What can fantasy tell us about reality? We are often told that fantasy is the opposite of reality, an imagined, idealized world existing solely in one’s dreams. What is often lost in that analysis is the opportunity for us to uncover the circumstances of one’s reality that inform and create their fantasies. What battles are we losing that we can win only in our imaginations?
A sock for a water bottle, a hammock for bathroom items, slippers that clean the floor as you walk – these are some of the many items one can find in Daiso, the most recent Asian craze to enter the Houston scene since 85C Bakery Cafe. Daiso is a Japanese dollar store that has an international presence. But to call it a dollar store does not do it justice, because Daiso is more than an exporter of Japanese commercial items – it’s an exporter of Japanese lifestyle.
“Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol” is not only the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s latest exhibit, but also clearly a point of particular pride. Through an exclusive partnership with the National Portrait Gallery in London, the MFAH can now boast that it is the only U.S. venue to host the impressively numbered collection, most of which has never been viewed outside of the United Kingdom. The works’ unprecedented display is enthusiastically emphasized in the exhibit’s catalogue, advertisements and opening text.
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.
“A Star is Born” is a refreshing, honest take on a vintage love story. Its lead performers’ career-defining work and its emotionally-devastating moments will undoubtedly move crowds everywhere.
The setlist of BROCKHAMPTON’s “I’ll Be There Tour” was a perfect mix of fresh new songs and iconic older songs. Even without Vann, the band carried on, making energetic music and delivering exuberant performances.
The fair, condensed almost entirely on a single, open floor, featured a dizzying array of subjects and styles; portraits inspired by West African Ankara wax prints competed for air against what I can only describe as a conclave of Jaeger-drinking teddy bears.
Despite the cancellation of headliner Childish Gambino, eager festival goers streamed in to see performances by Paul McCartney, Metallica, Travis Scott and many more. Continuing from last year’s review, I bring you ACL’s best and worst — to keep in mind if you’re heading to Weekend Two, or to discuss if you were lucky enough to attend Weekend One.
Wearing a bright orange shirt and donning a hat, van Dijck fit right in at the ACL press tent. I was able to catch him for 10 minutes and pick his brains on a variety of topics – from “album1” to advice for aspiring DJs.
When the crowd caught its first glimpse of Kali Uchis’s silhouette behind a silken screen at House of Blues on Sept. 28, there was a collective gasp – and then the screaming started. The eclectic, R&B singer-songwriter began dancing almost as soon as the crowd started chanting her name. When she parted the screen and slipped onto the stage, she did so with the confidence of someone who knows she deserves to bask in the limelight.
Since you’ve probably scored your pass to Austin City Limits via desperate posts on Rice Students Selling Stuff, planning and organization might not be your forte. However, situational awareness and forethought are critical to an enjoyable ACL experience – without them, you’re going to subject yourself to a weekend of misery and stress. Check out some tips and a packing list from a similarly disorganized ACL-goer to make sure all of your boxes are checked.
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Hidden in the bustle of downtown Houston now lies a vibrant moonscape that takes shadow storytelling to a whole new level.
Beyond listening to KTRU (which you should!), there isn’t much incentive on campus to discover new music, as evidenced by the fact that “Caroline” is still regularly played at publics. Heavily-attended festivals like Austin City Limits offer students the opportunity to get a taste of the oodles of undiscovered talent beyond the hedges.
It’s around the time when the excitement of starting a new school year has worn off, you’re sick and swamped with midterms and papers and your room is a pigsty of clothes, trash and unclean servery plates. Lastly and most unfortunately, you look like a goddamn mess. You haven’t shaved in a week and you’ve been wearing the same outfit, a Rice t-shirt and cargo shorts, to class every day.
While it may have seemed like not much happened on campus this weekend, the ordinarily quiet and unassuming residential Menil District was buzzing with excitement and activity. Following a seven-month-long hiatus, the main building of the Menil Collection finally reopened its doors on Saturday. Visitors were able to experience the newly updated building in what might have been one of the most anticipated cultural events of the fall, complete with food from famous Houston food trucks (like the The Waffle Bus and Smoosh).