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Raegan Carey

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It was a Jolly-filled Night at Joy to the World!

The Bayou City Performing Arts presented Joy to the World, a holiday concerto commemorating 40 fabulous seasons. It was a special night featuring the Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston and the Bayou City Women’s Chorus held on National Worlds Aids Day. It celebrated inclusivity, diversity, and the spirit of Christmas while reflecting on the worldwide AIDS crisis and how we still have much too accomplished with awareness and prevention.

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Legacy Lapels Brings the Power of the Suit

“It’s not about the suit. It’s about the man in the suit.” ~ Ramon Smothers

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Houston’s TCWF Empowers a Community of Women Entrepreneurs

Shantera Chatman, founder of The Chatman Women’s Foundation (TCWF) held an incredible, enterprising event titled the PowHER Breakfast. This year’s breakfast was special since it commemorated the organization’s tenth year of helping others. That’s ten years of inspiration, professional growth and empowering women of Houston to be future business owners.

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UNICEF With Harvey On Its Mind Generously Gives Back

It was a glamorous night of Houstonians on the red carpet that led to a grandiose evening at the UNICEF Gala Houston.

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Community: AVDA Acts to End Abuse

The fearless AVDA campaign “END ABUSE BEGAN AGAIN” is a strategic force against domestic violence and it has been a successful one. This past week, many well-heeled society women and a few well-suited men filled up the Junior League’s Tearoom to discuss making a significant difference and furthering this much-needed cause.

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Johnson ‘Sets It Off’ Onstage with Houston Audiences

‘Set It Off Live on stage,’ Je’Caryous Johnson’s most recent anticipated play made its way to Houston and debuted to sold-out audiences. It was a smash hit. “Set It Off Live On Stage’ is based on the original screenplay of the same name by Takashi Bufford and the stage production was written, directed, and produced by Houstonian Je’Caryous Johnson.

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Memphis Makes it’s Way to Houston Audiences with an All –Too Familiar Narrative

Written by Joe DiPietro and David Bryan and directed by Dan Knechtges, the story of Memphis begins in musically–rich Memphis during the 1950’s south where Rock and Roll was born. It tells a story of a white radio DJ named Huey Calhoun who becomes obsessed with the taboo music of Blacks. Lured into a jute-joint by the sound of Rhythm & Blues, he starts to regularly visit a local nightclub for Blacks only and develops a crush on the nightclub’s star singer, the beautiful and talented Felicia Farrell.

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The Ensemble Theatre Honors King in a Magnificent Way

On April 4, 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 39, was shot to death in Memphis TN while standing on a hotel balcony. Dr. King, the praised civil rights leader, arrived in Memphis on April 3rd and delivered the final speech of his life, known today as the “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” address, in which he spoke of his own mortality.

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Love It or Not: “Lover, Beloved, Plays” Up to Small Alley Audiences

In the spirit of all things love, The Alley Theatre presents “Lover, Beloved,” a musical play written and composed by Grammy award winner and singer/ songwriters Suzanne Vega and Duncan Sheik. The play is inspired by the life and writings of Carson McCullers, an outspoken, rebellious 1940’s writer that became one of the brightest literary talents of the 20th century.

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Galleria Unveils Its New Saks Fifth Avenue Wing With New Boutiques

The Houston Galleria opened its newest Saks Fifth Avenue Wing on Westheimer. Featuring fashion previews with live models, Pop-Up Tea and Patisserie by Yauatcha, special gifts for attendees from GVI retailers and more. The Exclusively Yours, VIP Influencer Event was a fashionable partay!

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Wedding Planning Essentials: Interview with Award Winning Wedding Planner Delcina Hagley

Thinking about tackling your big day all on your own? With so many moving parts involved in wedding planning, having someone by your side every step of the way can be a serious lifesaver. If you're deciding whether or not a planner is for you keep reading.

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Let Them Eat Cake

Wedding Cake 2017 Trends and Interview with Tammy Allen Award Winning Baker

Everyone knows 2017 is all about the cake and who better to ask than award winner and top wedding cake designer Tammy Allen of Wedding Cakes by Tammy Allen. According to Brides.com, bakers are taking buttercream to a whole new level. Bridal cakes are being made bigger with more elaborate style using geometric shapes. Watercolors, crystallized candy, and bling are just some of the newest trends couples are bound to see appearing on cakes this year. With so much new creativity happening with cakes the sky is the limit on the perfect cake for the special day.

