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  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Goooooooal!! A Mostly Musical Guide to Enjoying the World Cup

    When did World Cup soccer start mattering to U.S. fans? I know many of us have doled out orange slices and cursed at volunteer officials at youth league games, but interest in the pro soccer pitch is apparently now at fever pitch. The global football tournament begins this afternoon and won't end u ... More >>

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    May 24, 2013

    Miguel's Billboard Stage Dive: Hulk Hogan-Approved, But the Best Ever?

    In the Internet age, you become a sucker for things that happen instantly. There's no way around it. Everything that garners a reaction, whether positive or negative, will become meme'd and turned into a .gif. I'm pretty sure the more awkward moments of my life will be displayed in some pixelated fo ... More >>

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    May 23, 2013
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    April 12, 2013

    Sergio Mendes Opens iFest With a Charge to "Enjoy Life"

    The 43rd Annual Houston International Festival kicks off its Brazilian-themed, two-weekend affair this evening with an opening gala at the Hobby Center featuring Grammy Award- winning pianist and musician, Sergio Mendes. Opening for Mendes will be Casa Samba, a samba school located in New Orleans. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    SXSW Releases First Batch of 2013 Performers

    Here go hell come, SXSW has just released the first batch of names for the 2013 festival. I know, only a week after Fun Fun Fun Fest and a month since ACL. Did you see the FPSF blog from earlier today? Yeah, time is moving too fast. The big names on the list so far include the Zombies, Alt-J, Akro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Madonna's Top 5 MDNA World Tour Transgressions

    Madonna's Sex book turned 20 years old this week. The literary capstone on pop music's most frankly sexual career (sorry, Prince), the glossy collection of softcore smut managed to shock even the Material Girl's most ardent fans, crossing a few lines that many weren't entirely aware existed. Gay se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    No Fences: Garth Brooks & the Fuzzy Math of 10 Mega-Concerts

    Fifteen years ago this week, the greatest country music artist of all time, Garth Brooks, made history by playing a free concert to a massive crowd in New York's Central Park. Now, not just anybody gets to play Central Park, but Brooks had the megawatt stroke in the entertainment biz back then to ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    10 Gloriously Terrible Lesser-Known Motivational '80s Songs to Pump! You Up!

    If my gym is any indication, Olympics Fever is spurring folks into action. There used to be plenty of elliptical machines, barbells, and room in the pool available during the time of day I would go. Now it seems like every elliptical machine is taken except the one in front of the wonky TV that only ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    USA-Italy Rugby: Yes, This Is A Kind Of a Big Deal

    During the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the United States Eagles had a decent shot to make it to the first quarterfinals in club history. And the Eagles played well for a half against the Italians before poor tackling did them in during a 27-10 loss. On Saturday, June 23, the two will meet for the first t ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012
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    January 24, 2012

    I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change: A Sweet, Rosy-Cheeked Revue

    The setup: This intimate, four-character, Off-Broadway musical revue about relationships (1996) makes you feel better when you leave than when you come in, as its visionary producer James Hammerstein once said. There's magic in that pronouncement, for this pleasant, unexciting, eager-to-please litt ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012
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    January 19, 2012

    Free for All: Art Without a Price Tag

    It's the weekend and we've got lots to do, so let's get to it. On Friday, Art Attack will be at the "2012 HCP Print Auction Exhibition," along with hundreds of other photography fans. Individuals and organizations from around the world donate photos for the Center to auction. Some of the images were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Bartender Chat: Stephen Caronna Of Piola

    ​The first time I went to Piola, I thought "damn, this place is bright." It had been a crappy, rainy Monday. I was hungry and in a nasty mood, but the place actually cheered me up. It was happy hour, and I ended up getting pretty happy. I ordered a few French 75s for $5 each and the Rio de Jan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    This Just In: SXSW Announces First Round Of 2012 Showcasing Bands, Including Fat Tony and Something Fierce

    Photo By Marco TorresFat Tony at a day show at SXSW '11​Sweet lord, it's not even Thanksgiving yet and South By Southwest is making us excited for March in Austin already. Today the industry festival announced a few bands coming to the capitol city next year, and a few Houston names and Rocks ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 1, 2011
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    July 6, 2011

    Top Five Summer Drinks (Adults Only)

    www.rio-de-janeiro-travel-information.comCaipirinha​There are few things more enjoyable than an ice-cold beverage during the dog days of summer, except for maybe an ice-cold adult beverage enjoyed beach-side, poolside in the early evening. Although I often enjoy a simple beer on these occasion ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011
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    May 13, 2010
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    February 25, 2010
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    July 14, 2009

    Our Favorite ZZ Top Covers: QOTSA, Van Halen, Iron Maiden, Dwight Yoakam, Willie Nelson, Tina Turner and... Rapeman?

