Despite what the Pawn Stars of the History Channel may have you believe, pawn shops aren't all wacky items that require expert appraisal. Houston has its fair share of pawn shops, and they're filled with items both quirky and practical. "You can find almost anything - literally almost anything," sa ... More >>
If you reach mid-month and feel the boredom begin to gnaw at your brain like some Lovecraftian monster, get to Reliant Center next weekend (January 18-19) for the America's Got Talent open auditions. You're sure to see something truly nightmarish there - particularly if Howard Stern shows up. Even ... More >>
Though it's probably no worse than current pop, rock or hip-hop, you know country music is in sorry shape when someone from Entertainment Weekly goes after it. A few days before Christmas, EW critic Grady W. Smith posted a video to YouTube that boils down dozens of 2013 country hits to a handful of ... More >>
Back in the summer, I advocated for new, improved songs that Houston Texans fans could play at their 2013 tailgates. My suggestions were optimistic, confident selections reflective of the high hopes we had for the team. Now, on the verge of the worst season in franchise history, it might be time to ... More >>
Few career paths garner the kind of uncanny respect and even fear allotted to the nightclub doorman. He's the first (and sometimes last) thing that you see when out for a night on the town and has the ability to make or break your evening (and possibly, arm) -- well before you've had the chance to d ... More >>
I just finished watching the Houston Texans defeat the Minnesota Vikings in the first preseason game of the 2013 season. As you read this, I'm fewer than four days from firing up the grill, knocking back beers and listening to get-pumped music with great friends at Reliant Stadium's preseason opener ... More >>
In the past year, the hip-hop scene has traded in a great deal of its diamond-encrusted Jesus pieces and record-label logo necklaces for items with a bit more "vintage designer" style. From coast to coast, we are now seeing entertainers and tastemakers flash their vintage Chanel and antique Versace ... More >>
As America is busy keeping an eye on the 2012 Presidential Election -- an election that's shaping up to be one of the closest battles for the presidency in U.S. history -- we're occupied contemplating what the people of the different parties will be munching on during Election Night (today, for thos ... More >>
I am not one of those people who is good at estimating crowds, but if I had to guess, there were probably at least 10,000 people at Ellington Airport around 4 p.m. when I finally gave up on traffic, parked my car on Galveston Road, and walked the mile or so to hangar 990 to see Space Shuttle Endeavo ... More >>
Each week, we take a dip into the Houston Press Flickr pool and see what ourtalented photographers have been up to. We're looking for pictures that represent the best of Houston, from food to art to events, to secret hidden spots of beauty. Just drop them in our Flickr group right here. Maybe you'll ... 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 >>
Candace GarciaSwamplot photographer Candace Garcia has a Flickr page documenting the ongoing teardown of the former long-vacated but still-funky Wilshire Village apartment complex, now essentially a parking lot. That's the Fiesta on the corner of West Alabama and Dunlavy in the far backgroun ... More >>
Oh, it's comingIt looks like Houston will finally get hit with some serious rain -- the kind that comes, in spots, with nickle-sized hail, as happened in College Station. Let's face it: We need it. While you're enjoying this strange phenomenon, which should begin about 2 p.m. or so, don't f ... More >>
Flickr user: kimberlykvSeven Memorial Days ago, my best friend Todd and I placed third in Under the Volcano's annual gumbo cook off. Despite feeling robbed by the second-place team, whose "gumbo" tasted like a bland can of Progresso, our feelings were bolstered by a woman who asked us to cate ... More >>
Smoky but containedThe Whole Foods on Kirby is on fire, according to witnesses and Twitter photos (that can't be accessed because everyone's trying to see them).The Houston Fire Department reports 11 units on the scene of "a building fire." At this point it's a one-alarm fire, which sounds like i ... More >>
We found this photo on Flickr and liked the fact that one of the groups it belongs to is called "Alcohol As Still Life." Does the beer that's sitting for its portrait below look familiar to you? Perhaps the backdrop does? Leave your guess for where we're drinking this week in the comments se ... More >>
Your ticket to free foodSilly us, we thought everyone was taking Friday off instead of Monday to celebrate the Fourth.So we made the deadline for entering our photo contest 8 a.m. this morning. We've gotten a lot of great shots, but we don't want to penalize anyone who was too busy clicking and c ... More >>
Photo by AlphaTangoBravo/Adam Baker Fifty bucks of free foodAre you getting off tomorrow or Monday for the Fourth? There seems to be differing theories out there.Here in Hair Balls land, we're calling tomorrow the Fourth -- we'll still be posting plenty of stuff, so be sure to check in, th ... More >>
Photo by Samatha Bales Our Houston Press Flickr page is open to any and all who'd like to submit pictures. And readers have submitted more than 7,600 of them.And we have to admit, some of the make us go WTF? Especially if they involve topless, pierced, tattooed fierce-looking women.
Even as the days get hotter, Houston still blooms with color. And no one does a better job of capturing its summer beauty than the talented photographers in the Houston Press Flickr pool. As usual, simply click on a picture to find out more information about the photographer or subject.
