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Texas Music Festival Provides an Escape for Venezuelan Violist

Posted on · Music offers an escape for musician Abraham Martin. He plays the viola, and rehearsing and performing helps him escape a little from the ongoing turmoil in his home country of Venezuela. Lately, he’s been escaping a little bit more during the intense four weeks of training and rehearsing for the Texas Music Festival at the […]

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Rec Room Stages Stravinsky’s Once-Riotous ‘Rite of Spring’

Posted on · (Above: Performers from Rec Room’s production of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet “The Rite of Spring.” Photo: Natasha Gorel) When Igor Stravinsky’s famous — and perhaps infamous — ballet: The Rite of Spring premiered in Paris in 1913, it caused riots in the streets with the almost primitive sounds of the music – and equally primitive choreography depicting a story […]

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‘Jenny’s Law’ Protects Rape Victims, and DA Kim Ogg Fields Questions: Thursday’s Show (June 15, 2017)

Posted on · Harris County crime victims have more protection now. That’s because of legislation Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed earlier this month. Jenny’s Law is named in honor of a rape survivor who was held in the Harris County Jail in 2015 to ensure her testimony. The law goes into effect Sept 1. On this edition of […]

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Adapting Orwell’s ‘1984’ for the Stage

Posted on · George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four is perhaps the best-known depiction of a fictional, authoritarian dystopia where constant surveillance, distortion of facts, history, and language and subtle (or event overt) government oppression are important themes. Even for those who haven’t read it, the idea of “Big Brother is watching you” has found its way into the culture, and […]

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The Second Annual Houston Matters Spelling Bee

Posted on · On Wednesday (May 31, 2017), the best 12- to 14-year-old spellers from across the country will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Among them are two competitors from the Greater Houston area: Shourav Dasari, the 2017 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee champion, and Raksheet Kota, the runner up. We wish them well, of course, […]

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How the Zapruder Film Changed One Family — and the Nation

Posted on · The idea of citizen journalism is fairly familiar these days. We’re used to seeing video footage on the news shot by someone with a smartphone. But one of the first, prominent such instances is the Zapruder film — 26 seconds of footage a bystander named Abraham Zapruder took of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy […]

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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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Study Examines How and Where ‘Near-Misses’ Happen on Houston Roads

Posted on · (Above: An illustration of some common “near-misses” Houston cyclists and pedestrians face on Houston roads. Images Courtesy: Kinder Institute for Urban Research.) We’ve all had near-misses on Houston roads – moments where we just dodged an accident. It could be a host of things, from changing lanes and not realizing there was someone in your […]

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Near Misses on Houston Roads, and SB 4 Court Battle: Thursday’s Show (May 17, 2017)

Posted on · We’ve all had near-misses on Houston roads — moments when we just dodged an accident, while changing lanes and not realizing there’s someone in a blind spot, or not being seen by a speeding car while riding a bike. A team of researchers recently studied that latter experience – and ones like it. Dian Nostikasari […]

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How a Selfie Got Felicia Day Her Dream Job

Posted on · (Above: Actress Felicia Day. Image Courtesy: FeliciaDay.com) Felicia Day is a noted actress, writer, and all-around major figure in the so-called “geek” community. Some of her earliest appearances were in her own web series The Guild and Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog. More recently, she’s appeared in Supernatural, Eureka, and now the revival of Mystery Science […]

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Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee on Genetics, MTS3K Cast, and Felicia Day: Friday’s Show (May 12, 2017)

Posted on · What happens when a machine begins to read its own instruction manual? No, I’m not talking about Skynet (from the Terminator films) but rather humanity’s rapidly increasing understanding of its genome – the code that makes us who were are. We’ve mapped it and identified genes that lead to certain disorders. So could we someday just turn some of those genes […]