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Veterans Retreats and Street Harassment: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

Posted on · The 2007 best-selling book (and 2013 film adaptation) Lone Survivor  tells the story of Navy SEAL and Houston native Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of a gun battle during a mission in Afghanistan in 2005. Luttrell was badly wounded, and wasn’t rescued until several days after the battle.  It’s a harrowing story, but as is […]

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The Art of Japanese Noh Theater Masks

Posted on · We learn about an exhibit featuring carved wooden masks from the Japanese tradition of Noh theater, where actors would wear these elegantly hand-crafted masks. The exhibit, Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi, runs Oct. 25, 2014, through Feb. 15, 2015, at the Asia Society Texas Center. We hear from curator Bridget Bray and artist Bidou Yamaguchi.

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Post-Election Analysis, The Full Menu, and NEA Chair: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

Posted on · Republicans across Texas celebrated another sweep of statewide offices Tuesday night. Greg Abbott was elected Governor, and Dan Patrick Lieutenant Governor. Sid Miller was elected Agriculture Commissioner, George P. Bush won his bid for General Land Office Commissioner, Glenn Hegar becomes the new Comptroller, and Ryan Sitton was elected Railroad Commissioner. U.S. Senator John Cornyn […]

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Project Row Houses: Solving Affordable Housing Issues with Art

Posted on · You might be familiar with Project Row Houses. For the past 20 years, the non-profit has renovated shotgun-style houses in Houston’s historic Third Ward and turned them into art installations and affordable housing for low-income residents. Last month, founder Rick Lowe was named a 2014 MacArthur Fellow, commonly known as a MacArthur genius award. It […]

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Exhibit Pays Tribute to the Men and Women of the Houston Ship Channel

Posted on · Nearly 100 years ago, on Nov. 10, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson presided over the opening of the Houston Ship Channel. According to the Port Authority, each year the 52-mile channel serves around 8,000 vessels and more than 200 million tons of cargo that move through the Port of Houston. Needless to say, the Ship Channel […]

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Notice Anything Different About Your Neighborhood Recycling Truck Lately?

Posted on · Each week, the City of Houston’s fleet of green recycling trucks rolls through the streets of Houston, collecting glass, paper and plastic. And each week they always look the same. But recently, you might have spotted a handful of recycling trucks that are a little more visually interesting than just the standard issue green. Thanks […]

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Mae Jemison and the 100 Year Starship, Germophobes, and Wings of the City: Houston Matters for Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Posted on · The 100 Year Starship is an initiative to make sure progress continues toward human interstellar space travel. Its annual public symposium begins Thursday, and continues through the weekend at the George R. Brown Convention Center. One of the key figures behind the initiative is Dr. Mae Jemison. She’s a former astronaut — the first African-American woman […]

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Veterans, Bitcoin, and the Art of Radio Waves: Houston Matters for Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Posted on · This week, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced a plan to improve the speed of veteran care. President Obama promised military veterans at the American Legion national convention that he would fulfill his “sacred trust” to them by overhauling a system deemed “unacceptable and troubling” by an inspector general’s report highlighting a Phoenix VA hospital where there […]

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Archway Gallery Allows Houston Artists to Control How Their Art is Shown and Sold

Posted on · We learn about Houston’s Archway Gallery, which is owned by a cooperative of local artists. This allows the artists — spanning a variety of media — to control how their art is shown and sold to the public. We learn more about the gallery from artist/member John Slaby.

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Transitional Artifacts: An Art Exhibit Constantly in Flux

Posted on · When you go see an art exhibit, it might be easy to think “once you’ve seen it – you’ve seen it.” Or if you really loved it maybe you’ll go see it again – or take a loved one. But in most cases there’s not necessarily any new elements added to the exhibit the second or […]