Author Larry McMurtry knows a thing or two about the Lone Star State, which is why when he talks, much like EF Hutton in the '70s, people listen. In this case, he was talking to Texas Monthly in an essay about Texas's biggest cities for their February issue, and, as reported on DMagazine.com, he is ... More >>
The Alley Theatre's production is funny — and forgettable.
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. If I had to describe last night's episode in one word it would be ... More >>
Smithsonian Magazine, in its more than 40 years of existence, has rarely been of interest to us foodies. Sure it's always full of nifty inventions, complicated science and fascinating history, but food was never on its front burner. That all changed this June. The first-ever Smithsonian Magazine ... More >>
Each character gets a center-stage aria in this most operatic of August Wilson's cycle plays.
Since I first read the Grand Forks Herald article last night -- "Long-awaited Olive Garden receives warm welcome" -- it's made its way around the Internet as an object of fascination faster than faked cell phone pictures of Christina Hendricks's breasts. "An Onion-worthy, rave review of...Olive Gar ... More >>
Modernist Cuisine is not your grandmother's Joy of Cooking. It establishes a new language by which chefs can communicate the complexities of their intellectual work. Authors Nathan Myhrvold, Chris Young and Maxime Bilet have produced a beautiful and fascinating cookbook that explores the possibili ... More >>
Being both a music nerd and a movie geek, my interest was piqued when it was revealed that this year only two songs were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. I wondered how the Academy decided that there were only two songs worthy of competing for the award, and how those songs we ... More >>
In 1926 historian Carter G. Wilson began what was known as Negro History Week in an effort to make the African American story more prevalent in our culture's consciousnesses. The week evolved into an entire month-long celebration and promotion of African American history, which we recognize this mon ... More >>
It was just announced that Houston's favorite nerd, Jim Parsons, will return to Broadway this coming spring. Parsons, who made his big stage debut this past year in Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart, will now take on the lead role in the Pulitzer Prize winning play Harvey. Harvey is about a seemingl ... More >>
The Back Porch Players present a startling, sterling production.
Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Sunset: Jonathan Gold, Pulitzer Prize-winner and food critic for our sister pap ... More >>
Ted Barron/New West RecordsSteve Earle: What's up, Doc?Despite what our paychecks and sometimes even our diplomas say, the perception persists that music journalists are not "real" journalists. Similarly, no matter how literate their lyrics, some folks think musicians could not possibly put p ... More >>
And we finally stop insulting Guatemalans!
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