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  • Blogs

    October 24, 2014

    Kelvin Sampson Takes Over The Coogs (Just Don't Expect A Tourney Visit This Year)

    The Houston Cougars come into this basketball season with a new coach. It has new players, and supposedly a new culture. But some things never change, and just as with last season, the Cougars are going to lose a lot of games. Kelvin Sampson's the new guy in charge. The former assistant coach for ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 24, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    Andre Johnson Just Wants to Win, Since When Is That A Bad Thing?

    The position has been filled with David Carr, Matt Schaub, and Ryan Fitzpatrick. These are the primary Houston Texans quarterbacks of the Andre Johnson era. This is a sad, pathetic list of QBs. And yet many people still wonder why Andre Johnson is having second thoughts about continuing to play for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    The Four Winners, Four Losers in Rockets' Game 5 Win

    If there is one thing we have learned through five games between Houston and Portland, it is that these are two very evenly matched teams. In five games, there have been three overtimes. Take away Wednesday night's win for the Rockets by 10 points and the remaining four games were decided by a tota ... More >>

  • Film

    February 6, 2014

    It's Not Monumental, But the Monuments Men Satisfies in Bits and Pieces

    Clooney's actors shine, and that's almost enough.

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    The Tea Party: Where Does it Go From Here?

    The Tea Party is best understood as the latest reactionary lurch to the right of the Republican Party during the past 60 years: the Birchers who saw the civil rights movement as a vehicle for communism, the Goldwater supporters who thought the 1964 Civil Rights Act was verboten, the election of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Is It Time for a Constitutional Convention? University of Texas Law Professor Thinks So

    University of Texas law professor Sandy Levinson (he's also a visiting professor at Harvard) is one of the most respected constitutional law scholars in the country, and, increasingly, one of the most iconoclastic. Levinson's scholarly crusade been calling attention to the Constitution's "hard-wired ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    Ted Cruz: As Abrasive and Arrogant in College as Now

    Ted Cruz, the id of the Tea Party, is nobody's dummy, academically speaking. Cruz is a double-Ivy grad, who went to Princeton for his undergraduate degree and law school at the venerable Harvard. When the Daily Beast undertook to discover what Cruz was like at Princeton, it reported: several fellow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    Apollo 20 Figures Out How To Improve Math Scores, But Reading Remains an Unsolved Equation

    Hire tutors, lengthen the school day, use data to check and double-check how your instruction is going and if you're talking about the three-year-old Apollo 20 project in Houston ISD, you'll be rewarded with significant improvements in math scores among elementary and secondary school students. In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    Let's Compare Alma Maters: The New US News Rankings (Texas Edition)

    The new U.S. News and World Report college rankings are out. For all their flaws, it's still the standard by which many anxious applicants rank themselves and their peers. Let me guess, the Top 5 universities are Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Stanford? Boom, I nailed it. But you probably ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Why Vampire Weekend Makes Me Embarrassed to Be a Hipster

    Friends, let's get real here. I can't lie to you any longer. By popular opinion, I have been labeled a hipster. This is not a new or recent development. I was being called a hipster in 2008, long before it was cool to call people hipsters. I've even been mistaken for the guy who started the Hipster ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest: The Soundtrack (With Endnotes)

    One of Time magazine's Top 100 English-language novels of the last century, the late David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest is a gargantuan book. Its cutting, comedic views cover a broad swath of American life, but focus on family dysfunction, chemical dependency, depression, entertainment saturation ... More >>

  • Culture

    August 30, 2012

    Japanese Splendor at MFAH

    MFAH show offers treasure trove of centuries-old art from the Kimiko and John Powers Collection.

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    Ted Cruz: First Intellectual Tea-Partier Ever

    Last night, as we watched Sarah Palin bloviate on Fox News -- yes, doubtful reader, we do under highly unusual circumstances tune in to Fox News -- we were struck by something. Ted Cruz, compared to virtually every single Tea Party member on this green earth like Palin, is really damn articulate. Li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Six Houston LINdmarks That LINd Themselves to Further LINsanity

    When being interviewed over the last week, newly acquired Rockets guard Jeremy Lin admitted that the use of his last name for Lin-based puns got a little old in New York. In fact, he banned the use of them among friends, but he did admit that of all the ones he had seen, his favorite was probably Su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    The Best Fathers Day Gift: 24 Hours Without Dubstep

    This Sunday is a big day. For our dads, that is. It's Fathers Day, and whether we have daddy issues or not, we have to admit that we children put their dads through a lot. They helped change our diapers (hopefully, if not poor mom), they killed spiders for us (my dad still does), but best of all, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 76, Spinach Danish from Angela's Oven

    This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    UK Papers Explain Strange Concept of "Basketball" & "March Madness" to Their Readers

    President Obama took UK Prime Minister David Cameron to a play-in game for March Madness last night. As a result, newspapers in the UK had to explain just what the hell was going on. Basketball isn't big there -- it was the first time Cameron had ever seen a game -- so results were, well, scattered ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Principal Lauren Topek Yanked From Shadowbriar Elementary By HISD

    Photo courtesy of Edwin HumerezAntonia Rivas ​ Lauren Topek, who we wrote about three weeks ago in a column about the death of the school's custodian, Antonia Rivas, is out as principal of Shadowbriar Elementary, effective immediately, Houston ISD announced today. In a letter sent home to pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Executive Entertainers: America's Most Musical Presidents

    Big-money supporters were treated to the first indelible moment in Barack Obama's reelection campaign last Thursday when the President crooned the opening lyric from Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" from the stage of the Apollo Theater in Harlem. It was just the sort of off-the-cuff instance that c ... More >>

  • Music

    May 26, 2011

    Pit Crew

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. prefer the Beach Boys to NASCAR.

