• Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Summer Travels: Tea-Smoked Eel at San Francisco's Mission Chinese Food

    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 >>

  • News

    April 17, 2014

    For Many Refugees, the Journey to America Ends in a Cold Jail Cell

    While the United States decides their fate, asylum seekers sit in immigration detention.

  • Film

    April 3, 2014

    Spoiler: Torture’s Bad

    The Railway Man is too punishing for its own good.

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    A Brief History of Crab Rangoon (Is Cream Cheese Native to Burma, Or London?)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    Global Slavery and the Long Line at the Grocery Store

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    We Don't Have It All: My Top 5 Gaps In The Houston Food Scene

    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 >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    November 2, 2011

    Our Top Ten Picks For Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011

    Photo By Marc BrubakerBest Coast at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010​This 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 >>

  • Music

    May 13, 2010

    Love, Shelby

    Shelby Lynne smolders on Tears, Lies, and ­Alibis.

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Game Time: The Dysfunctional Macs

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Rocks Off's Picks for This Weekend's Fun Fun Fun Festival

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    Free Rice-Cookers Help Out Burmese Refugees Here

    Photo by Mike Giglio​A 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    Aftermath: U2 at Reliant Stadium - One Love, We Get to Share It

    Photos by Groovehouse/ Click here for a slideshow​A 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 >>

  • News

    September 3, 2009

    The Burmese Come to Houston

    Get in, get out. Refugees have a shrinking window of support until it's time to fend for themselves.

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    The Number Of Burmese Refugees Will Just Keep Growing

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    Trying To Connect With Houston's Burmese Community, Via John Glenn

    Photo by Mike Giglio​I 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    On Being Watched in Burma

    Photos by Mike Giglio​I 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Refugees In Houston Struggle With The Health-Care System Even More Than The Rest Of Us

    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 >>

  • Music

    February 5, 2009
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    August 7, 2008
  • Blogs

    July 29, 2008

    UH Prof, Mia Farrow Tour Third World

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    March 27, 2008

    Bayou City Art Festival

    Enjoy the artdoors this weekend

  • Film

    January 31, 2008

    Universal Soldier: 'Rambo'

    Twenty years later, our one-man military machine's still going

  • Music

    January 10, 2008

    Top 10 Most Hated Rappers

    Who made the shit list

  • News

    November 23, 2006

    Turkeys of the Year

    The 2006 Collectors Edition

  • Film

    July 28, 2005

    Bombs and Bikinis

    Stealth aims low but hits its mark

  • Music

    May 27, 2004

    Remaking the Band

    Will the Pixies 2.0 thrive like Mission of Burma, or stumble like Urge Overkill?

  • Calendar

    May 13, 2004
  • Calendar

    April 22, 2004

    Sawyer's Adventures

    "Contemplative Spaces" explores the sublime in blue and yellow

  • Film

    July 10, 2003

    Legend of a Lady

    Suriyothai gives early Thailand an epic identity

  • Culture

    January 16, 2003

    Strange Days

    Theater LaB and Atomic Cafe take us from a Squeamish religious sect to drinks with cannibals

  • Culture

    December 5, 2002

    Nature vs. Nurture

    Roxy Paine turns fake flowers and painting machines into high art

  • Film

    April 6, 2000
  • Calendar

    July 29, 1999

    Auto Erotica

    The Ladies Car Wash

  • Calendar

    August 13, 1998
  • News

    September 25, 1997

    Desi Dance

    The music is called bhangra, and it's the sound of a whole new way of being Indian. Or Pakistani. Or Bangladeshi.

  • News

    December 28, 1995
  • Film

    August 31, 1995

    Beyond Dreck

    John Boorman's new film has some, uh, interesting color tones