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    October 10, 2014

    Why Moving Pride Out of Montrose is a Big Deal

    Social media went haywire last week when Pride Houston announced that next year's Houston LGBT Pride Celebration will take place downtown, leaving its Montrose home of more than three decades. Many were shocked because they weren't told this was happening ahead of time. And while there have been g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Five Sample-Using Songs That Deserve Grammys Now

    Recently the Grammy Awards announced changes to the annual music awards' criteria and categories, the most notable being now permitting songs that utilize samples in the songwriting categories, specifically Song of the Year. This is huge news for many electronic artists and rappers, obviously. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    How Houston Cooks: Anvil Bar & Refuge Mixes Things Up

    Every other week, we'll be bringing you videos that take a behind-the-scenes look at restaurants, breweries, marketplaces, bars and any other spots that define Houston food and drink. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. "We're gonna find the drink that's right for you," Anvil general manager Terry ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Popping the Trunk on Houston Rap Tapes

    The shittiest thing about Houston Rap, the big, glossy picture book put out late last year by Sinecure Books, is that it isn't 11 million pages long. A ten-year labor of photographic love by documentarians Peter Beste and Lance Scott Walker, the book is an absolute treasure trove of snapshots captur ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 16, 2014
  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    Going Deep Underground With Houston Rap

    For all but the hardest of hardcore local hip-hop adherents, there are going to be a few unfamiliar faces in Sinecure Books' new Houston Rap chronicle. When photographer Peter Beste and writer Lance Scott Walker began the project nearly ten years ago, they set out to document not just the most famou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013
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    November 4, 2013

    Negative Approach & the Casualties at Walters, 11/2/2013

    Negative Approach, the Casualties, the Krum Bums Walters Downtown November 2, 2013 Now that virtually every hardcore band that ever pushed a van in the early '80s has reformed for a trek or three around the country, it's fair to say that Detroit's Negative Approach stands out as one of the best. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    Blondie & X at Warehouse Live, 9/27/2013

    Blondie, X Warehouse Live September 27, 2013 Blondie's show last Friday night was a far cry from faultless. And I, like everyone else on the packed floor of Warehouse Live, could've cared less. It was Blondie. Opening band X played a fairly long set of sustainable American music that sounded prett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    Wine for Jews: Just Because It's Kosher Doesn't Mean It Has to Be Bad

    It's that time a year again: Like their brethren across the nation, Jewish Houstonians will make their way to their local supermarkets for last-minute kosher wine shopping. And like most Jewish Americans, they will find themselves ill-prepared in selecting the wines, partly because for most of them ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    Five Great Violent Hip-Hop Songs (for Lupe Fiasco)

    Lupe Fiasco used to be a talented, socially conscious rapper known for putting out really good hip-hop albums. Since he hasn't done one of those in a while, he's more well known these days for criticizing President Obama and espousing conspiracy theories about 9/11. Recently he was back in the news ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Alicia Keys, Maroon 5, RiFF RaFF, etc.

    Alicia Keys, Miguel Toyota Center, March 18 Alicia Keys just keeps rising. The Harlem-raised soul singer and pianist has reached the peak of her profession, exuding a retro vibe and flashing her classical training while becoming a fashion-forward style trendsetter. Along the way, Keys has gone mult ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Fried Chicken and Waffles at 30 Below

    We started planning Christmas Eve dinner back in August. My husband had gone to Alaska for a business trip, and I met him at the tail end to spend a couple of weeks with our Alaska family in Fairbanks. Around several campfires Josh and his other wife (my best friend Helen -- they are best cooking ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Cover Story: Houston Babylon, a Collection of Houston's Creepiest Tales

    After my editor assigned me to write up a collection of some of Houston's creepiest tales for this week's cover story Houston Babylon, I took to Facebook for some group-sourcing of ideas and leads. That thread ballooned into an 158-post beast. Far too many good stories came in for me to include them ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 11, 2012
  • Culture

    October 4, 2012

    Why Do Chicanos Love the Aztecs?

    And what are some Mexican regional stereotypes of Mexicans?

