• Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    Texas Man Was Smuggling Rhino Parts in International Operation

    A Texas man pleaded guilty Tuesday in a smuggling operation that dealt in nearly $1 million worth of rhino horns and elephant ivory. Asian art appraiser Ning Qiu, of Frisco, took part in the operation, which was busted up in "Operation Crash". The nationwide sting was led by the U.S. Fish and Wild ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2014

    Houston Second in Population Growth, Census Says

    Humidity, hurricanes and no zoning laws weren't enough to keep people away. According to US Census data, from 2012 to 2013, Houston was second in population growth behind New York. H-Town added an estimated 35,202 residents from July 1, 2012, to July 1, 2013. New York was far ahead, adding an esti ... More >>

  • News

    July 4, 2013

    Not So Minor League: The Wild World of Minor League Baseball in Texas

    Cheap beer, affordable tickets, swanky surroundings -- what's not to like about minor and independent league baseball parks?

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Study: The Woodlands the Tenth Richest "City" in America

    According to Huffington Post, NerdWallet (who?) did a study to determine the richest cities in America by finding out which have the largest percentage of households earning more than $100,000 per year. Turns out The Woodlands was No. 10 on that list, with 53.4 percent of its households earning more ... More >>

  • Film

    January 3, 2013

    Team Kerouac

    Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund chat about the film version of On the Road.

  • Dining

    August 23, 2012

    Drawn by Drunken Seven-Year-Olds

    The five ugliest beer labels in Texas.

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Does Dallas-Fort Worth Have the Worst Tippers in the State?

    Last week, Eater alerted the great foodie masses to a website called Lousy Tippers that contains a pretty scary database of the nation's worst tippers. "There is a consequence," the site preaches ominously from its header. Call it the ultimate form of societal pressure to make sure you leave a grat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Saturday Night: Metallica at Outside Lands

    The following is a dispatch from San Francisco's Outside Lands Festival from our VVM Bay Area sister paper, SF Weekly. -- ed. Metallica Outside Lands Festival Golden Gate Park, San Fransico August 11, 2012 Metallica, headlining Saturday night of the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco's Golden ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    Raining on Their Parade: IKEA Postpones Unveiling of Store's Solar Energy System

    IKEA Houston was all set to unveil its solar-powered energy system today. They had a big ceremony planned and everything. The dedication ceremony would include Houston's Sustainability Director (we have one of those?) Laura Spanjian, whose last name sounds vaguely like a sofa I bought at the store a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Big Yellow Taxi: Six Songs About Taxicabs

    For poor kids, like myself growing up, a ride in a taxicab is a foreign adventure, particularly in Houston where it's not an especially necessary form of transportation like some other large cities such as New York. For us, it's the closest we could probably ever get to having a chauffeur, other th ... More >>

  • Film

    August 11, 2011

    Simian Disobedience

    The making of a monkey activist in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Watch This Texas Power Plant Implode

    The power plant owned by Luminant Energy Company in Frisco is almost 50 years old and is pretty inefficient when it comes to production, so it's been retired. This past weekend it got its big sendoff, imploding to the ground in an impressive tilt-and-crash "tim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Dynamo Taunt Dallas with Metroplex Billboard

    MLSOnly two times?​The Dynamo are using a Dallas-area billboard to taunt soccer fans up there about the greatness that is them, at least compared to the Dallas MLS club. Placed between the city and the FC Dallas stadium in Frisco, it's intended to remind fans who has the trophies in this riva ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    First Texas In-N-Out Location to Open in May

    Photo courtesy of​The OC Register described In-N-Out Burger's latest business move as "a giant leap into uncharted territory." Honestly, you'd think they were pitching tents on the moon. But in this case, they're referring to the beloved California burger chain's decision t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Adam West of Monarch

    ​Eating Our Words recently sat down with Adam West, the newly appointed chef of the Monarch at Hotel ZaZa, on a gorgeous afternoon to talk about his culinary background and how it feels to cook for sitcom stars. Eating Our Words: Hi Adam. We hear that you have only been in Houston for a short ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Mickey Newbury: Houston's Forgotten Genius

    "Hank Williams' pain songs, Newbury's train songs/ And 'Blue Eyes Cryin' In the Rain' - Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings, "Luckenbach, Texas" ​Lonesome, Onry and Mean was sitting around having a few cold pops the other night when we put on The Best of Mickey Newbury. It wasn't long before the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    College Football and NFL: Weekend's Best Bets (One Day Early)

    Brett Favre: Readying the "elbow tendonitis" excuse?​If you're keeping score at home, it was not a pretty week for society. In no particular order, in the last seven days, the following occurred: -- Much like the self-handling of his own Johnson (and we have the pictures to prove it), Brett Favre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    Unidentified Female, Bayou Body Count No. 161

    An arrest, but not many answers yet​A man has confessed to killing a woman whose decomposed body was found on the north side Friday evening.Ruben Escobedo Juarez, 41, has been charged with murder in the case of the unidentified female, believed to be between 40 and 50 years old. Her remains were d ... More >>

  • News

    May 20, 2010

    The Twitterverse

    More than just cyberspace, the tweet life inspires people to make friends and adopt causes in person. It has a few problems, too.

