Joe V's Smart Shop is a Houston-based offshoot of one of the state's most successful brands, H.E.B., aka the H.E. Butt Grocery Company. Or, as it's known in my home, The Butt. If you're a fan of The Butt -- and really, who isn't? -- you know why it's an awesome place to shop. I don't know about you, ... More >>
This time last year, Danielle Bradbery was a 16-year-old student at Cy Ranch High School who loved dancing and riding horses and hadn't done much singing outside her own bedroom. Then her family entered her into the Dallas auditions for NBC's high-rated singing show The Voice -- without asking her f ... More >>
A look at the Houston "music scene" of the early 20th century.
Note: This is a two-part series that timelines through bits of the first century of Houston's nightlife until about the start what was found to be Houston's oldest running bar. For the first century since Houston's birth in 1837, happenings of music and revelry were advertised word-of-mouth. Music ... More >>
Performers from New Orleans to Zimbabwe enliven this year's Brazilian-themed Houston International Festival.
Cooler temperatures mean that the City Hall Farmers Market is open once again and that more Houstonians will be heading out to enjoy the many other excellent farmers' markets across the city. Each week, we'll be spotlighting a produce pick from the Urban Harvest network of farmers' markets by showin ... More >>
Step right up, folks: Passion, deceit, money, lots of money, double dealing and a mayor with more flip-flops in her than a Cirque du Soleil acrobat!
Steve JansenYesterday's scene in front of Houston City Hall.There are a bunch of folks in Heights South, Woodland Heights and Glenbrook Valley seriously P.O.'d about what they're calling a classic "bait-and-switch" technique pulled by the City of Houston. Today about 50 of them (which dwindl ... More >>
courtesy of Maria RomoSteven Castro will be remembered Sunday night.It was a little after 2 a.m. when Steven Castro walked out of an east Houston night club and into the parking lot. Suddenly, a fight broke out. Some of the people involved were armed. And when it was all over, Castro lay dead, mu ... More >>
Go to Ireland and back again, without leaving downtown Houston
Hundreds of people gathered on the steps of Houston City Hall this afternoon to protest the passing of Proposition 8, California's constitutional amendment taking away the right to marry for same-sex couples. Along with the passing of other anti-gay measures across the nation, Prop. 8 made November ... More >>
Houston has a new acronym -- AGDs, or Attention-Getting Devices. These are the inflatable gorillas, dogs, whatevers that festoon car dealerships and cel-phone stores all over town, because apparently drivers slam on the brakes and put down $20K on a car if they see a big blue gorilla. The City Cou ... More >>
Democrats sift pre-election portents for the answer
The commissioner's race that could break the county mold
A port commission opening fuels a three-way Hispanic fight
Dr. Shelley's new operating room reveals the worst and best of a City Council under term limits
A new Houston voting bloc reaches toward empowerment
Thousands of missing FBI documents in the Timothy McVeigh case? It comes as no surprise to the survivors of Operation Lightning Strike.
Sick of Mayor Brown? Turned off by everyone else around? Try these alternatives for 2003.
Lester Tyra's short reign as chief of the Houston Fire Department has been filled with controversy. Can he quench the flames fast enough to save his job?
"Unschoolers" like Holly Furgason don't believe in public education. They don't even believe in teachers. They believe in the ability of their children to teach themselves. Will the law catch up with them?
Judging by the idle chatter of Hotel Six politicos, the moral barometer at City Hall is in free fall
Rick's CEO Robert Watters wants to make sexually oriented businesses respectable. So why, in his adopted hometown, does he get no respect?
The head feds in the City Hall sting are known for their pursuit of minority politicians