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Eating D.C.: Dining Dispatches from the Capital

    As of this writing, I am still comfortably ensconced in the Hotel Palomar in our nation's capital. There is a Negroni at my side, compliments of the hotel, which was waiting for me in the room after I returned from walking off a Shake Shack burger at lunch. That's service. Both the Shake Shack and ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 14, 2012

    Burger Guys Bad-Ass Brunch Is Back

    5 things to know before you go

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    Drops In the Bucket List: 5 Venues To See a Show In Before You Die

    I'm not much of a traveler. Outside of a few trips to Vegas, I've never been on a real grownup-type vacation. Every year it's a struggle to think of something to do with my vacation days, one that eventually leads to a few four-day weeks and a couple of midweek shows. Now that I'm getting older, I' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    If New York City Bans Big Gulps, Here Are 5 Texan Foods Worth Banning, Too

    In the latest blow to common sense, New York City has moved to ban Big Gulps -- the extra-large soft drinks of the type you usually see in Styrofoam cups triple the size of a human's normal stomach capacity, or anything more than 16 ounces in capacity (which is close to the size of a McDonald's smal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    I Don't Like Sandra Lee, Except For When I Do, PLUS! Three Semi-Homemade Things I Made Up

    Not to get all Sam Brown-on-Guy Fieri on you guys, but Sandra Lee bugs me a little. In the past, she did not bug me -- in fact, my first attempts in the kitchen were prompted at least in part by her recipes. (I didn't start cooking until I was 30. Seriously.) I found her "semi-homemade" concept of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Frito Pies (or Not) Across America

    I suffer under no delusions that Frito pies -- whether Texan in origin or not -- are as popular outside of Texas/Oklahoma/New Mexico as they are in this Frito tied-triangle. I understand that Frito pies are to our region as lutefisk suppers are to Minnesota or lobster rolls are to Maine. However, I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Friday Brunch at Max's Wine Dive

    When visitors come into town, the first thing that pops into my head is, "Where am I taking these people to eat?" (This is mostly because I'm trying to avoid ever going to the Space Center again, and I need to distract them with something really, really good.) With such an amazing food scene, it's h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Fast Times: Chicken Soup and a BLT Sub with Avocado at Subway

    Photos: Christina UticoneMaybe I'm anthropomorphizing my sandwich, but is it grimacing at me?​The alternate title for this blog post was "Fast Times: Wasting a Perfectly Good Hangover at Subway." Hangovers and killer death flu situations are my go-to fast food days; something about the loads o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    This Week in Deliciousness

    That's the tidiest enchilada combo I've ever seen! When did the military start serving Tex-Mex?​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where our Tears For Fears-themed food truck Sowing the Seeds of Lunch isn't taking off nearly as well as we'd hoped. If we can't think up ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 7, 2011
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    January 6, 2011

    The Five Weirdest Baby Names from the Most Popular Names of 2010

    You're kid won't turn out like this.​The list of the top 100 baby names of 2010 is out and it is filled with many names you would expect. There are Biblical names like John and Luke and James. There are pop culture names like Bella and Zachary. There are even names that help you to rhyme your ... More >>

  • Film

    December 23, 2010

    Hole in the Heart

    Hedwig creator John Cameron Mitchell switches gears, channeling his own grief into his latest project.

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    10 Food-related Gifts Under $25 to Make Your Friends Salivate

    www.worldwidefred.com The Wine Monkey is the life of every Holiday party​We all have at least one - that friend who is obsessed with everything food. Luckily, shopping for him doesn't have to break the bank. Here are ten options, all under $25. Gift that Keeps on Giving One of the best gifts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Fox vs. Dish Network: Rockets Fans Need Alternative Plans

    Dish Network: No Yao, but not for the usual reasons​The Rockets' season opens tonight, and if history is any guide, you'll want to catch the early-season games -- you know, the ones before Yao Ming goes down with an injury.That's easy enough tonight -- they're on TBS TNT -- but after that, things ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    David Kaczynski: Unabomber's Brother Campaigns Against Death Penalty

    Photo by Craig MalisowDavid Kaczynski hasn't heard from Ted lately​Once you become forever known as "The Unabomber's Brother," there are probably two ways you can go: you can do your best to hide (say, maybe move to a cozy, isolated cabin in Montana?) or you can use your position to further a caus ... More >>

