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Byline: Alyssa Foley

Music is magic, especially when it is playing to a Harry Potter film. The Houston Symphony is performing the musical score for “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” this weekend. The cultural phenomenon waltzed its way into Jones Hall with wands in hand. Potterheads applauded not only at the conclusion of a...

A happily engaged pair walks into a bakery to order a wedding cake, however, the baker refuses to serve the same-sex couple. This has been the unfolding drama in the Colorado cake case that the Supreme Court narrowly ruled on last week. It’s also the basis of the on-stage drama of the Alley Theatre’s production of...

When artists strike lightning, sometimes they strike only once. In the past 50 years, many now obscure musicians created a single song that’s still a pop-culture staple. I bet most artists don’t imagine their tunes being played by a full orchestra decades later, but that’s just what the Houston Symphony did in their...

Forget love at first sight, “Daddy Long Legs” is a romance that starts with the first letter. Main Street Theater’s regional premiere of the two-actor musical is as heart-warming as a Hallmark Channel movie. It’s based on a classic novel by Jean Webster that would fit snugly on a bookshelf between “Little Women”...

Picasso and Einstein walk into a bar. It’s not the beginning of a punchline, it’s the start of an evening of laughter and ideas for the future over drinks. In “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” comedian turned playwright (sic) Steve Martin shows us what might have happened if these two giants of the 20th century walked into...

The Houston Grand Opera’s “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna” (To Cross the Face of the Moon) is a mariachi opera about love, life and loss. The production is unique, relatable and above all beautiful. The story about family spans three generations, fifty years and two countries. Opera and mariachi are two art forms that are...

The classic story of innocent young love doomed by hostile rivalries comes to life at the Houston Grand Opera’s production of West Side Story. West Side Story is a relatable modern take on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet that is a pop culture staple. The retelling began as the brainchild of...

A play about the making of a terrible movie makes for great entertainment. You don’t have to be a fan of the 1963 film “Antony and Cleopatra” to enjoy the Alley Theatre’s production of “Cleo.” Even Cleo’s playwright Lawrence Wright calls it a terrible movie. “Cleo” is surprisingly funny for a show about an infamous love...

With the graceful energy each musician put into “Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty,” you won’t fall asleep during this performance at the Houston Symphony. Conductor Andrey Boreyko led the ensemble with energy and precision, while guest concertmaster Alexander Kerr performed violin with a quiet, graceful confidence and...

“Daisy” at Main Street Theatre explores the power of manipulation and the creation of the infamous TV spot that forever changed elections in America. The commercial aired only once, but it shook the American psyche as the first major negative political TV ad. It didn’t even mention Lyndon B. Johnson’s Republican...