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Capsule Stage Reviews: July 24, 2014

All in the Timing Remember that old philosophy head-scratcher: Give a monkey a typewriter and enough time, and eventually he'll write Hamlet? That hardly gives proper credit to Shakespeare, but it says a great deal about Words, Words, Words, which happens to be the title of the ...

Capsule Art Reviews: July 24, 2014

"Altered Angles: George Grochocki & Shayne Murphy" Two very different painters are having their work shown at the sleek Anya Tish Gallery — both take chances, and are courageous. George Grochocki seems minimalist but gives a lot, relying on three-dimensional shaping and the wit of almos...

Conspiracy Theory?

Dear Mexican,

I am from an Arabic-speaking country. After my education is completed here, I'll be returning to my country or Kuala Lampur, the Garden City of Lights). Since I've been in this country, I've noticed there's a rising tide of hatred toward Mexicans. I've talked to Me...

Life Itself Celebrates Roger Ebert — and the Critic's Capacity for Joy

To call Roger Ebert one of the great populist film critics is to damn him with faint praise. Though he took pride in working for the scrappier of the two Chicago dailies, the Sun-Times, and though we do have him to thank — or curse — for popularizing the thumbs-up/thumbs-down a...

A Most Wanted Man: Philip Seymour Hoffman Lends Le Carré Gravity

Philip Seymour Hoffman is an island of rumpled calm in Anton Corbijn's urgent A Most Wanted Man, a glum-out-of-principle espionage story based on a John Le Carré novel. The role demands that Hoffman be quiet, steady and occasionally frustrated and that he hold secrets — of...

In Happy Christmas, Anna Kendrick Is the Best at Being the Worst

Uncomfortable-silence auteur Joe Swanberg has made a career of testing how much falseness you can strip out and still have a movie. What if people on-screen talked like people off it, and they spent as much time looking at phones and laptops as you do, and if their moments of realization — ...

Christmas in July: Tamarie Cooper Brings Us Another Summer Extravaganza at Catastrophic Theatre,

Not since our own Bayou City bodacious Botticelli beauty, Tamarie Cooper, sat and spun on her Sit 'n Spin in the fifth installment, I believe, of her original musical comedy summer extravaganzas once called Tamalalia has there been such a consistently hilarious show as her latest psychedel...

The World Cup Boom Is Real, But Will Soccer Remain Must-See TV?

Odds are good that at some point in the last month you watched some of the World Cup. Whether it was from the comfort of home, with friends at the bar or while pretending to be busy at work, millions of folks did something they rarely do: watch soccer.

Now, three of the biggest networks in th...

Let the Food of El Sazon de Cuba Put You in a Miami State of Mind

Miami, baby. Miami.

Whenever he said the name of the city, he got a wistful look in his eyes, as if he were actually picturing walking along the beach in the hot Florida sun or eating a Cubano under the shade of a palm tree. He moved here from Miami, and even though he likes Houston, he s...

The 2014 Class of the Houston Music Hall of Fame

We could not be happier with the response to the creation of the Houston Music Hall of Fame. It was amazing to see the Houston music scene come together last year at the Houston Press Music Awards to pay tribute to those who came before and helped build the Houston music world of today.

A yea...

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