  • Music

    September 23, 2010
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    September 16, 2010

    First Play: V-Zilla's "Unsigned State of Mind" vs. Young Sensation's "Showcase Skillz"

    Houston exists largely as its own market. As such, rappers here tend to not like to -on the record, anyway - rank themselves or their albums or songs against each other or each other's. So we'll do it for them. Email sheaserrano (at) gmail (dot) com. ​The Songs: This week, we've got music fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    Teenage Werewolves: A City's Shame

    The above clip is not from The Onion; it may be from the files of Teens Pulling Pranks On Reporters.At any rate, you owe it to yourself to watch these marvelous four minutes from a San Antonio news station.And then read the comments that the clip brought forth from Gawker, after the jump.

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    New On DVD: Did You Hear What Happened To The Morgans? If Not, You're Lucky

    ​A quick look at the DVDs being released today once again proves that there's no accounting for taste. The box office money makers are Disney's The Princess and the Frog, which raked in more than $102 million, and Ninja Assassin, which pocketed just over $38 million. Then there's Did You Hear Abou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    More ParkerMania Continues: An Obama Phone Call, Roller-Skating Drag Queens

    Photo by Daniel Kramer​The media fallout from Annise Parker's mayoral victory continues to roll in.President Barack Obama called to congratulate her (he didn't mention the gay angle), but he called while she was giving an interview to Fox 26. And really, what's more important, Obama or Fox 26? So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    The Chicken or the Egg?

    ​Wabash Feed Store (5701 Washington Avenue) is a trip to the country in the middle of the city. There are fresh free-range eggs for three dollars a dozen behind the front counter. Of course, if you want really fresh eggs, the store also sells chickens. Hens start at $12, roosters are $13, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    Five Spot: Killa Kyleon's Purple Punch 3

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, albeit sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. ​One of the guys that we always (usually) enjoy listening to is the ... More >>

  • Film

    December 3, 2009

    Merry Pranksters

    The Yes Men's cheerful quest for social justice.

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2009

    Aftermath Extra: The Best Concerts of the Year, Part 6

    Silver Jews, Walter's on Washington, September 18: "[Silver Jews frontman David] Berman strode around the stage with confidence; you wouldn't know he's still getting used to playing live. At times, he looked so loose that he might slump to the floor had he not been leaning on the mic stand." (Troy S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2008

    Gift Giving at Soon-To-Be-Closed J. Will Jones Elementary

    Thanks to some generous people in Houston and from as far away as New York State, J. Will Jones Elementary will celebrate its annual "Gift of Giving" celebration this Thursday, distributing "donated presents and hurricane relief supplies to students and their families," HISD announced today. St. Nic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2008

    Top Five Houstonians As Hurricanes

    We're right in the middle of Oh God, Oh God, We're All Gonna Die season (as Wash might say) and sure enough there's hurricane Gustav, creeping through the Caribbean and toying with the sphincter control of everyone from Corpus Christi to Destin, FL. Trouble is, Gustav is hardly a name we Houstonians ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2008

    Listen Up: K-Rino's "Holla at Me"

    Here’s a new video from K-Rino. Great song and video. This guy is on a whole other level, and it’s a shame he didn’t get more shine in the big H-Town rap boom of 2005. Hell, after 20 years of steady, even expanding genius, I think they should put a statue of the man on the corner of M.L.K. and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2008

    Cupcake Contest: Sugarbaby's vs. the Cookie Jar

    As you may have gathered from that Sex and the City marathon you caught over Christmas, it has recently become socially acceptable - even trendy - for grownups to eat cupcakes. Although the nationwide trend seems to have died down somewhat (I'm pretty sure having a wedding cake made entirely of cupc ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 25, 2007

    The Scene

    The Alley Theatre opens the Neuhaus Stage season with Theresa Rebeck’s comedy

  • Calendar

    November 30, 2006
  • Music

    October 10, 2002

    Definitive Jux Tour

    Saturday, October 12

  • Dining

    January 11, 2001

    Chicken-Fried Honor

    George's civic slur

  • Music

    March 26, 1998
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