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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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Hand to God: Cypress Native Takes on Grief and Religion With Puppets

Posted on · Houston native Robert Askins is the playwright behind Hand to God, a dark comedy set in his hometown of Cypress. It tells the story of a young man involved in the puppet ministry at his church, when his puppet – named Tyrone – becomes possessed by the devil. It’s a scenario The New Yorker described […]

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Poll Suggests Texas In Play in Presidential Race: Friday’s Show (September 9, 2016)

Posted on · On Monday (Sept. 5, 2016), the Washington Post unveiled a new poll on the U.S. presidential race, which was conducted in recent weeks in all 50 states. That it found the race tightening was not too surprising. But one revelation was: that the Post’s poll, conducted in partnership with SurveyMonkey, found Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary […]

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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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Remote Houston: Trading a Darkened Theater for the Streets of Houston

Posted on · A new production at The Alley Theatre aims to turn the idea of theatre inside out – literally. Instead of sitting down in a darkened theatre, Remote Houston sends the audience out onto the streets of Houston for a unique, participatory “live art” experience. Remote Houston runs April 12 through May 13, and Michael Hagerty talked […]

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The State of Houston’s Education: Tuesday’s Show (April 12, 2016)

Posted on · On today’s program, we continue our 2nd annual “State of Houston” series – exploring the state of Greater Houston’s economy, transportation, health, education, environment, politics and culture. Today, we look at what’s happening here in education, with News 88.7’s education reporter Laura Isensee.

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Play Takes Audiences ‘All the Way’ with LBJ

Posted on · The Alley Theatre tonight (Jan. 29, 2016) debuts All the Way, a play about Lyndon B. Johnson’s early years as president and the political maneuvering needed to pass the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. The play, from Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan, draws its name from a Johnson campaign slogan from 1964 and is […]

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LGBT Workers in the Energy Sector: Friday’s Show (January 29, 2016)

Posted on · Times are uncertain for many folks in the oil and gas industry, with crude oil prices continuing to drop. But some LGBT workers say there’s always been plenty of uncertainty in the industry for them – and maybe more so now. That uncertainty was the subject of a recent article by the Houston Chronicle’s Jordan Blum, […]

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The Foreigner: Playing a Character Who Speaks ‘Scripted Gibberish’

Posted on · As a part of its Summer Chills series, The Alley Theatre has been staging the comedy The Foreigner, by Larry Shue. Here’s the basic concept: Two Englishmen – Charlie and Froggy – visit a resort fishing lodge in rural Georgia. For reasons that are complicated, a lie is told. The lie: that Charlie is from […]