Fourth of July

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Celebrate the Fourth of July with Food and Drink at These Hot Spots

    Where will you be when the fireworks go off? The elaborate annual fireworks display over the city of Houston known as Freedom Over Texas can be seen by those gathered for the city's festivities in Eleanor Tinsley Park as well as by revelers throughout the surrounding neighborhoods. It's important t ... More >>

  • Film

    June 26, 2014

    The Heat, Turned Down

    Tammy attempts to housebreak Melissa McCarthy.

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    Celebrate Independence Day With These Red, White & Blue Cocktails

    The 4th of July is right around the corner, y'all, and you know what that means. Fireworks! Independence! Parades! Barbecues! And most importantly, red, white, and blue drinks that show just how much you love 'merica! Well, do we have the list for you. From a spiked lemonade to a drinks on a stick, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Glazed Opens Soon & Offers Gourmet Doughnuts 24 Hours a Day

    You may think we have enough doughnuts in Houston. Christy's, BB Donuts and Shipley Do-Nuts provide us with simple glazed yeast doughnuts and other cake options; Peña's Donut Heaven creates wild and crazy treats topped with everything from Froot Loops to Reese's Pieces; and now we have a mobile dou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Five Outdoor Texas Festivals That Went South

    Free Press Summer Fest dodged a pretty serious bullet this year. When festival officials announced that the grounds around Eleanor Tinsley Park needed to be evacuated around 2 p.m. last Saturday afternoon, some of us who were there had visions of pandemonium at the exits and the kind of heavy rains ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 9, 2014
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    January 2, 2014

    In Memoriam: Top 12 Saddest Restaurant Closings of 2013

    A few weeks ago, we brought you a slideshow of the best restaurants that opened in the past year. But in the midst of celebrating all the great new places to chow down in the Bayou City, we are reminded of those we lost in 2013. As you get a start on the new year, why not sit down with a drink and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    The Nine Worst Live Acts We've Ever Seen

    Rocks Off is not going to lie. The prospect of getting into concerts for free is what leads many people to become music writers/reviewers in the first place. Though it's not true of everyone, we've generally found that with experience comes plenty of practice in the art of grading on a curve. But n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    Kid Rock at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 7/19/2013

    Kid Rock, Jamey Johnson Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 19, 2013 I really never did think that I'd ever find myself at a Kid Rock show. I still am not sure what I got myself into Friday night -- aurally, visually or emotionally. What I do know is that somewhere among all of the craziness, Ki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    Dick Continues to Rail Against Parker (For Election Sign Citations)

    Back in November 2011, the run up to the election was going strong and, as is the long standing tradition in Houston, there were election signs everywhere. Seriously. If your granny stood still long enough, someone was bound to attach an election sign to the front of her walker. The thing is, Mayor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2013

    Dwight Watch 2013: What is Dwight Doing on the Fourth of July?

    It's Dwight Howard watch day four and, appropriately, it's also the fourth. In this case, it's our nation's independence day, a time when we celebrate the birth of a nation with heavy drinking, incendiary devices and bad country music. But, what in the world is Howard doing this Fourth of July. Last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Houston Bucket List - 100 Things To Do in Houston Before You Die: The Introduction

    Houston has been getting a lot of attention in recent months and from some rather unlikely places. Whether it is the New York Times or Forbes, Houston is, dare we say it, hip. For a town that has a serious case of poor-widdle-me-itis way too often, it is encouraging to see outsiders -- Yankees even! ... More >>

  • News

    November 15, 2012

    Returning War Contractors Face Second Battle, Against AIG

    Whatever your role in the U.S. war effort, if you were injured overseas, at least you'd be covered back home, right?

