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Houston Artist Krista Birnbaum

Posted on · Houston artist Krista Birnbaum loves sharing her art with the city, especially when she was commissioned to create a piece for the new international terminal at Hobby Airport. She’s inspired by nature and explains where her love of art came from. (Above: Artist Krista Birnbaum’s work “Roadside Attraction” on display in the new international terminal at […]

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A Mother’s Remarkable Experience with Her Sons at the Theater

Posted on · We hear a story about a mother who took her sons to the theater for the first time and had an unexpected experience. The story is told by Janette Cosley, executive director of the Ensemble Theatre of Houston, which focuses on productions benefiting a multicultural audience. This segment was produced by Houston Public Media’s Abner Fletcher.

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How the ‘Rocky’ Theme Became the Personal Anthem for Outgoing Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski

Posted on · (Above:Michael Krajewski served as the Houston Symphony’s principal pops conductor for 17 years before his final concerts May 26-28, 2017. Photo: Derek Stokely | Houston Public Media)For well over a decade, Michael Krajewski has had an inside joke with Houston audiences: he likes to pump up the crowd and add a little pizzazz to the […]

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‘Fun Home’ Peers Into the Inner Workings of Families and Relationships

Posted on · The musical Fun Home won five Tony Awards in 2015, including best musical. Now it’s on tour at Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars May 16-28, 2017. Fun Home is an in-depth look at how families operate and relate. It’s based on a graphic novel memoir called Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by cartoonist Alison Bechdel. […]

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Society for the Performing Arts Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

Posted on · (Above: The interior of Houston’s Jones Hall. Image Courtesy: SPA Houston) The Houston-based Society for the Performing Arts is somewhat unique in the region’s arts scene because it features, well, a little bit of everything. SPA performances range from musical acts to puppetry shows to dance companies to appearances by authors. This year, SPA celebrates its 50th anniversary […]

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Songs of Revelry, Love and Scorn at Saint Arnold Brewery

Posted on · (Above: Performers from Prima Volta, an organization made up of classical singers, mostly graduates from the University of Houston: (L-R) Heath Martin, baritone, Anna Diemer, soprano, Megan Berti, mezzo-soprano, Brian Yeakley, tenor, Andreea Muţ, pianist. Photo: Randy Eckman) Prima Volta is a local organization made up of classical singers, mostly graduates from the University of Houston. Every […]

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Dance Salad Festival: Turning Shakespeare into Modern Dance

Posted on · This week (April 13-15, 2017), dance troupes spanning genres and countries are descending on Houston for the annual Dance Salad Festival from the Houston International Dance Coalition. One such group is the Susanna Leinonen Company of Finland, which will perform two pieces: a modern dance interpretation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and a contemporary piece called […]

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Marilu Henner Discusses Her Career and Highly Accurate Memory

Posted on · (Above: Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse posing with actress Marilu Henner before an interview in 2000 and again in 2017. Right Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media) On Thursday (April 6, 2017), actress and author Marilu Henner will be the keynote speaker at the 10th annual Conference Celebrating Women, being held at Moody Gardens in Galveston. […]

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Political Roundup, and The Full Menu: Wednesday’s Show (April 5, 2017)

Posted on · It’s time again for our weekly political roundup and analysis of national, state and local political stories — with an eye toward how they might affect Houston and Texas. This week, we discuss everything from President Trump meeting with several global leaders this week (including President Xi Jinping from China), his son-in-law’s visit to Iraq, Supreme […]