Last June, the four movement conservatives on the Supreme Court, joined by Anthony Kennedy, held that the Voting Rights Act's "pre-clearance" procedure was a relic of the past--the South, and society in general, had changed, the High Court told us. No longer did states and jurisdictions that had a h ... More >>
Beset by federal budget cuts, no written history and a general lack of recognition, the Alabama-Coushatta try to learn a different way of being indian.
When I was in third grade I learned all 50 states in alphabetical order thanks to a catchy tune. Now I'm hoping to stick that bit of trivia in your heads this week, just in time for the new school year by celebrating each state with an appropriate song. Alabama: Phosphorescent, "It's Hard to Be H ... More >>
A Houston man arrested in a four-state, multi-agency investigation into dogfighting ring resulting in the seizure of 367 pitbulls won nearly $35,000 after one fight, according to a recently unsealed indictment. Demontt "Wheelchair" Allen, 37, and 11 others have been charged in an Alabama federal c ... More >>
So many awesome openings, so little time to try all the new places! Bobby Heugel and Alba Huerta of Anvil opened a new bar, The Pastry War, downtown on August 13 to major crowds interested to see what the Anvil boys had up their sleeves. The Pastry War is a tequila bar or "mezcaleria" with an empha ... More >>
Swagger (3839 Southwest Fwy.) is a strange case. Some Yelp reviewers characterize the lounge as "hood," but it's located in Greenway, far from anything else fitting that description. (And it's good enough for Isaiah Carey). The bar's name suggests something fresh and fashionable, but Shakespeare act ... More >>
Much has been made over the last decade or two of the rise of popularity (and skill, quite frankly) in international basketball. Many trace it back to the 1992 USA Dream Team's ceremonious romp through the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Ask any international star today between the age of 30 and ... More >>
The McDonald's (2017 Main) across from the Midtown/downtown Greyhound station is a strange place. You half expect a crazed Dennis Hopper to pop out of the trash can, torso strewn with cameras, saying, "He likes you because you're still alive," talking about the manager on duty. Still, you can feel c ... More >>
Terry McCoy's blog on HPD apparently targeting Oh My Gogi (Terry really loves saying "Oh My Gogi") has raised questions about the city's motivations for going after food trucks, as well as law enforcement's role in health inspections. Meanwhile, regular old health inspectors are still doing the job ... More >>
There's a sign on the outside of a halfway house on Main Street just south of Alabama that I know because I've walked past it numerous times on my way to and from Continental Club and other restaurants and bars in that block. The sign says, "No Loitering or Hanging Around in Front of Office." I've c ... More >>
The Alabama Shakes ride their momentum right into Houston.
It's the weekend and we've got lots to do, so let's get to it. On Friday, Art Attack will be at the "2012 HCP Print Auction Exhibition," along with hundreds of other photography fans. Individuals and organizations from around the world donate photos for the Center to auction. Some of the images were ... More >>
And why can't Mexicans Get Over the Mexican-American War?
The Zac Brown Band takes a laid-back, well-fed path to country stardom.
What Part of Illegal Don't Mexicans Understand? And why do so many homes have wrought iron fences?
groovehouseAll-You-Can-Eat crawfish for a cause.The string of tornados that tore across the Southern states on April 27, 2011 inflicted damage comparable to a category-five hurricane. It killed more 300 people and left thousands more homeless. The impact was especially severe in Tuscaloosa, a ... More >>
Ruggles Green.After listening to The Smith's Meat is Murder album one too many times, I was a vegetarian for many years. And actually when I'm not setting out to sample a restaurant's most popular or signature dishes, I generally prefer to stick to the vegetarian menu options. When I'm goin ... More >>
Photos courtesy of SF2Yelawolf, Alabama's most mystifying rapper, stopped by Sunday night for a show at the House of Blues as part of the prep for his forthcoming Trunk Muzik: 0 to 60. While Rocks Off was not allowed to attend the show - our wife has this crazy notion in her head that a fath ... More >>
The Place: Under the Volcano2349 Bissonnet St. 713-526-5282www.underthevolcanohouston.comThe Hours: Monday through Friday 2-7 p.m.The Deals: All drinks, except bottled beer and wine, are $1 cheaper than normal. The Scene: Under the Volcano has never seemed like a happy hour kind of place. The ... More >>
From snail trails to markings on human bodies, this exhibit expands the notion of maps as art
Official White House photoObama, we hardly knew ye, but your death will help us teach geometryA teacher in Alabama has been placed on leave after he used a hypothetical assassination of President Obama to teach his geometry class about angles.On the one hand, the guy's just trying to get his kids ... More >>
Last week we attempted to find a figure-friendly burger to fill up our bellies. This week we were craving a Houston favorite: Mexican food. Specifically, something yummy from Mission Burrito. We love going to the original location at 2245 W. Alabama so that we can sit on the patio under the e ... More >>
The Houston Press's annual gastronomical extravaganza, Menu of Menus, is fast approaching. Last year was my first year to attend and let me tell you, it was amazingly fun. Walking from booth to booth and sampling so many styles and flavors of cuisine was not only a treat, but surprisingly sat ... More >>
Among the many Valentine's Day specials at the Chocolate Bar on Alabama is this giant chocolate pizza topped with cinnamon hearts, nuts and sparkling white icing and adorned with chocolate cupids and twin chocolate hearts. The chocolate pizza comes in an actual pizza delivery box and sells fo ... More >>
It's a buyers' market - an art buyers' market, that is
Photo by Blake Whitaker We always knew it -- even with the closing of the Bookstop, the corner of Alabama and Shepherd is the center of the world. Or the "Center of the World Center," as the city's public works department might put it.We can only be glad that the Amboy Dukes didn't hire the DPW t ... More >>
Photos by John Seaborn GrayThe view from DunlavyWe've been following the slow end of the Wilshire Village apartment complex on Alabama, a once-charming relic that should never have seen the wrecking ball. But the wrecking ball has come, as these photos show.Once the process of demolition began, ... More >>
Carlos Runcie-Tanaka builds em up to break em down
Photo by di the huntressOn December 1, Jesse Elliot walked out of his apartment and realized his tricked-out Honda Accord - the car he loved - had been stolen. Jesse missed his morning classes at Universal Technical Institute, where he took mechanic classes, to file a report with the Precinct 4 Cons ... More >>
Two Outta Three Ain't Bad
Colombian photographers tell graphic stories at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art
This show may be small in scale, but it's worth some time
The Alley presents a rather austere production of an old warhorse
These ain't your grandma's afghans
Roll up to Everyone's Art Car Parade
Austin-based Grimy Styles lives up to its name
The Drive-By Truckers' Southern Rock Opera redeems Skynyrd and the South
Crazy's strong cast can't overcome a combo script
Space cadets of Man or Astro-man? go to great depths to maintain a gimmick