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HISD Superintendent and A-List Concerts: Houston Matters for Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

For the last five years, Terry Grier has served as the Superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, the seventh largest public school district in the nation, and the largest in Texas. On this edition of Houston Matters, in advance of a new school year, we welcome your questions for Superintendent Grier about public education […]

For the last five years, Terry Grier has served as the Superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, the seventh largest public school district in the nation, and the largest in Texas.

On this edition of Houston Matters, in advance of a new school year, we welcome your questions for Superintendent Grier about public education in Houston. While we’ll discuss a variety of issues relating to education, mostly, we’ll offer parents, teachers, students and Houstonians in general a chance to speak directly with the superintendent.

Also this hour, from a mother kicked out of a restaurant for changing her baby’s diaper at her table, to allegations of improper use of chemicals in fracking, we contemplate The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of this week’s news with our rotating panel of “non-experts.” We’re joined today by Houston Chronicle columnist Lisa Falkenberg, Texas Originals producer Paul Pendergraft, and area comedian Ty Mahany.

And: The coming weeks feature all manner of A-list rock and pop talent stopping through Greater Houston. Among the performers: Chris Isaak at the Arena Theatre tonight, Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Spring tomorrow night, One Direction at NRG Stadium on Aug. 22, and the Backstreet Boys Aug. 31 at the Woodlands Pavilion. Older rockers are rolling through too: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Crosby, Stills, and Nash and Steely Dan are all playing Houston this month, as are Buddy Guy, Ted Nugent, Panic at the Disco, Jesse McCartney, Better Than Ezra, The Polyphonic Spree, Brand New, and more. We discuss who’s worth catching live in concert, and who you’re better off skipping, with Corey Deiterman, who writes about music for the Houston Press.

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