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  • Calendar: Highlights
    Sheila Frampton Cooper, an award-winning artist who will be among the hundreds attending the 2014 International Quilt Festival/Houston, wants to be clear: She makes art, not blankets....
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The Texas Contemporary Art Fair returns to the George R. Brown Convention Center for this year’s highly anticipated show. The Texas-centered art event will host works from all over the...
  • Art Attack: Pop Culture
    It's a rare convention that doesn't leave its attendees with much to complain about, so it's remarkable that Amazing Houston Comic Con accomplished that in its very first roll out of the...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Houston has several new pop-culture conventions coming to town. We just had The Houston Con, a new entry from people previously involved with Space City Con. Now it’s Amazing Houston...
  • Art Attack: Geek
    One day soon Houston may be mentioned in the same breath as San Diego and New York when it comes to go-to convention destinations for comics fans, Trekkies, Whovians, cosplayers and every...
  • Art Attack: Cosplay
    Judging by the turn out for day one of Comicpalooza, you would never have guessed that Friday was a work day for most folks. Fans of all sorts were out and about, and there are some pretty...
  • Art Attack: Top 5
    Houston's Comicpalooza 2014 has four Doctor Who Doctors -- Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann, and comic-book legend Stan Lee is set to make his first appearance...
  • Art Attack: Special Events
    We scoped out Comicpalooza for you today and although there's a ton of things to see and do, we're pointing out a few things that we think are worth seeking out. 10. Basketball-Playing...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Houston’s Comicpalooza 2014 has four Doctor Who Doctors — Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann, and comic-book legend Stan Lee is set to make his first...
  • Art Attack: Special Events
    Comicpalooza, Houston's biggest comic and pop culture convention, starts at 10 am on Friday. The six-year old convention keeps growing in size and popularity. This year, it spans four days...
  • Art Attack: Doctor Who
    Last year Comicpalooza was scheduled to host Peter Davison, the Fifth Doctor, but unfortunately Davison was forced to cancel. This year Comicpalooza will accomplish something no Houston...
  • Art Attack: Top 5
    Marcus Jarrell Willis, a former Houstonian and now a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, was in awe of the famous company when he first saw it onstage. Willis was a student at...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    This is the sixth year for the Anime Matsuri convention and the first time that it has moved into the George R. Brown Convention Center to join other growing dens of geekery like...
  • Art Attack: Random Ephemera
    Halloween is a $7 billion industry. With that much money involved in the world of scares and dressing up, it should come as no surprise that the industries associated with the holiday have...
  • Houston News: Sports
    The 42nd Houston Marathon takes place bright and early this Sunday, but if you're not running (and don't want to get up that early to spectate) you can still take advantage of one of the...
  • Art Attack: Top 5
    A daughter returns to her parents' home for Christmas and reveals she is about to write a memoir -- a bit of unwelcome news that further strains already tense relations among her relatives,...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Thousands of athletes will hit the ground running for the 2014 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon (& 2014 ABB 5K). There are a few course changes that should make for...
  • Eating Our Words: Edible Events
    Most of the year we use this blog to tell you about all the great food there is in Houston. We tell you what gifts to buy for the food-lovers on your list, where to eat a nice meal out and...
  • Art Attack: Geek
    Gentle readers, and commenters, I have made a dedicated effort in this year's coverage to not make my reports exclusively Doctor Who related because lots of amazing stuff from all across the...
  • Art Attack: Geek
    Yesterday was all about trying to learn new and exciting things in the world of geekdom and even a little bit of science here and there. I kept it scholarly. On Saturday, I decided to try...
  • Art Attack: Geek
    This is my third year covering the Comicpalooza convention, and each year it's gotten better and bigger. 2013 seems absolutely massive with pockets of all kinds of geekdom spread out all...
  • Art Attack: Geek
    Since the Daughter With One F turned three, I figure I've watched approximately infinity hours of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. While I'm pretty sure I would never sit through another...
  • Art Attack: Festivals
    Burlesque clown princess and producer KiKi Maroon describes the KiKi Maroon's BurlyQ Lounge show, seen on Friday at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, as classy and sexy, dirty and funny." Okay, we're...
  • Art Attack: Comics
    Having spent a good portion of my life on stage I enjoy my role as a journalist on the sidelines a great deal. You see a lot of interesting things when you fade into the background. At...
  • Art Attack: Doctor Who
    This weekend Houstonians will have the chance to meet the one and only Frazer Hines, who played the Second Doctor's longtime companion Jamie McCrimmon when he's in town for Comicpalooza....
  • Art Attack: Performance Art
    Your humble narrator was part of a Rocky Horror Picture Show shadow cast for the better part of a decade. I spent every Saturday night in Frank-n-Furter's fishnets singing "Sweet...
