• Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    Fan Fighting League! European Soccer Division (Including Drones And Fireworks)

    Since I invented it a couple years ago, the Fan Fighting League has been almost exclusively a football thing (with the rare baseball exception). However, if we take the world as a whole and step outside of our American cocoon for a minute, it's logical to ask ourselves "Why haven't we broken down ... More >>

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    September 18, 2014
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    March 6, 2014
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    October 18, 2013

    HISD Dumps 20 Magnet School Programs, Saying They Just Didn't Measure Up

    Houston ISD, the district that years ago was a leader in the country in using magnet schools to desegregate its campuses, announced Thursday it will close 20 of its 115 magnet programs - saying that not enough kids from outside their zoned neighborhoods are going to these particular schools. Here' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    Take Your "Lobster" for Lobster at The Palm

    Phoebe: Hang in there, it's gonna happen. Ross: What? Okay, now how do you know that? Phoebe: Because she's your lobster. Chandler: Oh, she's goin' somewhere. Phoebe: Come on, you guys. It's a known fact that lobsters fall in love and mate for life. You know what? You can actually see old lobste ... More >>

  • Film

    July 25, 2013

    How Friends Illustrates the Depressing Insularity of Our Lives

    “I’ll be there for you … and others in our census bracket”

  • Dining

    June 20, 2013

    God Bless Americana: Brooklyn Athletic Club's Sinful Blend of Comfort Food and Class

    Brooklyn Athletic Club celebrates with its Americana menu mixing gourmet and comfort food delivered in generous portions.

  • Film

    April 4, 2013

    Tattoo Nation: Ink Me

    New film documents Southern California's tattoo scene, from Danny Trejo to Ed Hardy.

  • Film

    January 31, 2013

    Aw, Nuts

    A brief history of movie characters getting whacked in the balls.

  • Dining

    December 6, 2012

    What the Deal, Lucille's?

    Something has gone wrong with a restaurant that should have, could have, been great.

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    New Music From Scarface, Nas, Trae, Kirko Bangz, Bun B, Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Z-Ro... In 2 Songs

    Let's not dance around this too much. Two songs came out Thursday that you need to hear. The first inexplicably comes via DJ Khaled, rap DJ/producer/screamer/barterer. His new album(!?) comes out this August, which respectable Houstonians will be strong-armed into purchasing because it includes gu ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    February 23, 2012

    Health Department Roundup

    "The language used in some of these violations is troublingly oblique, Christopher."​Back to the old style this week, where inspectors check out dozens and dozens of places, but hand out next to nothing in the way of citations or closures. The only place to get cited was also temporarily clo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Rap Round Table: What Are We To Think Of Rick Ross's New Mixtape, Rich Forever?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Bun B, Slim Thug, Z-Ro, Killa Kyleon, A.D.D., Roderickvonn, Onehunnidt, Kyle Hubbar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Montrose Winter Social: Festival of Sound Checks

    Photos by Barry Sigman​For more pics from the inaugural Montrose Winter Social, check out our slideshow. The years spent organizing and attending a number of live music events have taught us several valuable lessons: 1) the line-up will inevitably change the second after being finalized and s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Rap Round Table: What Is The Best Song You Have That Was Inspired By Another Human?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Bun B, Young Sensation, Fat Tony, Hollywood Floss, O.N.E., hasHBrown, Kyle Hubbard ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Thanksgiving Television Episodes That Didn't Knock Us Out From Tryptophan

    We can't lie and say that Thanksgiving television specials give us that same warm and fuzzy feeling as their Yuletide counterparts. For starters, there are very few of them and it is difficult to find them anywhere besides the Hallmark Channel. Lucky enough, regularly scheduled television uses the ... More >>

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    October 24, 2011

    Vegan Dreamquest Dinner 3: Soy Burger at The Hobbit Cafe

    Photo by Joanna O'LearyActual burger bigger and tastier than may appear in this photo.​On Day 3 of Vegan Dreamquest 2011, I decided to round out my vegan dinner experiences (takeaway burito, home-cooked beetloaf with gravy), by going out. Radical Eats was my first choice, but they aren't open ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Top 5 Food Inspired Moments in Television

    Food and television. My two favorite things in life. I mean, besides family and friends, of course. Anyway, some of the greatest scenes in television are based around food, as evidenced by this season's rum-ham filled It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode. Feeling inspired myself, I made a list ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Our Ten Favorite Glenn Danzig Pictures

    Marc Brubaker​Today is Glenn Danzig's 56th birthday, and the former Misfits and Samhain frontman is as evil and cantankerous as ever as he stalks this cursed Earth, darkly reaping the senior discounts of the innocent. For a year now he has been able to buy black jeans and black shirts from Ros ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Doeman Sounds Off On Hip-Hop Headlines

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email &# ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011
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    December 9, 2010

    Party at the Moon Tower

    This Second Ward hangout is all about good food, good beer and good friends.

