Right now we feel like Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park. We could have told everyone this disaster was going to happen. Maybe not as quickly and drastically as it did, but with so many butterflies flapping their wings in Peking, plus what we witnessed when we worked there in college, it was inevitable ... More >>
We tend to forget that Houston Baptist University exists. We've never met anyone who went there, at least not that we know of. We're wondering - what's it like? Are they allowed to dance there? Is it like Baylor, but with better access to pill mills and Indian food? The Health Department visited b ... More >>
What better time than Memorial Day to remember Will Hogg, the man who founded Memorial Park? If that (and the Arboretum) was all Will Hogg gave Houston, that would rank as one of the grandest local legacies anyone has ever achieved. But Will Hogg did so much more. He founded and developed River Oa ... More >>
A writer and photographer are pressed into service on the field.
Facebook is great for a lot of things. It helps us keep in touch with family and friends without having to actually call them, allows us to play games in our browsers when we should be working, and helps us remember birthdays we'd forget. It allows me to be a hermit while giving the illusion that I ... More >>
The further one digs into the second edition of The Encyclopedia of Country Music, the deeper one's appreciation of the contributions of Houston's country-music pioneers becomes. Yeah, just check out the black circles under the eyes and drunk-ass grins on Leon Payne's band above. That photo alone sp ... More >>
After a slow month, the inspections have gotten comparatively dirtier. It was a dangerous week for dirty restaurants, a couple of which got stuck with citations. Late Nite Pie (302 Tuam) burned down six days after an inspection turned up seven violations. The violations were fairly routine, and inc ... More >>
Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we're going to try to organize an anti-SOPA fundraiser. Here's how it would go: the menu consists of SOPA-pillas, delicious Mexican batter envelopes served with honey and sugar. But seconds after your waiter brings you your SOPA-pill ... More >>
The Place: AvantGarden 411 Westheimer 832-519-1429 The Deals: $2 Lone Star and Shiner Draft, $3 well drinks, $4 bull blasters, $5 sangria The Hours: 4 to 8 p.m. weekdays The Scene: A patio near a bus stop off Westheimer in late June sounds like some kind of sticky diesel hell, but even at ... More >>
Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Bon Appetit: The big news this week, of course, was Andrew Knowlton's trip to H ... More >>
Fake weed's final freewheeling days
A lot of rappers establish street cred by talking about hittin' licks and sellin' rocks. Chingo Bling raps about slangin' tamales and hot sauce -- which is what brought him to the Southern Foodways Alliance annual symposium last weekend. Known as the Masa Messiah, or the Taquero Vaquero, or ... More >>
Readers take both sides.
Ask Justin Furstenfeld if he's really mentally ill and be prepared to ride the whirlwind.
It's been a while since I've posted in the Sole of Houston, and truth be told, ever since David Beebe moved to Marfa and I got a bike, we've kinda hung up our walking shoes. But that's just us. A guy named Brent Zius is picking up the slack. This Monday, Zius plans to walk an even longer st ... More >>
Our readers weigh in.
Tonight, Rocks Off will valiantly fend off the sleep fairies and attempt to hit up his first-ever Insane Clown Posse show. We don't know what to expect, but from what the Interwebs and close friends have been saying, nay pleading, to us we should be frightened and gird ourselves with smelling salts ... 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Each week when we write ... More >>
Photos by Katharine Shilcutt A contentious battle if there ever was one... Chicken fried steak (or CFS, for short) is up there in the great pantheon of Texas foods alongside cheese enchiladas, brisket and chili. But just because a food is inherently Texan doesn't mean you can always find i ... More >>
Readers have second oponions about the high cost of health care and Generation DIY
In May of 2007, we covered the travails (to date) of Doug Supernaw, the troubled Houston-bred one-time country music star. We just received word that the singer is in trouble again, this time in Utah.Two years ago, Supernaw was facing a bevy of charges including nonpayment of child support, driving ... More >>
Once called the Harlem of Houston, the Fifth Ward a.k.a. "The Nickel," was the center of black culture in the Bayou City back in the days before desegregation. In this week's Café review we visited two Fifth Ward institutions that carry on that neighborhood's proud culinary tradition. Meanwhile ... More >>
What a Turkey
Do you know what “Dopestick pimpin’ on the one-trick pony” means? I sure as Hell don’t either, but I like the sound of it. Where do these lovely words come from? From a little tune called “My Medicine,” performed by country music’s latest addition, Snoop Dogg. Yes, Snoop Dogg. Th ... More >>
As some of you may remember, I wrote about visiting the graves of southeast Texas music legends on Day of the Dead. Last Friday, Press music listings editor Brett Koshkin and I did just that. Or tried to, at least. The plan was to head up to Navasota’s Oakland / Resthaven cemetery, where both Ma ... More >>
Stages presents world premiere
We like it when our favorite musicians wax on. And on. And on. So fans of John Prine should love this extended interview with Prine, which, for spatial reasons, didn't make it into John Lomax's recent story. No peas for John, please John Lomax:I never knew this, but I saw that you were a big Rog ... More >>
The pork-and-hominy soup at Taqueria Mexico looks a little plain, until you dress it up
Los Skarnales are set to release a new full-length with a new lineup
Plus: Oliver Returns, Mary's Memories, No Yellow-Dog Democrat
Racket confronts his hatas at a show in his dishonor
Plus: Buck Rogers, Harvesting Knowledge, Star Pizza Resolve
How is a falling-apart Fifth Ward joint turning out the best burgers in town? Adrian's has history.
Find out what cowboys do when they're by themselves
John Lomax leaves the paper to pursue singing career after surprise debut
Twin Piques, Fed Up, Gerda's Grief
Scaling Green Mountain, Where Credit's Due, Horse-Whipped
Moby's muse knows what the people want