Nursing homes in Texas can't seem to get it right, complained a Florida advocacy group. Texas was ranked last for the second year in a row according to Families for Better Care, receiving an walloping "F" across six out of eight categories of measurement. According to the group's report card, staf ... More >>
While there are plenty of musicians, record collectors and journos who will argue (as only musicians, record collectors and journos can) that all rock is "Southern rock" due to its geographical origins, Southern rock is nonetheless a well-defined genre. And that genre finally gets its comprehensive ... More >>
Let's talk about gender (in)equality, shall we? In 2013, the U.S. failed to make the top 10 -- or even the top 20 -- of the World Economic Forum's list of the most gender-equal countries. And we're guessing that little issue is, at least in part, because of the big ol' state of Texas. A recent st ... More >>
A Houston man is suing CVS Caremark for allegedly screwing up his prescription, giving him eardrops instead of eyedrops, causing him to go blind in one eye. Claudis Alston picked up the prescription from a CVS pharmacy at 12601 Tomball Parkway in 2012. But instead of the eyedrops meant for treatin ... More >>
A spilled drink. That's it. After a cycle of bloodshed that has seen the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd last June preceded by a double murder in Boston late in a July 2012 evening, and seen former New England Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez indicted for all three slayings, it turn ... More >>
Let's all stop embarrassing Texas now, please.
Texas, we're starting to earn our reputation. When we look at the recent headlines out of Texas that have made national news, it's pretty easy to see why folks outside the Lone Star state think that we all ride our horses to work. Our antics are becoming the punch line for national jokes, and real ... More >>
It's was unofficially official last week that Sen. Wendy Davis would run for governor, but Davis will make the official announcement today and the race is really on. Ever since Davis donned her hot pink running shoes and proceeded to stand on the floor of the Texas Senate in a filibuster to block s ... More >>
War Master, Howl, Lord Dying, Warhounds Mango's August 7, 2013 There ain't much street-level activity going on in Houston on a Wednesday night in August. It's too hot, too fetid and just too draining. To get to the real action, you've got to slither through the cracks and the crevices -- undergroun ... More >>
In Season 2 of The Sopranos, Christopher begins his ascent up the Soprano family "corporate" ladder by running (ruining?) a local stock brokerage for the sole purpose of artificially inflating the price of shares of some select companies (Webistics!). Along the way, he picks up a couple of flunkies ... More >>
Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Jack Saunders is one of Houston's most ... More >>
Through three games, your Houston Astros are 1-2. Believe it or not, that's the good news. Yes, a 54 win pace is the good news. Here's the bad news: They were one out away from having a perfect game dropped on them by Yu Darvish. They are the first team in the live ball era (since 1920) to have 1 ... More >>
In a big, bold move that throws The Original Ninfa's on Navigation an ever-so-slightly threatening glance, El Tiempo Cantina opens today on Navigation Boulevard, just a stone's throw away from Ninfa's. While the El Tiempo building structure is brand spanking new to Navigation, the family that owns t ... More >>
Just what is going on with the Rice Owls men's basketball team? It was supposedly a program on the rise the last time they played a game in Houston. But since that time, only about six months, the team has become not only a national laughingstock, but also the poster child of an issue known as up-tr ... More >>
America's for-profit colleges offer education only a con man (or a congressman) could love.
Ten food-related words you need to stop misspelling
Assistant music editor Craig Hlavaty recently purchased a 1981 edition of The Genuine Texas Handbook, a guide to all things Texan. It's an often-tongue-in-cheek look at the people, places, outfits, songs, foods and more that made someone Texan 31 years ago. Incidentally, the book and I are the same ... More >>
This week, we've been chatting with Brasserie 19 and Ibiza's Chef de Cuisine, Amanda McGraw, about the rewards of staging in kitchens outside of Houston, and about the specifics of her role. Today, we sample some of her food. To highlight the in-house charcuterie program, McGraw put together a pict ... More >>
Like most people who use the monolithic search engine, I find it funny when Google tries to auto-complete our search requests, but I don't always pay attention. Let's face it, Google's system is so damn fast, I barely even noticed when "where can I find" added "tranny hookers" to the end of the sear ... More >>
Your guide to our very first Houston Press Best of Houston® BestFest.
I mean, look at this survey. What the hell does it even mean?In the last two weeks, two very different surveys have been released on the dining scenes in cities across the nation: one from Travel Leisure, which placed San Antonio above Austin on its top 20 list -- while failing to recognize ... More >>
Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mary Sarah on FacebookWe ... More >>
Daniel R. Davidson via WikipediaThe Station fire in West Warwick, R.I., 40 seconds inRecently, indie-rock juggernauts Arcade Fire were prevented from playing a gig in Portugal by NATO, which is having a summit on the same date. Arcade Fire offered to play a day ahead of time, but NATO decided ... More >>
Can UH resurrect its basketball glory days?
From Ground Zero of the immigration crisis along the Mexican border
The 2010 Yates championship team proved nobody does it better.
Photo courtesy UHGuy V. Lewis last coached the University of Houston men's basketball team in 1986. His last great team lost in the 1984 NCAA title game to the Georgetown Hoyas. He left a legacy of 27 straight winning seasons. Fourteen seasons with 20-plus wins. Fourteen NCAA tournament appearanc ... More >>
Looks like this time they picked the wrong country.
Nashville lifer is nobody's dummy
Cobbled together from better movies, Steve Carell's latest is strike two
Breaking a drought with Dry Futures
Show business is sure going to miss Jimmy Nelson
Chick-flick genre to Evening: Why you gotta make us look bad?
Coming to Numbers
Dilana comes home to the reality after reality TV
Take the whole damn family out to see Harry and the Potters
A local theater troupe brings Daniel Johnston's wild vision to life
A Houston-area man leads the fight against the ban on gays in the military
The goat and his two humans go home to New Orleans
Critics want the diocese to explain why this Roman Catholic priest is still celebrating Mass
Jetports and elite resorts may do what border bandits, blistering heat and harsh desert life couldn't: rob Big Bend of its rugged beauty.
Foreign students at the Glassell School of Art get a stipend, studio space and three years to make it really big. They've had a huge impact on Houston's art scene. But if the INS isn't impressed, they've got to go.
In Dorothy Hood's paintings, dark was dark and light was light. The contrasts were often as stark in her life.
Though KISS is calling it quits, its legacy is only just beginning
Local Jimmy "T-99" Nelson sets the blues straight