The 42nd Houston Marathon takes place bright and early this Sunday, but if you're not running (and don't want to get up that early to spectate) you can still take advantage of one of the best aspects of the marathon -- the Marathon Expo at the George R. Brown. Also known as the Memorial Hermann IRON ... More >>
Nearly 9,000 veterans will attend the American Legion's 95th national convention in Houston August 23, according to the nation's largest organization of wartime vets. A press release states that "blue-capped Legionnaires will be seen primarily in the downtown area where they will be housed in a num ... More >>
Remember back in mid-May where we broke down the Best Houston Rap Songs of the Year (So Far)? It was a small sample, only five, knowing good and damn well there was an avalanche of tracks just waiting to be either heard, jammed in a large setting preferably at high volume or mimicked and pantomimed ... More >>
If you don't work or spend much time in downtown Houston, you probably have no idea what Greenlink is. But if you do work downtown or spend time here, particularly in the summer, Greenlink might be your knight in shining green armor. In simplest terms, Greenlink is a free shuttle bus that runs a two ... More >>
In the world of protestors, there are the revolutionary type (Arab Spring) and the pacifist/sit-in type (Occupy Wall Street), and then you have the bat-shit crazy, inappropriate, and downright horrible type. The notorious Westboro Baptist Church falls under that last category. The hateful yet except ... More >>
Houston's maiden foray into a public bicycle program began just weeks ago, with kiosks full of sturdy red Trek bicycles at B-cycle stations open and ready to serve Houstonians adventuresome enough to leave a car -- or more than likely, truck -- behind and embrace Bayou City life on a bicycle. The ... More >>
Whenever there is a large event in the city of Houston, there is a moment where Houstonians who really want things to go well hold our collective breath and hope nothing crazy happens. We imagine the worst: 90-degree weather with 100 percent humidity, giant mosquitoes the size of humming birds, roac ... More >>
Sprint Pre-Game Concert feat. B.O.b, Ludacris, and Ke$ha All-Star Jam Session at George R. Brown Convention Center February 17th, 2013 Sunday afternoon, as I was counting down the minutes until I had to leave an amazing All-Star day party, where I was making friends with a beautiful girl, drinking ... More >>
Robert Pruitt, Gabriel Dawe and Tierney Malone are killing it in their respective local shows.
Food truck. Check. Ice cream truck. Check. Brewery. Coming soon. While many of us would be happy just to nosh on Eatsie Boys' sweet and savory treats forever, the boys are not stopping with their food trucks. Eatsie Boys' partners Ryan Soroka, Alex Vassilakidis and Chef Matt Marcus have join ... More >>
Musicians in their 70s and 80s are keeping Houston's traditional blues scene real.
Get yer free mini burgers!Fans of Little Bitty Burger Barn's burgers will be happy to hear about the email we received from owner Ricardo Luna about today's special at the restaurant: We are excited to announce that on Friday, 5/20, from 6PM-8PM, we will be giving away free 1/4 Basic Burger ... More >>
Prosecutors talk about the evidence,
The GRB will get all the maintenance funds, HGO and Symphony fear.Representatives from the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Symphony went before City Council this afternoon to say a) they're worried privatizing the operations of key downtown facilities will end up favoring the George R. Br ... More >>
Who gets the George R. Brown?For those of you who might have been doing other things over the weekend, a trial balloon was launched in Saturday's Metro section of the Houston Chronicle. Specifically, the idea is being bandied about for the City of Houston to sell off its Convention and Enter ... More >>
Metro clearly wants to avoid this during the Final Four weekend.Beginning next Thursday, college basketball fans will begin descending on Houston for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, held at Reliant Stadium. In addition to the games, there is a fan festival at George R. Brown Convention ... More >>
2011 is almost here — how will you ring it in?
