Don Draper

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2014

    On Chill Filtering and the Aberlour A'Bundah

    Not too long ago I started noticing that some Scotches were described as "non-chill filtered." Aware of how marketing and branding works, at first I paid this no mind. I figured it could be essentially meaningless, similar to vodkas that brag about how many times they're distilled, as if past a cert ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    Pardon Me Bartender...What's Wrong With This White Lady?

    The White Lady is a neglected cocktail, due to a misunderstanding.

  • News

    August 22, 2013

    Will Rap 4 Weed

    Woman launches innovative ad campaign in Houston.

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Will Rap 4 Weed: Woman Gets Creative with Street "Ad Campaign"

    Though Houston has enjoyed a rather robust economy even during the recession, money is still tight for many, which means the many joys in life often get placed on the back burner for necessities like food and rent. One creative, perhaps innovative, woman spotted on lower Westheimer by photographer M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    R.I.P. James Gandolfini (1961-2013)

    "Sometimes I go about in pity for myself, and all the while, a great wind carries me across the sky." -- Ojibwe saying I didn't know James Gandolfini, but I knew Tony Soprano. Knew him well. Tony Soprano, that "fat fucking crook from New Jersey" (his words, not mine), that walking amalgam of ev ... More >>

  • Film

    April 25, 2013
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    April 4, 2013
  • Film

    November 8, 2012

    James Bond, Out of Time

    Fifty years in, the spy is ever less relevant - and still beloved. Why?

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    Top 10 Dirt Cheap Rock Star Halloween Costumes

    Yep, it's that time again. Almost Halloween, and you with no costume. There's no time left to execute some grand vision that might impress people you'd like to sleep with. (Unless you want to try these, from our sister blog Art Attack.) That leaves you with only a couple of options: Sit around alon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Oh My, A List!: 7 Tips For Free Press Summer Fest Newbs

    This will be the Rocks Off team's fourth Free Press Summer Fest outing since the festival began that summer of 2009. I remember it well: The small stages, the blistering August heat, The Sword, rolling in the grass with Hippie Mike, all of it. The main stage headliners were Of Montreal, Explosions ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    A Thoroughly Modern Market, with Thoroughly High Prices

    This weekend marked the annual Houston Modern Market and Art Attack stopped by to take in the mod festivities. The Market overtook the Winter Street Studios and spread throughout the studios' two large floors. The setup was slightly confusing; most of the actual market was on the second floor, which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    He Said, She Said: WTF Is With Fashion These Days?

    Just as it is said that writing about music is like dancing about architecture, the same can be said for writing about fashion, though we know a few fashion magazines, blogs and crazed fashionistas that would violently differ. Even still at the end of the day, it's just fabric or animal skin coverin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Thanksgiving Television Episodes That Didn't Knock Us Out From Tryptophan

    We can't lie and say that Thanksgiving television specials give us that same warm and fuzzy feeling as their Yuletide counterparts. For starters, there are very few of them and it is difficult to find them anywhere besides the Hallmark Channel. Lucky enough, regularly scheduled television uses the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Jesus Is On the Mainline: The Son Of God In Rock & Roll

    ​With Easter Sunday coming up, we delved into all the instances of Jesus Christ in rock and roll. He's been a popular lyrical subject since he was born over 2,000 years ago, and his family enterprise runs neck and neck with sex when it comes to the entire lyrical history of music. Hymns or lov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Mad Men In Houston: Five Long-Gone Architectural Examples

    Martinis will be served​The terrific group Houston Mod is dedicatedto preserving as much as it can of Houston's energetic fling with "modern" architecture and design -- as in Mad Men modern, for a large part.They also mourn the passing of modern architecture that's been demolished to make way for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    Yes, they even have GF chocolate chip cookies.​No big surprise here, but a welcome announcement nonetheless: Houston Restaurant Week has officially been extended until Labor Day, making it -- in effect -- Houston Restaurant Month. HRW was expected to end on August 21, tomorrow, but will now ru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Pop Rocks: It Was You, Don Draper...You Broke My Heart

    ​We're two weeks into the new season of Mad Men and already we've witnessed the event that may signify the ultimate spiritual and mental collapse of series lynchpin Don Draper. No, I'm not talking about his post-Christmas party tryst with Allison, his loyal secretary (loyal to a fault, it wou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    Top 10 Restaurants in the Galleria Area

    Photo by Erika RayStocking up on salsas at Chacho's.​The Galleria has more than 26 million visitors per year. While a significant amount of those people are tourists -- what wouldn't we give to visit a city just to shop there! -- many are Houstonians who gravitate toward the Uptown Park area o ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 29, 2009

    Andie Ryan: Shakedown

    This debut author weaves a story of intrigue and betrayal her first time out

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Bacon Bourbon: The Next Big Thing?

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttThe winning cocktail​​If the results of Monday night's Manhattan Experience contest are anything to go by, the answer is yes. It appears -- for now, at least -- that bacon hasn't entirely jumped the shark. The winning entry in the Woodford Reserve Manhattan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2009

    Halloween Countdown Part 1: The Seven Most Cliched Costumes

    Halloween is coming, and that means many, many costuming mistakes will be made by normally sane adults. To help stop this scourge, each Thursday we will be offering tips and analysis of what to avoid, or possibly what to do. It seems that every year Halloween becomes less and less about scaring othe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Miss Pop Rocks Special Monday Edition: Mad Men is Back!

    ​OMG, where where where can I find a stewardess outfit like the one on Mad Men's premiere episode last night? And the hat? So favorite show is back with a vengeance, thank the fates. Retro overload is at work as the Machiavellian machinations of Sterling Cooper's ad agency circa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2008