Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? If you're at all interest ... More >>
No spice quite as elegantly marries heat with sweet as ginger, which is why it's been a favored ingredient of barhops and mixologists for centuries. If you adore potable manifestations of ginger, but if you're looking for adult beverages a bit more unusual than the standard Dark 'n' Stormy, try the ... More >>
Over the past couple years, a new meme or slang phrase has entered our lexicon: "first world problem." It has now reached the tipping point of ubiquity where even your typically uncool friends have picked up on it and started saying it, despite the fact that those "in the know" have been throwing it ... More >>
Director brings gramdeur and a new kind of Ryan to the screen.
The White Lady is a neglected cocktail, due to a misunderstanding.
Bundaberg is an exceptionally good ginger beer.
On Sunday, a group organized by Houston activist Quanell X marched down West Gray and through River Oaks to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin. Though the verdict happened in Florida, protests were organized across the country. At the corner of West Gray and She ... More >>
Punk lives as Pussy Riot rots.
Maybe it all comes down to being in the right place at the right time. Maybe luck has something to do with it. Or maybe it's crafting a vintage-era sound with odes of talent that landed Hacienda a lottery ticket to musical gold. It's no secret that The Black Keys likes to take on extra projects, a ... More >>
Simon Hanukaev's family has lived along the western shore of the Caspian Sea for generations. Settled near the city of Derbent, a southern city in the Russian republic of Dagestan, Hanukaev's predecessors lived through khanates and tsars, under Bolshevik revolution and Stalinist resettlement. His pa ... More >>
The Russian artists of "Perestroika" turn the past into something new.
Photos by Rachel BohananThe Alabama Theater, complete with tiny, edible movie posters, was one of the most heartfelt entries in Saturday's competition.For David Stagg, Caitlin Kaluza and the rest of their team from Schipul, their gingerbread house was meant to evoke emotions: a vintage Alabam ... More >>
Larami CulbertsonI've known Bridget Paliwoda of Community Bar (2703 Smith St) for about a year, since the time she started working there. And as often as I have been to Community, I have never seen her in a bad mood. I once witnessed her asking an out-of-control bar guest to vacate the prem ... More >>
The Festival of Lights is upon us, as the eight-day Jewish holiday of Hanukkah officially kicks off at sundown tonight. Some of music's leading bigwigs will likely be sparking up the menorah, among them Lou Reed, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Leonard Cohen, Diamond David Lee Roth, Perry Farrell an ... More >>
Love is never a sure bet
Rocks Off enjoys reading The New York Times on Sundays. It's one of the few things in our topsy-turvy lives we can count on. However, several stories in this past Sunday's paper gave us serious cause for concern. The best way to help these people, we figured, was to take their problems to Georgia ... More >>
With the recent news of Barack Obama's record-breaking $750 million campaign fundraising efforts, it's an interesting time to release a novel about greed and deception in the field of political moneymaking. Especially if you, the author, were part of the team that helped secure Obama's three-quarter ... More >>
In compiling a list of the best Bond baddies, one has to establish a few parameters. For starters, you must take into account the bad guy's ultimate objective, weighting plans for global conquest/destruction more heavily than mere monetary gain. Then there are more esoteric factors, like background, ... More >>
Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips, by National Geographic, is a husky 400-page to-do list that includes 400-color photographs and sells for $40. The first word that comes to mind when opening the spine of this baby is stately. All Geographic books are that. For the wande ... More >>
Bolshoi principal dancer Marianna Ryzhkina makes her Houston debut
Travelers at a late night subway station report seeing the ghost of Joseph Stalin. It is not possible, of course, but the idea has a certain attraction for Russians tired of the new world order. Stalin has rebounded in the polls; his deadly excesses overlooked. Much against his will, Inspector Ark ... More >>
All Russian, all the time
Amnesiac-spy trilogy culminates in a thrilling Ultimatum
Our critics weigh in on local theater
Our critics weigh in on local theater
Urban Indian Beat's new show combines East and West
Spielberg and Hanks spawn a daring new genre: the post-9/11 comedy
The Fertle family is spending the holidays with family
Svetlana offers a taste of Mother Russia -- in more ways than one