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    Laying Odds On Rick Ross' Arena Theatre Show Sunday

    ​Ricky Rozay will come thundering into town this Sunday. This is a most excellent situation. Saying that Ross is only a little intriguing is like saying that his waistline is only a little oversized; he is perhaps the world's most interesting pseudo-thug. Lots of people went yo-yo when he was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    The Houston Sound Maps Our "No Zoning" Music Scene

    Katya Horner/Downtown DistrictThe John Evans Band in Market Square Park​What is the Houston Sound? Until recently, it was a trick question. Although Houston has produced too many distinguished artists to name across a wide variety of genres from blues, country and jazz to psychedelic rock, noi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    Which Houston Rappers Are "Blowin' Money Fast"?

    ​This has been Ricky Rozay's summer, for certain. Teflon Don was, in short, a sparkly, magnanimously produced, well-acted-out album. By the way, let's just go ahead and keep pretending like the entire planet hasn't figured out that Ross employed a ghostwriter for TD. Hard evidence? Well, there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Game Time: Whaler Fan Fest -- Houston Oiler Fans May Know How I Feel

    Hartford Whalers: They live on as a dessert​"Somewhere along the line, we will see you in another place in another time. God bless all of you fans. Remember one thing, you may have lost the NHL, but you have not lost the memories." -- Chuck Kaiton, the voice of the Hartford Whalers after the Whal ... More >>

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    July 14, 2010

    Sakara Ross: I Ain't No Jump-Off Girl, No Matter What That NBA-Groupies Site Says

    Steamy NBA frolics​What would you do if you felt someone libeled you on a website, but the site's owner was untraceable and couldn't be served with a lawsuit? Such is the fate of Houstonian Sakara Ross, who wants to be a model and actress, but who's only getting attention for allegedly being ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Pop Rocks: The Time Is Now For A Friends Movie

    ​It's been a dark six years since we said goodbye to Central Perk and the Rembrandts dropped off the face of the earth. Now, in Year 6 AF, dawn looks like it's finally breaking; we could be getting a Friends movie. Now, I don't want to get anyone's hopes up. Will a film catching up with Monic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Pop Rocks: Just Create A Sex-Tape Channel Already

    ​The celebrity world was rocked yesterday by news that country singer Mindy McCready's sex tape was about to hit the streets. Okay, maybe "rocked" is the wrong word. How about "briefly distracted from Kate Gosselin's behavior on Dancing with the Stars?" Time was, a sex-tape scandal was cause for ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 11, 2010

    Fault Lines

    Horse Head Theatre Company delivers a drama about unexpected surprises

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    League City Ladies Room Peeper Nabbed

    Photo courtesy League City PD​Imagine this scenario, ladies. You're out shopping, and your bladder is bursting. You rush to a stall and sit down to pee. Ahhh, bliss. Suddenly, from the stall next door, this head appears under the partition:That head belongs to Dickinson's Juan Gomez, who is allege ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Five Spot: J-Dawg, Z-Ro's Lyrical Match (Seriously)

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to​You know, prior to the three seconds of gunshots that unwound all the good ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    Cornbreadd Weighs In On 50 Cent/Rick Ross Feud

    How bad off is hip-hop right now? Sales are still in the toilet - only one rap record, Jadakiss' The Last Kiss, is in the current Billboard Top 20 - and even Kanye West shooting his mouth off isn't that interesting anymore. About the only thing with legs these days is the 50 Cent/Rick Ross feud, whi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    An American Idol From Jasper

    We've had our Aggie American Idol. Now we have one from Jasper.Michael Sarver, according to those who watch American Idol, has gotten himself into the finals, or the semi-finals, or whatever it is that's a step beyond the comic-relief idiot tryouts.As the Beaumont Enterprise reports, Sarver is ready ... More >>

  • Film

    October 12, 2006

    The Harder They Come

    The subversive mainstream friendliness of Shortbus

  • Music

    January 5, 2006


    The Antidote

  • Calendar

    March 10, 2005

    Monster Mash

    Jackal and Hyde breed badass beats

  • Music

    August 12, 2004

    Boys Do Cry

    The band nearly broke apart before the Cure finally took

  • News

    December 18, 2003
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    December 4, 2003

    Slipping into Darkness

    A lobbyist's last tango: politics, sex, drugs, death

  • Film

    April 3, 2003

    The Kids Aren't Alright

    Fledgling director Jonas Akerlund spins the next hip dope flick

  • Culture

    January 30, 2003

    Your New Friends?

    NBC hopes Coupling is its next hitcom, which bugs the show's biggest fans

  • Film

    February 28, 2002

    Nothing to Celibate

    40 Days plods through a dull and unbelievable plot

  • Music

    March 16, 2000
  • News

    August 19, 1999

    Ross Tossed

    Perot inspired his legions to throw the hypocritical rascals out of politics. He just never thought he'd get the boot, too

  • Music

    November 5, 1998
  • Music

    September 10, 1998
  • News

    April 3, 1997

    Fighting the Renaissance

    A family battles to save its land -- and a homeless shelter -- from an urban-renewal juggernaut

  • News

    January 20, 1994

    The fight to save the Katy Prairie

    How many winters more will Arctic waterfowl make their 10,000-year-old journey to the western edge of Houston?

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