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Sunday, June 04, 2023 — Houston, TX

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Painting the town: Houston muralist GONZO247 spearheads new campus mural

(10/28/20 3:33am)

This week, another prolific Houston artist is making their mark on Rice’s largest canvases in the next installation of the Moody Center for the Arts’ season of “Creative Interventions.” Through the week of Oct. 26, internationally acclaimed Houston-based graffiti artist GONZO247 is joining forces with Rice students, alumni and community members to create a mural in celebration of Owl Together, the first combined celebration of Homecoming & Reunion and Families Weekend.

Deep End Records goes under, Insomnia Gallery shuts its doors for now

(10/14/20 12:22am)

If you’ve ever attended one of Insomnia Gallery’s vividly imaginative art shows — frequently reviewed by Thresher staff and featured in our weekly roundup of local arts events in recent years — you’ve been greeted with walls lined with colorful cassette tapes and bins filled with vinyl records old and new to rifle through. Deep End Records, tucked in that front room of the indie gallery since early 2018, was a frequent stop on my first solo adventures in Houston thanks to its laid-back vibe, wide selection and insane affordability — I was incredulous to have been able to snag an Elton John album for just $5 on one of my first visits. 

Revealing fragility and standing on the brink: A conversation with Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton

(06/05/20 2:53am)

“A committee made an announcement: a better future awaits us.” So reads the first of four yellow billboards in the west lawn of Rice’s Brochstein Pavilion. What an inadvertently converse foreshadowing of the difficult weeks and months that have followed the opening of Kameelah Janan Rasheed’s text-based art installation “perhaps, there is no sequel.” This weekend, the Rice community will have the opportunity to engage with Rasheed’s inquiry into futurity once again with a crowd-sourced poem created by Deborah D.E.E.P Mouton, social activist and previous Houston Poet Laureate.

KTRU sustains its sound from a distance with new remote programming

(04/07/20 11:00pm)

After recently celebrating the restoration of its original call sign letters last fall, KTRU has entered yet another new chapter in its vibrant history: completely remote operations. Rather than surrendering the airwaves to Robo — the station’s “robot” automated system which plays prerecorded music and announcements on loop —  the DJs of Rice Radio have found a way to preserve the human touch that makes KTRU a destination for eclectic music lovers across Houston and beyond. 

Review: Gambino paints a timely, turbulent landscape with surprise album ‘3.15.20’

(03/25/20 2:10am)

These days, it seems that everything is undergoing an unstoppable metamorphosis, shedding its old skin and emerging anew and unexpected. Donald Glover seems to be the personification of this transitory moment, since his recent album “3.15.20” has been rumored to be the final project under his psuedonomic stage name, Childish Gambino. With “3.15.20,” Glover is leading the charge into the future with no less anxiety than the rest of us, but with the impeccable finesse desperately needed to remind us of our humanity in the face of apocalypse. 

Historic SXSW cancellation leaves Austin arts industries reeling

(03/10/20 10:56pm)

South by Southwest, an annual music, film, technology and media festival held in Austin, was canceled Friday, March 6 amid concerns about COVID-19. The cancellation was ordered after both the City of Austin and Travis County declared a local state of disaster on Friday. Despite having no reported cases of coronavirus in the Austin area, the declarations were signed by Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt as a precautionary measure against the rapidly escalating epidemic.