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Harry Potter

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    February 5, 2014

    Cycling Not a Two-Way Street in Houston

    I learned how to ride a bike in the parking lot of the not-quite-completed Greenspoint Mall in the '70s. My first fall was when I couldn't figure out how to steer around a piece of debris and went sailing over my handlebars. Within a couple years I had graduated to a BMX-style bike and was happily r ... More >>

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    December 16, 2013

    The 5th Annual Gingerbread Build-Off: Who Knew Architecture Could Be So Sweet?

    You know that you are dealing with professional architects when blustering winds fail to blow down skyscrapers constructed with cookies and spackled with frosting. Of course, I am referring to the 5th Annual Gingerbread Build-Off, which was hosted by Architecture Center Houston in conjunction with C ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013
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    March 7, 2013

    10 of Our Favorite Parody Songs to Celebrate the Day They Became Fair Use

    On this day in 1994 the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that parodies, commercial or non-commercial, do not violate copyright law. 2 Live Crew had applied for permission to parody Roy Orbinson's "Oh Pretty Woman," but were refused. They made the song anyway, and after a quarter of a million ... More >>

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    July 31, 2012

    Gothic Council: Was Christian Death's Rozz Williams an Overhyped Douchenozzle?

    One of the functions of the Gothic Council is to rule on matters of Goth-point attribution. Think of us as professor McGonagall awarding or deducting points at Hogwarts... with that act mattering exactly as much to the real world as it did in the Harry Potter books. Recently, our own Batty posted ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
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    May 25, 2012

    Knights of the Fire Kingdom: "I Dunno Why Fire Is Awesome"

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. I was sitting in my office about to begin the night's drinking when Roky Moon and BOLT's Aaron Echegaray came in without knocking. He looked fair ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    For President's Day: The Best Movie Portrayals of 15 Presidents

    Portraying presidents on screen is always tricky. Crass imitation makes the thing look like a comedy skit, but completely ignoring the mannerisms and voice that people know doesn't work either. There have been some laughingly inept acting jobs when it comes to the 44 people who have been the countr ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    The 10 Most Iconic John Williams Scores Ever

    Today John Williams turns 80 years old, and the prolific composer has packed in a lot of work in the past five decades as one of the most iconic movie music makers to lead an orchestra. No doubt you have been enthralled, enraptured and enfrightened (not a word) by his collaborations with George Luca ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    Gothic Council Makes Its News Year's Resolutions

    Well, Christmas is over, as is Festivus for the rest of us, and now 2012 is barreling down at us like Donkey Kong threw it. Some people say that this year will be humanity's last, but since we say that as often as we can we're not too worried about it. Personally, we think the Mayans were just too b ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011

    Looking Glass: Rock Music's Five Most Famous Four Eyes (Other Than Buddy Holly)

    Holly had no idea what he was starting.​The Wall Street Journal wrote an interesting article about Buddy Holly's optometrist. That's not something most people would think about when it comes to music, but fashion has been significantly influenced over the years by music. In much the same way C ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 20, 2011

    A Scary Good Time

    The Houston Press Guide to Halloween

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    August 4, 2011

    Polarizing Playhouse

    Readers react to River Oaks splurge.

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    August 1, 2011

    Saturday Night: Roky Moon & BOLT! At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Jim Bricker​Roky 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 >>

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    July 15, 2011

    Top 10 Texas Movie Soundtracks

    ​This weekend, as the rest of the world catches Harry Potter mania for (perhaps) the final time, Houston gets a serious dose of Urban Cowboy nostalgia. Theater Under the Stars' production of the Tony-nominated 2003 musical - which The New York Times called "a conclusive demonstration that it's ... More >>

  • Film

    July 14, 2011

    Final Destination

    Harry Potter — franchise king, hero of a generation — fights his last battle.

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    July 13, 2011

    Before Harry Potter, There Was Dr. John Dee...

    ​History is full of mysterious magicians. The modern world gives us Anton LaVey, Gerald Gardner and Aleister Crowley. In the ancient world you had Edward Kelley, Nicolas Flamel, and the Count of St. Germain. Of all those illustrious names, however, the name of Dr. John Dee stands out from the ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    Six People Who Should Have Never Tried To Rap

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    Pop Rocks: By the Dumb's Early Light

    Apu chose an alternate path to citizenship​There's a scene in The American President -- Aaron Sorkin's pre-West Wing exercise in wishful liberalism -- when President Shepherd (Michael Douglas) describes America as "advanced citizenship." It's a nice thought, especially in the fantastical conte ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    App of the Week: Waze

    Thanks to Waze, I know foxybarrel, whoever that is, got stuck in traffic on 59.​App: Waze Platforms: iPhone, Android, BlackBerry (beta only, Windows Mobile Web site: Waze.com Cost: Free Houstonians know their traffic like Seattleites know their heroin coffee or heaved aquatic animals. In othe ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    How Gangrene Led To The Conductors' Baton

