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Explore Texas Wineries On the Holiday Trail

This is the last weekend to participate in the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail holiday tour. Tickets include two specially-selected wine tastings with a paired appetizer sample at each winery on the trail. If you get your ticket stamped at six of the participating trail wineries, you’ll also receive a c… Full News here – Houston […]

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He Brought Down the Wrong Empire: Seth Rogen’s The Interview Won’t Show in Theaters

Editor’s Note: Sony has officially canceled the theatrical release of The Interview following terrorist threats against theaters, and the announcement that several major theater chains had opted not to exhibit the film. The following review was written before Sony pulle… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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SPECIAL NAVIDAD GIFT GUIDE EDITION!

Gentle cabrones: Behold my annual Mexican Christmas guide, where I recommend the best Mexi-themed libros for you to give to your loved ones this Navidad instead of yet another tamale to unwrap. Buy them at your local bookstore or order online, but do buy! Lowrit… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Capsule Stage Reviews: December 18, 2014

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Like a redemptive Scrooge at the finale of Dickens’s immortal “little ghost story,” this reviewer is dancing a jig and giggling like a schoolboy, lighter than a feather, after seeing Classical Theatre’s superlative rendition of A Christmas Carol. This… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Capsule Art Reviews: December 18, 2014

“Julon Pinkston: Nailed” Sometimes an artist is inspired to proceed in a certain direction, but to a viewer the direction may seem the opposite — uninspired. This is the case with Julon Pinkston’s solo show, “Nailed,” at Zoya Tommy Gallery. There are two different approaches here. As a … Full News here – Houston Press […]

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Into the Woods Sometimes Soars — But Also Dithers

Before worrying ourselves over its qualities as an adaptation or its findings as an experiment in just how much tumpety-tump parump-pa-bump the human mind can endure, let’s take a moment to marvel that Rob Marshall’s Into the Woods even exists — as a PG from Disney, no les… Full News here – Houston Press | […]

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Annie: Quvenzhané Wallis Might Make You Care About “Tomorrow” Today

The original Broadway Annie was a kiddie musical that wasn’t for kids. It was a period piece about the Great Depression — both a hooray for Warbucksian success and an elbow-jab making clear that rich folk need to share — with a detour into a Hooverville and a key cameo from Fra… Full News here […]

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Unsilent Night

If you’ve ever wanted to be part of an orchestra but can’t read music and don’t know your trumpet from your flugelhorn, you can still be part of the band when audience members become performers in Unsilent Night. The 45-minute experimental/electronic piece was written… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Holly-Prov, An Improv Show

Holly-Prov, An Improv Show features comedy by Guns for Hire, music by fusion rock band Gypsy Mullet and improv from the women of Ophelia’s Rope. Actor, director and playwright L. Robert Westeen is joining Ophelia’s Rope as a special guest. (Westeen recently completed a well… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Where the Wild Reese Is

For reasons that are perhaps understandable, stories about women finding themselves — or their voices, or their inner courage, or any number of things that are apparently very easy to mislay — are big business. But even if Cheryl Strayed’s hugely successful 2012 memoir Wild: From L… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete […]

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Why We Need Comedy

Whatever it is Americans want out of life — and it’s not even something we can precisely define ourselves — it was nowhere in evidence on December 3, when a grand jury failed to indict the police officer whose chokehold killed Eric Garner in July. We all know we live in a fractured co… Full […]

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Family and History

Dear Mexican, I’m a third-year university student, a liberal studies and Spanish major. My family, extended and immediate, always like the chisme. During a family carne asada, we were all talking when one of my tías

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Capsule Art Reviews: December 11, 2014

“Jorge Marin: Wings of the City” This installation at Discovery Green has nine wonderful sculptures by an acclaimed Mexican sculptor; some are powerful, some playful, some enigmatic, but all are filled with a love for and an appreciation of humanity that is breathtaking and admirable. Though … Full News here – Houston Press | Complete […]

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Bale and Exodus Tremble Before a Murdering God

Flip open your Bibles to Numbers 12:3 to find the first inaccuracy in Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings. “Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth,” sayeth the Good Book of our hero, played by Christian Bale, an actor of hauteur ev… Full […]

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Plays Like Middle-Earth Smash Bros.

The biggest laugh I heard from the audience at my screening of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies came from seven words in the end credits: “Based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.” Just picture that tweedy Oxford philologist nodding in pleased approval at this adaptation of hi… Full News here – Houston […]

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