• Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    Welcome to Country Music Time Machine

    Country music has an interesting relationship with current events. Unlike other forms of pop that deal with one form of fantasy or another -- starlets forever falling in love with that guy who is just out of reach; aspiring rappers' dreams of a ghetto-fabulous lifestyle, for example -- country draw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    What A Muslim Looks Like

    Several years ago, my mom told me about an incident in which one of my cousins and his friends were told, or more fittingly "yelled at," to "go back to their damn country." They were playing basketball in a local, empty outdoor court, when some white people drove by and started slinging slurs at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    The Eating...Our Words 100: Kaiser Lashkari, Owner and Chef of Himalaya Restaurant in Houston's Mahatma Gandhi District

    Those people I know who are nuts about South Asian cuisine fall into two camps when it comes to Himalaya Restaurant. Half call it the best Pakistani restaurant in the city. The other half say that even if it's not the absolute, platonic "best," it's always worth a visit for a chat with owner and che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    When It Comes to Ending Hunger, All Eyes are Upon Houston

    Every other month, Moez El-Shohdi travels through the greater Middle East. Stretching from Morocco to Pakistan, El-Shohdi dots the landscape, visiting models he helped perfect through his work in Cairo. He examines the factory sprung in Riyadh. He tours the facilities in Damascus. He makes sure that ... More >>

  • Film

    January 10, 2013

    Darkness on the Edge of Town

    The thrilling manhunt of Zero Dark Thirty.

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2013

    Top 10 Restaurants in Houston's Little India

    As we enter the new year, I'm trying to make good on a few resolutions starting on the very first day of 2013. And one of those is to get outside the Loop a bit more -- even though a great bounty of amazing restaurants have opened inside the Loop in the last 12 months -- and back to exploring the re ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 27, 2012
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    December 20, 2012
  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Where Does This Indian Eat Indian? India's Restaurant

    No clue what a dahi papdi is? Aloo gobi or vindaloo? Wondering what the hell a paneer tikka is? I'm Indian, and I don't even know what's in chicken 65. Or jalfrezi. Indian food can seem wildly exotic, and sometimes mysteriously unappealing, just like the jolting aromas, loudly chaotic streets ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Don't Tread on Me: The Top 10 Musical Celebrations of American Might

    Rock and pop music in the United States has earned a distinguished reputation for quality protest anthems and anti-war songs, from Country Joe and the Fish all the way up to friggin' Green Day. And that's great; it really is. Not only are many of the tunes timeless, but criticism of our society's m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    Happily Forced To Wipe My Brow: Curry Crawl Houston

    See more fiery photos from the Curry Crawl in our slideshow. It's summertime, Houston. And it ain't just the 98 degree heat that's sizzling hot. This past Sunday, ten local chefs set patrons on fire at the first annual Curry Crawl. Hosted by Straits Restaurant at CityCentre and benefiting PULS ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Kaiser Lashkari of Himalaya Restaurant

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderKaiser Lashkari works out of his delicious Indo-Pak restaurant.​Between disappearing into the kitchen and answering phone calls at his prominent desk, owner and chef Kaiser Lashkari continues our chat from yesterday about Himalaya Restaurant. EOW: When you go home, do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Come On People, Bert and Ernie Are Totally Straight

    You people are sick.​Pop quiz, PBS. Now that your government is once again threatening to slash funding for anything not related to defense or entitlement spending, and your continued liberal heresies have put you squarely on the chopping block, do you: a) Let Philip Morris start advertising ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 26, 2011

    Little India

    Hillcroft and Raja Sweets have become the epicenter of Houston's vibrant Indian population.

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Lights, Camera, Osama

    It'll be the feel-good movie of the year.​On the Geologic Internet Time Scale, the news of Osama bin Laden's death took place almost a century ago. We're already fondly recalling our whereabouts when we heard the fateful news (drinking beer and watching The Killing...NEVAR FORGET) and relivi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    iFest's First Weekend Thick With Music, Humidity

    GroovehouseJimmie Vaughan (left) and his band gave the large iFest crowd some saxual healing Saturday.​Lots more iFest in our slideshows: The bands, the performers, the crowds and even the food. For something that was still going on 24 hours ago, the first weekend of the Houston International ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Al-Jazeera: KPFT Puts Them On The Houston Airwaves

    Al-Jazeera and KPFT: Partners​We noted back in September that KPFT might begin broadcasting Al-Jazeera content as part of a deal by the Pacifica network, which owns the Houston station and four others in the U.S. Some of Pacifica's supporters warned at the time against the move, but now it ap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Remembering Our Friends, The Mujahideen

    ​Obama's Wars, Bob Woodward's new book about the President's management of the Afghanistan War, exposes some pretty significant divisions between Obama's civilian advisers and the U.S. military on strategy concerning what is now America's longest war: Book excerpts published yesterday sugges ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Pop Rocks: The Time Is Now For A Friends Movie

    ​It's been a dark six years since we said goodbye to Central Perk and the Rembrandts dropped off the face of the earth. Now, in Year 6 AF, dawn looks like it's finally breaking; we could be getting a Friends movie. Now, I don't want to get anyone's hopes up. Will a film catching up with Monic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    Aftermath: U2 at Reliant Stadium - One Love, We Get to Share It

    Photos by Groovehouse/ Click here for a slideshow​A day or two before U2 (and love) came to town, a friend emailed us a joke. At least we think it's a joke. It really doesn't have anything to do with U2, except that it has everything to do with U2. "I was so depressed last night thinking about the ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 6, 2009

    Chinese Chili

    Thanks to Indians and Pakistanis, spicy Chinese Halal cooking is famous all over the world.

