"I feel like I'm a mentally tough guy right now. I feel like I'm the right guy." -- Penn State head football coach Bill O'Brien on the day he was hired, 1/8/2013
Selecting the recipient of the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award for the best head coach of a given college football season has generally been a p ... More >>
Before you go to see Jiro Dreams of Sushi -- which you absolutely should, and at your earliest convenience before it leaves town on April 22 -- know one thing: This is not a movie about sushi.
One could be forgiven for thinking that it is. After all, there are roughly 100 shots -- many of them verg ... More >>
Christopher Hitchens is comingFor crissake, the Hyatt Regency downtown is going to be one godforsaken place next month.
Noted atheist Richard Dawkins had long been scheduled to appear at the Atheist Alliance of America/Texas Freethought Convention October 7-9, but now there's a special guest ... More >>
Anamaris Cousins PriceChampagne cocktailsI've lived in Houston for just over 20 years now and I still remember my first visit to Spindletop fondly. A friend took my sister and I out for drinks and dessert downtown. It was winter in Houston, which isn't all that cold unless you're visiting fr ... More >>
One block, big troublesFor a week or so -- and for the next three months -- drivers have been dealing with the closure of Smith Street between Franklin and Congress while TxDOT does some bridge repair.
One block: No big deal, right?
It turns out that block of Smith Street is apparently the ... More >>
Granted, it looks like pure death. But it's tasty!Poring over the short menu at the recently reopened Spindletop (1200 Louisiana, 713-654-1234) last week, something odd caught my eye. There, listed next to the cumin-rubbed rack of lamb, was a phrase I hadn't seen used in quite a long time: Me ... More >>
Yesterday, we spoke with Tony Mandola about his new restaurant opening in the spring, appropriately named Tony Mandola's (1212 Waugh). Today as we ask him about his recent award and how it really feels to be a Mandola.
Eating Our Words: Your wife, Phyllis, of course, is part of a big Housto ... More >>
As our Sean Pendergast ably points out, the Indianapolis Colts gave a big eff-you to the Houston Texans yesterday, dealing the locals' playoff chances a deathblow. (Technically, the Texans' playoff hopes are alive, but they're as alive as David Carr's Hall of Fame candidacy.)The Colts called off ... More >>
If you heard what sounded like a sonic boom this morning, it was the thunderclap of Hair Balls's head exploding. And why would that be?
Because one of the nation's biggest newspapers -- the daily for the fourth-largest city in the country -- allowed a columnist to print the bizarre evangelic ... More >>
Pixie Vision PhotographyAmanda Palmer is exhausted. Slouched in a dining room booth at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Austin, she arrived Tuesday night after an Australian tour and has already performed once this afternoon. The 17-hour time difference between Oz and Texas has left her jet-lagged, but sh ... More >>