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Classic Christmas: Nat King Cole's The Christmas Song

8 years ago by Jeff Balke
Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. Originally titled The Magic of Christmas, when it was released in 1963, this collection of Christmas songs was basically cobbled together in support of what many -- myself included...

I Wish You Love at Ensemble Doesn't Quite Capture the Nat King Cole Magic

6 years ago by Jim Tommaney
The setup: I Wish You Love is not a biopic of Nat King Cole, but rather a slice-of-life segment of a single year in his life, 1957. Essentially, it is trip down memory lane, composed primarily of a performer singing Nat King Cole's songs, interspersed with some backstage material, and...

Welcome to Autumn: Songs of the Season by Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, George Strait, Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond, Neil Young, Kinks, U2, White Stripes, Green Day, Yo La Tengo, ABBA and More

12 years ago by Chris Gray
This afternoon, as Rocks Off was editing an article for next week's print edition, I realized it will be October when the issue hits the stands next week. Where has the year gone? Where all the other ones go, I guess. Rocks Off can also already feel himself growing more...

Natalie Cole

8 years ago by William Michael Smith
Few children of superstars ever seem to get out from under the cloud of their famous parents, but jazz legend Nat King Cole's daughter Natalie has certainly carved out her own space in modern popular music. And while she burst onto the scene in 1975 with Aretha Franklin-style R&B hits...

Cole Hearted

Tall, dapper, smoother than silk and able to make white America swoon during the segregated '50s, Nat King Cole was a helluva role model for a black kid. That's the premise behind Gregory Porter's Nat King Cole and Me -- A Musical Healing, currently playing at the Ensemble Theatre. The...

Best Bets This Weekend: Brunch, Overwatch, and the Downtown Rodeo Parade {UPDATED]

1 month ago by Natalie de la Garza
Not only is rodeo season upon us, we’ve found plenty for you to do, including eating everyone’s favorite meal, walking for a cause, and taking in some art.

SPA Journey Through Strange Lands With Nat Geo Photographer

7 months ago by Sam Byrd
Society for the Performing Arts will present "Stranger in a Strange Land" with photographer Jodi Cobb at 8 p.m. on Oct 15 at Jones Hall. She'll walk the audience through the work she's performed and issues she's covered including visual presentations and personal stories.

Lady of Agreda Wasn't the Flying Nun But That Didn't Stop Her Mystical Travels [UPDATED]

1 month ago by Margaret Downing
A new musical based on the life of a cloistered-in-Spain nun who somehow ministered to people in the 17th Century New World by means of bilocation is about to debut at Queensbury Theatre. Lady of Agreda, A Mystical Journey with book by Marley Singletary and music and lyrics by Cynthia...

10 Old School Christmas Albums Worth a Listen

4 months ago by Jeff Balke
If you appreciate Christmas music at all — if you don't, we're going to have to ask you to leave — you have probably heard every Christmas carol and song known to mankind. And there have been dozens of versions of every tune done in every style of music imaginable...

Openings and Closings: Common Bond Heights Open, International Smoke Closes

4 months ago by Lorretta Ruggiero
Common Bond Cafe and Bakery, 449 W. 19th, opened December 5.  This is the third location for the European-style bakery in Houston. The first opened in Montrose in 2014 followed by a location in the Texas Medical Center in March 2019. There is also a planned location for Understory food...

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