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Top Reasons to Hire a Hair and Makeup Pro

Every Bride wants to look their best on their Big day. Future Mrs. are taking any chances with their signature look on this all important day as they desire a special glow. Here are the top reasons from bridal beauty expert Margaret Fahnbulleh of Your Fab Fairy Wedding Beauty Consult Services on why brides should hire a professional hair and makeup artist.

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Money & Marriage: The Real Cost Behind Getting Married

Wedding Season is upon us and we have watched so many couples that are young and old take the plunge to wedded bliss! Behind all those lavish weddings are hefty price tags. If you don’t know wedding are big business and can have couples taking out a loan to fund it if they fail to plan and don’t stick to a budget.

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Groom Greatness: The Groom Takes Center Stage in 2017

Brides aren’t the only priority on the big day. We have to show the grooms favor too! The groom takes center as he is present in all aspects of wedding planning and cares very much about his own personal style!

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The Hottest Bridal Trends for 2017

Has your mailbox been flooded with wedding invitations this month? There is a reason for that. The simple answer is it is wedding season and June is the most popular month to get hitch. What is not so popular are traditional weddings. Brides and grooms are getting creative with their nuptials to showcase their unique personalities on their special day. This creativity has spawn some very interesting trends with fashion, cake, flowers, and all the bells and whistles of a wedding.

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Snoopy’s Cools Audiences Off With Its Slapstick Style Humor

If you’re a fan of the Charlie Brown cartoons and you're looking for a good chuckle this summer then this is the perfect lighthearted musical for you. The World According to Snoopy features music and lyrics by Larry Grossman and Hal Hackady and is based on the book by Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, Warren Lockhart, Arthur Whitelaw and Michael L. Grace.

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TUTS: Dream Girls Deliver, Sparkle, and Shine for Houston

“Dreams Girls” opened at Houston’s Hobby Center with a cast of multitalented actors. Directed by Sheldon Epps in his last production at TUTS and choreographed by Jeffrey Polk, “Dream Girls,” the musical, is actually a favorite of Artistic Director Sheldon Epps and was brought to Houston’s audiences to bring diversity to our city's theatre scene.

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Miracle Laughs Are Seen and Heard At the Alley’s “An Act of God”

The Alley’s Theatre’s “An Act of God” is a rowdy, hilarious farce of a play centering on God and its very comedic view of mankind. This one act play written and created by playwright David Javerbaum addresses many views we have on the modern world today regarding God and religion.

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A Big Top Night for Houston’s SPA 50th Anniversary Gala

It was a grand affair as the Society for the Performing Arts put on its most memorable soirée to date. Appropriately themed, “The Greatest Shows on Earth,” the SPA’s 50th Anniversary Gala was the hottest ticket and a night no Houstonian wanted to miss. 

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Houston Audiences Willingly Venture Into the Woods

Into the Woods the fairytale filled musical enchants Houston audiences at the Hobby Center.

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Wicked’s Talented Tale Bewitches Houston Audiences

Wicked whisked it’s magic for Houston audiences opening night last week and it was the kind of production that brought everyone to their feet. Wicked- is a cleverly written, imperfect tale of good vs. evil and a story of friendship, envy, belonging and love. It’s also a tale that touches on the not so subtle themes of “Feminism” with its strong heroine characters and “Colorism”- as we watch Elphaba struggle with acceptance because she is the color green. What I enjoyed about the story of Wicked is that it is a true Universal story and within the magical, green World of Oz, there lies a defining character that truly resonates with everyone.

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The Ensemble’s “Plenty of Time” Turns Up the Heat in Houston & Sizzles Just in Time for the Houston Summer

The Ensemble debuted Plenty of Time ~a time- capturing, romantic comedy for Houston audiences. Plenty of Time is an incredibly written play about love and life written by New York native John Shevin Foster and directed by Eileen J. Morris.

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The Sound of Music Sings its Heart Out to Houston Audiences

Rogers and Hammerstein’s The Sound Of Music opened to Houston audiences last week and it was a much-anticipated revival. Backed with the original music written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, it was filled with all the favorite songs fans of the classic award winning musical cherished most.

