The new café at the Menil Collection seems like it's been in development forever. But recently we received some promising information that leads us to believe the café is, in fact, happening -- and soon! The press office for the Menil announced that the café will be housed in one of the 20th-cen ... More >>
Updated: HISD Spokesman Jason Spencer challenged HNOMA's numbers, sending this note after reviewing the letter a second time: "All of the design contracts approved by the Board stipulate that the design fees are not to exceed 7 percent of each project's budget. Assuming that all of the projects hit ... More >>
This week Robert Ellis released an interactive clip for his latest single "Friends Like Those" off of his 2011 Photographs LP. You can check out the clip here at friendslikethose.com preferably with your Google Chrome browser. The video, which uses a plug-in from your personal Facebook account and ... More >>
Rewind: Squeezing the Lemon: Led Zeppelin & the 10 Most Shocking Rock and Roll Reunions This week we all saw the trailer to Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day, the concert film shot at Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion show in honor of Atlantic Records impresario Ahmet Ertegun. The film will be playing in t ... More >>
My friends over on the ClutchFans.net bulletin board are fond of the phrase "making a splash" when discussing the team's moves in free agency and when they make trades. When a trade or signing is of a more minor variety, that phrase becomes a joke, often posted on the board in an almost unreadably s ... More >>
The Business Software Alliance announced last week that it had come to an agreement with local business Affordable Power, LP, to settle legal claims that the company pirated software titles. According to the release: As part of the settlement, Affordable Power agreed to pay $150,000 to settle legal ... More >>
It's likely the average person can name only one architect, and that it's Frank Lloyd Wright, who died 53 years ago today. Born in a small Wisconsin farming town, Wright would grow up to have an amazing impact on the world of construction and housing. His work aimed to harmonize buildings with thei ... More >>
Mayor Annise Parker joined other officials in unveiling designs for a planned $12 million adoption center for the historically troubled Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care Tuesday. Scheduled to break ground in October, the initial phase of the center will be funded by $4.1 million in capital impro ... More >>
Brandon Lemons is no stranger to the Houston music scene. If you've been around long enough, you've most likely either seen a show he's organized, or, if you're a real club junkie, sat and had a beer (or three) with the guy once or twice at a venue around town. The Silsbee, Tex. native bro ... More >>
Google announced that as of April 19, it will shut down Picnik, an online photo editing tool acquired by the company in 2010, and bundle some of the editing tools into their over-arching Google platform. The staff of Picnik remains with Google and apparently is working to add features from the edit ... More >>
Rock art legend Uncle Charlie will not be denied.
Seriously???Congratulations to the fourth grader who designed the new Mountain West Conference logo! Yesterday, the Mountain West Conference unveiled its new brand identity as they head into a hoped-for (read: Boise State-led) future as a regular contender in BCS football as well as other m ... More >>
One of America's most expensive "blocks"Business Week has put together a list of the ten most expensive blocks in America, and Houston has an entry on the list. Spoiler alert: You probably don't live on it. Everyone will surely be knocked over to learn that the block, which actually seems to ... More >>
Andrew Luck pursues his architecture degreeAs quarterback/head coach combinations go at the collegiate level, few have ever been as logical a fit and maximized that synergy like Houston's own Andrew Luck and Jim Harbaugh at Stanford in 2011. The head coach who on pure guts nearly willed th ... More >>
Losing everything but the logo battleHouston's Continental Airlines didn't make out too well in its merger with United, at least from the viewpoint of Houston -- the headquarters is gone, jobs are gone, flights will no doubt be more of a hassle.But at least Continental won the fight over what the ... More >>
Comic sans to the rescue!We have stayed away from the ongoing battle over voting-fraud allegations in Harris County because it reminds us of that quote about college-faculty infighting: "Academic infighting is so vicious because the stakes are so low." But bring comic sans into the conversation, ... More >>
The MFAH shows off a different kind of kitchenware
Photo via Swamplot Where's the pooper-scooper when you need it?The folks at Swamplot have uncovered the story behind the turd-looking rock standing in front of the BNIM Architects office on Main Street south of the Southwest Freeway.It's all about the feng shui, that mystical combination of e ... More >>
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston celebrates the 50th anniversary of Ishimoto Yasuhrio's landmark book
Bill Narum, a key figure in Houston's counterculture in the late 1960s and early '70s, passed away Wednesday night at his home in Austin. The cause of death was an "apparent heart attack or something that took him quickly while sitting in his studio at the art table in his chair," said Narum's cl ... More >>
Uncle Charlie is the best concert-poster artist in Houston and he's legally blind.
The author discusses the state's architectural history
Texas A&M University created an architectural award this year, the Spirit of Place medal, "envisioned as becoming one of the world's premier built-environment awards," according to a press release from the school.The university wants its new award to be "viewed in the same light" as the Stirl ... More >>
The epic, no-holds-barred, deathmatch among the people who decide if that throw rug in your living room is declasse or not has ended.Two groups went in; one group came out. And it was The People!! The amateurs-with-attitude who dared to take on the ogreish cabal of professional interior designers.As ... More >>
Austin will be the scene for what no doubt will be a very tasteful demonstration and briefing tomorrow, as a little-known civil war between interior designers bursts into the open.The Institute of Justice, an ACLU-like legal organization, is working with interior designers in Texas to stop what the ... More >>
What if Annie Leibovitz had stayed home?
The master comic book artist signs his two-volume retrospective
Underground, independent and DIY writers and artists the mother ship is calling you
Lithography never looked so good
The MFAH unveils more than 200 priceless Cartier trinkets
A son goes looking for his late father and finds some buildings
The guy who designed Cadillac Ranch wants to build a dolphin space station. Is it any wonder UH is divided over the return of Doug Michels?
"Art and Architecture" was held in the desert, but the subject was hardly dry