• Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    10 Crazy Things in Texas' Proposed New Social Studies Textbooks

    It seems the Texas education system is still nursing a hangover from the State Board of Education's raucous culture-warrior party days. Hell, it's possible they're still drunk. A while back in 2009 members of the SBOE tried to cut the actual science from the state's science standards (namely, Darwin ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014

    The 16 Hard-to-Spell Words Everyone From Houston Knows

    You can spell “Olajuwon” without looking, right?

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    June 4, 2014

    Woman: Security Didn't Want Her Waving Palestinian Flag During Israel Game in Houston

    A woman watching the Honduras-Israel soccer match at BBVA Compass Stadium June 1 says a security guard tried to confiscate her Palestinian flag because it was a "racial slur." Buthayna Hammad says she was waving the flag about fifteen minutes into the match when four stadium security officers and f ... More >>

  • Music

    May 15, 2014

    Up and Coming: 5 Houston-Area Musical Artists You Should Know About

    The locals who have captured our ears, from rock to rap to synth-pop.

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    May 7, 2014

    How To: Get, Plant & Grow Your Own Lime Trees in Houston

    What's the best solution to avoiding rising prices of any produce? Grow it yourself. Fortunately, the Houston area and climate is perfect for growing citrus, especially limes. Unfortunately, if you plant a lime tree now it won't produce fruit until next year. But, just in case another lime crisis ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    A Gandhian Meal at Indika in Honor of the Menil's Upcoming Gandhi Exhibit

    In October, The Menil will be opening an exhibit called "Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence," and it will be the first ever exploration of Gandhi's principle of satyagraha (nonviolence) in the visual arts. To celebrate, local chef and owner of Pondicheri and Indika, Anita Jai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Aggies, Arabs, and Jews -- A Recipe for Success!

    For years, religious and political scholars have argued that a primary factor in the brutal Israel-Palestine strife has been the absence of a satellite Texas A&M campus. But now, A&M Chancellor John Sharp is stepping up to do something about it. The head of A&M told the Associated Press he wants to ... More >>

  • Film

    September 27, 2012

    Caesar's Messiah

    Rome invented Jesus, new doc claims.

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    August 26, 2012

    RIP Gene Thomas: Swamp-Pop Singer of "Sometimes" Passes Away at 74

    Gene Thomas, the Texas singer and songwriter whose 1961 swamp-pop hit "Sometimes" was recorded at Houston's Gold Star Studios (later SugarHill), and was later covered by Doug Sahm, passed away Sunday morning. Houston musician Buzzy Smith announced Thomas' death on his Facebook page. The Palestine n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    ¿Como se dice "Whoops?": 5 Musicians' Romney-esque Blunders In Foreign Lands

    Mitt Romney had a troublesome time during his recent trip abroad, pissing off politicians and citizens in England, Palestine, and Poland (although to be fair, that last one was simply a guy who worked for Romney, not Romney himself). Besides providing a potential future Ted Nugent album name -- "Ki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Green Day Singer Kicked Off Flight Over Pants, Heralds Armageddon

    Mason Lankford said, "There will come a day when we forget the Rapture ever even happened," but Rocks Off is keeping an eye out for signs of our impending Armageddon. We were wrong last time, but we're totally right this time! ​In a bizarre incident last Thursday, Billie Joe Armstrong, belove ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 31, 2011

    Film Collage

    Johan Grimonprez's stunning work screens at the Blaffer Museum.

