THE MAGIC OF THE BEATLES

Beatles super fan Ken Hoffman spotlights extraordinary night for Houston music lovers

British composer Howard Goodall will reveal the magic of The Beatles in an exclusive engagement. Photo courtesy of Apple Corps. Ltd/The Beatles Facebook

This article originally appeared on CultureMap.

If you're a Beatles fan, a splendid time is guaranteed for all when British composer, music historian, and Paul McCartney's good buddy Howard Goodall brings his "Magic of the Beatles Explained" presentation to Houston on Monday, December 16.

Goodall will dig deep into the Beatles' legacy and reveal how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr wrote and recorded some of the greatest songs in popular music history. It's a lecture that's got a good beat — and you can dance to it.

His presentation, making its U.S. debut, is sponsored by Gow Media (CultureMap's parent company) and St. Luke's Methodist Church Friends of Music. It will take place at The George Theater, home of Houston's A.D. Players repertory company (5420 Westheimer Rd.). Doors open at 6:30 pm, with Goodall taking the stage at 7:30 pm. Tickets, ranging from $30 to $50, can be purchased here.

After Goodall's presentation, I will host a Q&A session with the British composer. Since I'm listed as "perhaps Houston's biggest Beatles fan," I will pose fun questions for Goodall from a fan's perspective. If you've got a question that's always bugged you about a Beatles song, feel free to "Help!" me.

For example, I've wondered why the early Beatles spoke in thick, heavy Liverpudlian accents, but sang with Middle American newscaster accents, and what did their fans back at the Cavern Club think about that? It would have been weird if the Beach Boys recorded "I Get Around" sounding like Prince Charles. Putting my airfare where my mouth is, the day after Goodall's show, I am taking my son to Liverpool as a graduation gift. He's a Beatles' fan, too, and never been to the Fab Four's birthplace.

In addition to his Beatles work, Goodall is a celebrated composer and songwriter in his own right. He has written shows for London's West End, television, and movies. He was named Composer of the Year by the Classic Brit Awards (England's version of the Grammys), in 2009. He also won a U.S. Emmy Award for the HBO film, Into the Storm.

Much of Goodall's presentation will center on The Beatles' legendary Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, named the greatest rock 'n' roll album of all time by Rolling Stone. Goodall will examine several songs from Pepper, including "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," "She's Leaving Home," "Being For the Benefit of Mister Kite," and "Lovely Rita" — plus two songs originally intended for the album, "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever," which instead were released as a double A-sided single.

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"Magic of the Beatles Explained" takes place at The George Theater, 5420 Westheimer. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with Goodall taking the stage at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, ranging from $30 to $50, can be purchased at here. Special VIP tickets are $100 and include premium seating, a meet-and-greet and photo op with Goodall, early admission at 6 p.m., plus light snacks and drinks before and after the show.


The Houston Cougars win their fifth straight game in blowout victory over the South Florida Bulls.

Cougars keep rolling in blowout win over South Florida

The Houston Cougars (16-4, 6-1) took care of business Sunday afternoon in a 68-49 victory over the South Florida Bulls inside the Toyota Center in Houston. While improving their winning streak to four, Houston has now won 10 of their last 11 games.

It was a dominating performance for the Cougars as Houston outplayed the Bulls in nearly every aspect of the game. While scoring a total of 34 points in the paint, the Cougars forced the Bulls to commit 15 turnovers in which Houston converted into 18 points.

"My staff does a great job in breaking film down, head coach Kelvin Sampson said after the win. "Our kids knew the actions, and of course, it comes down to executing principles. Basketball is a game of actions, and to be a good defensive team, we have to be able to adjust."

After coming just two assists shy from recording a triple-double last game, junior guard DeJon Jarreau led Houston in scoring with 12 points and six dimes while senior big man Fabian White Jr. added in 11 points and two blocks.

After opening the game on an 8-2 run, Houston en barked on a 17-5 run during the first half to take a 31-23 lead into the half. After extending their lead to 44-28 early in the second half, the Bulls did not get closer than 12 the remainder of the game.

"I'm extremely proud of our effort today," Kelvin Sampson said. "Sometimes when you don't shoot the ball well, it looks like you aren't playing good. It could not be further from the truth. We played good today, and we didn't make a lot of shots, but we did a lot of good things."

On a day where Houston failed to shoot over 40% from behind the arc (23.8%), it was the Cougars hustle plays that gave way to their 19 point victory. With 14 offensive boards, Houston recorded 17 second-chance points.

In the loss, neither of USF's players scored in double-figures, with Michael Durr and Antun Maricevic each led the team with eight points apiece.

Following the win, the Cougars will travel to Greenville, N.C. on Wednesday to take on the 9-11, 3-4 East Carolina Pirates. Tip-off is slated for 6 P.M. CT.


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