Christopher Patronella

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Nine Great Dog Show Pictures, And What The Dogs Are Actually Thinking

    The World Series of Dog Shows was held in Reliant Park over the weekend, and as always it provided a good, sometimes odd, look at dogs and the people who place them in competition. (See the full slideshow here.) We got us a dog interpreter, who really just mostly reports that everyone wants more fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Tiny Cars and Expensive Wine at the 3rd Annual Italian Expo

    Photos by Christopher Patronella, Jr.Wine: a guarantee of a good time.​The 3rd annual Italian Expo was held this past weekend at the George R. Brown Convention Center, directly next to one of the gun shows that seems to rotate throughout Houston every other weekend. Walking up to the conventio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    May Day Immigration Rally Draws Thousands (and Opponents) in Houston

    Photos by Christopher Patronella, Jr.​Some three thousand people joined together in Houston on Sunday to take part in May Day rallies held all across the nation as the battle over immigration laws has taken center stage. Demonstrators blanketed the streets around Burnett Bayland Park as they flow ... More >>

  • News

    September 16, 2010

    Mental Cases

    Philip Grantham counts on his meds and his MHMRA doctor to stay straight. Too bad Texas is slashing funding.

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Baylor The Baby Elephant: All Hail The Mighty Victor Of The Houston Zoo Cute-Off

    The final match-up of the Houston Zoo Cute-Off, the comprehensive effort to find The One Cute to Rule Them All, was close. Very close. Votes coming in by comments and e-mail, though, showed what had been evident from the beginning: Baylor the baby elephant is just damn cute. So revel, citizens, in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    HISD Kicks Off Its Apollo 20 Program For Troubled Schools

    Photos by Christopher Patronella, Jr.HISD's Terry Grier with a student at an Apollo 20 school​As if surrendering your long, lazy summer to the start of another tedious school year is not hard enough, students from five HISD middle schools and four high schools are making that plunge an entire week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Houston Zoo Cute-Off: And Then There Were Two

    Photos by Christopher Patronella, Jr.​ You know how in the `80s, the NFC dominated the AFC in the Super Bowl, so that the real NFC Championship Game was the real title game and the Super Bowl was a foregone conclusion?We're kinda getting that feeling with the 2010 Houston Zoo Cute-Off. We love Lou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010 Throws a Little Protest in Houston

    Photos by Christopher Patronella,, throwing signs. See a slideshow from yesterday's protest.​Local members of held a rally Tuesday taking aim at corporate control in Washington, delivering petition signatures to the Heights office of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and ur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    The Houston Zoo Cute-Off: The Final Four

    The Final Four is here in the 2010 Houston Zoo Cute-Off, the cut-throat competition to determine just who is the cutest of all.Round two results were decisive, setting up a Final Four for the ages. It's1. Lou the tenrecPhotos by Christopher Patronella, Jr.​

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Houston Zoo Cute-Off: The Second Round. No Monkeys Allowed

    The first round of voting in the great Houston Zoo Cute-Off is finished, and one thing is clear: Everyone hates Baylor the baby elephant.And Houston is no place for Saki Monkeys.Actually, we're kidding about Baylor. But not about the Saki Monkey. Dude got stomped by a meerkat, for crying out loud.No ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    The Houston Zoo Cute-Off: Last Chance For First-Round Votes!!

    The epic tournament of adorableness, also known as the Houston Zoo Cute-Off, is in full swing.Time is running out to cast your votes to see who makes it out of the first round.Will it be Hasani?Photos by Christopher Patronella, Jr.​

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Houston Zoo Cute-Off: A Competition For The Ages

    The Houston Zoo is filled with animals so astoundingly cute that they're almost a danger to the public.But only one can be The Cutest of All.It has come time to determine who exactly should wear that noble title: Harr, the White-Faced Saki Monkey? Zuri, the African Pygmy Falcon? Some other contender ... More >>

  • News

    July 15, 2010

    Battle in the Heights

    Walmart brings out the passion.