• Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Lynette Hawkins of Giacomo's Cibo e Vino

    Chef Lynette Hawkins had already made a name for herself in Houston years before opening her casual Italian restaurant, Giacomo's Cibo e Vino. Hawkins' prior endeavor was La Mora Cucina Toscana. She operated it for 16 years before shutting it down for some very sensible reasons. (We'll cover those d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    Top 5 Reasons Not to Be a Concert Promoter

    Have you ever dreamed of promoting your own shows? I'll bet you've even sat around at times plotting out your own bills, dreaming of how awesome it would be to see an all-star line-up of, let's say, Poison, Ratt, Tesla, WASP, White Lion, and Cinderella. And while that sounds absolutely horrific, I'm ... More >>

  • Film

    December 27, 2012


    Miguel Gomes offers more.

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    July 26, 2011

    John Kinsel, Claiming Wrongful Conviction, Is Denied New Trial: "Our Hands Are Tied", Says Court

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderJohn Kinsel's chances of freedom grow slimmer.​A few months ago, we wrote a cover story about John Kinsel, a Texas man sentenced in Louisiana to life without parole for the rape of his girlfriend's live-in daughter. That girl, 9-year-old Alyssa Medlin, testified that Ki ... More >>

  • News

    April 28, 2011

    Doing Time, Wrongly

    Finally, a chat with our cover subject.

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    April 28, 2011

    John Kinsel: Kicked Out Of Angola Prison For Hair Balls Interview

    Mandy OaklanderJohn Kinsel at the Angola Prison Rodeo.​Not every blog post can free a man from Angola Prison, but ours did. Sort of. In 1999, John Kinsel was convicted of raping a child and sentenced to life without parole. Despite his accuser coming forward as an adult and saying she made ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    John Kinsel, Imprisoned For A Crime His Accuser Says She Made Up, Hangs Out At Angola Prison Rodeo

    Mandy OaklanderJohn Kinsel sells his wares at the Angola Prison Rodeo.​Dooney & Bourke knockoff purses and stainless steel crosses line a long row of picnic tables at the Angola Prison Rodeo craft sale. The artisans wait close behind in a parallel craggy row, separated from their wares by a ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Angola Prison Rodeo Recap and Sweet Access to Cover-Story Subject John Kinsel

    Steve JansenA poor sap about to get stomped upon (middle, underneath the bull) during Saturday's Angola Prison Rodeo.​Hair Balls attended this past weekend's Angola Prison Rodeo and all we got to say is that the event is super weird. The longest continuous prison rodeo, which began in 1964 at ... More >>

  • News

    April 14, 2011

    Life Without Parole

    John Kinsel remains in prison even after alleged rape victim recanted.

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Cover Story: John Kinsel's Life Without Parole

    ​This week's feature tells the story of John Kinsel, a man who will spend the rest of his life locked up at Angola Prison for a crime his accuser has since said he didn't commit. Alyssa Medlin testified as a nine-year-old that Kinsel -- her mother's boyfriend -- had raped her for years. The gi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Free Radicals Blend Break-Dancing, Capoeira Into Fitz's Show

    ​The Free Radicals remain an institution of incredible sound here in H-town, having amassed 13 Houston Press Music Awards in the realms of jazz and funk since their inception in 1996, as well as making a name for themselves as one of the city's most prolific protest bands. So when founder Nick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    WHAT?!? Companies Pay BRIBES To Do Business In Russia And Angola?

    Shocking, we know​Be prepared to lose all faith in -- well, if not humanity, per se, at least capitalism and government officials in Nigeria.It appears -- are you sitting down? -- that bribery is sometimes used when American companies try to do business in Russia, Nigeria, Angola and Kazakhstan. Y ... More >>

  • Music

    July 15, 2010

    Book Learning

    Houston's Literary Greats sail onto the college-radio charts with Ocean, Meet the Valley.

