Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, 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 previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? If you haven't heard all ... More >>
Case Name: Town of Greece v. Galloway What this Case is About? The First Amendment, more specifically the Establishment Clause (the government cannot establish a state religion) in the First Amendment. The town Greece, New York is outside of Rochester and has a population of approximately 100,000. ... More >>
This is the second part of a three-part Chef Chat series. You can read Part 1 here and Part 3 in this same space Friday. Yesterday, we chatted with Matt Pak, the chef and co-owner of Koagie Hots and The Golden Grill food trucks, about how he got started in the food world. He also told us about his ... More >>
A Spring man has been sentenced to almost 20 years in prison for talking a nine-year-old girl into sending him a nude picture of herself. Steve Correa-Franco, 33, was sentenced yesterday after entering a guilty plea last December. "U.S. District Judge Sim Lake, took into consideration the seriousn ... More >>
Bad Religion, Polar Bear Club, Dead Rabbits House of Blues March 13, 2013 At this point, part of Bad Religion's appeal is their utter reliability. Tour after tour and album after album, the consummate L.A. punks have trained audiences thoroughly to know what to expect from them: chainsaw guitar rif ... More >>
It says a lot about the sheer number of restaurants in Houston, I think, that I live 1.9 miles from Katz's Deli on Westheimer, and went for the very first time just a couple of months ago. (I've lived here since 2009.) My husband is a big fan of Kenny & Ziggy's, and I'm partial to the New York Bagel ... More >>
Like any and all lists, the Martin Prosperity Institute (MPI)'s list regarding the best music scenes in the country will leave most of you passing out side-eyes and stares. Easy to spot and digest, Nashville, New York and Los Angeles ranked 1-3, but after that it's a complete flaming crapshoot. Th ... More >>
I'm no Jeremy Parzen, but I do know a little bit about wine. Growing up in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, I took the proximity and availability of local wine (and a decent wine education) for granted. When I was 21, "wine trailing" was a cheap way to get drunk. Tastings only cost a b ... More >>
I've been a little homesick lately. Maybe that's why I was so excited when the announcement came about Hofmann Hot Dogs coming to Texas. Don't get me wrong -- my favorite thing about living in Houston is hands-down the amazing variety of food. I have never lived in a city so diverse from a culinary ... More >>
"You may have tried only 20 or so" of the items on the "100 things to eat before you die" list that's been making the rounds on Facebook, wrote The Sun earlier this week. And while that may be true for a majority of typical eaters, I found that I'd eaten 92 out of the 100 items on the list -- many ... More >>
Looking back on the year in movies, and what's coming in 2012.
Another Wine Blog: Love born in the blogosphere. It's a beautiful thing. A few weeks ago, when I shared a glass of stinky, delicious Cortese (from Piedmont) with tandem wine bloggers Amy and Joe Power, authors of Another Wine Blog, they told me the story of how they met in the "pre-blog" era, in a ... More >>
The pace of the audition rounds was so fast, I didn't realize the judges put through 162 people in the first two weeks of The X Factor. When the field arrives in Los Angeles for "boot camp," they are informed that they will be shaved down to a field of 100, which will ultimately be reduced by two-th ... More >>
And they may just live in Houston.The Atlantic's blog has crunched some numbers from a recent gay survey and census data, and it's found that when it comes to raising kids, Houston's same-sex couples are near the tops in the nation. The Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area had the seventh-highest ... More >>
F*** yeah, gourmet donuts.Eater ran a list yesterday of 10 food trends that are -- at least in New York City -- officially dead. Among them included the obvious (the gastropub), the non-events (pie as the new cupcakes, which still hasn't happened) and the debatable (I'm pretty sure Houstonian ... More >>
John RoyalA despondent Matt Hackett lays on the ice after Hamilton gets the winning goal in the second overtimeOnly twice in AHL history had a team had to go to a game seven in a playoff series after grabbing a 3-0 series lead. But things change. And when a team from Houston is involved in ... More >>
A new adaptation of Jane Eyre stresses the pursuit of independence.
How a band with no CDs or record deal is changing the music industry
George's Pastaria gives the people what they want.
Photos by Troy FieldsPaul finishes up a cheesesteak on the grill at Pappa Geno's.Such is the importance of the cheesesteak in Philadelphia that John Kerry's infamously emasculating "dainty nibble" at his sandwich -- which he heretically asked for with Swiss cheese -- is counted among one of ... More >>
If you hear a humming, Mark Twain's a-comingAs ordered in his will, the three-volume autobiography Mark Twain wrote as he was dying is being published 100 years after his 1910 death.First reports note that the book note that it includes talk of a "vibrating sex toy" his mistress gave him as a gif ... More >>
Back in February, we lauded one of our favorite food websites -- This Is Why You're Fat -- for bringing such monstrosities like the Corn Dog Pizza to our attention and for bringing the Deep Fried Mars Bar into the collective consciousness (we couldn't bear to be the only ones familiar with that abom ... More >>
Kicking the bucket at the age of 40 is bad enough, especially when, to this day, nobody's really sure how you died (everything from syphillis to rabies to political "cooping" has been thrown out there as a possible cause). But getting buried in an unmarked grave after a three minute "service" is ... More >>
Photos by Katharine Shilcutt"Cheese enchiladas served in chili con carne -- not thin, meatless chili gravy, or authentic enchilada sauce -- are the hallmark of real Tex-Mex, according to 78-year-old Fort Worth sportswriter and Tex-Mex expert Dan Jenkins," as Robb Walsh stated in his July 2 ... More >>
The ceremony for Houston's Tommy Tune awards has become a high point on the local high-school drama calendar, as productions from all over the area enjoy their own version of the Tonys.Now the nominees have even more reason to get incredibly tense as the winners are announced: at stake may be a ... More >>
Between serious safety and environmental concerns, the Toyota Prius isn't the angel that everyone thinks it is.
...it's the Corn Dog Pizza you just horked down. One of modern society's greatest questions is now succinctly answered in a single website: This Is Why You're Fat. Included in the website are such favorites as Rochester's world-famous garbage plate (I was not a fan, surprisingly -- and, y ... More >>
Go to this private psychiatric facility, and you might be helped. Or you might be shut in a room all alone and end up like Amanda, with a broken arm. Or dead.
The Libertine's protagonist is a boor you can't ignore
Our critics weigh in on local theater
Greg Ashley resurrects the Mirrors for a summer tour; also: beware of Zipperneck
Shrek plunders the Magic Kingdom for empty laughs
Dallas ran Howard Stern out of town. Could Houston be any more hospitable?
Sink your teeth into the 1997 Houston Press Music Awards
Jane Eyre has everything it needs to succeed -- except life