The Houston International Festival, better known as iFest, announced its 2011 lineup late Thursday night. Here are some of the highlights: FRIDAY, APRIL 29 World Stage: Kronos Quartet feat. Homayun Sakhi; Houston Youth Symphony String Quartet; Houston Grand Opera SATURDAY, APRIL 30 World ... More >>
Over the next two weeks, Rocks Off will be previewing acts performing at this year's Houston International Festival Saturday and Sunday and April 24-25 broken down by genre (loosely, anyway) and with a guest pick from a true insider: iFest Director of Performing Arts Rick Mitchell. We're doubling up ... More >>
All this week, Rocks Off is previewing Saturday and Sunday's Westheimer Block Party by asking WBP performers to fill out a list from Lisa Nola's Music Listography book we're so fond of. Next up, Jesus and Mary Chain-y alt-rockers Flowers to Hide tell us the saddest songs in the world. claudiabelleâ€ ... More >>
Over the recent years, a number of politicians (including Democrats) have distanced themselves from our former president, Bill Clinton, fearing his reputation would somehow rub off on them. But Chris Bell, now running in a November 4 special election for Texas Senate in District 17, is made of tou ... More >>
It just wouldn't be an election cycle without former U.S. Rep and city councilman Chris Bell running for (and probably losing) a race. Bell fans (and there are a few) faced the awful prospect of not seeing him run in 2008. They despaired of not being able to hear once again how this time, he would ... More >>
Bell: Kicking it Intercontinental You've done your civic duty, and now it's time to see if your guy or gal is going pull through tonight. If you want to scream for your candidate with like-minded voters, rather than sit through "Decision 2006" coverage at home, you've got options after the polls ... More >>
Photos by Steven Devadanam for HouStoned Images Ltd., Ulmtd. Just a little awkward, media-packed sign-in... It's probably safe to say that no single voter in Houston will get this much dramatic media attention as he or she contributes to democracy today. Ready to cast their votes, gubernatori ... More >>
Bell and The Rev hit H-town this afternoon. Recently, gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman stumped in Texas with his pal Jesse Ventura. You may remember Ventura as the former pro wrestler who defied haters and was actually elected governor of Minnesota, thanks in large part to young voters. Her ... More >>
Seven a day keeps the Kinky away... We've been regularly checking up on Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Chris Bell's MySpace page since yesterday's posting. The numbers are looking good, as political consultants say. Yesterday, he had a mere 121 friends. Today? 128. Not bad, huh? We noticed ... More >>
Wanna be in his Top 120? Life can't be much fun on the Chris Bell campaign. You're the Democratic nominee and you're stuck trading jabs with goofball-named candidates like Kinky and Grandma, while Governor Rick Perry sips mai-tais and looks down on you from his 15-point lead. Meanwhile, you hav ... More >>
"Vote, er, don't vote for me." Any poll that has you in last place can't be good for a politician. Unless, of course, that poll is taking place on Wonkette, and the subject is "Who is Running the Worst Campaign in America?" The voters at Wonkette clearly think Texas Democratic gubernatorial ca ... More >>
Chris Bell ain't lookin' for trouble. We recently chatted with Independent gubernatorial candidate/big-black-hat-wearin' Kinky Friedman about his environmental tour, which featured a Houston stop. Well, Democratic candidate/longtime politico Chris Bell has also been on the road this week for an e ... More >>
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