In 2013, 1,300 people came out in the chilly windy weather to stuff themselves silly with brisket, sausage, turkey and more at the inaugural Houston Barbecue Festival. And this year, we're doing it all over again. The Second Annual Houston Barbecue Festival is back at Reliant Center on Sunday, Apr ... More >>
They say everything's bigger in Texas, including our burgers, pizzas and bowls of pho. OK, so the pho thing might be unique to Houston, and that's just one of the reasons that Houston eating competitions are the best: They're incredibly diverse. From Bellaire to Baytown, Sugar Land to the Woodlands, ... More >>
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 >>
In just a couple of weeks Houston Restaurant Weeks will begin, but to get your stomachs prepared for the exceptional grub you will feast on for the entire month of August, you can celebrate the great Lone Star State during GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up July 22 through July 28. GO TEXAN Restaurant Ro ... More >>
The Randy Rogers Band has become a big enough name on the highly competitive Texas country/Red Dirt circuit that the quintet was chosen to open for George Strait and Martina McBride on Strait's Houston stop of his "The Cowboy Rides Away" tour at Reliant Stadium back in March. Reached by phone from " ... More >>
Your stress-free dining guide to the holidays.
It's been a big year for craft beer in Texas. One of the biggest stories, however, is news that hasn't quite made its way down to Houston. Dallas is currently experiencing a boom in breweries as big as, if not bigger than, the expansion Houston and Austin have seen in past years. Dallas/Fort Worth a ... More >>
When I was in college, Dr Pepper ruled our campus (and so did Drayton McLane, but that's a story for another day). No, seriously. It became the official soft drink of Baylor back in 1997. And along with it came Dr Pepper Hour, formerly Coke Hour. Baylor University isn't just renowned for being the ... More >>
Earlier this month, the producers of Free Press Summer Fest released the results of an economic impact analysis they had commissioned from the University of Houston about the 2012 festival, which took place this past June 2 and 3 in Eleanor Tinsley Park. The figure they arrived at is certainly impre ... More >>
Houston Restaurant Weeks is coming this August. But before you budget all your dining dollars to that worthy cause, remember that an equally worthy one is going on this week: The GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up. Each year, the GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up features restaurants across the state cooking ... More >>
(Part one of a planned series...) As the Preacher says, there's nothing new under the sun, and it turns out I was not the first Houstonian to write about adventures on long walks and/or bike rides in the Bayou City. More than 30 years prior to my first adventure (a 16-mile slog down Westheimer fr ... More >>
A big part of Texas music history went dark this past weekend, when Sundance Records went out of buisness after 35 years. But thanks to the San Marcos record store's strong Houston connection, part of its legacy - in fact, a large part of its inventory - is coming here. Sig's Lagoon, the Midtown re ... More >>
Photo by Jason WolterJason Isbell (left) and Amanda Shires (right) are both more deserving than Chorney.The small world of Americana music is all a-twitter over New Jersey woman Linda Chorney's nomination for a Grammy in the Americana category. In case you haven't been following the story, Ch ... More >>
The singer-songwriter on Michelle Bachmann, seceding from the Union, big hair and wild hogs.
The Brisket House on Woodway serves up a College Station classic.
When I was in college, Dr Pepper ruled our campus (and so did Drayton McLane, but that's a story for another day). No, seriously. It became the official soft drink of Baylor back in 1997. And along with it came Dr Pepper Hour, formerly Coke Hour. Baylor University isn't just renowned for bei ... More >>
Texas eggs and Texas flour in the pancakes at Lola.Although the Go Texan Restaurant Roundup kicked off this past Monday, it's not too late to support the Lone Star State while eating at some of Houston's best eateries. Each year, the Restaurant Roundup celebrates and promotes Texas agricultu ... More >>
Colleges all over the country drool at the thought of hosting ESPN GameDay. It's a mark of high honor and respect, and students try to outdo each other in raucously cheering on-camera behind the hosts.Baton Rouge, Austin, Gainesville, they've all hosted. And ESPN has now announced that they will be ... More >>
UPDATED (5:35 p.m.) to include comments from Rice's B.J. Almond and a new Facebook count. The fate of KTRU's annual outdoor free concert in the spring is one of many things that has yet to be decided.News of the University of Houston's impending purchase of Rice University student radio stat ... More >>
Kenneth Page followed his peculiar dream from Texas to Florida.
Not one of oursLook, Houston has enough troubles with this oil-spill thing: BP has its American office here, everyone automatically defaults to thinking of us as pollution-happy, regulation-ignoring money-grubbers, and, you know, we are home to a whole lot of energy companies who probably just as ... More >>
The recent Polish air catastrophe that claimed the life of President Lech Kaczynski and his wife and almost 100 other members of that country's political elite has opened a window on to Houston's Polish community. Who knew it was still thriving enough to support its own church? Well, it is. ... More >>
The late legendary Houston bluseman finally gets an official historical marker.
Somerville's schools continue to show elevated toxins, but are the health risks bad enough to shut down the schools?
Thank goodness it's still popular in the small towns of the Chicken-Fried Steak Belt.
Former country superstar. Now starring in a courtroom near you.
Feral pigs are ugly, destructive and mean. Some people in Texas just love to trap, stab or shoot them. Or put them in rodeos. With dogs.
Austin's little music festival is all grown up
Celester Hall went to Afghanistan to help the troops and make his fortune. He came back deaf, in diapers and looking for benefits.
With their own chaplain, the Houston Astros might be the most religious clubhouse in the majors
Spring Creek stands poised to ride into history, one way or another
Reid's is an awesome barbecue time capsule
Breanna Brand rides out the legacy of Frog Town and family splits in her feisty race toward the BMX finish line
Friday, June 14
An argument for human cloning
A historic Hill Country road brought Texans to the Blanco. Then came John O'Quinn.
The perpetually self-doubting Todd Lewis stands tall on the Toadies' long-overdue second album
Two Rice students had everything going for them -- until their pranks progressed into hard-core crime
Inmate Mark Knox claims Texas prison guards brutalized him. The ACLU fears that in an expanding and unwieldy TDCJ system Knox is far from alone.
So long to slackers and laid-back lifestyles. Now that cash-rich techies have taken over, can Austin survive the great digital divide?
Strange Association. The ties that bind former mayor Whitmire with a sex offender
Judge Ted Poe's shame-based punishments have brought him fame and the D.A.'s job...if he wants it
The life-suffocating Salvinia molesta has entered Texas waterways. It's green, fast and deadly.
Vinson & Elkins is entangled in a legacy of litigation from its past.
Can Drayton McLane bring Houston a World Series champion on a budget? Can Houston support major-league baseball to Drayton McLane's satisfaction? It's time to find out.