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Writer and editor, with more than a decade's experience covering music, arts and culture.

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The Exhibitionist

Joining a movement, self-styled gallerist London Ham shows fascinating works by emerging artists in his intimate Montrose apartment.

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Acoustic Guitar Magazine

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.

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How Does Art Reflect a Nation in Turmoil? | Houstonia

Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians provides (some of) the answers from Iranian-born contemporary artists.

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From Opening for the Sex Pistols to Meeting Patti Smith, Iconic ...

“A LOT OF GUYS MY AGE...THEY’VE HAD IT WITH THE ROAD,” says 66-year-old punk-turned-roots rocker Alejandro Escovedo. “They don’t want to play the feedback-induced kind of noise I like to make.”

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Poetic Justice

An in-depth look at Houston's lively and diverse poetry community.

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Of Melodies and Medicine

Therapists at one Houston hospital are proving that music heals — and now even former skeptics are singing a new tune.

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Retaking Shape | Houston CityBook | Reinventing the city magazine ...

My profile of artist HJ ("Harvey") Bott.

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He's Got Rhythm

Seated on a stool in front of the floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows in the chapel of Trinity Episcopal Church, dressed in a stylish dark blue denim jacket and fedora hat, 81-year-old singer Horace Grigsby has his audience in the palm of his hand.

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Touch, See and Hear the Mind-Bending New MFAH Exhibit from an Artist Who Inspired Beyoncé | Houstonia

“This is like an explosion of pixels you can move through,” says the exhibit’s fearless curator Alison Greene. “Your first impression walking in will be you’ve gone to the best disco you’ve ever gone to.”

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LA Review of Books

Awakening the “Monstress” Within - Los Angeles Review of Books

My interview with writer Marjorie Liu about her award-winning comics and her latest series "Monstress."

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The Most Wanted

My profile of five Houston artists, including Debra Barrera, Ed Wilson, Bret Shirley, Marti Corn, and David McGee.

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A landmark exhibition at the MFAH shows how the Cuban revolution shaped six decades of art.

Writer and political activist Jean Genet once said, “It is the duty of the revolution to encourage its adversaries: works of art.” This symbiotic yet contentious relationship between art and political revolution is the subject of "Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art," an expansive, immersive exhibit of Cuban art from 1950 to the present day, on view March 5-May 21 at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

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The Jazz Church of Houston Highlights Bayou City Musicians

Tierney Malone’s installation at Project Row Houses shows why Houston is the jazz capital of Texas....

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Don't Miss Leading Saxophonist Joshua Redman's Da Camera ...

FOR SAXOPHONIST JOSHUA REDMAN, the prodigiously talented son of the late great saxophonist Dewey Redman, who played with luminaries like Keith Jarrett and Ornette Coleman, playing jazz is a very personal and collective experience.

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A Houston Odyssey

As one of the city’s most venerable block parties, The Original Greek Festival, turns 50, the Greek community reflects on its immigrant past — and how it’s shaped the way Houston eats.