• Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Married, Sort Of: The Legal Limbo of Being Gay and Married in Texas

    Jenn and Lizzie Wigle are wandering the halls of a bridal expo, searching more for ideas than products or services. Eventually they visit three of the events, looking at dresses, invitations, cake decorators and all the other trappings of the $40-billion-a-year American wedding industry. Most of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    Ledisi Comes Home: A Time for Omawale

    Note: this article was written by Houston-based writer Son-Christopher. This Friday Houston welcomes home Ledisi, a dynamic singer and daughter of the bayou area. But can you ever really go home again? A famous text says, "They asked us to sing songs, but how can we sing songs of Zion in a strange ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Snoop Lion and Five More Weird Religious Conversions That Need to Happen

    A funny thing happened to our old buddy Snoop Dogg last year: he got religion. And not just any old religion, either. In a move that we probably should have seen coming, the Doggfather formally embraced the Rastafari movement, a Jamaican spiritual ideology with fewer than a million adherents worldwi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Ethiopian Political Head-Butting in Southwest Houston Spawns Lawsuit, Criminal Charge

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Eating D.C.: Dining Dispatches from the Capital

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Free Radicals: "If There's No Money Involved, That's Fine"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    Pink Floyd The Wall at 30: Would Pink Have a Facebook Page?

    Rock stars: They're different from us. That's why we love them, and that's why sometimes they can fool themselves into thinking they're Hitler. That, as far as I can tell, is the message of Pink Floyd The Wall, Alan Parker's 1982 film based on the British rockers' 1979 album The Wall. Despite the g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    6 Musicians and Their Charities

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Forlorn Hope: "Blink" & You Won't Miss Modern-Rock T-Storm

    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 Forlorn Hope on Facebook​ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Punk Rock's 10 Most Potent Women

    David EnsmingerExene Cervenka at Cactus Music​Women 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 >>

  • Dining

    November 18, 2010

    "Exotic" Ethiopian

    You eat it with your fingers, yes. But the vibrant cuisine at Sheba Cafe isn't so unfamiliar.

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Texan Concepts of Ethnic Food: Breaking It Down, Venn Diagram-Style

    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 >>

  • Dining

    September 30, 2010

    Planet Houston: Country Cooking

    An around-the-world guide to the foods of Planet Houston

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Planet Houston: For All Your Pho and Fufu Needs

    ​In the midst of all the hubbub about the long-awaited Best of Houston® awards, we decided to spotlight a few places that might not necessarily make it onto any mainstream Best Of lists. Planet Houston, this week's cover story, focuses on immigrant food. After all, we're a nation -- and a ci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    The Best Café in Texas

    ​Yes, we mean the best. Brown Coffee Company off West King's Highway, San Antonio, Texas is the complete coffee experience. Part roasting facility, part training center, and part slow bar, this is a learning environment like no other in the Lone Star State. Head roaster (and head barista) Aaro ... More >>

  • News

    July 31, 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

    November 12, 2007

    Jay Francis, Food Explorer: Ethiopian Chili Tacos at Nazareth Cafe on Chimney Rock

    Jay Francis prepares to wolf an Ethiopian chili taco. Misir wot is an extremely spicy dish that food explorer Jay Francis calls “Ethiopian chili.” It’s a vegetarian stew of split lentils simmered in red chile sauce with ginger and garlic. I watched Francis spread a huge serving of the stuff o ... More >>

  • News

    June 8, 2006

    The Plane Truth

    Houston minister Dr. K.A. Paul flies around the globe using Jesus to pull in worldwide donations -- unfortunately spending more money on jet fuel than orphans

  • Dining

    October 2, 2003

    Frankincense and Popcorn

    Coffee and conversation at Blue Nile

  • Music

    July 31, 2003

    Invisible Man

    Kenna doesn't care if you see him. He just wants you to hear him.

  • Film

    March 6, 2003

    SEAL Appeal

    Antoine Fuqua and Bruce Willis lend nobility to brutes

  • News

    December 19, 2002

    Letter Perfect

    A Sudanese refugee gets the best holiday greetings: Her family is safe

  • Culture

    August 24, 2000

    Everyday Art

    Mundane objects make for "Out of the Ordinary" works

  • Culture

    May 4, 2000

    Aida Who?

    HGO's production of Nabucco may make you forget about Verdi's other historical opera

  • News

    April 13, 2000

    Cambodian Queen

    Yani Keo flies under the radar of most Houstonians. But if you're a refugee or an Asian-American leader, you know how important she is.

  • Culture

    October 28, 1999

    That Verdi Magic

    HGO's elegant Aida underscores that all's pharaoh in love and war

  • News

    May 6, 1999

    Political Splashes and Splats

    The triumph of Bob and Sheila; the tragicomedy of Craig and Lloyd

  • News

    October 8, 1998
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    June 11, 1998
  • Music

    June 26, 1997

    Houston Press 1997 Music Awards Preview

    A guide to who's who in the Press Music Awards ballot. Plus, the where and when of the Press Music Awards Showcase!

  • News

    February 20, 1997

    What's Driving Miss Shelia?

    With her frenetic grandstanding, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has irritated her staff, her colleagues, and even the president. she says she speaks for her constituents. But will anyone listen?

  • Music

    July 25, 1996
  • News

    March 9, 1995

    Angels and Curanderos

    Teresa Rodriguez is getting by with some help from interesting friends

  • News

    July 21, 1994
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    April 21, 1994