You can spell “Olajuwon” without looking, right?
A few weeks ago, I went online, found a stranger who can make North African food, and paid her and her husband to make dinner for me and a few friends. It's not as weird as it sounds. Alice and Carlos had created a profile on EatWith.com, a website that invites people to connect through dinner pa ... More >>
Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Not many could keep up wi ... More >>
Ready for another week of the SXSW Overflow Festival 2013 at Super Happy Fun Land? Check out the first half of the second week's musical acts! MONDAY, MARCH 18 Embers in Ashes: Their single, "Then You Came," connects a metallic, thrashing chorus to a surprising series of mildly sung verses. 6 p.m. ... More >>
It's reader request time around here, and this week's reader request was for a list of paleo-friendly restaurants around Houston. (See, you do love our lists. Yes you do.) Although I don't personally adhere to the paleo diet, many of my good friends do. Here's an explanation of the nutritional regi ... More >>
Actually, by the time you read this, that number will be closer to 90, but you get the point. SXSW, Austin's popular music, film and interactive festival, opened its arms to the public this past Friday. In an adjacent welcoming hug, Super Happy Fun Land, Houston's stuffed-animal-strewn East End ve ... More >>
The owner of the Thai Noodle House is in hot tom yum gai after he dropped some particularly heinous statements about the Sandy Hook shooting on his Facebook page. Eddie Nimibutr's rant about how no one cares about minorities being shot has made national headlines and the backlash has caused him to d ... More >>
BY CHRIS GRAY AND CORY GARCIA Of the dozens of electronic-music artists from all over the world playing Saturday's Something Wicked Festival at Sam Houston Race Park, the ones at "The Experiment" area bear should not be overlooked for one simple reason: They live here. Rewind: Rocks Off's Somethi ... More >>
If there's one thing we learned from the Bible, it's that Jesus loved high school football. Remember Galatians 2:34? "And yea, Christ the Savior sayeth unto the Jerusalem Central Serpents, 'We are Bethlehem West, we couldn't be prouder, and if thou didn't hear us, we shall shout a little louder!'"? ... More >>
Father and son Talmudic scholars grapple with each other and the truth in Footnote.
New Palestinian restaurant Al Aseel is turning out some wonderful roasted chicken.
Photos by Jeremy Parzen.Tomorrow night is the first night of Hanukkah. In the U.S., Ashkenazi Jews eat potato pancakes to celebrate the festival. Here and in other parts of the world, Sephardi Jews eat doughnuts.You don't need me to tell you why we eat fried foods for Hanukkah, the Jewish fes ... More >>
Brigitte Gabriel, coming to town.If you're wanting to hear a bigoted, pathetically overbroad stereotyping of a religion and a culture, what better place to go to than a church? First Baptist Church in Katy, to be exact. They're hosting a speech by Brigitte Gabriel, the rightwing ranter who's ... More >>
Don't believe the hype.Being a parent is tough, especially when the kids are toddler age or thereabouts. You're basically on 24-7 suicide watch while the little hobgoblins cram everything they find into their mouths and clamber to the top of the bookshelves, while at the same time you try to ... More >>
For all their similarities, teens separated by geography and culture can be very different, as these photos show.
Marc Israel Sellum/ Isreality.comThe opposites of life attract us, we've always believed. Time and time again, that philosophy proves itself right. It's why in high school, the Catholic school girls were the biggest freaks. No, that's not a myth. They were suffocated with religion or "right" ... More >>
Halloween night, while most Houstonians were busy trick or treating, a few gathered at Animal Farm Center in Cat Spring for a decadent afternoon and evening. Jason Kerr (a chef and an EOW contributor) was on hand to serve up food brought in fresh from local vendors, including produce harveste ... More >>
Off the beaten path, down a dirt road and out in the middle of nowhere, in Cat Springs, Texas, lies Animal Farm. I recently was invited out there for brunch by my longtime friend Gita Vanwoerden to scope out the location for an upcoming farm-to-table dinner called Under Autumn Skies. You ma ... More >>
Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to email@example.com. Here's part of a email ... More >>
Should Rice University's pending sale of KTRU to the University of Houston for use as a classical sister station to KUHF go through, Houston would lose one of its oldest sources of independent, over-the-air music programming. Having sat in KTRU's studio many times as a local artist telling th ... More >>
The three-mile stretch of avenue is Houston's place to be if you're young, white, single and ready to party. At least for now.
Films are once again being seen at the Alabama Theatre, thanks to Cinema Arts Festival Houston's H BOX by Portuguese architect/artist Dider Fiuza Faustino. A series of looped videos and short films are shown in the portable screening room (constructed from connecting panes of glass and alumin ... More >>
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Want some spiritual comfort, but not badly enough to get out of your car? Houston - where else? - has got you covered.The Christian non-denominational Succeed in Life Center near Shepherd and Tidwell has been offering drive-thru prayer service to members and non-members alike a couple of Saturdays a ... More >>
Cross-cultural comedians prove whats so funny about peace, love and understanding
Egyptians and Israelis forge an unlikely, and unsappy, bond in the desert
A poet so good, his boss couldnt take it
Handels fabled hero conquers Houston
Man, if life isn’t already FUBAR these days. You got a never-ending war going on, people kidnapping four-year olds, O.J Simpson going to jail and NOT staying, smoking bans… Leave it to Kiss’ Gene Simmons to lead us further down the evolutionary ladder. See, instead of sticking with reuniting ... More >>
No Reservations is sweet and savory fare. Without the foam
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Bill White steps into his own political spotlight
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Painter Vladimir Gorsky learned how to work the system in the Soviet Union for personal gain. He discovered that things operate much the same way in America.
You say you want a totally organic world?
Southern Baptists go on a not-so-kosher search to convert Jews to Christ
Iranian director Bahram Beizai lays bare his country's cinema