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Houston Bands Like The Tontons to Perform at the Free Press Summer Fest

Posted on · The annual Free Press Summer Fest is this weekend at Eleanor Tinsley Park. The two-day festival features dozens of concerts from both local and national bands. We hear from one of the event’s organizers, who talks about how the festival books acts, including local bands like The Tontons.

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Photo Exhibit Chronicles Life in Former Freedman’s Town

Posted on · FotoFest – Houston’s six-week-long, international biennial photography festival – is underway now through April 27, with photography exhibits and events around the city. This year’s FotoFest focuses on contemporary Arab video, photography and mixed media art. But there are exhibits focused on numerous other themes, including one that documents life in a little-known area near […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Coming Out in the NFL, Summer Fest Lineup & Laser Strikes: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · Former Hitchcock High School Bulldogs defensive end Michael Sam this week announced he is gay; the performers at this summer’s Free Press Summer Fest were announced this week; and the FBI is cracking down on people aiming laser pointers at airplanes: It’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston news. Our panel of non-experts convenes […]

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Houston Hosts Mardi Gras Festivities for Katrina Evacuees

Posted on · For the first time Houston is hosting its own Mardi Gras in the form of the Houston Creole Festival and Mardi Gras Parade. Before you natives of New Orleans get upset about yet another Mardi Gras festival that is not THE Mardi Gras on Bourbon street, this one is being organized specifically for Katrina evacuees […]

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Who ARE These People? Meet the Characters at the Texas Renaissance Festival

Posted on · The Texas Renaissance Festival just northwest of Houston continues each weekend through Dec.1. At 55 acres, the period European-themed village is the nation’s largest Renaissance Festival. Houston Matters’ intern Michelle Iracheta spent a day at the festival last weekend and talked to a handful of the characters.