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    March 3, 2014

    Sam Houston State Played Some Terminator Baseball on its Opponents

    The Sam Houston State Bearkats this weekend were like the Terminator. A ruthless, relentless killing machine that could not be stopped. A baseball team that attacked the base paths, slugged the ball continuously, and excelled with the glove. The Bearkats demolished highly-ranked TCU 9-3 on Friday af ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    Best Baseball at Minute Maid Park in 2014: Annual College Classic Next Week

    I want to take a pause from my usual Houston Astros bashing so that I might applaud an event they stage every year. It's time once again for the Houston College Classic, six college baseball teams invading Minute Maid Park for nine games in three days. For only the second time in its history, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Deputy and Canine Partner Injured in Major Accident on Beltway 8

    A Harris County deputy is in critical condition after an accident on Beltway 8, the North Sam Houston Parkway, Tuesday morning. Deputy Jason Denham was flown by LifeFlight to Memorial Hermann. He was in the vehicle with his canine partner, Sjors, who, after being checked by a vet, was determined to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    Field Notes on Houston Music, 1830s-1920s

    Around Tin Pan Alley-era Houston, sheet music was exchanged for the most part among music fans and aficionados, versus the then-fragile but burgeoning cylinder records (phonographs). Sadly, the true sound of musicians who improvised has been lost, but from street musicians to the thoroughly classica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Rest of the Best 2013: Houston's Top Five Mexican Bakeries

    Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners have been announced, and in most cases picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we'll be rounding up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories during the next sever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    Houston Presents: Top 10 Locally Produced Food and Drink Gifts

    The holidays are upon us, and that means it's time to show your buddies you care by buying them things they probably don't need. But there's no reason to shell out for an expensive ugly Christmas sweater that he'll never wear, or a tchotchke that will sit idly at the back of her closet, when you cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    Houston Bucket List - 100 Things To Do in Houston Before You Die: Wine and Dine on the Hill

    The Houston Press is presenting a series of posts leading up to a feature story in the print edition of the 100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die. Each blog post contains one of our top 10 bucket list items along with nine others in the top 100. To narrow our list, we chose only items unique to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    Roadside Breakdown On Sam Houston Parkway Reveals 16 Undocumented Aliens In Truck

    When using a U-Haul sized truck, most of the time you're transporting big and heavy things, like luggage, furniture, plants or people. Wait, people? For one dude, yes, people. On Thursday night, a truck was found on the Sam Houston Parkway in southwest Houston. Naturally, Harris County Toll Road A ... More >>

  • Music

    February 28, 2013

    Molly Flogs Houston

    Flogging Molly makes the walls sweat at the House of Blues.

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    February 20, 2013

    Revisiting Robertson Stadium's Forgotten Concert History

    After years of dreaming, planning and even a little begging, the University of Houston broke ground on a new on-campus football stadium this month. It's a pretty darn exciting development for the Cougars that marks the beginning of a new era of UH athletics: The program will play its first season in ... More >>

  • Music

    November 29, 2012
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    October 25, 2012

    Houston Babylon

    Four of the spookiest true tales in our city's history

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    Early Victorian Houston and Texas: Suicide City for the Elite

    Houston Babylon, the feature coming out this week, dissects a few of the creepiest and most chilling events in Houston history. In coming up with four of those tales, we stumbled over many more -- too many to fit the print edition. All this week we'll bring you some extra, online-only stories. Che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    UPDATED: Memorable Houston Concerts of 1992

    UPDATE (2:03 p.m.): Alice In Chains was advertised but dropped out, and was replaced with Australia's Baby Animals. The year 1992 was an important one for me as far as Houston concerts are concerned: It's the first time I went to a concert within the Houston city limits, the "Outside Broadcast" leg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Sir Paul McCartney, Rihanna Houston Bound

    Rewind: Dear Paul McCartney: Please Come Play Houston Two pretty big concert announcements this Friday morning. First, Rihanna, last seen missing most of her hair at Thursday night's VMAs, is bringing her just-announced Rihanna Diamonds World Tour to Toyota Center April 15, according to Live Nati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    1965: Remembering Houston's Summer of Beatlemania

    Forty-seven years ago this week, full-scale Beatlemania descended upon Houston in all its glory. On August 19, 1965, the Fab Four played their only Houston concerts--one in the afternoon and one in the evening--at the Sam Houston Coliseum downtown. The completely hysterical response to the Beatles ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    The 10 Greatest Summer Concerts I Never Saw

    Well, kids, summer has arrived. If you have ever noticed, all the good concerts seem to come during the summer -- with May being more like a pre-show. My parents, when I was younger, took me to many concerts at some of these venues, mainly Contemporary Christian concerts. I myself had only been to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    HISD Wants $1.89 Billion To Rebuild, Renovate Schools