  • Music

    July 23, 2009

    Fur Sure

    Midtown's casually hip The Mink rededicates itself to live music.

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    Tonight: Arjun and Guardians at Jennyoga

    Note: This showed up as a comment by "Jenny" in Rocks Off's item about Bob Dylan playing The Woodlands, and we're reposting because it sounds pretty interesting. If you're planning a party in space anytime soon, take special note of the last line.Jonathan Gutstadt "Arjun's unique style of music mixe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    A Houston Connection To That Mumbai Terror Attack

    It's a bright day of publicity for one Houston firm -- they're getting written up in papers and on websites all over the globe.On the other hand, they're getting written up for a (somewhat tenuous) connection with the horrific terrorist attacks in Mumbai last year, so it's not an unvarnished honor.A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2009

    Charlie Wilson's War Continues

    We wrote in August about the brouhaha over UT's plans to name a chair in South Asian studies for Charlie Wilson, the former U.S. Rep played by Tom Hanks in Charlie Wilson's War.UT professors protested, saying Wilson had done far more harm than good over there.Now a niece of Benazir Bhutto, the late ... More >>

  • News

    November 20, 2008
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    August 27, 2008

    Charlie Wilson's War -- Over A UT Chair

    Charlie Wilson, the hard-partying Congressman who fomented an Afghan war and a disappointing Tom Hanks movie, is in the crosshairs again. A group in Lufkin wants to endow a chair in South Asian studies at the University of Texas; UT profs who know something about that region have sent a letter dec ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 31, 2007
  • Culture

    March 22, 2007

    Stage Capsule Reviews

    Our critics weigh in on local theater

  • Film

    May 11, 2006

    Troubled Water

    Deepa Mehta completes her trilogy amid outrage from Hindu fundamentalists

  • Dining

    September 29, 2005

    Crispy Muc, Tender Bo

    There's a thrilling new Vietnamese restaurant on Bellaire with a menu that reads like a mystery

  • Calendar

    August 18, 2005
  • Dining

    May 6, 2004

    Shrimp N' Ice Cream

    What to order at the Indian seafood restaurant Fish N' More

  • Film

    March 11, 2004

    From Bad to Worse

    An Afghan girl faces the terror of life under the Taliban

  • News

    May 8, 2003

    Reality Bytes

    The White House-cracking cybergang is gone. Now Houstons most notorious hacker hopes to reboot his life and return to his love: computers.

  • Dining

    April 17, 2003

    Wall of Flavor

    Phil Spector has got nothing on the Little Karachi neighborhood's La Sani Restaurant

  • Calendar

    March 6, 2003

    Don't Try This Anywhere

    If Steve-O comes at you with a staple gun, run!

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Civil Judge

    State District Judge Jane Bland

  • Music

    April 11, 2002

    West End Glitz Blitz

    Glamour comes to Washington Avenue in the form of The Social Lounge and Patio Bar

  • Dining

    October 18, 2001

    Imagine All the Pitas

    Houstonians have broad minds, and stomachs

  • News

    January 25, 2001

    Rejection Slips

    The INS defends our borders and deports immigrant criminals. Sometimes, though, in its zeal, it tosses out perfectly law-abiding, hardworking people too.

  • News

    November 23, 2000

    RiceTec Paddy Whack

    An Alvin-based rice company, the Prince of Liechtenstein, the United States Patent Office, and an Indian eco-feminist bring global trade debates to a roiling boil on Houston's back burner

  • Calendar

    December 16, 1999
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    September 9, 1999
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    April 8, 1999

    WorldFest: Wild, Mild and Wicked

    Moviegoers may find both their Sixth Happiness and Seventh Heaven in these 40 featured indie films

  • News

    December 10, 1998
  • News

    March 19, 1998

    Choke, Hit, Bash, Cha-Cha-Cha

    It's a bare-knuckled fight for gory glory in this Texas twist on an ancient form known as submission fighting

  • Film

    February 5, 1998
  • News

    September 25, 1997

    Desi Dance

    The music is called bhangra, and it's the sound of a whole new way of being Indian. Or Pakistani. Or Bangladeshi.

  • Dining

    September 26, 1996


    Mix cultures, mix people, mix a few surprises. The result? Gyro Gyros.

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