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 >>
When you get a really good price on luxury goods, it's best to check those goods closely. And if you bought them from Yintang Cao or Hong Zhang, well, welcome to the world of Rotex watches. Cao, 48, and Zhang, 46, entered guilty pleas this morning in connection with their having more than 14,000 it ... More >>
Michael Brown's wild week.
Things got downright weird during Michael Brown's testimony today, with attorney Robert Hoffman alleging that Brown's new hobby is to take pictures of naked "young women" aboard his yacht, and Brown claiming that hundreds of thousands he spent on gifts for an ex-girlfriend could be construed as busi ... More >>
As part of the continued crackdown on counterfeit merchandise websites, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations announced in a release that it seized 89 Internet domain names last week. Of those 89, a whopping 78 were related to Louis Vuitton, the high-end handbag ... More >>
Two yogis battle over the fate of a tradition (and a very large pile of money).
Today is Kanye Omari West's 35th birthday, and that's a bit of a problem. We're happy to celebrate, of course, but Rocks Off is big on giving gifts, and Yeezy's already got it all: Hit records, a world tour, a celebrity paramour and sunglasses with no glass in them. What do you get the man who has e ... More >>
photos by Charne GrahamChip tha Ripper, XV Warehouse Live October 20, 2011 Warehouse Live was packed with college kids as Scoremore promotions brought Chip tha Ripper back to Houston for his second headlining show in the city. Warner Bros. artist XV opened for Chip with a vivacious performa ... More >>
Until last Friday, I thought that the press release I received last year for "the greatest penis shaped muffin restaurant" in Houston was the strangest piece of PR material to cross my desk. That was before Paul West. That was before Greatfull Taco. West is perhaps best known to our readers ... More >>
Peel Gallery shows sculptures of luxury brands.
Ask anyone who really knows Rocks Off, and they'll probably tell you we can be a little slow on the uptake sometimes. We proved this once again earlier this week, when we updated our Facebook status with a plea for someone to explain to us what in tarnation a "meme" is. We should have waited ... More >>
Photo courtesy FBITerrible lighting, awful pose -- this is a fashion shoot?The FBI has put out an alert for someone it's calling "The Fashionable Felon," a woman who robbed a Wachovia Bank branch on the northwest side yesterday afternoon.We realize the FBI was not created to be an arbiter of fash ... More >>
Shooter Jennings enlists the occult and Stephen King on ambitious, eerie new album Black Ribbons.
Amy Adams is trapped in the land of blarney, cow pies and forced humiliation.
Papa Coppola returns, successfully, to the clan in Tetro.
Who'd have imagined that Alan Thicke - he of Growing Pains fame - would sire a son who would grow up to be a multiplatinum R&B star? Not us, but we're sure glad he did. Robin Thicke's sultry vocal stylings are modern urban radio staples, with "Lost Without You" and "Magic" charting and dampening ... 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "The Gold Room," Spitten King Wire To Wire: A regular reader of Turning the Screw (who asked to r ... More >>
Despite the labels and levity, it's a poor-woman's knockoff
Houston's hip-hop community was at its most fly at Bun B's II Trill listening party last night at the Galleria Louis Vuitton. Slim Thug, Chamillionaire, several members of the Prince family, TV Johnny Dang and Golden State Warrior swingman (and Port Arthur native) Stephen Jackson all dropped by for ... More >>
The Why Chromosome
DiverseWorks is in the house
Attempting romantic comedy, Sir Ridley Scott conquers neither.
A Conroe man is ready to help the nation's Enron reporters
If you want to honor this preacher's wife, don't be cheap
The nightlife scene is alive and well in the Montrose. Meet some of its stars.
Money can't buy love. But it can buy polo.
Beyond the Galleria, beyond Target - and sometimes beyond the law - lies Houston's last untamed wilderness of shopping
Teresa Rodriguez's up-for-auction goods tell a lot about Teresa -- and Houston