After years of preparation, unprecedented security, and a Mitt Romney gaffe or two, the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London get underway about 3 p.m. Houston time. At the same time, multitudes will gather in nearby Hyde Park for a free concert with Duran Duran, Snow Patrol, ... More >>
Well, damn, I should have waited to blog about five British food traditions to embrace, because clearly a front-runner has emerged.
Eh, perhaps not.
For some inscrutable reason, Pizza Hut has chosen to offer its new Pizza Hut hot dog-stuffed crust pizza exclusively in the UK. Aren't British people ... More >>
travis(ty)In a few weeks, I'm going to Spain by my lonesome. I've traveled solo before in Northern Ireland and India, but it's been a few years since I've spent a substantial amount of time touring, reading, and eating alone.
In light of my upcoming trip, I've started thinking about dining ... More >>
It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off, we're trying hard to decode Houston's oddest monikers in order to find a little meaning.
Jamie Adamson/myspace.com/twodoorcinemaclubTwo Door Cinema Club is one of those bands that when you spend ... More >>
Now THAT was a USA World Cup squadThe 2010 edition of the FIFA World Cup is finally here. Thirty-two teams made it to the big dance to see just who is the best in the world. Realistically though, only a handful of teams have a shot of winning the cup. It's all going to come down to matchups ... More >>
A wake will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Stag's Head Pub for Angela Mullan Jenkins, who passed away Thursday from breast cancer complications.
Jenkins came to Houston from Northern Ireland over 30 years ago and worked briefly for a division of Baker-Hughes before beginning her career ... More >>
Mairead Corrigan Maguire thought the hard part was over. Along with fellow Nobel Laureates Rigoberta Menchu of Guatemala, American landmine activist Jody Williams, and Iranian Shirin Ebadi, she had been in Guatemala, where the women had just co-hosted a three-day conference on democracy, human right ... More >>
Photos by Chris Gray
Quebec's Chic Gamine: a cappella gospel with percussion and soul.iFest needed a breezy, not-too-hot, sunny Sunday to get back on track after Saturday's torrential festival-cancelling rains. The festival got great weather; as I drove down Allen Parkway toward downtown, it ... More >>
Photos by Chris Gray
Skyscrapers - something you won't see at Austin City Limits.
Western Swing maidens the Quebe Sisters performed in the shadow of the Jesse H. Jones Library.Previously, Rocks Off's idea about what a "festival" should look like, and what to expect, came from his exper ... More >>
Pol Brennan, the former I.R.A. fighter detained in Texas on immigration charges, has lost another court battle.The 55-year-old Brennan had been working as a carpenter, living openly in the San Francisco area for ten years, where he had also married an American woman named Joanna Volz. Early thi ... More >>