    The Houston Independent School District's Board of Trustees is considering asking voters for a $1.89 billion bond issue that would rebuild or renovate 42 schools. The board must decide by August whether to place the item on the November 6 ballot. If voters approve the bond package, HISD would "most ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Jason Windham, 40, Bayou Body Count No. 75

    A man was shot to death after several men forced their way into his motel room early Monday, Houston police said. Jason Windham, 40, was staying with his girlfriend at the America's Best Inns & Suites in the 700 block of North Sam Houston tollway, HPD says. About two in the morning, he answered a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    RIP Adam Yauch: Beastie Boys' MCA Dead At 47

    Well, damn. Adam Yauch, the gravel-voiced third of Noo Yawk '80s and '90s rap-rock superstars the Beastie Boys, has died at age 47, Rolling Stone reports. The exact circumstances of his death were unknown at press time, but Yauch had been battling cancer since being diagnosed with a tumor in his sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Martinis

    Photo by Jonathan Cohen​For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston b ... More >>

  • Music

    January 5, 2012
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    January 3, 2012

    2012 Starts Out Deadly on Houston's Roads

    Drive better, Houston. The first two days of 2012 saw four fatal traffic accidents, three of them on or near the Loop. Two occurred in the early morning hours of January 1, meaning they were probably New Year's Eve-related, but still: That's way too much dying going on. The deaths included a drun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Another Sign You're Not From Houston

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Don Juan Davis, 31, Bayou Body Count No. 124

    The death of Don Juan Davis.​The third killing in less than a week in an obscure Houston neighborhood happened Sunday evening, Houston police say. The death of Don Juan Davis, 31, came about 10:30 p.m. after an argument in a parking lot in the 10100 block of Forum Park Drive. The location is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Nathaniel Deron Kelley, 19, Bayou Body Count No. 122

    Murder on the Sam Houston Parkway​A drive-by killing on the Sam Houston Parkway was fatal to a 19-year-old male early Saturday morning, Houston police say. Nathaniel Deron Kelley, 19, had attended a party with a friend at the Milan Pavilion at 6303 Harwin, HPD says. As they were leaving they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    The 10 Most Lucrative Red-Light Cameras In Houston

    Monica Fuentes​As we noted earlier this week, Houston's red-light camera cash cow money machine is up and running at full speed again, with more than 2,700 citations issued in the first six days of operation. So everyone should be careful out there unless they want to get hit with a bothersom ... More >>

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    August 4, 2011

    Unidentified Female Killed By Alleged Drunk Driver, Bayou Body Count No. 116

    HPDJonathan Lacier Davis: Suspected of DWI in fatal accident.​A woman driving a Honda Civic was killed about 3 a.m. today when an allegedly drunk driver ran a red light and smashed into her. Jonathan Lacier Davis, 22, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter. He was driving a PT Cruise ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2011

    Top Four Patriotic Sex Positions

    Recently, Houston's patriotism has been questioned by Stephen Colbert, who took us to task for our fireworks ban, and Men's Health magazine, who ranked us the 89th most patriotic city. Houston was beat by Austin (21), Dallas (60), and San Antonio (78). Well! We can't stand for that. We're unable to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    Miguel Almaquer, Bayou Body Count No. 53

    Killed by a drunk driver, police say​A man has been charged with intoxication manslaughter after police say he was drunk and crashed his car, killing his passenger. The victim, Miguel Almaquer, was thrown from the vehicle in the single-car crash in the 6900 block of the East Sam Houston Parkw ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    Unidentified Male, 20, Bayou Body Count No. 38

    Traffic​Houston roads are never the safest places and there have been several recent traffic fatalities as proof. Tuesday night, around 10:50 p.m., the unidentified male victim, 20, ran a red light in his Ford Taurus in the 6700 block of the West Sam Houston Parkway North service road. A blac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Openings & Closings: February 2011

    A plate of nigirizushi at Blue Fish.​As we showed you in our sneak peek earlier this week, The Blue Fish is now open at Bayou Place downtown. The Dallas-based sushi bar will also open a second Houston location in a few months next door to benjy's on Washington Avenue., where a new build-out is ... More >>

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    March 2, 2011

    Houston's Six Best Archeological Sites

    Where's Indy when you need him?​We were intrigued by Brittanie Shey's visit to the Camp Logan ruins in Memorial Park last month, so we wondered: Where are the best spots in the Houston area to do some archeological exploring? We asked Louis Aulbach, one of the best Houston historians, for som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Comments of the Day: Dealing with Unhealed Wounds

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 28, 2010
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    September 24, 2010

