Houston Grand Opera takes us on an amazing trip in presenting this opera left forgotten in Soviet archives.
Pi Pizza truck reflects on its unique promotion.
Last Christmas, my ever-thoughtful sister Jackie-O presented me with a set of six Moscow Mule mugs to aid and abet my cocktail adventures. Jackie-O, usually devoted to other varieties of vodka highballs, had herself recently developed a liking for the spicy, slightly citrusy spirit of the Moscow Mul ... More >>
Breaking new ground in incoherence and stupidity.
Movie hashtags and mashups are nothing new on Twitter, but on Thursday night (and bleeding over into Friday morning), a series of movie titles mashed up with baseball took over Twitter, at least here in Houston. It would appear that it didn't actually begin with the home town team (looking back as ... More >>
Rocks Off gets at least 6,000 emails a week. Aight, it's more like 30 a day, I guess, more if it's SXSW season or the holidays, or if my co-workers get into a rousing conversation about chicks in our one of nightlife slideshows. Out of all those emails, we may gleefully respond to a dozen, and d ... More >>
Above: A burka-clad Madonna talks about Pussy Riot to her Moscow audience Rewind: Vladimir Putin: No Pussy Riot on His Watch Free speech is a valued thing in this country. It's why journalists, writers, musicians and artists exist and are able to do what they do. However, in Russia, it seems to be ... More >>
Fifteen years ago this week, the greatest country music artist of all time, Garth Brooks, made history by playing a free concert to a massive crowd in New York's Central Park. Now, not just anybody gets to play Central Park, but Brooks had the megawatt stroke in the entertainment biz back then to ma ... More >>
Above: Video of the performance that got three Moscow punk rockers arrested If he were still alive, Frank Zappa would have a field day with this one. Just when we thought the Montgomery County sheriff's department was setting the standard for dodgy tactics and thought control with Friday's suspici ... More >>
From Stalin to Putin
You don't want Chuck Bronson coming after you.There are uncountable things that could have gone wrong in the raid that ended up with Osama Bin Laden dead; operations like this usually have the odds against them. The Bin Laden raid will join the ranks of historic missions, some famous because ... More >>
My cup runneth over.I realize Egypt is in chaos and everyone north of the Mason-Dixon line is going to be flash frozen like a bag of Birds Eye broccoli florets and Charlie Sheen is apparently the reincarnation of Grigori Rasputin, but that is no excuse, no excuse, for the criminal lack of att ... More >>
Malek Jandali captures the spirit of music more than 5,000 years old
There's an accident "in the clearing stage" somewhereWhen IBM puts out a survey that features bar graphs and big circles somehow illustrating results, you can rest assured it is beyond reproach.So know this, Houston: Among 20 top international cities, your "traffic pain" is about as low as ... More >>
Mumiy Troll, the biggest rock band in Russia, hopes for a belated U.S. breakthrough.
Today's your last chance to see Cirque Mechanics' Birdhouse Factory. An international cast of circus stars formerly with Cirque de Soleil, the Moscow Circus and Pickle Family Circus, Cirque Mechanics include contortionists, acrobats, clowns, and dancers.The Birdhouse Factory story is a simple ... More >>
It just takes a little imagination to go from widgets to wonderland
This international supergroup of avant-garde clowns needs no translation
This weekend, as we come together to celebrate Independence Day, let's do our best to remember what this holiday is all about. It's more than merely dodging DWI checkpoints on your way home from backyard barbecues and trying to decide between the Jon & Kate 8 or Deadliest Catch marathons on TV ... More >>
Life in the not-so-fast lane
This documentary film captures the Canadian pianist's visit to Leningrad and Moscow
The Russian Cultural Center Our Texas presents works by Russo-Texan artists
The mystery writer reads from his latest release, Moscow Rules
Four Russian artists present three phenomenal installations
Station Museum of Contemporary Arts multimedia exhibit provides a new argument for a tired cliché
Bolshoi principal dancer Marianna Ryzhkina makes her Houston debut
Playing hooky never looked so fun
A former KTRU staffer takes her show on the rails
Getting to know South Korea through music videos
The Russian General Store's Rassol
Moscow Market & Deli
Painter Vladimir Gorsky learned how to work the system in the Soviet Union for personal gain. He discovered that things operate much the same way in America.
Forget the headgear. Los Straitjackets are having a seriously good time deconstructing instrumental pop.
Russian General Store
Yakov's Deli proves there is more to the bear than borscht (though the borscht ain't bad)