Patrick Swayze

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    October 9, 2014
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    February 13, 2014
  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    Boy Did We Piss Off This One Directioner

    Note: In his column Serrano Time, Houston's award-winning scribe and all-around goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times. Last week, I wrote about why One Direction's "This Is My Story" sucks. Usually, whenever one of these pieces goes up (and they go up often), I get a handful of twe ... More >>

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    November 18, 2013

    One Direction's "Story of My Life" Has No Reason to Exist

    Note: In his column Serrano Time, award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times. Song: One Direction, "Story of My Life" History: A long time ago there were barber shop quartets and then after that the New Kids On The Block, and more recently five UK dudes were li ... More >>

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    February 26, 2013

    Rocks Off's Rodeo Concert Guide for "Bros": Gary Allan

    Date: February 26 Name: Gary Allan AKA: NA

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    May 10, 2012

    Rest of the Best: Houston's Top Mom and Pop Restaurants

    For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants. Family-r ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012
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    February 23, 2012

    Beautiful Strangers

    A bar in a grocery store? You read that right.

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Pop Rocks: We Must Avenge Patrick Swayze

    ​Assholes: Surf thriller "Point Break" will get a modern update by Alcon and Warner Bros., much to fans' chagrin. According to, the new version will be set in the world of extreme sports. Kurt Wimmer ("Salt," the upcoming "Total Recall" remake) has written the script for the ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Dark Side of the Moon: Best Blockbuster Album Ever?

    ​Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd's seminal album about mental illness, the inevitability of death, and anxiety born of living in modern society, turns 38 today. It remains one of the most successful... Wait a minute? DSotM is 38 years old? How is that possible? It seems like just yesterday ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011

    The 10 Sexiest (Male) Texans Of Our Lifetime

    Last week we gave you our 10 Sexiest Texans of Our Lifetime. It was a list that was, admittedly, vagina-biased. We make it up to the people who love guys with this definitive list, which involved more asking around than the first one. Here are, then, the 10 sexiest Texas men of our lives: 10. Sea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2010

    Five 80's Movie Scenes That Spurred Our Sexual Awakenings

    We're not ready for Boba Fett porn, but we are on board with slave girl Leia​Many of us at Hair Balls grew up in the 1980's. It was a formative time for us when we learned about love and life and how to drink from a funnel while standing on our heads, an innocent time. Several of us were havin ... More >>

  • Music

    August 26, 2010

    Perfectly Frank

    The Hot Dog Shop brings happy punk chaos to the suburbs.

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    May 7, 2010

    Which Actors Can Hack It As Musicians?

    ​Hollywood Shuffle got word Thursday that Blues Brother and Saturday Night Live alumnus Dan Aykroyd will be at the downtown Spec's this afternoon from 3-7 p.m. to sign bottles of his new vodka, Conehead Crystal Head. Aykroyd is in town to act as Grand Marshal for Saturday's Art Car Parade. Sat ... More >>

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    April 7, 2010

    A Preview Of The 2010 WorldFest, And A Chance To Win Big And See Stuff For Free

    The 43rd annual WorldFest kicks off this Friday. The "fiercely independent" film festival is one of the oldest international fests in the country, and the oldest independent festival in the world. Many directors you may have heard of received their first awards here, including Steven Spielberg, Joh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    Fort Bend, You Could Have Had A "Patrick Swayze Elementary"

    ​Fort Bend is opening a new elementary, and they threw open the naming process. Three dozen suggestions came in.Some were old school: Abraham Lincoln Elementary. Honest Abe doesn't tend to get many things named after him these days outside of Illinois.Hillary Clinton Elementary? It would have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    The Night BYOB-Packing Jason & The Scorchers Fans Trashed The Fabulous Satellite Lounge, And 3 Other Great Shows

    [Part 1 of a three-part series.] ​ Houston International Festival Director of Performing Arts Rick Mitchell's recent remembrance of great shows he saw at Rockefeller's got LOM to thinking about great shows next door at the funky old Satellite Lounge. We spent way more nights in the Satellite, our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2010

    Beasting Off the Riesling: The Most Ridiculous Lyrics of 2009, Part 2

    New Kids on the Block, "Dirty Dancing" "It's so crazy/ She's like 'Baby'/ I'm like Swayze" One would think that the last thing the somewhat revitalized New Kids on the Block (or is that NKOTB?) would want to do is remind people that it's not 1987 anymore. Perhaps, however, we shouldn't think of "Di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2009

    Pop Rocks: The Year In Houston Movies

    Like most years, 2009 wasn't hugely eventful for Houston as a movie town. There wasn't a big, locally filmed tentpole release like Armageddon, and most news revolved around the death of one of the city's biggest celebrities or, to a much lesser extent, the inaugural Cinema Arts Festival.Some movies ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009

    A Report From The Houston Film Critics Awards

    Last Saturday at the Museum of Fine Arts' Brown Auditorium, the Houston Film Critics Society (of which yours truly is a member) held its third annual awards ceremony. It was a star-studded affair, if you consider the presence of one star sufficient to use the term.Here's a list of the winners:Best ... More >>

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    December 17, 2009

    Houston Film Critics Society

    And the winner is...

