Pope John Paul II

  • News

    May 15, 2014

    Oil Boom Doesn't Mean an Oil Booty Boom

    A look at the sex-trafficking myth.

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    KHOU: Another Day, Another Burzynski B-Job

    What is it with KHOU getting on its knees for self-mythologizing "cancer doctor" Stanislaw Burzynski, a man who charges vulnerable families a fortune to treat dying loved ones with a dubious potion that's never been proven to be effective? The latest round of fluffing came courtesy of KHOU reporte ... More >>

  • Music

    March 20, 2014


    Houston promoters Pegstar launch a new series of benefit shows this weekend.

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Bob Dylan's Star-Studded "Halftime Show" Gets Deluxe Treatment

    "Thanks Bob! Thanks for having Bob Fest!" Neil Young enthuses at one point during his set at the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert. And though methinks that the October 1992 show at Madison Square Garden paying tribute to the Bard of Hibbing was due more to the planning of Columbia Records than t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Upcoming Events: French Wine, Polish Sausage and Greek Gyros for Everyone

    After a highly successful guest sommelier series at Phil's Wine Lounge, wine whiz Vanessa Trevino Boyd is raring to go again. This time, the Philippe sommelier is hosting a new summer series starting on Wednesday, May 22. Phil's Wine Lounge -- located on the first floor of Philippe -- will host tast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    Pope Francis I: Five Questions We Want Answered About The New Guy

    We've got white smoke; we've got cheering crowds, habemas papem, as they say. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio got the gig and, even though his name ends in a vowel and looks like it should be preceded by a nickname, he's not Italian. For the third time in a row, the College of Cardinals has elected ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 17, 2013

    Rants of a Know Nothing

    And a dramatic piece of Mexican history.

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Top Six Rap Videos Set In Places Of Worship

    Rocks Off was only 13 years old in October 1992 when singer Sinéad O'Connor sang an a cappella version of Bob Marley's "War" on Saturday Night Live and, on cue, tore an image of Pope John Paul II into pieces while singing the word "evil." "Fight the real enemy," she exclaimed at the end of one of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Food Poison(ed): A History of Death By, For and From Food

    On December 16, 1916, the Russian monk, mystic and politically polarizing figure Grigori Rasputin was invited to a bit of a soiree, one which ended with his body being bound, wrapped in carpet and tossed into the frigid Neva river, but only after he was beaten, stabbed and shot. All of this, becaus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Are SNL's Divisive Musical Guests Making It Relevant Again??

    Even as sketch comedy tastes have changed, and a segment of the population has sadly written it off as an unfunny relic, NBC's Saturday Night Live is still pulling in cutting-edge, marquee musical guests each week, in the process creating national stars or pariahs. Or sometimes both. Case in point ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Top 5 Musicians Whose Art Trumps Their Politics

    Once again we have yet another example that if a musician opens his or her mouth without the benefit of a guitar or piano close by, trouble is usually not far behind. In this case it's Rockin' Randall Hank Williams Jr., who compared this year's Obama/John Boehner "golf summit" to Adolf Hitler hittin ... More >>

  • Film

    January 27, 2011

    The Devil You Know

    Demons no scarier than nasty older sisters in The Rite.

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    Rick Santorum Coming To Houston To Rebut JFK, Constitution

    Rick Sanotrum -- defined as "a deep thinker" by UST, as something else by Dan Savage​Fifty years ago, then-presidential candidate JFK delivered a historic speech on the separation of church and state to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association. As the first Catholic candidate for president,&nbs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    This Week's Cover Story: The Man Who Sued The Pope

    ​Most times when you ask Houston lawyer/theologian Daniel Shea a question, you get a treatise in response, one that can take in everything from the Edict of Constantine and to the deeds of Admiral Rickover to the sins of many a modern-day bishop in the ongoing sex abuse scandal roiling the Rom ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 25, 2010

    What a Tease

    Maurizio Cattelan creates a building-wide scavenger hunt at the Menil.

  • Calendar

    February 11, 2010

    "Maurizio Cattelan"

    From Pope John Paul II to foosball, this Italian artist has something to say about it all

  • Calendar

    August 27, 2009
  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Nobel Prize Winner Gets Hassled At Bush Intercontinental Airport

    Mairead Corrigan Maguire thought the hard part was over. Along with fellow Nobel Laureates Rigoberta Menchu of Guatemala, American landmine activist Jody Williams, and Iranian Shirin Ebadi, she had been in Guatemala, where the women had just co-hosted a three-day conference on democracy, human right ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    St. Patrick's Day Special: Ten Great Irish (Or Irish-American) Musicians and Bands

    St. Patrick's Day is, well, today, so, rather than hit the pub to celebrate - which we'll probably still do, to be honest - we thought we'd put together a mixtape for you of our favorite Irish and Irish-American bands along with a favorite tracks by them. Pint of Guinness and shot of Jameson sold se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2008

    Bring Out Your Dead (Popes)

    Hey, kids, the Popemobile is coming to town!! (Pope not included.) Houston's very own Museum of Funeral History (Motto: "Slightly More Popular Than Houston's Museum of Printing History") is putting on an elaborate exhibit on how popes get funeralized. As part of it, the museum announced, an actua ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 14, 2007

    "Julie Green: The Last Supper"

    Julie Green's "Last Supper" will take away your appetite

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2007

    Too Much Space

    When the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated in February 2003, all but paralyzing NASA, it presented the space agency with a very pressing problem: What were they going to do about the three guys stuck in space? The members of Expedition Six -- two Americans and a Russian -- had been orbiting in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2006

    Cumbiamania at the Continental Club

    Like the armadillo, an ancient Colombian dance music continues creeping north Super Estrella I've always had a theory that if the cumbia ever made the jump into the English language, it would sweep the world. A show this Saturday featuring the reunited El Super Estrella and the debut of cumbi ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 2, 2006

    The Measure of Kielbasa

    Real Polish sausage is a lot more exciting than the nasty Polska kielbasa they sell at the grocery store

  • Home Entertainment

    October 12, 2006
  • Culture

    September 28, 2006
  • News

    August 17, 2006

    Parish Predators

    Despite the bishops remarks to the contrary, the Galveston-Houston Roman Catholic Archdiocese had child molesters and let them go. But dont blame just the Church.

  • Music

    July 20, 2006

    GWAR Heroes Electro Grrl

    Flying filth will never go out of style with these guys around

  • Calendar

    March 18, 2004
  • News

    July 24, 2003

    Holy Father

    When it comes to the Catholic hierarchy, Mel Gibsons dad is one Mad Max

  • Calendar

    February 27, 2003
  • Calendar

    December 12, 2002
  • Music

    May 25, 2000

    Art School Style

    Once a relentless trailblazer, King's X sticks to the familiar with new release

  • News

    February 24, 2000

    Boots and Hoots

    Rocky Carroll crafts footwear for presidents and popes -- but not the Houston Rodeo

  • Film

    August 3, 1995

    Fashion Plate

    Clueless is an improbably entertaining time-waster

  • Music

    July 27, 1995

    Irish Ambassadors

    The Chieftains may flirt with rock, but they always come home to Ireland

  • News

    April 13, 1995

    Transformation of Robert Campbell

    From Panhandle flatlands to Guatemalan mountains, Houston doctor and artist Robert Campbell searched for a life with meaning.When he died, many said that life was his.