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The Ensemble Theatre Invites Audiences In With Their Compelling Play Fences

The Ensemble Theatre Fences, directed by Eileen J. Morris, is a play written by award winning playwright August Wilson. It is also considered his most critically acclaimed work and rightly earned him the Pulitzer Prize and Tony award. August Wilson is also best known for his unprecedented cycle of 10 plays that chronicle the 20th century African-American experience. Each play is set in a different decade and collectively became known as the Century Cycle. “Put them all together,” Wilson once said, “and you have a history.”

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Cirque Du Soleil’s Toruk- The First Flight Soars into Houston Amid Much Excitement!

The much-anticipated show Toruk is Cirque Du Soleil’s latest grand production and it is nothing short of visually sensational and thrilling. Backed by an amazing team that includes writers and directors Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, creation director Neilson Vignola, talented set designer Carl Fillion, and brilliant costume designer Kym Barrett. The production also includes an incredible musical score composed by Bob & Bill (Guy Dubuc and Marc Lessard).

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Cirque Du Soleil’s Toruk- The First Flight Soars into Houston Amid Much Excitement!

The much-anticipated show Toruk is Cirque Du Soleil’s latest grand production and it is nothing short of visually sensational and thrilling. Backed by an amazing team that includes writers and directors Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, creation director Neilson Vignola, talented set designer Carl Fillion, and brilliant costume designer Kym Barrett. The production also includes an incredible musical score composed by Bob & Bill (Guy Dubuc and Marc Lessard).

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Pride and Prejudice with Zombies: Bestseller Book Hits the Silver Screen

This week in theatres nationwide opens the much-anticipated Screen Gems film Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The film written and directed by Burr Steers and brought to you by Sony Pictures is based on author Seth Grahame Smith’s hit novel that is a horror parody of the Jane Austin literary classic Pride and Prejudice written in 1813. Seth Grahame Smith’s novel written in 2009 became an instant hit with his fans and before he knew it he had another NY Times bestseller book on his hands.

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Bridges of Madison County: A Musical with the Perfect Love Story

You ever longed for another life or met your true soul mate when it was much too late? This is the story of the meeting of two people Francesca, an unhappily married, Italian housewife, and Robert a handsome, free- spirited, traveling photographer who is in Madison Country photographing its famous covered bridges. These two lonely hearts are brought together by chance and soon discover although their love is “ the kind of certainty just comes just once in a lifetime”, they decide not to pursue one another past their passionate, illicit affair.

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Houston Get Ready for Cirque du Soleil’s TORUK!

Houston, I hope you are ready for the newest and grandest mythical production yet from Cirque Du Soleil. I got to dive in and experience Cirque Du Soleil’s Toruk-The First Flight. And I can tell you from seeing this production first hand that you don’t want to miss it.

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Pippin: A Musical Inspired By The Circus

Directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus, Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a journey to find the true purpose of his life. He struggles with questions as “Should he take the throne and serve his court?” like his father the King did or “Should he follow his passion and serve the people?”

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Ashley Tamar Davis Returned Home to Star in the Hit “Motown The Musical”

Ashley Tamar Davis is a Houstonian, HSPVA alum and Grammy nominee artist that returned home to Houston to star in the phenomenal hit “Motown the Musical.” Motown the Musical is celebrating its one- year anniversary

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Ashley Tamar Davis Returns Home to Star in the Hit “Motown The Musical”

Ashley Tamar Davis is a Houstonian, HSPVA alum and Grammy nominee artist that has returned home to Houston to star in the phenomenal hit “Motown the Musical.” Running July 21-26, 2015 at the Hobby Center, Motown the Musical is celebrating its one year anniversary on the road.

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Smokey Joe’s Café is Smokin’ Hot

TUTS (Theatre Under the Stars) decision to showcase Smokey Joe’s Café at miller was a great one. Smokey Joe’s café is a musical revue made up of legendary song-writing duo, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's most popular songs. You may wonder what is exactly is a Revue, and a Revue -the French word for Review is a type of show or any form of entertainment featuring skits, dances, and songs strung together by a theme. The theme in TUTS production of “Smokey Joe’s Café” revue is clearly smokin’ hot Music. If you are familiar with legendary songwriters Leiber and Stoller you know that these talented duo wrote or co-wrote over 70 chart music hits.