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2009

    Halloween Countdown Part 1: The Seven Most Cliched Costumes

    Halloween is coming, and that means many, many costuming mistakes will be made by normally sane adults. To help stop this scourge, each Thursday we will be offering tips and analysis of what to avoid, or possibly what to do. It seems that every year Halloween becomes less and less about scaring othe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2009

    MTV VMA Celebrities Ask The Full-Custom Gospel Sounds of the Reverend Horton Heat

    ​Dear Full-Custom Gospel Sounds,I am a multiplatinum rap artist and producer who has won several Grammy awards. You'd think this would be enough to satisfy me, but I am unable to allow other people to enjoy their time in the spotlight - I have often interrupted acceptance speeches, ranted and rave ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    R.I.P. Houston's Patrick Swayze, And Here's To Your Five Best Characters

    Houston's own Patrick Swayze passed away last night at the age of 57 after an 18-month battle with pancreatic cancer, and we are poorer for it. I'm not ashamed in the slightest to say that I was one of the man's biggest fans, and indeed have tried to live my life by the lessons taught by such movie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    I Am the Body Beautiful: Our Favorite Patrick Swayze Musical Movie Moments

    ​It's only been a few hours, and we already miss Patrick Swayze. The Houston native won our hearts as the sensitive yet murderous Dalton in Road House and the senstive yet Confederate Orry Main in North and South. Here at Rocks Off, however, we want to take a moment to commemorate the musical leg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    He Said She Said: A Stripper Soundtrack, Part 2

    You can leave your hat on...but get the rest of that kit off fast. The ladies don't mess around when it comes to superficially hot, oiled-up dudes (of questionable sexuality, but does that really matter?) getting naked on the stage at La Bare. But because the musical content at places like Chippend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2009

    Houstonians Learn the "Thriller" Dance

    Craig Hlavaty Who would have ever imagined just a little over a week ago that Houstonians would be convening on the lush confines of Discovery Green to learn to do the "Thriller" dance? Or in the sweltering dog days of July for that matter? The dance seems way more like a Halloween affair than anyth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2009

    Death Rumors Swirl About Houston's Patrick Swayze

    Patrick Swayze, one of a handful of famous Hollywood types from Houston, has been sick for a long time.Today, rumors started coursing throughout the Internet and Twitter and whatever that the end had finally come.His publicist, however, is denying the rumors, according to this article that doesn't q ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009


    The Ice / Hammer feud raged furiously in grade-school study halls across the nation.Photo by marcelgermain Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to Dude ... More >>

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    November 11, 2008
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    September 18, 2008

    White Swan Runs Red

    The Second Ward hardcore venue got a little too punk last month

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    September 11, 2008

    Houston On The TV: The Top Five

    According to an online survey by Sky News, the 80s were the coolest decade: Some 41% of people questioned in an online survey said the 80s was their favourite decade, followed by the 60s and the 90s. The Noughties polled as the least cool decade since 1960, with only 10% of people saying it was th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2008

    The Top Five Ballsiest Actors From Texas

    Jacoby Jones likes clutching his balls: Texans receiver Jacoby Jones is carrying a football with him everywhere he goes. "I'm trying to get better and not fumble, so I'm going to walk around with this all day," said Jones, who lost fumbles on punt returns in the first two preseason games. "If you ... More >>

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    July 31, 2008

    A Wish List For Austin's Movie Memorabilia Sale

    Austin Studios is having a movie memorabilia sale tomorrow and Saturday. From noon to 5 PM tomorrow and 8 AM - 2 PM Saturday at 1901 E. 51st Street (in Austin, duh), you can pick through all manner of props and cinematic leftovers. Debbie Haber at the studio balked at providing a complete manifest ... More >>

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    June 7, 2008

    Get Lit: No Regrets: The Best, Worst, & Most #$%*ing Ridiculous Tattoos Ever, by Aviva Yael & P.M. Chen

    The tattoo is the result of a bet. A dolphin with a tribal tattoo props its fin up on an old La-Z-Boy while it smokes a bong. It’s a meta-tattoo, and it’s hilarious. Or, as the caption in No Regrets: The Best, Worst, & Most #$%*ing Ridiculous Tattoos Ever, by Aviva Yael & P.M. Chen, with a forwa ... More >>

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    April 23, 2008
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    April 9, 2008

    Twenty-Five Years Since "Let's Do It For Johnny!"

    There is a certain piece of American cinema that, in my opinion, rivals the importance of "Citizen Kane" and "Manhattan" in the canon of groundbreaking films, and that piece of cinema is "The Outsiders." If you doubt me, ask any even slightly heterosexual woman of a certain age where she was the fir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2008

    Dear Patrick Swayze, Please Get Better Fast. Love, Miss Pop Rocks.

    Miss Pop Rocks is the first to admit she has a tendency to be, well, a little sarcastic or facetious or downright mean-spirited sometimes when it comes to celebrities. But I really and truly do have a soft spot inside of this cold, cold heart for many of them, and one of the ones who melts me is Pat ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 3, 2008

    Donnie Darko

    This 2001 film wears its cult sensibilities on its sleeve

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2007
  • Music

    September 27, 2007

    Houston's Ten Worst Songs

    and we're still not as bad as Dallas

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2007

    Miss Pop Rocks: We Need a Patrick Swayze High School…NOW!

    I’m starting on a mission right now to get an area school district to name a new facility after our own native son, Patrick Swayze. And I’m serious. Does anyone know anything about the Burnet that Burnet Elementary in Houston is named after? No. What about Bondy Intermediate in Pasadena? No ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    July 19, 2007
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    June 29, 2006
  • Film

    February 23, 2006

    Scared Stiff

    Wayne Kramer's latest casts a Paul over the proceedings

  • Music

    May 20, 2004

    Somethin' Serious

    Big Mike looks for a fresh start after three and a half years in the joint

  • Film

    September 25, 2003

    Lowbrow, Meet Eyebrow

    Between The Rock and a hard place, The Rundown isn't so bad

  • Calendar

    April 3, 2003

    WorldFest Keeps on Turning

    WorldFest just says no to movies that aren't really independent

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    March 18, 1999
  • News

    February 12, 1998

    Oprah Does Amarillo

    It's the Queen of Talk versus the Meat Men, and outside the courtroom, master media manipulator Winfrey is already the clear winner.

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