A brief history of movie characters getting whacked in the balls.
Les Heinemann has played Santa Claus at Baybrook Mall in Friendswood for 13 seasons now. Somebody told him that by December 25 of this year he'll have had almost 300,000 children sit on his lap and sort out their Christmas lists. I first met Heinemann in 2001 when I worked at Baybrook part-time a ... More >>
Earlier this month Travel and Leisure asked their readers to rank 35 American cities on the quantity and quality of their live music scenes, coffeehouses, microbrews, and independent boutiques. They also asked their readers to quantify more ineffable qualities such as the quirkiness of a city and h ... More >>
It's officially Nutcracker season, the time of year when everyone and their mouse jumps aboard the Sugar Plum Express, but can't actually tell you what a sugar plum is. The production is so widespread in the U.S. that nobody even asks anymore. This year, Suchu Dance pays hilarious tribute to the ri ... More >>
The holiday season has crept upon us once again. There is nothing kids love more than toys that can bust a move. Dancing toys have always made the list of hot commodities during the Christmas season. Even some adults are amused and intrigued by their favorite characters moving to the beat. Here's a ... More >>
Horrors, indeedThe blog Retrospace, an assiduous curator of all things kitsch, has a Tumblr page that recently gave us a Woolworth's Halloween-costume ad from the early `70s or so. Costumes were $1.99 or $2.99, the candy was cheaper than today, but still a price was paid. This ad -- this one ... More >>
Today is not only Memorial Day, it's also the birthday of the voice behind many of the most beloved cartoon characters of all time. In his more than 50 years in Hollywood, Mel Blanc (1908-1989) gave audiences countless "Merry Melodies" via Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam, ... More >>
It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. Skeleton Dick currently reigns as Houston's top punk ac, with a trophy and everything to prove it. We've been fans and friends of the band ... More >>
After new owners take over a Houston haunt, the engaging music is intact, but the food is not.
Photo courtesy Sensual Play ThingsThe Ride `Em Cowgirl book on sexual positions: Only $20Being a teacher is a tough job, what with the squabbling kids, the disinterested parents, the constant badgering to buy dildos, the low sala -- say what now?Three teachers are suing a Uvalde charter school, a ... More >>
What's a princess to do?
Enjoy the great indoors!
The UK's Royal Mail recently unveiled a series of stamps based on classic British album covers, including the Rolling Stones' Let It Bleed and The Clash's London Calling. Rumor has it Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here was rejected due to the burning man on the cover, with the Royal Mail electing t ... More >>
Oh, honey. Did you blearily roll over at 2:30 a.m. this morning, only to catch a glimpse of your paramour's illuminated face? Not from any post-orgasmic glow, mind you, but from the intense spotlight emitted from her iPhone's screen? Well, before you go slinging obscenities in her direction a ... More >>
Lose yourself discovering Michael Bise's work at Moody Gallery.
Photo by Craig Hlavaty"So, if you see me at the show I'm wearing a Goofy hat. Nah, not a funny hat. A Goofy hat. The dog dude from the Mickey Mouse movies. Remember that movie we watched in driver's education? That guy. I'm wearing his head on my head. Yeah. That Goofy."
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