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Galveston Tour Takes Visitors to Sacred Places

Posted on · The Galveston Historical Foundation is hosting its Sacred Places Tour on Saturday. They’ll highlight several churches of different faiths to talk about their architecture and history in Galveston. The tour will benefit the foundation’s ongoing restoration of St. Joseph’s Church. It’s the oldest wooden church building in Galveston, and the Historical Foundation says it’s the […]

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Our Optometrist Answers Your Vision Questions

Posted on · As if nearsightedness, farsightedness, double vision, cataracts, and macular degeneration weren’t enough, there’s a new malady in town – digital eye strain. Yep, too many of us are using too many digital devices too much, and we’re freaking out our eyes!! Whether that’s a concern, or you just want to know why it is you […]

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Is Texas’ Long War with the EPA Over Air Quality Finally Ending?

Posted on · For years, the State of Texas and the federal Environmental Protection Agency have clashed over regulations covering major air pollution sources, like refineries. Now, that longstanding legal dispute may be giving way – somewhat. Last week, Texas and the EPA reached a deal on portions of the state’s clean air plan, concerning the state’s “flexible […]

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Andy Huggins Discusses a Life in Comedy

Posted on · We learn about veteran Houston comedian Andy Huggins, who’s an alum of both The Comedy Store in Los Angeles and Houston’s Comedy Workshop. He was one of the Texas Outlaw Comics in the 1980s, which included Riley Barber, Steve Epstein, John Farneti, Jimmy Pineapple and Bill Hicks. More: Hear Houston Matters’ interview with local comedians, including Andy […]

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Events Planned to Mark 50 Years Since Rothko Chapel Commission

Posted on · In 1964, Houston philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil commissioned the famed Russian-born American painter Mark Rothko to create the Rothko Chapel, a sacred space for both art and contemplation located in the city’s museum district. Now, 50 years after the commission, there’s a series of events reflecting on the artist and his work planned […]

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What Are the Virtues of Alternative Education — Montessori, Homeschooling & Online?

Posted on · You may have heard that this is “School Choice Week” – it’s an awareness campaign to promote alternative education options. Some see that as code for school vouchers. For others, it represents a desire to highlight the fact there are lots of educational options out there. It’s with the latter in mind that we highlight […]

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Vocalist Discusses Her Transition from Opera to Jazz

Posted on · Jazz singer Danielle Reich grew up playing the piano and singing, and for a while performed with the Houston Grand Opera Chorus. But eventually she decided opera was too stressful but wanted to keep singing. So she starting taking lessons in jazz vocals at Houston Community College. But, as she tells Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty, […]

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Conference Provides Resources for Houston Early Childhood Educators

Posted on · Every year the Harris County Department of Childhood Education hosts an event for early childhood educators in Houston. The idea is to provide a learning environment for teachers to come together to share teaching strategies and best practices and to socialize. This year, the conference will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to […]

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Houston: The Craft Beer Capital of Texas; And Talking Texas Wine

Posted on · Earlier this month, Mayor Annise Parker announced a new craft beer event coming to Houston this fall. And ‘DRAFT Magazine’ recently named a few Houston bars on its list of ‘America’s 100 Best Beer Bars‘. These are just some examples of how the craft beer industry is flourishing in Houston, and in Texas. Enthusiasts say […]

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Auschwitz Survivor Runs Into Prison Guard in Long-Forgotten Opera

Posted on · This month, the Houston Grand Opera will perform The Passenger. It’s an opera that takes place in the 1950s on a cruise ship where one woman, a former SS guard at Auschwitz, is convinced she recognizes a prisoner she thought had perished at the camp. The story switches between the present-day and flashbacks to the guard […]

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Are Driverless Cars in Houston’s Future?

Posted on · The folks at Google have been busy these days working on ways to re-think the modern car. A new alliance with several automakers is intended to help build out android operating systems in cars to improve navigation and other built-in electronic functions. But that’s small potatoes – near future thinking. Google’s also been lobbying in […]