• Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Five HISD Schools on the Chopping Block (Unless A Successful Argument is Made Why This Shouldn't Happen)

    Three elementaries -- Dodson, Nathaniel Q. Henderson and Port Houston -- Fleming Middle Schools and Jones High School will be closing their doors to their students if the Houston ISD school board agrees with administration proposals spelled out in a press conference this morning. All the schools f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    HISD Dumps 20 Magnet School Programs, Saying They Just Didn't Measure Up

    Houston ISD, the district that years ago was a leader in the country in using magnet schools to desegregate its campuses, announced Thursday it will close 20 of its 115 magnet programs - saying that not enough kids from outside their zoned neighborhoods are going to these particular schools. Here' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    True Blood: At Last We're Getting Somewhere

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood -- which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. Much thanks to, who has offered to help us with trac ... More >>

  • Film

    March 22, 2012

    North America's Next Top Killer

    The Hunger Games rages against our stupid culture, and becomes part of the problem.

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    HISD Eyes More School Closures, a Hike in Lunch Prices, UPDATED

    Dollars: HISD ain't got `em​Update:HISD spokesman Jason Spencer sent us a note that these schools are now up for closure and/or consolidation: Elementary schools: Memorial, Paige, N.Q. Henderson, Port Houston, Gordon, Pleasantville, Stevenson, Houston Gardens, Burrus, Rhoads, Grimes, McDade, a ... More >>

  • News

    June 3, 2010

    Homeless High

    On the Furr campus, kids are getting the chances they need.

  • News

    January 7, 2010

    Gay-Basher Denied Parole Again

    Plus: Houston's past, all boxed up and nowhere to go.

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    Old Houston, Hiding Away In Long-Unopened Boxes

    Photographs (c) Elizabeth Paul / All Rights Reserved‚ÄčElizabeth Avedon has boxes full of treasure, yet unopened. Her dad was president of the Harris County Mounted Posse back in the day -- making him a bigwig in the rodeo -- and he kept a large amount of pictures from his stint. Pictures that show ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2009

    Debris-Pile Maker To Pleasantville: No, You Stink

    The man behind the Pleasantville debris pile has spoken to the Houston Chronicle and has offered a novel defense of his actions.Marlon Copeland of CCG, the company that created the giant pile, essentially tells complainers this: Your neighborhood smelled so bad before, you should be thanking us for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    Ten Things You Can Find In the Pleasantville Garbage Pile

    There's a pile of rotting garbage (some optimistically call it "mulch", but if it's been there since Ike, it's garbage) festering in Pleasantville, near the Port of Houston. It's been there since Hurricane Ike converted large chunks of the city to debris back in September, and now it looks like the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2008

    120 HISD Schools To Open Tuesday -- UPDATED

    The Houston school district has announced that 120 schools will be open for students on Tuesday. Other schools will be added Thursday, officials said. Some other schools might need generators or portable buildings. No school was damaged so severely that massive repairs are needed, officials said. ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    April 17, 2008

    Undead on Arrival: The House of the Dead 2&3 Return

    House of the Dead returns for the Wii, stiff as ever

  • News

    September 20, 2007

    Vinyl Heads: Good Vibrations

    How records are made and played

  • Film

    April 27, 2006

    Being Bettie

    The Notorious Bettie Page never quite pins down the pinup

  • News

    March 2, 2006

    These Kids Go to the Best Public High School in Houston

    This week: Our first- through fifth-place finishers

  • Music

    December 15, 2005

    Flying High

    Our new Nightfly uncovers a Saucer full of secrets

  • News

    August 28, 2003

    Running Mates

    Michael and Nandy Berry are world-class charmers. But what's really behind those two smiles?

  • Film

    July 24, 2003

    Making Book

    Seabiscuit is a good enough breed to overtake other summer movies

  • Film

    May 29, 2003

    Think Different

    Could it be that this year's crop of summer movies requires a brain cell or two?

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Club Sandwich

    Edloe St. Café & Deli

  • Film

    July 12, 2001

    Bland Ambition

    Motion to dismiss: Legally Blonde doesn't even have a case

  • News

    April 6, 2000

    Making (Up) the Grade

    This HISD program teaches a big lesson: Don't question what the district touts

  • Film

    December 16, 1999

    My Life as an Orphan

    Lasse Hallström deftly juggles contradictions in the coming-of-age story The Cider House Rules

  • Film

    December 2, 1999

    Into the Line of Fire

    Swede Lasse Hallström steps into America's abortion controversy with The Cider House Rules

  • Film

    December 31, 1998

    Year of Yearning

    The old were bold in an era of Hollywood mainstream misses

  • Film

    November 12, 1998

    American History Xploitation

    Nobody's clamoring to claim this uncertain neo-Nazi film

  • Film

    November 5, 1998

    Rights Out

    Freedoms and order are at odds in the provocative Siege

  • News

    November 27, 1997
  • News

    January 30, 1997

    The Great Land Grab

    A nonprofit "charity" is pursuing millions in taxpayers' money to redevelop the Fourth Ward. The question for Houston Renaissance is, charity for whom?

  • News

    December 26, 1996