Sam Houston

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    Houston's Earliest Gay Scenes (Part 2)

    Part two in a series for gay pride week. It didn't take Ron Levine and partners like the club-savvy Howell long to turn the new Palace into a hot spot. In October, 1970, the private club -- private meaning mixed drinks were available and entry could be controlled -- hosted a drag pageant that is st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2014

    The Five Best Spots in Houston for Take-Out and a Picnic

    What is up with this Spring? Usually by this time of year we're all cranking up the ACs as high as they can go and wishing we had oxygen masks when we go outside so we could breathe a little easier in the hot soup-like air. But something weird is going on this year. It's actually still kind of nice ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    HPD vs. Hippies: The Day San Francisco Acid-Rock Stormed the Sam Houston Coliseum

    Imagine a bill where California country-rockers the Byrds are the opener on a four-band bill. On October 5, 1969 at the Sam Houston Coliseum, Roger McGuinn and company twanged and pounded their way through a set that included most of their hits including "You Ain't Going Nowhere," "Mr. Tambourine Ma ... More >>

  • Music

    July 25, 2013

    Out of the Past

    Houston's Top 25 closed music venues.

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Houston's Top 25 Closed Music Venues

    Before we go any further, this isn't over. Houston fancies itself as forever moving forward, a "city of the future," but in a relatively short time span -- the past 40, maybe 50 years -- it's managed to rack up an impressive number of live-music stages that have come and gone, and left quite a lasti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    UPDATED: Top 10 Downtown Bars, Clubs & Ice Houses

    As does our sister blog Eating...Our Words, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Friday Night: Rain, Beatles Tribute Band, at Bayou Music Center

    Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles Bayou Music Center April 12, 2013 Apparently the Beatles began when they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964 -- four fully formed lads from Liverpool in moptops and nifty dark suits. That is the premise behind Rain, whose five-man touring company reache ... More >>

  • News

    March 28, 2013

    What to Wear

    Spring HIGH fights dude with prom dress.

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Pamela C. Dixon Charged W/ Intoxication Manslaughter in Death of Alan Jeffrey Mininni: Bayou Body Count No. 194

    A 26-year-old man standing by his apparently stalled-out truck and trailer was hit and killed by a car driven by Pamela C. Dixon, who police say was intoxicated at the time of the accident. Houston police say the 44-year-old Dixon was driving a Honda Accord about 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Unidentified Male In Westside Drive-By, Bayou Body Count No. 171; He Called 911 But Too Late

    Two men were shot early this morning as they sat in a car in front of a far westside apartment complex, police say; they managed to drive away and call 911 but one died and the other is hospitalized with gun wounds. HPD has not released the name of either victim involved in the incident that happen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Remembering the ABA: 5 Things That Would Never Happen in the NBA

    Thirty-six years ago this week, avant-garde basketball went away when the American Basketball Association merged with the National Basketball Association. The old ABA (1967-1976) helped revolutionize the game through the invention of the three-point shot and the drafting of underclassmen. At one t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Unidentified Male Shot at Club, Bayou Body Count No. 195

    Dead in a westside restaurant/club.​Homicide police are investigating the death of a man found shot to death at a westside restaurant and club last week. The man, whose identity has not been released pending notification to family members, was shot in Clayton's Restaurant and Club in the 190 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Four Artists Who Died Before Playing Houston​When Amy Winehouse died Saturday, almost everyone noted how the troubled British soul singer had joined the "27 Club," the list of legendary musicians who passed away at that age that also includes Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Record Store Day: If You Take A Dump, Don't Tell The Staff

    Marco TorresCarlos Hernandez and Los Skarnales' Felipe Galvan at Cactus Music's "Day of the Dead" opening last year.​Today is Tax Day (boo), but it's also payday for a lot of people, which comes in handy because tomorrow is Record Store Day. In a few short years, RSD has become one of the bigg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Springsteen Darkness Reissue Includes 1978 Houston Show

    ​Did you know Bruce Springsteen mentions bygone downtown venue Liberty Hall in his song "This Hard Land"? Of course you did, because Rocks Off is contractually obligated to mention it every time we post something about The Boss. So now that's out of the way, here's something else Houston-re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Horse Racing in Texas, On Its Way to the Last Round-up?

