Anyone who follows jazz or has much sense of Houston's music history knows that Joseph Leslie Sample, who passed away Friday night after a losing battle with lung cancer, is a giant. But Sample was not simply a virtuoso pianist, a prolific composer and one of the inventors of jazz-funk via the Crusa ... More >>
Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan & the Tilt-a-Whirl Band Arena Theatre August 30, 2013 By now most Buddy Guy fans know to pack an extra pinch of salt between their cheek and gum before going to see him live. The man does go on sometimes. The Louisiana-born septuagenarian bluesman's credentials extend qui ... More >>
I'm not sure if you're aware, especially if you're younger and only know him from Family Guy jokes, but Bill Cosby is one of the funniest comedians ever to tell a joke. His 1983 special Bill Cosby: Himself is one of the all-time great and influential stand-up comedy films, and his '80s NBC show is r ... More >>
Higher prices, bland food and no really good margaritas to ease the pain.
It's the heavy heavy monster sound of Reverberation tonight at Boondocks with DJs King Shing-a-Ling, Mr. Stagger Lee, Psychedelic Sex Panther and King Cobra. Free... and one step beyond! Overcaffeinated Houston indie-rockers Young Mammals return after a hot minute to release the new 7" single, "La ... More >>
I was happy to read Katharine's Shilcutt's piece on the single-dish restaurant trend for several reasons. First, I generally love the idea of specialty shops and sometimes long for the days when grocery shopping meant going to the butcher, then the cheese-monger, then the bakery, etc., etc., rather ... More >>
Thirty-one is officially too old to try to learn how to use Photoshop.Tomorrow, on 11-11-11, I will turn 31 years old. Last year, for my 30th birthday, my uncle sent me a Facebook message that contained only the following Pink Floyd quote and a "Happy Birthday" at the end: So you run and you ... More >>
Lee West III says he really wanted to be a member of Omega Psi Phi. But he couldn't take the beatings the underground black fraternity was handing out. By Steve Jansen
What is she... Is she literally pouring herself a glass of wine?A few weeks back, I saw a Tweet from my friend Melissa, who found herself alternately captivated and horrified by what she'd come across in her local Kroger. It was a sign advertising a line of Pinot Grigio from Ramona Singer (ab ... More >>
Photo by Craig HlavatyThey lined up to hear Glenn Beck.Glenn Beck was in Houston on Friday for a stop on his current speaking tour, dubbed the "Glenn Beck Live On Stage!" tour; it was everything I hoped it would be, with a few twists and turns. As an observer of most things Tea Party and cons ... More >>
A lot has been said about the late great Notorious B.I.G., a man whose life was as large as his frame and whose lyrical prowess is well-documented in hip-hop history books. But how well do you know Big Poppa? In commemoration of the 14th anniversary of Biggie's death, here are some interestin ... More >>
Welcome to another exciting episode of The Next Iron Chef, where the Houston food community gathers, hoping for a win for an Iron Chef who has a real passion for this sometimes underdog Texas city. And where Ming Tsai acts like a tool. By the way, did you hear when "Ming" called into 1560 The ... More >>
For people who have an unhealthy relationship with food, dessert is an extremely important part of the meal. It's the sweet reward for struggling through all the harsh, bitter flavors of entrees like chicken fried steak, pizza, prime rib, hamburgers, stuffed pork chops, and other disgusting s ... More >>
amchuNo, gracias.My previous post on the Top Five Worst Wedding Hors D'Oeuvres prompted a request (thank you, reader Hadyn) for a similar list on the worst wedding desserts. While standard wedding cake can be boring, it remains a popular choice for good reasons: It usually tastes good, pose ... More >>
I can't wait to hear her English accent.It's been a rough week: we found out the BP oil spill may spread across the Atlantic Ocean and threaten England's blessed shores (which, let's admit it, would be pretty hilarious) and dealt with the campaign in Afghanistan supplanting Vietnam as America ... More >>
You'll want to jam this out as you cook. It'll make everything taste better. I had a bit of a quandary this week. I was considering two dishes for the column, but both were too simple. Yes, there is a such a thing as "too simple," even for me, so don't be a smartass. Luckily, I realized the two di ... More >>
Yo' mama's feet so big, they each got their own zip code
Comedian Jo Koy is having a great year, even if he isn't having a great week. He's got the flu and he's spending the holidays in airports and hotel rooms as he travels around the country doing his stand-up show. Hair Balls got to talk to him between flights, after he had just spent two hours wai ... More >>
Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to email@example.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "Break Dem Boys Off," ESG feat. Slim Thug and Big Hawk Wire To Wire Chamillionaire continues to market ... More >>
Taking stock of the Houston music scene on the eve of the annual Houston Press Music Awards Showcase.
Photo courtesy Houston SymphonyFrom time to time, Hair Balls talks to celebrities (real celebrities, not the "I invented a purple potato" type of pseudo-celebrities). And from time to time, those celebrities can be, oh, shall we say, unconventional. (Larry Harlow once slammed us for not being ... More >>
Dont expect Dr. Huxtable today its all about his storytelling stand-up
Next week a local comedian will get the big screen treatment. Mo Amer, a Houston-based, Kuwait native stars in Allah Made Me Funny alongside Azhar Usman and Preacher Moss. The Kings-of-Comedy-style film, which opens at the Angelika on October 3, features a live performance by three men as well as be ... More >>
The host of Fear Factor and Man Show wont let stealing slide
Fans of Chappelle’s Show and Best Week Ever will recognize Christian Finnegan — if not by name, by face. The comedian played the “crazy” white roommate on the Chappelle’s Show parody skit “The Mad Real World,” and always has a clever quip about celebrities on Best Week Ever. Finnegan i ... More >>
The twisted history of "Tighten Up"
This comedian went from pitching sodas to selling out comedy clubs
The Original Dirty Rapper is still coming up with new ways to scandalize
This is what it sounds like when local artists pay tribute to Prince
Tennessee schoolkids teach the world a lesson in an inspirational documentary
Forget the office-football draft, dude. Here's a far cooler way to waste your time and your employer's money.
Ray Charles, Bill Cosby -- even herself -- Wanda Sykes dogs 'em all
Mo Amer is an Arab-American and Muslim, but you might not know that
Eddie Murphy plays Daddy, once more, just be "Cos"
Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson's cash-in pays off
After the big split, HCC goes for the glamorous giving
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