Writer and Editor

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

  • 33
    stories
  • 37K
    words
33
stories for
12
publications
Chris Becker's stories for
Show all
Horace grigsby article
houstoncitybook.com

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.

Hamlet on bourbon article
houstoncitybook.com

The Most Wanted

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

Raul marti%cc%81nez rosas y estrellas article
houstoncitybook.com

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.

Frixos article
houstoncitybook.com

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.

Acoustic guitar article
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.

Joshua redman purple jay blakesburg article
houstoniamag.com

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.

Open uri20161230 20259 18sn03r article
houstoniamag.com

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....

Kippa article
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."

John adams 1 photo by vern evans bw article
houstoncitybook.com

Setting a President

Another piece I wrote for Houston CityBook. How "Nixon in China" put the HGO on the world’s cultural map as a risk taking champion of new works and American contemporary opera. Includes portions of my exclusive interview with composer John Adams.

Adan article
signetinteractive.com

Adán Medrano and Marketing Truly Texas Mexican

Houston chef Adán Medrano on marketing his cookbook to Spanish-speaking communities.

Arturo article
houstoniamag.com

Hear Groundbreaking Cuban Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval in Houston | Music | Houstonia

My profile of the great trumpeter and composer Arturo Sandoval.

14289773 10154453953938168 2886566085820326519 o article
houstoncitybook.com

LOUD & PROUD | Houston CityBook | Reinventing the city magazine for the people who are reinventing the city

My profile of Oceans of Slumber lead singer Cammie Gilbert.

Misha penton article
houstoncitybook.com

Colors of the Song | Singer Misha Penton utilizes new instruments in a moving, mixed-media art show at The Jung Center.

What compels so many musicians to paint? For soprano Misha Penton, painting is a meditative and cathartic process, and provides solace from the demands of her career as a contemporary classical singer and impresario of her performing arts company Divergence Vocal Theater.

Nicole heaston article
houstoncitybook.com

Dare to Diva | Houston CityBook | Reinventing the city magazine for ...

My profile of soprano Nicole Heaston. “Beyoncé can’t do what we do, and we can’t do what Beyoncé does. But when people see what we can do, and we do it right, they become excited about it.”

Monheit 1 article
LA Review of Books

Jane Monheit: Beyond Ella

My interview with singer Jane Monheit.