Sometimes the sports gods have a sense of humor. For example, a player named Nomar Garciaparra (and the multiple "ar" sounds in his name) landing in Boston, with the natives' ridiculous accent, is funny to me. Sometimes the sports gods are cruel. Refer to the entire sports history of the city of Cl ... More >>
Still no plans for New Year's Eve? You only have a few days left to plan, but here's a last-minute suggestion that features some of the most important dishes for celebrating the New Year: oysters, cabbage and greens. (No black-eyed peas, but you can make yourself a pot of those the next day as a com ... More >>
For many people, the Christmas spirit fades as soon as the last trash bag bulging with wrapping paper hits the curb. Texas singer-songwriter emeritus Robert Earl Keen is counting on goodwill toward men lasting at least through the end of his "Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee" tour that stops at Ho ... More >>
The 10 best fried chicken joints in Houston.
"What's your favorite fried chicken in Houston?" I asked my mother a few days ago over the phone, curious to see if I'd overlooked any old favorites on the top 10 list I was compiling. A sixth generation Texan, my mother has lived here for more than three decades and cooks for a living. Needless to ... More >>
New Palestinian restaurant Al Aseel is turning out some wonderful roasted chicken.
There are moments in theater when your heart seems to stop and you dare not breathe, lest you miss the power on stage. There are moments when you want to collapse in the aisle with uproarious laughter. And there are moments, usually quieter and often minor, when there is simply the click of recognit ... More >>
The spread of pita, baba ganoush, tabouleh, quail and lamb kebab below comes from a place very appropriate for the day after Christmas: a restaurant whose calling card reads "The Taste of Bethlehem" under its name. Can you guess where this spread of delicious Palestinian food comes from? Leave your ... More >>
photo by Marco TorresNavidad en el BarrioWe here at Rocks Off love our Christmas music, except when we don't. Seriously, big box retailer and car commercials? Why must you always try to force the Christmas spirit on us a full two weeks before Thanksgiving? But then, about a week before the big da ... More >>
Photos by Barry SigmanNew Orleans native Aaron Neville took the House of Blues stage last night looking like every publicity still we've seen of him over the last few decades: Bulging muscles, fitted black shirt, fedora, jewelry, religious tattoos. Last year, Neville (who celebrates his 71s ... More >>
You could say that the members of roots-rock trio HeadCat got together to pay tribute to the King. But instead of the baby Jesus of Bethlehem, these three wise men -bassist/singer Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead), drummer Slim Jim Phantom (ex-Stray Cats), and guitarist/pianist Danny B. Harvey (ex ... More >>
Trouble in QuirkytownThe Heights may soon be dealing with an unwanted resident, and they're going to have to put up a strong fight to keep them out. The possibility that Houston's seventh Super Walmart could land in the historic area has residents squirming, and a strong reaction for and against ... More >>
Miracle or fiery comet, you decide
Even for a stone-cold atheist (which Rocks Off is not), listening to Aaron Neville sing "O Holy Night" has to be one of the true pleasures of the Western world. The best-known voice of New Orleans' No. 1 soul-funk family dynasty thanks to songs like "Tell It Like It Is" and Linda Ronstadt duet "D ... More >>
Playwright Thomas Melancon takes us back to the little town of Bethlehem
"We Three Kings," a la Guitar Hero Time to take down that tree, y'all: Today is Epiphany, or Twelfth Night, the official end of the Christmas season. (It actually ended at midnight, so exhale... you made it.) Epiphany commemorates the arrival of the three wise men - or, in later translations of the ... More >>
A flight attendant went after the Osteens in court, bringing on trials and tribulation for one and all
The CAMH showcases a group of highly individual Houston artists
Idol Tryouts Two: Ghostly International Vol. Two
Two Houston-connected musicians offer up different takes on the war. One veteran tells Racket which he thinks is better and why.
No snow and no Bing for Racket
A guide to new holiday discs, from surprise presents to Tannen-bombs
The Ensemble's Black Nativity is more prissy than powerful
A Burning (Bush) Issue. When Christmas rolls around, some Houston Jews get a little green with envy
December 10 - 16, 1998
Dorothy Hood has three -- count 'em, three -- shows concurrently. And it's not enough.
With The Postman, Kevin Costner fails to deliver