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Dominican Republic

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Bad Blood: Chikungunya Kills and it's Coming to a Mosquito Near You

    It started in mid-April with a fever, as if her body were trying to burn itself up. Then 39-year-old Belkys Jimenez developed a pounding headache and pain in her muscles and joints. Her feet and ankles ballooned, and even taking a step became difficult. Jimenez had dealt with hypertension for years, ... More >>

  • Film

    January 16, 2014
  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    Rodrigo y Gabriela at House of Blues, 7/21/2013

    Rodrigo y Gabriela House of Blues July 21, 2013 I've never been huge on the metal genre, always appreciative of what those musicians do, but never adapting my ears to the music's volume and intensity. Strap two acoustic guitars on some serious metal players, though, and the story changes. Rodrigo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    Rape, Scandal, Greed and Cockfighting -- The 2011 Sports Year In Review

    2011: Penn State's horrible year​You know how, in the series 24, the way a season unfolds? How just when you think there has been some sort of resolution to the bad guys being bottled up, right then and there a new (often worse) layer is introduced, and ultimately in like Hour 22 Jack Bauer wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    The Best Fourth Songs On History's Greatest Albums

    Sorry, Manowar, maybe next year...​As we come up on the July 4th weekend, Rocks Off considered a myriad of blog ideas to commemorate the holiday. Most patriotic songs, album covers, artists? Sorry, Lee Greenwood, Richard Pryor, and Ted Nugent, but it's all been covered. On this weekend of inde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Anthony Davis of Reggae Hut

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderAnthony Davis, chef of Reggae Hut​Reggae Hut, the colorful joint on Almeda Road in the Third Ward, serves up delicious Caribbean fare. Customers gobble up oxtails to the sounds of Bob Marley, his lyrics painted elegantly across the walls. Anthony "Tony" Davis is the man ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 10, 2011
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    March 9, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Cockfighting and Endorsements

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Texans' Kareem Jackson, Cockfighting Correspondent

    You are looking LIVE....​The Houston Texans' Kareem Jackson struggled through his rookie season, having trouble covering receivers. One thing he can cover: Cockfighting. Jackson made his debut as a sideline reporter via Twitter, as reported by CBSHouston, which is the web outlet for KILT-AM. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Kareem Jackson, Cockfighting and Perception

    That's entertainment​"Look at all these people that be at these chicken fights, you would think its a college football game." -- Reemboi25 (Kareem Jackson's Twitter handle) Early March is the meaty part of the NFL's offseason relaxation calendar for players. The season has been over for a co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    A Royal Pain In The Ass

    ​And I was still suffering residual boredom from the last one. I have to give our media credit; unemployment still hovering around 10%, cholera spreading to the Dominican Republic from Haiti, and terror threats abroad, and every morning news show has devoted a good 20 minutes of programming e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    First Look at J'Ouvert

    The restaurant also happens to have wicked awesome to-go containers. It's the little things...​J'Ouvert is a huge holiday in the eastern Caribbean, celebrated from Trinidad to the Dominican Republic, that precedes Carnival each year. It's also a brand-new Caribbean restaurant that just opened ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    Ingredient of the Week: Cilantro MiniCubes

    ​What is it? A concentrated mixture of cilantro that, per cube, is equal to two teaspoons of fresh cilantro. There are also some random ingredients packed into these bouillon-like squares, including monosodium glutamate (which I've personally never had a problem with), hydrogenated palm oil, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    FBI Makes Arrests in Sex Trafficking Operation

    Not the kind of traffic the FBI is talking about.​In Houston, when we think of traffic, we think of road construction and car accidents and general gridlock. It's annoying, but generally not life threatening.The FBI, on the other hand, deals with trafficking...of the human variety and Friday they ... More >>

  • News

    July 1, 2010

    Peanut Butter Miracles

    Amid the chaos that is Haiti, Dr. Patricia Wolff has made ending child malnutrition her life's work.

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Mark Kurlansky Sees Eastern Stars

    Mark Kurlansky ​Author Mark Kurlansky worked as a journalist covering the Caribbean for several years. When he wanted to write a book about the Dominican Republic that showed the people that lived off the tourist routes, he decided the best way was to focus on one town and tell that town's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    iFest Aftermath: A Sensory Smorgasbord And Spontaneous Reggae Dance Party

    GroovehouseNew Orleans Hustlers Brass Band​ The best laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft agley when it comes to Houston weather. That's how Aftermath found ourselves obsessively refreshing the iFest Twitter page around noon yesterday for some sign that the show would go on in spite of the stormy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Latin Music At iFest: Legends, Locals And A Party-Starting Funk Crew

    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. Today, a look at ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 15, 2010

    Para Vivir

    In the Heights explodes off the stage.