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    Early Victorian Houston and Texas: Suicide City for the Elite

    Houston Babylon, the feature coming out this week, dissects a few of the creepiest and most chilling events in Houston history. In coming up with four of those tales, we stumbled over many more -- too many to fit the print edition. All this week we'll bring you some extra, online-only stories. Che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    6 Thoughts on Tim Tebow's Lifetime Membership in the Museum of Sex

    This past summer, my employer was kind enough to give me a few extra days off around the Fourth of July. Rather than go on an exotic journey somewhere far less humid than Houston, I opted to stay in Houston to relax and experience a few of the Houston landmarks I'd yet to see in my twelve years here ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    10 More Black Stars Who Should Try Country

    Country Time is a new biweekly column for our sister music blog in Seattle, celebrating that city's favorite musical genre: Mainstream country. BY MIKE SEELY With the nation's major-party political conventions drawing to a close last week with a rousing reelection appeal from the nation's first bl ... More >>

  • News

    July 12, 2012
  • Dining

    July 12, 2012

    Texas BBQ Predates the Civil War

    The tradition of open-pit barbecues in Texas is older than you think.

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2012

    6 Non-Yank Bands Who Wrote American Anthems

    Some of the most definitive "all-American" rock anthems were written by bands who not originally from the United States. Think about it... what are some rock and roll staples that remind you of our beloved country, which gave us the freedom to rock? "The Boys Are Back In Town" "We Are The Champions ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Lenwood Johnson: Trying to Save a Last Shred of Freedmen's Town History

    And so, after all these years of condofication, it has come to this: one last row of shotgun houses in the Fourth Ward. The transformation from funky and proud Freedmen's Town to go-go, oontz-oontz Midtown is almost complete. Gone or boarded up are several historic churches, the Fa Real bar, King ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    Top 5 All-American Red Wines for July 4th Grilling

    It seems only natural to go All American for our Fourth of July recommendations. After all, wine -- and our nation's bizarre relationship with alcohol -- have been part of our history since the time of the Founding Fathers. "In nothing have the habits of the palate more decisive influence than in ... More >>

  • Music

    June 28, 2012
  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • News

    May 17, 2012

    Houston's Babies Play Vintage Baseball

    There's no gloves or batting helmets when Larry Joe Miggins and the rest of the Houston Babies regularly travel back in time to play the game by its 1860 rules.

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Youth Lagoon: Death By Moon In "July"

    The video for Youth Lagoon's "July" is like one of Stephen King's short stories come to life. Not like one of the ones about giant rats or haunted hotel rooms. We mean his study pieces on the apocalypse. Something like "Night Surf," in which a group of ordinary teenagers survive a deadly plague, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Top 5 Food-Inspired Holiday Games

    Photo by Neighborhood CentersThese kids wouldn't last a second in our egg hunt.​Raise your hand if you are obsessed with holidays. I think I've spent a good $50 on mini pumpkins this month. I like hiding them around the apartment and surprising my fiancé with them; next to the alarm clock whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Top Five Cannibal Country Songs

    ​Songs about singers and other songs has long been one of Rocks Off's favorite fields of study within the wide-ranging curriculum of popular music. Off the very tippy-top of our heads, ABC's "When Smokey Sings," the Replacements' "Alex Chilton" and the Pogues' "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Vive La France: 14 French Lessons From English Pop Songs

    Shutterstock/​Happy Bastille Day, everybody. Today France celebrates the day in 1789 when an angry mob stormed the eponymous (our new favorite word) prison in central Paris, freed all seven prisoners - they were really after the guns and ammunition, Clash-style - and touched off the Fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Happy Hour Scene: Light Treason at Queen Vic

    Katharine ShilcuttThe Jewel in the Crown, which is $1 cheaper during happy hour and worth the price either way.​The Place: Queen Vic 2712 Richmond 713-533-0022 The Deals: $5 daily wine specials, $4 daily draft specials, $1 off cocktails and bottled beers, bar bites menu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Last Night: Steve Earle At House Of Blues

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Steve Earle & the Dukes and Duchesses House of Blues July 6, 2011 During her sublime set at Verizon a couple of weeks ago, Emmylou Harris mentioned how she thought Barack Obama was pretty okay, and how she hoped his election meant our society had evolved beyond the even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Real Lambrusco from the Land of Bologna

