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Ali Wong flashes Houston on her Milk & Money Tour

(04/03/19 3:28am)

After rising to fame with her Netflix stand-up specials Baby Cobra (2016) and Hard-Knock Wife (2018), writer and comedian Ali Wong took Houston on in her sold out 2019 Milk & Money Tour. The crowd was filled with a number of pregnant women, many of them dressed up in Wong’s iconic Baby Cobra outfit—red-rimmed glasses and cheetah-print dress. This show held many firsts for me—I’d never had my phone locked away for a show before, and I’d never seen Wong, well, not pregnant.




Rainbow Kitten Surprise spreads love on North American tour

(02/20/19 3:47am)

I discovered alternative rock band Rainbow Kitten Surprise on accident — a friend queued a few songs on my phone, and the song “First Class” started playing while I was at work. A couple of my friends had already purchased tickets for their Houston concert, so I dove into the albums “Seven + Mary,” “RKS” and “How to: Friend, Love, Freefall” in preparation. My two favorite songs became “All’s Well That Ends” and my first, “First Class.”




Building worlds: Featuring composition major Molly Turner

(01/23/19 3:21am)

Molly Turner enjoys improvising piano pieces on the spot, skillfully turning a room into a 1950s jazz club or an 18th century palace ballroom. According to Turner, however, she didn’t “get into” composition until high school. She recalls being naïve in many ways in her first year of music school — whereas a violinist may have gone through years of training, she was only just learning the art of her craft.



Patching the Past: Featuring VADA and English senior, Claudia Middleton

(11/14/18 6:06am)

Sid Richardson College senior Claudia Middleton calls herself a mixed-media artist with a knack for collages. Her studio hosts a collection of pieces made from different mediums ranging from cloth to photos to oil paints. Despite dabbling with multiple techniques, Middleton said collage is her favorite.


Inked: BioSci and VADA senior, Kira Chen

(11/07/18 6:05am)

Wiess College senior Kira Chen sees art as a way to explore the concepts of light and space. Her art studio has multiple shades of black, consisting of both modern ink and traditional Chinese paintings. Chen says her biggest artist inspirations are Chinese painter Li Cheng for his grand landscape paintings and minimalist artist Kitty Kraus for her kinetic sculptures of light and ink. When it comes to her own creative process, Chen said her favorite medium to work with is ink.


Perfect Imperfections: VADA and Comp Sci senior Priyanka Jain

(10/31/18 5:09am)

The walls of Priyanka Jain’s studio flow with pink and purple. From a distance, her in-progress piece looks like an ocean wave made of tiny trapezoids. Up close, you’ll find that each trapezoid is slightly different from the one next to it. Jain, a Will Rice College senior studying computer science and visual and dramatic arts, says these slight imperfections are exactly what she is going for.


Curving Bodies: Featuring VADA and Policy Studies Senior, Miranda Morris

(10/24/18 5:03am)

For McMurtry College senior Miranda Morris, art is a way to explore the human body. Her studio is a collection of portrayals of the curves and shadows formed by shoulders, arms and torsos. In one corner, a charcoal sketch of an elbow propped against a knee. In another, a golden sculpture of a foot curved against a woman’s face.


Colors and Code: Featuring VADA and COMP Senior, Si Si Zimmerman

(10/17/18 4:45am)

A step inside the four walls of Baker College senior Si Si Zimmerman’s senior studio is like a step into a world of curved lines, each one arched along another and containing endless possibilities. There are paintings bursting with color, drawings composed solely of black ink on stark white paper and sculptures molded into shapes that have yet to be named.