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Policing Black Neighborhoods, and Revitalizing the Fifth Ward: Houston Matters Weekend for November 26, 2016

Posted on · Following fatal police shootings of black men captured on video in Louisiana and Minnesota, Robert Muhammad, a Nation of Islam representative and student minister, suggested a number of ways to improve the relationship between law enforcement and the black community, including more face-to-face contact, more community involvement and more de-escalation and tension-reduction training for officers. But […]

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Houston Matters Weekend: October 15, 2016

Posted on · Almost like a drumbeat, Houstonians know – and love to repeat – the notion that we are the “most diverse city in America.” And Dr. Stephen Klineberg, co-founder of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, says that’s correct. And that might be enough to give Houstonians with civic pride a case of the diversity […]

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Technology Outlook, Smoking Policies and Britta Phillips: Wednesday’s Show (October 12, 2016)

Posted on · What are the most probable technological changes that’ll happen over the next decade? Rice University is hosting a symposium today (Oct. 12, 2016) addressing that question. The event is framed by a study that looks at how technology will impact the future of multiple industries, including shipping and energy. Technology Outlook 2025 is a report that […]

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Houston Singer Cameron Dezen Hammon Re-Envisions Iconic ’80s Songs

Posted on · On her 2016 album Words Don’t Bleed, Houston-based singer-songwriter Cameron Dezen Hammon chose to record cover versions of songs by male artists and inhabit them from a female perspective. With the exception of one song, every other track on the album was originally released in the ’80s. She tackles Top 40 fare by Don Henley, […]

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John Paul White: Former Frontman for The Civil Wars Performs New Songs

Posted on · Musician John Paul White is the singer-songwriter behind the duo The Civil Wars. Now, three years after that group broke up, White has released his first solo album since 2009, called Beulah, after the realm of poetic inspiration in the mythology of poet and philosopher William Blake. John Paul White recently visited Houston Public Media’s […]

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Singer-Songwriter Robert Ellis Performs Songs from His Self-Titled Album

Posted on · Houston-based singer-songwriter Robert Ellis recently stopped by Houston Public Media’s Geary Performance Studio to perform a few songs from his new self-titled album. The session was filmed for an edition of Skyline Sessions on TV 8. Here, Ellis tells us about the songs he performed — California and – How I Love You, and he […]

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How an Opera Singer Found His Voice

Posted on · Baritone Reginald Smith, Jr. performs in the Houston Grand Opera and talks about how he decided to pursue singing professionally. He says he saw an opera as a young man and thought: “Everyone dies in this thing. I kind of like it.”

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Kat Edmonson: Making the Music for Films Only She Has Seen

Posted on · Houston native Kat Edmonson credits her mother for introducing her to the Great American Songbook. Her early exposure to the music fueled her desire to make a career as a singer and songwriter. Edmonson gained notoriety in Austin for her performances at the Elephant Room. She’s performed with fellow Texans Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett, […]

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MFAH Showcases Rare Collection of Watercolor Master John Singer Sargent

Posted on · We learn about the Museum of Fine Art Houston’s new exhibit John Singer Sargent: The Watercolors, which offers a rare collection of 100 watercolors by Gilded Age American master John Singer Sargent. Sargent’s was renowned for his mastery of the watercolor medium and for his avant garde way of framing subjects. The exhibit runs through May […]

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Singer Steve Tyrell Returns Home, Talks About His Influences

Posted on · Grammy Award-winning vocalist Steve Tyrell has spent over four decades in the music business, achieving success as a performer, producer, songwriter and music supervisor. Tyrell has produced hits for Grammy-winning Artists ranging from Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville, to Rod Stewart and Diana Ross. Steve himself has sold hundreds of thousands of albums and gained a […]

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Vocalist Discusses Her Transition from Opera to Jazz

Posted on · Jazz singer Danielle Reich grew up playing the piano and singing, and for a while performed with the Houston Grand Opera Chorus. But eventually she decided opera was too stressful but wanted to keep singing. So she starting taking lessons in jazz vocals at Houston Community College. But, as she tells Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty, […]