Every week, it seems that another fine wine luminary sets her or his sights on the Houston market. Yesterday, ex-Goldman Sachs banker and one of the most powerful players in the Italian wine trade today, Matteo Lunelli (above), descended on Houston for a luncheon and tasting with Houston wine buyer ... More >>
Sitting in traffic, particularly during morning rush hour, life feels tedious. Your mind wanders. Your faith in humanity wanes. You glance around at your fellow drivers hoping for a glimmer of hope in what feels like a cruel, unforgiving world. Then you see it, out of the corner of your eye. It's a ... More >>
This week state Republicans caught some bad press when the 'Boats N' Hoes' Super PAC was shut down Thursday. The Political Action Committee was started by a bookkeeper with Houston-based political strategy firm Blakemore & Associates, according to the Texas Tribune. Houston consultant Allen Blakem ... More >>
Less than 24 hours after I spent about a thousand words telling you how stupid all of you are for thinking that NFL players won't get a second, third, or tenth chance, so long as they can still play, we get another Richie Incognito episode. I mean, the number of current players I've heard take up f ... More >>
In the wine trade, they call it "OND": October-November-December, the last quarter of the Gregorian calendar and the 92 days of the year during which more wine is sold than in any other period of the year. And from the romantic dinner for two to the whole mispucha blowout, from the company holiday ... More >>
Two days ago, Eric Turner was just an anonymous (yet incredibly ripped) personal trainer in Houston looking forward to marrying his boyfriend Morne Coetzer in South Africa, where Coetzer grew up. But on Thursday, Gawker got a hold of the couple's gofundme site, where they asked for $7,000 to cover T ... More >>
Let's just jump right on in to this one, shall we? Blogs about musicians exhibiting extreme tool-like behavior don't need much of an introduction. A lot of musicians opt out of behaving like normal, rational adults, and we like to rag on them a bit, especially when they're misbehaving on some ridic ... More >>
Hospitals, doctors and dealers have made Medicare the nation's sweetest crime. The feds are now trying to shutter the door.
Believe it or not, the average transaction price for new cars is more than $30,000 these days. That's a lot of money. But just because you're on a budget doesn't mean you have to settle for something boring. What you drive says a lot about you, and your average economy car doesn't say much at all. ... More >>
There are those moments when you think you've seen every cliché there is to see and then the owner of a car dealership in Houston pays $25,000 for the right to put the word HOUSTON on his hunting truck and you're right back to square one. That's what happened on Friday when the Great License Plate ... More >>
The weather outside was frightful when I rolled up to the mothership Spec's on Smith Street one afternoon last week. But it wasn't half as scary as the demolition derby that was unfolding in the parking lot there, between the old school Caddys, the C-Class Benzes, and the obligatory and ubiquitous ... More >>
A couple weeks back, we learned that the Great Plate Auction of 2013 would feature HOUSTON as its primary vanity license plate for auction. We also learned that Dallas had a similar auction last year and sold FERRARI for $15,000. Of course that is what Dallas did. The second of ten plates to be auc ... More >>
The state of Texas over the past few years has created all kinds of business, school, sports team and charity-themed license plates. I even suggested some businesses that might consider nabbing a plate of their own a while back. But, what if you want to take your personalized plate even further? Her ... More >>
Read our reviews of volume 1, volume 2, volume 3, volume 4, and volume 5 of The Modernist Cuisine cookbook series. The Modernist Cuisine cookbook series changed the face of culinary writing, winning many deserved awards and making a lot of money with its $600 price tag. The six volumes demanded ye ... More >>
Candlelight. Yeahhh...now some music. Bawawawchikkawawaaa...let's rhyme 'love' with 'above,' and 'rain' with 'again.' Yeah, nice. Now some body chocolates and champagne. Ohhhh...now a Build a Bear and some face-to-face action followed by catching up on your DVR back catalog. Valentine's Day: Wha ... More >>
"You know me. I love to hit Schaub." -- Tampa Bay defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth We've talked so much about the effect that Matt Schaub's injury could have on the remainder of the Texans' 2011 season (and rightfully so), we haven't even really talked about how it happened. And until Albert H ... More >>
Stealing from the rich to...oh, whatever. Funny is the message in Tower Heist.
