Russian KGB

  • Film

    August 15, 2013

    Kick-Ass 2 is Giddy, Gory and Meaningless

    Kick-Ass grows up, improves - but still isn't about anything.

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Rap Round Table: Who Is the Greatest Movie Villain of All Time?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: E.S.G., Marcus Manchild, Renzo, Kyle Hubbard, Purple Bastard, Preemo, Mic Skills, Mac, more. Not Invited: Michael Myers, becau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    Russian Radio: Top 5 Tasty Cold War Synth Jamz

    Hey, remember the Russians? Before they had a gajillion oil dollars and all those supermodels, they wanted to kill us all. But it wasn't all creeping dread and mutually assured destruction. Until the Berlin Wall came down, the Cold War was a common subject in popular culture. Besides KGB trenchcoat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Food Poison(ed): A History of Death By, For and From Food

    On December 16, 1916, the Russian monk, mystic and politically polarizing figure Grigori Rasputin was invited to a bit of a soiree, one which ended with his body being bound, wrapped in carpet and tossed into the frigid Neva river, but only after he was beaten, stabbed and shot. All of this, becaus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Remembering Our Friends, The Mujahideen

    ​Obama's Wars, Bob Woodward's new book about the President's management of the Afghanistan War, exposes some pretty significant divisions between Obama's civilian advisers and the U.S. military on strategy concerning what is now America's longest war: Book excerpts published yesterday sugges ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Now Brewing at St. Arnold's: Weedwacker and Divine Reserve 10

    Photos by John Seaborn GrayThe tasting hall at St. Arnold's Brewery​St. Arnolds's Brewery, at 2000 Lyons, is known for its steady release of fine local beer, but it's also known for its exclusive limited-run beers designed to keep Houston's beer lovers titillated. Last Thursday, I went to St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Five Tips for Getting Started Homebrewing

    ​Doak Procter, the Grand Wazoo from local homebrewing club The Foam Rangers, helped me to come up with five tips to help people who are interested in home-brewing get started. Here's some advice for how to take up a rewarding and delicious hobby. 1) Learn firsthand: As Doak puts it bluntly, ... More >>

  • Film

    May 27, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 5, 2009

    Radio Robb: Tune In Tonight and Tomorrow

    ​Our very own Robb Walsh will be making a guest appearance on The Michael Berry Show tonight and tomorrow night at 7 p.m., discussing a range of topics so wide that it necessitated two evenings of air time. Michael Berry -- who coincidentally just happened to win Best Local Radi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 25, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: A Five-Day Musical Marathon

    I never thought I'd be so glad to see a Monday. I've been in the midst of a musical onslaught since 7 p.m. Wednesday night. The week went something like this: Miss Leslie and Heather Myles at Under the Volcano; ditto for Thursday, only the venue was Blanco's. Friday evening I traveled with my son to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    Top Ten Pop Songs of 2008

    Pop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Kane and the Pussycat Dolls, step right up!) But every year, a few irresistible bits of innovative ear candy rocket up the charts and seep into our subconscious. The following ten singles ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2008

    Balls...Hair Balls: Best Bond Villains

    In compiling a list of the best Bond baddies, one has to establish a few parameters. For starters, you must take into account the bad guy's ultimate objective, weighting plans for global conquest/destruction more heavily than mere monetary gain. Then there are more esoteric factors, like background, ... More >>

  • Film

    August 28, 2008
  • Blogs

    July 6, 2008

    Review: Moscow Rules, by Daniel Silva

    A Russian journalist dies and once more Gabriel Allon, the mysterious Israeli agent/fine picture restorer, ends up back in Moscow, a place he loathes, a place where he almost died once. Bestselling thriller writer Daniel Silva has gone to the new Moscow, one of sudden self-made millionaires working ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 29, 2008

    Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey

    This 1994 Sundance Filmmakers Trophy winner documents the life of one of Russia’s greatest inventors

  • Music

    April 26, 2007

    Stingaree Music Festival

    Hayes Carll hosts a sandy shindig in a reverse hurricane

  • Film

    February 15, 2007

    Spy Vs. Spy

    Billy Ray takes on another liar: FBI traitor Robert Hanssen

  • Film

    December 21, 2006

    Like Herding Sheep

    De Niro takes a loooong, sloooow look at the history of the CIA

  • Calendar

    September 29, 2005

    She Spies

    Tom Stoppard's fractured view of East-West espionage comes to the Alley

  • Culture

    December 11, 2003

    Supreme Show

    Works from a bygone era stand the test of time

  • Calendar

    July 17, 2003

    The Breeders

    Pooches swarm Reliant Center

  • Music

    February 21, 2002

    Kellye Gray

    Friday, February 22, and Saturday February 23

  • Dining

    November 15, 2001

    Soviet Secrets

    Stoli Grill's "KGB"

  • News

    February 22, 2001

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Capitalist

    Painter Vladimir Gorsky learned how to work the system in the Soviet Union for personal gain. He discovered that things operate much the same way in America.

  • Calendar

    July 16, 1998

    Night & Day

    July 16 - 22, 1998

  • News

    February 27, 1997
  • Calendar

    January 23, 1997
  • Film

    January 9, 1997

    Jackie Can

    First Strike packs a stronger punch than most recent Chan films

  • News

    March 30, 1995
  • Film

    October 6, 1994