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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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The Arts Venue Houston Deserved: Jones Hall Turns 50

Posted on · Fifty years ago today, on Oct. 3 1966, Houston’s Jones Hall for the Performing Arts held its first concert, hosting the Houston Symphony – which still calls the hall home today. Other organizations have called it home over the years too, like the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Ballet and Society for the Performing Arts. […]

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What Awaits in the New Season for Houston Performing Arts — A Preview of the Theater District Open House

Posted on · This Sunday (Aug. 28, 2016) from noon to 5 p.m. is the annual Theater District Open House, where Houston many theater and arts organizations showcase their upcoming seasons and allow patrons to get a behind-the-scenes view of how they operate. This week, Houston Public Media’s arts and culture team has been talking with folks from […]

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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 […]