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    Check out Peter Capaldi as he begins his turn as the 12th Doctor in the Doctor Who Season Premiere: Deep Breath. His selection as the latest incarnation of time-traveling alien hero/symbol...
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    For all you movie mavens out there — and we do mean “out” — we have a film festival for you! The Houston GLBT-Q International Film Festival cruises into town with a...
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    You don't have to wait for the upcoming Q-Fest 2014: The 18th Annual Houston International GBLT-Q Film Festival screenings to get a look at this year's offerings of films. The SWAMP Salon...
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    In Texas, vying for the title of biggest anything is a common pursuit, though it is likely to involve cattle, produce or the size of a draft beer rather than anything particularly artistic....
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    You can call them crayfish, crawdads, mudbugs or — if you want to get all science-nerdy — members of the superfamilies Astacoidea and Parastacoidea. The critters (cleaned and...
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    We love film festivals. Thankfully, Houston has loads to choose from. Here's our list of the top 10 film festivals in Houston. Most of these will seem familiar to movie fans; the Museum of...
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    While many cities offer historic home tours to show off the architectural and antique wonders of their areas, the upcoming Sacred Places Tour organized by the Galveston Historical Foundation...
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    Civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. is honored with a variety of activities around town, including three separate parades. There’s the 36th Annual “Original” Dr....
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    “These inanimate objects have a past and history just as sordid or magic or happy as people do,” says Lindsay Burleson of the 100 or so stars of Boo-Town’s A Curio-Cabinet...
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    Make your holiday season complete with the Royal Opera House Dance series’ cinematic broadcast of The Nutcracker. Peter Wright’s production, first seen in 1984, is an exuberant...
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    The future of the 64th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade presented by H-E-B was in jeopardy this summer until Mayor Annise Parker stepped in and got new supporters lined up. H-E-B will stay on...
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    It's going to be a coming home of sorts for Paddy Moloney, founder of the Irish folk group The Chieftains, our pick for Friday. Not that Moloney ever lived here exactly, but he did spend...
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    It's been almost five years since Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal visited Houston and contemporary dance lovers have anxiously been awaiting its return ever since. The Houston...
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    Discovery Green is the place to be Friday night for Rainbow on the Green, part of the Pride Houston 2012 celebrations. Entertainer Tye Blue will host the evening's lineup, with artists such...
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    The documentary Shepard & Dark, a look at the unexpected friendship between Academy Award-nominated actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard and reclusive deli clerk Johnny...
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    Director Andrey Gryazev introduces the screening of his documentary Tomorrow during the 7th Annual Russian Documentary Showcase in Texas: Images of Russia film festival. Tomorrow follows...
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    The annual Houston Fringe Festival, now in its sixth year, is one of the most popular performing arts events every season. Top of the not-to-miss list this year is Red Rocket Burlesque's...
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    Local mixed-media artist Robert Hodge and his partner Philip Pyle, a sculptor and digital artist, have converted an open-air space in the Third Ward into ''The Beauty Box,'' an art...
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    FotoFest is an internationally respected citywide exhibition of photography whose only shortcoming, some would say, can be found in the fact that it's a biennial celebration. Two years is a...
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    Get your aggression out under the guise of entertainment at I Declare War at Tank's Paintball. First on the schedule is a two-hour session of paintball war (the price of a ticket...
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    Poet Outspoken Bean is among the featured performers at this year's Word Around Town (W.A.T.) Poetry Tour 2013. As an invited featured artist, Bean was able to bypass the tour's rigorous...
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    Summer is a hard time with kids because they will eventually run out of your stuff to break, and sending them outside in this heat technically counts as torture. Movies are a good...
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    The wide splash of venues for Friday's films speaks to the growth of QFest 2013, Houston's LGBT film festival, since its establishment 17 years ago. No fewer than 30 events and screenings...
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    Houston's Museum District is home to a whopping 19 institutions running the gamut from collections dedicated to art and animals to Czech culture and psychiatrist Carl Jung. For The Museum...
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    Follow up a full day at the Houston LGBT Pride Festival with the Houston LGBT Pride Parade, now in its 35th year. Join the 325,000 people who are expected to line the parade route as they...
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    So you think June 27 is just like any other ordinary day? Wrong. It happens to be National Handshake Day. The Art Guys aren't ones to miss out on an off-the-wall holiday (they commemorated...
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    Area architects, designers, engineers and contractors gather their trowels, buckets and sunscreen as they get ready for the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects' 27th...
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    This year's Houston Palestinian Film Festival's screening schedule is filled with outstanding offerings. There's Annemarie Jacir's When I Saw You, a fictional account of a young boy taken in...
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    A quartet of Houston art scene royalty will be the grand marshals for the 26th Annual Houston Art Car Parade. Mixed-media metal artist and longtime political activist Gertrude Barnstone,...
