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Alton Brown and His Culinary Variety Show Come to Houston

"Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour" comes to the Cullen Performance Hall at the University of Houston on April 4. The original 7 p.m. show in Houston on Saturday sold out, so another one has been added for 3 p.m. (Let's hope Brown doesn't run out of steam after putting on two high-energy shows on the same day. That sounds like a lot of work!) As of press time, orchestra-level seats were still available. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased here.

The show promises to be full of the same wonderful madness that spawned creations on Brown's long-running hit show Good Eats such as yeast puppets and chocolate pushers. In an emailed response, he says audiences can expect "a culinary variety show complete with live music, puppets, audience participation, comedy, and some very large, very strange, potentially dangerous culinary demonstrations."

So you have been warned. If you're sitting in the front rows, don't wear anything you care about, as things are going to get messy. Attendees in the strike zone will be offered rain ponchos, and might also be called upon to be culinary assistants.

We asked Brown some other questions about his long run on Good Eats, what he thinks of Houston and, of course, what he thinks of Peter Capaldi as the current Doctor Who. Well, these things are important.

EOW: What was your biggest lesson learned from Good Eats?

AB: Never ever talk down to your audience.

EOW: When you think "Houston," what kind of food and culinary scene comes to mind?

AB: Vibrant, evolving, local.

EOW: What are some of your current favorite eateries (anywhere, not just Houston).

AB: Fong's Pizza, Des Moines, Iowa

EOW: You requested (and received) restaurant suggestions via Twitter. Did you get any that you think might be good?

AB: I never think about whether they'll be good or not. I just go where the fans send me.

EOW: Best tour moment so far?

AB: Selling out the Fox Theater in Atlanta, my hometown.

EOW: You're hosting the James Beard Awards this year. What do you think of that?

AB: Well, it's my third time hosting, but I am a bit surprised they asked me back.

EOW: Favorite Doctor? I don't think the red jacket lining is enough of a statement for Doctor Number 12, do you?

AB: #12 is really growing on me. I like the darkness. And yeah, the red lining is enough.

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Phaedra Cook
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