Coming Home to Texas and Sometimes Leaving Again
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Coming Home to Texas and Sometimes Leaving Again

When a writer pitched a story about an actor leaving Texas I immediately said, “No…

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Primed for Growth:  Is Dallas the Country’s Next Hub for New Plays?
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Primed for Growth: Is Dallas the Country’s Next Hub for New Plays?

What is theater that doesn’t reflect contemporary realities? What kind of life can theatrical storytelling…

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Irreversible Congas: MFAH’s Adiós Utopia Looks at Cuban Art Since 1950
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Irreversible Congas: MFAH’s Adiós Utopia Looks at Cuban Art Since 1950

Late modern and contemporary Cuban art has gotten increased international exposure in recent years thanks…

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Houston Symphony’s <em>Fidelio</em> & a New Season
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Houston Symphony’s Fidelio & a New Season

The heroics of Beethoven’s Fifth. The exuberance of his Ode to Joy. The humor of…

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Open Space: Dance at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts
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Open Space: Dance at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts

“We are putting in a dance floor,” Alison Weaver told me during a hard hat…

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Collecting Histories: Dogon at the Menil
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Collecting Histories: Dogon at the Menil

The complex history behind American and European interest in present-day Mali informs a new exhibition…

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Sonic Expansions: Austin’s Experimental Music Scene
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Sonic Expansions: Austin’s Experimental Music Scene

This year I unintentionally celebrated National Bird Day (Jan. 5) at an avant-garde jazz show.…

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Called to Archive: Studio One in Houston
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Called to Archive: Studio One in Houston

Share an article, pin an image, save a post, link a story. The immediacy of…

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Redefining Modern: McNay Director Rich Aste on Breaking Down Walls——Literally and Figuratively
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Redefining Modern: McNay Director Rich Aste on Breaking Down Walls——Literally and Figuratively

Before joining San Antonio’s McNay Art Museum as its third director in September, Rich Aste…

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Music and Printmaking Merge in Son Jarocho Style: Alec Dempster at MECA
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Music and Printmaking Merge in Son Jarocho Style: Alec Dempster at MECA

Housing the Drama: An Update on Dallas Theater Spaces
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Housing the Drama: An Update on Dallas Theater Spaces

Experimental plays and intimate dramas set in homes typically belong in black box theaters. The…

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Fantastic Spaces: Where Will a Former Architect Take the DMA?
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Fantastic Spaces: Where Will a Former Architect Take the DMA?

Given the centrality of immigration to the 2016 election and Texas’s status as a red…

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Performania: Texas Dance Ambassadors
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Performania: Texas Dance Ambassadors

Nothing Is What it Seems: Monika Sosnowska at the Austin Contemporary
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Nothing Is What it Seems: Monika Sosnowska at the Austin Contemporary

In Warsaw, Monika Sosnowska lives across the street from a forest that was once a…

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On Book: Readings Take Center Stage in Houston
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On Book: Readings Take Center Stage in Houston

Scene: a bare stage anywhere—in a theater, a rehearsal hall, even on an outdoor platform…

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Musical Evangelists: Houston Symphony’s Embedded Musicians Engage the Community
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Musical Evangelists: Houston Symphony’s Embedded Musicians Engage the Community

David Connor lets his double bass rest on the floor. Cradling an iPad and speaker…

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SHOW UP: Lily Cox-Richard
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SHOW UP: Lily Cox-Richard

“I'm trying to shake up my practice,” Lily Cox-Richard says, as we stand in her…

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The Becomer: Early Monet at the Kimbell
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The Becomer: Early Monet at the Kimbell

Monet: The Early Years at the Kimbell Art Museum kicks off with a startling contrast…

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Lines, Lots of Lines: Degas at the MFAH
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Lines, Lots of Lines: Degas at the MFAH

Degas: A New Vision will end its only U.S. presentation at the Museum of Fine…

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Space Commander:  Frances Bagley Fills Kirk Hopper Fine Art to the Brim
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Space Commander: Frances Bagley Fills Kirk Hopper Fine Art to the Brim

“I’m really interested in space,” says Frances Bagley, as we walk through her east Dallas…

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Clara’s Big Dream: Houston Ballet’s New Nutcracker
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Clara’s Big Dream: Houston Ballet’s New Nutcracker

