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National Acts, Bayou Renovation Spell Promise For Summer Fest 2014

Hip Hop legends Wu-Tang Clan join Rocker Jack White and Country music pioneer Dwight Yoakam atop the lineup for this year's Houston Free Press Summer Fest, set for May 31 to June 1. As the two-day music festival gears up for its third year, festival-goers are in for what promises to be an even bigger and better event. With a sold out crowd of 100,000 last year, the festival shows no signs of scaling back. In fact, 160 heavy hitting national headliners and local acts spanning eight stages is…

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Trenton Doyle Hancock Opens New Exhibit at Contemporary Arts Museum

Trenton Doyle Hancock knows how to make waves in the art world, and with the opening of his latest exhibit at the Contemporary Arts Museum this weekend, Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing promises to keep Houston's art scene buzzing. Texas-raised Houston resident Trenton Doyle Hancock has made international waves in the contemporary art scene since emerging nearly two decades ago. Since then, he has received the Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize from the Studio Museum in Harlem and his…

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Cries of Bloody Murder Ring at TUTS

It can't be easy acting for 90 minutes straight in front of a live audience. Throw in the detail that you're not just speaking your lines but rather singing every word, and the rock musical Murder Ballad becomes a true tour de force for a quartet cast. On the heels of its New York City run, Murder Ballad's national regional premiere with TUTS Underground this month is garnering a lot of attention. The evocative story of a love triangle gone homicidal is at times funny, at times raucous and…

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Get Out Here Houston! Launches New Outdoor Exploration Site

Get Out Here Houston!, an organization dedicated to getting Houstonians outdoors and exploring, announced today the launch of GetOutHereHouston.org, a website that aims to be the go-to guide to Houston's great outdoors. The effort is a collaboration of numerous local non-profit organizations committed to the preservation and appreciation of the diverse ecosystems within the Houston Gulf Coast region. Together, they've created the resource to promote the Houston-Gulf Coast region as a…

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TripAdvisor Report: Houston Top Texas Destination, 12th in U.S.

The Bayou City experienced the biggest jump among U.S. destinations in TripAdvisor's latest report. Houston ranked No. 12, ahead of all other Texas cities. Houston rose 13 spots on the 2014 Travelers Choice rankings compared with the 2013 list. The rankings are determined using an algorithm that takes into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, attractions and restaurants in destinations worldwide, gathered over a 12 month period. TripAdvisor says of Houston: "A…

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Upper Kirby Takes Bloom with New Public Art Installation

A median in the road isn't much to look at. Unless you plant a 38-foot tall bronze and stainless steel sculpture in it, that is. Thanks to the Upper Kirby District Foundation and renowned Texas artist James Surls' creation, Tree and Three Flowers, nearly 50,000 drivers each day can feast their eyes upon this monumental public sculpture beginning April 6. The artwork, also dubbed Surls on Kirby, was commissioned by the Upper Kirby District Foundation and is the first completed project in the…

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