What's the best thing about attending a good friend's wedding in Mendocino country, California? The excuse to fly into San Francisco early and partake of its amazing food offerings. (A close second: wine-tasting in Napa and Sonoma.) I have been lucky enough to visit San Francisco about a half doz ... More >>
While the United States decides their fate, asylum seekers sit in immigration detention.
The Railway Man is too punishing for its own good.
One of my guilty pleasures is American Chinese food. Although a recent trip to Beijing and Shanghai afforded me the extended opportunity to eat "real" Chinese food (which I heartily enjoyed), I still have a soft spot for General Tso's chicken and chop suey. My absolute favorite American-Chinese d ... More >>
When most Americans think of slavery, their minds almost immediately revert to the Civil War and the antebellum South. Slavery is a vestige of the past to us. However, as the 2013 Global Slavery Index sadly shows, slavery is still very real to people all over the world. There are nearly 30 million ... More >>
To say that the Houston food scene is "diverse" is certainly accurate. But that doesn't mean we don't have room to grow in terms of broadening our culinary options (and I'm not just talking about bringing the cronut to H-town). Here are five foods/cuisines/eating establishments that I think are miss ... More >>
Photo By Marc BrubakerBest Coast at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010This weekend the Rocks Off team will cover their third Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, at the festival's new home Auditorium Shores. Each year this fest seems to get bigger and better, without losing it's grimy luster. Is it the Austin City ... More >>
Shelby Lynne smolders on Tears, Lies, and Alibis.
I'm sure if all of you have heard, but Tracy McGrady has set a target date to return from microfracture surgery, and that date is November 18. What he's going to do once he comes back or whether he's even ready to come back are secondary issues, because chances are if you heard this news when it ... More >>
You can think of this weekend's Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin as the indie, metal, and hip-hop little brother of the more staid Austin City Limits Music Festival. The fourth edition of the two-day event held in Waterloo Park in Austin starts tomorrow afternoon. Per our stated life path, Rocks Off will ... More >>
Photo by Mike GiglioA crowd of Burmese refugees gathered in the parking lot Sunday afternoon at the Sun Blossom Mountain apartment complex on Ranchester Drive -- which was the subject of our recent cover story on Houston's refugees -- and waited for John Glenn to shout their names.A local company ... More >>
Photos by Groovehouse/ Click here for a slideshowA day or two before U2 (and love) came to town, a friend emailed us a joke. At least we think it's a joke. It really doesn't have anything to do with U2, except that it has everything to do with U2. "I was so depressed last night thinking about the ... More >>
Get in, get out. Refugees have a shrinking window of support until it's time to fend for themselves.
A new stream of refugees began flowing out of Burma (or Myanmar) last month. Burmese troops broke a 20-year cease-fire with ethnic groups in the country's northeastern Shan region, causing an estimated 30,000 to flee across the border and into China.The fighting is part of a trend toward more vio ... More >>
Photo by Mike GiglioI threw a football at a refugee and demanded to know where she lived.Her voice wavered, and her answer was hard to hear. So I leaned over and cupped my hand to my ear, waving the hand in a circle first, like Hulk Hogan trying to rile a crowd. Apartment 1212, I finally made ou ... More >>
Photos by Mike GiglioI remember his nose. Thick gray hair spouted from each nostril, all the way down to the old monk's lip, like smoke from the snout of a dragon. He sat on some steps inside the gold and glittering Sule Pagoda in central Rangoon. The monk was bald and missing teeth, and a cinna ... More >>
A Bhutanese refugee has been holed up in his southwest Houston apartment for months, downing pain killers. This isn't the new life he had in mind. Rubber sandals cover the mat outside the spare, dim apartment. The man is embedded in an easy chair. He periodically winces and grabs his stomach. ... More >>
Jody Williams, a professor at UH's Graduate College of Social Work, is having quite the summer. She's touring Thailand, Ethiopia, Sudan and Chad (one luxurious resort after the other!) as part of a Nobel Women's Initiative peace delegation. Thanks to heavy support work by people at UH, the delegat ... More >>
Enjoy the artdoors this weekend
Twenty years later, our one-man military machine's still going
Who made the shit list
The 2006 Collectors Edition
Stealth aims low but hits its mark
Will the Pixies 2.0 thrive like Mission of Burma, or stumble like Urge Overkill?
"Contemplative Spaces" explores the sublime in blue and yellow
Suriyothai gives early Thailand an epic identity
Theater LaB and Atomic Cafe take us from a Squeamish religious sect to drinks with cannibals
Roxy Paine turns fake flowers and painting machines into high art
The Ladies Car Wash
The music is called bhangra, and it's the sound of a whole new way of being Indian. Or Pakistani. Or Bangladeshi.
John Boorman's new film has some, uh, interesting color tones