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    Comic book enthusiasts can drop serious money on their collection, what with all the various series, their spin-offs and related merchandise. That's why Free Comic Day is a welcome respite....
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    Fans of mid-century American architecture and design have their choice of several events during Houston Modern Market Week, including The Modern Market Film Festival. The series of five...
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    Hope Stone Dance Company Artistic Director Jane Weiner has enthusiastically worked to bring contemporary dance to a wide audience. Her latest endeavor, one-step promenade, please, is perhaps...
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    The 7th Annual Midtown Art in the Park has some really amazing things happening this year that you won't want to miss. First off, in celebration of the newly established Midtown Cultural...
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    Indulge your voyeuristic tendencies at Then and Now: Houston Heights Association's 2013 Spring Home & Garden Tour. Six notable Heights-area homes are open for public display and scrutiny,...
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    Houston's architectural design is a lot like its weather. Don't like it? Wait ten minutes. Or ten years, as in the case of the appropriately titled Centennial Tour, Rice Design Alliance's...
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    Theoretically, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, so it's no stretch that the official theme for the 54th Annual St. Patrick's Parade in downtown Houston is ''We are ALL Irish Texans.''...
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    Mayor Annise Parker joins 5,000 of her closest friends for today's Tour de Houston. The annual bike ride is sponsored by the Apache Corporation and features 20-, 40- or 70-mile circuits that...
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    Get ready to unleash your inner cowboy at the Downtown Rodeo Parade. This year's grand marshal is Texas A&M University's head football coach Kevin Sumlin who'll lead the procession along...
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    Lindsay Burleson and Andrew Keil have been collaborating for months to bring audiences Love in the Time of Lasers. It's a science fiction puppet show about love, with dinosaurs and lasers....
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    BooTown's Emily Hynds says the company's latest show, Damn the Man, is an effort to set the record straight. A Benshi-style reworking of the coming-of-age film Empire Records that follows a...
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    Director Jorge Hinojosa doesn’t apologize for his documentary Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp, one of many films being screened as part of the 2012 Houston Cinema Arts Festival....
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    In From My Mother's Mother, the latest effort from Houston Grand Opera’s HGOco, a young Korean-American woman goes into the hospital to give birth and is confronted by not only her...
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    Sponsored by the Houston Press, the Montrose Crawl has come back for its sixth year. This event infuses a traditional pub crawl with the spirit of trick-or-treating as several hundred people...
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    The 9th Annual Media Archeology Festival, Media Archeology 2012: Real Time, would need a much, much longer name in order to clearly state its scope. It would have to be the 9th Annual Music,...
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    Anyone who says there's no such thing as a free lunch hasn't met the Dos Equis Mobile Academy, which just arrived in Houston this week. In partnership with H-Town StrEATs, the...
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    There’s one thing you can expect at the 5th Annual Houston Fringe Festival — the unexpected. The multidiscipline festival brings together cutting-edge dance, theater, film,...
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    Touring the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s new Hall of Paleontology with its absolutely mind-boggling displays of more than 60 skeleton mounts is worth every cent of the $15...
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    Have a great meal and do a good deed all at the same time during Houston Restaurant Weeks 2012. Here’s the deal: You select from a fixed-price menu at one of dozens of participating...
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    For seven years, the Word Around Town Tour has offered the brightest and the best of Houston’s poets for free to the public. It’s the perfect chance for you to experience some...
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    It’s hard to believe that Star Trek: The Next Generation is 25 years old, but it really has been a quarter of a century since Captain Picard first said, “Make it so,” and...
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    ArtHouston 2012 provides art lovers with a full day of exhibition-hopping. With more than 30 galleries in the Museum District, the Heights and along Colquitt participating, enthusiasts will...
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    Enjoy a parade and a 20-minute fireworks show at the Galveston Island 4th of July celebration. The parade starts at 7:30 p.m. and features decorated floats, a procession of military...
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    Join the throng when 300,000 spectators jam lower Westheimer to watch the Houston LGBT Pride Parade 2012. There are more than 125 entries in the parade, which will be led by Celebrity Pride...
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    It took three years for news of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation to reach Galveston Island, freeing the last of the American slaves. The date — June 19, 1865 —...
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    In its continuing effort to bring the world’s greatest opera performances to the movie screens of the hinterlands, New York’s Metropolitan Opera offers its high-def Summer Encore...
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    The folks over at the 8th Annual Wine & Food Week are a sneaky lot — they rope us in by touting the fact that there will be more than 500 wines available during this year’s...
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    Sixteen dancers turn an empty store in West Oaks Mall into a postmodern performance space for the 10th Big Range Dance Festival. The location was once a JCPenny store, but with today’s...
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    Just because sandcastles don’t last forever doesn’t mean they can’t be epic in size. Just ask the Jacobs of Houston building firm, winners of the acclaimed Golden Bucket...