    ​Conductors and wizards have a lot in common. Both are usually older men, are greatly respected and feared and, most importantly, both use wands to work their magic. But just as the wands of the Harry Potter world have supplemented the staves of J.R.R. Tolkein's Middle Earth-style wizards, so ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    George W. Bush's Fifth Ward River Oaks Book-Signing Sold Out

    George W. Bush: Ask him about his belt​Currently unemployed former Houstonian George W. Bush will be in town this week to sign copies of his book, offering customers a rare chance to pay full price for Decision Points before it hits the cutout bins. He's appearing in an obscure, out-of-the-wa ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Early Voting Begins: Five Reasons To Get It Out Of The Way

    The Harris County ballot is about as long as this, and not was gripping​Early voting began today in Harris County and elsewhere, as voters and candidates finally hit the home stretch for the very bizarre Campaign 2010.Voting early is usually a good idea; here in Houston it makes more sense than ev ... More >>

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    October 14, 2010

    So Who Hasn't Gotten Naked?

    W Magazine: All about the art.​In the latest news from the Land That Talent Forgot, Kim Kardashian has gone starkers for the November issue of W Magazine: Kim Kardashian has bared all on the cover of a fashion magazine. The reality star, who turns 30 on Oct. 21, appears nude on W Magazine's ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010

    Rice University Residential College Guarantee: Not All Students Get What They Pay For

    Photo by SkinnyOrangeCatRice: Getting crowded in here​Note to incoming Rice University undergrads (and their parents) expecting the full "residential college" experience: Be sure to read everything that you get on Rice letterhead.One of the universities' primary selling points is its residential c ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    Top 5 Songs On Jacob Black Of Twilight's iPod

    ​Well, today is the day Twilight: Eclipse is released, and a million voices are screaming, "Honey, do we hafta?" Since Gothtopia already runs a column on vampires - and may we add that Bill Compton would put some serious maim in Edward Cullen's sparkle motion? - today we're gonna talk about w ... More >>

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    March 12, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    ​Saint Patrick's day is right around the corner. And whether you're going to drown yourself in a vat of green beer this Saturday or wait like a proper Irish-wannabe until next Wednesday itself for your corned beef and hash fix, we've put together a guide to all the best St. Paddy's events, par ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009

    Disney's A Christmas Carol

    Ebenezer Scrooge is spitting mad

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    December 31, 2009

    Disney's A Christmas Carol

    Ebenezer Scrooge is spitting mad

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    November 12, 2009

    Werewolves Got Fingered: The 5 Worst Movies (Besides Twilight: New Moon) With the Best Soundtracks

    ​Good news, all you fans of condensed screen versions of self-indulgent Mormon vampire pseudo-erotic clit-tease fantasies: Twilight: New Moon is being released in only eight days. Rocks Off, accustomed to scorn from literary snobs for his steadfast support of the Harry Potter series, actually pick ... More >>

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    September 8, 2009

    Social Distortion: Getting Off the Grid in Texas, Sorta Kinda

    ​You've probably heard the expression "getting off the grid" more times than you can shake a BlackBerry at.  These days, completely eliminating yourself from civilization (temporarily, mind you; for other self-removals, please see here immediately) is a task almost exclusively reserved ... More >>

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    August 24, 2009

    Something Old, Something New at La King's in Galveston

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​A newly reopened La King's on Galveston's Strand looks for all the world like the inside of Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour, the fanciful sweet shop from the Harry Potter novels. Wood floors moan softly underfoot while marble counters seem to glow from with ... More >>

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    May 21, 2009

    Sonidos Y Mas: Marcio Local

    Ernest Barteldes Marcio Local Says Don Day Don Dree Don Don: Adventures in Samba Soul www.luakabop.comDuring the late '60s and early '70s, Brazilian songwriters like the late Tim Maia and Jorge Ben became increasingly frustrated with the creative limitations of samba, and also felt out of place wit ... More >>

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    March 5, 2009
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    March 13, 2008
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    January 24, 2008

    Matt Braunger

    A comedian warns of the dangers of owls

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    December 13, 2007
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    September 27, 2007
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    June 28, 2007
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    April 24, 2007
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    December 28, 2006

    Don't Believe the Hype

    Despite a nonexistent marketing campaign, Cuarn's latest is not to be missed

  • Film

    July 20, 2006

    Unreal Estate

    Cartoon kids poke around Spielberg's Monster House

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    May 11, 2006

    Here's Your Insight, Pal

    James Redfield's Prophecy is one divine mess

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    February 9, 2006
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    June 19, 2003

    Sleepy Muggles

    The Blue Willow Bookshop hosts a Harry Potter read-a-thon

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    May 1, 2003

    By the Wayside

    This weird school will wow kids

  • Film

    April 17, 2003

    Digging for Treasure

    With Holes, Disney serves up more than the usual kiddie fare

  • Film

    November 1, 2001

    Boo Who?

    Monsters, Inc. opens the door to a world so good it's scary

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