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Arts Drama

Disrespected artist at center of Convention Center controversy settles: Work on showcase piece begins

By Joel Luks

"It's time to get to work." With that statement by Ed Wilson, it appears as though the local artist is letting bygones be bygones. The five-month public controversy involving ...


Art Scandal Settled

Convention center art scandal gets a (somewhat) happy ending: But where's the Houston Arts Alliance apology?

By Joel Luks

In a strange turn of events, the major Houston Arts Alliance scandal that started with a high-priced commission being rescinded from a popular local artist appears to have come full circle. The ...


No art in protest

Artists protest alleged mishandling of $830,000 Super Bowl art commission

By Joel Luks

Call it a type of nonviolent resistance by two Houston artists in support of another. Artists Nohelia Vargas Bolivar and Liza Littlefield have requested that their art be removed from Houston C ...


CultureMap Video

Mysterious fireflies inspire a composer to take on crazy 21st century living: Slow down and listen

By Joel Luks

According to Native American folklore, fireflies are remnants of stars that fell from the heavens. A Japanese legend suggests that fireflies are the tears of the child of the moon, her sadness enge ...


Houston Grand Opera presents Bound

Asia Society Texas Center

HGOco, Houston Grand Opera's community collaboration and education initiative, presents Bound, a chamber opera based on the real-life experiences of Diane Tran, a former student at Willis High


Loco for ROCO

Chamber orchestra celebrates Asia with innovative concerts and world premieres

By Joel Luks

The bulk of the repertoire performed by symphony orchestras comprises scores written by bigwigs of the 18th and 19th century plus a handful of 20th century composers. Large classical ensembles &mda ...


What Time Is It?

Houston's historic clock tower gets new life: Market Square Park to be awash in computer chimes

By Joel Luks

Bell towers, the type that anchor public spaces, used to perform a vital everyday function. In addition to signaling the time of day, the tolling of the bells served as a call to worship, marked sp ...


Music Matters

A music festival that looks to the future: Getting collaborative at Anderson Fair

By Joel Luks

It's tradition that the training of young classical musicians begins with the oldies. On the menu are scores of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms and the likes of such giants, a collection that formul ...


Sports Drama

The Bum Phillips opera is taking shape: Yes, this crazy concept needs to happen

By Joel Luks

Hut, hut, hike? Try singing that. Now try singing that without sounding like Mary Poppins. Add some vibrato, a dramatic stare, maybe point at someone as if your life depended on it. The spi ...


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 ...


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