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    Art hits the streets during the 25th Annual Houston Art Car Parade Weekend. Carol Simmons, a regular parade organizer, tells us, “It takes art out of the museum and into the streets in...
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    Novelist Charlaine Harris is about to pull the plug on Sookie Stackhouse and her friends in Bon Temps, Louisiana. Ater the just-released Deadlocked, there's only one more title in the series...
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    The East End Street Fest is a celebration of Cinco de Mayo and the new METRO light rail, a music festival and taco contest, all wrapped up into one fun, family-friendly mega-party. Taco...
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    Dos Equis has decided to test Houstonian palates with its special Cinco de Mayo event. The company has teamed up with locals H-Town StrEATS, Chef Jason Hill and Chef Matt Opaleski to serve...
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    On Friday, catch the latest screening and performance in the Houston Public Media Silent Film Concerts. A comedy in four acts, The Oyster Princess is a 1919 film by German director Ernst...
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    The Buffalo Bayou Partnership hosts the annual Buffalo Bayou Regatta, Texas’s largest canoe and kayak race. The 15-mile route stretches from San Felipe just west of Voss to...
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    Get a peek into some of the city’s most impressive homes during today’s 2012 Houston Modern Home Tour. The peeking party includes tours of eight contemporary and mid-century...
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    Galveston Island has been beaten and battered by dozens of catastrophic storms that have repeatedly flattened the city. So the churches and temples featured on the Galveston 16th Annual Tour...
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    The transition of Kevin Smith from the director of movies like Clerks, Mallrats and Dogma to the long-winded, hilarious spoken-word artist/comedian dishing on being too fat to fly a...
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    You’ll have seven full days to enjoy the first-ever Galveston Restaurant Week, and you’ll need it. Some 30 eateries are participating, and all are offering signature multi-course...
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    Chinese food expert, cookbook author and chef Dorothy Huang takes you on a day of exploration and experimentation during her Chinatown Walking Tour & Dim Sum Lunch. First stop is a Chinese...
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    You’ll get two for the price of one at the 40th Anniversary Chevron Houston Marathon. Wait, actually, you’ll get three and a half for the price of one. The Men’s and...
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    At first glance, Deepwater Horizon 1 by Demiak seems to be an idyllic scene: a small cabin set over water. But look a little closer — that’s blood in the water. There’s a...
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    Tilman Fertitta has some downtown competition. The latest Window Into Houston installation, “Dennis Harper: Born in the Bayou,” opened at the private residence of Jim Peterson....
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    She’s considered the voice of a generation, the woman who redefined the term ''diva'' — Renée Fleming. Lyrical, dramatic, beautiful and strong, Fleming is the prototype...
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    Let’s face it, Houston misses out on a lot of the traditional trappings of the Christmas season — no snow or frosty windows, for example. But that doesn’t mean we...
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    The holiday season is ushered into Houston by the 62nd Annual Holiday Parade Presented by H-E-B. This year’s parade includes musical performances by Booboo Stewart, who plays Seth...
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    You’ll have to get up early if you want to participate in the third largest footrace in the city, the TXU Energy Turkey Trot (the race starts at 6 a.m.). The annual event benefits...
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    In just three years, the Cinema Arts Festival Houston has become a force to be reckoned with on the American film festival circuit. Why? Not only have festival organizers been able to snag...
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    To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the multiple Academy Award-winning West Side Story, there's a nationwide screening of the digitally restored film. At the screening, you'll be looking at...
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    Eat a big breakfast before you head over to The Met Live in HD: Siegfried; the performance lasts just short of six hours! The story, based on a Norse legend, follows Siegfried, a young man...
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    We admit, we never watched Friday the 13th and thought,"What this really needs less gore and more Butterfinger candy bars." Fortunately, someone did and the fan-created/Rob Lowe directed...
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    Even if you’re content with your home, lawn and neighbors, the nine houses in this year’s lineup of the AIA Houston Home Tour are sure to spark some ideas, if not a little...
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    Check out the Downtown Historic District with the help of a few ghost stories on one of the Discover Houston Tours annual Ghost Walks. Spend 90 minutes listening to tales such as the Ghost...
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    Just in case your time machine is broken and you can’t get back to the late 1970s to see the Rolling Stones in their heyday, here’s the next best thing — a theater broadcast...
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    Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most beloved musical, Phantom of the Opera, turns 25 this year, and to celebrate, Ramin Karimloo (the Phantom) and Sierra Boggess (Christine) will lead some 200 of...
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    Three artists, three nights and one great idea: push the envelope as far as it will go…and then push it some more. The 8th Annual Media Archeology Festival, a co-presentation by the...
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    There’s no denying it. The Bayou City loves to eat. Year after year, Houston has consistently ranked among the top cities in America for dining out, and thanks to our fantastic array of...
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