• Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Six Types of People You Might Meet at a Guitar Store

    Any guitar player will occasionally venture into a guitar shop or musical-supply store that specializes in guitars. They can be wonderlands to anyone who likes to play guitar and wants to see firsthand what kind of gear is available. Like a comic-book store is a playground for comic fans, a guitar s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2014

    The Music Films of Houston Cinema Arts Fest 2014

    Music-related films only make up about ten percent of the program of this year's Houston Cinema Arts Festival, or five out of almost 50 films in all. But those five -- about far-flung subjects ranging from Indonesian street musicians, graffiti-strewn subway trains (set to a killer soundtrack), a Hou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Rock Survivor Glenn Hughes: "The Kids Went Apeshit!"

    Legendary rocker Glenn Hughes is on the phone, ostensibly to talk about California Breed. It's the new band he has with drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Andrew Watt and who have just released a loud, crunchy, self-titled debut CD. But before he gets to that his rapid-fire mouth has something he wa ... More >>

  • Film

    March 27, 2014

    Mass(acre) Appeal

    The Raid 2 offers more, more, argh.

  • Articles

    March 20, 2014
  • Film

    December 19, 2013

    The Year in Movies 2013: Top 10 Movies, Houston Style

    The best movies this year that you had a chance to see.

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    "Asian Girlz" Is For Real Racist, Also Flat-Out Terrible

    In today's "things that should never exist, ever" file, we bring you one overtly racist song that is making the rounds. It's a real winner, with its lyrics about the beauty of an Asian girl's "creamy yellow thighs," "slanted eyes," "fried rice" and, well, "butt-fucking all night." Yeah. Those are li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    Ole Henriksen Promises to Give Your Eyes a Lift as the World is Coming to an End

    That damn Mayan calendar prophecy was bad enough when it was just the world exploding or being swallowed by a black hole or whatever. But, when Ole Henriksen, maker of fine rejuvenating eye care products (and name for Ikea entertainment centers), among other things, discovered that December 21 was a ... More >>

  • Film

    September 20, 2012

    Meet The Monsters of TIFF

    A glimpse of this year's most bracing films.

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    May 10, 2012
  • Culture

    February 23, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Top 5 Amusing Food-Related Entries From Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

    During a recent trip across the pond, I visited the life residence of Samuel Johnson, a charming four-story house-turned-museum in south London. I'd recently read Johnson's A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland, but was fuzzy on his most famous work, the Dictionary of the English Language, pu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Google Auto-Complete Answers: Why Are My Pants...

    All good questions.​Randomly typing the start to questions into Google launches a whole host of weirdness that changes depending upon the searches people type into the search engine giant. Not only are they often interesting, but down right strange? I've been sampling this phenomenon lately a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    Top 5 Worst Foods To Take to the Gym

    As a self-confessed "gym rat," I have come to appreciate my fellow patrons who exercise good sense, especially with regards to food and drink in the workout areas. There is no explicit rule banning, say, eating limberger cheese, in the aerobic studio but (most) people at my facility understand witho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Invasive Black Tiger Shrimp On the Rise in the Gulf of Mexico

    Black tiger shrimp are monsters, the kind of creatures that make you think that maybe "jumbo shrimp" isn't such an oxymoron after all. The distinctive black-and-orange-striped shrimp can grow to more than a foot in length and over a pound in weight. And according to the Galveston Daily News, they're ... More >>

  • News

    December 8, 2011

    Joel Osteen's Reality Show

    Some suggestions from us.

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2011

    Anal Exceus, Shi'tia Alford: More of the Best Names We've Found In Harris County Records

    Every now and then, Hair Balls reports the oddest, funniest, and most puzzling names we come across in Harris County official records -- usually but not always the crime reports. As always, a couple of disclaimers are in order. Not all, indeed not necessarily any, of these people were convicted of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Yao Ming and the Fight Against Shark Fin Soup

    Will Yao Ming's star power be enough to save an endangered species?​As beloved as Yao Ming is to Houstonians, it's no match for the affection held for him in China. And the former Rockets basketball player is hoping that his high profile in his native country will encourage his fellow countrym ... More >>

  • Music

    September 8, 2011

    Hybrid Theory

    Stars in Indonesia, Houston rockers VerseCity hope their new album catches them up at home.