    ​In Emilia-Romagna (Italy), the land of real Lambrusco, good eating isn't just a way of life... It isn't just a religion... It is a sine qua non, a that without which life simply could not exist. When you live in Emilia-Romagna, Italy's richest region, where there is a higher number of pigs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Photo by Mike Overall*sigh* Let the hoarding commence.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we're going to launch a class-action lawsuit against Diet Dr Pepper for not tasting more like real Dr Pepper. We'll probably be defeated in court by the Dr Pepper lawyers p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Photo courtesy of Tookie'sAll your honking finally paid off, folks!​It's a busy weekend across the city, from a pub crawl downtown to a flash mob in Clear Lake. But first things first, tickets are still available for the Hats Off to Hospitality gala this Sunday, June 26, at Haven. The gala wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Sneak Peek at Whole Foods Montrose

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttMany more photos and details are in our slideshow.​From the slyly named sandwiches in the deli to the emphasis on showcasing local artists, it's apparent that the new Whole Foods on Waugh is more committed than ever to being a "neighborhood" grocery store. It's a s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Food Fight: Potato Salad

    Nielsen's Deli​Potato salad is not, strictly speaking, an American concept, but the mayonnaise-based version that most of us know and love is in fact American - or at least its origins are murky enough that we might as well claim it. And claim it we do -- in some towns it's illegal to hold a s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Texas Music Festival "Promoter" Gets Five Years In The Can

    ​Remember the Texas Music Festival? The multi-day outdoor event that was supposed to happen around the Fourth of July weekend 2008 (we think) in Eleanor Tinsley Park? Headlined by Los Lobos? Yeah, Rocks Off doesn't remember it either. Most of it got rained out, but even if the weather was pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    DWI: Getting Away With It Is Getting Tougher In Harris County

    Blood tests for drunk drivers will be the norm now that Harris County got a fat chunk of federal cash. ​Drinking and driving is serious business in Harris County, and to prove it, the District Attorney's office held a press conference this morning to promote some changes they've made. "A lot of dr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Hurricane Alex: Mega 101.1 Helps Victims Of The Forgotten Storm

    Photos by Paula BeltránSending food to the victims​Remember Hurricane Alex? Not very many people do. While most Houstonians geared up for a weekend of fireworks, barbeque and possibly too much time with family, many also spent this past Fourth of July weekend waiting to hear whether the homes of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2010

    The Tarballs Cometh, To Galveston

    Crystal Beach, via KHOU​As the Fourth of July weekend loomed, Galveston's visitors bureau put out a press release "reminding the public that Island beaches remain oil free and open for business this 4th of July holiday weekend....The U.S. Coast Guard confirms that the spill remains more than 200 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    For The Fourth: Five Strange Uncle Sam Appearances On Screen

    I want stop abusing me onscreen​For some people, today is the Fourth of July holiday. For others, it's Monday.Whatever one works for you, it's time to get in a patriotic, Uncle Sam mood!! And what better way than to see ol' Sam in five strange screen appearances?Whether it's Sam in a sof ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 1, 2010

    4th of July Parade

    We all love a spectacle

  • Calendar

    July 1, 2010

    Willie Nelson's 4th of July Celebration

    Aurora unleashes a rare concert film from the redheaded stranger

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    The Situation: Seven Stupid Things He (Or A Very Good Imposter) Said On His Flight To Houston

    Laugh all you want -- he's getting a Bentley for his birthday​The Situation is in town!! He's here for a show, but you probably already knew that. Hey, hey -- that's not an insult. We're not saying you're the kind of person who follows The Situation's career or anything. Just that you're a d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Scott LoBaido: The Biggest Mother-Effin' Flag In The World!! In Houston!!

    Jasper Johns' "Flag" wasn't no 3.5 acres​You can judge a man's character by the size of his flag, we've always believed.Used-car lots tend to have very big flags, at least here in Houston. True patriots wear very big, noticeable flag lapel pins, and conscientiously -- for the sake of improvi ... More >>

  • Film

    January 7, 2010

    Strike a Pose

    Tom Ford's A Single Man: It's better to look good than to be good.

  • Dining

    July 26, 2007
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    June 29, 2006

    Freedom, Now!

    Get banged this Fourth

  • Dining

    July 15, 1999


    Can't Buy Love -- or Armadillo

  • Dining

    June 26, 1997

    Soft and Crabby

    Summer's the right time for many things -- but none better than soft-shell supping