A former funeral home anchors Houston's next nightlife nexus.
Rick Perry has forgotten the riddle of steel.As you may be aware, Governor Rick Perry held a prayer rally last Saturday at Reliant Stadium. Dubbed "The Response" (and redubbed "Prayerapalooza" by some, or "Reliant's Preseason Concession Test Run" by us just now), the event attracted some 30,0 ... More >>
Photos by Jim BrickerRoky Moon & BOLT! CD release Fitzgerald's July 30, 2011 11:54 p.m.: Question: What the fuck good is a smartphone if it dies every 14 minutes? 11:54:15: Oh, sorry. Some info: We're here at the album release party for American Honey, the second album from Houston's brilli ... More >>
Everyone's got an idea.The space shuttle isn't the most graceful design ever (although it can look great in such pictures as the first one here): it's a bit boxy, more akin to an 18-wheeler than a Ferrari. But the idea of a reusable space vehicle presents unique challenges, and NASA had plen ... More >>
One tour unites three very different faces of glam-rock.
Kyle Busch: Qualified to break traffic speeding laws.If you're going to travel at more than 80 miles an hour over the limit, you should probably be a professional speedster and not a celebrity with run-of-the-mill driving know-how. On Tuesday, Kyle Busch, a championship-winning NASCAR driver ... More >>
Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Doughbeezy Reggie Bush and Kool-Aid (Self-released, 2010) Doughbeezy is, at the moment, one ... More >>
They wouldn't dare...We've done this on Pop Rocks a few times already, not that it's made any difference. All those upcoming crimes against cinema -- from The Birds to Fright Night to Escape From New York -- are all due to be released in the next few years (Fright Night this summer). And ther ... More >>
Celebrity living has its downside in Somewhere.
From party girl to Oscar winner, Sofia Coppola's journey to Somewhere.
Now playing in River Oaks, Gary Ross has stayed one step ahead of trouble and judgments across the country.
Late last Tuesday we stopped off at 13 Celsius in Midtown for a glass of wine and a snack. We love the small array of food there -- mostly meat and cheese with a few panini. We settled on a glass of Tempranillo and a combination of Manchego, duck rillette and, of course, San Daniele prosciutt ... More >>
Newest River Oaks nightspot Red Room Lounge is as posh as its surroundings.
Anyone who’s been paying attention may have picked up on this, but we’re kinda big fans of glam-metal bad-asses Poison. Ever since we were kids, we’ve dreamed of being on tour with them. Imagine Thor standing atop of gigantic mountain of beautiful betties he’s just bedded, rocking out on a s ... More >>
A preview of the 60 bands and five DJs that are taking over downtown this weekend
In the movie Dazed and Confused, Matthew McConaughey plays a dude who just can’t let go of his high-school glory days, who hangs out with the football studs and hits on debate chicks. “I keep getting older, they stay the same age,” he says of high school girls, somehow making statutory rape qu ... More >>
Camping out at Best Buy with gamers -- and entrepreneurs
The Scooter Scene
New Super Mario Bros. scores by plumbing old ideas
Here's your chance to get rich quick -- or lose your shirt, in which case, GlobalTec disavows all responsibility for, well, anything
John Pierson brings film culture to Fiji
Every kid wants an ultra-fast sport bike -- until the day he dies
Michael Brown made it big in the hand clinic business. But as his wife discovered, there was a much darker side to this dynamic surgeon.
Cameron Crowe takes Jerry Maguire on a dizzy trip through dreamland
Blues 2 Joy writes a new testament for the devil's music
Someone take the wheel, 'cause the filmmakers don't know where they're headed
There's some fury over a jury deciding who gets in the parade
Boiler Room steams with the stark greed of go-for-brokers