• Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    A Formal Introduction to Fishgutzzz and the Other Goddamn Gallows

    The Goddamn Gallows knows you, Houston. But, they don't really know you. They would be pleased to truly make your acquaintance. If the feeling is mutual, they invite you to come fraternize while they throw down their own brand of "gutterbilly" punk rock Thursday night at Walters. "Well, we have n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    I Tried to Explain Transgender Doom Metal to My Three-Year-Old

    I wasn't really in a very good mood on Sunday. Taking the Daughter With One F out of the house so the wife can study for nursing school is my task every weekend, and though my daughter is an angel, I would remind you that so was Lucifer. It's too hot to play outside except to swim, and the rain der ... More >>

  • Film

    April 11, 2013

    The Place Beyond the Pines

    The year's first stab at a masterpiece.

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    Notes on Nashville: The Thief of Hearts

    I'll try and keep this relatively brief, because I've been at the dentist all morning. Wednesday's Nashville was considerably more pleasant. At this point the show has done about all the establishing shots it can, and Wednesday it slipped a few new wrinkles into the plot (both subtle and not-so-subt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    Saving Lives at the Sweet & Savory Dinner

    When pastry chef Rebecca Masson teamed up with her friends to host a fundraising dinner for Lucky Dog Rescue three years ago, she sold 40 seats and raised $3,500 to help forgotten and unwanted Houston dogs find homes. There were three savory courses and three sweet courses at Masson's first Sweet & ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    Flying Saucer Sugar Land Announces Beer Feast Event

    I will be the first to admit, I never expected to like much Sugar Land's Town Square had to offer, much less the package as a whole. Between the distance, the generally unappealing Town Center shopping format or the fact most other concepts of this nature dotting Houston's landscape tend to be a tea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Notes on Nashville: Drama and Deceit In TV's Music City

    I barely watch episodic TV, let alone write about it, but ABC's Nashville made the idea irresistible. A 9 p.m. network drama set in the glamorous and backstabbing world of country music, amid the landmarks and tourist traps of the modern-day "Athens of the South," it offers sudsy tension and hopeful ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Brew Blog: Avery The Beast Grand Cru

    I'm turning my mother-in-law into a beer nerd. It started by accident. Whenever my wife decided we were going to take the kids to see Grandma, I would pick up a little something for myself. It's not that I don't like my mother-in-law; I actually lucked out in the in-law department, but my kids in he ... More >>

  • Music

    January 12, 2012

    A God-Fearing Boogie Man

    Reverend K.M. Williams says the blues aren't the devil's music.

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    2011 May Be The Year Of Twenty Eleven

    ​Rocks Off rarely handles the rap portion of Houston's musical wares. There's not a lot of eyeliner in it, and we prefer silver to gold jewelry. However, since Space City Records won Best Local Label last year, we've maintained a pretty steady connection with the label's head and all-around a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Brew Blog: Great Divide Brewing Co., the Christmas Ale from Anchor Brewing Co., and Avery Brewing Co.'s Old Jubilation Ale

    ​Putting up a post this week on Christmas beers surely strikes several of you as last-minute, but are you really done with your shopping? Yeah, we didn't think so. We recently loaded up for the season with several six-packs that caught our eye at Central Market, including Hibernation Ale fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    What The Firk? Houston's Firkin Fest Is This Weekend

    ​What is a firkin? Well, it's half a kilderkin. But its volume of measurement is not the point here. The relevant point is that a firkin is another name for a cask of ale. As in beer. Often, unusually excellent beer. So it is with great pleasure that we remind you about Houston's first Firki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    NBC's Thursday Night: A Fond Farewell, For Now

    We'll miss you, Mark.​Last night was season-finale night for NBC's comedies, and each show's sendoff matched its overall vibe: Community was strong and mock-conventional; Parks and Recreation was hilarious and engaging; 30 Rock was bittersweet but solid, definitely showing its slight age; and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    NBC's Thursday Night: She's The Ark Of The Covenant!

    The role of a lifetime.​Sometimes TV shows are forced to interact with each other in crossovers or network-wide branding initiatives like NBC's Green Is Universal (itself parodied on 30 Rock). But sometimes a group of episodes just happen to be about the same thing, and those happy accidents h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Follow the Prophet: Uncovering the Child Sex Abuse in Polygamous Sects

    The film opens tonight with a fundraiser for missing children​One of the first scenes you see in the film Follow the Prophet is a group of teenaged girls sitting in a church. A man stands in front of them, intoning, "What must you do to reach the highest level of heaven?" The girls answer by rote: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    NBC's Thursday Night: Chicken Fingers and Self-Loathing

    ​I'm trying something different this week, thanks to a suggestion from my editor, who noticed that each successive episode of The Office was pushing me into a darker corner of the world inhabited only by hateful characters with no hope in sight. Rather than just blog about that show, I'm takin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    Avery Cask-Conditioned Ale at the Petrol Station

    Running errands last Sunday took me past the Petrol Station on Wakefield at Golf, in the gently tree-lined neighborhood of Oak Forest. The Petrol Station is a popular watering hole -- with both freshly-roasted coffee and freshly-poured beer -- that serves a satisfying mix of English pub fare and bu ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 12, 2008
  • Blogs

    February 7, 2008
  • Culture

    July 5, 2007

    One Monkey Don't Stop No Show

    This show's like Archie Bunker's comfortable, ratty lounger

  • Film

    March 1, 2007

    Killer Instinct

    David Fincher's Type-A approach to filmmaking pays off

  • Calendar

    June 2, 2005

    Buckets o' Fun

    Life's a beach at the AIA Sandcastle Competition

  • Culture

    November 30, 2000

    Sin-fully Amusing

    Wendy MacLeod's play proves light on its feet despite a heavy-handed message

  • News

    July 13, 2000

    Getting Sauza-ed

    Notes from the (corporate-sponsored) underground

  • Film

    October 14, 1999

    Stamp of Approval

    The Limey brings out the best in a venerable star

  • News

    March 21, 1996

    The Money Trail

    Rose Marie Turford and Carolyn Stevens may be in jail, but the saga of Thelma and Louise goes on

  • News

    July 20, 1995