It seems the Texas education system is still nursing a hangover from the State Board of Education's raucous culture-warrior party days. Hell, it's possible they're still drunk. A while back in 2009 members of the SBOE tried to cut the actual science from the state's science standards (namely, Darwin ... More >>
John Egan The Big Easy, July 28 Give John Egan credit for taking chances. The longtime solo Houston bluesman's new album, Amulet, is in some respects the polar opposite of its 2012 predecessor, Phantoms. Besides bringing in a few side musicians and respected Americana producer R.S. Field (Billy Joe ... More >>
His last name may be a little challenging to pronounce correctly, but chef Roy Shvartzapel of Common Bond is practically a Houston native. After traveling the world and working in some of the most renowned restaurants, he came back home to open the wildly successful, upper-crust bakery at Westheimer ... More >>
Next up in the Landry's Summer Chef Series is executive chef Ryan Braden of Brenner's Steakhouse on the Bayou. On Wednesday, July 16, beginning at 7 p.m., Braden will serve guests a five-course dinner with wine pairings for $95 per person. The meal kicks off with an heirloom tomato confit paired wit ... More >>
Two weeks ago, I highlighted some of my favorite relatively unknown restaurants in Chinatown for your eating pleasure. There are so many spots there, it was hard to narrow it down to just five, but before I revisit even more delicious and authentic hole-in-the-wall eateries on Bellaire Boulevard, I ... More >>
Tucked away in a small strip center at Hillcroft and Braeswood is the Russian General Store, an unassuming shop that looks small from the outside, but contains a multitude of treasures on the inside. From the moment you walk in, you'll hear Russian being spoken. In fact, there's a good chance that ... More >>
Critics say the common cat surgery is painful and can lead to other problems.
Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, 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 the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Richard Ramirez is one of Houston's fi ... More >>
My first true SXSW with the Houston Press and Rocks Off was way back in March 2008, when I was given a wristband to explore/maraud Austin looking for trouble and new bands. This was a time when Justice and MSTRKRFT were what would be called EDM now, and Israel's Monotonix was flipping every wig in t ... More >>
Today is the 10th anniversary of the explosion of the space shuttle Columbia, which blew apart as it was gliding across Texas to a Florida landing. All seven crew members died, and Texans were poking around the Piney Woods for weeks looking for debris. NASA is keeping a low profile for the anniver ... More >>
One of the more frequent questions I'm asked these days is where to find good gluten-free food. And when GF folks ask this question, they're looking for more than an answer of, "Oh, any place that serves vegetables and meat. Can't you figure out your own dietary restrictions?" No; they're looking f ... More >>
Steve Earle & the Dukes, The Mastersons Stafford Centre for the Performing Arts April 25, 2012 After three decades of music, mischief and critical accolades, it might come as a surprise to some to find Steve Earle performing at the relatively out-of-the-way (by Inner Loop standards) Centre for the ... More >>
How Spring Break '89 stayed with me
Ronald and Nancy Reagan face the consequences.Making tough decisions is what being a president is all about. But sometimes those decisions backfire. Sometimes the backfire hurts only the president who made the decision; sometimes it hurts a whole lot of other people. Here are five most disas ... More >>
At Skewers, you can smoke, drink and eat classic Lebanese food.
Louis-Auguste BissonToday is Fredric Chopin's 201st birthday, although some sources claim he was actually born on February 22. Chopin's incredible nocturnes, pale complexion, consumption, and melancholy outlook have more than once prompted Rocks Off to christen him the Original Goth. He rema ... More >>
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 >>
Who says Houston has bad shawarma?
Back with an update but the same sensibility, Todd Solondz returns with Life During Wartime.
Next Saturday, Houston will be hosting a home-grown festival unlike any other the city has seen. The Wine Conference will bring together an assortment of food and wine personalities -- both national and local -- along with a high-tech twist that's due in large part to its founder, Geri Druckm ... More >>
Photographer Norman Gershman sheds some light on an often overlooked bit of history
Four exhibits at Lawndale Art Center close this Saturday including "Washington Avenue: Forgotten to Gentrified," a photo exhibit by Robert Sennhauser that looks at the near-downtown neighborhood and the changes it's currently undergoing. Among the highlights of the exhibit are Sennhauser's taped int ... More >>
NOFX Backstage Passport DVD www.nofx.orgFew bands in punk rock have lasted as long as the San Francisco-based NOFX. And even far fewer have stayed as relatively tight-knit a crew as Fat Mike and the boys. After 25 years of co-existence, most pop-punk bands of NOFX's ilk and age have already shuffled ... More >>
Choreographer Ohad Naharin takes dancers beyond the mirror
A methodical look at how and why we torture
A comedian makes cracks about his own discomfort
With the terrorism plot in London just upon us in real life, it seems that bestselling thriller writer Daniel Silva could not have picked a better time for the release of his latest book, The Secret Servant. Because it is in London that this story reaches its high point, in an England that as the ma ... More >>
A picture of our critics' opinions on local exhibits
FotoFest takes on "The Earth"
Imagining a "Hedonistic" utopia
Are Houston cops trying to make up for lost revenue?
Let's see with the last installment of our guilty-pleasures project
The Arab world seen from within and without
How Joe Sacco learned to stop worrying and love war
The feds Spy something that begins with X
dos chicas theater commune believes if you perform it, they will come
What's the statute of limitations for rip-n-read violations?
Hispanics search for the origins of their unique faith that fuses Jewish tradition with the celebration of Christ
A horse trailer turned taqueria gets corralled in Montrose
The Reverend Jeffrey Eernisse preaches the gospel of divine comedy
The nice Jewish boy of my mom's dreams-for a hundred bucks?
Pianist Orli Shaham rides the crest of classical's new wave
April 30 - May 6, 1998
Why would the U.S. ship dozens of snowmobiles to the Caribbean?