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'Selma' marches well to beat of dramatic moment
Entertainment
Published in 8-1-2015
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Aside from the accidents of age, size and appearance, Oyelowo has studied King's gestures, not only his public manner - his dramatic use of his arms and hands - but his more private side, the weary yet determined quality he had in one-on-one interviews. [...] this is a remarkable performance, remarkable not only in its force but in its strength and precision. [...] it's a very good mov ...>>
Anderson's 'Vice' inherently half baked
Entertainment
Published in 8-1-2015
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The old justifications, such as, "He makes great films, unless you're stupid enough to expect them to make sense or be satisfying," don't work anymore. Boring an audience with a pointless, meandering story does not constitute brazen defiance against the tyranny of narrative. [...] that's the problem. An ex-girlfriend (Katherine Waterston) shows up one evening and asks him to inve ...>>
'General Tso' serves up more than a dish
Entertainment
Published in 8-1-2015
    1304 Visits
The top-billed star of "The Search for General Tso" gets its close-up in the opening scene: the staging of that namesake chicken dish for a menu photo shoot. [...] like so many "in search of" documentary journeys before it, Ian Cheney's roundabout talking-heads film has bigger quarry in mind; it looks at Chinese-American assimilation, the useful adaptability of cuisine and the complicated cu ...>>
Winning modern Korean fare at Dosi
Entertainment
Published in 8-1-2015
    1060 Visits

With its pewtery tones and sleek cove lighting, Dosi looks more like a high-end club than a typical Houston Korean restaurant. Chefs Jordan Asher and Daniel Toro work deftly in an idiom to which neither was born, fashioning dishes that make interesting use of Korean fermenting and drying techniques while balancing the cuisine's red-chile heat and currents of sweetness with exhilarating ex ...>>

Culture Scene: Jan. 1-7
Entertainment
Published in 1-1-2015
    1147 Visits
Main Street Theatre stages the revue that collects 30 classic songs from a dozen Stephen Sondheim musicals - and repurposes them to portray the cross-currents among two married couples and one "extra man" at a cocktail party. Previews at 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; opens at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 1; Main Street Theater at ...>>
Printer-friendly online menu is a plus
Entertainment
Published in 1-1-2015
    1463 Visits
Irv Smith writes, While driving en route to a new-for-us restaurant, my wife likes to review a copy of the menu so we can discuss what's available. French Dip Sandwich and tomato soup were wonderful. Jackie Low writes, When we take friends, local or out-of-town, out for a special meal, our choice is the Herb Cafe and Market in Dickinson. Among my favorites are the chicken salad on a pretze ...>>
'Big Bang Theory' actress Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting says she is not a feminist
Entertainment
Published in 1-1-2015
    1034 Visits

One of television's highest paid actresses recently spoke to Redbook about her marriage and career telling the magazine she doesn't consider herself a feminist.

Laughs shall not be vanquished in 'Galavant'
Entertainment
Published in 1-1-2015
    966 Visits
Fairy tales, fractured or intact, never seem to go out of style, and the evidence is right in front of us with the new film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" and ABC's effectively ridiculous music spoof, "Galavant," an eight-episode series kicking off with two episodes on Sunday. Galavant (Joshua Sasse) is a gallant, predictably self-centered knight who falls in love wit ...>>
Chamber-music group takes new name for new season
Entertainment
Published in 4-3-2014
    1553 Visits

The change is part of an effort to make chamber music more accessible, the group's news release states. Other steps will enhance the intimacy and warmth of concerts, said Lucile Agaisse, the group's spokewoman. During concerts, musicians will discuss the music from the stage before performing it. Meet-and-greet sessions with the musicians will follow performances. The nine-concert ...>>

Composer draws parallels with a 'Passion'
Entertainment
Published in 4-3-2014
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Reading Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Match Girl," the story of a girl trudging barefoot through snowy streets, composer David Lang saw a parable equating the child's suffering with that of Jesus. Despite the girl's agonies in the cold as she tries fruitlessly to earn money by selling matches, her mind brings back sweet memories. "The Passion format - the telling of a stor ...>>
Last Call: Art fit for a king
Entertainment
Published in 4-3-2014
    1949 Visits
From the seductive shapes of monumental statues to the quirky visages carved into funerary stele and the elegance of small ceramics, the antiquities on view in "Roads of Arabia" have been a magnificent presence in Cullinan Hall at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Offering hints of worlds not much known outside of Saudi Arabia, they're among the best finds of more than 10,000 relatively rece ...>>
Tangled tale of love endures in 'Night Music'
Entertainment
Published in 4-3-2014
    1563 Visits
[...] given what has passed for musical theater in recent seasons, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's exquisitely crafted neo-operetta - with its entire score cleverly cast in 3/4 time, or multiples thereof - impresses more mightily than ever. [...] a show regarded as the height of style and sophistication does seem a natural fit for a fashion legend. HGO will use the same Mizrahi costumes ...>>
Cowboys trek through downtown to Rodeo kickoff
Entertainment
Published in 4-3-2014
    1212 Visits

Tradition is the driving force behind many of the 3,000 cowboys who participate in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo's Trail Ride, which ended Saturday as riders merged into the parade for the final stretch to the rodeo grounds. Riders rise at dawn, clean their campgrounds, feed the horses and prepare meals for a 6 a.m. departure on their journey from their hometown into Memorial Park. ...>>



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