Photo by Robb WalshIn honor of the bevy of barbecuing that will undoubtedly be taking place this Memorial Day Weekend, we've combed our photo archives as well as the Houston Press Flickr pool and put together a slideshow of the most mouth-watering meats we could find. If you don't feel like ... More >>
Kevin H. via Flickr1. Vienna Lager: A crisp, lighter style with no oppressive flavors. There are just enough hops to keep your palate awake, rounded out with a slightly malty sweetness. As the beer lost favor in its country of origin, Austrian brewers enjoying the warmer climate down Mexi ... More >>
Paul Goyette, via Flickr This week, Rocks Off has decided to let our readers know that we feel your pain - we're in a band, too. For those readers who are smart enough not to be in a band, we applaud you. For the unfortunate ones who decided to pursue this dream, though, we're going to dedicate t ... More >>
Curator Sebastian Forray gathers together Flickr artists
Christmas is nearly here, which means Houston has wound down for the holidays. But the talented photographers in our Flickr pool have been as busy as ever, capturing our winter scenes and the holiday cheer. For more information about a picture, including its subject and photographer, simply click o ... More >>
If you drag your lovely slacker self from bed on the daily with your eyes at least partially open and your brain at least marginally alert (assuming a lot here, we know), then even the groggiest version of you can identify one of what techie legionnaires call an "online community." But, ser ... More >>
Each week, we choose our favorite reader-submitted photos from the Houston Press Flickr pool to feature here. Want to see your photo on Hair Balls? Then jump in to the pool. For more information about any of the photos, including subject and photographer, simply click on them.
...but your photos are -- pardon the holiday cheer -- delightful. So keep sending in those wintery pictures to the Houston Press Flickr pool and let it snow! For more information on any of the photos, including location and photographer, simply click on them.
With street festivals and Thanksgiving in the air, our talented Flickr photographers had plenty of ripe subject matter the past week. Want to see your own work featured here each week? Then jump into the Houston Press Flickr pool. For more information on any of the photos below, including photograp ... More >>
As evidenced by both the Art Crawl and Via Colori this weekend, there's a teeny, Joe Francis-penis-sized attention whore that lurks shamelessly inside almost each and every one of you, whether you care to acknowledge its loving inhabitation of your soul or not. But wine/cheese/warehouse-ena ... More >>
Each week, we cull the most interesting photos from the Houston Press Flickr pool for your viewing pleasure here. Want to see your photographry featured on the blog? Jump into the pool and start submitting. For more information on any of the pictures, including photographer and subject, simply clic ... More >>
Each Friday, we choose our favorite images from the Houston Press Flickr pool. Want to see your photos featured here? Jump in to the Flickr pool and start submitting. For more information about a photo, including the photographer and subject, simply click on it.
The photographers in our Flickr pool capture stunning and cheeky scenes from the city each week. For more information about any of the pictures, including subject and photographer, simply click on them.
See and be seen tonight with the writer of The Peep Diaries
The photographers in our Flickr pool had their share of festivals, concerts, parties and scenery to choose from this past week, as Houston blossoms during the fall months. One such festival was Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, celebrated in Sugar Land and seen below. Enjoy some of our favorite ... More >>
We've got a cold, wet winter ahead of us this year, so the photographers in our Flickr pool have been hitting the streets and enjoying Houston's mild fall weather while it lasts. Enjoy some of our favorite reader-submitted photos from the last week below. For more information about any of the pictu ... More >>
Fall has officially hit Houston (even if you can't tell from the weather). That means the light is subtly changing and the talented photographers in our Flickr pool are out there capturing scenes from the city both day and night. Enjoy some of our favorite reader-submitted photos from the last week ... More >>
This week's succulent Snackshot comes to us courtesy of Stone Burner and a delicious pig. From the photographer's description: "Carnitas on normal corn tortillas."
Today's fail-tastic Snackshot comes to us courtesy of my mother and her vast collection of embarrassing photos. This is how not to frost a cake. My family refers to it as the Stroke Cake to this day.
This week's Snackshot comes to us courtesy of Erika Ray: From the photographer's description: "Peach tomato salad."
This week's interesting Snackshot comes to us courtesy of Gary Wise and Filipiniana. From the photographer's description: "Pork cooked in blood, served on traditional cheese bread roll. Delicious, and not what you'd think!"
You log into Facebook, and you're hit with the sudden pang of 172 unread messages in your inbox, 146 unread updates, 59 event invitations, and a partridge in a pear tree. Your Google Reader is uncomfortably lodged at 1000 unread, and it hasn't been touched in ages, sorta like your sexy bits. You ... More >>
This week's Snackshot comes from wtfsamho and Tomo Sushi. From the photographer's description: "Sushi." (He's a man of few words.)
This week's peculiar Snackshot comes from Plinio Sandalio, also known as fuzzzycatt on Flickr. From the photographer's description: "Fried corncakes, hot dog ketchup, yellow American mustard ice cream."
Today's savory Snackshot comes to us from aynsavoy and Café Rabelais. From the photographer's description: "I don't remember the exact names of the cheeses, but one was like an Emmenthaler, one was like brie, and one was almost bleu in taste. Very good in all, and the fruit and nut mix was nice ... More >>
This week's Snackshot comes to us courtesy of Erika Ray and Hubcap Grill: From the photographer's description: "Now, Michael is from New Orleans and knows his muffalettas. He knows the difference between a great muffaletta burger, a mediocre muffaletta burger and a that's-for-people-who-don't-kn ... More >>
That walkway down by the Wortham Theater doesn't look so romantic and enticing now, does it?Unless you love murky brown water.A big ol' storm rumbled through our area overnight and through the morning, dumping near a foot of rain in some places. Check out our slideshow of the soggy aftermath here.An ... More >>
In addition to our weekly Snackshot and the popular This Week In Deliciousness wrapups, we're adding another feature here at Eating Our Words. Inspired by our amazing Flickr pool and by the eternal question, "Where are we eating?" we'll challenge readers each week to identify a Houston-area res ... More >>
Photo by finnadatEach week, we'll feature the best shots from the Houston Press Flickr group. Here's the inaugural slideshow. Get your photo-making skills seen all around the town by submitting your own piece of art. NOW!!
While some fuss has been made over the new food at Minute Maid Park this year -- Aramark is now offering items such as "healthy" salads, fish tacos, various vegetarian items and a rather unappealing-sounding "tumbled Texas chicken" -- it's the classics that people will continue to turn to at ba ... More >>