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Houston Poet Kristi Beer Reads Her Poem ‘Snapshot’

Posted on · In this first installment of the 2017 edition of Houston Public Media’s poetry series Voices and Verses, produced by Catherine Lu, we meet Houston poet, Kristi Beer, and hear an intimate and evocative poem called Snapshot. Kristi Beer works for the nonprofit literary organization, Inprint. She has a B.A. from the University of Iowa and […]

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Gregory Pardlo on Being Rejected By Publishers

Posted on · April is National Poetry Month, and tonight (April 3, 2017), poets Ada Limón and Gregory Pardlo will give a reading as a part of Inprint’s Margarett Root Brown Reading Series. Houston Public Media’s Catherine Lu recently spoke with Pardlo about his work and his collection of poetry called Digest, which won him the Pulitzer Prize […]

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Going from Introvert to Slam Poet: Inside the Bayou City Poetry Slam Fest

Posted on · (L-R: Poets Savannah Blue and Rain. Photo: Catherine Lu, Houston Public Media) Slam poetry performers from around the country are converging on Houston Friday and Saturday (March 24-25, 2017) for the Bayou City Poetry Slam Festival at the Houston Community College Performing Arts Center and the Alley Theatre. Houston Public Media’s Catherine Lu talked with Savannah […]

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A Lesson in Tap Dancing From Choreographer Jason Samuels Smith

Posted on · Emmy Award-winning tap dancer and choreographer Jason Samuels Smith was in Houston last week (Feb. 9, 2017) to give a master class on tap at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center in Meyerland. And we wondered: could he teach all of Houston to tap over the radio? He dropped by our Geary Performance Studio to […]

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A News Open Line: Tuesday’s Show (February 14, 2017)

Posted on · Amid a White House characterizing the media as the “opposition party,” instant feedback – both positive and negative – via social media, coarsened public discourse on, well, everything that seems to even challenge objective facts, and long-standing debate in the public – and in media itself — over the role journalists should play, it can […]

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Grammy Winner Leads the Houston Symphony in Handel’s “Messiah”

Posted on · The Houston Symphony performs Handel’s Messiah this weekend (Dec. 16-18), featuring Grammy-winning conductor Stephen Stubbs in his Houston Symphony debut leading the concert from the harpsichord. The piece tells the story of Jesus Christ’s nativity, passion, resurrection, and ascension. Stuctured in three parts and includes famous melodies “Ev’ry Valley” and the glorious “Hallelujah Chorus” All concerts will take […]

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Mercury Celebrates Holiday Season With “A Mexican Baroque Christmas”

Posted on · When you think of traditional holiday music, you might not think of Mexico. But the local chamber ensemble Mercury will highlight the sacred sounds of 17th-century Mexico with performances of A Mexican Baroque Christmas through Dec. 3. It’s part of the ensemble’s Neighborhood Concert Series. To learn more about the program – and to hear […]

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Revamping Foster Care and Building Better Suburbs: Wednesday’s Show (November 30, 2016)

Posted on · In March, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denied an attempt by the State of Texas to pause a revamp of its foster care system. The court appointed two Special Masters to oversee the system revamp. Francis McGovern and Kevin Ryan began their appointed positions in April. Then, earlier this  month, the Special Masters […]

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Houston Symphony Choir Turns 70

Posted on · Seventy years ago tomorrow (Oct. 29, 1946), the Houston Symphony Chorus held its first rehearsal. To learn more about the official choral performance arm of the Houston Symphony, which is directed by Andrés Orozco Estrada, we hear from the chorus’ director Betsy Cook Weber. This piece was produced by Houston Public Media’s Catherine Lu.

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METRO Redesign Update: Friday’s Show (October 28, 2016)

Posted on · It’s been about 14 months since METRO redesigned its bus routes in Houston. When the redesign was launched, METRO touted it as a means to provide “simpler, faster, more frequent service.” A little over a year in, did it work? Has ridership increased? What still needs to be improved? On this edition of Houston Matters, we […]

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Ben Kingsley Performs ‘Peter and the Wolf’ With the Houston Symphony

Posted on · This Saturday (Sept. 17, 2016), the Houston Symphony, under the direction of conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada, will perform Prokofiev’s classic children’s story set to music, Peter and the Wolf. And that’s a bit of a departure for the symphony in terms of a season opener – at least until you learn who’s narrating it: actor and […]

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Segregation, Construction Numbers and Ben Kingsley: Thursday’s Show (September 15, 2016)

Posted on · Almost like a drumbeat, Houstonians know – and love to repeat – the notion that we are the “most diverse city in America.” And Dr. Stephen Klineberg, co-founder of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, says that’s correct. Houston exhibits something called “the entropy index,” meaning our city comes closer than any other […]

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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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Houston Poet Conor Bracken

Posted on · April is the 20th annual National Poetry Month. In conjunction, each Monday this month we’re meeting Houston-based poets. On this edition, we meet Conor Bracken. Originally from Virginia, Bracken teaches and writes in Houston. His work has been published in — or forthcoming from — Handsome, the minnesota review, Ninth Letter, Puerto del Sol, and Thrush Poetry Journal, among […]

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The Art of Three Generations Combines in One Performance of Poetry and Dance

Posted on · Over the past year or so, we’ve been sharing the stories of Houstonians who’ve followed in the career footsteps of their loved ones in our occasional series The Family Business. However, today we bring you the story of a family whose members, with each passing generation, tried to rebel against the family business, which was […]