    The Black Crowes: Say Goodnight To The Bad Guys

    Josh Cheuse​The Black Crowes need a break. Since their 2005 reformation, the group has toured incessantly (tonight's Verizon show is their fifth Houston stop), released three studio records, one live record, two DVDS and now Croweology. That double-disc effort features new, acoustic recordings ... More >>

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    August 30, 2010

    Unidentified Male, 20, Bayou Body Count No. 212

    Found dead in his apartment​A 20-year-old man was found shot dead in his apartment on the west side Saturday night, and a young child was wandering about the complex when police arrived.Houston police were called to an apartment complex in the 2400 block of West Sam Houston Parkway a little after ... More >>

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    August 23, 2010

    Unidentified Woman, Bayou Body Count No. 208

    ​An unidentified woman's body was found Sunday morning near the 10500 block of Richmond, just west of the Sam Houston Tollway. Shortly before 10:30 a.m., police received a call about a person being down. When officers arrived, they saw a woman lying in a grassy ditch. It appeared as though she ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Adios Houstonist, Hello H-Town Rock

    Keep Houston Rich posts this video from Chingo Bling and Fade Dogg's new collaboration, "Let Me Know". The song is featured on Chingo's new mixtape, Stuntin 4 The Summer. As you well know, the HMPAs are coming up in the next few weeks, but you can find out what Texas bands from north of the Sam H ... More >>

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    April 30, 2010

    Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, Shoots Hoops With Yates

    Photos by Paul KnightSecretary of Education Arne Duncan made an appearance at Sam Houston High School.​Arne Duncan, the federal Secretary of Education, had to cut his trip to north Houston's Sam Houston High School a bit short, because there were more pressing matters. Duncan was headed to the Thi ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    Unidentified 3-Year-Old Girl, Bayou Body Count No. 68

    ​Someone gunned down a 3-year-old girl, and police have vowed to catch the killer.It all went down on Sunday afternoon in the parking lot of the Live Oak Bend apartments in north Houston. The father and his two kids -- a daughter, 3, and son, 1 -- were getting into their car, police say, when a ma ... More >>

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    March 10, 2010

    Texas Traveler: Independence Day

    Photo by photine​How did you celebrate the 174th anniversary of Texas' independence from Mexico? You probably didn't do anything like what a group of stalwart runners spent their weekend doing -- running the 203 miles from Gonzales to the San Jacinto Battleground in Deer Park.Dozens of teams ... More >>

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    February 22, 2010

    Mayday, Mayday: Van Morrison Opens Woodlands' 2010 Season May 1

    ​This weekend word came from Live Nation that legendary Irish crooner and songwriter Van Morrison will be open the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion's 2010 season Thursday, May 1, Van the Man's first Houston appearance in more than 30 years. According to, Morrison first hit Houston in J ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010

    Houston 101: The Election Of 1838: Doom For Houston As Capital Of Texas, Death For Two Candidates

    ​The Texas Presidential Election of 1838 was likely unique in the history of democracy, if for no other reason than its body count.At the time, there were two political parties in Texas -- Houstonites, and anti-Houstonites. The former favored annexation to the United States, relatively gentle trea ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 21, 2010

    "The Monumental Sculpture of Bernar Venet"

    The French artist's latest outdoor exhibit has curves ahead

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    November 5, 2009

    The Ultimate Oyster Cracker?

    ​My brother Dave got me hooked on these hot and spicy saltines. He says they're the perfect oyster crackers. I haven't tried them with oysters yet, but I will soon. The home version of these has been around for a long time. You mix up a package of dry ranch dressing mix, some kind of dried ch ... More >>

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    October 14, 2009

    Dive Bar-ology 101: What A Dive Bar Is Not

    ​These days, there are a lot of misconceptions about what constitutes a dive bar. Going by lists on sites like Yelp and Citysearch, and especially this laughable list from the Houston Chronicle, apparently any drinking establishment that does not sport bottle service, valet parking and a velvet r ... More >>

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    September 11, 2009

    Coming To La Carafe: More Room To Smoke and Drink

    Photo by photine​In our Best of Houston issue last year, we selected the scant few tables in front of La Carafe as the Best Place to Smoke and Drink in town. We loved the place for its "prime view of the skyline" and the fact that outside speakers allowed patrons to "bathe in the sweet sound ... More >>

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    September 9, 2009

    Meet the Beatles... Again: Live From the Sam Houston Coliseum, August 1965

    ​ More Beatles for you (and more to come). While researching the group's Texas history, Rocks Off stumbled across this gem: a live recording of the Beatles' one and only Houston appearance - though they played a matinee and evening show - at the Sam Houston Coliseum on August 19, 1965. Listen to t ... More >>

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