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Black Friday

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Thanksgiving Recaps, A Look At Foodgasm and Christmas Recipes Galore

    Urban Swank: The ladies at Urban Swank attended the Southern Star Beer Dinner at Fusion Taco with Southern Star Brewing Company and feasted on five courses with beer-taco pairings. They loved the wonton shell taco with tuna tartare and avocado paired with the Grisette, as well as the barbeque pork t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    Five Reasons Cyber Monday is Greater Than Black Friday

    Each year since the advent of e-commerce, online sales have slowly grown and begun to outpace in-store purchases at the holidays. Some people prefer the hectic nature of buying at a store on Black Friday. I've known people who actually enjoy getting up at 4 a.m. and standing in line. There is also ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Los Lonely Boys, Trombone Shorty, Buxton, etc.

    Hometown Hoedown Walters, November 29 There's no place like home for the holidays, and Walters offers up six bands for a wallet-friendly $7 to beat back those Black Friday blahs. Headlining is Black Market Syndicate, still pogoing from the bounce of 2012 LP ...And the Peasants Rejoiced!, but the wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2013

    Harris County Deputies Want to Arm You -- With Holiday Safety Tips!

    There's a very important group of people we sometimes forget about over the holidays -- people we need to take the time to think about as we make our mad dashes for gifts on Black Friday and beyond. We are, of course, talking about crooks. Thieving, conniving, crookedy crooks, and the Harris County ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2013

    These Grocery Stores Are Open on Thanksgiving in the Houston Area For the Non-Perfect Planners Among Us

    We know we'd all like to be super duper planners, but just in case you aren't perfect and you're cooking dinner at home on Thanksgiving and you forgot something like the butter or the Cool Whip or the stuffing, or maybe you're trying that once-in-a-lifetime recipe and who knew it needed crushed fres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2013

    Your Local Black Friday/Record Store Day Shopper's Guide

    Historically speaking, Black Friday is a phrase synonymous with discount hand-mixers and 5 a.m. tramplings at the local Walmart. By definition alone -- so not hip. And while all of you normal folks -- who would rather pay the extra $50 for a PS4 over pitching a tent in the shantytown that accumulate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Weather Week: Beautiful Turkey Day on Tap as Temperatures Slowly Warm Up

    If you feel like Christmas shopping just doesn't feel right unless the weather outside is rather nippy, well you're in luck as Black Friday approaches. For the past few days, Houston and the surrounding area has seen some extremely cold weather for November. Days with highs in the 40s have pushed ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    Houston Traffic Hotspots: The Galleria

    As we inch closer to Christmas and more importantly, Black Friday, the areas surrounding Houston malls will gradually become clogged with murderous joyous holiday shoppers looking for deals and trying to buy their kids something they won't hate this year (hint: no plaid shirts, mom!). Despite all th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Oaxacan Delight: Torchy's Taco of the Month, Turkey Mole, Deserves a Spot at Any Table

    Having reluctantly moved on from my favorite holiday (Halloween forever!), I am now getting in the spirit of Those Other Holidays. However, as someone who was raised in a family where Christmas decorations most definitely did NOT go up until December (after sometimes remained through January), I fee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Voting Is... Easier When You Do It Early

    Planning on voting early in Houston? There are only two days left to do so and on November 5th you can ONLY vote in the precinct you are assigned to. When time is against you, waiting until the last minute to vote could be worse than trying to find this year's IT toy during a Black Friday sale. Wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    Red Alert: Stay Away From the Malls Because Tax-Free Weekend is Here (Unless You Really Really Need to Go)

    If you woke up this morning with a sinking feeling in your stomach that you couldn't explain, there's a good chance it's because subconsciously you know about the dark cloud hanging over Texas the next few days. Tax-free weekend has returned. Those of you who made the mistake of deciding to stop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    10 Reasons to Be Thankful Christmas Is Over

    After a full blast Christmas season, most of us are worn out to the point of exhaustion. The time spent with family, the commercialism, the "sounds of the season" and the gluttonous embarrassment of feasting is enough to drive anyone to drink, which you probably also did too much of this year for a ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 22, 2012

    Dining Out on Turkey Day

    Our guide to restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day

  • Music

    November 22, 2012
  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Black Friday Dining Deals: Everything Tastes Better on Sale

    While you're going crazy running from store to store to grab the best deals for Christmas gifts this Black Friday, you're definitely going to be starving for something good to eat. Why not stick with the theme of finding the best deals when it comes to where you'll eat or drink that day? We've comp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Mugshot Etiquette 101: Don't Smile Unless You Did Something Cool

    Every day here at Hair Balls we get to see great, sad, and dumbfounding mugshots from around the state of Texas. We sure do have a lot of criminals in the Lone Star State. Makes me fearful of seceding in 2025. REWIND: Sean Payne: Humble Man Too Drunk To Pose for His Mugshot REWIND: Michael Jordan ... More >>

  • News

    March 1, 2012

    They Were Kings for a Moment

    The feds attack online poker, killing livelihoods and a $2.5 billion industry.

