• Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Some HISD Trustees Frustrated by Dodson Elementary Do-Over

    Two of her fellow trustees took Houston ISD Board President Juliet Stipeche to task at an agenda workshop Monday for her decision to reopen the Dodson Elementary closure case, supposedly settled in a 5-4 vote last month. After thanking trustees Rhonda Skillern-Jones and Wanda Adams for supporting h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Audience Erupts in "Fire Terry Grier" Chant, as HISD School Board Closes Dobson, Saves Jones (Sort Of)

    Amid chants of "Fire Terry Grier," Houston ISD school board members and their superintendent retreated into a back room Thursday night while HISD police officers formed a protective barrier in the front of the room after audience members began shouting in protest about two proposed school closings. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2013

    Houstoric Project, Volume 7: The East End

    For our 7th installment of the HoustoricProject we bring you the East End. The East End covers a vast area that starts at the eastern edge of downtown to the Port of Houston and South to Hobby Airport. The Eastwood Subdivision, one of Houston's first master-planned communities, turned 100 this year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    Is That All There Is?: Philosophy's Greatest Hits

    I love Queen, and the late Freddie Mercury had the best rock voice ever (in my opinion), so it pains me to say that some of music's worst thought-out lyrics are scrunched into the opening lines of "Bohemian Rhapsody." "Is this the real life?/ Is this just fantasy?", the song begins, but mere breath ... More >>

  • Music

    April 25, 2013

    Mr. Record Man: Willie Nelson

    In the Houston of 1959 and 1960, Willie Nelson was just another unknown musician. But not for long.

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Burgers Off the Beaten Path: Stomp's vs. Tookie's

    Here's the quick story as I understand it: Tookie's -- the iconic gold-and-green burger stand in Seabrook -- opened in 1975, served happy customers giant burgers for many wonderful years and was destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008. In the interim, Stomp's opened two years later in Bacliff -- just a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Houston Babylon: The 1970s Shotgun Death of Bonnie and Clyde Assistant William Daniel "Deacon" Jones

    Houston Babylon, the feature that came out earlier 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 s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Happy Birthday to Archie Bell, Houston's Multi-Hit Wonder

    Sixty-eight must be a pretty significant number to Archie Bell these days. Not only was 1968 the year that "Tighten Up" -- his million-selling single with Archie Bell and the Drells -- was released, but the man himself turns 68 years old tomorrow. A seminal piece of endlessly danceable proto-funk, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Dining In Dallas: Bolsa Is Totally My Bag

    My grandmother and grandfather had their first date at a Mexican restaurant in Oak Cliff, just south of downtown Dallas, after the end of World War II. These days, there are still plenty of Mexican restaurants to be found in this rapidly gentrifying part of town, but it's now also home to an eclecti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Mala Sichuan's Big Sister Disappoints in Dallas

    Visiting family in Dallas this weekend, I found myself with a little down time to explore a city I very nearly grew up in but know very little about. I spent my summers as a kid split into three very different settings: Houston, Dallas and a cattle ranch in Henderson, and only eating out in one of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Evie Herrin and Amelia Crew: Police Say Mom and Daughter Robbed Four Banks in Two States

    Move over Bonnie and Clyde and Frank and Jesse James, you've got (alleged) multistate bank robbing company: Evie and Amelia. Yesterday Police in Gulfport, Mississippi busted 57-year-old Evie Mearlene Herrin and her 30-year-old daughter Amelia Darci Crew, both of the texas town of Cleveland, as they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Houston Scores Big Time In Latest Editon Of Encyclopedia Of Country Music: Part 2

    Our second installment of Houston connections in the recently published second edition of The Encyclopedia of Country Music is a truly monumental list of writers, performers and performances that show that while Houston may not have been the musical business center that Nashville became, the Bayou C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2011

    Chiles and Chili: The Most Obvious Episode of Top Chef: Texas Yet

    Above is is how I imagine the initial planning meetings for Top Chef: Texas went. I'm also imagining future episodes where the contestants will be forced to shoot their own horses and grill them over a fire of cactus paddles. Let's go, Top Chef: Texas! DO THIS SHIT RIGHT. Until then, we'll have to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    This Is the Oldest Dairy Queen in Texas. Yes, Really

