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Houston Ballet’s Planned Performance of La Bayadere Comes Under Fire

A Hindu rights activist based in Nevada is accusing the Houston Ballet of cultural insensitivity and is urging it to cancel its upcoming performances of La Bayadère, scheduled for February, saying the ballet set in India “trivializes Eastern religious and other traditions.”

La Bayadère, a ballet originally performed in Russia by the Imperial Ballet in 1877, is the story of Nikiya, a temple dancer who is loved by the High Brahmin — but does not love him — and is loved by and loves the warrior Solor. What follows is a passionate story of true love —thwarted to the max — ending in general destruction.

Originally staged with four acts, the ballet has undergone several revisions since its inception and the version presented by Houston Ballet which has been performed several times ...

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Rockets-Lakers Game 3: Four Thoughts

No one expected the Rockets to sweep the Lakers. In truth, some didn’t think they would win a single game. But after a massive comeback in Game 2, only to fall short, and a series tied at one game apiece, it’s pretty clear this is going to be a longer and better contested series than predicted.

Like good teams do, the Lakers adjusted to the Rockets in Game 2. They used their size to their advantage and threw some old school zone defense against James Harden and crew, forcing some bad shots and too many turnovers. Harden says he and backcourt mate Russell Westbrook watched the game tape and say they are ready. Here are four thoughts.

Go zone busting.

The Lakers decided to make the Rockets prove they could hit shots from the outside by packing the paint and playing a 3-2 zone...

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Game By Game Predictions For the Houston Texans In 2020

This Thursday, we all embark on what is undoubtedly the strangest Houston Texans season in my 13 years as a member of the media covering the team and my nearly 20 years as a fan. The weird thing is that I might even be saying this even if we WEREN’T starting out the season amidst a viral pandemic with little to no fans in any of the stadiums. I mean, I just finished up a preseason as one of ten media members covering the team, and I had to get COVID tested EVERY DAY.

Yet, even with all that, this was setting up as an odd season given the stamp that Bill O’Brien has put on this team in his first full year as general manager, which saw him, among several other things, trade away the best wide receiver in the game for a second round pick and a (possibly) overpaid running back three years re...

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Local Architects Predict Big Changes to Building Design Thanks To COVID-19

When Albert Pope heard on the news that it took four years to develop a mumps vaccine and that it was the fastest a cure for a disease was ever created, he realized COVID-19 would probably be around for the foreseeable future.

As an architecture professor at Rice University, Pope knows he and his fellow architects will have a key role in helping society respond to the long term impacts of the pandemic. Architects across the globe are grappling with how COVID-19 will reshape the way new buildings are designed and how old ones are modified for years to come.

“I don’t think we’ll go back to business as usual,” Pope said.

Two weeks into a fall semester like no other, Rice is in the middle of figuring out how to bring students together face-to-face while still keeping them safe from COVID-19...

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Houston Restaurant Weeks Lasts Through September

Houston Restaurant Weeks has been extended through the entire month of September and Houston foodie fiends are ecstatic. While many restaurants are continuing their HRW menus through the month, it’s best to check first before venturing out. The list of participating restaurants and their HRW menus can be found on the HRW website.

We reached out to some restaurants around town about their menus and our list reflects the abundance of diverse cuisines, from casual take-out to fine dining. Many of the restaurants are offering their HRW menus to go for curbside pick-up and delivery. We recommend using some common sense about what travels well and what doesn’t so that a special meal isn’t a messy disappointment.

Houston Restaurant Weeks was founded in 2003 by local media personality and phila...

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A.D. Players Updates its Season in a Video Announcement

As the pandemic continues, local theater groups rejuggle their already juggled schedules, pushing shows back later and later into the 2020-21 season— or in some cases — all the way to the next.

The latest is the announcement by A.D. Players Executive Director Jake Speck and Artistic Director Kevin Dean that they will be moving some plays farther along into the year and dropping some others from the lineup entirely, with the possibility that they could be picked up in a future season at the George Theater. 

Speck and Dean delivered their news by video, beginning with the announcement that the world premiere of Apollo 8 moves from the fall to the spring, replacing Is He Dead. “That’s right, Is He Dead is now dead. But don’t worry, we will resurrect it in a future season,” Dean said.

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Deshaun Watson Signs Massive Four Year, $156 Million Extension

Saturday was a very busy day, if you’re a Houston Texan fan, or anybody who is part of Deshaun Watson’s family tree or inner circle. We could see the figurative smoke coming from NRG Stadium on a Watson contract extension on Thursday, when the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted this:

Then on Saturday morning, we got this very thinly veiled sign from Deshaun that good things were happening:

Then came the news:

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This Week in Houston Food Events: Tailgater Tacos and Labor Day Eats

Though social distancing is in effect with bars closed for in-house services and restaurants limited, the ever-strong Houston food community continues to truck on. This week, you can support local restaurants by carrying out or making reservations for dine-in service, try out a football-inspired taco and get one last taste of the long weekend with a Labor Day brunch. Here’s a look at this week’s hottest culinary happenings:

Monday, September 7

Labor Day Food and Drink Deals

From boozy lazy day brunches and fun steak nights to at-home grilling packages featuring burgers, dogs and fajitas, our

Houston Labor Day 2020 Restaurant Guide

covers the food and drink specials in Houston.

Monday-Thursday

Now through Thursday, September 10, Tarka Indian Kitchen, 721 West 19th, is running a Back t...

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Gibran Nassif Lands a Pair of Haymakers On COVID’s Music Slowdown

COVID-19 sucker punched the music industry this year and the blow has been painful, but it hasn’t been a decisive knockout. The battle has actually proven inspirational at times, with true fighters rising from the canvas to survive into the next round. Cue the Rocky theme music for Houston music entrepreneur Gibran Nassif, a good example of those relying on their talent, savvy, experience and the people in their corners to give their ongoing music careers a fighting chance.

Nassif’s a longtime music insider, one who began pursuing music as a seven year-old drumming to his sister’s favorite punk bands. No sooner than he graduated from Austin Community College’s music business program, he packed his bags for a national tour opening for Imagine Dragons and Awolnation...

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We All Want a Cool Front, But Don’t Count On It

Forecasters have been talking about the possibility of the city’s first legitimate cold front this fall blowing through the middle of next week. We all want to believe it’s true. But, don’t be too quick to pull those sweaters out of storage just yet.

First, a bit about Houston weather for those who were unaware. From mid-July through roughly mid-September, Houston is absolutely brutal. It’s hot. It’s humid. It’s soul crushing. In addition, we are stuck in the middle of hurricane season which, as we saw just a week ago, can be more than a little nerve wracking…or worse.

So, when the hint of the first real cold front is rumored, people tend to cross fingers, offer prayers, start making promises they cannot keep all to bring a much needed breath of cooler air into town...

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