Central Texas

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    Put Your Bib On for the Second Annual Houston Barbecue Festival

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Hungry? Check Out One of Houston's Many Eating Contests, Sure to Fill You Up

    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 >>

  • 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

    July 22, 2013

    GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up 2013: Eat Locally To Support Your Local Food Bank

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Randy Rogers Band Springs Surprise Trouble Release Show at Firehouse Saloon Tonight

    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 >>

  • Dining

    December 20, 2012

    Where to Eat on Christmas Day

    Your stress-free dining guide to the holidays.

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Dallas Beer Scene: Revolver Brewing Gets Serious in Granbury

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Hot Dr Pepper with Lemon: The Ultimate Texas Cold Weather Drink

    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 >>

  • Music

    October 25, 2012
  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Inside That $14 Million Summer Fest Economic Study

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Eat Local, Support Local: The GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up Is Here

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    The Intrepid Walker's Guide to Houston: A Sole of Houston Forerunner, Circa 1975

    (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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Sig's Lagoon Keeping Sundance, Beloved San Marcos Store, Alive

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2011

    Ten Albums That Should Be Grammy Nominated Over Linda Chorney's

    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 >>

  • Music

    November 24, 2011

    The Wylie Llama for President

    The singer-songwriter on ­Michelle Bachmann, seceding from the Union, big hair and wild hogs.

  • Dining

    May 26, 2011

    An Aggie Tradition

    The Brisket House on Woodway serves up a College Station classic.

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Hot Dr Pepper with Lemon: The Ultimate Texas Cold Weather Drink

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Go Texan or Go Home

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    ESPN GameDay Coming To....Waco?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    KTRU News Roils, Saddens Local Music Community

    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 >>

  • News

    July 8, 2010

    Lawn Mower Man

    Kenneth Page followed his peculiar dream from Texas to Florida.

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    Joe Barton: Houston Is Getting Blamed For Him?

    Not one of ours​Look, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    Houston 101: The Polish In Houston Today And Yesterday

    ​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 >>

  • Music

    February 11, 2010

    Lightnin' Strikes

    The late legendary Houston bluseman finally gets an official historical marker.

  • Dining

    October 2, 2008
  • News

    April 3, 2008

    Toxic Town: Contamination in Somerville Schools

    Somerville's schools continue to show elevated toxins, but are the health risks bad enough to shut down the schools?

  • News

    June 21, 2007

    I Love CFS

    Thank goodness it's still popular in the small towns of the Chicken-Fried Steak Belt.

  • Music

    March 1, 2007

    SXSW, WTF?

    The lowdown on Austin's music festival

  • News

    August 24, 2006

    Hog Wild

    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.

  • Music

    March 23, 2006

    South By So Huge

    Austin's little music festival is all grown up

  • News

    August 11, 2005

    Who Cares?

    Celester Hall went to Afghanistan to help the troops and make his fortune. He came back deaf, in diapers and looking for benefits.

  • News

    June 23, 2005
  • Dining

    May 12, 2005

    Wurst-Case Scenario

    Alfredo's serves up excellent German sausage and a lot of conversation

  • News

    September 16, 2004

    The God Squad

    With their own chaplain, the Houston Astros might be the most religious clubhouse in the majors

  • News

    September 16, 2004

    Keeping It Real

    Spring Creek stands poised to ride into history, one way or another

  • Dining

    March 25, 2004

    Sunnyside Sup

    Reid's is an awesome barbecue time capsule

  • News

    December 12, 2002

    Hell on Wheels

    Breanna Brand rides out the legacy of Frog Town and family splits in her feisty race toward the BMX finish line

  • Music

    June 13, 2002

    W.C. Clark

    Friday, June 14

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Barbecue Restaurant

    Drexler's Bar-B-Que

  • Music

    July 26, 2001


    An argument for human cloning

  • News

    June 7, 2001

    A River Ran Through It

    A historic Hill Country road brought Texans to the Blanco. Then came John O'Quinn.

  • Music

    March 22, 2001

    Got Legs

    The perpetually self-doubting Todd Lewis stands tall on the Toadies' long-overdue second album

  • News

    December 14, 2000


    Two Rice students had everything going for them -- until their pranks progressed into hard-core crime

  • News

    May 18, 2000

    All's Dell

    So long to slackers and laid-back lifestyles. Now that cash-rich techies have taken over, can Austin survive the great digital divide?

  • News

    December 23, 1999

    The Insider

    Strange Association. The ties that bind former mayor Whitmire with a sex offender

  • News

    November 11, 1999

    Shame, Shame, Shame

    Judge Ted Poe's shame-based punishments have brought him fame and the D.A.'s job...if he wants it

  • News

    January 14, 1999

    Killer Weed

    The life-suffocating Salvinia molesta has entered Texas waterways. It's green, fast and deadly.

  • Calendar

    May 29, 1997
  • News

    December 7, 1995

    Having outlived the good ol' boy era, when it had a hand in every deal, houston legal giant

    Vinson & Elkins is entangled in a legacy of litigation from its past.

  • News

    May 11, 1995

    Born to Win ... or Lose?

    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.

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