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The Texas Tenors

Power trios are nothing new in rock and roll, but for opera, they’re a relatively rare combination. On the heels of the Three Tenors and the Irish Tenors come the cowboy-hatted studs The Texas Tenors. Since their debut five years ago on America’s Got Talent (they auditioned… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete […]

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Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt? Has the Year’s Funniest Sex Scene

The sex scene almost makes it worth sitting through Atlas Shrugged III, the last and least of the cheapjack adaptations of Ayn Rand’s brick-thick celebration of taking your ball and going home. About an hour in, after she’s toured and left the hidden Colorado enclave of the captains… Full News here – Houston Press | […]

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How Kevin Smith Got Young Again

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Don’t Watch That, Watch This: Geek Cinema Selfie Party

What’s fascinating, new and neglected across all major video platforms. Among other things, cinema has always been a ready-made self-eulogizer — Hollywood was making two-reeler silent comedies about the craft of moviemaking before the viewing public even knew what it entail… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Capsule Stage Reviews: Septmeber 11, 2014

Full Gallop Let’s talk D.V. That would be Diana Vreeland, or Dee-ahh-na, for those of you not in the loop. For decades she was the reigning monarch of fashion, first as columnist and stylish greyhound at Harper’s Bazaar, then as editor-in-chief of Vogue, later as curator of t… Full News here – Houston Press | […]

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Capsule Art reviews: September 11, 2014

“Aloe Vera: group show” Gray Contemporary is a new gallery in the Houston Design Center, large, high-ceilinged and beautifully air-conditioned. Several paintings are quite bright and colorful, with Shape Study 8 (Three Sides), by Christopher Derek Bruno, the most intriguing. It has … Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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The Last of Robin Hood Wrestles with a Star’s Underage Love

If older man/younger women matchups make many people uncomfortable, the older man/much younger women combo tends to make them apoplectic. It would be impossible for Nabokov to publish Lolita today, now that all of life, and all of art, must be arranged, categorized and restricted as… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Illegals and Mexican Beer

Dear Mexican, The Mexican-American community is the most adversely affected by the influx of illegals. Only the politicians have any gain from lumping all Hispanics into the Latino category. Are proud, hardworking Mexican-Americans actually willing to continually diminish their … Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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The Drop (and Gandolfini) Find New Life in Lowlifes

Petty Greatness The Drop (and Gandolfini) find new life in lowlifes. The Drop, the richly textured, beautifully acted film collaboration between Belgian director Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead) and novelist-turned-screenwriter Dennis Lehane (Mystic… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Dolphin Tale 2 is a Warm, Wise Animal Tale

Even the most inspiration-averse will have eyes as moist as blowholes by the end credits of Dolphin Tale 2, a good-hearted kids’ drama whose earnestness and surprising moral complexity put other sunny-weepy sea-mammal flicks to shame. After the story wraps up, the filmmakers work a … Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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The Age of Consent

If older man/younger women matchups make many people uncomfortable, the older man/much younger women combo tends to make them apoplectic. It would be impossible for Nabokov to publish Lolita today, now that all of life, and all of art, must be arranged, categorized and restricted as… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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The Race Chain and Hair

Dear Mexican, I’m from the southeastern U.S. and people think that all people from there are dumb (and, in many, cases correctly — see Bush, G.W.), Is there a similar place in Mexico where other Mexicans think these people are in-bred mouth breathers? Swanee Se… Full News here – Houston Press | Complete Issue

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Capsule Stage Reviews: September 4, 2014

Full Gallop Let’s talk D.V. That would be Diana Vreeland, or Dee-ahh-na, for those of you not in the loop. For decades she was the reigning monarch of fashion, first as columnist and stylish greyhound at Harper’s Bazaar, then as editor-in-chief of Vogue, later as curator of the … Full News here – Houston Press […]

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Capsule Art Reviews: September 4, 2014

“Allison Rathan: The Cutting Bridle” The Exchange, 60″x48″, is a self-portrait of the artist Allison Rathan striding behind a very large wolf on a metal leash. It captures the confidence of this artist, who has blond movie-star looks and the poise and litheness of a fashion model. The … Full News here – Houston Press […]

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Lithgow, Molina and Manhattan All Move in Love Is Strange

You could be forgiven, after watching the opening minutes of Ira Sachs’s fine-grained and flinty Love Is Strange, for thinking it’s going to be a movie about Gay Marriage, with all the import those initial caps imply. We see two older men, clearly a couple, roll out of bed in what i… Full News here […]

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