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    October 4, 2010

    Saturday Night: Michael Franti & Spearhead At House Of Blues

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Michael Franti & Spearhead House of Blues October 2, 2010 Check out photos from the show. Hands are in the air immediately with the stupidly fun show opener "Love Don't Wait," as Michael Franti and his Spearhead instrumentalists file out onstage. Franti is a big dude, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    Aftermath: Patti Smith, Not Quite As Mythic As Her Music, At U of H

    Eric Hester/ photos courtesy of Voices Breaking Boundaries​Have you ever gone to see an artist, but then wished you hadn't? Not because of a bad performance, but just because the real-life person didn't fit so neatly into the tiny box you'd made for them in your brain? That's how Aftermath felt ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Romance Blooms Out Of The Ashes Of A Lufkin Crime Of Passion

    ​Paraphrasing Larry McMurtry, a woman's love is like the spring dew. It's just as likely to descend on a cowpie as an April wildflower.In the East Texas romance of Jennifer Doss and Christopher Guffey, we're leaning towards cowpie. You see, Guffey, an alleged member of the Aryan Brotherhood prison ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    The Moral Ambiguity of Killing Kasztner

    ​Documentary filmmaker Gaylen Ross's new film Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt with Nazis hits the screen at Houston's Angelika Theater today. If you don't know the name Rudolf Kasztner, you aren't alone. Although the Hungarian journalist and lawyer saved more than 1,600 Jews during WWII, h ... More >>

  • Music

    December 10, 2009

    Tender Mercies

    Bombing survivor Sam Baker comes to grips with forgiveness on Cotton.

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    February 19, 2009
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    October 9, 2008
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    October 21, 2004

    Taking Aim

    Marching with an evolving minority electorate, a Vietnamese immigrant may just whip the GOP's old guard

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    July 24, 2003
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    April 3, 2003

    Pulling Stunts

    Oscar Carles likes crashing cars

  • Culture

    March 27, 2003

    War on War Songs

    Iraq and roll don't go together well when rockers protest

  • News

    February 6, 2003

    Last Rites

    Ghouls and grief along the Columbia debris trail

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    January 30, 2003

    Last Rites

    Ghouls and grief along the Columbia debris trail

  • News

    August 29, 2002

    Olympic Moments

    A marathon through the downtown tunnel, a rowing venue in a flooded Katy Freeway, the javelina throw -- how splendid, how Houston!

  • News

    May 9, 2002

    Tales of Rail

    Metro's incoming chairman loves to tell stories. Can Houstonians cotton to his next one?

  • News

    September 6, 2001

    Drug Money

    Narcotics task forces in Texas spend millions of dollars each year busting low-level users and dealers. Is it money well spent, or are officers just addicted to easy cash?

  • News

    August 9, 2001

    Lost Boys

    Judy Walker saw one son die in prison and his twin sentenced to life for shooting a cop. The prison autopsy says Reginald died of natural causes. But his mother says it was retaliation for Robert's actions that got his brother killed.

  • Music

    July 5, 2001

    Mosquito Dope

    Hayflick Limit's punk has been baked by the heat of the Lone Star State

  • News

    December 2, 1999

    Real Life

    A Burning (Bush) Issue. When Christmas rolls around, some Houston Jews get a little green with envy

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    July 8, 1999

    Trouble in Mind

    Texas's mentally impaired used to go to treatment centers. Now they go to prison.

  • News

    June 24, 1999

    Killer On The Loose

    Was Walter Waldhauser/ Michael Davis tipped about his latest arrest warrants?

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    May 20, 1999

    Mr. Moore's Opus

    First there was the passion for English and the woman he loved. Then came the pain.

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    April 29, 1999

    Border Bound

    Is Elton Bomer the bully who's needed to help colonias -- or just another political grandstander?

  • News

    November 19, 1998

    The Great Sucking Sound

    Bart Sipriano's well dried up four days after Ozarka started pumpin massive amount of water nearby. Under the state's archaic "rule of capture," the East Texan has no right to complain.

  • News

    June 11, 1998

    The Special Needs of Frank Gonzales Jr.

    The Texas parole board let him out to die; instead, he got involved in a killing.

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    January 22, 1998
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    September 12, 1996
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    October 20, 1994
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    July 28, 1994

    Talk Radio Takes Aim at the Bad Guys

    Dan's the man behind a new anti-crime group