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In a city where there’s graffiti on every passing train, overpass and abandoned building, the “Be Someone” sign over I-45 is what really catapulted the Houston street art scene. Now, as Houston gets younger, more vibrant and diverse, it is almost as if we are moving toward becoming a street art city. In 2011, ‘Be...

As a self-proclaimed foodie, I have a special place in my heart for Houston. I know that no matter what I’m craving, this city will have something that can satiate me. The newest of these cravings being a good cup of joe. It took me longer than I’d like to admit to get wean off my Starbucks Frappucino training wheels,...

In a line of white houses down Holman St, you will find Project Row Houses, a place that is enriching the lives of the Third Ward community through art. But in an area under such a high risk of gentrification, PRH can’t just be like other art installations, and for the artists who have and are inhabiting this space,...

The heart of the city of Houston — the 610 loop — and the greater Houston area has several neighborhoods that have helped carve culture, create identity and sustain history. One of the neighborhoods that single-handedly put Houston on the map as a focal point of the LGBTQ community is Montrose. In 1911, Montrose was a...

The funniest summer class is at Stages Repertory Theatre this year. Anyone who enrolls in “Summer School Catechism: God Never Takes a Vacation” with Denise Fennell is sure to learn how to laugh at themselves. In a part-scripted, part-improv show, a religious sister teaches the Catechism or principles of the Roman...

It’s a bold move to produce “Oleanna” in the age of the #MeToo movement, but The Landing Theatre Company demonstrates that this 26-year-old play could have been written in 2018. Before the show started, I knew how the story ends. The show tells the story of a female college student accusing her male professor of sexual...

Good music never dies, and at the “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash” at Stages Repertory Theatre, the music never ends either. “Ring of Fire” is the story of the country-music icon’s life set to his own songs in a type of musical biography. It doesn’t feel like the average musical theater, it’s more like a...

Odd jobs make good stories. That’s the basis for comical play “Buyer & Cellar,” which recently just hit the Houston scene. Alex More (Doug Atkins) is a struggling actor in Los Angeles who takes an odd job staffing the basement mall of superstar artist and diva Barbra Streisand. And now he has quite a story to tell. In...

The A.D. Players is bringing the 1974 Broadway play “God’s Favorite” to Houston. The play provides a biblical answer to the question: why do bad things happen to good people? “God’s Favorite” is loosely based on the biblical book of Job. His story flies in the face of the idea that God always rewards good deeds and punishes...

Twenty-five years ago Steven Spielberg shocked the world with his mega-blockbuster “Jurassic Park”, which not only created a hype about dinosaurs but also started a franchise that extended to a fifth installment. Following the success of “Jurassic World”, the sequel “Fallen Kingdom” starring Chris Pratt and Bryce...