This year, I plan to go to a kick-ass neighborhood Halloween party (on the 31st) at which I may or may not consume a formidable amount of pumpkin curry, cupcakes, and red wine. When I heard, however, that Brenner's on the Bayou, was hosting a "spirits" dinner with cocktail pairings, I wished I had ... More >>
You know the hardest conversation I've ever had in regards to music criticism? The one about Lauryn Hill. It feels as if every time the former Fugees star reappears into public form, there needs to be a hefty, long-form "think piece" about her and her 1998 album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. It' ... More >>
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I gave up meat for Lent. I'd thought it would be difficult, but for the most part, I found it an enjoyable exercise. The night my wife insisted on the decidedly un-vegetarian-friendly Hubcap Grill for dinner, relegating me to a couple of orders of fries and a beer, was pretty rough. Aside from that, ... More >>
There are moments in theater when your heart seems to stop and you dare not breathe, lest you miss the power on stage. There are moments when you want to collapse in the aisle with uproarious laughter. And there are moments, usually quieter and often minor, when there is simply the click of recognit ... More >>
blogs.dallasobserver.comOn Monday The Daily Mail reported on a recent study of 5,000 men and women conducted by UK based Shape Smart that found that while men are thinking about sex (36 percent fantasize every half hour), women are focused on food--nearly a quarter of female participants repo ... More >>
Who put eggnog in my whiskey?
‚ÄčOpera in the Heights is presenting its final performance of Il Tabarro and Pagliacci this Saturday. The shows, by Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Adami respectively, premiered in the 1890s but still have a heck of a punch. Houston Press arts writer D. L. Groover said of the shows, "Puccini and Leonc ... More >>
The old is great again at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston tonight
Consider Yourself...Oh, Wait
A few weeks ago, because my XM radio unit and my heart are both perpetually stuck on the Eighties channel (XM 8), I started to notice how many of the seemingly innocuous pop songs from those pastel-tinged years had much heavier concerns. Perhaps those erudite Englishmen Duran Duran put it best in ‚Ä ... More >>
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