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Joel Sandel Takes Center Stage in Main Street Theater's Virtual RFK

10 days ago by D. L. Groover
It should be stated often and loudly, Houston is blessed by a host of the finest acting talent anywhere. Naming them would be obscene, for I would surely forget to mention one of them and all hell would break loose. But standing center stage, with pennants flying, is most certainly...

Bill Flanagan Turns Back the Hands of Time in Music-Themed Novel

1 month ago by Bob Ruggiero
While time travel and body switching plots are common in books and films, few have ever waded deeply into musical territory. In Bill Flanagan’s new novel Fifty in Reverse (Tiller Press), 65-year-old Patrick Wyatt goes to sleep in 2020, but wakes up as his high-school freshman self in 1970 –...

Remembering Macario Ramirez, the Embodiment of Mexican American Culture

4 months ago by Charlotte Perry Aguilar
His own personal history was captivating — brutally hot summers in his childhood spent as a migrant farmworker with his immigrant parents and six siblings, a friend of Cesar Chavez as a young Chicano activist, a language adviser with the U.S. Department of Defense who braved the hotspots of South...

Le Colonial

Le Colonial, one of the many new eateries in the River Oaks District complex, near the Uptown/Galleria area, is an upscale Vietnamese concept brought to Houston by restaurateurs Rick Wahlstedt and...
Vietnamese, French

We’re Going to Need to Build a Memorial When COVID-19 is Over

6 months ago by Jef Rouner
As of this writing, the coronavirus COVID-19 has killed 44,234 people. That is more than died fighting in seven American wars, and by the end of April the number will almost certainly be larger than the causalities our soldiers suffered in both the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. In Texas, 477...

Openings and Closings Take-out for the Long Haul

6 months ago by Lorretta Ruggiero
As you may have noticed, the Openings and Closings column has been focused on restaurants around Houston that  have turned to take-out and delivery to make it through the current coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions on dining in. However, we actually have a recently opened food truck and a restaurant...

Upcoming Houston Food Events: Rodeo-Style Kolache and a Final Family Meal

8 months ago by Brooke Viggiano
Mark your calendars, because you don’t want to miss these deliciously fun culinary happenings: The Roastery Coffee Kitchen has joined forces with cult-favorite Truth BBQ to create a special edition kolache, available throughout Rodeo season at the Buffalo Heights, Heights and San Felipe Roastery locations. The Texas-sized kolache ($6) features...

Southern (Rock) Man: Marshall Tucker Band's Doug Gray on Their Rich Past and Busy Present

8 months ago by Bob Ruggiero
For many people, remembering where they were and what they were doing on any given New Year’s Eve is an effort hampered by time, memory, or alcohol. But Doug Gray recalls exactly where he was more than four decades ago when the year 1978 rolled into 1979: Onstage at the...

Language Fails and War Happens in Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue at Main Street

9 months ago by Natalie de la Garza
Main Street Theater mounts the first play of Quiara Alegría Hudes’s Elliot Trilogy, Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue, about a 19-year-old Iraq War veteran.

Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue: Points and Counterpoints at Main Street Theater

9 months ago by Margaret Downing
A fugue is defined as a short melody or phrase introduced in one part and then taken up by the following parts, all woven together. It is also defined as a state of loss of a person's identity, sometimes accompanied by a departure from a person's usual environment. Both definitions...

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