  • Calendar

    April 21, 2011
  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Apollo 20 Picks Up 11 Elementaries, But Not Without a Fight

    Board reluctantly endorses Grier's plan​It took three sets of votes, but in the end Houston ISD trustees in a 5-4 vote gave Superintendent Terry Grier the go-ahead on his proposal to expand the Apollo 20 program to 11 elementary schools next year. The debate was long, with passionate argument ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Mexican Pop Singer Fights Rape Allegations, Racism

    ​The latest chapter in Mexican pop singer Kalimba's life saddens us for a number of reasons, but the possibility of never hearing his music again is not one of them. If you haven't heard, while recording his latest album in El Paso, Kalimba was held by the U.S. Border Patrol on suspicion of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Will Silence Be This Year's UK Christmas No. 1?

    Christopher Felver/John Cage Trust/ Berkshire Review Archive​In the United Kingdom, singles that are No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart the week before Christmas are for some reason called Christmas No. 1s - we can't imagine why. It's something of an honor to our friends across the pond. The Beatle ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 4, 2010
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    September 17, 2010

    Elizabeth Warren: Obama's New Consumer Watchdog Is A (UH) Cougar

    Elizabeth Warren is making the UH hand sign, you just can't see it​President Obama announced today that he's naming Elizabeth Warren to be his high-profile consumer advocate dealing with banks, finance companies and credit-card issues.She is so hardcore that he had to appoint her as an adviser rat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    HISD Kicks Off Its Apollo 20 Program For Troubled Schools

    Photos by Christopher Patronella, Jr.HISD's Terry Grier with a student at an Apollo 20 school​As if surrendering your long, lazy summer to the start of another tedious school year is not hard enough, students from five HISD middle schools and four high schools are making that plunge an entire week ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 24, 2009

    Cool Threads

    Brian Wills has found a good gimmick — we mean strategy — for his art.

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Harvard, Meet The Polk County Poh-leece

    A couple of students from Harvard Law School recently got a taste of the Polk County Sheriff's Office and spent some time in the county jail after going out on assignment for their internships at a Houston legal clinic. The students had driven to Livingston to interview a Polunsky Unit guard at his ... More >>

  • News

    February 19, 2009

    Calorie Restrictors Stay Hungry in Hopes of Living Longer

    An SMU biologist searches to unlock the secrets to the fountain of youth

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Evolution-Loving Evangelical Comes To Houston

    It's been 200 years since the birth of Darwin, and 150 years since the publication of his book, On the Origin of Species, so we guess it's about time that religion and science stopped fighting and figured out some common ground. The Reverend Michael Dowd, an ordained evangelical preacher, and his wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2007

    Miss Pop Rocks: Do You Know Who I Hate? The Olly Girls.

    This post is going to be very simple and to the point. Do you know who I hate? The Olly Girls. I HATE THEM. In case you are living a blissful existence and don’t know about these two terrors, let me enlighten you. They are resident dunces on E!’s latest reality show, “Sunset Tan.” Now ... More >>

  • Music

    June 8, 2006

    Murder Inc.

    Not many musicians have health insurance, but Murder by Death does

  • Culture

    April 7, 2005

    Truth Be Damned

    The intriguing yet unsatisfying play The Story takes on race, class, sex and politics

  • News

    February 17, 2005

    News to Use

    A Pearland guy causes a Beltway firestorm

  • News

    February 17, 2005

    Mind Reading

    Is Yvette Lacobie really a terrorist? Did legislators really mean to kick kids out for a butter knife? Is zero tolerance really stupid? (No, maybe and yes.)

  • Calendar

    September 2, 2004

    Shel Shocked

    Silverstein knew how to get nasty

  • News

    January 15, 2004
  • Culture

    October 9, 2003

    Frank Theater

    Jerry's World -- and Joe Frank's radio show -- come to life

  • Music

    December 9, 1999

    Metal Manifesto

    Rage Against the Machine preaches anticapitalism, sells millions of records

  • Music

    October 21, 1999

    American Dream

    Just a man and his guitar, Martin Sexton covers a lot of ground live

  • Film

    September 30, 1999

    Senior Fling

    Guinevere gives a new twist to old-young romance

  • Calendar

    May 27, 1999
  • Film

    January 7, 1999

    Class Action

    A true case offers testimony to the talents of Travolta and Duvall

  • Calendar

    October 15, 1998

    Night & Day

    October 15 - 21, 1998

  • Culture

    May 7, 1998
  • News

    October 23, 1997
  • Music

    February 1, 1996

    Moon Men

    Luna may be vague about what it wants to say, but it's memorable in how it says it

  • News

    June 1, 1995

    Deano's Disclosure

    Singleton signed the Post's death warrant long before it expired

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