  • Film

    May 13, 2010

    Brown, Out

    Macho meets homo in the laudable but terrible La Mission.

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    Dynamo Get Ready For Dallas, Still Without Brian Ching

    Ching hopes to return to action Saturday​The Dynamo are in action tonight on Cinco de Mayo to take on their in-state nemesis, FC Dallas. In the season opener for both clubs this year, they drew 1-1 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco. At the Rob, the Dynamo have owned the Hoops with a 7-0-2 record, includ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2010

    The Buzz Is Building, Somehow, For Houston And Its Alleged Love Of Electric Cars

    ​Earlier this month city officials announced they'll be buying more electric cars and also providing (temporarily) free charging stations for such vehicles downtown.The photo op seems to be paying off -- there seems to be the beginning of a small groundswell in the national media citing Houston as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2009

    Goodbye Gourmet

    ​Gourmet, a magazine of "almost biblical status" in the food world, went under this morning after 68 years in print. My editor there, Jane Daniels Lear, brought the magazine most of its Southern writers. I met her at a Southern Foodways Alliance symposium in Oxford, Mississippi. She encouraged ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    Houstonians Helping AIDS Victims In Big Media Push That Will Include Oprah

    ​What do Oprah, the TV show 20/20, Houston crime victim advocate Andy Kahan and Houston lawyer Kim Ogg have in common? They're all involved in the sordid tale of Philippe Padieu, a Dallas-area man who is in prison for knowingly having unprotected sex with dozens of women without telling them he w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008

    Remembering Boomhauer's Houston Sojourn

    Hank, Dale, Bill and Boomhauer will soon quaff their last 12-pack of Alamo Beer in the alley behind their houses and Peggy will dominate her last Boggle match: Fox has announced that the last episodes of King of the Hill will be aired in the 2009-10 season. Just which major Texas city Arlen was in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2008

    Big Plans in Little Sugar Land: Pro Baseball and Concerts Coming to the Brazos?

    It’s a prominent national trend: sterile but affluent suburbs all over strip-mall and cul-de-sac America scramble to retro-fit with culture, fun, a municipal center. You know, one of them-there “downtown” thingies. The Woodlands has already done so. Lisa Gray at the Chronicle wrote about the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2008
  • Music

    March 22, 2007

    Mims & "This Is Why I'm Hot"

    New York rapper's hit single

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2006

    Scenes from Dynamo Sunday: Homecoming

    All photos by Steven Devadanam for HouStoned Images Ltd., Ulmtd. The Caravan arrived an hour late... "The save, right on the line! And it's over -- Houston has won the 2006 MLS Cup! Pat Onstad denies Jay Heaps, and the city of orange goes wild!" ... not that the Dynamo faithful seemed to min ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2006
  • Home Entertainment

    February 16, 2006
  • Calendar

    November 10, 2005

    Go for the Goal

    It's ftbol Sunday at the MLS Cup

  • News

    May 12, 2005

    Got a Light?

    All kidding aside, why smoking may be good for Houston

  • Music

    February 24, 2005

    Ultra Man

    Champa is the champ of our DJ competition at South Beach

  • Calendar

    February 17, 2005

    Femmes Fatales

    The fun is freaky -- and free -- with the Ladies of the Night

  • Music

    December 23, 2004
  • Music

    March 4, 2004

    Doug Sahm

    The Genuine Texas Groover (Rhino Handmade)

  • Music

    December 25, 2003

    The Class of '03

    Grab your gift certificates and trade in your white elephants -- here's what you really wanted for Christmas

  • Music

    July 17, 2003

    Glomming Onto the Om

    San Francisco's top underground dance label brings a big chunk of its stable to town

  • Music

    May 2, 2002

    Golden Gate Garage

    Reliving the seamy underbelly of the 1970s with the young Richmond Sluts

  • News

    September 6, 2001

    Drug Money

    Narcotics task forces in Texas spend millions of dollars each year busting low-level users and dealers. Is it money well spent, or are officers just addicted to easy cash?

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    January 15, 1998
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    December 1, 1994
  • Music

    April 28, 1994

    On the Blues Highway

    Trudy Lynn recalls her journey to musical acclaim