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Judge Ritchie Orders Halt to County Jail Release of Prisoners

23 hours ago by Margaret Downing
Friday afternoon, Judge Herb Ritchie countermanded Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo's prisoner release order and ordered a stop to any release of county jail inmates charged with a felony. In his "Order to Disregard Directive," Ritchie, the administrative judge for the Harris County Courts Trying Criminal Cases, said that all...
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Alley Theatre Announces its 2020-21 Season

1 day ago by Houston Press
The Alley Theatre today announces its 2020-21 season which includes two previously cancelled productions (Amerikan and Dead Man's Cell Phone) and five world premieres. Clue, which was to be the theater's Summer Chills offering, will now be the season opener starting in mid-September. Three of the plays being presented were...
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Abbott Says Texas Has Enough Hospital Beds, While COVID-19 Cases Continue to Increase

2 days ago by Margaret Downing
In his press conference Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said at present there are enough hospital beds — more than 19,000 remain available — to handle the state's needs for coronavirus patients. He and Dr. John Zerwas, Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs of the University of Texas System, also...
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Let's Keep Going

2 days ago by Margaret Downing
In today's Houston Press you'll read a story about the A.D. Players announcing their 2020-21 season, one in which they'll be premiering two commissioned works. We have to admire their enterprise and optimism. Our writer John Amar earlier this week told the stories of several artists busy adapting to present...
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Any Of You Weirdos Still Watching Contagion?

2 days ago by Pete Vonder Haar
Among the — to me — more surprising revelations during the opening weeks of this, the Great Pandemic of 2020, was that Steven Soderbergh's 2011 virus epic Contagion was one of the most-watched streaming movies: Contagion is currently trending on both Amazon Prime and iTunes and is in the top four...
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Openings and Closings: The Local Edition

2 days ago by Lorretta Ruggiero
We are all getting a little cranky and stir crazy as the weeks turn into possible months of quarantine and social distancing. And some of us are still not getting the idea. We are trying to support Houston's restaurants and businesses but we would like to reiterate that in doing...
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Alas Poor Yorick, No Houston Shakespeare Festival This Year. or Texas Music Festival.

2 days ago by Margaret Downing
The University of Houston has decided to postpone its much-beloved Houston Shakespeare Festival scheduled for July and August and its Texas Music Festival scheduled for June because of the coronavirus. In a group letter signed by leaders in the McGovern College of the Arts at UH, the writers say that...
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Stone Crush Revives "Lost" era of Memphis Soul & Funk

2 days ago by Bob Ruggiero
When most people think of Memphis Soul, it’s the era from the mid-‘60s to mid-‘70s where labels like Stax and Hi put out the massively popular – then and now – music by artists like Otis Redding, Al Green, Booker T. and the MG’s, Sam and Dave, Carla Thomas, and...
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A.D. Players Announces its 2020-21 Season at The George

2 days ago by Houston Press
Without naming specific dates, A.D. Players at The George has announced its 2020-21 Season beginning sometime this fall with the A.D. Players-commissioned and world premiere of Apollo 8 by Jayme McGhan, the true story of the first NASA mission to successfully orbit the moon. Sometime around Christmas, A.D. Players will present...
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Houston's 5 Best Weekend Food Bets: "To-Geaux" Gumbo, Grill Your Own Brats and More

2 days ago by Brooke Viggiano
With large gatherings banned and bars and restaurants not being fully operational at the time being, we’re doing it things a little differently this weekend, covering five fantastic to-go options from restaurants around town: Here’s a look at this weekend's best culinary happenings: To-Geaux at Brennan’s of Houston Daily, 3...

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