Queen’s Cartoonists go full loony tunes by mixing music, cartoons in Galveston

Written by Chris Gray, Houston Chronicle, March 21, 2022

Everybody loves cartoons. Joel Pierson has made a living out of it… sort of. As the pianist and artistic director of The Queen’s Cartoonists, Pierson wears many hats: curator, composer, performer, arranger, spokesman. The Brooklyn-based sextet accompanies several short animated films per concert, many of them...


Tireless Mavis Staples does not know the word ‘retire’

Written by Chris Gray, Houston Chronicle, January 3, 2022

Free Press Summer Fest left behind a mixed bag of memories over its nine years, but at least one is a true gem: a YouTube clip of Mavis Staples singing “The Weight” in June 2013. Even for Houston, the heat that year...


‘Greater Tuna’ co-creator Jaston Williams brings ‘Bloody’ holiday cheer to Galveston

Written by Chris Gray, Houston Chronicle, November 19, 2021

Jaston Williams knows The Grand 1894 Opera House well. Not only can he feel the old stories that permeate the venerable Galveston theater, he’s featured in quite a few himself. “America used to be covered with theaters ...


The Grand 1894 Opera House celebrates reopening

The Daily News, November 2, 2021

Pictured are employees of The Grand 1894 Opera House and members of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce at a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the reopening of the theater’s 2021-2022...


New season set to open at The Grand 1894 Opera House

The Daily News, September 23, 2021

If you’ve never gotten a chance to enjoy a live show at The Grand 1894 Opera House, well, make this upcoming season, which features performances from just about every genre...


Pianist Rob Landes set to reopen Galveston’s opera house this weekend

Written by Chris Gray, Houston Chronicle, June 1, 2021

Pianist Rob Landes has one of the great résumés in the annals of Houston music: He played with psychedelic rockers Fever Tree and taught at TUTS’ Humphreys School of Musical Theater, while his long-running jazz trio ...


The Grand 1894 Opera House's Grand Kids Festival

The Daily News, May 2, 2021

Children and their families braved wet weather Saturday for the 25th annual Grand Kids Festival in Galveston. The free event, produced by The Grand 1894 Opera House, featured a variety...


Grand Kids Festival returns to Galveston Saturday

Written by Chris Gray, Houston Chronicle, April 28, 2021

The Grand Kids Festival in downtown Galveston will mark its 25th edition on May 1, but in some respects it’s entering virgin territory. Last year’s festival was canceled outright, a casualty of the pandemic...


The Grand Kids Festival is back, celebrating its 25th year

Written by Angela Wilson, The Daily News, April 22, 2021

For those of you looking for something to do with the entire family, look no further than The Grand Kids Festival, which will celebrate its 25th year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 1 between 20th and 23rd...


Five Historic Texas Theaters Share Their Strategies for Survival

Written by Sarah Thurmond, Texas Highways, July 21, 2020

From Anson to Galveston, beloved historic theaters have had to cancel their lineups due to COVID-19, but now they're getting creative in hopes of bringing even more good times to future generations...


Dine Out for Charity event to help local non-profits

Guest Column by James Clark, The Galveston County Daily News, Sept. 19, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic altered everything. Working from home, virtual distance learning, social distancing, no large gatherings, restrictions when dining out and shopping. COVID-19 touches every part of our lives....



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