  • Art Attack: Comics
    Comicpalooza this year is bigger than ever before, with more stars and more than 300 hours worth of programming to keep you busy. Just to give you a heads up, here are the ten things you...
  • Houston News: Texas
    There were plenty of moments that you expect from an NRA Convention. You expect to see fear-based rhetoric with the best of them -- you count on hearing the murmurs of confiscation and...
  • Art Attack: Festivals
    This year the Texas Yoga Conference celebrated its fourth anniversary, and its growing popularity allowed it to graduate to a conference space at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The...
  • Art Attack: Style/Fashion
    So there's this concept in many spiritual practices--most often associated with Hindu and Buddhism, but also Christianity, among others--of "non-attachment." The idea is that when we let go...
  • Art Attack: Visual Arts
    There's an opening reception for the new show at the Wade Wilson Gallery on Friday. The "The Illusion of the Precise" features work by a trio of artist, Robert Ryman, Mark Williams and Todd...
  • Art Attack: Music
    See our New Year's Eve 2012 Guide and expanded NYE listings. Yes, we admit it, we're starting this post off with a little shameless self-promotion. The best way (in our really not very...
  • Art Attack: Craft
    Each year thousands of people gather together in Houston with one common love: Quilts! This weekend marked the annual International Quilt Festival. The Houston festival is the largest in the...
  • Art Attack: Festivals
    "I assume you don't want me in the picture," a man said to me as I stood extra still, in position to release my camera's shutter to photograph one of the pieces at the Texas Contemporary...
  • Art Attack: Last Night
    Oh art, how lovely you are? Let us count the ways... Last night kicked off the second annual Texas Contemporary Art Fair filling the George R. Brown with so much lovely art work, it was...
  • Houston News: Political Animals
    What did Vice President Joe Biden prove to the delegates of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People? That he's not as white as super whitey-white GOP presidential...
  • Houston News: Political Animals
    Mitt Romney, the whitest Republican presidential nominee since every single Republican presidential nominee before him, informed an auditorium of black people at the National Association for...
  • Houston News: Spaced City
    It was a pretty safe bet that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney would face what Rodney Dangerfield called a "tough crowd" at the NAACP annual convention being held at the George R....
  • Houston News: Political Animals
    It was on and then off. When it was back on, it was on. Kind of. Mid-morning Tuesday, United States Attorney General Eric Holder, who had canceled his Monday appearance on account of an...
  • Houston News: Political Animals
    "We are wading through the greatest wave of legislative assault on the right to vote in more than a century," shouted National Association for the Advancement of Colored People President and...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    One thing the Texas Contemporary Art Fair has over every other similar event is its expert tour guides. Houston art collector Lester Marks, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston curator Dena Woodall...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    They call themselves fabric-istas: artisans who painstakingly balance weave and weight, color and contrast, texture and tacking, to create a work of art that’s often as practical as it...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The Texas Contemporary Art Fair, despite what its title might suggest, is not limited to visual artists from the Lone Star State. More than 70 contemporary galleries as far away as Japan are...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    FotoFest founders Wendy Watriss and Fred Baldwin receive some well-earned recognition when they pick up the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Third Annual Houston Fine Art Fair. This...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    You have to read between the lines to get a clear picture of Hot Import Nights Houston 2013. The automotive festival tours the country presenting the best in new cars with a heavy dose of...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Houston's quickly becoming a capital of geek culture in America, as evidenced by Comicpalooza 2013, the ever-growing convention. The show attracts vendors and stars from around the globe to...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    When you're a kid, stars of the basketball court can seem impossibly godlike. They move with superhuman speed, practically fly through the air and are rich and famous to boot. That's why...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Two Ethiopians took home top honors (and new course records) during last year's Chevron Houston Marathon, Tariku Jufar (2:06:51) and Alemitu Abera (2:23:14). Those times might be challenged...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Once a year, Houston becomes Quilt City as the International Quilt Festival/Houston takes over the George R. Brown Convention Center. Artisans show off their latest efforts in fabric arts,...
  • Art Attack: Geek
    Read my adventures from Day 1, and Craig Hlavaty's take on Day 2, then head over to our slideshow to see more Comicpalooza action and cosplay. Being the Houston Press's resident goth, it's...
  • Art Attack: Geek
    Check out our first day at Comicpalooza. And Day 3, then head over to our slideshow to see more Comicpalooza action and cosplay. Guess what? Gum that was manufactured in 1988 doesn't taste...
