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Honky Tonk Heaven: Film Pays Homage to Legendary Dance Hall The Broken Spoke

Posted on · The Broken Spoke has been called “one of the last true Texas dance halls.” The live music venue in Austin has been owned and operated by the same family for more than 50 years. Filmmaker Sam Wainwright Douglas says “it’s like walking into 1965.” And now, it’s the subject of a documentary called Honky Tonk Heaven: […]

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Severe Weather Puts a Damper on Houston’s Arts Community

Posted on · If your holiday weekend plans involved time outside, you may have watched the forecast well in advance. The severe rains and flooding earlier this summer has made outdoor events tricky for many, including the arts community. News 88.7 arts and culture reporter Amy Bishop spoke with some of the biggest — and smallest — organizations to […]

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Fringe Festival Offers a Break from the Ordinary Theater, Dance and Art

Posted on · Houston’s 8th annual Fringe Festival kicks off tomorrow (Sept. 23, 2015). The event in Houston’s East End will feature more than 20 original theater, dance, music, film and performance art works. But just what is “fringe?” To help explain — and tell us more about what festival-goers can expect to experience — we talk with Mollie Miller, the event’s managing […]

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Diverse Lineup Headlines 2015 Free Press Summer Fest

Posted on · Free Press Summer Fest has been a part of the Houston music scene since 2009. It has grown from a one-day 30,000-fan event, to a two-day festival with nearly 100,000 people in attendance, at least according to last year’s numbers. This year, due to recent flooding, the event was moved from its usual venue at […]

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Day of Music Showcases the Wide Range of Sounds in H-Town

Posted on · This Saturday, July 12, is the second Day of Music festival from the Houston Symphony. The free event showcases the diverse range of music found in Houston with performances from more than two dozen artists from genres ranging from salsa to jazz. Steve Wenig, Director of Community Partnerships at the Houston Symphony, joins us to preview […]

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Texas Music Festival: A Boot Camp for Budding Classical Music Professionals

Posted on · Since 1990, young orchestral musicians between the ages of 18 and 30 have gathered at the University of Houston to spend four weeks honing their craft and training for possible careers as professional musicians. The program, called the Texas Music Festival, runs throughout the month of June and features numerous public performances throughout the month. […]

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More Than 300 Artists Set to Showcase Their Work at the Bayou City Arts Festival

Posted on · The Bayou City Art Festival is also happening this weekend, March 28-30. Now in its 43rd year, the festival hosts over 300 national and international fine and visual performing artists Friday through Sunday, at Memorial Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Working in 19 different media, artists showcase their fine and pop original works […]

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Festival Celebrates French Culture

Posted on · French language and culture is alive and well in Houston. From a entirely French speaking theatre, to French restaurants and oil companies like Schlumberger. Perhaps this is why there’s a French Cultures Festival, which takes place throughout March in Texas and two other states. The festival kicks off at Discovery Green today and we learn […]

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Texans Sign Up for Healthcare, A New Craft Beer Fest & Rhino Hunting: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · More than 118,000 Texans signed up for health insurance through the online marketplaces by the end of 2013; a new craft beer festival is coming to Houston; and in a closed door Dallas auction last weekend a man won a permit to hunt an endangered African black rhino in Namibia: It’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly […]

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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.

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Houston’s Inaugural SLAB Parade for Cars that Are Slow, Low and Bangin’

Posted on · This Sunday, the Houston SLAB Parade and Family Festival seeks to celebrate cars that are “Slow, Low, and Bangin.”  Such SLABs are typically older-model American sedans enhanced by modifications to both the exterior and interior of the car. It’s a tradition rooted in hip hop culture here in Houston, dating back to the 1980s. You may have […]