Houston Ballet mounts Stanton Welch's sumptuous first full-length ballet.
"As artists, it's like we have the responsibility to paint a certain picture of our own lifestyles. It's almost not allowed to be like, 'Man, my life sucks. I'm sad about this or that.'" -- One Hunnidt Three days ago, my fuel pump went out. Now, were I in Houston when it happened, it would have onl ... More >>
Each week, we will profile an esteemed member of the local media and ask them five questions, for better or worse. Name: Adam Clanton Employer: KPRC-TV Channel 2 Title: Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter/Producer With so many local sports personalities hailing from up north -- we have more than our fa ... More >>
Today, March 2, is Texas Independence Day, the day a bunch of old white politicians and landowners declared this part of the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas to be its own sovereign republic in a cabin near Washington-on-the-Brazos. For some inexplicable reason, Rocks Off does not have the day off ... More >>
NASA: If only there was a movie about a two-sun planet....NASA officials hyped a press conference yesterday about a new discovery via the way they know best: Trot out the Star Wars references. People connected with the movie and SFX gurus Industrial Light & Magic were on the panel to discuss ... More >>
Sherell Baldwin: had hopes of being America's Next Top Model.Police have identified the woman who was found beaten and burned to death shortly before midnight June 16. Sherell Nicole Baldwin, 24, was in her third trimester of pregnancy and had come to Houston from her Huntsville home June 15 ... More >>
TDCJ: Who's guarding the guards?A Texas Department of Criminal Justice guard has been arrested and charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute. Alejandro Smith, 21, worked in Huntsville's Eastham Unit; police got a tip that he was "providing contraband to prisoners," the U.S. ... More >>
Jason BargasMonday morning found me in Conroe helping out a friend, which meant that I was outside of my comfort zone of Inner Loop luncheries. My web search sorcery pointed me to McKenzie's Barbeque. The McKenzie family birthed the restaurant in Huntsville in 1992, with the Frazier Road lo ... More >>
We scoured the Internet, like we do for at least nine hours a day, for an excuse to embed Scorsese clips into one, organized blog post. Lucky for us, we found that timeliness was applicable: the 35th anniversary edition of Taxi Driver is out on Blu-Ray! We'll probably stick to our used copy t ... More >>
Does Cleve Foster deserve a death at least as humane as that of a lizard? The ACLU thinks so.The pets of those on death row would be treated more humanely than their owners, if the animals were sitting in the execution chamber instead of them. According to a report released by the American C ... More >>
Paul Broussard's killer, up for parole, may not be model prisoner.
Faith SilvaIt may be Wetback Wednesday at some bar in Huntsville, but in H-Town the first Wednesday of every month has become Honky Tonk Wednesday, when the lineup for those interested in gettin' their tonk on is stout as a garlic milkshake. Boot heels will be dragged, belt buckles will be p ... More >>
Texas doesn't make rookie mistakes when it comes to the death penaltyThe Arizona Republic reports today that a planned execution in Ohio almost had to delay a recent execution because of a shortage of thiopental sodium, the drug used for lethal injections. Arizona, it said, might be unable to do ... More >>
'90s alt-rockers Toad the Wet Sprocket, playing House of Blues tomorrow night, may be an established act now, but back on the heels of their second album, 1990's Pale, the Santa Barbara, Calif.-based quartet had to take their lumps just like everyone else who has ever left the practice sp ... More >>
See that my grave is kept clean...and sell the dirt!Digging up someone's grave and stealing whatever's down there isn't legal, but what about the dirt laying over the grave or next to a headstone? Is it against the law to take home a scoop or two? And what if the person is somewhat famous? Should ... More >>
When the pot, meth, Ecstasy and tobacco just won't cut itWhen you think about it, anytime you try to get a toolbox delivered to a prison, you're going to raise some suspicion. You'd have to figure the authorities aren't just going to carry it down to Cellblock D and say "Here you go, here's the f ... More >>
Photo by Bruce BennettAshtyn Sonner, Michael McClure and Garret StormsWhat Ashtyn Sonner likes about playing drama queen Diwata in Speech & Debate now playing to all-round good reviews at Stages Repertory Theatre is that it "nice to see someone dealing with the issues we're actually dealing w ... More >>
Last week Rocks Off was mindlessly trolling the Interweb when we stumbled upon a site solely dedicated to animal fights. No, not the awful kind that say, Michael Vick would have been found at a couple of years ago. This site, Wild Animal Fight Club, trafficks in speculative death matches like kom ... More >>
A man convicted of rape in 1987, based largely on questionable HPD crime lab data, and sentenced to life in prison is expected to be released on bond Thursday, according to the Harris County District Attorney's Office. Recent DNA test results show "discrepancies between the new tests and evidence p ... More >>
Anyone fortunate to be listening to "The Michael Berry" on KTRH 740 AM this past Friday night got to hear about an hour's worth of girl talk. No, Berry didn't change formats and start expressing his feminine side underneath his good ol' boy former city council member tandoori-chomping image. What we ... More >>
After sticking another inmate with a shiv in the showers, there’s nothing better than a tepid cup of apple wine and a smoke. Unfortunately, TDCJ banned all tobacco products in 1994, making it that much more difficult for a prisoner to relax after a hard day of rec-yard baseball or gang rape. ... More >>
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Saturday, March 27
A Scottish mystery novelist steps out of the drawing room
Let's do like the Texans and punk Dallas
Thousands of inmates rely annually on a capricious parole board for their freedom. Most, like George Dismukes, return to their cells without ever knowing why they were denied.
Complaints question the tactics of educational computer marketers
For 13 hours, guard Jeanette Bledsoe wondered if she would see one more murder inside prison walls -- her own. Now she wants to make sure TDCJ protects those who protect us from society's rejects.
A talented escape artist and con man gets more prison time. Will he serve it?
Technology has changed the nature of barbecue. But deep in the heart of Texas, a few true artists still cling to the old ways. We go in search of greater Houston's greatest pits.
He wouldn't eat it, so they did!
Will proposed media rules stifle coverage of convicts facing execution?
Space cadets of Man or Astro-man? go to great depths to maintain a gimmick
If you think your HMO is bad, check out what Texas has created for its prison inmates
Since his death, teenage inmate Rodney Hulin has become a national symbol of why it's wrong to send juveniles to adult prisons. His true story, though, paints a different kind of troubling picture.
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