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Rodeo Preview and Galveston Artist Residency: Friday’s show (February 27, 2015)

This year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo officially kicks off Tuesday (3/3/15) and continues through March 22. It’s been a part of the city’s fabric since 1932. On today’s Houston Matters, we go behind the scenes to learn about the preparations leading up to this year’s Rodeo. Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin tours NRG Park with Dan Cheney, […]


This year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo officially kicks off Tuesday (3/3/15) and continues through March 22. It’s been a part of the city’s fabric since 1932. On today’s Houston Matters, we go behind the scenes to learn about the preparations leading up to this year’s Rodeo. Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin tours NRG Park with Dan Cheney, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of the Rodeo.

VIDEO: Recent Oscar winning-musician John Legend will perform Friday, March 6th at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Also: Health professionals are meeting Friday (2/27/15) at the University of Houston for the second Latino Health Summit. The day-long conference brings together educators and health professionals to discuss and strategize on addressing the key health issues affecting Greater Houston’s Latino population – from obesity, to cancer, to encouraging more Latinos to go into health careers. Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty talks with Dr. Norma Olvera, Director of the Latino Health Disparities Lab at the University of Houston, about the conference and why the health of Greater Houston’s Hispanic population is important to all of us.

Then: A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of it all. On today’s panel: Houston Chronicle columnist Lisa Falkenberg, parenting blogger Fred Goodall, and University of St. Thomas College Republicans Chairman Vlad Davidiuk. They consider the good, bad, and ugly of the state’s economic outlook, bank robberies in Houston, and Fulshear’s creative approach to ensuring safe Craigslist transactions for its citizens.

Plus: Artist residencies generally offer places to selected artists, writers, or academics to retreat from the world and pursue their work, free of rules and deadlines, often in a setting far off the grid. The Galveston Artist Residency, however, offers an urban island setting, featuring a landscape of dichotomies, quirks, and just enough funkiness to inspire fresh ideas. Houston Matters’ Paige Phelps has the details.

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