Writer and Editor

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

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Marathon 96x72 article
houstoncitybook.com

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

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

Kool b article
houstoncitybook.com

Poetic Justice

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

Pixel forest pixelwald 1 article
houstoniamag.com

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.”

Ann and maegan article
houstoncitybook.com

Of Melodies and Medicine

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

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.

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."

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.

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.

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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....

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houstoniamag.com

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.”

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.

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.

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.