How well does Houston music travel to the Panhandle?
My daughter recently moved to Colorado. Like a lot of young people striking out on their own, she decided she wanted to celebrate her first holiday away by coming back to visit. Her boyfriend drove her to Amarillo, and Mrs. Sendejas and I made a weekend trek to retrieve her. My kids are musicians ... More >>
Texas-brewed beers paired with delectable bites from chefs at The Grove is a wonderful way to spend a Wednesday evening after work. Every Wednesday night until September 17 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., you can enjoy a flight of four 6-ounce pours of beers from the featured Texas brewery of the evening with ... More >>
As if there weren't already enough public voices coming out against Sen. Dan Patrick's neo-voucher scheme -- Republican Rep. Joe Strauss, the Speaker of the House, already noted that a bill diverting public dollars to private education would never make it pass his chamber -- there's another prominen ... More >>
We're not saying a lot of people have travel plans that take them to Amarillo, but if they did today is a hell of a day to avoid the Panhandle. Amarillo is getting hit with a blizzard that is dropping 17 inches of snow in some places. That, no doubt, is a big ol' blizzard. Everything's basically c ... More >>
The husband and wife team behind local pet store chain Natural Pawz are set to donate 100,000 pounds of pet food to the Houston Humane Society today at their new Almeda Road location. Biff Picone and his wife Nadine Jolie-Coeur collected the lion's share of the food from vendors they work with, in ... More >>
Quirky millionaire Amarillo oil and heir and arts patron Stanley Marsh 3 was booked into Potter County Jail yesterday on eleven sex crimes involving boys under the age of 17. He has since been released after paying his $325,000 in bonds, according to court records. The arrest follows a half-dozen l ... More >>
An alleged domestic assault on election night has a local defense attorney and marine Iraq vet facing a felony family violence charge. According to court records, David Christopher Hesse was drinking beer and watching election returns with his wife Sandra Hesse in their Clear Lake-area home on Nove ... More >>
For decades, those with an artistic bent have viewed quirky provocateur Stanley Marsh 3 and his Cadillac Ranch on the outskirts of Amarillo as one of the Panhandle's sole redeeming qualities, beacons of culture and mischief in a region barren of joy and fun. The ten vintage Cadillacs buried in the d ... More >>
Food & Wine magazine recently featured a series of articles on culinary destinations, or "...the world's best food pilgrimages," as they put it. While it was indeed interesting, I must say that places like Bangkok, Rome and India are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to food travels. The ... More >>
What in tarnation is going on in the schoolhouses on Texas's High Plains? The latest in the Shame Parade is Shanice Lambert, who looks much more glamorous on her Facebook page than in her Armstrong County mugshot. According to the Amarillo Globe-News, police in Childress accuse the 37-year-old teac ... More >>
Booking photoJulie Ann Moore: There might be as many as three 15-year-old victims.An Amarillo elementary school teacher is currently out on bond and has been charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in the back seat of her car during the halftime of a high school football game. Acc ... More >>
As Rocks Off dives into the top slots of our favorite George Strait songs from his 30-year career - see Nos. 20-16, 15-11 and 10-6 - we are waiting anxiously to see if King George was able to knock Lil' Wayne's Tha Carter IV from atop the Billboard 200. A top seat for the brand-new Here For a ... More >>
Jules:stonesoupUnless I'm feeling particularly inspired, throwing a party or testing out recipes for a blog post, on a daily basis I often fall into the same old pasta, chicken, whatever rotation. There's only so many nights, however, that a person can stand the same old boring thing before o ... More >>
Hopefully not the ride in questionWhat had to have been a wild night in Amarillo last Friday got even wilder after 20-year-old Delani Hazen's friends either intentionally or unintentionally left her by the side of Interstate 40 just west of the north Panhandle metropolis. Apparently desperat ... More >>