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Deep Purple Rises, Repeatedly, From Its Own Hard-Rock Ashes

    ​Deep Purple Phoenix Rising Eagle Vision, $14.98 DVD, $19.98 DVD/CD, 142 mins. Deep Purple has been through so many different lineups that fans and hard-rock historians often measure then in "marks," abbreviated "Mk." While Purple's Mk II incarnation is the one casual fans remember most and h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Build-A-Bar: Batavia Arrack

    Batavia Arrack. Not to be confused with other Araks.​I'll come right out and admit that I still haven't fully wrapped my head around Batavia Arrack. I've been trying for a few weeks, and its essential character still eludes me. One night, a sip of the stuff tastes like dark rum mixed with the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Tempeh

    ​What is it? Due to my self-imposed hiatus on all things derived from animal products (for Lent), I'm in previously uncharted territory when it comes to cooking and eating. One fateful discovery making my journey much more enjoyable is tempeh, a fermented soybean cake that originated in Indo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    30 Seconds With Gen, Genitorturers' No. 1 AC/DC Fan

    Kym O'Donnell​Rocks Off has been a big fan of the Genitorturers ever since we saw a bumper sticker that read, "My honor student got sodomized at the Genitorturers show!" We sat down with Gen, the lead singer of the long-running industrial band to see what we could learn about her in 30 seconds ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    National Recall Includes Whole Foods-Brand Nutmeg

    Ground nutmeg: KILL IT WITH FIRE​Just in time for the Christmas holidays, nutmeg has been recalled. Unlike the seasonally inopportune great canned pumpkin shortage of November 2009, nutmeg will be scarce for at least a little while thanks to a potential salmonella contamination. And trust me o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    Photo by Micah Taylor​If you're a lady who loves lager, there's a new(ish) club in town for you: Texas Girls' Pint Out is a group of hardcore beer nerds and geeks -- labels which they bear proudly -- who also happen to be women. They're in the process of organizing all manner of events for the ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 24, 2009

    Remarkable Rendang

    Don't miss this Chinese restaurant on Bellaire near Highway 6 — just don't order the Chinese food.

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2009

    Chef Chat: Jonathan Jones of Beaver's

    Former chef for Max's Wine Dive and head honcho at Beaver's (2310 Decatur Street), Jonathan Jones is a gastropub's irreverent dream and tweet-a-holic who wants you to "get your tails to the Beaver." How do you feel about being associated with comfort food? I'm fine with being known for grass root ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2009

    Saudi National Charged With Not Telling Feds He Intended To Make A Virtual Prisoner Of His Maid

    A citizen of Saudi Arabia has been charged by the feds here for lying to obtain a visa for an employee.What's so bad about that? Well, the lie was that he told visa officials he was bringing the woman over here to be domestic help at $1,300 a month at eight hours a day six days a week, but instead, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Jackfruit Season Is Here Again!

    Last year, when Saveur editor James Oseland was in town, I took him to Hong Kong City Mall. Oseland lived in Indonesia for a long time, and he was thrilled to see ripe jackfruit on sale. Jackfruit have been cultivated in Asia for more than 6,000 years and are highly prized in Indonesia. Late spring ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 18, 2009

    Under the Sea 3D

    Web exclusive!

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Rambutan: The Hairy Fruit

    Rambutan is a tropical fruit native to Indonesia and the Phillipines that we seldom see on the mainland. The name either means "hairy" in Indonesian, or "weird hairy red pods from an alien life form," I forget which. It sure tastes good though. When you cut the hairy pod open there's a white fruit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2008
  • Dining

    March 20, 2008

    Great Gado Gado at Noodle House 88

    A nondescript noodle shop on Bellaire is serving some of the best Indonesian food in the U.S.A.

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2007
  • News

    November 9, 2006

    Tough Guys

    Full pads, full contact, no slackers allowed

  • Calendar

    August 18, 2005
  • Dining

    April 21, 2005

    Krupuk, Sambal and Heineken

    Yanti's Indonesian food takes you back to the plantation

  • Calendar

    January 27, 2005

    Black Like Me

    The Menil Collection gets "Deep"

  • Calendar

    January 20, 2005
  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
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    June 10, 2004
  • Music

    June 19, 2003

    Waves of Fascination

    Shortwave radio: Where the lunatic fringe lives, breathes and flourishes

  • News

    August 15, 2002

    At What Price?

    Plus: So-So What, Right with Wong, Love Lessons

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Body Piercing

    Taurian Piercing and Metals

  • Dining

    September 21, 2000

    The Spy Who Loved Meat

    Matahari Restaurant and Bar

  • News

    October 28, 1999
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    October 7, 1999
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    August 14, 1997

    The Legend

    Where the games are good, everybody knows the story of Dwayne Rogers, and everybody wonders: Why is he still an amateur?

  • Film

    June 16, 1994

    Surfing Safari

    Bruce Brown goes back to the beach to hang ten, again

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