Ever Wanted to Write About the Arts or Pop Culture?

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Photo by Andis Applewhite
We need more of you to join our scrum
The Houston Press is looking to add to its freelancers ranks with writers who know something about the arts and pop culture scene in Houston and, in some cases, the larger world.

We are looking to expand our collection of hard-working writers for this blog dedicated to a range of topics: from pop culture of all sorts to assessments of the visual and performing arts. Opera, photography, comics and commercials -- we look at them all.

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The Houston Press Needs a Multimedia Intern

Categories: Our Staff, Video

Did you watch the video? It's pretty incredible. Our good friend Ted Irving put that together for us for our feature story, "Houston's Hidden Homeless," and we're beyond happy with how it turned out.

Here at the Press, we love storytelling in all of its forms, from the well written feature to the beautiful shot slideshow to the captivating video, and we're lucky to work with talented writers, photographers and videographers to bring those stories to you.

In an effort to put out even more amazing videos, we're looking for a multimedia intern to work with us this Summer.

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The Houston Press Is Looking for a Photo Intern and a Multimedia Intern

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Photo by Leonel Nerio
These excited folks were captured on camera by our outstanding photo intern Leonel.
Are you the type of person who has decided to go all in on a career in photography or video? Are you interested in getting real-world experience putting together slideshows or editing videos?

Good news: The Houston Press is looking for a photo intern and a multimedia intern and we'll give you plenty of opportunity to shine.

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Our Annual Thanks to the Houston Arts Scene

Photo by Jann Whaley
Venus in Fur with Nicole Rodenburg as Vanda and Michael Bakkensen was just one of many endeavors that fired up the Houston arts scene in the past year

It's become a tradition to ask our Art Attack bloggers what they are thankful for in the Houston arts scene this year. Here's this year's reaction:

Think of our performing arts scene as a grand banquet, a great groaning board full of savory dishes. Just since the official opening of the current season, look upon the entrees we've already tasted: classic fare like Main Street's The Real Thing; Houston Ballet's The Merry Widow; the Alley's You Can't Take It With You; Houston Grand Opera's Aida; A.D. Players' Arsenic and Old Lace, all prepared by the finest of chefs.

Then there were the mouth-watering side dishes, like TUTS new underground series that began with the grunge musical Lizzie; GEXA on Broadway's Peter and the Starcatcher and Chicago; and the Alley's Venus in Fur, the flavors were tantalizing. And let's not forget the highly spiced appetizers: Music Box Musicals' Avenue Q; Mildred's Umbrella's Carnival Round; Catastrophic's The Pine, Bayou City Concert Musicals' The Pajama Game. The food never stops, it's finely served, and just makes you hungry for more.

Not satisfied yet, just wait. Look what's in store for the next seating: 50 Shades of Grey; Wagner's Das Rheingold; Other Desert Cities, Aladdin, The Diary of Anne Frank, Vera Stark, American Idiot. The banquet in Houston never stops. Go gorge yourself, giving thanks all the while for Houston's performing arts bounty which is, as we all know, food fit for the gods. - D.L. Groover

I've written several Creatives profiles this year and I am so grateful to see so many people in Houston making a living (or at least a go) at a lifestyle that does not require sitting inside a cubicle. It gives me immense confidence in the creative diversity of this city. It's also so inspiring on a personal level to talk to people who are overwhelmingly passionate about what they do. That makes me want to be a better writer. - Brittanie Shey

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High-Brow, Low-Brow, More Arts Writers Needed for Art Attack

Categories: Our Staff

Photo by Brett Coomer
We'd like to have as many freelancers as Il Trovatore had men in Houston Grand Opera's production
If you've ever wanted to write about the arts in Houston -- and in some cases the larger world -- and you can put together sentences with some amount of cleverness (knowing grammar rules is also a plus) then Art Attack may have a spot for you.

We are looking to expand our collection of hard-working writers for this blog dedicated to a range of topics: from pop culture of all sorts to evaluations of the visual and performing arts. Opera, photography, comics and commercials -- we look at them all.

We celebrate the arts and the people who practice them here in all their glory (we just finished our annual Houston Theater Awards) but if something doesn't measure up, we'll say so.

Here's where you come in. Needed are self-starters with knowledge of a particular area or areas who can also take direction and work as a team (check out our TV club).

It also helps if you have a wicked sense of humor and probably spent too much time watching TV while you were growing up.

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The Houston Press Celebrates Take Your Dog to Work Day

Photos By Abrahan Garza.
Wally, a 4-year-old corgi mix, was our runner-up for Best Costume.
There's a moment that many dog owners look forward to at the end of every work day: that moment when they get in from a long day of work and their best friend with four legs could not be happier to see them. It's the type of unconditional love most of us would like more of in our lives.

There is one work day every year where this does not happen, that unconditional love replaced by the sense of community that comes from hanging out with your coworkers and their four-legged best friends. That day is Take Your Dog To Work Day.

Like many local businesses, we opened our doors so that our dogs could roam the halls, make new friends and pause for a few photos. Check out our 2013 award winners.

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Preserving Houston in Photo Mashups: Houston Press's Abrahán Garza on PBS W/ VIDEO

Photo courtesy Abrahán Garza
The intrepid custodian of Houston architecture

Houston Press front desk receptionist Abrahán Garza is also an avid photographer. His mashups of old postcards and photographs with the city of Houston as it is now, have been presented several times on our blogs at houstonpress.com.

He also scored a cover photo for us not too long ago -- and a lot of attention. Today, the local PBS station KUHT, will air an interview they did with Garza at 7 p.m. on Arts InSight with Ernie Manouse.

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Announcing the New Houston Press Web Editor

Categories: Our Staff

Cory Garcia
Cory Garcia, who has been writing about music at the Houston Press for the last year, while working fulltime at the Victoria Television Group as its interactive content coordinator, will be the new Press web editor.

Garcia will replace Web Editor Brittanie Shey who has decided to return to freelance writing and whose last day at the Press will be March 1.

"We're really going to miss Brittanie who is a strong writer as well as someone who's very knowledgeable about online and social media. During the time she's been with us, she has really helped grow not only all four of our blogs, but our Facebook and Twitter presence," said Houston Press Editor Margaret Downing.

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