Snow, a Sugar Plum Fairy and a gigantic Christmas Tree are three things we all…

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Wonder & A Whale: Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer Transform American Classics into Opera
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Wonder & A Whale: Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer Transform American Classics into Opera

This November, Moby-Dick journeys safely back to its home port, as the Dallas Opera once…

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SHOW UP: Harold Mendez
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SHOW UP: Harold Mendez

When we meet for coffee, Harold Mendez has just returned to Houston from the Rauschenberg…

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Hand, Heart & Passion: Jim Dine’s Designs for Salomé at the McNay & More
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Hand, Heart & Passion: Jim Dine’s Designs for Salomé at the McNay & More

A hand, a conch shell, a pair of lips, a valentine heart: Rendered in pastels…

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San Antonio Symphony Shines in a “Real” Hall at The Tobin Center
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San Antonio Symphony Shines in a “Real” Hall at The Tobin Center

Carmina Burana always packs a wallop. This time, Carl Orff’s paean to frolic and fate…

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The Dance of Work: Forklift Danceworks reflects on past projects and looks to the future
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The Dance of Work: Forklift Danceworks reflects on past projects and looks to the future

Convention is not a part of Allison Orr’s vocabulary. The Forklift Danceworks artistic director has…

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Show Up:  Shayne Murphy
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Show Up: Shayne Murphy

“Do you know the stereotype that any male who’s approaching his mid-30s becomes really interested…

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Opera in Israel with Dallas Connections
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Opera in Israel with Dallas Connections

Hannah Munitz's face lit up when I asked her about the Israeli Opera’s production of…

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Badge of Honor: SMU Dance Grads Impact Texas Dance
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Badge of Honor: SMU Dance Grads Impact Texas Dance

Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas is home to one of…

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Collages of Consumption: Lucie Stahl at Dallas Museum of Art
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Collages of Consumption: Lucie Stahl at Dallas Museum of Art

Lucie Stahl, Critic’s Pick, 2014, Inkjet print, aluminum, epoxy resin. The next person you see…

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Houston Makes Room for Two New(ish) Galleries: Capsule Gallery + Cindy Lisica Gallery
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Houston Makes Room for Two New(ish) Galleries: Capsule Gallery + Cindy Lisica Gallery

Two gallerists have set up shop over the last year on the Houston scene: Cindy…

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Renaissance Woman
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Renaissance Woman

This past July, Rebecca Rabinow, who grew up in Houston, stepped into her new role…

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Color Fields: Gabriel Dawe Branches Out At Amon Carter
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Color Fields: Gabriel Dawe Branches Out At Amon Carter

Gabriel Dawe spent two weeks in August scaling the Amon Carter Museum of American Art’s…

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Moving Forward: Suzanne Weaver Takes the Reins at San Antonio Museum of Art
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Moving Forward: Suzanne Weaver Takes the Reins at San Antonio Museum of Art

Laura A. L. Wellen interviews Suzanne Weaver, newly appointed Brown Foundation Curator of Modern and…

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Sixty Years Later…With Ballet Austin
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Sixty Years Later…With Ballet Austin

As Ballet Austin celebrates its sixth decade of performance, the company is a beehive of…

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Home and Away: The Miró Quartet’s Fall Texas Season
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Home and Away: The Miró Quartet’s Fall Texas Season

The Miró Quartet loves to expose an audience to the panorama of a single composer’s…

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The Ensemble Theatre Celebrates 40 with a Stellar Season
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The Ensemble Theatre Celebrates 40 with a Stellar Season

<em>Book From the Sky:</em> Xu Bing’s Breakthrough Work Comes to Texas
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Book From the Sky: Xu Bing’s Breakthrough Work Comes to Texas

In Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass (1872), the heroine Alice holds a mirror to…

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<em>flow:</em> Jae Ko at CAMH
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flow: Jae Ko at CAMH

Downstairs at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Zilkha Gallery is a cold space. When…

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Meditations on Love, Art, and Life: Yayoi Kusama at the MFAH
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Meditations on Love, Art, and Life: Yayoi Kusama at the MFAH

The name Yayoi Kusama often conjures images of polka-dots spreading out into the infinite, and…

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