P.T. Barnum

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2014

    Five Songs About Real Freaks For AHS: Freak Show

    So, now that the fourth season of American Horror Story is apparently going to be a musical, it got me thinking about songs that have been dedicated to human oddities over the years. There have been a fair few of them, actually, and today we sing their praises for the part they've played in history.

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Scam Warning: Beware of Officers Collecting Debt Via Phone and E-Mail

    On the rare occasion my spam filter allows an e-mail through from a Nigerian prince who wants to send me $1 million, I chuckle for a moment. Then, I realize the reason these ridiculous e-mails are still in circulation isn't because they are funny, but because some poor suckers out there still fall f ... More >>

  • Film

    September 6, 2012

    Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master's Master

    Talking 70mm, Joaquin Phoenix, and researching Scientology for his sixth and most anticipated film

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Reality Bites: MonsterQuest

    There are a million reality shows on the naked television. We're going to watch them all, one at a time. Admittedly, the concept of MonsterQuest initially struck me as woefully similar to that of...certain other reality shows, in that I was sure we'd be following around a bunch of yahoos using dubi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Katharine Shilcutt reported on renewed efforts to assign appellations to Gulf oysters, and some commenters didn't like the idea so much. "Seriously," P. T. Barnum wrote. "Were these same oysters selling for inflated prices before their fancy name? Nope. Sucker." But PJ Stoops defended the pra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Last Night: Fred Eaglesmith At McGonigel's Mucky Duck

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Fred Eaglesmith McGonigel's Mucky Duck February 22, 2011 Rocks Off Sr. wanted to know, and he wanted to know now. "What kinda crowd is this? Canadians?" "Yeah, some, for sure." Aftermath understands these things. Instinctively. It's like drinking good whiskey. "But l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Six Things The White Stripes Leave In Their Wake

    ​In the wake of the White Stripes' official breakup last week, the music world reeled with the loss of one of the defining bands of the past decade. Some applauded the end of a band they saw as too simplistic, buoyed by a sub-par drummer and warbling attention-addict. Different strokes, y'all. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2009

    And The Tommy Tune Award Goes To.......

    The Tommy Tune Awards -- the Tonys for local high schools -- were presented last night.Among the nominees were schools from all over the area, presenting a pretty wide variety of plays. The big winners last night were Stratford High's production of Barnum and Seven Lakes High's production of Once Up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2009

    Tommy Tune Award Nominees Announced; St. Agnes Kicks Ass

    Logo courtesy TUTSTUTS' Tommy Tune Awards have become a big deal -- they're the Tonys for high-school musicals.Which may sound lame, but the ceremony is actually pretty nice and the productions some of these schools put on are impressive.As always, they're not to be confused with these high-school T ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 12, 2009

    Oyster Lovers Unite

    This Valentine's weekend may be your best chance to eat oysters for years to come

  • Music

    January 22, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 27, 2008
  • Blogs

    January 22, 2008

    Slideshow: 999 Eyes Authentic Freakshow

    Staff photog Daniel Kramer went behind the scenes with the performers of 999 Eyes Authentic Freakshow on Saturday night and brought back some pics. Click here to get your P.T. Barnum on. And for those of you just getting back from a long weekend, here's what else you missed. -- Keith Plocek

  • Film

    June 28, 2007


    Michael Moore's pill goes down easy, but his diagnosis of U.S. health care still devastates

  • News

    February 1, 2007

    How to Hide Your Weed

    An ex-cop from East Texas decides to switch sides

  • Culture

    July 20, 2006

    Capsule Reviews

    Our critics weigh in on local theater

  • Culture

    July 6, 2006

    Capsule Reviews

    A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

  • Culture

    April 27, 2006

    The Body Shop

    The HMNS features the life's work of a creepy German doctor

  • Calendar

    October 13, 2005

    Buy Sexual

    Brothel owner and Cathouse star Dennis Hof is the next Hef

  • Music

    May 12, 2005

    Sammy's Way

    A former Gallant Knight singer hopes to conquer downtown with his own club

  • Music

    February 24, 2005
  • Film

    June 3, 2004

    Saddest -- and Strangest

    This nostalgic melodrama will be memorable, if not necessarily enjoyable

  • Music

    January 15, 2004

    A Clean Brake

    After almost losing his voice, country rocker David Brake starts singing his own songs

  • News

    October 9, 2003

    Catching Elevators

    Dr. Hitoshi Nikaidoh stepped on a St. Joseph Hospital elevator and died. His death was gruesome and horrifying. But it wasn't unique.

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Circus


  • Culture

    July 10, 2003

    Still Smilin'?

    Part Disney, part Barnum, the man who saved comics is all Stan Lee

  • Culture

    March 13, 2003

    Family Circus

    The Alley and Alegría offer all-ages shows that adults will actually enjoy

  • Culture

    February 13, 2003

    The Bleeding Edge

    A decade ago, Vertigo started a revolution by making comics for adults

  • Music

    December 12, 2002

    Retro Electro

    Meet Larry Tee and the circus freaks of electroclash

  • Culture

    April 25, 2002

    Seeing Is Disbelieving

    Kirk Hayes tricks and treats in James Gallery's final show

  • Music

    September 27, 2001

    Where the Streets Have No Lanes

    Metro has Main Street club owners singing the Midtown blues

  • Calendar

    April 19, 2001

    Rose, By Any Other Name

    Jim Rose got a makeover, but he still has fans rolling in the aisles

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Circus

    P.T. Barnum's Kaleidoscape

  • Calendar

    December 23, 1999
  • Music

    February 25, 1999

    The Devil Makes Him Do It

    One-on-one with pop satirist Wesley Willis

  • Calendar

    August 13, 1998
  • Music

    July 4, 1996

    Notes from the Front

    Vamping down memory lane with members of the Kiss Army