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  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Texas Lifeguards Are Still Taught Potentially Harmful Technique

    So it's one of those gorgeous Houston July days where it's 98 degrees and 1,000 percent humidity, and your kid wants to go to the public pool with his friends. An hour later, he's in the deep end with a charley horse, succumbing to panic. A few seconds later, he's officially drowning. On the left s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Houston Bands Have Cancer Covered at Fitz Benefit Show

    Houston may be home to ten trillion tribute bands aping everybody from Pat Benatar to Pantera, but even with not one, but twoConcert Pubs giving the people what they want on a weekly basis, there's not a lot of opportunity out there to hear a local group covering more offbeat acts like Air or Nile R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    Cops Set to Formally Charge Man in SXSW Fatal Crash

    As they say, the show must go on, but this year's SXSW has been marred by a tragic motor vehicle crash that's left two people dead, two in critical condition, and three more in serious condition, according to Jennifer Herber of the Austin Police department. Twenty-five people in total were hit when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Burger Month, Tapioca Pudding Dessert Specials & More

    On Sunday, July 14, chef Hugo Ortega of Hugo's will join Kata Robata chef Manabu Horiuchi during the Umami Dinner event at Kata Robata. Both chefs have teamed up to create a nine-course menu paired with wine and beverages from Kata Robata's beverage director, Steven Salazar, and Backstreet Cafe's so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2013

    Gritty Local Bands Plug In For Superstorm Sandy Relief

    The Journey Agents, Knights of the Fire Kingdom, etc. Dean's and Notsuoh January 20, 2013 It's only been since October, but Hurricane Sandy already kind of feels like it happened forever ago. Hell, we've weathered a fiscal cliff, a school shooting and a Texans playoff loss since then. The news crew ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Finally -- an Interactive Exhibit of Third World Poverty!

    Screw Disneyworld: this year, Hair Balls is forgoing the traditional theme park experience to explore the sights and sounds of abject third world poverty at Houston Baptist University November 14-17. Yep, that's right: a traveling interactive exhibit by Compassion International, which touts itself ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    John Callen Jr.: Cypress Dealer With 14 Kilos Of Coke, 1 Kilo Of Heroin & 14 Weed Plants: "I Deserve Mercy"

    A former Cypress resident with an impressive drug-trafficking business told a judge at his sentencing "I deserve mercy," but got more than 15 years in prison. John Callen Jr., 52, moved to Michigan after a 2003 raid at what prosecutors called his "upscale Cypress home," but eventually pleaded guilt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    The Roots Of Jimbo Mathus: From Charley Patton To Charlie Parker

    Jimbo Mathus's latest work, Confederate Buddha, was easily one of the most overlooked roots albums of 2011. Don't worry, we sort of slept through it too, but that just means you can make up for that with us by checking him out Saturday night at the Continental Club, with opening act Shinyribs. You ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Last Night: Canned Acoustica III At Warehouse Live

    Deep Ella​Canned Acoustica III Warehouse Live Green Room May 26- 2011 How do you soundtrack a good cause? Why, yes, with a good dose of what our friend Haj calls "folksy acoustic stuff." There was plenty on display Thursday at Canned Acoustica III, a homegrown charity event which spotlights l ... More >>

  • Music

    May 26, 2011
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    May 26, 2011
  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Photo by GroovehouseThe lawn at the Menil will be the place to be this Saturday.​First things first: The 2011 Burger Bracket Championship is on like Donkey Kong this coming Monday, April 4, at Lucky's Pub. The first 100 people there before 6 p.m. will receive a ticket and a judging token and w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Sprinkles' Efforts to Help Japan

    ​With the recent disasters that have occurred in Japan, we're all looking for a way to help out however we can. There are numerous benefits and texting campaigns that have successfully raised money for relief efforts. Today Sprinkles Cupcakes is selling Red Cross Red Velvet cupcakes to ben ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Turning The Screw: All the Way, Z-Ro, Devin, Lil' O, UGK, Nicki Minaj, Ras Kass, Lil Wayne, Beyonce, Dre, Aziz Ansari, Wu-Massacre and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "Bring The Kush Back Freestyle," ATW Attn: Houston's Underground Rappers: You are on notice. These two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    Another Way to Help Haiti... "Don't Change" a Thing

    Even though it misrepresents a bunch of funky Australian pub-rockers as a New Wave band, "Don't Change," from 1982's Shabooh Shoobah, broke INXS on U.S. college radio long before "What You Need" or "Need You Tonight." It's always been one of Rocks Off's favorites, from a group that has given us man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Second Haitian Relief Concert at Warehouse Live This Week Scheduled for Friday

    ​ On the heels of Bun B's all-star (if borderline interminable) "Houston 4 Haiti" relief concert at Warehouse Live Monday night that reportedly raised in the neighborhood of $10,000, the venue will open its doors - albeit in the smaller studio room - for another benefit Friday night starring f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    Adobo Hoedown: Filipino Food For a Charitable Cause

