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  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    King Street Patriots Party Hardy At The Rice Lofts

    Finding a watch party in Houston for election night was a bit of a chore. About the only thing in town was Bill White's, and since Hair Balls already had that covered, we had to look elsewhere. Even the New Black Panthers can't stop us​We decided on the King Street Patriots' bash at the Rice Lofts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Dan Wallrath: A CNN Hero Has Shot At $100,000

    Houston-area homebuilder Dan Wallrath is a finalist with a chance for $100,000 if he's chosen as a "CNN Hero" for his work providing homes for Iraq and Afghanistan vets.You just have to vote for him.For five years, Wallrath has been building homes for wounded vets.

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Asher Brown's Parents On CNN; DA Getting Involved

    The Asher Brown story went national last night, as CNN's Anderson Cooper interviewed the parents of the Cy-Fair middle schooler who committed suicide.The parents appeared with their attorney and said they had made "many trips" to the school, and numerous calls and e-mails, to complain about bullyin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Rap's Top 10 Heroes Of 2010 So Far, Part 1

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to introducinglisto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Katrina, Five Years Later: A News Consumer's Guide To The Anniversary Stories

    Brian Williams emits manly concern over the situation​If you aren't aware that this weekend marks the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, you will be by the time Monday rolls around.Newspapers, TV shows and websites will be heavy on commemorating the event. Here's what to look for:1. The use o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Debbie Riddle: For Your Own Sake, Avoid CNN

    State Rep Debbie Riddle doesn't need career advice from us. But if she were to ask, we'd tell her stay the hell off CNN. Stick to Fox News.Riddle went on Anderson Cooper's show last night and -- well, she showed the nation the Debbie Riddle we have come to know and be horrified by here in Houston.

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    Last Night: The Eagles At Toyota Center

    Photos by Marco Torres​The Eagles Toyota Center June 27, 2010 For the past five years Aftermath has been told that we should hate the Eagles, but not why. Like a child, we would ask, and all we would hear from the pop-culture constabulary was "because they suck." It's like standing in a line ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    Viet Tran, Young & Recessioned: You Can't Be Afraid To Be Goofy

    ​Today's installment of Young & Recessioned features Viet Tran, a 27-year-old University of Houston grad who has used reality TV, YouTube episodes and street corner stunts to find his dream job. I went into commercial real estate right after I graduated. I did that for about three years. I had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    Food Fight: Battle Empanadas

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttEmpanadas with a side of chimichurri sauce.​It's not often that we get so grossed out by a certain food item that we nearly immediately throw it in the garbage, walk away from the entire plate and go off to sulk angrily, our appetites lost for the rest of the day. U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Light Rail Vs. Bus: The Video

    What's it look like when a Metro light-rail train broadsides a Metro bus? Now we know!!The agency has released security video of the incident; here's CNN's version of things.We think two very, very different thoughts were going through the minds of the engineer and the bus driver.The engineer was t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Gettin' Kinda Crowded -- Texas Grows More Than Any Other State In Past Year

    ​Further proof that we're not being hit as hard in the Great Recession as some -- Texas added more residents in the past 12 months than any state in the union, the Census Bureau reported today.Texas added 478,000 residents in the previous 12 months, beating out California, which added almost 100,0 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    Pop Rocks: Tiger By The Tail

    ​With apologies to William Blake:Tiger! Tiger! Feeling lowIn the forests of OrlandoWhat errant hydrant (or 5-wood)Put that dent in your Caddy's hood?That silliness out of the way, here are some thoughts on the whole Eldrick Woods...thing.1. The instantaneous news cycle really is something to behol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Mass Shooting At Fort Hood

    Madness has come to Fort Hood in Central Texas.Various media outlets are reporting that gunmen have killed seven people and wounded up to 20 others, and the situation is still fluid.Schools are on lockdown.CNN and others are following events; head there for more info."At least one person is 'neutral ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Hot-Button Immigration Issue Gets Little Discussion Among County Commissioners

    Photo by Liana LopezA packed room hears about 287(g)​It only took 15 seconds for the Commissioners Court of Harris County to approve three additional years of participation in 287(g) after hours of public testimony, mostly in opposition, to the program.The two Houston Garcias, who, by the way, wer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    A Preview Of CNN's Latino In America: Disappointing, And Where The Hell Is Houston?

    ​CNN unveils its take on the Latino experience tonight with the widely publicized debut of Latino in America.Hair Balls admittedly enjoyed the broiled shrimp and free wine at the 50-minute preview two weeks ago when CNN was using Houston Latinos as a test audience for the program and we're somewha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    Dancing With the Stars: Do The Hustle!

