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    May 3, 2011

    Comment of the Day: George W. Bush, Texan?

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    The Sazerac at Branch Water Tavern

    ​Closing your eyes and pointing to something on a cocktail menu can have amazing results. Such was the case at Branch Water Tavern a few weeks ago when I stumbled upon my new "favorite" mixed drink: the Sazerac. Before sitting down I had already enjoyed a cosmopolitan (icy cold and pale pink-- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Jones Soda Cocktails

    Chris Frankel.​Everyone likes to talk about the great presents they receive over the holidays. What often goes unmentioned is the laundry list of crappy gifts out there. You know you got them, likely from some far-flung aunt who just can't believe that anyone wouldn't want a collection of salt ... More >>

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    December 28, 2010

    Stretch That Dining Dollar: Eat Fancy at Lunch

    Photo by Kent WangEat like a prince at Da Marco (on a pauper's salary).​At Da Marco, as I ate the last, sweet bites of my antelope paillard -- the barely gamy meat pounded thin and just slightly crispy at the edges, draped with caramelized peppers and finished off with a beautiful mound of flu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Carl Crawford Gives Davis High Academic Cred At Harvard

    Carl Crawford, not discussing the history he learned at Davis​Carl Crawford, the Davis High School grad who is the Boston Red Sox' latest big-money acquisition, is giving his alma mater some serious academic credibility among his learned new neighbors. Or at least he was, for a while. A base ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar

    ​Today closes out our discussion with pastry chef Rebecca Masson; for previous installments, click here and here. I had a chance to taste-test her signature petite treat: Fluffernutters and could taste the natural flavors in the peanut-butter oatmeal cookies because they weren't loaded with s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

    ​The recent cold snap in Houston has made me nostalgic for autumn in New England and all its corresponding activities, like day tripping to Salem, Massachusetts, apple-picking, and even raking leaves (in small yards). I've also started craving foods like apple cider, and, on a recent hunt to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Why Aren't There Any Good Conservative Comedians?

    ​It's a valid question, even in light of the specter of Satanism rearing its seven heads over Delaware last week. Actually, maybe that's the quick and dirty answer to my question: the reality of the Tea Party is funnier than any airplane food joke Christine O'Donnell could tell at the Improv. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Cyrus: Win Free Preview Passes To A Movie Where John C. Reilly Does Not Play A Cop

    Face of a cop, apparently​Cyrus is a quirky comedy starring Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei and John C. Reilly.Reilly plays a guy whose romance with Tomei gets complicated by her relationship with Hill, a son who's kind of challenging.Reilly does not play a cop. Actually, he hasn't in a while, but starti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Game Time: Celtics, Feel Better -- Five Officiating Decisions That Were WAY Worse Than Kendrick Perkins' Second Technical

    Sorry about that fifth down.....​It's funny, because I'm from New England, people automatically assume that I am a fan of all the Boston teams. To wit, last night as the Celtics were imploding in Orlando, my iPhone was blowing up with text messages asking if I was starting to get worried about th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Survey Of Top Pop Culture Dogs Proves Aggies Have Skewed Priorities

    ​The American Kennel Club is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, as you no doubt are well aware. (We're still discussing how best to celebrate this momentous event; "ignoring it entirely" is the current leading option.)No such anniversary can be reached without marking it by some sill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Did You Know Houston Has Had the Same Official Song Since 1915? Maybe It's Time for a New One.

    We don't know if it's the election or what - actually it's not, but bear with us - but this afternoon Rocks Off got to wondering whether or not Houston had its own official song, lyrics and music officially sanctioned and ratified to embody the Space/Bayou City's hopes and dreams. This being Housto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2009

    Lobster Grits: A Stroke of Genius

    Photos by Robb Walsh​As we reported previously, there is a glut of cheap lobster on the market. Last Thursday, I took advantage of the weak market by picking up three sea monsters for a dinner party. The prices at Hong Kong Supermarket in Bellaire Chinatown were $8.99 a pound for big lobster ... More >>

  • Music

    June 18, 2009
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    May 15, 2009

    Aftermath: Bonnie Raitt at Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty For someone with such a deep California/New England pedigree - daughter of Broadway/Hollywood actor John Raitt, schooled at Radcliffe and the Northeast coffeehouse '60s folk scene, now living in Northern California - Bonnie Raitt sure gets Texas music. She could almost be the ... More >>

