Production is flat, lifeless and sadly unremarkable.
Former Houston Press writer Mike Giglio, who is now a correspondent for Newsweek and the Daily Beast, retold the chilling story of being detained, beaten and ultimately released by Egyptian police during protests in the capital city of Cairo on Wednesday. Gigilio was one of a number of foreign journ ... More >>
A close look at the new permanent hall at the Houston Museumof Natural Science displays ancient mysteries and magic
Every other month, Moez El-Shohdi travels through the greater Middle East. Stretching from Morocco to Pakistan, El-Shohdi dots the landscape, visiting models he helped perfect through his work in Cairo. He examines the factory sprung in Riyadh. He tours the facilities in Damascus. He makes sure that ... More >>
I was saddened on Thursday to hear of the passing of legendary college football historian and journalist Beano Cook, who passed away in his sleep at the age of 81. Back in the `80's and early `90's, before the television landscape was cluttered with literally dozens of studio shows all blending toge ... More >>
Houston International Festival Downtown Houston April 29, 2012 See lots more on iFest's second weekend in our slideshows of the bands, the crowds and the arts & culture. I like iFest. I'm glad it's here. It's not the kind of thing I'd like to go to every weekend, but once a year is about perfect. ... More >>
This week marks the 198th anniversary of Napoleon being exiled to Elba, a move celebrated by palindrome fans everywhere. (Able was I ere I saw Elba," you know. Exiles have been around forever, people forced to leave their country of choice for one reason or another. Sometimes it's worked out well, ... More >>
Happy Pesach ya'll! Passover, the Jewish holiday remembering the biblical story of the ancient Israelites' escape from slavery and exodus from Egypt, is here. The story goes that once freed, the Israelites left in such a hurry that they could not wait for their dough to rise. To commemorate, matzah ... More >>
The Jewish holiday of Passover starts tonight. Passover celebrates the Jews escaping Egypt and God smiting the cruel pharaoh in the process. Passover is also called "The Festival of Unleavened Bread." According to the Torah, God sent ten plagues, punishing the pharaoh for not listening to Moses a ... More >>
There are some fascinating objects in this wannabe blockbuster, but mainly it's a grab for crowds and cash.
Just as the Merriam-Webster Dictionary constantly adds new words, so does Rocks Off enrich the English language through our explorations in the meaning behind band names. Below are the entries that made it into our lexicon in 2011. Art of Dying (n) 1. The reverse of suicide 2. Upbeat, hard r ... More >>
As I mentioned back in June, while writing about a Camp Beer event, Old Ale is kind of an oddball. From what I understand, nobody really knows what it is, and brewers are left to their own devices and historical notes and anecdotes to fashion their own versions of this antediluvian brew. From what I ... 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. It's a good thing Egypt Central caught us in a violent rage because we're pretty sure that's how their music is supposed to be heard. Your ... More >>
Photo by John SuhAsparagus: good for health, bad for diuretic smellWhat is it? A spring vegetable that dates back to 3000 BC with the Egyptians, it was ingested as a vegetable and a diuretic medicine. Because they turn woody as they mature, only the young shoots are eaten. They are a good ... More >>
luvjnxWhat are they? Immortalized by Dr. Hannibal Lector in the Oscar-winning film Silence of the Lambs, these fat, light green legumes are one of the oldest cultivated plants in civilization, and they're currently in season. Coming in a pod that's around six inches long, they require a lit ... More >>
Why does Leo Berman hate America?State Rep. Leo Berman of Tyler has already gained notoriety for introducing a birther bill in the legislature, but he's not done yet. Now he's sponsoring a rally on the capitol steps that is calling for Texas to secede from the United States. The announcemen ... More >>
My cup runneth over.I realize Egypt is in chaos and everyone north of the Mason-Dixon line is going to be flash frozen like a bag of Birds Eye broccoli florets and Charlie Sheen is apparently the reincarnation of Grigori Rasputin, but that is no excuse, no excuse, for the criminal lack of att ... More >>
Photo by Mike McGuffWith amazing events going on in Egypt -- some sort of "big announcement" is expected soon -- Houston isn't being left out. A group is outside the Egyptian Consulate near Westheimer and Chimney Rock, as photographed by the intrepid Mike McGuff. When the history of the 30- ... More >>
Recycled choices make for a meager existence for Cairos slum boys
We have been hooked on primo coffee beans roasted locally (well, in The Woodlands) ever since last summer, when we saw a supper show at Dosey Doe Coffee House (25911 I-45 North, The Woodlands) starring songwriter Jimmy Webb. The show was intimate, the venue cozy, the food a nice blend of do ... More >>
Curator Margarita de la Vega-Hurtado pairs two agit-prop classics
As Cairo is to fine Mexican cuisine, so Houston has long been to the fine art of local TV ads.A few more gems from our proud history have popped up in the past few months. (We examined some others here a while back, and since Michael Pollack still reigns as the king, we dedicated a whole post to him ... More >>
Bold stands are the order of the day, and U.S. Rep. Al Green is right on the front line. Fighting the Vietnam War. Green has issued a press release bringing notice to the fact that he's against the Vietnamese government opening a consulate here in Houston. "The Vietnamese government has come under ... More >>
Embedded Illustrators on display at O'Kane Gallery
As you might imagine, the past few weeks have been somewhat hectic for Rocks Off, meaning there's been another heaping helping of yellow and brown envelopes piling up. Let's do this. This time I've added brief quotes from the accompanying press release, provided there is one. Definitely Roy O ... More >>
If Aïda's grand opera, where's the grand?
Aida gets an assist from the glitz of Disney
HGO's elegant Aida underscores that all's pharaoh in love and war
Prince of Egypt goes wrong with Good Book rewrites
In his 14 years as Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Peter Marzio has increased the MFA's endowment tenfold, tripled MFA Membership and gotten it started on a huge new home. He hasn't done badly for himself, either.