It's been odd to watch the folks up in Dallas handle being ground zero for the first Ebola case in the United States. Ebola is a nasty, frightening disease, but Dallas and state officials have been cucumber-cool about the whole thing. First, they had a patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, who recently arriv ... More >>
Big Men reveals how the world of oil actually turns.
The movies to know from Sundance - and the year ahead.
The Jewish holiday of Passover starts tonight. Passover celebrates the Jews escaping Egypt and God smiting the cruel pharaoh in the process. Passover is also called "The Festival of Unleavened Bread." According to the Torah, God sent ten plagues, punishing the pharaoh for not listening to Moses a ... More >>
There are some fascinating objects in this wannabe blockbuster, but mainly it's a grab for crowds and cash.
Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Examiner: I wasn't the only one to be surprised by how good Hasta la Pasta's en ... More >>
My cup runneth over.I realize Egypt is in chaos and everyone north of the Mason-Dixon line is going to be flash frozen like a bag of Birds Eye broccoli florets and Charlie Sheen is apparently the reincarnation of Grigori Rasputin, but that is no excuse, no excuse, for the criminal lack of att ... More >>
American soldiers, vérité-style, in Restrepo.
The Houston Zoo exhibits art inspired by the world's most ferocious beasts
Although only open for a few short months, Out of Africa (14019 Southwest Freeway, #204) has already closed. An excellent review from Robb Walsh in March, fantastic reviews on B4-U-Eat, an excellent burger and a killer patio weren't enough to save the young restaurant. This leaves Houston with ... More >>
Better music than ACL and fewer hippies
We're not saying the Somali pirates are bad at their job, exactly; just that it doesn't take a lot of skill to take over ships when you're the only guys with guns. They showed the extent of their foresight most recently by hijacking some American ships, thus rousing the sniper-y might of the United ... More >>
At this Sugar Land South African restaurant, you'll find a lot of delicious dishes you've never heard of before.
As Cairo is to fine Mexican cuisine, so Houston has long been to the fine art of local TV ads.A few more gems from our proud history have popped up in the past few months. (We examined some others here a while back, and since Michael Pollack still reigns as the king, we dedicated a whole post to him ... More >>
Late season heirloom tomatoes at the newly-opened H-E-B in west Houston at Bunker Hill and I-10. These beautiful babies were going for $5.99 a pound when I visited the much-ballyhooed new H-E-B on Saturday afternoon. The bins were heaving with at least a dozen varieties of tomatoes: ... More >>
Motherland music hit a fever pitch with U.S. bands this year
This group mixes Congolese traditions with bits of styles from around the world
Journalist and former detainee Paul Salopek talks about the wars in Africa
Bold stands are the order of the day, and U.S. Rep. Al Green is right on the front line. Fighting the Vietnam War. Green has issued a press release bringing notice to the fact that he's against the Vietnamese government opening a consulate here in Houston. "The Vietnamese government has come under ... More >>
Seven professors from seven Middle Eastern countries arrived in Houston on Friday to finish their tour of the United States. Previously the group had traveled to Washington, D.C. and San Francisco and is in town this week to study, among other things, Houston's large Hispanic population. The group ... More >>
Four of todays rising star pianists perform as a collective and then in solo concerts
The Menil hosts one of the most compelling shows Houston has seen in a long time
The Ensemble Theatre presents a family drama about going home (in more ways than one)
Eight photographers focus on genocide in the Sudan
Click the LISTEN button below for a preview... Angelina Jolie can’t save all the orphans in Africa, can she? Thankfully, the orphans of the African Children’s Choir are saving themselves. The choir, started 23 years ago, takes orphaned or abandoned African children with amazing musical talent ... More >>
Houstons the latest stop for the Journey of Hope tour
Brooklyns Urban Bush Women and Senegals Compagnie JANT-BI join forces in a collaborative dance performance
The Museum of Natural Science takes Lucy to her first Halloween party
The Houston Museum of Natural Science is squeamish for squamates
Oil is slick stuff. The oil business can be even slicker. And within the industry, Houston-based Weatherford International may be the slipperiest of all. Yep, that Sudan. According to Fortune Magazine, the oil giant is drilling in Sudan, despite the fact that the US Congress has prohibited Ame ... More >>
We were listening to Morning Edition on NPR (FM 88.7) this morning when we heard an interview with Aminatta Forna, author of Ancestor Stones, a fictional chronicle of the lives of five Sierra Leonean women. The author read a passage that detailed a hungry crowd’s reaction when a box of lipstick ... More >>
Contemporary Africa -- with a theme
Addisaba has an air of foreign intrigue — and awesome kifto and yedoro wot
Coffee and conversation at Blue Nile
Congo is a fine old film, in afine old-fashioned way
My Children! My Africa! portrays the tragic limits of learning under apartheid