    ​Yep, that's the one. If you were driving past it on Highway 259 in Henderson (if, by chance, you found yourself in deep East Texas), you would never know from the road. There are no fancy signs outside proclaiming it to be the oldest Dairy Queen in Texas. It's just a bit of local trivia, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Purple, Possessed & Pervy: Rock's Top 10 Houses

    harleyslist.blogspot.comJohn Lennon and Yoko Ono in a happy pose in front of their home (and future site of Lennon's assassination).​Celebrity homes will always be a source of fascination, offering a glimpse at the intimate, private side of those who live their lives in the public eye. And it' ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 17, 2011

    Come and Bake It

    Local movement fights for cottage food bill.

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Jason Bourque and Daniel McAllister: East Texas Church Arsonists Sentenced to Life

    Courtesy Smith County SO Daniel George McAllister and Jason Robert Bourque​The crimes that East Texans Jason Robert Bourque and Daniel George McAllister were convicted of last month were disgusting indeed. The two young men, sometimes working together and other times apart, admitted to torchin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    Nostalgic for Houston's Fried Chicken

    Frenchy's.​If there is one thing I've began to miss about Houston over the years ever since I moved away, it's the chicken. Sure, I could've said the usual stuff, like family, friends, the Astrodome or whatever. But family and friends are always a phone call away, and I can look at photos of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Blaine Milam: Strong Candidate For Tool Of The Decade On Trial In Conroe For East Texas Exorcist Baby Murder

    The defendants, from a since-removed Facebook page​Apparently gorgeous 13-month-old toddler Amora Carson was not as angelic as she looked. At least that was what 18-year-old slimebuckets Jessica Carson and Blaine Milam told police in Rusk County in East Texas. According to them, Amora had demons i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Perhaps The Internet-Cafe Trend In Nederland Was Overstated

    ​Just as we were trying to figure out why there were internet cafes in Nederland and Port Arthur, we find out that the places were actually fronts for illegal gambling, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The department announced yesterday that six people were charged with running the gam ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 20, 2008
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    October 21, 2008

    Marcia Brady…TMI!

    Over ten years ago Barry Williams, who played Greg Brady on a little show called “The Brady Bunch,” released a little gem of a book entitled Growing Up Brady: I Was a Teenage Greg which detailed his hot and heavy crush on Florence “Ma Brady” Henderson as well as the shocking revelation that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2008

    120 HISD Schools To Open Tuesday -- UPDATED

    The Houston school district has announced that 120 schools will be open for students on Tuesday. Other schools will be added Thursday, officials said. Some other schools might need generators or portable buildings. No school was damaged so severely that massive repairs are needed, officials said. ... More >>

  • Music

    August 30, 2007

    The Kelvin Arms

    A Night in, and for, the Vault

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2006
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    November 22, 2006

    One of Those Syrupy Thanksgiving Tales

    Paul S. Howell Start with fresh cane... My Thanksgiving preparations began with a drive up to The Heritage Syrup Festival in deep East Texas to watch them make cane syrup the old-fashioned way with a mule and an open syrup pan with a fire underneath it. I got some syrup to use on my sweet potatoes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2006
  • News

    March 10, 2005

    Bully for You

    The legislature offers a solution to playground problems

  • News

    January 30, 2003

    Peace Signs

    Thirdgeneration activist Luchita Rodriguez and her friends find the missing rally bus and a fresh, family-style fight against war in Iraq

  • Film

    June 13, 2002

    Wooing the White Guy

    Nicolas Cage plays the real protagonist in World War II epic about Navajo codetalkers

  • News

    January 24, 2002

    It's About Time

    Fort Bend is putting an end to racing teachers and kids through half-day kindergarten. But too many other districts still haven't wised up.

  • News

    May 31, 2001

    Learning How to Survive (at) CEP

    HISD and a paid trustee get entangled in the spreading empire of a private firm touting safe alternative schools for troubled kids. So why are some students and parents so scared?

  • Music

    January 11, 2001

    Swamp Thing

    Out of the soup of southern Louisiana comes a collection of Cajun all-stars with an indescribably sweet sound

  • Music

    November 18, 1999

    Family Tradition

    Coming This Week