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Fast Food Challenge

A serious restaurant critic takes on Pizza Hut: Does the chain's hyped new menu measure up?

By Teresa Gubbins

With pizza tastes in America scaling up, Pizza Hut's launched a new menu on with new crust flavors, "skinny" pizzas and premium ingredients. In a press release, Pizza Hut describ ...


The Review is In

A magical finish: Houston Symphony's 100th season closes with the best concert of all

By Joel Luks

The curious acoustical hexagons and the circular house lights that hover above Jones Hall dissolved from their physical constraints to constitute a breathtaking poetic milieu, one in which each gli ...


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Rim job tips and Tupperware hookers: Dixie riotously blows away TUTS' family-friendly image

By Joel Luks

Rimming races? Yes, she went there, took a picture, got the T-shirt and tweeted all about it. Oh. My. Word. I. die. I am not the kind of chap who blushes at dirty jokes or ribald play on words. ...


Notes on the staff

Listening with naked ears: A classical musician's musings on Itzhak Perlman's Houston recital

By Joel Luks

From Nora Shulman, principal flute of the Toronto Symphony, I, as her flute student in high school, learned that sticking out your lower lip makes your sound sparkle. It was her approach that helpe ...


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Piss off women at your own risk: Opera in the Heights' Macbeth whips you like a dominatrix

By Joel Luks

Lessons learned from Shakespeare's Macbeth: Listening to women may be hazardous to your health. May cause visions, delusion, psychotic episodes and unwelcome ghosts to manifest at the most inco ...


A Big Deal

Houstonians line up to see Philip Glass put on a piano show for The Menil's 25th anniversary

By Joel Luks

Listening to and performing the works of Philip Glass are two exceptionally different experiences. It's relatively dangerous to dismiss the notes on the staff as repetitive, technically facile ...


A Special Night

Jeremy Choate — the tragically killed lighting artist — honored in a holistic Musiqa concert

By Joel Luks

Museum curators know what most classical music presenting groups do not: That when works of art are organized and displayed in an organized, pragmatic manner, one that offers context as viewers str ...


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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 ...


The Review is In

An explosive violinist fizzles: Dan Zhu struggles to live up to the hype for Texas Music Festival finale

By Joel Luks

Violinist Dan Zhu was the talk of the town in classical music circles these past couple of weeks and his solo appearance at Texas Music Festival's final hurrah promised a bombastic concert no o ...


Really ABC, really?

Fan-tastic! After rousing concert, Kristin Chenoweth gets down with family, friends & admirers

By Joel Luks

"Hi, I am Kristin," Kristin Chenoweth said. In keeping up with the sassy petite gal, I wanted to respond teasingly, "Who?" But more like a "duh" slipped out of my ...


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