There were some that said it couldn't be done. There were some that said that Jonestown - after the cyanide and the suicide and the doctor from Houston who helped provide both - had turned cults passé, and tired, and pointless. Cults had had their time. They flamed out, in spectacular fashion, and ... More >>
Houston's top 10 vegan restaurants.
...and on piano... Nicky Hopkins: The Extraordinary Life of Rock's Greatest Session Man By Julian Dawson Though his name is known mostly to classic-rock liner note readers, even the casual fan has heard his piano work: The wistful opening of Joe Cocker's "You Are So Beautiful," the pumping keys on ... More >>
This week the Chinese community parties hard to celebrate its Lunar New Year. The Chinese New Year is spread out over a 15-day period and the Houston version is jam packed with traditional merriment. Two thousand twelve marks the year of the Dragon, which is said to be one of the most fortunate yea ... More >>
Looking back on the year in movies, and what's coming in 2012.
The Burger Guys.Way back in 2009, Katharine Shilcutt wrote in considerable detail about exactly what sort of drink could properly be called a milkshake. I have no intention of fighting that battle again, primarily because there's nothing to debate. A milkshake means milk and ice cream, and it sho ... More >>
I thought I imagined it at first, or was suffering the onset of hallucinations brought upon by sleep deprivation, strong drink, and three consecutive nights of watching Steven Tyler undress the audience with his eyes. But for maybe the first time since Season 10 of Idol began, I actually rewo ... More >>
Just as relevant as the Academy Awards. Sorry.The 2011 awards season kicked off Sunday night with the 68th installment of the Golden Globes, a.k.a. That Awards Show No One in Hollywood Takes Seriously But They All Attend Anyway Because They're Too Chickenshit to Blow It Off. Though now that ... More >>
And a partridge in a pear tree...Last week, we gave you our list of celebrities who manage to save their careers after difficult times. This week, we go a different direction. If we have learned anything from TMZ, it's that people love celebrity scandals and the more salacious it is, the more ... More >>
Paul Haggis shows no improvement.
Loving Hut's food is tasty — you'll never guess where it came from.
That thud you heard last weekend was Will Ferrell's career settling noisily back to earth. With a budget estimated at over $100 million, Land of the Lost was supposed to propagate the 2009 summer blockbuster season (handily inaugurated by the new Star Trek) and continue Ferrell's successful box-offi ... More >>
Why is Paul Villinski's "Emergency Response Studio" parked outside Rice Gallery?
The longest walk in the history of the Sole of Houston requires the longest piece. This being a blog and all, we have decided to break it up into three installments. Coming today, tomorrow and Thursday in this tale of 22-plus miles of concrete, mud, and fairly cold weather: The fending off a potent ... More >>
Ah, that nasty Grim Reaper took a lot of great musicians this year, and his scythe cut a wide swath across all genres, including many heavyweights in the blues and R&B world. The greatest loss comes in the form of someone who was a man, a song, and a beat all in one... Bo Diddley, singer-songwriter ... More >>
Oh, God! You Devil's Advocate
Years after Sybil, the debate continues
Amid flailing swords and flying shields, these modern-day knights fight on
Few laughs to be had in this lackluster parody
A preacher makes the news again
Ex-members of a cult that once advocated sex between adults and children want the group's leaders exposed and punished
Dear Lord, please stop the Stingification of Beck
Forget the office-football draft, dude. Here's a far cooler way to waste your time and your employer's money.
Two years ago, the Velvet Teen took the road less traveled, and that has made all the difference
The furries are fighting like animals, just for a little respect
A Houston author tells how our traffic got jammed
Hollywood Homicide tries to mock cop partner flicks, but the joke's on it
Eddie Murphy plays Daddy, once more, just be "Cos"
Rhett Miller's Instigator isn't the wreck of the Old 97's. It's just what he does.
The Magnetic IV ride the waves of B movies and surf guitar gods
Director Krzysztof Kieslowski made highbrow films with feeling