    ​It's week five of Dancing With the Stars, but I don't know how many are left. I don't have the commitment to count the couples and do the math, plus there could be special eps or extra fillers or reunion shows or who knows what all. Basically, I know there's an end in sight, I just don't know ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    $13 at Reggae Hut

    Photo by Mike GiglioWhere: Reggae Hut, 4814 Almeda Rd., 713-520-7171What $13 gets you: Any main course or seafood dish, which will be more than enough. Favorites include the jerk chicken and garlic shrimp, along with a Jamaican take on oxtail. We tried that, mainly because we weren't quite su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    Who Do We Have to Blow Around Here to Get a Lady in Late Night?

    Okay, fine. We can deal with not having a lady president (still), but with the recent overflow of testicle-wearing late night hosts, it got me thinking, why no late night lady hosts?Joan Rivers tried once and was ridiculed (and yeah, Joan isn't my favorite lady comedian of all time, but come on, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    The Big Tweet: Wild Moccasins Tour Edition

    Kim DouglassIt's now been exactly a week since the Wild Moccasins kicked off their first-ever extended tour with a sweaty show before a packed house at Mango's, and like a lot of people (we imagine), Rocks Off is curious how the H-pop heroes are faring on the road. Luckily, instead of having to rely ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 11, 2009

    D. L. Hughley

    The original king of comedy is back on track

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2009

    Death Rumors Swirl About Houston's Patrick Swayze

    Patrick Swayze, one of a handful of famous Hollywood types from Houston, has been sick for a long time.Today, rumors started coursing throughout the Internet and Twitter and whatever that the end had finally come.His publicist, however, is denying the rumors, according to this article that doesn't q ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 14, 2009

    National Black Book Festival

    Readers, writers and wannabes all have a spot at the NBBF

  • Culture

    May 7, 2009

    Clorox in the Rio Grande


  • Calendar

    April 16, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Literacy Advance of Houston to Honor Hannah Storm

    Every now and then I like to step away from the snark and write about something good that's going on. Today is one of those days. On May 1, 2009, Literacy Advance of Houston will be honoring ESPN SportsCenter anchor Hannah Storm as its Champion of Literacy as part of the organization's Champion ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 15, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 2, 2009

    KTRH Gives Up On The Extended-Morning-News Experiment, Goes Back To Choir-Preaching

    We noted in October that KTRH, pretty much the only news operation left on the AM dial, had expanded their morning news program by getting rid of San Antonio shouter Joe Pags' show.Sure, since then the expanded "news" hole was often filled by a chaotic hodgepodge of whatever guest the station's inte ... More >>

  • Culture

    November 6, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 12, 2008
  • Calendar

    April 10, 2008

    Lifting the Veil

    Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy shows us the lives of women in Afghanistan

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2008
  • Culture

    November 15, 2007
  • Blogs

    October 31, 2007
  • Home Entertainment

    February 22, 2007

    Channel Surfing

    There's more than one way to play with your Wii

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2007
  • Culture

    November 16, 2006
  • Film

    April 27, 2006

    Fear of Flying

    You may not want to see United 93, but you should

  • Music

    February 9, 2006

    Brian Keane, Wayne Sutton and Rachel Loy

    Friday, February 10, Dan Electro's Guitar Bar, 1031 East 24th Street, 713-862-8707.

  • Calendar

    January 15, 2004

    On the News

    Henry Rollins brings Kabul home

  • News

    September 4, 2003

    Hell on Earth

    Both sides in a Houston fight worship the same god: publicity

  • Culture

    July 31, 2003

    Peace Through Art

    "Made in Palestine" humanizes the Middle East conflict

  • Culture

    July 11, 2002

    Land of the Free

    "Made in USA" gives patriotism a twist

  • Music

    November 8, 2001

    Walla Confusion

    Death Cab for Cutie sees itself as just a guitar band. You might not agree.

  • News

    August 9, 2001

    Way Out There

    A new TV news operation is coming to Houston. More or less.

  • News

    May 10, 2001

    Wild on the Web

    Someone's mad at Channel 26, and they're going on-line

  • News

    October 19, 2000

    More of the Same

    Houston braces for an invasion of TV news

  • News

    January 28, 1999

    How to Divorce a Millionaire

    Georgette Mosbacher offers a guide for gold diggers

  • Calendar

    October 29, 1998

    Night & Day

    October 29 - November 4, 1998

  • News

    October 23, 1997

    After the Crash

    When victims' rights advocate Pam Lychner and her daughters died on TWA Flight 800, her husband knew what he had to do: Find justice for Pam.

  • Film

    May 16, 1996
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