Milam & Pease: Current home of the Houston PressWe seem to be all about the zooming in on graphics today. A site called BigMapBlog apparently specializes in adapting old bird's-eye map illustrations of cities into Google Street View-like zoomability. They've got Fort Worth in 1891 and Amaril ... More >>
Photos courtesy of Houston Livestock Show & RodeoJason Aldean Reliant Stadium March 20, 2011 You can tell everything you need to know about Jason Aldean by looking at his steel guitarist's forearms Sunday. First, he had a steel guitarist. Of the handful of Rodeo acts Aftermath saw this year ... More >>
Christmas morning, Rocks Off got to hear the new Gorillaz album, The Fall, recorded entirely on an iPad by leader Damon Albarn as the super-group made their way through the States on tour this past October. Most every city on the run got a song dedicated to it, including Texas towns Ho ... More >>
The history of country music - or any music until recent years, for that matter - is largely represented by men, with female artists popping up more and more frequently as time passed and concert/record promoters realized there was a market for women in the business. In country, you started with ... More >>
We have word from HISD spokesman Norm Uhl that the district might officially name the new superintendent at 2 o'clock. If the choice is Terry Grier, as it's been reported, some people are already unhappy. (Update: It is.) "I'm very disappointed in the board," State Sen. Mario Gallegos, who serves ... More >>
Many songs about Texas are written by residents wishing to celebrate some part of their beloved Lone Star State. Others come from non-Texans who are unable to resist the je ne sais quoi of the place that produced both Walter Cronkite and Karl Rove. One thing that many of them have in common, ... More >>
www.deanstrickland.com In about 45 minutes, Rocks Off will publish the first in our series of musical guides to post-secession Texas (you know it's gonna happen, y'all). Today we're focusing on the Panhandle-area state of "Palo Duro." This as-yet fictional state includes the city of Amarillo, abo ... More >>
View Five States of Texas in a larger map As any proud Texan can tell you, the Lone Star State is entitled constitutionally to split into five states if it so wishes. The scenario has rarely been more in the news than it has relatively recently, when Gov. Rick Perry played to the wingnut gallery in ... More >>
Photos by Nikki MetzgarHaving seen the steak challenge at Amarillo's Big Texan on television, I had to drop by the restaurant when I swung through West Texas. For the unacquainted, the challenge touted on billboards hundreds of miles away requires you to eat a 72-ounce steak, a baked potato, ... More >>
Houston 101 is taking a bit of a road trip today in honor of George Strait. Our sister blog Rocks Off is counting down the days until Strait returns here for a non-rodeo appearance, and it put us in mind of the first time we'd heard a Strait song -- at the trial over one of the Texas political wo ... More >>
Filmmaker Laura Harrison presents a work-in-progress documentary about going through fire (literally) for art
Gram Rabbit, "California Christmas" In case you're still in your holiday hangover mode like I am, here's one wonderful holiday YouTube video that our gallant Mr. Rocks Off left out of his holiday onslaught. Cute doesn't begin to describe this one. While we are on the subject, high desert California ... More >>
Swift & Company pitted employee against employee when it replaced injured workers with illegal immigrants
Doug Supernaw's long, sad spiral
Big & Rich delivers country music without prejudice
Blaffer Gallery presents a retrospective of UH's most prolific art collective
Friday, November 29
Houston can't join the ranks of other cities until it has an anthem of its own
Once burdened by debt and internal politics, a rejuvenated Texas ACLU is back mixing it up with those who dare to trample on the U. S. Constitution.
The Groobees piggyback on the success of a song
Teen's police confession indicates he lied about how he killed a punker
There was a killing and now a conviction. Even those can't stop the fierce war raging between the Panhandle punks and athletes of Amarillo.
It's the Queen of Talk versus the Meat Men, and outside the courtroom, master media manipulator Winfrey is already the clear winner.
Dreams of Glory Die Hard in Semipro football
Joe Ely sends a sad, beautiful Letter to Laredo
It began in the Panhandle with the promise of great riches, only to crash and burn in a Houston courtroom. The wreckage is still smoldering, and the truth is nowhere to be found.