    Photo by Katharine ShilcuttFilipino pastries from Godo's​When Typoon Ketsana hit the Philippines on September 25, it was the worst weather-related disaster the country and its capital city of Manila had seen in decades. Severe flooding caused an evacuation of an enormous portion of the city, displ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    Questions Continue To Rise About Houston-Based Lifeguard Program

    Photo by Todd SpivakJohn Hunsucker​John Hunsucker is not a medical doctor. This is one of the first points his many critics tend to make.They make it because Hunsucker, who runs Houston-based NASCO (National Aquatic Safety Company), the third-largest lifeguard training organization in the nation, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 20, 2009

    Josh Neufeld

    Josh Neufeld's Katrina comic isn't kid stuff

  • Calendar

    July 9, 2009

    James Rollins/David Morrell

    Two of today’s best thriller writers share the Murder by the Book stage

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    Enough With The Rain Already (Updated 11 am)

    Messy, messy morning, as you probably have realized.The west side of town got pummeled with up to a foot of rain; some homes have flooded.Commuting is a nightmare: Frontage roads are flooded, people are going the wrong way down streets to escape. We hear that getting in from Fort Bend on 90A is espe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2008

    Number Of "Missing" Ike Victims May Be Cut In Half

    The list of folks who remain missing after Ike still numbers nearly 300 more than a week after Hair Balls reported on it, but the picture may get brighter by the day’s end. That list – the most troubling aspect of which is the scattered entries of missing persons with single-digit ages – may ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2008

    Con Artists Head To The Red Cross Shelters

    No self-respecting scam artist is going to let a little thing like a hurricane keep him from his career. In fact, a hurricane can become a hurri-can for a dedicated con artist. Of course, it also helps if you don't get caught. Harris County DA Kenneth Magidson says two men have been arrested for i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2008

    The Worrisome List Of The Missing

    The Friendswood-based non-profit The Laura Recovery Center has set up an online clearinghouse/utility page for missing persons and their loved ones. The public can both scan their list of missing people and download materials to make flyers for people they need to locate. The Laura Recovery Center ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2008

    Unlucky Pasadenans Arrive At The George R. Brown

    Red Cross and FEMA workers seem about ready to be finished with shelter operations at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Earlier this afternoon, officers with the Houston Police Department arrested one man at the site and were on the verge of putting another man – possibly drunk – in handcuf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2008

    More Bad News For HPD

    The District Attorney’s office is on an HPD roll – another officer has been indicted. This time it’s HPD Officer Nedra Hall and she’s up on felony charges of aggravated perjury. Seems Hall wasn’t quite truthful – allegedly, allegedly – during the investigation of two other officers, ... More >>

  • News

    October 11, 2007

    Fighting for Air: Drowning and the Heimlich Maneuver

    Most doctors say the Heimlich maneuver should not be used to save drowning victims. So why does UH professor John Hunsucker continue to teach it to lifeguards?

  • Music

    May 11, 2006

    Primary Season

    Check out some of the new candidates for this year's Houston Press Music Awards

  • Film

    March 30, 2006

    Puff Piece

    Thank You for Smoking's satire falls short of incendiary

  • Culture

    October 6, 2005

    Keepin' On

    New Orleans artists find refuge -- and studios -- in Houston

  • Calendar

    September 29, 2005

    Think Pink

    Run over cancer at the Komen Houston Race for the Cure

  • News

    September 22, 2005

    No Help Wanted

    Report a terror threat at your own risk

  • Music

    September 8, 2005

    Welcome, Neighbors

    Houston's music community responds to an unprecedented influx of talent

  • Calendar

    September 8, 2005

    Stylish Scavenging

    Troll for art at the Downtown Stomp Around

  • News

    September 8, 2005

    Katrina & The Waves

    Houston gets hit with its own hurricane surge

  • Calendar

    March 31, 2005
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    February 17, 2005

    Femmes Fatales

    The fun is freaky -- and free -- with the Ladies of the Night

  • Music

    January 27, 2005

    Jammin' on the Sabbath

    If the Sunday-afternoon concert series isn't enough, there are still 10,000 free reasons to go to the Space Place

  • Calendar

    January 27, 2005

    Pole Position

    Stages Repertory Theatre debuts a hilarious ethnic Joke

  • News

    March 4, 2004

    Charity Cases

    Nonprofits chase the younger set in the search for new blood

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Nonprofit

    American Red Cross, Greater Houston Chapter

  • Calendar

    April 24, 2003
  • News

    December 19, 2002

    Letter Perfect

    A Sudanese refugee gets the best holiday greetings: Her family is safe

  • News

    August 9, 2001

    Way Out There

    A new TV news operation is coming to Houston. More or less.

  • News

    July 5, 2001

    Fingered by the Flood

    Consumers complain about exploitation from Allison

  • Film

    February 10, 2000

    Reel Worlds

    Houston mines international gold with the Pan-Cultural Film Festival

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    April 8, 1999
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    December 11, 1997
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    October 30, 1997
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    February 15, 1996
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