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 >>
The White Lady is a neglected cocktail, due to a misunderstanding.
Woman launches innovative ad campaign in Houston.
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 >>
"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 >>
Betty Has a Big Season Ahead of Her
Fifty years in, the spy is ever less relevant - and still beloved. Why?
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Martinis will be servedThe 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
This debut author weaves a story of intrigue and betrayal her first time out
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttThe winning cocktailIf 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 >>
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 >>
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 cute.Sigh...my 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 >>