  • Art Attack: Geek
    Check out our second day at Comicpalooza and Day 3, then head over to our slideshow to see more Comicpalooza action and cosplay. Former or current presidential candidate -- depending on...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Comicpalooza, the convention about all things pop culture, has established itself as a major player on the expo circuit. Fans experience all manner of magnificent geekdom over the...
  • Houston News: Spaced City
    Houston officials will launch next week the Houston version of a popular bike-sharing program. Houston B-Cycle will have three spots and 18 bikes around downtown Houston. Members who pay...
  • Art Attack: Fashion
    If high fashion seems a little too pretentious and self-important, this fashion show might be right up your alley. Fashion fans seeking a more whimsical way to approach haute couture should...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The documentary Stitched follows three fabric artists (translation: quilters) as they complete their projects for the International Quilt Festival/Houston. The film looks not only at the...
  • Art Attack: Craft
    If it's fall, that can only mean one thing: Houston is the center of the quilting universe once again. Now through Sunday, quilters and the people who love them can be found at the George...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The real story about the 37th Annual International Quilt Festival/Houston is in the numbers. Here’s the breakdown: Fifty-thousand people from around the world will descend on the...
  • Art Attack: Visual Arts
    This past weekend, the George R. Brown opened its doors to the art-loving, Houston community for the first ever Texas Contemporary Art Fair. Despite our previous knowledge of the size and...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Yes, Beyoncé is probably the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts’s most famous alum, but as you’ll see at HSPVA’s Encore 40!, she’s not the only former...
  • Art Attack: Visual Arts
    Next weekend the walls of the George R. Brown will transform into one of the largest contemporary art galleries in the Lone Star State. The Texas Contemporary Art Fair is coming to town and...
  • Art Attack: Visual Arts
    No sooner had we gotten the taste of $10 George R. Brown Texas toast sandwich out of our mouths from covering last weekend's first-ever Houston Fine Art Fair than the Texas Contemporary Art...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Photographer Luis Gonzalez-Palma captured a timeless image in Portrait. The photograph shows a young woman with almond eyes looking straight into the camera, a black shawl wrapped around her...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    India hits a milestone this year as it celebrates the 65th anniversary of its independence, and Houston-based ex-pats are celebrating with India Fest 2011: Amazing India @ 65. The day...
  • Rocks Off: Inquiring Minds
    You know "I Will Survive." Everybody knows "I Will Survive." Aliens know "I Will Survive." Dogs know "I Will Survive." Dogs who are aliens know "I Will Survive." Gloria Gaynor's 1979 disco...
  • Art Attack: Festivals
    Read our coverage of Day 2 here. Read our coverage of Day 1 here. For the final day at Comicpalooza we vowed we would attend some sort of panel no matter what it was. We wanted education,...
  • Art Attack: Festivals
    Read the coverage of Day 1 here. As we prepared to enter the George R. Brown Convention Center for Day 2 of Comicpalooza, we ran into Houston model and regular member of the Gothic...
  • Art Attack: Festivals
    Being that your humble reporter is they guy the Houston Press calls on our specialty geek emergency phone whenever steampunk, zombies, or superheroes need reporting on, it may come as some...
  • Art Attack: Festivals
    We've somehow convinced our indefatigable writer Jef With One F to spend his valuable Memorial Day weekend working for us. Specifically, he's headed to Comic-Con and will be filing stories...
  • Art Attack: Film and TV
    We don't suggest inviting filmmaker Patrick Rea over on Halloween - the guy's got way too many scary stories to tell. Thankfully, Rea turns most of his horror tales into short films, five of...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Jeff Hughes, owner of the independent comic book publishing company Comic Book Divas, debuts his latest book, Goldilocks in Zombie Land, during Comicpalooza 2011, a three-day frenzy of all...
  • Art Attack: Museums
    Houston gets a taste of Taipei in this year's Museum Expo. Hailing from the National Palace Museum in Taiwan,Tang Palace Rhapsody uses motion sensing and digital technology to bring an...
  • Art Attack: Books
    Jeff Hughes is the owner of the Dallas/Ft. Worth based independent comic book publishing company Comic Book Divas. In two weeks, he'll be a guest of our fair city at the Comicpalooza...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Kids under the age of 18 can join the fun during the NCAA® presented by Lowes Senior CLASS Award ® and dribble a basketball from Houston City Hall to the George R. Brown Convention...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    It was 1972 when the first Houston marathon took place, with just 113 runners racing over a five-mile loop. According to race organizers, “200 people, five dogs and three cats”...

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Houston’s premier meeting place, the George R. Brown Convention Center sits in the heart of downtown between Minute Maid Park and Toyota Center. Across the street are Houston’s largest hotel, the Hilton Americas, and the new Discovery Green park.

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