Visual Art

At the CounterCurrent Festival, an Explosion of Art and Violins

First created by Muslims in Central Asia, the violin—now banned in Saudi Arabia—serves as a symbol of tolerance in Ibrahim Quraishi’s new work “Islamic Violins.”

03/30/2015 By Michael Hardy

picks

Top Things To Do This Weekend: March 27–29

Featuring the NCAA South Regional, the Houston Children's Festival and a Judy Garland tribute concert

03/25/2015 By Michael Hardy

hip hop

Houston Rapper Travi$ Scott Lights Up SXSW

Catch the local MC tonight for an encore performance at the House of Blues with Atlanta rapper Young Thug.

03/23/2015 By Jared Monmouth

Picks

Top Things To Do This Weekend: March 20–22

Featuring Hozier, Kazuo Ishiguro, and the final weekend of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

03/18/2015 By Michael Hardy

Opera

Acclaimed Chamber Opera Makes Its Houston Debut

Missy Mazzoli's Song from the Uproar was inspired by the life of fin-de-siècle Swiss explorer Isabelle Eberhardt.

03/17/2015 By Michael Hardy

picks

Top Things To Do This Weekend: March 13–15

Featuring Tango Buenos Aires, the musical Once, and the Children's Museum of Houston's Amazingly Immature Spring Break.

03/11/2015 By Michael Hardy

art and literature

The Professor and the Pop Star

Björk, a Rice University professor, and an e-mail dialogue for the ages

03/10/2015 By Michael Hardy

classical music

Renowned Vienna Piano Trio Brings Sound of Austria to Houston

Although only one member of the group remains from when it was founded 26 years ago, the piano trio is still considered one of the world's best.

03/09/2015 By Michael Hardy

picks

Top Things To Do This Weekend: March 6–8

Yes, it's rodeo season. But there's so much else to do this weekend as well, including the Azalea Trail, the Steve Miller Band, and the Buffalo Bayou Regatta.

03/04/2015 By Michael Hardy

news

Backlash Grows Against R. Kelly's Free Press Appearance

Festival organizer Omar Afra will meet tonight with a group outraged by his invitation of the accused pedophile.

03/02/2015 By Michael Hardy

Rodeo

A Chat with Country Heartthrob Hunter Hayes

Nashville’s answer to Justin Bieber makes his second Rodeo appearance on Wednesday night.

03/02/2015 By Michael Hardy

picks

Top Things To Do This Weekend: Feb 27–March 1

Featuring New Orleans's Rebirth Brass Band, Houston Ballet's new Romeo and Juliet, and the World Championship of Barbecue

02/26/2015 By Michael Hardy

news

Free Press Summer Fest Announces Lineup

Headliners include Skrillex, R. Kelly, Weezer, The Decemberists, and Belle and Sebastian

02/25/2015 With Michael Hardy, Sarah Rufca Nielsen, Lucy Spicer, Maggie Berardo, Jared Monmouth, and Yasmine Saqer

choral work

The "Singing Revolution" Comes To Houston

Inspired by the Baltic nations' musical protests against the Soviet Union in the 1980s, the Houston Chamber Choir performs works by living Baltic composers.

02/19/2015 By Sydney Boyd

picks

Top Things To Do This Weekend: Feb 20–22

Featuring two American poets, a documentary about La Sagrada Família, and your last chance to see Bruce Munro's Discovery Green art installation

02/18/2015 By Michael Hardy

investigation

What the Hell's Going On at Opera in the Heights?

Gossip, accusations, conspiracy theories, a high mortality rate. Is this opera or real life?

02/12/2015 By Sydney Boyd

picks

Top Things To Do This Weekend: Feb 13–15

Featuring Baroque painting, Baroque music, Kinky Boots, and Cirque du Soleil.

02/11/2015 By Michael Hardy

breaking news

KTRU Returning to Houston Airwaves

Rice's student-run radio station received an FCC permit today to resume broadcast on a new frequency, 96.1 FM.

02/09/2015 By Michael Hardy

Music

The Houston Blues Museum Finds a Home

A long-awaited tribute to Houston’s rich blues tradition will open in the Fifth Ward this spring.

02/08/2015 By Michael Hardy

picks

Top Things To Do This Weekend: Feb 6–8

Featuring Jason Moran, John Lewis, Sherlock Holmes, and something called Frostival

02/04/2015 By Michael Hardy