• Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    Data Compares Houston Street Grid With Others From Around the Country (Update)

    For the non-GPS drivers among us, do ever marvel at the how the city's street follows a north-south axis? Of course not. But a data scientist from the Northwest put together a few comparisons of street grids using Census data and came up with this: The plots reveal some stark trends. Most of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    What If These Five Cities Had Houston's Beltway 8?

    Our loop freeway system has its origins in a City of Houston Planning Department planning report from the 1950s. Ten years later is was an official project taken up by Harris County. It's been through a lot of ups and downs, but generally Beltway 8 is how we get around our massive Houston. Someone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    Conservapedia: The Search for the Truth Ends Here

    You are surely aware of Wikipedia, the crowd-sourced online encyclopedia. While sometimes comically inaccurate (but rarely nowadays), Wikipedia is actually a fairly reliable resource for basic facts (How many touchdowns has Tom Brady thrown? Which years was Warren Harding president?). It is almost a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Fan Fighting League! FFL Pro Bowl Brawl (w/ VIDEO)

    I would guess that most fan fights at stadiums are fueled by three things: 1. Alcohol, 2. The undying, overzealous love of a fan for his team, and 3. Some modicum of disrespect. And in that order. Point being, to some degree, most fights probably have something to do with each participant's love for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    Jenny Roberts: Federal Prosecutor's Wife Accuses Cops of Beating Her; Cops Say Her Husband Did it

    The wife of a federal prosecutor formerly based in Houston has accused Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies of beating her so severely she suffered permanent brain damage, while the County Attorney says her husband is the one who beat her, and the couple conspired to cover up domestic abuse by blami ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Boom. Roasted. -- The Monday Morning College Football Roast, Drunk Betty White Edition

    Saturday night, given the choice between staying at home with me to watch the annual Denard Robinson Tear-Notre-Dame's-Heart-Out-And-Show-It-To-Them-Apalooza (and experiencing the corresponding remote control throwing that goes with it) and going out to dinner with her girlfriends to a nice restaura ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: John Sikhattana of Straits, On Growing Up in Hawaii and What It's Like to be a Dishwasher

    John Sikhattana Executive Chef Straits Asian Bistro 800 West Sam Houston Parkway North 713-365-9922 This is the first part of a three-part chef chat series. Look for Part 2 and Part 3 in this space Thursday and Friday. Houston may be a melting pot, but it's still pretty ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Houston: More Hipster-Friendly than Salt Lake City and Dallas, At Least

    Earlier this month Travel and Leisure asked their readers to rank 35 American cities on the quantity and quality of their live music scenes, coffeehouses, microbrews, and independent boutiques. They also asked their readers to quantify more ineffable qualities such as the quirkiness of a city and h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Kaylan Goodman: Her Company's Owner, Who Has a Warrant Out for His Arrest, Says 18-Year-Old Girl Is Just Fine!

    Photo Courtesy Crime StoppersKevin Davis: The company he works for is totally legit and non-sleazy, so you don't have to worry.​Although an Oklahoma woman who suddenly vanished after joining a traveling magazine sales crew was located in Illinois Wednesday night and was allowed to call family, ... More >>

  • Film

    November 17, 2011

    Fantasy Island

    Alexander Payne's Hawaiian excursion might be the feel-good movie of the year. Uh oh.

  • Film

    November 17, 2011

    Failure Breeds Success

    Alexander Payne's pessimism is good for business.