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Walter Wright & the Feds' Attack on Online Poker: A Tale of a $2.5 Billion Industry

    April 15, 2011 is known as Black Friday in the online-poker world, the day the feds seized the assets and shut down the three biggest companies serving the American market -- PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker. Among the people affected: Walter Wright, a former Houstonian who was making ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    East Texas Grinches Steal $20,000 of Foster Kids' Christmas Presents

    Come to think of it, not even this guy would approve of what these losers did​We spend a lot of time here wandering about in the pits of human depravity, but this one is about as depressing as it gets. Simply put, earlier this week, a thief or several thieves broke into the Longview storage f ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 1, 2011
  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Bad Mugshot Bonanza: Five Longview Crime All-Stars Netted in Single Drug Bust

    An expired inspection sticker led to fresh arrests for five of Longview's most frequently busted miscreants Friday. Police say that 48-year-old Howard "Cowboy" Perkins and 47-year-old Clifton Ardry were stopped while riding in a pickup near the home of 54-year-old, Biblically bearded George Cliffor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    Top 5 Reasons Cyber Monday Is Better Than Black Friday

    To bastardize a line from Groundhog Day, "Well, it's Black Friday...again." It's that oh-so-magical time of year when the strong walk away from predawn shopping trips with armfuls of electronic goodies while the weak get treated by EMS for boot marks left by shoppers stampeding into Best Buy. Since ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    5 Reasons You Should Skip Black Friday for Cyber Monday

    Well, it's Black Friday again. I sincerely hope you and your loved ones remain un-trampled and filled with holiday spirit or, if retailers got their wish, with carloads of merchandise. Since 2005, the nerdy cousin to Black Friday has been Cyber Monday. Traditionally, and I hesitate to even use that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    Free for All: The Post-Thanksgiving Day Edition

    Look, it's Black Friday (and dark gray Saturday and Sunday, or whatever they call the rest of the weekend), and if you aren't going shopping or to the movies or fighting with relatives, what else is there to do? We've come up with a few suggestions. And they all have the advantage of being free. F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    For Savvy Shoppers, Black Friday Started Last Tuesday

    If you missed out on a great deal for a humongous flat-screen television at Best Buy today, you can only blame yourself. Some folks, like Becky H., put a lot of effort into making sure they got door buster prices for televisions, computers and other big-ticket electronics. "Tuesday night we were l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Musicians Can Wait: Black Friday More About Flat Screens Than Instruments

    Back in college -- yes, in the stone age -- I worked for a musical instrument store on the north side of Houston. Over the years, there were busy days where I just stood behind the counter while a line of people handed me guitars to buy without the hint of a sales push and there were days we sat in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Buxton, Allen Oldies Band at Cactus Music Record Store Black Friday Event

    Most of us wince when we think about Black Friday. Sure, you can get that limited edition, glow in the dark Blu Ray Player/Coffee Maker that heals your broken dreams and cleans your toilet, but is it really worth the midnight (or 10 p.m. on Thursday depending on your location) wake up call? We think ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    10 Things You Need To Grab At Black Friday Record Store Day

    While your other shopping contemporaries are slashing each others' throats at Walmart and Best Buy for $20 plasma televisions and six Blu-Ray players for $5 on Black Friday next week, why not sleep in and head up to your favorite local record store and fight other music nerds for limited edition vin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Record Store Day Contest Coming This Afternoon

    ​When so many Americans will be camping out at Best Buys and fighting over big screen televisions at Walmart, music fans will be sleeping soundly in anticipation of Record Store Day's Black Friday events. The now annual day celebrating the stores that once carried the weight of music sales is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Lend a Helping Hand on Thanksgiving

    "Serving" can take on many meanings at Thanksgiving.​Thanksgiving is what? It's next week? Wait, are you serious? If you, like me, are terrible at planning (or knowing what week of the month it currently is), turn to Lauren Marmaduke's excellent guide to dining out on Thanksgiving Day or orde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    Openings & Closings

    Still one of my favorite photos. Welcome back, Leon's.​More great news for the Heights this week as it was announced that D'Amico's Italian Market has set its sights on White Oak Boulevard for its second location. The popular restaurant has been operating at 5510 Morningside in Rice Village si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Worst Hanukkah Ever: Gifts From Anti-Semitic Hate Websites

    America X might be on the gift list​If you spent Black Friday fighting for Hanukkah gifts for your Jewish friends, chances are you completely forgot about the people who feel especially left out during the Festival of Lights: anti-Semites.While Jews everywhere spin the dreidel and light the menora ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Compulsory Calorie Counting

    loop_ohOh, shut up.​Thanksgiving in New York: After gorging myself at my aunt's Long Island Thanksgiving feast, my family and I went into the city to troll around the Public Library, admire the window displays at Macy's, eat a juicy buffalo burger at Ted's Montana Grill, and go see "Time Stand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    Sick of Turkey? Order a Pizza: Our Top 5 Pizza Places

