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The Houston Symphony is teaming up with three incredible vocalists to pay tribute to the queens of jazz. “The Ella Fitzgerald Songbook” concert series recreates the songs of Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and other songbirds with the full force of a major metropolitan orchestra.    Broadway singers Capathia Jenkins,...

“Quack” is a relevant and thought-provoking comedy that explores the gray area between intent and impact. It’s only the second time this play has been produced, and with their production, the Alley Theatre is bringing the drama of daytime TV star Dr. Irving Baer to Houston.   The plot delves into many social...

This list is in alphabetical order, because they’re all winners! A Quiet Place (PG-13, 90 mins) Every time I go the movies, people are loud, use their phones, or bring their crying children This time, however, was the only one where you could’ve dropped a needle in the theater and everybody would have heard it. That...

“The Pearl Fishers” is a story about the very human conflicts of love, friendship, jealousy, revenge and remorse. The music, acting, dancing and scenery in this Houston Grand Opera performance all come together to make this a truly beautiful piece of art to experience. This French-language production has multiple...

Everyone has thought about what it would be like to swap lives with someone else. “The Carpenter” is a play that explores what lengths people may go to if they actually could trade lives. In some ways, the storyline was similar to Shakespearean comedies with the look-alike sibling mix ups found in the plots of...

No matter where you stand on the gun debate, “The Secretary” can point you to a different angle. The most engrossing part of the show is how every woman’s reason for bearing or not bearing arms slowly unfolds. All the characters are women, the men they fear are off stage. Each character in Main Street Theater’s...

Love might make you happy, but it will definitely make you different. “Florencia en el Amazonas,” is an opera about transformational love. The Houston Grand Opera is performing this Spanish-language opera through Feb. 3. The characters aboard the El Dorado boat travel into the jungle of the Amazon searching not for...

The radical Houston Symphony is bringing back righteous music with the “Totally ‘80s” concert series. An orchestra performance is ultimately about enjoying big music with all the excitement and energy of in-sync musicians and a mesmerized audience. This installment of POPS, or popular music, series is a fun night of...

We live in times when the Kardashians having more air time than actual news on television. Meanwhile, comedians like John Oliver, Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah deliver, even though highly satirized, focused reports about what’s going on in the world. So it’s not surprising that this year’s most brilliant political...

Main Street Theater is showing “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley,” a heartwarming holiday-themed sequel to Jane Austen’s novel, “Pride and Prejudice.” The play focuses on Mary, the overlooked middle sister the Bennet family. Contemporary playwrights Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon imagine how Miss Mary Bennet...