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Five Fictional Inanimate Objects More Deserving of a Reality Show Than Bristol Palin

    You'd be smiling, too.​It's tough to get a reality show. As you know, TV networks are always looking out for our best interests. And to this point they've been diligent about only distributing these precious program slots to those individuals and groups most likely to make society a better p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Rebecca Black: 5 Reasons We Should Have Seen Her Coming

    ​If you're on the Internet - and it would be tricky for you to be reading this if you weren't - you've undoubtedly become familiar with one Rebecca Black. If not, allow us to acquaint you. This should do it. She's done us one favor: She's eclipsed Charlie Sheen as the nation's object of twist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    Bartender Chat: Michael Wells of Marfreless

    ​Michael Wells has lived an eclectic, fun life. He was born in New Orleans, moved to Houston as a child, and later did a six-year stint at The Hard Rock Café in Honolulu. After his father died, he asked his manager in Honolulu for a transfer to The Hard Rock Café in Houston. The whole thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    Houston's 10 Best Beach Homes

    Photo courtesy of​See that lovely view above? That's Galveston Bay, and it's looking better than ever this summer thanks to skyrocketing travel costs (have you tried to book an airline ticket lately?) and the massive oil spill that's decimating the rest of the Gulf coast. What's more, rea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    Sarah Vowell Comes To Beaumont (Of All Places)

    ​Something about the idea of Sarah Vowell, that This American Life star, regular NPR contributor, droll historian, frequent Jon Stewart foil, voice of Violet of The Incredibles and all around Person Who White People Like coming to Beaumont was utterly irresistible.It seemed like the exact inverse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    In Honor Of Today's Weather: Five Best Snow Movies

    Hair Balls was so excited for today's predicted snowfall that we could barely sleep last night. Fortunately, a half-bottle of cheap gas-station gin and a bunch of Benadryl cured that little problem.The cozy concoction gave us a dream populated with characters and scenes from movies where snow played ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Documentary About Tattoo Legend Being Shown Tonight At Rocbar

    For the past three years, director Erich Weiss has been piecing together a documentary on the life of legendary tattooing pioneer Sailor Jerry. Tonight, Rocbar (530 Texas) hosts a special screening of Weiss' film, Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry, complete with complementary Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum for tho ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 9, 2009

    Island Grinds

    Two new Hawaiian fast-food joints are bringing down-home Asian fusion to Houston.

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    At Least Someone Wants To Come To The Texas Bowl

    Okay, so Notre Dame somehow preferred the Hawaii Bowl to the Texas Bowl. Some people just prefer Honolulu to Houston, we guess.But ND's replacement, Western Michigan University, is pleased as punch to be coming here.That can happen when you live in Kalamazoo (Motto: No, We Are An Actual City).The an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    Tragedy Strikes; Notre Dame Somehow Chooses Honolulu Over Houston

    The commenters have had a lot of fun dismissing the euphoria that we felt at the idea that the storied and awesome Notre Dame football team might actually come to Houston for the first time in 35 years, to play in the Texas Bowl.Some people think a 6-6 ND team is not very good; what they fail to rea ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 10, 2007



  • News

    December 23, 2004

    Hard Time

    Ray Hill's tips for surviving prison

  • Dining

    May 20, 2004
  • Film

    February 5, 2004


    When it comes to hockey movies, Miracle is as big a winner as its heroes

  • News

    March 6, 2003

    A Killer Nanny

    Charlotte Foster wanted a male nanny who’d play sports with her sons. She got an escaped murderer.

  • Music

    December 27, 2001

    Tuesday Night Music Club

    Racket takes his judging skills to Paesanos Lounge

  • Dining

    November 30, 2000

    Asian In-fusion

    East meets West

  • News

    July 20, 2000

    Hawaiian at Heart

    One Texas hula school proves to skeptical islanders that dancers do sometimes wear socks

  • News

    October 28, 1999
  • Calendar

    July 8, 1999
  • News

    May 20, 1999

    Calling the Shots

    In the Southwestern Bell and AT&T slugfest over supposed consumer savings, the biggest sucker punch of all is headed your way

  • News

    February 12, 1998
  • Music

    November 13, 1997
  • Culture

    February 20, 1997
  • News

    November 14, 1996

    Good Work If You Can Get It

    A New Orleans law firm paid $250,000 to a Houston topless dancer. Now it wants the money back.