Did you know that all peacocks are not peacocks? Yes, there is a difference. A male is a peacock and a female is a peahen and together they are peafowl. These exotic birds are mostly known for their enormous feathers, but they're also known to attack. On Valentine's Day, one local peacock was tas ... More >>
Recently someone I kinda-sorta know asked about my son. He's doing great, I said. He and his band are on a 30-city tour. No sooner than I'd answered this fellow, I regretted it as simple math scribbled itself onto his brain's chalkboard. Thirty shows minus my son being at home, where he lives, equ ... More >>
Alice in Chains, Jane's Addiction, Coheed and Cambria and Circa Survive Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 29, 2013 If there's anything that Rockstar Energy Drink loves more than jacking kids up on near-fatal doses of caffeine and sugar, it's putting together pre-fabricated, traveling music fes ... More >>
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 just in time for the new school year by celebrating each state with an appropriate song all this week. Massachusetts: Dropkick Murphys, "State of Massachuse ... More >>
PetSmart Charities has named Houston one of the top ten pet adoption-friendly cities in the country. Houston nabbed the honor after rescue groups here, in conjunction with PetSmart stores, helped find homes for 111 critters over National Adoption Weekend (May 3-5).
[¡Ask a Mexican!!] And why do they love scratch-off Lotto tickets?
Vintage Texas: Top Texas wine authority Russ Kane chronicles the bankruptcy filing and botched sale of one of the state's leading wineries, CapRock, in Lubbock. According to his report, New Mexico winery Gruet has been ordered to pay $4 million for a breach of contract after bidding in a bankruptcy ... More >>
Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we're growing out our summer mustaches so that we can carry around the savory scent of any crawfish boils we attend for at least a week. Speaking of weeks, we started this one off right with a look at how New Mexican cuisine compare ... More >>
A good cover song must reach a perfect balance between innovation and preserving the original's appeal. There have been some really great covers from Houston's music scene, and we wanted to pay tribute to them.
The Librotraficante made it back to Houston late last night, ending a generally successful caravan designed to bring attention to Arizona's noxious law prohibiting Mexican American Studies and to promote minority literature. A final event in Tucson, Arizona was held Friday and was sold out, Librotr ... More >>
Goin' to ArizonaThe folks at Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say are taking action against Arizona's attempt to eliminate Mexican-American studies in its schools. If Arizona is taking Hispanic-culture books out of its schools, they will bring Hispanic-culture books to Arizona. ... More >>
Photos by Allison WagonerBalaclavas last July at the MinkThere are tiny bone chips in my right elbow because of a curb in Austin, my inability to maneuver a children's bicycle down a steep hill, and inherent humanity. Back at SXSW '09 on the way to see Balaclavas play their showcase, I smashe ... More >>
And is it true they're uninhibited?
Home away from homeMotor courts were all the rage in Texas back before the days of where chain motels became as common as Starbucks in a city. You were never quite sure what you were going to get -- tiny rooms with paper-thin walls and barely functioning a/c and plumbing, or nice-enough-for- ... More >>
I realized something in the last 48 hours. I am a big fan of the Boston Red Sox, which means by sports fan definition, I should be on suicide watch right now. I mean, "my team" just pulled off the biggest September choke in MLB history with a soul-crushing ninth inning loss. The thing is, I'm not e ... More >>
Last Tuesday, Taco Cabana gave away free sopapillas. "Free what?!" asked a man at the next table, when the manager offered to bring him an order. No wonder Taco Cabana was giving them away; how can you sell something if customers don't know what it is? I wouldn't have a clue, either, excep ... More >>
Artwork courtesy of consortiumofgenius.comRocks Off loves extreme personalities. Whether it's the serene, spiritual symphony that is Tyagaraja, or the pre-frontal lobe melting experience that is Tubby Chubcakes we just can't get enough of people who go screaming over the edge of normalcy like ... More >>
The hard part of moving to Houston from Albuquerque was getting cut off from an endless supply of Hatch green chiles, the best peppers in America, or so I thought. Like Chuy's, nearly every restaurant in New Mexico has a pepper item, and I once saw a tray of green chile brownies disappear in ... More >>
Marco TorresGuess who was on the Continental Airlines flight from San Jose to Houston that was diverted to Albuquerque, N.M., this morning because of a "disruptive passenger"? That's right, the Boss of All Bosses, Slim Thug. Guess how we know? That's right, Twitter. Apparently the passenge ... More >>
Dollars for clean-air initiativesThe Environmental Protection Agency has just announced it's giving a $423,000 grant to Houston to help the city boost its electric-car program.The city already has about two dozen charging stations downtown for the vehicles, and now can add more and also improve b ... More >>
, Food Network, as we all know, has edged away from actual cooking shows and toward entertaining shows having something to do with food--Iron Chef America, Cupcake Wars, Chopped and, now, The Great Food Truck Race. GFTRwhich premiered Sunday night, seems promisingly unique in two ways: It bui ... More >>
Where are all the professionals and college degrees?
Editor's Note: The following article has been updated to clarify some statements made in the original. To clarify, we did not mean to suggest that Levonia Stancil is the owner of Unified Doers Management Group. And we wish to make clear that it is Darrick Stancil who settled a civil fine for $3,600 ... More >>
[Rocks Off now returns you to our regularly scheduled non-ACL coverage... - Ed.] Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won’t rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: “Oh Slippin’, ... More >>
A one-woman show and an art exhibit share the spotlight as part of the 2008 Texas Sor Juana Festival
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