Margaret Downing is the editor-in-chief who oversees the Houston Press newsroom and its online publication. She frequently writes on a wide range of subjects.
12 hours ago | Opera
Marian Anderson was an accomplished singer of classical music and spirituals who grew up at a time that was not welcoming to African American performers of any kind in the United States. Her story of perseverance and undeniable talent is legendary...
1 day ago | Stage
Moments after the 9/11 attacks in 2001 and the resulting air traffic chaos and shutdown, nearly 7,000 airborne passengers were diverted to Gander International Airport, located in a small town in Newfoundland. Over the next few days, most of the w...
10 days ago | Dance
Maybe there are some very good reasons that Carabosse places a curse on Princess Aurora. Well, if not good, then at least understandable. After all, it's something most of us can identify with: Feelings of sadness, embarrassment and anger when eve...
13 days ago | Opera
Sometimes, you just can't make up what happens in real life. And sometimes that real life story is just too good and larger than life to pass up. Composer Evan Mack and librettist Joshua McGuire, who've worked in tandem on a lot of new ...
15 days ago | Stage
Don't have a clue as to who Harold Arlen was? How about if we run a few of the songs whose music he composed by you? Say, for instance: "Stormy Weather," "Let's Fall in Love," or the immortal "Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead." Yes, he was the compose...
16 days ago | Stage
Jahmaul Bakare has never played a god before, never been on a national Broadway Tour before for that matter either but he's now doing both with Once On This Island, winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Bakare plays Agw...