    [Note: Now with added Ministry.] Counting down to Friday's ZZ Top/Aerosmith show in The Woodlands is starting to feel like the week Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers played there last year: a steady build of anticipation and antsiness, until Friday we're flat-out squirming to get out of the office. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Tonight: Diogo Nogueira at Kahlua

    Washington PossatoSamba is not just a single musical genre; it's actually subdivided into countless sub-genres ranging from the party-friendly Carnaval beat to the highly subtle bossa nova made famous by the likes of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto. However, among the best-loved in Brazil (an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    Remembering 1969, Part 2: The View from Brazil

    Note: Part 1 is here. While anti-Vietnam protests escalated in both sides of the Atlantic , the scenario was quite different in Brazil: in March 1964, a military junta toppled democratically elected president João Goulart and installed a cruel dictatorship that stayed in power for two decades - in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    Sonidos Y Mas: Marcio Local

    Ernest Barteldes Marcio Local Says Don Day Don Dree Don Don: Adventures in Samba Soul www.luakabop.comDuring the late '60s and early '70s, Brazilian songwriters like the late Tim Maia and Jorge Ben became increasingly frustrated with the creative limitations of samba, and also felt out of place wit ... More >>

  • Music

    April 30, 2009
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    March 19, 2009

    Tropa de Elite/The Elite Squad

    See the film Brazilian police officers tried to stop from being screened

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Tonight: Carnaval Houston at Planeta Bar-Rio

    Carnaval, the four-day festival that precedes the beginning of Lent for Catholics, is probably Brazil's biggest Holiday. During this period (which officially ends at noon Ash Wednesday - people need their sleep), revelers take the streets and dance to the beat of the Afro-inspired drums of samba, Ax ... More >>

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    February 19, 2009
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    August 22, 2008

    Am I the Only One Craving Chinese Food While Watching the Olympics?

    Soup dumplings from Fu Fu Cafe were one of the best snacks I ate while watching the Beijing Olympics. When I stopped into Dun Huang Plaza at Bellaire and Beltway 8 for take-out, I noticed that the center had set up a big screen television set and a bunch of chairs outside on the sidewalk. On the Chi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2008
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    January 31, 2008

    Brazilian Carnival 2008

    Stages brings Craig Wright back to Houston

  • Calendar

    November 1, 2007

    Nelson Pereira dos Santos Film Series

    Rice Media Center presents a retrospective of the Brazilian filmmaker’s work

  • Calendar

    July 19, 2007

    Black Orpheus

    A Greek tragedy set to the samba

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2006

    Bust a 'nut

    Photos by Robb Walsh Coco Frio in Rio. Looking for a refreshing lunch sipper? Drop that Fanta. Step away from the Pabst. Food critic Robb Walsh has a treat for you -- and you don't have to worry about those pesky cans... Cold coconuts are cheaper than bottled water in Rio de Janeiro. The vendo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 11, 2006
  • Film

    March 9, 2006

    Thugs and Kisses

    A South African street fighter finds new life in the wrenching redemption tale Tsotsi

  • Calendar

    February 5, 2004

    Great Globes of Flesh

    A Carnaval celebration, Austin-style

  • Music

    January 22, 2004

    Love Bites

    Mosquitos meld the Big Apple and Brazil

  • Film

    March 6, 2003

    God Forsaken

    The brutal, brilliant City of God takes us inside Rio de Janeiro's urban decay

  • Film

    January 2, 2003

    Back to the Future

    Most of this year's best won't be seen until next

  • Music

    July 26, 2001

    Playbill

    The Cult

  • Dining

    August 24, 2000

    Location Be Damned

    Michaeline's on West Alabama

  • Dining

    June 1, 2000

    Waiting for the Fall?

    Pot Pie Pizzeria, Michaeline's on West Alabama and Brennan's

  • News

    January 6, 2000
  • Dining

    November 11, 1999

    Cortés, the Killed

    Local Restaurant News

  • Music

    May 6, 1999

    Dumb or Dumber?

    Space cadets of Man or Astro-man? go to great depths to maintain a gimmick

  • News

    October 22, 1998
  • Dining

    April 16, 1998
  • Dining

    July 3, 1997

    The Boys from Rio

    The Rosas brothers honor Churrasco's -- and themselves -- with a little honest imitation

  • Music

    June 20, 1996
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