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  • Texas Johnny Brown Switches Places With Kevin Taylor Kendrick at the Houston Press Music Awards

    published Nov 11, 2011

    This just in: Due to scheduling conflicts, Texas Johnny Brown will go on stage at Ben's Beans at 3 p.m. at this year's Houston Press Music Awards Showcase Saturday night. And Kevin Taylor Kendrick w... More >>

  • The Barber of Seville

    published November 3, 2011

    Patrick Carfizzi, currently appearing as Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville, is in great demand as an opera singer. At Houston... More >>

  • Michelle DeJean Drops the Bad Girl Roles for White Christmas
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    Michelle DeJean Drops the Bad Girl Roles for White Christmas

    published Nov 09, 2011

    Michelle DeJean has made "a very successful career of playing bad women," she says (Roxie Hart in Chicago, for one) both on and off Broadway. "So it's going to be very nice to play someone who I can ... More >>

  • Newspapers: Hard Copy and Social Media
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    Newspapers: Hard Copy and Social Media

    published Nov 09, 2011

    To say that the death of newspapers started with social media would be a false reading of not-so-ancient history. (Art Attack herself has seen this up close and personal, having previously worked for ... More >>

  • Conductor Michael Hofstetter Is Caught Up in Fidelio's Story and Music

    published Nov 08, 2011

    The most difficult thing in Fidelio "is that there is this tendency to be loud from the first to the last note. You have to really work on the fine and subtle moments," German conductor Michael Hofste... More >>

  • Father-Daughter Wedding Dance Video Goes Viral

    published Nov 06, 2011

    After upending most everyone's expectations of what a father-daughter wedding dance should be, Ashley Richmond from Houston and her father David Sparks are on their way to an appearance on NBC's Today... More >>

  • Dividing the Estate

    published October 6, 2011

    Famed actress Elizabeth Ashley, known as much for her candor as her longevity and hoarse voice, is back in Houston, starring in Horton... More >>

  • Memphis

    published October 20, 2011

    In the 1950s, interracial dating was so taboo that no one wanted to talk about it, actress and singer Felicia Boswell tells us. “But it was... More >>

  • A Houston Press Benefit for Chris Gray

    published Nov 03, 2011

    In order to help with his hospital bills, the Houston Press will be hosting a benefit for Music Editor Chris Gray, who suffered an apparent heart attack last Friday. As of today, things were looking ... More >>

  • The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead

    published October 6, 2011

    Despite the title The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead, actress Susan O. Koozin actually plays seven, not three,... More >>

  • 100 Creatives for 2011
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    100 Creatives for 2011

    published Nov 02, 2011

    All 100 Creatives for 2011 are lined up in a slideshow for your viewing pleasure. When we started the project for 100 Creatives, highlighting the people we thought were among the most creative in Ho... More >>

  • Music Editor Chris Gray Getting Even Better

    published Nov 01, 2011

    Houston Press Music Editor Chris Gray, who has been hospitalized since Friday when he collapsed at a Metro light rail station on his way to work, suffering an apparent heart attack, has improved enoug... More >>

  • Being Ringo Starr for Almost 30 Years: Ralph Castelli

    published Nov 01, 2011

    At age six, so the story goes, Ralph Castelli saw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show (February 1964) and decided what he wanted to do for the rest of his life -- namely, play drums. But for the past... More >>

  • Bottom Lines

    published November 3, 2011

    For the past seven years, Veronica Bass has worked as a teacher's assistant in the Houston Independent School District. Besides helping out in... More >>

  • UPDATED: Music Editor Chris Gray is Holding His Own

    published Oct 31, 2011

    UPDATE:On Monday afternoon, Chris Gray's dad said his son has his eyes open, is responsive to sounds and has moved around. It is still too early to determine what all has happened to him, however, bec... More >>

  • UPDATED: Music Editor Chris Gray Is Holding His Own

    published Oct 31, 2011

    UPDATE: On Monday afternoon, Chris Gray's dad said his son has his eyes open, is responsive to sounds and has moved around. It is still too early to determine what all has happened to him, however, be... More >>

  • Memphis the Musical:  We Interrupt You for a Reboot
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    Memphis the Musical: We Interrupt You for a Reboot

    published Oct 26, 2011

    Musical Interruptus At last night's opening of Memphis the Musical, the strong cast had just finished up its third song of the night, "Scratch My Itch," and was in the process of changing sets when ... More >>

  • Simon O'Neill Brings All His Energies to HGO's Fidelio

    published Oct 21, 2011

    Long before he left New Zealand for the Manhattan School of Music and Juilliard, before he became a principal artist with the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House and La Scala, before his face w... More >>

  • What My Husband Doesn’t Know

    published October 13, 2011

    Audiences might think of former Destiny’s Child group member Michelle Williams as a good girl, but her character in David E. Talbert’s... More >>

  • Ether Dome

    published September 29, 2011

    Have you had much surgery? Can you imagine having it without pain relief?That's what director Michael Wilson uses to emphasize the importance of... More >>

  • King Tut Brings His Road Show Back to Houston's MFAH
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    King Tut Brings His Road Show Back to Houston's MFAH

    published Oct 13, 2011

    For even more King Tut pictures, see our slideshow. It's been almost a half century since an exhibit of antiquities from the Tutankhamun reign was here in Houston, but the boy king is back in Tutank... More >>

  • Guys and Dolls

    published September 29, 2011

    Former Miss America Susan Powell was a classically trained singer, but opted for musical theater over opera because (a) she didn’t want to... More >>

  • Hallie Foote in Her Late Father's Work: <em>Dividing the Estate</em>
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    Hallie Foote in Her Late Father's Work: Dividing the Estate

    published Oct 11, 2011

    Actress Hallie Foote may have been born in New York City, but with her father's roots "so deeply Southern," she says, "I feel that's part of me as well." On Wednesday's opening-night production of Div... More >>

  • Hot Women at Ren Fest
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    Hot Women at Ren Fest

    published Oct 10, 2011

    The finest in chain mail/bikini combos and other minimalist fashion were on full display Saturday at the Texas Renaissance Festival in Plantersville. While vendors were busy pushing fox tails and pla... More >>

  • Carol Channing Still Going Strong at 90, Fights Cutbacks in the Arts
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    Carol Channing Still Going Strong at 90, Fights Cutbacks in the Arts

    published Oct 10, 2011

    Best known for her long-running Broadway version of Hello Dolly, actress/singer Carol Channing says that even in the depth of the Depression, her San Francisco public middle school had the arts. So sh... More >>

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