  • Music

    April 15, 2010
  • Calendar

    April 1, 2010

    In the Heights

    All that singing and dancing might help the characters in this musical reach their dreams quicker

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Answer an Urgent Appeal to Heal Haiti by Getting Some "Swagger"

    [Ed. Note: Please email any news of further music-related relief efforts to chris.gray@houstonpress.com.] Bobby Moon & Lil Flip - Swagger from AK Kurji on Vimeo. If you're looking for a way to contribute to the Haitian relief efforts, Houston-based international pop artist Bobby Moon is going to ... More >>

  • Music

    December 3, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Australian Cookie Ignites Debate Over "Creole," To The Bafflement Of Houston Creoles

    ​It's a never-ending debate around these parts. What is Creole? Is it the same as Cajun? If not, why not? And let's say you were an Australian supermarket chain and were looking for a name for your in-house generic rip-off of the Oreo, and you decided to call it the "Creole Cream." Should you exp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Australian Oreo Cookie Ripoff Ignites Debate Over "Creole," To The Bafflement Of Houston Creoles

    ​It's a never-ending debate around these parts. What is Creole? Is it the same as Cajun? If not, why not? And let's say you were an Australian supermarket chain and were looking for a name for your in-house generic rip-off of the Oreo, and you decided to call it the "Creole Cream." Should you ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Shocking News -- Miguel Tejada May Be Lying Again

    Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher​Everybody mocked Rafael Palmerio back in 2005 when, after testing positive for steroids, he blamed the test on a B-12 shot he received from Miguel Tejada. Palmerio is still mocked.  And he is still called a cheater who helped to bring shame on the game of baseball. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    St. Miguel Tejada, Patron Saint Of Lying

    Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher​Apparently Fox Sports Houston did a documentary on Miguel Tejada which aired this weekend. I didn't see it, but listening to Bill Brown and Jim Deshaies talk about Tejada and the documentary during the games with the New York Mets, I couldn't help but reach the concl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    Italian Filmmaker Just Loves Our Jails

    Hot on the heels of winning the Special Jury Prize for best short film at the Houston International Film Festival, Roberto Minervini is working on a feature film that will be shot in Houston and Marfa.MarfaRed, which Minervini tells Hair Balls is "as much as road trip movie as it is an inner journey ... More >>

  • Film

    April 23, 2009

    Sugar Sidesteps Sports-Movie Clichés

    Boden and Fleck find the sweet spot.

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    Astros Spring Training: Six Straight Walks? Not Good.

    Photo by hyperscholarI'm sure that several of you saw the score of yesterday's Astros game. It was 12-2 spring training loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. It's spring training, and I'm one of those who believes that the final score is meaningless in spring - though Tampa's manager Joe Maddon did use the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    Astros Spring Training: Six Straight Walks? Not Good.

    I'm sure that several of you saw the score of yesterday's Astros game. It was 12-2 spring training loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. It's spring training, and I'm one of those who believes that the final score is meaningless in spring - though Tampa's manager Joe Maddon did use the team winning last spr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Esmailyn "Smiley" Gonzalez, Say Hello to Carlos Alvarez Daniel Lugo. Oh, You've Already Met?

    Since he has been traded to the Houston Astros, Miguel Tejada has been fingered as a steroids user. It was discovered that he lied about his age - he's two years older than he told everyone - and the name on his birth certificate doesn't quite match the name he plays under. And now there's that wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Miguel Tejada Connected to A-Rod's Trainer

    Are the Astros about to get caught up in the Alex Rodriguez mess? Not that anybody's making a big deal about it, yet, but the New York Daily News has a big story out about a trainer Alex Rodriguez has been involved with. The trainer, from the Dominican Republic, is named Angel Presinal, and he's b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Miguel Tejada Connected to A-Rod's Trainer

    Are the Astros about to get caught up in the Alex Rodriguez mess? Not that anybody's making a big deal about it, yet, but the New York Daily News has a big story out about a trainer Alex Rodriguez has been involved with. The trainer, from the Dominican Republic, is named Angel Presinal, and he's b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2008

    Top Five Houstonians As Hurricanes

    We're right in the middle of Oh God, Oh God, We're All Gonna Die season (as Wash might say) and sure enough there's hurricane Gustav, creeping through the Caribbean and toying with the sphincter control of everyone from Corpus Christi to Destin, FL. Trouble is, Gustav is hardly a name we Houstonians ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2008
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    April 17, 2008
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    February 27, 2008

    This Just In: Get Ready for iFest

    The Houston International Festival, also known as iFest, has announced the lineup for its 37th annual edition, set to take place April 19-20 and 26-27 on nine stages spread across downtown. Instead of spotlighting a specific country this year, its theme “Out of Africa: The Three Journeys,” encom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2008
  • Culture

    November 1, 2007

    Sugar Skulls and "Sana, Sana"

    Special Da de los Muertos Edition

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2007

    The Marketing of the Beast Continues...

    Daniel Kramer All the media-friendly antics have worked: Creciendo en Gracia finally made the New York Times this weekend. There’s nothing new in the article’s 2,400 words, although we noticed Jose Luis De Jesus Miranda wasn’t quoted anywhere in it, so we shot off an email to media rep ( ... More >>

  • Film

    March 15, 2007

    SXSW

    At South by Southwest, there's a lot of light shown in the dark

  • Music

    October 12, 2006

    Give Me a "V"

    Angry women in tight jeans

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Calendar

    July 24, 2003

    Caribbean Vacation

    Storyteller Edwin Negrón tells stories from other lands

  • Music

    December 27, 2001

    Travail-less Travels

    Putumayo and Rough Guide samplers offer up armchair adventures for jittery Americans

  • Culture

    November 29, 2001

    The Gift Of Music

    2001s top ten picks

  • Calendar

    November 9, 2000

    Complex Reading

    Junot Díaz and Chang-rae Lee

  • Music

    April 6, 2000

    Global Domination

    As in the past, sleepers will steal this year's International Festival

  • News

    June 8, 1995

    Clutch City Consumption

    Bootleg, legit, who cares? We gotta have it.

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