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Program Highlights Traditional Indian Dance and Music

Posted on · Dashavatar: The Ten Incarnations of Vishnu is a traditional Indian dance/theater production taking place Sunday, April 6, from 5-7 p.m. at the Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater. The program features dancers and music, all telling the story of the god  Vishnu’s many incarnations through time as he fights evil. We learn more about the program from […]

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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 the Houston […]

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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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Wind Sync Makes Chamber Music ‘Interactive’

Posted on · When you think of chamber music, you probably think of several classical musicians seated on stage, focused intently on their music. But the Houston-based wind ensemble Wind Sync is turning that notion on its head. These rising stars in the classical world are known for taking different approaches to chamber music, including moving around onstage […]

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Previewing the 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Posted on · The 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which kicks off next week, is a lot of things. The month-long celebration at Reliant Park promotes livestock and farm products, offers a venue for research and education within the livestock industry, a wide variety of 4-H events, includes the largest rodeo in the world, and a month filled […]

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What’s Houston’s Contribution to the Rap World?

Posted on · The Houston rap scene has now been well documented in two books, Houston Rap and Houston Rap Tapes, which feature photos by Peter Beste and interviews and oral histories collected by writer Lance Scott Walker. Walker joins us to discuss the project and Houston’s influence on the rap world.

Music

Bonnie Barnett: Another Under Houston Humming

Posted on · Los Angeles-based musician Bonnie Barnett returned to the Houston downtown tunnel system to perform and facilitate a "hum," a public participatory behavior in which singers drone sounds that activate the tunnel space sonically. Presented by DiverseWorks.

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Dengue Fever Brings Cambodian Rock to the World & Houston

Posted on · (Above: Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty poses with Chhom Nimol, lead singer of the band Dengue Fever, and Paul Smith, the band’s drummer.) When the Los Angeles band Dengue Fever got together, the group set out to resurrect an obscure, often forgotten form of Cambodian rock – and to do it in the US. Needless […]