• Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    10 Big Changes at the 2014 Gathering of the Juggalos

    Note: this weekend our colleagues at St. Louis' Riverfront Times are risking life and limb to cover the 2014 Gathering of the Juggalos outside Thornville, Ohio. This article was written by Daniel Hill and Drew Ailes. After a seven-year stint at Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, the Gathering of the Juggalos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Married, Sort Of: The Legal Limbo of Being Gay and Married in Texas

    Jenn and Lizzie Wigle are wandering the halls of a bridal expo, searching more for ideas than products or services. Eventually they visit three of the events, looking at dresses, invitations, cake decorators and all the other trappings of the $40-billion-a-year American wedding industry. Most of t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 10, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Napalm Death's Barney Greenway on Thatcher, Nostalgia and the Pursuit of Happiness

    Most of the people who pass Mark "Barney" Greenway in the street every day almost certainly have no idea what the man does for a living. His sensible haircut, unassuming demeanor and soft-spoken Birmingham accent betray nothing of his status as one of the most ferocious and accomplished voices in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    About the Central Asian Link to those Boston Bombers

    This might be a bit redundant, seeing as the readership at Hair Balls -- unlike, say, those who work in front of the camera at CNN -- are among those able to differentiate between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, but I thought it might be worth a quick run-down of how a substantial Chechen population came ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    Rice Denies "Terrorist," "Axis of Evil" Racial Slurs Surrounding Implosion of Men's Basketball Team

    It's been four long, sad decades for the Rice men's basketball program. There have been a few moments of levity -- the opening of Tudor Fieldhouse, Morris Almond's mid-range jumper, Willis Wilson's mustache -- but, by and large, the tale's been one of cumbersome academics and milquetoast community ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    A Secretary of State, an Elk Head, and Rice Students - What Could Go Wrong?

    The most well-known prank in Rice history took place on a warm spring morning in 1988. A few years after the idea first crept into their keg-addled minds, a handful of engineering students erected a pair of 24-foot A-frames around the campus's centerpiece, a one-ton statue of William Marsh Rice that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: Where Does a Cameroonian Fish Restaurant Hide in Houston?

    Cookmundo: Former EOW contributor John Kiely has a blog of his own, Cookmundo, and it's our featured food blog this week. I love the tagline: "Simple awesome food for the new cook," which also means you know what to expect out of Kiely's posts. Amateur cooks, let Kiely be your friendly guide to cook ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Lose Your Rims Or Tires At Hobby? Blame These Guys, Maybe

    Three dudes with cut-and-paste names have been arrested for a string of rim-and-tire thefts at Hobby Airport, HPD says. Temirlan Kantay, 27, Nurbol Tangatov, 22, and Yerzhigit Zhanbolatu Serikbay, 19, were arrested earlier this month, although the HPD announcement just came out yesterday. The hit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Why Texas Should Reopen Its Horse Slaughterhouses

    It's been five years since the nation's last horse slaughterhouse was shut down. The Cavel horse slaughterhouse in DeKalb, Illinois, closed after Congress banned USDA inspections of horse meat -- effectively ceasing operations at the few abattoirs in the United States that dealt in horses. If the me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Pop Rocks on Sting: "Rock Stars...Is There Anything They Don't Know?"

    You rotten flexible bastard.​ Sting. He's the artist we love to hate: Sting, everyone's favorite somnambulant acoustic pop star, has developed a somewhat checkered experience in Central Asia. In 2009, Gulnara Karimova--herself a fledgling pop singer under the name GooGooSha and daughter of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap: Music Fans Love Their A-Holes

    You rotten flexible bastard.​Sting. He's the artist we love to hate. From The Atlantic: Sting, everyone's favorite somnambulant acoustic pop star, has developed a somewhat checkered experience in Central Asia. In 2009, Gulnara Karimova - herself a fledgling pop singer under the name GooGooSha ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 21, 2011
  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    WHAT?!? Companies Pay BRIBES To Do Business In Russia And Angola?

    Shocking, we know​Be prepared to lose all faith in -- well, if not humanity, per se, at least capitalism and government officials in Nigeria.It appears -- are you sitting down? -- that bribery is sometimes used when American companies try to do business in Russia, Nigeria, Angola and Kazakhstan. Y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Turkish Ravioli: Manti at Istanbul

    English translation for manti: Oh dear God, yes.​Manti is one of the few Turkish dishes that Americans might be familiar with that didn't come from the Mediterranean. Foods like hummus, baba ganoush and dolmades all have roots in the Levant and its bordering countries. Not manti. The clever l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    Loon Star State: Gunsmoke On The Border, Pigeons Dropping In Nacogdoches, And More

    ​Loon Star State: Texas Small-Town Crime Round UpThe crime dates only from 1986, but the motive could be from 1886...Authorities in Rio Grande City recently arrested 53-year-old Juan Francisco Martinez for the Easter Sunday 1986 murder of Margarito Alaniz Jr. Police say that Martinez and Alaniz we ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 6, 2009

    Chinese Chili

    Thanks to Indians and Pakistanis, spicy Chinese Halal cooking is famous all over the world.

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2009

    Aeros Get A Birthday Gift, Look To Close Out Milwaukee

    Anton Khudobin stood at mid-ice, blushing, a huge smile on his face. He was the number-one star of the game for the Houston Aeros. But that's not why he was blushing. He was blushing because, in unison, 3,189 fans inside of Toyota Center were singing "Happy Birthday" to the now 23-year-old native of ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 15, 2009
  • Film

    June 26, 2008

    Empire Strikes Back in Mongol

    The film paints a historically hazy but kickass picture of everyone's fave emperor, Genghis Khan

  • Film

    June 5, 2008

    Empire Strikes Back in Mongol

    This film paints a historically hazy but kickass picture of everyone's fave emperor, Genghis Khan

  • Film

    May 29, 2008

    Cannes Class of 2008

    A jury divided unites around Laurent Cantet's schoolhouse drama

  • News

    November 23, 2006
  • Film

    November 2, 2006

    On the Road

    Sacha Baron Cohen's howlingly funny mockumentary goes looking for America

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2006

    The Mens, He Can Throw

    Apropos of nothing, other than this little gem making the rounds on the internets, we offer up the funniest video to ever feature Katy High School and Sacha Baron Cohen's crazy Kazakhstan newsman, Borat. Watch as Borat tells head coach Gary Joseph he can throw a rock 15 meters to hit a Gypsy. " ... More >>

  • Film

    July 28, 2005

    Hello from Kazakhstan

    Schizo paints a harrowing portrait of the former Soviet state

  • Culture

    May 26, 2005

    Booking It

    These travel narratives are as much about the teller as the terrain

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000
  • Dining

    February 3, 2000

    Bear Hug

    You can't say nyet to Cafe East's hearty Russian menu and family charm

  • Dining

    April 22, 1999

    Stoli Moments

    For Russians, eating out means more than just food

  • Film

    July 24, 1997

    Going Down

    Air Force One nose-dives into an ocean of ennui

  • News

    February 27, 1997