One of the many things I find pleasurable about reading Victorian literature is the peculiar foods and drink references. Case in point, when I was rereading Charles Dickens' Bleak House a few weekends ago and I came across this passage:
I was to take hot soup and broiled fowl, while Mr. Bucket drie ... More >>
Jeffrey Bean as Ebenezer Scrooge and James Belcher as Spirit of Christmas Present.
The Alley Theatre adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol returns in all its theatrical splendor for the 16th time.
This adaptation, by Michael Wilson, premiered at the Alley i ... More >>
Consummate hostess: Dolley Madison.5. Dolley Madison. Forget about Martha Stewart. As First Lady, Madison took the role of hostess to a whole new level, earning accolades for her brilliant dress, witty conversation, and terrific dinner menus. And she had moxie as well domestic graces: She off ... More >>
There's no use trying to hide it -- we're a sucker for A Christmas Carol. Any version of it can grab our attention; we've read the original countless times; the magic is always there.Charles Dickens was in somewhat dire straits. His wife was pregnant yet again, and the serialization of Martin Chuzzl ... More >>
Opera in the Heights is presenting its final performance of Il Tabarro and Pagliacci this Saturday. The shows, by Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Adami respectively, premiered in the 1890s but still have a heck of a punch. Houston Press arts writer D. L. Groover said of the shows, "Puccini and Leonc ... More >>
Photos courtesy of Galveston IslandLast year, after the all-round drenching and destruction that the Strand Historic Landmark District in Galveston took on in Hurricane Ike, the annual presentation of the Dickens on the Strand was a shadow of its former self.
Three months wasn't nearly enou ... More >>