Note: In his column Serrano Time, award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times. Song: One Direction, "Story of My Life" History: A long time ago there were barber shop quartets and then after that the New Kids On The Block, and more recently five UK dudes were li ... More >>
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I'll give you a hint. It's big. It's yellow. And it looks like it's on fire. No, it's not Big Bird ACTUALLY aflame, it's a giant yellow Hummer covered in evil baby dolls and severed heads. That is apparently what Houston Press art director Monica Fuentes ran into outside of Target on 290 and Hollis ... More >>
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It was a slow week for openings and closings. Let's take a quick look at which restaurants closed before we dive into the openings. Hollister on Washington suddenly closed after being open for a brief six months. Owner Chuck Pritchett says the BYOB concept wasn't enough to attract new customers for ... More >>
What does that mean for Houston?
Very disappointing news, on its surface -- Taco Keto (1401 Cullen), maybe the consensus pick for best food truck in Houston, got a visit from a health inspector last week and ended up with a citation and a temporary closure order. A closer look shows that Keto's violations were more about non-sanita ... More >>
Friday brings another pair of allegedly adoptable pets from BARC and Mayor Annise Parker. And if you think you're bored with the routine, you've got nothing on today's Cat of the Week, Mason. What could his expression here be saying? a) "What're you looking at, loser?" b) "Forget it -- she's mine." ... More >>
As the club scene along Washington Avenue fades into obscurity, I've been glad to see that the restaurant scene has done the exact opposite. Stalwarts such as Laredo Taqueria and Los Dos Amigos have remained in business while pioneers like Max's Wine Dive and Molina's -- two of the first "new" rest ... More >>
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Reading the police blotter is a daily adventure. From meth addicts to bank robbers to perverts and everything in between, there is always some strange story that's enough to make anyone shake his head in wonder. Today is yet another one of those days. According to police, a man is dead after being ... More >>
A chronically disgruntled renter went on a shooting rampage Wednesday morning and injured four people before dying in a traffic accident, police say. HPD has identified the shooter as Patrick O'Neal Spurlock, 39. The ysaid they received a call of a shooting in progress at an apartment in the 6000 b ... More >>
Childish Gambino House of Blues April 6, 2012 "Real G's only; don't fuck up my alphabet." -- Childish Gambino, "It's On" Childish Gambino is Donald Glover and Donald Glover is Troy from a television show called Community and Troy from a television show called Community is funny as eff and that's g ... More >>
We haven't eaten in a school cafeteria in a long time. Our high school had open lunches and we usually went elsewhere. We worked as an HISD substitute teacher for a while and usually spent lunches in a classroom with a sandwich, wondering if Mama Cass suffered much or if it was quick. (Subbing is no ... More >>
Heading into work on a Monday morning is difficult enough. You really don't need to be discovering dead bodies on the way. But that's what happened to one northwest-side woman as she left for work about 7:30 a.m. Monday, Houston police say. The woman "noticed a red 1991 Toyota Corolla parked in th ... More >>
"WTF is a churro?"Last week we couldn't bring you the roundup because the city slacked on updating its inspection records. The most logical explanation is the Memorial Day holiday threw off the schedules of those responsible for updating the site. But we're more inclined to believe that god i ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttOn the way back from the horse track on Saturday night, I took an unusual route home (okay, I was out of change for the tollway). And that alternate route landed me heading south toward 290 on North Houston Rosslyn, past a mostly unfamiliar part of town. And as I d ... More >>
They also raped their hostages, prosecutors sayTwo men who kidnapped illegal aliens being escorted by coyotes and kept them in Houston houses while they sent ransom demands back to Mexico have been send to prison for at least 20 years apiece. Alejandro Pantoja-Rosales, 29, and Juan Romero-Tr ... More >>
KTRKDavid Garcia: Point and clickPolice have arrested a very unsubtle photographer of women undressing in a Memorial City Mall store. David Eduardo Garcia, 25, went into a private dressing room at the Hollister store there, KTRK reports, stuck a camera under the dividers of the stalls and cl ... More >>
A lot of rappers establish street cred by talking about hittin' licks and sellin' rocks. Chingo Bling raps about slangin' tamales and hot sauce -- which is what brought him to the Southern Foodways Alliance annual symposium last weekend. Known as the Masa Messiah, or the Taquero Vaquero, or ... More >>
Teaching is often cast as a thankless, glamour-free job. Nothing could be further from the truth. For the past five years, Rocks Off has taught at a Title 1 (read: poor) school in Hispanic-heavy South Houston. We've been thanked several times for several things. And we've been to several 4- ... More >>
One of the reasons I enjoy Brown Bag Deli so much is having options. Yes, it's a locally owned sandwich shop (brought to you by the same folks as Barnaby's), so you can feel good about supporting the community. Yes, they use all recyclable materials. Yes, the bread is baked fresh in house. Y ... More >>
Gotcha!Houston police have finally caught the gunman in a 2004 murder, hunting him all across the United States and Mexico before arresting him Tuesday in Houston.Police say that Oscar David Zamarripa, 24, shot and killed 22-year-old Alberto Rivera a little more than five years ago at 2215 Hollis ... More >>
A chef from New York City is knocking them dead in Piney Point at Jonathan's The Rub.
Customers love to get coddled at this new neighborhood grill in Spring Branch.
Photo by Jeff BalkeTruffle macaroni & cheese from Hollister Grill, at the recent Menu of Menus"Stupidity," that's was the first word out of the mouth of Chuck Pritchett, the owner of Hollister Grill (1741 Hollister, 713-973-1741), when asked why he opened a restaurant. Pritchett has been in the reta ... More >>
The big news this week in Bayou Body Count is the three dead family members League City police are investigating as a possible murder-murder-suicide. Lewis Cantrell Jr. and his wife Gayle Cantrell were found shot to death in their living room on the 2900 block of Chinaberry Park Lane. Lewis Cantrell ... More >>
I don't know whether to be impressed or disgusted. That's because I'm not sure if all the restaurateurs have been on their best behavior, or if the Health Department has just been sitting around playing GTA4 on the Xbox 360s they got for Christmas, because there were no health code violations whatso ... More >>
The cuisine known as Mongolian BBQ is making the mother of all culinary comebacks. Legend has it that Mongolian BBQ was invented in the 13th century by the army of Kublai Khan when the cooks fried up shredded meats and vegetables on a warrior's shield placed over a fire. Reality may be a bit mo ... More >>
Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to email@example.com. We like to fancy ourselv ... More >>
Fall in love with Leonardo Drew's trash art
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Hollister Fracus prepares to invade the Inner Loop
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Lyndon's Pit Bar-B-Q serves an excellent approximation of the real thing
High Tone Records
The Hollisters keep getting better with age
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