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Get to Know the Talented, Tony- Winning Broadway Star Tracee Beazer

Houston Style Magazine caught up with the beautiful and talented Broadway star Tracee Beazer to learn more about her current featured role in TUTS production of “ Smokey Joe’s Café.” Beazer, a Connecticut native who currently lives

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Aveda Teaches Women of Houston to Embrace Your Natural Hair

Last week Celebrity natural hair Gurus, Aveda and Essence teamed up to launch the “Naturally Yours” Campaign and preview their newest natural hair care line BE CURLY- which is a line of hair products recommended for women with textured hair. The event featured Celebrity Stylist Tippi Shorter, who is currently Aveda’s Global Artistic Director of Textured Hair, Essence.com Hair & Beauty Editor -Deena Campbell, and popular Mo Knows Hair blogger Monica Stevens.

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TUTS First Date Gives Houston Audiences the Ultimate Dating Guide!

Still single and looking for love while all of your friends are married? Do you cringe because family and friends are fixated on fixing you up? Well then “First Date” is really the play for you! We all know it’s complicated finding true love in today’s world and this good-humored musical gives audiences some interesting insight on how hard dating truly has become.

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TUTS’ Cinderella Casts a Spell to Believe in Yourself

Generations upon generations have heard the classic tale of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella of a poor girl who is treated badly but finds her prince and true love in the end. TUTS brought

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A Streetcar Name Desire was Beautifully, Poignant and Brilliantly Poetic

The award winning Scottish Dance Company graced the Wortham Theatre stage last weekend with it’s famed production of A Street Car Named Desire by Tennessee Williams– and it was everything a true fan of the play would have wanted.

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Robert Spano Brilliantly Conducts the Houston Symphony

The Performance which was comprised of three acts, first act was Jennifer Higdon’s piece “Blue Cathedral” –a contemporary piece, the second act showcased music from Chopin with Conductor Robert Spano- former music director of the Atlanta Symphony and established pianist Garrick Ohlsson. The third act again featured original, music composed by award winning female composer Jennifer Higdon.

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Lots to See at the Much Ado About the Alley Event!

Last week I attended Much Ado About the Alley meet greet fashion event featuring noted designer Jenny Packham. The exclusive event was invite only and was held in the Neiman Marcus Couture Salon.

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LMOP Musical – A Story of FREEDOMS!

Last weekend TUTS Underground premiered LMNOP, an edgy musical, to Houston audiences last weekend. The musical based on the novel “Ella Minnow Pea” and written by Scott Burkall

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Mamma Mia: The Story of Finding Your True Self

Have you ever wished to find your true self? or Refuse to deal with embarassing secrets from your past? Momma Mia, the global smash hit musical centers around a young lady, who while in the midst’s of planning a fantasy Greek wedding sets on a mission to find her real father in hopes he can walk her down the aisle. She schemes up a plan to invite all possible fathers, but on the journey of finding her real dad she begins her own path of self-discovery! Mamma Mia is a wonderful story of finding your true self and it connects with all of us who have struggled with our past.

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It Follows: A Perfect Thrill to Gross You Out

It Follows is a small budget, restricted released film that is garnering a lot of excitement lately. Directed by Robert Mitchell, it stars actress Monika Monroe. The film has been classifies as a super natural horror indie film

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It Follows Movie Review

It Follows is a small budget, restricted released film that is garnering a lot of excitement lately. Directed by Robert Mitchell, it stars actress Monika Monroe. The film has been classifies as a super natural horror indie film and is currently gaining a lot of attention from Horror movie fans.

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“Waiting For Johnny Depp” Surprises with Sure Delight!

Just how far would you go to be in a film with Johnny Depp?

This weekend TUTS Underground presented their highly-entertaining, edgy musical Waiting for Johnny DEPP. The whimsical and spirited musical was written and arranged by a host of talented composers

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“Waiting For Johnny Depp” Surprises with Sure Delight!

Just how far would you go to be in a film with Johnny Depp?

This weekend TUTS Underground presented their highly-entertaining, edgy musical Waiting for Johnny DEPP. The whimsical and spirited musical was written and arranged by a host of talented composers and songwriters. Composer Janet Cole-Valdez is an award-winning musical theatre writer, Gold Record artist, and former Motown songwriter who teamed up with Deedee O’Malley, a multi-award winning singer, songwriter, actress and dancer to bring us this world premier theatrical hit.

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Jennifer Holliday Dazzles in The Color Purple

The Color Purple, the musical about love, opened in Houston last Friday night to a sold out crowd at the Hobby Center. If you were a fan of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1982 novel and Steven Spielberg’s awarded film; the musical adaption written by Marsha Norman is one you will surely come to love.