When most Americans think of slavery, their minds almost immediately revert to the Civil War and the antebellum South. Slavery is a vestige of the past to us. However, as the 2013 Global Slavery Index sadly shows, slavery is still very real to people all over the world. There are nearly 30 million ... More >>
Hanks proves why moviegoers and directors love him.
Movie by movie, here's how to get the most out of this summer without having to cake on sunscreen.
More than tunnels and tourist traps.
People unfamiliar with African cuisines often tend to lump them all in together: East African, West African, North African...what's the difference? We don't lump French and Spanish food together simply because they share a border, however, nor do we regard Indian and Chinese as the same because they ... More >>
Gorge on this year's Oscar-nominated short films.
Benefit concerts are great. The practice of bands playing to raise money for a cause can be as local as helping a fellow unsigned musician pay for their son's hospital bills to as international as world hunger. Though we may pinch our noses at the perceived sanctimoniousness of people like Bono and ... More >>
Images of battles won and lost paint us all with the brush of brutality at a searing, resonating MFAH exhibit.
More surprises from Ethiopia - restaurant with generous portions, good food and a place to dance away the calories after dinner.
An Ethiopian-American man handing out flyers for a memorial service for Ethiopia's recently deceased prime minister, Meles Zenawi, claims he was assaulted by a countryman who reviled the repressive leader, according to criminal and civil court documents. The victim and plaintiff, Tesfai Tsadik, is ... More >>
If you believe the news from over the weekend that coffee beans are in danger of extinction, you're probably hoarding all the Arabica you can find today and envisioning a future in which coffee -- already liquid gold for many of us caffeine addicts -- can be used as delicious, fragrant currency. No ... More >>
As of this writing, I am still comfortably ensconced in the Hotel Palomar in our nation's capital. There is a Negroni at my side, compliments of the hotel, which was waiting for me in the room after I returned from walking off a Shake Shack burger at lunch. That's service. Both the Shake Shack and ... More >>
It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. Soooooo... a while back I delved into the meaning of a metal band called Dying Fetus, an encounter from which I barely escaped alive. Since I ha ... More >>
"You're going to have a great restaurant in your community," Marcus Samuelsson said to a roomful of smiling guests last Thursday afternoon at the Milam House. The bonafide celebrity chef from New York City -- he of the three Michelin star Aquavit and the President-approved Red Rooster in Harlem -- ... More >>
Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood -- which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. This column is fairly formulaic. I recap the episode, mention the ... More >>
Free Radicals have won an amazing nine Houston Press Music Awards for Best Jazz, but jazz really doesn't even begin to cover the 16-year-old Houston group's sound. It's so all over the place that the only category that really fits is the oft-misunderstood "world music," especially on the Radicals' n ... More >>
Houston marathon runners, you've trained long and hard (I hope) in preparation for running 26.2 miles this coming Sunday. Now, it's time to eat. A lot. Although carbo-loading has its critics, many aspiring endurance athletes still swear by the practice. Sure, you can eat your weight in bagels and w ... More >>
The main knock on celebrity charity is that it's essentially a brand-building tool -- good for image and not much else. The tax savings don't hurt, either. But not all charitable connections are about image-burnishing and tax savings. (God, we sure hope not.) The number-crunchers at Forbes lo ... More >>
There must be a kitchen sink that we can get to do a cameo too, guys...I didn't want to watch the latest episode of The Simpsons, the one in which Marge inexplicably becomes a food blogger. Yes, the foodie backlash has officially begun. I haven't wanted to watch an episode of The Simpsons in ... More >>
Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org. Forlorn Hope on Facebook ... More >>
David EnsmingerExene Cervenka at Cactus MusicWomen are the resilient backbone of punk, providing creative DNA for the movement since the "zero hour," including Houston's own MyDolls and members of AK-47 and Bevatron, among others. Up 'n' comers like Vivian Pikkles keep the faith as Zipperneck ... More >>
Liz (perspicacious.org)City Hall Farmers MarketThe local and sustainable food movement is not a new one, but for the last few years the interest here in Houston has grown as more and more chefs and restaurants have really begun to prominently feature and use local foods. The term "local" is s ... More >>
Well, not always.What follows is a more or less accurate transcript of a conversation I had yesterday: Me: Looks like that charity album for Japan raised $5 million. Not bad. They: Which one, Songs for Japan? I downloaded that last week. Me: You...downloaded a charity album? They: No! I mean ... More >>
Several Houston DJs are discovering it's a Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod world.
The invite the Obamas -- and you -- didn't receiveDespite having cast off the shackles of the British monarchy over 230 years ago, our great nation has yet to free itself of the embarrassingly colonial obsession with all matters concerning the Royal Family. A cursory scan of Google News yest ... More >>
Yesterday we spoke with Chef Shiva Patel about how she came to start new British- and Indian-inspired restaurant, the Queen Vic. In today's segment, we learn more about her culturally rich heritage and how it's manifested on the playful menu. EOW: Culturally speaking, both the Queen Vic and ... More >>
Today Geri Maria Harris reported on the Twiga Terrace Restaurant in the zoo's new African Forest. And Doc Ricky had some ideas he thinks would work better than Twiga's veggie burgers and three-cheese sandwiches: Nice to have an African theme, but why doesn't it extend to the food? Perfect t ... More >>
Photos by Troy FieldsWhether you've grown tired of typical breakfast and brunch places, whether you're on the hunt for something exotic and new or whether you are simply interested in seeing traditional breakfast foods in a far different setting, breakfast at Sheba Cafe will suit you to a T. ... More >>
Pictured: a stereotypical Texan, according to The Simpsons.Have you ever traveled abroad and met people who -- upon learning you're from Texas -- ask if you own any horses? Own any cattle? Own a ranch? Ask where your boots and buckle are? Stereotypes abound far and wide, from my dear ex-moth ... More >>
The world's great cuisines converge here.
Sly and the family Stallone get nostalgic for their legacy of brutality in The Expendables.
Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Chili Bob's Houston Eats: There's a new Ethiopian restaurant in town...finally. ... More >>
Photo by chotdaHard-boiled eggs are traditionally eaten after Jewish funerals, at the Seudat Havra'ah.My sweet aunt passed away last week, with the funeral held this past Monday at my childhood church. Like at every proper Texas funeral, there was a spread of food laid out afterward that woul ... More >>
When you hear the words "golden delicious," think mead (not apples!), the drink of choice for various peoples throughout the ages, including ancient Greeks, twelfth-century Slavs, and modern-day Ethiopians. Loosely defined as any beverage made from honey, water and fermented yeast, mead is ce ... More >>
Photo by Jason WolterEvery year since 1971, iFest has grown. And every year, it becomes less and less distinguishable from any other festival in Houston, for better or for worse. This year's iFest spans two weekends and roughly ten city blocks around City Hall. It's filled with more sights, s ... More >>
The Irish novelist gets beyond The Sea, and the doctor/memoirist looks home
Go to Ireland and back again, without leaving downtown Houston
Journalist and former detainee Paul Salopek talks about the wars in Africa
iFest hosts a series of free lunchtime concerts
The Museum of Natural Science takes Lucy to her first Halloween party
HMNS hosts world premiere of landmark African exhibit
Track your true identity along a DNA trail left behind by your ancestors
Addisaba has an air of foreign intrigue — and awesome kifto and yedoro wot
Coffee and conversation at Blue Nile