Lauren Kern

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  • 13 years ago | Stage

    The title character in Manon is usually played as an amoral femme fatale. After all, Sir Kenneth MacMillan's ballet -- based on Abbé Prévost's 18th-century novel Manon Lescaut -- has her betraying her true love, penniless divinity st...

  • 13 years ago | Stage

    It's a wonder Jennifer Wood ever choreographs anything. According to her own press release, she's constantly battling her fears that the audience will think she's boring, conventional, tasteless, dumb, flippant, self-serious and not well rehearsed...

  • 13 years ago | Stage

    The battle for the Ballet has begun. In corner one is homegrown hopeful Trey McIntyre. In corner two, Australian upstart Stanton Welch. It's a good match-up: Both choreographers have created successful short works for Houston Ballet, and this year...

  • 14 years ago | Stage

    In the weeks since the terrorist attacks, many critics have proclaimed the abilities of art to remind us of the optimism of the human spirit, to show what beauty we can create, and to heal the wounds of the psyche. They have proclaimed, in a sense...

  • 14 years ago | Longform

    "This place is dead," says Joe Hernandez, stating the obvious. It's the middle of a Saturday at Joe's Sandwich Shop at the corner of Main Street and Webster in Midtown. The middle-aged Hispanic businessman sits next to a wall of chips in the middl...

  • 14 years ago | Longform

    It's mid-July, and one of Houston's most prestigious art galleries looks like a little girl's bedroom. The walls are pink, with white painted trees. Deer and bunny figurines that might have adorned a dresser have become life-size woodland creature...