Though one of the best hard-rock bands of the '80s has also held that distinction in the ensuing decades, for a wide swath of people they are unfairly thought of as a one-hit wonder. Dating from 1988, that hit debut single name-checked the decidedly non-rocker personalities of Josef Stalin, Mahatm ... 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 >>
In October, The Menil will be opening an exhibit called "Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence," and it will be the first ever exploration of Gandhi's principle of satyagraha (nonviolence) in the visual arts. To celebrate, local chef and owner of Pondicheri and Indika, Anita Jai ... More >>
Film fails to capture the scope of its hero.
(Make better biopics than César Chávez)
This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus® issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of person ... More >>
If you've never heard of Diane Wilson, you've probably heard about the environmentalist who poured Karo syrup on herself on the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., to protest the BP oil spill. (That was Wilson.) Or about the one who chained herself to the Dow Chemical tower in 2002, ... More >>
Bismillah Cafe specializes in spicy fusion-Pakistani food, going as hot as you dare to go.
The top 10 restaurants in Little India.
As we enter the new year, I'm trying to make good on a few resolutions starting on the very first day of 2013. And one of those is to get outside the Loop a bit more -- even though a great bounty of amazing restaurants have opened inside the Loop in the last 12 months -- and back to exploring the re ... More >>
Before marching to Discovery Green Saturday, the Occupy Houston folks occupying a sliver of Tranquility Park performed a brief play about how corporate greed blows, but it's all good 'cause capital-D-Democracy will come back to kick ass. Written and directed by Caleb Travis, "Who Killed Democracy? ... More >>
Photo by Mandy OaklanderKaiser Lashkari, owner and chef of Himalaya RestaurantIn a special Diwali version of Chef Chat, we visit Kaiser Lashkari of Himalaya Restaurant, a North Indian and Pakistani refuge in the Mahatma Gandhi district. The chef and owner, a colorful character, is 11 tables d ... More >>
White House Photographic Office, Clinton AdministrationAs recognized by the United Nations, today is Mandela Day, honoring the birthday of the beloved South African president, humanitarian, and all-around badass Nelson Mandela, who turns 93. Mandela is a living legend, leader, hero and inspir ... More >>
Photos by Troy FieldsPapdi chaat with house-made lentil dumplings.Now, I realize that it's only just now June, just today. And that declaring something the best new restaurant of 2011 this early in the year is a risky proposition. But that's how much Pondicheri, the new restaurant from Anita ... More >>
Hillcroft and Raja Sweets have become the epicenter of Houston's vibrant Indian population.
In this week's feature, we explore the fast-growing Hillcroft area, home to Houston's newly designated Mahatma Gandhi District. Although most of the history of the area is told through the eyes of Raja Sweets -- the oldest continually operating Indian restaurant in Texas, it so happens -- I i ... More >>
I was discussing Nigerian restaurants with a friend last night over dinner. "Are there any?" she asked. "In Houston?" I replied. "Of course! Why?" It was a rhetorical question; I knew the answer. Despite making up nearly 2 percent of our city's population, Nigerians in Houston -- and their ... More >>
Want to see someone carve Prince William's face in this cheese? Of course you do.Yes, it's Easter weekend, which means -- for some of you -- an extra day off and making extravagant dining plans for Sunday which involve uncomfortable clothing and your aunt who wears too much perfume. If you do ... More >>
Fadi's.These places may go by many names - Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Lebanese, Persian - and though it is clearly not possible for all of these titles to be correct, in Houston we usually have a general sense of what the person is talking about when they mention any of the above cuisine ... More >>
As he hinted at his Houston appearance, Glenn Beck, the face of Fox News to so many Americans who recoil in horror at Fox News, will be ending his TV show. He'll still do occasional specials, and tour, but your daily dose of Beckensian madness will no longer be on TV. We'll miss the freakou ... More >>
Photos by Liana LopezSomeone got a late-night/early-morning start on April Fool's Day -- and the victims were Lincoln at the president-heads sculpture on I-10, the Gandhi statue in the Hermann Park Rose Garden and the new statues at Allen Parkway and Montrose.
Our weekly Where Are We Eating? feature gets readers salivating most Monday mornings, with hours to go until lunch. But today's offering put a few readers off, leading to some snarky comments about where the plate is served. Said Simplyrick: Harris County Jail. Added Nate: A grade schoo ... More >>
How has pork inspired you today? Many of us have lived the better part of our lives believing pork to be "The Other White Meat." In fact, a 2000 study by Northwestern University found the slogan to be the fifth most recognizable tagline in the history of modern advertising. Yet last summer th ... More >>
Last time we talked to Evan Cassidy of the Dudely Jones Comedy Tribe it was to discuss Nicki Minaj's "appearance" in his rap tribute to his ho-baiting dinosaur sweater. Well, Cassidy is back to being the most ironic man in hip-hop with his new video, "DJ Modesty." Don't know if you've notice ... More >>
Photo by Troy FieldsBuilding the dahi puri at Sweet n Namkin.I have come to terms with my current obsession: dahi puri. It was sparked by the review I did of Sweet n Namkin some weeks ago and has only been growing stronger as I find more and more places around town in which to indulge my chaa ... More >>
A personal chef friend of mine was in need of some specific Indian spices on Saturday morning, so we headed over to the Mahatma Gandhi district (I'm so excited that this area now has a name that I use it at every available opportunity) and into India Grocers. India Grocers (6606 Southwest Fr ... More >>
When you think of Hillcroft between 59 and Westpark, you probably think of badly timed traffic lights, strip malls filled with small stores, and.....Mahatma Gandhi?Apparently yes, to the last part, if you're one of the group of people KTRK says is trying to get the city to rename that stretch of Hil ... More >>
If you needed any more evidence that Comcast was an agent of evil on par with Al Qaeda or whomever makes those peanut-butter-filled pretzels, look no further than the cable company's inescapable local commercials featuring Sam Houston. The former Texas President/Governor is shown engaging in a varie ... More >>
Here she comes to save the day
This version is a stripped, streamlined interpretation of past Civ games
Why stop at 30 hours? When you get a press release that says "More than 500,000 teens across the nation will participate in this year's famine," you can't help but take notice. And so it was with World Vision's e-mail this morning about how hundreds of Houston teens will starve themselves for 30 h ... More >>
Dispatches from the 17th annual Houston Press Music Awards
Anoushka Shankar may soon be as famous as her dad -- but don't tell her that
Hollywood Frame Gallery goes Gallic with "March de Triomphe"
If the Sunday-afternoon concert series isn't enough, there are still 10,000 free reasons to go to the Space Place
Aaron Eckhart and Ben Kingsley struggle through floundering frights
The pressure is on the Chron's sports columnists
The Only Thing Worse makes the most of dated material
"Border Crossings" will tell you more about South Asia than CNN will
Julie Taymor and Salma Hayek paint a spectacular portrait of Frida Kahlo
England's Sexy Beast gives the American gangster genre a lesson it won't forget
Groceries doesn't plan to sell its produce to major distributors
Quiet, intellectual John Bloom transformed himself through his alter ego, Joe Bob Briggs, into a drive-in-movie critic on TV. Now a new character is emerging: John Bloom himself.
Anthony Hopkins gets weepy in Shadowlands