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Organization Reintegrates Gang Members into Society Using Mentors

Posted on · This week (March 30-April 1, 2017), the Rothko Chapel is hosting a symposium on issues related to criminal justice. The event is called An Act of Justice: Undoing the Legacy of Mass Incarceration and focuses on the harmful effects of mass incarceration on individuals, families, communities and the nation. There will be workshops, panels and […]

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New Leader in City of Houston’s Office for Disabilities, and Writer Lindy West: Tuesday’s Show (March 28, 2017)

Posted on · Mayor Sylvester Turner recently announced that Maria Town will head the Office for People with Disabilities. Town previously served as the disability community liaison for the Obama Administration’s Office of Public Engagement. On this edition of Houston Matters, Maggie Martin talks with her about her previous national experience and what she hopes to accomplish here in Houston. […]

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Houston Grand Opera Premieres Opera Inspired by Rothko Chapel and Dominique de Menil

Posted on · This Thursday (March 16, 2017), Houston Grand Opera’s community outreach program premieres a new opera inspired by the Rothko Chapel and Dominique de Menil. The story in Some Light Emerges follows five characters and Menil over the course of four decades and examines how they are affected by the chapel — and the Rothko art inside. […]

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Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and March Movies: Tuesday’s Show (March 14, 2017)

Posted on · The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo heads into its second week. In just its first five days, the annual event has drawn more half a million visitors to events ranging from calf roping, to mutton busting, to the carnival and numerous big-name musical acts. On this edition of Houston Matters, we send Michael Hagerty to […]

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Rothko Chapel Hosts Four-Day Symposium on Income Inequality

Posted on · On Thursday (March 31, 2016), the Rothko Chapel begins a four-day symposium called “Confronting Inequality: Alternative Economies, Resilient Communities.” It’s a series of discussions with academics, activists, artists and spiritual leaders intended to spark further conversations about income inequality. We learn more from Rothko Chapel Executive Director David Leslie. (Above: Rothko Chapel Executive Director David Leslie. Photo: Amy Bishop, […]

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Profiling, Rothko Symposium, and Pest Control: Monday’s Show (March 28, 2016)

Posted on · Following last Tuesday’s (March 22, 2016) attacks in Brussels, GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz of Texas called for “empower[ing] law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.” It’s the latest such comment from the two leading Republican presidential candidates suggesting Muslims should be in some way singled out for scrutiny even […]

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For Fans of Mark Rothko, Houston is the Place to Be Right Now

Posted on · For fans of the famed abstract-expressionist Mark Rothko, there’s no better place to be than Houston right now. The exhibit, Mark Rothko: A Retrospective, is on display now through Jan. 24 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. And, of course, more of his works can be seen regularly at the Rothko Chapel and the Menil […]

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Storm Protection and Rothko Retrospective: Friday’s Show (December 4, 2015)

Posted on · Research from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is offering new solutions to better protect the Houston-Galveston region from the impact of future hurricanes and storms. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with three researchers about the legal implications of the proposals, the costs and benefits of each, and how climate change […]

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David Leslie and His Vision For Rothko Chapel

Posted on · Rothko Chapel’s new executive director is getting re-acquainted with Houston. David Leslie is back in his home state after 18 years in Oregon. News 88.7’s Arts and Culture Reporter Amy Bishop recently sat down with Leslie to talk about his vision for the next chapter of the Houston landmark. MORE: Rothko Chapel Names Their New Executive […]