For a few seconds, there is only the sound of a falling rain, and a chord played on classical guitar. Then suddenly, a crash of thunder, and the mood is set for “Monandengue,” the first track on singer Vivalda Dula’s ambitious new album Dula, which drops Friday. The song describes the plight of children subjected to human trafficking and forced labor, and Dula’s voice is filled with strength and defiance, qualities she no doubt inherited from her mother, Marcelina, who passed away in May 2017...
Austin Electric-Guitar Phenom Eric Johnson Unplugs for a Journey to Self-Realization on New Album ‘EJ’
Cover story for the February issue of Acoustic Guitar. My profile of guitarist Eric Johnson.
When Nakita Campbell arrived for Houston Roller Derby’s Beginners Boot Camp two and a half years ago, she was completely new to the sport. “I had never worn roller skates in my life,” says Campbell. “I fell every two feet!” She was surprised when the more experienced skaters told her without a trace of irony: “You’re really good at falling!”
Methodist Hospital. Houston, Texas. 1963. 23-year-old heart surgeon-in-training O.H. “Bud” Frazier, a former football star from small town Stephenville, is attempting to save the life of a teenage boy whose heart, despite what appeared to be a successful operation to replace a damaged aortic valve, has stopped beating. Frazier reaches into the chest cavity, wraps his hands around the young patient’s heart and begins squeezing steadily . . .
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My profile of Oceans of Slumber lead singer Cammie Gilbert.
Containing works from 1974 to the present day shown only once before coming to the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Christopher Knowles: In a Word is a rare opportunity for visitors to enter what theater director Robert Wilson describes as Knowles’s “private kingdom.”
From within that kingdom, one views the world from several perspectives at once.
My preview of sculptor Ron Mueck's exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.