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Adopted Children & Birth Parents, and a Stephen Schwartz Revue: Houston Matters for Friday, August 1, 2014

Posted on · According to the State Department of Family and Protective Services, more than 13 hundred children in Harris County were waiting to be adopted last year. Many such children will likely come to a point in their lives when they consider searching for their birth parents. Some adoptees simply want to learn more about their medical […]

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The Men of Moores: Choral Group Transforms Pop Songs into A Capella

Posted on · The Men of Moores is an a capella choral ensemble made up of undergrads at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. The group sings its own arrangements of pop and contemporary tunes, and just recorded its first  single – a cover of Radiohead’s 1992 hit “Creep.”  Houston Public Media’s St. John […]

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Water Quality, Recording Laws, and The Men of Moores: Houston Matters for Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Posted on · One weekend just a few weeks back, hundreds of Houston residents complained about the taste and smell of their tap water. The City of Houston said the odor and taste was a result of increased levels of naturally-occurring compounds in untreated surface water supplies. The Public Works Departments said, despite the unappealing taste and odor, […]

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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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Xanadu: Campy 1980 Cult Film is Revived as a Musical

Posted on · There are some movies that are so bad, they’re good – in a campy, goofy sort of way. And then there are movies that are so bad, they’re just really, REALLY bad. The 1980 musical fantasy film Xanadu probably lies somewhere in-between. Critic Roger Ebert called it “mushy and limp” and “so insubstantial it keeps […]

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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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What Should the Soundtrack for Houston Sound Like?

Posted on · When you think of a song connected with Houston, what song comes to mind? Is it country? Is it hip hop? Or do you struggle to pinpoint the sound of the Bayou City? Well, perhaps that struggle is now over thanks to the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (or GHCVB) and a collaboration with […]

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Women in Religion, Tango Time, and The Good the Bad and the Ugly in Houston News: Houston Matters for Friday, February 14, 2014

Posted on · Women have played key roles in faith-based communities as long as they have existed. In recent years, that leadership has been formalized. More congregations today are led by women. Here in Houston, women are Reverends and Rabbis, hold leadership roles in interfaith organizations. And yet, some sects of some religions still hold to long-standing, traditional […]

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‘Into the Woods’ Picks Up Where Fairy Tales End

Posted on · This is the final week to head to the Rice Village playhouse and catch Main Street Theater’s production of Into the Woods. The beloved Stephen Sondheim musical interweaves the telling of several classic fairy tales, like Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and Jack and the Beanstalk – stories we all know, and in which the […]

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Turning STEM into STEAM, Houston Skiers, Into the Woods at Main Street Theater: Houston Matters for Tues., Feb. 11, 2014

Posted on · We sure do love our acronyms, don't we? We watch HBO, type LOL, eat PB&J. In education circles, an acronym of choice for some years now has been STEM – a reference to science, technology, engineering and math – four fields of study in which many would like to see the next generation of Americans […]

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Perfecting Your Craft…of Being a Disgruntled Elf

Posted on · For the sixth straight year, Actor Todd Waite reprises his role as Crumpet, the irreverent elf at Santaland inside Macy’s in New York. The one-many show, The Santaland Diaries, is based on the essay of the same name by humorist David Sedaris — a piece originally heard on NPR’s Morning Edition in 1992. You’d think […]