Our Top 10 favorite Houston news stories of 2013.
At about 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve, I could wait no longer. With family members set to descend on my house within two hours, it was time to get the final gifts wrapped, especially those for my mom and that side of the family as we would be exchanging those before dinner. Unfortunately, my mom's gift - ... More >>
When Campbell's announced earlier this summer they were rolling out a new flavor of SpaghettiOs (something they've only done three times in their 50-year history), I was intrigued. At this point in my life, I do not regularly consume canned pasta products, but there was a period (fifth and six grad ... More >>
In the throes of thesis-writing, I was reminded of how much a creative and well-timed care package can lift one's spirits when a good friend from Austin sent me tea, chocolate, unicorn tattoos and a Gumby toy along with humorous instructions as to when and how to use each item. This seemingly hodge ... More >>
In the 80's hit movie Stand By Me, there's a scene where the four main characters, teenage boys (including a young Corey Feldman!), are sitting around a campfire and one of them (Gordie) tells a story about a fat kid named Lard Ass participating in a blueberry pie eating contest at the county fair. ... More >>
If Mitt Romney won't tell you which need to be closed, we will.
In the wake of my post Wednesday, "Texas Wine Shipping Prohibition Is Morally Indefensible (and Bad for Business)," I wanted to follow up with some tips on how to ship wine legally to Texas. Although it hasn't been updated for more than two years, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission does have a ... More >>
"Soon as we walk through the door," sang Mariah Carey in her 2008 hit, "Migrate," "Fellas be grabbin' at us like yo / Tryin' to get us going off the Patron / We sippin' Grigio... slow." These lines came to mind last night when the day's umpteenth press release caught my eye from an over-saturated i ... More >>
The Sugar Land Skeeters have been drawing decent crowds to Constellation Field in their inaugural season, but they no doubt will be turning away fans in the near future on some days. Word has leaked out, first via the indefatigable Mark Berman (as fa as we can tell, at least) that Roger Clemens wil ... More >>
Like most of the rest of us, Algernon Morehead of Humble could always use a few extra bucks, so he looked online last month for ways to become a mystery shopper -- people paid by market research firms to evaluate the shopping experience at a variety of companies (usually retailers). He filled out ... More >>
Jimi Hendrix: A Brother's Story By Leon Hendrix with Adam Mitchell Thomas Dunne Books, 276 pp. $25.99 Memoirs about rock stars written by family members, friends, ex-wives, and quickie backstage assignations are a wildly divergent lot that alternately take the narrative tracks of score-settling, ax ... More >>
With the SXSW trash bags barely at the curb, some musicians are licking their wounds. Discouraged perhaps by a bad sound system, disappointing turnout or their ham-fisted (or shit-faced) fellow bandmates, some are no doubt deciding to pack it in and pursue the straight-job route. Kinko's is always h ... More >>
Antonomasia is the figure of rhetoric whereby a proper name becomes a common name. In the U.S., we say Xerox for photocopy. Kleenex for tissue paper. FedEx for courier (as in I FedExed a package). And here in Texas, we say Coke for nearly any kind of sparkling soft drink. But when we call a Prosec ... More >>
A response from Village Voice MediaToday 36 clergy affixed their names to a paid ad and open letter to Village Voice and the classified ad site Backpage.com. The full page ad was published in The New York Times. The religious coalition demanded that we close down our legal, adult classifieds ... More >>
Hot Wheels was, for a while, perhaps the coolest invention ever. Built to go much, much faster than the staid old Matchbox cars, Hot Wheels also came with a DIY track where you could start them off high and have them leap off a ramp into something expensive in the living room, thereby earnin ... More >>
Photos by RizohBun B (left) with protestors at the Occupy Houston demonstration in front of city hall Tuesday.If Occupy Wall Street was a song, it's sounding like a global hit right now. The movement continues to proliferate, with factions popping up in over 70 cities, including Boston, Chica ... More >>
And why would a image of the Virgin of Guadalupe cause so much controversy?
The search for remnants of Houston's past
Are you on the list?Mayor Annise Parker announced today a coming crackdown on the almost $1 billion in fees and fines owed to the City of Houston by various business entities and people. So pay up if you owe. They're talking about suing, slapping boots on cars, etc. The city also released a ... More >>
How bike couriers plan to survive the internet age.
Everyone probably knows that top-selling bands like Van Halen routinely demand everything short of the moon and stars for their tour contract and rider, but specifically No Brown M&Ms. Some bands have a schedule for required nourishment, or in Rush's case, for booze. The "Weekly Booze Schedul ... More >>
A doc about street art, sort of. Brought to you by Banksy, kind of.
America, you will soon be free of this (we assume) terroristEver-vigilant of illegal aliens taking over our state and country, Hair Balls jumped at the chance to look into the case of Anne-Kathrine Ubberud, a Norwegian citizen who will have to leave Houston Wednesday, after 17 years in the U.S.Ub ... More >>
Uncle Charlie is the best concert-poster artist in Houston and he's legally blind.
Somers Town gets at the heart of working-class London. And might sell some train tickets, too.
A Houston burglar was doing what he does in a Spring Branch house -- grabbing electronics and jewelry -- when he noticed two FedEx packages filled with something. He grabbed them and took off."He probably thought they had Christmas presents in them," Amy Smith, Crime Stoppers spokeswoman, tells Hair ... More >>
Carcinogen samples from local schools are off the charts
Who hates parades? Councilman Mark Goldberg.
Houston actually pulls off one crazy week
Which Houston restaurants are swapping pork for veal?
Phoebe Washburn rides into Rice Gallery on a cardboard wave
"Made in USA" gives patriotism a twist
Christine Borland makes art out of the questionable ethics of science
A boy and his mysterious surrogate father search for security in Atlantis
For business or pleasure, here comes the Great Butterfly Chase
In cargo holds or plane cabins, critters are taking more than flights of fancy
Dittborn's airmail art challenges your assumptions about his Chilean background
With Cast Away, Robert Zemeckis unearths the part of Tom Hanks we've been hoping to find: His brittle humanity
Apparently What Women Want is a feature-length commercial
Sex, drugs, rock & roll, and the ballad of 2100 Lexington
Fireflies are dissapearing from the night sky
A former Houston Post writer recalls how she pawed her way
to the top in Hollywood
Eddie saves the comic Bowfinger from Steve's blahs
At Original New Orleans Po-Boys, the treasures are Southern-fried
NIN was an unexpected treat, but Hole was a sorry trick
Abandon all hope, all ye who swallow here