I knew something cool was going on when bubbles started floating past my office window. Then Abe at the front desk gave me a call. "Is there a limo selling ice cream out front?" he asked. "I don't see one...should there be?" Indeed, there should be, and indeed there was a vehicle selling ice crea ... More >>
I'm going to rip this Band-Aid right off... back when I first was introduced to singer-songwriter James Caronna I didn't think very highly of him at all. I thought his work was unoriginal, uninspiring, and just in general not worth bothering with; "Brand X Daniel Powter" was my comparison. Still, I ... More >>
Take it from someone who knows: British customs and immigration officials are a suspicious lot. Sometimes it's a major pain, like when they tear your bags apart for an hour in a fruitless search for drugs because you've arrived from Amsterdam looking scruffy and fatigued. Other times, it's damned i ... More >>
Most conventions are pants-mandatory kinds of affairs -- even those of the adult nature. For the world's first virtual porn convention, however, I'm not wearing any (relax...I'm in my PJs). This past weekend, XBiz and Red Light Center hosted the Adult Entertainment Virtual Convention, porn's first ... More >>
It goes without saying when you're talking to a music journalist, but music can be the greatest inspiration for a writer. Even if you're not writing about the music itself, it can still be an indispensible catalyst for the written word. More and more in modern literature, the afterwards featu ... More >>
www.facebook.comThe boys from NoTsuOh at Paganello.The Houston-based ultimate team NoTsuOh may not have been a legend around these parts, but mention the name to beach Frisbee players in Rimini, Italy, and you may very well hear somebody utter the word "dynasty." Formed by Sean McCall in 20 ... More >>
Robert Prince: A raft of bad ideas nets him six monthsA year ago we told you about Robert Wade Butler, an Alabama man arrested at Bush Intercontinental after getting drunk and disorderly on a Continental flight home from Amsterdam. Prince not only hassled female flight attendants and passeng ... More >>
Like combining chocolate and peanut butterIn the Southern District of Texas, U.S. Attorneys often deal with two kinds of fraud: scams involving a) Medicare, or b) Hurricanes Katrina or Rita. It takes a special genius to combine the two, and apparently Patrick Ita is that man. Prosecutors un ... More >>
World-premiere musical could be Catastrophic Theatre's next smash hit.
Pnotos by Anthony Rathbun/ Courtesy of Catastrophic TheatreMatt Kelly (prone) and Troy Schulze as Herman Brood and KoosPlenty of rock stars have shown that there's a fine line between fuck-up and folk hero. Herman Brood, the central figure of Catastrophic Theatre's Bluefinger, doesn't bother ... More >>
Our Art Attack blogger on the slippery role of editor/actor.
Catastrophic Theatre stages a rock opera redemption.
No need to play: The octopus has chosen SpainIt's been almost one month since South Africa and Mexico got the FIFA World Cup started in Soccer City. This Sunday - 63 games later - the Netherlands and Spain close up shop with what could be an instant classic.This will mark the first time tha ... More >>
Even if you've never pulled a trigger in your life, SXSW is, on some level, an exercise in hunting. Rocks Off had no idea how true this was until earlier this afternoon. As we were looking over the schedule at sxsw.com, we got the brilliant idea to note every band named after any kind of animal, ... More >>
Robert Wade Prince, 47, is from Alabama. We have a feeling he's called "Bobby," if not "Bobby Wade."He was coming back from Amsterdam when he got a little annoyed with things, and began making a series of seriously bad decisions that ended up with him getting arrested at Bush over the weekend and ... More >>
What we'd like to see happen in Houston music this year.
Juan Mon's youthful swagger is endearingly silly, and his sandwiches are very tasty.
Two months ago, the Daily Beast ranked all American cities according to their estimation of each place's municipal IQ.They measured how many residents had bachelor's and graduate degrees, nonfiction book sales, the ration of institutions of higher education, and political engagement, as measured ... More >>
William Michael SmithLance Smith (left) and Mike Stinson LOM grew up in the oil patch, made a good living in it, saw the world because of it. So it made sense to want our son, Lance, to grow up to be a petroleum engineer. Alas, it was not to be. Now he's a guitar player. Two years into the petrol ... More >>
Photo by Olivia Flores Alvarez"Street Tempted" at Aerosol Warfare There are two arts shows and a play that warrant your attention before they close this weekend. First is "Street Tempted," an art exhibit at Aerosol Warfare by Galveston-based artist Gabriel Prusmack. After starting as a graffiti arti ... More >>
Marlene Dumas makes her paintings and leaves the rest to you.
photo by Will van OverbeekThird-generation Tex-Mex legend Matt Martinez, Jr. died last Friday at the age of 63. With his family, he owned Matt's Rancho Martinez and Matt's No Place restaurants in Dallas. He also had an interest in Matt's El Rancho, the legendary Austin Tex-Mex restaurant founded by ... More >>
Photo courtesy Wade Wilson ArtArtist Virgil Grotfeldt died today from cancer. Born in Illinois in 1948, he was part of the Houston art community for many years. "I've always thought of him as a terrific painter, one of the best in the city," longtime friend and HBU Gallery Director Jim Edwards tells ... More >>
A whole new concept in international fast food is coming to a stretch of Taft Street in Houston's Fourth Ward. Juan Mon's International Sandwiches and Drinks plans to bring an eclectic cuisine to one of the most eclectic neighborhoods in the city. First, the neighborhood. Taft Street between West ... More >>
The duo get shipped to Gitmo in this forced act two
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Lance Fegen's "New American Surfer Bistro" is like, epic, dude!
Primates -- destined for laboratory research -- are being brought into a compound in Houston so carefully and quietly that no one knows they're here
Ex-members of a cult that once advocated sex between adults and children want the group's leaders exposed and punished
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Hilarious Rob Schneider flick? Who'd have seen it coming?
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The Invisible Circus remains loyal to the author's limited but earnest vision
Former Houstonian Charles Kathryn McGuire has been a millionaire, a transvestite, a socialite, a political candidate and a woman. Now, with son James's first play on stage in New York City, she's Daddy Kathryn.
A band reunion becomes gentle satire in Still Crazy
Dutch group makes music the old-fashioned way