Houston Via Colori® Street Painting Festival, a fundraiser for The Center For Hearing and Speech, will liven up the streets of downtown Houston for its 11th year November 19th-20th.

Via Colori is one of Houston’s signature art festivals, attracting more than 30,000 annual visitors. More than 250 local and international artists create mind-blowing murals on the streets of Houston over the two-day event. Via Colori also features three stages of live music, a Family Zone with kids’ chalk games and food and beverage vendors.
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SMATTERING 9
As the holiday season is upon us, the Houston community theatre turns its attention to helping the poor. Last night Cone Man Running and Landing Theater company hosted Smattering 9: The Whole Nine Yards, benefitting the Houston Food Bank. Eight short plays were presented, all of which were written in just 24 hours. Then a director and actors were assigned and the insanity ensued during two performances. Many laughs were had and the performance raised $1500 for the Houston Food Bank.
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Locally Grown in Texas:
Why I Care About Farmer's Markets

When we think about the good life, art and food rank pretty high in importance. The food industry consistently engages in deceptive marketing that confuses consumers. One way this is done is by throwing around terms that have no meaning under federal guidelines, such as dressing up chips as being "natural." While some carry more validity than others, all these trendy marketing terms associated with our food (Organic, natural, cage-free, etc.) can be overwhelming.
Alternative rock icons Helmet released their first album in six years DEAD TO THE WORLD. Here is front-man Page Hamilton talking with Micah Jackson of Visionary Noise about David BowieThe Beatles, living in Los Angeles, California, meditating while doing cocaine, the creative process, and this record which comes jam-packed with heavy guitar riffs, blasting percussion, and the distinctive voice of front-man Page Hamilton. The album is a perfectly executed mix of hard rock, alternative, metal and punk, and it shows the world again how versatile a rock album can be in 2016. Incredible footage of Local H at White Oak Music Hall

Electoral Reform Aren't We Overdue?

Butterfly Ballots, Voter Purges, Hanging Chads, Supreme Court intervention and other questionable activities and whimsical terms dominated the news after the 2000 presidential election. In the aftermath, election officials promised to reform the balloting system in progressively challenged areas such as Florida. But as welcome as such changes are, I fear they fall short of addressing a more important issue: The larger problem of the election was the failure to properly handle the presence of a third party. Here is the skinny on Approval Voting, Instant Runnoff Voting and the Electoral College. MORE

KPFT Houston's Only Locally Supported Radio Station Is Having Their Drive
Music is one of the few things nearly everyone enjoys without reservation. Music gives people an outlet to express their creativity and share their passion. Wherever you live, I guarantee there is a vital art and music scene nearby. A lot of times, there are some amazing talent right around the corner from where you live, and local radio is the voice of that scene!


Perhaps you have not heard of Wonderbitch, a strong up and comer on the regional scene. Wonderbitch is a steady stream of attention grabbing pop that feels a little like early 80s pop meets 70s disco.  If you have heard of them it might have been at a festival, or through media as it seems like they are constantly topping polls in Austin. The steady rhythm and stark subject matter is humbling to the high spirited sound they make. They are spacey, funky and most definitely groovy.
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