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Mary McBride Finds Home In Prisons, Shelters, Nightclubs

    ​ On her current tour in support of her new CD The Way Home, soul/folk singer-songwriter Mary McBride - best known for the touching "No One's Gonna Love You Like Me" from the of the movie Brokeback Mountain soundtrack - has given herself a challenge: in addition to each club date she will be makin ... More >>

  • News

    July 30, 2009

    Love in the Time of Leprosy

    The life after death of José and Magdalena Ramirez

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    For the Fourth Of July: Worst Cinematic Attempts At Patriotism

    This weekend, as we come together to celebrate Independence Day, let's do our best to remember what this holiday is all about. It's more than merely dodging DWI checkpoints on your way home from backyard barbecues and trying to decide between the Jon & Kate 8 or Deadliest Catch marathons on TV ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Three

    Disclaimer: Thanks to technical difficulties brought about by the crap DVR capture feature of our limp-ass new cable box/provider, I missed the first 15-20 minutes of Tuesday's episode of American Idol. Please feel free to attempt to conjecture about whatever you think I would have said - had I been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2009

    Stuff The Ballot Box For A Local Author! Maybe Even Read His Book!

    A local author is making a concerted run at the big time, and he's looking for help.John Oehler has written a book called Papyrus, a thriller that deals with modern and ancient Egypt in what seems like a not-exactly-un-Da Vinci Code way. But hey, if you're looking to be a best-selling author, there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    The Sister Cities Of Houston: A Critical Appraisal, Part Two

    With the recent addition of Karachi, Pakistan, Houston now is a sister to 18 other cities around the world. Hair Balls is on the case - we studied all of them so you wouldn't have to. See the first half here.Sister: Luanda, AngolaHow we are sisterly: Houston's only African sister is yet another seap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Tonight: Carnaval Houston at Planeta Bar-Rio

    Carnaval, the four-day festival that precedes the beginning of Lent for Catholics, is probably Brazil's biggest Holiday. During this period (which officially ends at noon Ash Wednesday - people need their sleep), revelers take the streets and dance to the beat of the Afro-inspired drums of samba, Ax ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    Sole of Houston: Airport Drive, The Finale (Including Unwanted Puke)

    And here is the final installment of David Beebe and John Lomax's 20-plus mile hike from Intercontinental Airport to Spanish Flowers restaurant. Part one is here and part two is here.David Beebe's accounts of the same hike are here and here.Airline's furthest reaches are lined by sprawling and run-d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    Sole Of Houston: Airline Drive, Complete

    The longest walk in the history of the Sole of Houston requires the longest piece. This being a blog and all, we have decided to break it up into three installments. Coming today, tomorrow and Thursday in this tale of 22-plus miles of concrete, mud, and fairly cold weather: The fending off a potent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    Top Ten Dance Collections of 2008, Both Mixed and Unmixed

    Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddling, you can sample enough cheesy beats and mashups to clog arteries from here to Berlin. Simple dropdown mouse maneuvers can transform electro tracks into progressive house tracks (from dry ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2008

    Mutiny On The Iberville: The Most Thrilling Legal Opinion Of The Year

    Usually, the written opinions authored by appeals court judges are pretty drab stuff. Too much legalese to decode and certainly not a lot in the way of plot, much less action. Then there’s Judge Bailey Moseley. He recently issued an opinion from the state's Sixth Court of Appeals that reads more ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 25, 2008

    "Art and Power in the Central African Savannah"

    The Menil Collection highlights the sculptures of the Chokwe, Luluwa, Songye and Luba peoples of Africa

  • Music

    January 31, 2008
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    October 4, 2007
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    September 27, 2007

    Houston's Very Best Songs Ever

    ...otherwise known as the H-Town 20

  • Calendar

    March 9, 2006
  • Music

    September 8, 2005

    My Darlin' New Orleans

    What hath God wrought?

  • Music

    August 5, 2004

    The Real Deal

    Who is the more "authentic" bluesman -- Bobby Bland or T-Model Ford?

  • News

    April 24, 2003

    The Love of Giants

    Yao Ming and Ye Li won't be seeing each other May 6 after all

  • Music

    September 5, 2002

    Sloppy Joes

    For Austin's Weary Boys, energy and exuberance trump technique

  • Music

    October 11, 2001

    Angola Bound

    The Neville Brothers have toiled long and hard to win freedom from prisons of the body and mind.

  • News

    February 1, 2001

    Out of Africa

    In a small office off the Southwest Freeway, an editor carries on his crusade against public corruption and press censorship in his native Nigeria and other African countries

  • Music

    December 16, 1999

    Blast from the Past

    Bridging Lead Belly is a new release of recently discovered songs

  • News

    February 22, 1996

    Wasted Days, Wasted Lives (Part II)

    Record producer Huey Meaux was a legend in the music business. Now he's an accused pedophile on the run.

  • Film

    January 25, 1996

    Death and Doubts

    Dead Man Walking finds no easy answers to the hard questions of capital punishment