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Four Thoughts on the Houston Texans Trade For RB Duke Johnson

1 month ago by Sean Pendergast
In what was about as busy a week as a team can have on the field early in training camp — travel to Green Bay, multiple practices with the Packers, planning for and playing a preseason game — the Texans managed to accomplish some things off the field, too, namely...

Ross Hammond and the American Primitive Network

1 day ago by Jef Rouner
When you think of underground music, you think of the extreme and the forbidden. Groups rapping in basements or East German punks holed up in churches to escape state censure. You don’t usually picture quiet, guitar-driven dad music, but there is this amazing network of house shows and cafes keeping...

The Winter's Tale at the Alley Picks Up With a Move to the Country

2 days ago by D. L. Groover
All hail Bohemia! Alley Theatre's handsome production finally catches sunshine when it moves to the exotic land far away from dour Sicilia, where the play begins. Officially Act IV in Shakespeare's radiantly transparent yet complex fairy tale, The Winter's Tale, the Bohemia sequence is Shakespeare as jester. He tosses off...

Most Batman Villains Would Have Made a More Interesting Solo Movie Than Joker

12 days ago by Jef Rouner
No, I haven’t seen Joker yet, though I have to eventually because I netted a gig talking about the role of evil clowns as the protagonist in media for an academic anthology. Mostly based on a piece I wrote about Joker. My life is very weird. And yes, I’ve seen...

The Wittliff Collections Save Texas Music History for the Ages...and the Public

15 days ago by Bob Ruggiero
In the spring of 1956, 16-year-old William Dale Wittliff from Blanco, Texas decided that he really, really wanted to see a hot young singer named Elvis Presley who was giving a show at San Antonio’s Municipal Auditorium. So he and two buddies got in a car with Wittliff at the...

Best Bets This Weekend: Wit, Ask Me Another, Supernatural Death Corps

16 days ago by Susie Tommaney
Houston Ballet kicks off its 50th anniversary season with the supernatural Giselle, the Houston Equity Festival explores the human connection in Wit, and Broadway powerhouse Kristin Chenoweth headlines NPR's Ask Me Another. Rounding out this weekend in Houston is an expo for indie gamers and designers, a doo-wop Stages production at...

Museum of Dysfunction X: A Festival of Short, Weird Plays

Saturday, September 21, 8:00PM @ Chelsea Market
Since 2008, Mildred’s Umbrella (MU) has celebrated the dark, quirky, and absurd with a collection of short pieces submitted by emerging and established playwrights. Now in its tenth year, MUSEUM...
Theater, Theater - Openings, Theater - Small

Duke of Pearl

17 years ago by Craig D. Lindsey
Duke of Hollywood Tailors (305 Travis) is the last tailor shop left standing in NoDo. There used to be 13 tailor shops on and around this block of Travis alone. But as time wore on, and a shopping alternative known as the mall became popular, tailor shops and haberdasheries began...

Michael McDonald on the Road: It Keeps Him Runnin' This Summer

3 months ago by Bob Ruggiero
On “Hail Mary” – the opening track of Wide Open - Michael McDonald plaintively asks this question of the woman who he is desperately trying to win back: “Does the sound of my voice still carry?” And on 70+ minutes of the 2017 record of all-original material (his first in...

Decades of Duke-isms: Remembering Dr. Red Duke

4 years ago by Dianna Wray
Dr. James "Red" Duke was one of a kind. We knew him from his nationally syndicated TV news segments where the doctor, already known as the most famous trauma surgeon in the world, would talk to viewers in plain English about everything from the art of surgery to life lessons...

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