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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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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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A Lesson in Tap Dancing From Choreographer Jason Samuels Smith

Posted on · Emmy Award-winning tap dancer and choreographer Jason Samuels Smith was in Houston last week (Feb. 9, 2017) to give a master class on tap at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center in Meyerland. And we wondered: could he teach all of Houston to tap over the radio? He dropped by our Geary Performance Studio to […]

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A News Open Line: Tuesday’s Show (February 14, 2017)

Posted on · Amid a White House characterizing the media as the “opposition party,” instant feedback – both positive and negative – via social media, coarsened public discourse on, well, everything that seems to even challenge objective facts, and long-standing debate in the public – and in media itself — over the role journalists should play, it can […]

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Group Combines Shakespeare with Traditional Indian Dance

Posted on · It might sound like a strange pairing – William Shakespeare and traditional Indian dance. But a Houston choreographer is exploring new territory by merging the two. News 88.7’s arts and culture reporter Amy Bishop has more on a performance uniting eastern and western art forms from Silambam Houston Indian Classical Arts. The group performs its production of […]

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The Art of Three Generations Combines in One Performance of Poetry and Dance

Posted on · Over the past year or so, we’ve been sharing the stories of Houstonians who’ve followed in the career footsteps of their loved ones in our occasional series The Family Business. However, today we bring you the story of a family whose members, with each passing generation, tried to rebel against the family business, which was […]

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Living in the Community You Serve: Friday’s Show (October 16, 2015)

Posted on · Recently, the Houston City Council contemplated whether to pay police officers more money to live in the city and closer to the communities they serve. Council members shelved the topic after struggling to find common ground. It’s not a new concept, and not unique to law enforcement. Some propose it’s beneficial for educators to live where […]

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‘Tunnel Vision’ Takes Dance Performances to Unusual Places

Posted on · People traversing downtown Houston’s underground tunnel system in October and November might stumble upon something called a “pop-up” dance performance. Michael Hagerty talked with Lydia Hance, choreographer of a series of performances called Tunnel Vision, who explains exactly what that means. Tunnel Vision takes place Mondays and Wednesdays during the noon hour in select buildings and […]

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Parking and HISD After Grier: Tuesday’s Show (October 13, 2015)

Posted on · In a sprawling metropolis like ours, where so many of us drive everywhere we go, getting there is half the battle. The other half is finding a place to park. And when you can’t find the space you want, it’s tempting to park where you’re not supposed to. On this edition of Houston Matters, we […]

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Up Close With Houston Ballet’s Lauren Anderson

Posted on · Houston Ballet made history 25 years ago when Lauren Anderson became the first African-American woman to earn a role as principal dancer at a major company. But what has changed since then? News 88.7’s Amy Bishop visited Anderson to find out. (Above: At 50 years old, ballerina-turned-teacher has the sculpted arms of an athlete and the […]

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Remembering Rita and Plan Houston: Thursday’s Show (September 24, 2015)

Posted on · Hurricane Rita made landfall ten years ago today. Fearing the worst, on the heels of Katrina, officials ordered a mass evacuation, which turned out, in many ways, to be more damaging than the storm itself. An estimated 2.5 million people tried to clear out ahead of what was initially a category five hurricane. Rita weakened […]