  • Music

    April 30, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    Mississippi Has Got Our Back When It Comes To Pregnant Teens

    Thank you, Mississippi!!Ably fulfilling its traditional role of letting other states off the hook, the great state of Mississippi has replaced Texas (and New Mexico) as the worst state when it comes to teen pregnancy.A new federal report released this morning shows that Mississippi has 68 births for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2008

    An Apalachicola Christmas

    Apalachicola is the premier Gulf oyster appellation. Even snobby oyster bars that normally don't include Gulf oysters feature these beauties from Northern Florida. The last time I checked, Apalachicola oysters were going for $2.25 apiece at Oceanaire Seafood in the Galleria--the same price as the pr ... More >>

  • Music

    October 16, 2008

    The Shredder

    One Show, One Sentence

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2008
  • Culture

    June 26, 2008
  • Culture

    June 19, 2008

    Mindless Fun

    Gilligan's Island is so silly and appealing, you can only enjoy it

  • Calendar

    May 29, 2008

    Poison Pen Reading Series

    This monthly happening offers a sampling of Houston’s literary scene

  • Calendar

    April 3, 2008

    Houston Dynamo vs. FC Dallas

    Our hometown champions square off against their MLS rival

  • Film

    February 14, 2008
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    September 20, 2007

    Edgar Bustillos

    Painter draws on past experiences from travel, sports and politics

  • Culture

    September 20, 2007

    Stage Capsule Reviews

    Our critics weigh in on local theater

  • Film

    June 28, 2007


    Chick-flick genre to Evening: Why you gotta make us look bad?

  • Calendar

    August 3, 2006
  • Music

    June 29, 2006

    Magik Markers, with Lambsbread and Rusted Shut

    Friday, June 30, at the Proletariat, 903 Richmond, 713-523-1199

  • Calendar

    November 25, 2004

    "Fallen" for You

    DJ Venom and company are ready to Go

  • Calendar

    October 28, 2004

    Shooting the Puck

    High school camera crews score the big one: the Aeros' halftime show

  • Music

    October 21, 2004
  • News

    September 30, 2004

    Reefer Madness

    The government says Clayton Jones shouldn't smoke marijuana. He says it's the only thing that keeps him from blowing his brains out.

  • Film

    July 29, 2004

    Thunder Rolls

    A '60s British TV series gets an extreme makeover

  • Dining

    March 25, 2004

    Sex, Death and Oysters

    Beneath the muddy waters of Galveston Bay lies one of the greatest seafood treasure troves on earth

  • Dining

    February 27, 2003

    Gem on Jones

    Get to A Taste of Portugal before Tony Vallone tells everybody about it

  • Calendar

    August 22, 2002

    Versed in Life

    A biker poet lets her verse hang out

  • Culture

    December 20, 2001

    Repro Man

    Darryl Lauster's resin antiques replicas take the art-versus-craft debate to a new level

  • Dining

    November 22, 2001

    The Bambi Syndrome

    Texas is overrun with native whitetails, so why do restaurants have to buy their venison from game farms?

  • Dining

    August 23, 2001

    Shellfish Behavior

    Dining ethics are more clouded when a giant lobster is involved

  • News

    February 15, 2001

    The Great EscApe

    In two decades, Wally Swett's sanctuary has become a place of peace for primates - it's the humans that have him going bananas

  • Dining

    December 21, 2000

    Cold Comfort

    Though their usefulness melted away long ago, icehouses continue to float to the surface

  • Film

    September 2, 1999

    Outside In

    Farrellys' Providence pits innocence with outrageous fun

  • Dining

    June 10, 1999

    Room with a View

    Unfortunately, Mallorca doesn't offer much else

  • Film

    May 20, 1999

    Write On

    The Love Letter is a sunny romance with roots in an earlier era

  • Film

    January 7, 1999

    Class Action

    A true case offers testimony to the talents of Travolta and Duvall

  • Music

    November 12, 1998

    Into the Groovy

    Raving about Simon Reynolds's techno-historical treatment, Generation Ecstasy

  • Calendar

    September 11, 1997
  • Dining

    July 11, 1996

    A Place of His Own

    Jack Laurenzo cuts the apron strings from Mama Ninfa

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