World Cup 2018: Houston will be tested this weekIf one game was a microcosm of the Houston Dynamo's 2010 MLS regular season, it was the 2-1 loss this weekend to the San Jose Earthquakes.The loss all but dashes any playoff hopes the Dynamo had; though they are not mathematically eliminated yet, t ... More >>
Photo by GroovehouseGet 'em while you can!Don't forget: This Sunday is your chance to meet Robb Walsh in person, and even get his John Hancock on his newest book -- The Tex-Mex Grill and Backyard Barbacoa -- at the West Alabama Ice House (1919 W. Alabama) starting at 2 p.m. The event is free ... More >>
Darin Murano/ muranophotography.com One thing was quickly apparent as Skyrocket! tore through spot-on covers of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean," Joan Jett and the Blackhearts' "I Love Rock & Roll" and the Steve Miller Band's "Jet Airliner" at Discovery Green Thursday night: This was Mom Rock. ... More >>
While Hair Balls is fearful of ever-expanding government power and its attendant death panels and Wall Street takeovers, there is one government institution we absolutely love: libraries. We're total whores for literacy and recreational/ educational reading. Which is why we're stoked for the ... More >>
So the Houston Dynamo are upset that Harris County hasn't yet given them money for their planned pleasure palace. Well cry me a river.I'm not sure if the Dynamo have noticed, but there's a rather severe recession going on in the country right now. And though the Dynamo are only asking for ten ... More >>
Mayor-elect Annise Parker's swearing-in ceremony Monday over the weekend will be private, but after that on Monday it's an eclectic mix of events and personalities for the public to share in.It includes a Discovery Green concert featuring two Houston performers who had hits a long while ago: Arch ... More >>
In this day and age, when it is absolutely impossible to find any decent pictures of bare breasts, National Geographic continues to serve a noble purpose. It no longer involves luring young boys into reading about far-away countries and cultures as they feverishly look for topless native women, b ... More >>
For decades, vital issues affecting the U.S. and Texas were hashed out in Suite 8-F of the Lamar Hotel in downtown Houston.The suite had only two rooms and a kitchenette and it was decorated in whatever the relevant time period's definition of "tacky" was, but it became the Unofficial Capital of Tex ... More >>
Anyone who considers themselves a Texan -- one that likes to read, at any rate -- should be federally mandated to read the three volumes in which Robert Caro traces the life of Lyndon Johnson.The first book, Path to Power, is a fascinating primer on the Hill Country, on Sam Rayburn, on farm life in ... More >>
It's official: The Edward James Olmos Book Fair Houston Latino Book and Family Festival is no more. At least not as presented by Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, the organization that originally brought the festival to town. To be honest, there have been riffs with corporate sponsor ... More >>
Did we lose a lane on Dallas Street? Up until recently, Dallas Street from Louisiana to Travis had five lanes, now it has four. In place of the far right lane, there are concrete platforms for METRO passengers to embark on to/disembark from buses at the end of each block, and trees dividing parki ... More >>
Houston gets hit with big one
Department of Bad Timing, pick up line two: the Houston Chronicle's travel section Sunday featured a huge story on the fun to be had visiting a certain American city. There were three immediate problems: 1. The city was New Orleans 2. The headline was "Swamped With Fun" 3. The lede was "Every trav ... More >>
Yoga superstar Swami Ramdev has been at the George R. Brown the past three mornings, teaching Pranayama techniques to a couple thousand people (including this Hair Balls correspondent). Ramdev will be there tomorrow and Sunday too, in case anyone out there is interested in old-school stretching and ... More >>
When I see folks standing on the side of the road in costume, hawking whatever hides in the strip center behind, I can't help but feel sorry for them, which is odd, since in other settings I'd probably fantasize about kicking them. (Clutch, I'm looking at you.) I think it's the heat that gets me, or ... More >>
The Montagu Hotel, where the keyhole is more entertaining than the TV
The tannenbaum gets a makeover at Buffalo Bayou ArtPark
With the help of city government, Matthew Knowles hopes to find the next Destiny's Child. You got a problem with that?
Postmodern theologian Matthew Fox wants to get religion back on its feet again with the Techno Cosmic Mass
The return of the convention center hotel plan
November 19 - 25, 1998
Insider deals. Outrageous perks. Exorbitant salaries. No wonder Eddie Webster's taken a permanent vacation from the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.
That credibility gap may be too wide for Proposition One backers to traverse
At Mesa: A Taste of Santa Fe, there's a whole lotta trendiness going on