    And they're off....​Is the Texas horse race industry in a death spiral? That seems to be the concern in a report filed today by Steven Long of Horseback Magazine who spent today with the Texas Racing Commission at Sam Houston Race Park.According to Long, Andrea Young of Sam Houston said the park's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Game Time: "I've Done Some Pretty Bad Things"

    ​"I've done some pretty bad things..." -- Tiger Woods, 3.21.10That makes two of us, Tiger. Of course, while the bad things you did were decidedly more kinky and homewrecking than my transgressions, it doesn't make me feel any less remorseful than you. Hey, by the way, saw your texts to Joslyn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    San Jacinto Battleground Among State's Most Endangered Historic Places, Group Says

    Photo by diveofficer​Is it a good or bad thing to be named one of the state's Most Endangered Historic Places?The Sam Jacinto Battlefield is going to find out, having earned that dubious honor this morning."The landscape is all that remains of this important historic site, and without a comp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Perhaps The Internet-Cafe Trend In Nederland Was Overstated

    ​Just as we were trying to figure out why there were internet cafes in Nederland and Port Arthur, we find out that the places were actually fronts for illegal gambling, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The department announced yesterday that six people were charged with running the gam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2009

    Houston 101: A Convention Center Built In 64 Days

    ​In 1928, Jesse Jones -- grand poobah of Houston, Lord of Suite 8-F -- was determined to bring national glory to his town by hosting the 1928 Democratic convention. Cleveland, San Francisco and Detroit also wanted the prize, but Jones took a $200,000 check to the bidding committee and got the nod. ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 21, 2009

    Hit Hermann

    In time for summer, the park's had a facelift.

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    It Was 45 Years Ago Today...

    If you're more than about 50 years old, today is most likely the anniversary of one of your most powerful memories. In the early evening hours of February 9, 1964, more than 73 million people sat glued to their televisions as the course of American pop culture was altered forever. It all s ... More >>

  • News

    November 20, 2008

    The Collector: Mack McCormick's Huge Archive of Culture and Lore

    A great American folklorist has spent a life squirreling away bits and pieces of Texas culture. Now time is running out on him and his inventory.

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2008

    Comcast's Sam Houston Somehow Isn't The Worst Local TV Ad

    We’re still stewing over the truly historic Comcast Sam Houston ad campaign, so much so that it got us reminiscing about the history of TV ads in the Houston market. We set out looking for some that were as weird as that campaign, but ended up with a bunch that were just plain quaint. Usually. A ... More >>

  • News

    October 23, 2008

    Sam Houston, Ad Man

    Comcast's odd TV campaign

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2008
  • Blogs

    July 22, 2008

    Houston as a Movie Stand-In: The Top Five

    Anyone who's endured summer in our fair city or spent 45 minutes trying to negotiate the I-610/US-59 exchange has probably, however briefly, contemplated getting the hell out. Admit it, you've thought about abandoning Houston altogether in favor of a city with better traffic where you can spend the ... More >>

  • Music

    September 27, 2007

    Jimmie's Place

    Willie Nelson stories and shoeshines at Jimmie's

  • News

    June 1, 2006

    Holy Sh--!

    The most-hyped hurricane season ever is upon us

  • Music

    May 25, 2006

    Just Say Ho

    A Tennessee-based Virginia rocker salutes the Big Drunk in song; also: Mary Cutrufello gets back on track

  • News

    April 27, 2006

    Meeting of the Minds

    Hilarity ensues after a UH scheduling mix-up

  • News

    February 23, 2006

    Houston's Best Public High Schools

    Counting down: Our sixth- through tenth-place finishers

  • News

    June 9, 2005

    On Their Backs

    Sugar Land spreads its legs

  • Music

    March 31, 2005

    A Room with a View

    The Montagu Hotel, where the keyhole is more entertaining than the TV

  • News

    October 21, 2004

    Taking Aim

    Marching with an evolving minority electorate, a Vietnamese immigrant may just whip the GOP's old guard

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • News

    April 22, 2004

    Carrying the Torch

    Rangers get fired up over Bush's Healthy Forests Initiative

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Post Office

    Sam Houston Branch

  • News

    May 29, 2003

    Film Buff

    The naked truth about why Houston isnt the third coast

  • News

    November 29, 2001

    Evening the Odds

    In three decades, women jockeys have made tremendous strides. But in the male-dominated world of horse racing, equality remains elusive.

  • News

    August 23, 2001

    Zoned Out

    The biggest Houston postal "improvement" ever has cut 400 jobs -- and snarled mail delivery

  • News

    May 3, 2001

    Bulldozers at the Gate

    Houston fiddles while its architectural and cultural heritage disappears

  • Dining

    August 24, 2000

    The Art of Smoke

    Technology has changed the nature of barbecue. But deep in the heart of Texas, a few true artists still cling to the old ways. We go in search of greater Houston's greatest pits.

  • News

    December 30, 1999

    The Good, the Bad, the Imprisoned

    Houston's best politicos were not always the ones elected -- or the ones who stayed in office

  • News

    December 9, 1999

    The Katy: Railing On

    Fears of a future light train trouble Katy Freeway expansion critics

  • Calendar

    September 4, 1997
  • News

    January 4, 1996

    Book 'Em

    A principal's "detention" policy proves controversial -- and effective

  • News

    May 25, 1995
  • News

    December 29, 1994

    The Year of Living Anxiously

    Are We Having Fun Yet? Or is it just the jangly buzz of advanced urban stress syndrome?

  • News

    December 15, 1994

    Mr. Big

    Houston sculptor David Adickes has one message for the art world: large is good

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