    Photo courtesy of luna715Look at you, eating your Star Pizza off a real dinner plate. Oh, you fancy, huh?​Not all of us are like the Old Man in A Christmas Story; we aren't all turkey fiends. Some of us are happy to have it once a year and then forget the bland white meat even exists. So while ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    Infographic: The Black Friday Experience

    See the whole thing after the jump​Today is "Black Friday", so named because of the hellish throng of shoppers and cars choking the streets, sidewalks, and retail outlets all over the country. Believe it or not, up until a few years ago, "Black Friday" was an urban legend; the shopping crowd w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    NFL & College Football - Weekend's Best Bets (SEC Guy Podcast Gold)

    Who doesn't love college football? Right?​I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and got to spend some quality time with their families. Me, my family is scattered all over the country, so when it came time to find some Thanksgiving dinner after my show yesterday, fortunately ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    In Case You Missed It...

    Marco TorresIt's a bird... it's a plane... it's... Usher!​Rocks Off knows you have had a busy week. So have we. But, we figured, what with Thanksgiving and Black Friday and traveling to and from your various other holiday ports of call, you may not have had as much time in front a computer as ... More >>

  • Music

    November 25, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Great Food Houston: Support Houston-based businesses and avoid Black Friday alt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    $2.99 Grand Slams at Denny's on Black Friday

    We prefer the Moons Over My Hammy​Let's say for the moment you plan on being out early on Black Friday. Let's also say your four hours of sitting in line followed by the frenzied trampling of other humans to buy the hundred-dollar laptop and three-hundred-dollar flat screen television you are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Music We're Thankful For This Year

    ​After the turkey comas subside and Black Friday opens the holiday retail floodgates, this year in music will be all but over. Yes, there's another month until the calendar flips over, but from here until early January, the only "new" music coming out will be the tide of reissues, box sets and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Flying Fur: PETA Members to Protest on Black Friday

    Don't expect hot, naked protesters on Friday. Think about it if you like, but don't expect it.​When you are out picking up some toys for the tikes at the Galleria this Friday, you might see something besides chubby Santas and frustrated holiday shoppers. You might catch anti-fur protesters. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Top Five Black Friday Fight Videos

    Give it or I'll punch you in the jugular​When you are in a battle for your life, you often resort to scratching and clawing, screaming and yelling. When you are in a fight for a plasma television on Black Friday, well, you'll probably do the same thing. Welcome to Black Friday, America's cele ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Five Reasons Not to Shop on Black Friday

    Ho Ho Ho! Merry Shopping Free-For-All!​Every year around this time in the United States, we celebrate a day so important, so American that it brings people together like no other day can. Around 3 a.m. this Friday, bleary-eyed shopaholics will power into retail outlets all over the country in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    Don't Work -- It's Cyber Monday!

    Thought the holiday uber-shopping craze was limited to Black Friday? Welcome to Cyber Monday.Admittedly, the day was first a gimmick by Shop.org (they coined the term back in 2005), but over the years, more and more stores have jumped on board and as many as 82% of online retailers are offering spec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2008

    A Black Friday Soundtrack

    It's become a tradition. You spend two days cooking, slaving over a hot stove, sweating into the family green bean casserole, making gallons upon gallons of iced tea for assorted loved and loathed ones. But instead of taking the next day off to go comatose and let the fullness subside, what do you d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2008

    Feel-Good Shopping in Houston

    You can make Black Friday more meaningful by putting your shopping dollars to good use at local non-profits and independent stores. Freak out your drunk friends with a set of Ghost Goblets. These hand-blown tumblers feature a wineglass inside. Get these, along with other arty presents, at the Museu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2008

    Not Quite the Crowds We Expected at Rice Village or the Galleria

    After all the hype of the past week leading up to Black Friday, we decided to venture out into the world of massive sales and astronomical blowouts and deeply discounted electronics. But where'd you all go? Did we miss all of you? Did you already head home to make Turkey Helper? We drove over to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Being Thankful for JFK Conspiracy Theories

    Not only is tomorrow the day before Black Friday, the retail apocalypse, it’s also the 44th anniversary of JFK’s assassination. Yes, it was November 22, 1963, a sunny day in Dallas, when about a million conspiracy theories were born. Some involve the Mafia, the Cubans, the Russians, the military ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2006

    We're Not Buying It

    Adbusters.org "Patchouli on aisle four!" The term "Black Friday" actually refers to many Fridays. There was the financial panic of 1869. The day in 1881 when 189 Scottish fishermen lost their lives. The 1919 riot in Glasgow. The fires that devastated Victoria in 1939. The 1978 massacre of ... More >>

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