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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The Raid 2 offers more, more, argh.
The best movies this year that you had a chance to see.
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 >>
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 >>
A glimpse of this year's most bracing films.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Some suggestions from us.
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 >>
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 >>
Stars in Indonesia, Houston rockers VerseCity hope their new album catches them up at home.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Kym O'DonnellRocks 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 >>
Ground nutmeg: KILL IT WITH FIREJust 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 >>
Photo by Micah TaylorIf 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 >>
Don't miss this Chinese restaurant on Bellaire near Highway 6 — just don't order the Chinese food.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
A nondescript noodle shop on Bellaire is serving some of the best Indonesian food in the U.S.A.
Full pads, full contact, no slackers allowed
Yanti's Indonesian food takes you back to the plantation
The Menil Collection gets "Deep"
Shortwave radio: Where the lunatic fringe lives, breathes and flourishes
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Taurian Piercing and Metals
Matahari Restaurant and Bar
Where the games are good, everybody knows the story of Dwayne Rogers, and everybody wonders: Why is he still an amateur?
Bruce Brown goes back to the beach to hang ten, again