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Reinventing Texas Education: Back-to-School Means Big Changes for Texas Students

Posted on · Back-to-school in 2014 means big changes for students in Texas. Incoming freshmen will follow new high school graduation plans that include majors — or endorsements. Plus, there’s less standardized testing and more vocational classes. It’s all part of HB5, or House Bill 5. The new law makes some of the biggest changes to education in […]

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Theater District Open House Offers an Inside Look at Houston’s Performing Arts

Posted on · We often hear how Houston is home to the highest concentration of theater seats outside of Broadway, and this Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. is the annual free event aimed at engaging and developing the audience for those performing arts organizations – the Theater District Open House. The event includes musical and theater performances […]

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Changing Worlds: Behind the New Mural at The Printing Museum

Posted on · We learn about a project by Houston street artist DUAL to design a mural for the west wall at The Printing Museum on W. Clay Street in Montrose. The mural, called Changing Worlds, incorporates Arabic script, calligraphy and historic English typestyles and also refers to printing technology. The project hopes to bridge the divide between […]

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Houston Matters Rebroadcast Moving to 7PM!

Posted on · Hey there Houston! In case you haven’t heard, the nightly re-broadcast of Houston Matters will be heard three hours earlier starting next week. If you miss our live shows at noon weekdays, or want to hear the show again at night, you’ll be able to hear us weeknights at 7 beginning Monday, July 7th! We […]

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Tim Rice Discusses the Art of Writing Blockbuster Musicals

Posted on · Lyricist Tim Rice is probably best known for his collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber, on musicals including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar (two shows which will be on stage here in Houston over the next year) and Evita, a production of which wraps up here in Houston on Sunday. Rice is […]

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Maintaining Hermann Park’s Japanese Garden Requires an Annual Visit from Japanese Master Gardeners

Posted on · This spring, you might’ve enjoyed the occasional stroll through Hermann Park and its Japanese Garden. However, the garden’s many crepe myrtles, azaleas and cherry trees don’t stay beautiful on their own. Every year a team of master gardeners from Japan comes to Houston to tend to the garden. Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse paid a […]

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HGO Takes on the Challenge of Wagner’s Epic Ring Cycle

Posted on · Tonight and Saturday concludes the Houston Grand Opera’s performances of Das Rheingold, the opera that’s the first of a four-part series known as The Ring Cycle. The four operas, written by Richard Wagner in the 1800s, are such elaborate, lengthy productions – all four together consist of some 16 hours of music – that only […]

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Houston’s Poetry Scene is Thriving

Posted on · April is National Poetry Month, and there are many poets living, working and publishing in Greater Houston. Catherine Lu of Houston Public Media's Arts & Culture Unit recently spoke with several Houston poets about how Houston influences their work, and we hear highlights from those conversations. More: Full Conversations with Houston Poets: Robin Davidson Mike […]

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Houston on the Cheap & Life After the Spelling Bee: Houston Matters for Fri., March 28, 2014

Posted on · No doubt about it: There’s lots to do in Greater Houston. But some of it can be pretty darned expensive. A nice dinner out, a show, a little shopping, parking – if you’re not careful, you can spend a lot of scratch in just one night on the town. But you don’t have to. There […]

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Houston Public Media GM Lisa Shumate Explains Moves at Classical 91.7 KUHA and Creation of New Arts and Culture Team

Posted on · Last week, Houston Public Media announced the formation of an arts and culture team, while at the same time making public the elimination of eight full time positions, including four on-air hosts on Classical 91.7, KUHA. Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks with Houston Public Media Executive Director and General Manager Lisa Shumate about the […]

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Houston Matters for Wed., Oct. 2, 2013

Posted on · U.S. Senator and Houstonian Ted Cruz has been at the center of the squabbling in Congress that’s led to the partial shutdown of the federal government. On the Senate floor and in the media, he’s led the charge to defund the Affordable Care Act by any means necessary, including calling to tie such action to […]