Canadian mezzo-soprano, who trained at the HGO Studio, will star in the title of Carmen, the company's first live show since Covid. (photo from @tact_international_management on Instagram)

AFTER THE COVID-19 pandemic forced Houston Grand Opera to make its 2020-21 season an all-virtual affair through their new HGO Digital platform, the lauded company is making its triumphant return to live productions this fall with a 2021-22 season stacked with audience favorites like Carmen and The Magic Flute. And of the six highly anticipated mainstage productions on the company's repertoire for the season, four of them will be conducted by women — toi toi toi — with the other two operas boasting female directors.
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"Captain America" Artist: Eliseo Hilario The Kingsmen Car Club, Houston, TX

LONGTIME HOUSTON PHOTOGRAPHER Emily Jaschke has shot over the years for nearly every publication in Houston, and for local non-profits like The Diana Foundation, Urban Harvest and Second Servings. But in her first solo exhibition of her photographic work, she's going full metal — Full Metal Jaschke, that is.

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HOUSTON IS KNOWN for many things — NASA, the Astrodome, a killer restaurant scene, world-class arts institutions, bourgeoning public green spaces, long workday commutes and summer humidity so intense that it makes you feel like you're the sweaty, meat-filled center of a sausage and cheese kolache. But one thing it is less known for, but should be, is having extremely talented poet laureates. In April, Mayor Sylvester Turner added to our talented crop of poet laureates by naming local performance poet, writer, compassionate mentor and electric entertainer Emanuelee "Outspoken" Bean as the city's fifth poet laureate, with a two-year term running from April 2021 through April 2023.

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