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The Houston Grand Opera is performing the Italian opera “La bohème” as it’s second repertoire back in the Wortham Theater Center. The performance is everything you would expect from a classical opera produced by a world-class opera house; amazing voices, dynamic acting and a story that captures part of what it means to...

“The Flying Dutchman” anchors the Houston Grand Opera’s glorious return to its home in the dignified Wortham Center downtown. Hurricane Harvey left Houston’s opera company homeless for a year, performing in a makeshift theater space in the George R. Brown Convention Center. The Wortham Center is adjacent to Buffalo...

When I hear the name “Sherlock Holmes,” I imagine a magnifying glass, a pipe, the notorious deerstalker cap and a lot of adventure. The Classical Theatre Company’s rendition of “The Return of Sherlock Holmes” highlighted all of these aspects of the world’s most popular private detective, and more. Arthur Conan Doyle,...

Mathangi Arulpragasam, who is also known as M.I.A, is a woman of her word, a woman of her music and a woman of her people. Maybe we didn’t know this before, but we definitely know it now. Dating back to her developmental years caught on camera by her own filmmaking, Arulpragasam makes it clear that she refuses to make...

The Alley Theatre knows how to do Shakespeare. Their whimsical but relatable performance of “Twelfth Night” is my new favorite production of the Bard’s work. William Shakespeare is beyond legendary. Sometimes when performing his works, I think artists get too caught up with his words and forget that there is so much...

Since his 1960 debut in “Tall Story,” Robert Redford has had a spectacular acting career during which he won many awards, including two Oscars. Now, he stars in David Lowery’s new movie “The Old Man & The Gun,” which Redford helped produced. After shooting the movie, Redford announced his retirement from acting, and he...

Usually remakes are a product of Hollywood’s lack of ideas or refusal to try out something new, but once in a while there’s one that gives a contemporary touch to a classic story. Movies like “Oceans 11,” “Scarface” or “The Departed” became modern classics, and now we have to add actor Bradley Cooper’s directorial...

As the name suggests, “Curse of the Starving Class” is a reflection on class status. The Catastrophic Theatre is performing this uniquely thought-provoking and surprisingly deep play to Houston audiences through Oct. 21. This show confronts the very idea of the American dream with the Greek tragedy notion that curses...

The magical moonscape of the moonGARDEN has come to Discovery Green for a ten-day exhibition. The creator, Lucion Traveling Light of Montreal, celebrates Discovery Green’s ten-year anniversary by lighting up downtown Houston with giant, inflatable globes that portray not only Houstonian life, but also cities from...

I can think of no better tribute to the best author of comedies, histories and tragedies than a play that can make me cry, laugh and learn about history. “The Book of Will” at Main Street Theater shows us why Shakespeare’s words are still powerful and moving to this day. William Shakespeare would not be a household name...