sheet

Art discounts: How to take advantage of Theater District Open House and save big bucks

By Joel Luks

For two decades, the Theater District Open House has created an alliance between the many moving parts that make Downtown Houston a destination for world-class productions. The family-friendly, ...

The CultureMap Interview

Metaphors of the human psyche: Rock star maestro brings his wisdom to Texas Music Festival

By Joel Luks

How can artists communicate that which they haven't experienced? While the process of refining skills needed to win a job at a professional symphony orchestra typically involve technique &m ...

Looking good for a century

Houston Symphony reveals a starry 100th anniversary lineup: The big names coming are . . .

By Joel Luks

The Houston Symphony is looking mighty fresh in the eve of its centennial anniversary. A new, artsy logo alongside a robust guest list of musicians and conductors ushers a year-long musical fê ...

The Review is In

Houston Symphony needs to drop its social party fixation and go big musically: Where are the wows?

By Joel Luks

There's something intriguing about the tradition of Houston Symphony opening night dinner galas. The accompanying concert isn't treated as an opportunity to bring out the big guns of classi ...

Shelby's Social Diary

Yo-Yo Ma wows at intimate black-tie concert celebrating the Menil's 25th anniversary

By Shelby Hodge

Oh, to have been among the 136 lucky souls who were first in line to sign on for Yo-Yo Ma's concert at the Menil Collection and the intimate dinner with the famed cellist that followed. Tuesday ...


Menil Collection plans 25th anniversary celebration with music giants Yo-Yo Ma & Philip Glass

By Tyler Rudick

With its official list of 25th anniversary events arriving in mailboxes this week, the Menil Collection has flooded the arts calendar with an impressive line-up of public events, exhibitions and ga ...

Ceremony at the White House

Houston's president, George H. W. Bush, gets the Presidential Medal of Freedom

By Sarah Rufca

Houston's most distinguished resident has earned yet another honor. Former president George H. W. Bush will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama Tuesday in a cerem ...

Society for the Performing Arts presents The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

Wortham Theater Center

The Silk Road Ensemble is named after the great trade route that connected China and the Mediterranean. The ancient route provided a way for countries to share in each other's cultures. This en

No reservations

A spicy start to a season: Anthony Bourdain heads to Houston with SPA

By Sarah Rufca

Mix a grumpy old man, a brilliant chef and a cultural anthropologist together and you might have something close to the inimitable Anthony Bourdain. Bourdain rose to fame with his bestselling t ...

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