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Houston Chamber Choir Presents Major Choral Work Based On Anne Frank’s Diary And “Othello: The Remix” Reimagines Shakespeare As Hip Hop

Posted on · The Houston Chamber Choir lends their voices to honor Anne Frank’s story at the newly-expanded Holocaust Museum Houston. Plus, Obsidian Theater tells Shakespeare’s tragedy in rap.

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Rapper Bun B Teaches Class on Religion and Hip-Hop at Rice

Posted on · You might be familiar with Houston-based rapper Bun B as a member of the group UGK. But you might not know he’s also a distinguished lecturer at Rice University, co-teaching a course examining the relationship between religion and hip-hop. Starting in a few weeks, Religion and Hip-Hop Culture will be offered as a free online class. It’s […]

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Truth About Houston’s Economy: Wednesday’s Show (February 18, 2015)

Posted on · Late last month, Forbes magazine published its list of the fastest growing U.S. cities for 2015. Houston ranked No. 1. Austin was No. 2. Dallas was third. Fort Worth and San Antonio also cracked the top ten. The list is based on population growth, employment data, and other economic indicators. Even with oil prices dropping precipitously […]

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Transportation Through 2040, Technological Singularity, and Rap Tourism: Houston Matters for Friday, December 12, 2014

Posted on · The Houston-Galveston Area Council is creating a plan that lays out the area’s transportation needs over the next 25 years. The 2040 RTP (Regional Transportation Plan) lays out the latest update to a continuous planning process that includes the eight central counties of the Houston-Galveston region. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Alan […]

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Princeton Miles: How Classical Training Influenced an R&B Album

Posted on · Without Beethoven’s Fur Elise, we never would have had Nas’s “I Can.” Billy Joel used Beethoven’s Pathetique in his song “This Night.” Ludacris has sampled from Mozart’s Requiem and Dvorak’s New World Symphony. Janet Jackson’s cribbed from Erik Satie. While we don’t typically think about it, the modern music we listen to, play and compose […]

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Singles, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, and Melding Classical and Hip-Hop: Houston Matters for Friday, July 11, 2014

Posted on · According to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Harris County has added 240 thousand residents since just 2010. And many of those new Houstonians (making this one of the fastest-growing communities in the country) are single. And as what constitutes Greater Houston covers a whole lot of territory, we end up with a lot of single […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, August 9, 2013

Posted on · The Texas Legislature has passed, and Governor Perry has signed, a law which would require some Texans seeking unemployment benefits to pass a drug test. There are numerous questions about the law, including exactly who it covers, in which occupations, whether the state should actually have the right to require such testing, and whether it […]