Sam Houston

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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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Houston 101: The Short Happy Life of Dick Dowling

    ​Aside from the city's namesake, no 19th-Century Houstonian was more famous than Dick Dowling, the Irish-born saloonkeeper/businessman and Confederate war hero. In fact, when city leaders commissioned Houston's very first public monument in 1905, it was Dowling and not Sam Houston who got the hono ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    HISD To Announce It's Done Better Than Ever In State Rankings

    ​HISD has broken its record for schools ranked as "exemplary" or "recognized," spokesman Norm Uhl says.Last year 57 percent of its 296 schools achieved that ranking; this year 70 percent of its schools have."This is one for the HISD history books and a highlight for me as I end my career at HISD," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Texas Traveler: Huntsville

    Most Houstonians probably know Huntsville for the colossal Sam Houston statue, designed by Texas artist David Adickes, himself a graduate of Sam Houston State University and a Huntsville native. At 67 feet tall, "Big Sam" is dubbed The World's Tallest Statue of an American Hero. Or maybe they know ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2009

    Last Call For Art: Shows Closing this Weekend

    Photo courtesy San Jacinto MuseumThe Gothic comedy The Miss Firecracker Contest closes on Sunday. Pulitzer-Prize winner Beth Henley's play is about Carnelle, a young woman with a less-than-perfect past who has entered the local beauty pageant in order to restore not only her reputation but her self- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    What If They Gave A Horse Show And Nobody Came?

    The Kantemirov family calls its famous Russian circus, which has toured all over the world for the last 62 years, a "celebration of life and of man's love for horses, demonstrating the harmony between mankind and nature."So when the troupe needed a city to host its first show in the United States, H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    What This Area Needs Is A Good Nanotechnology Center

    David Goswick is thinking small -- very, very small. No, even smaller than that. Goswick, the head of Historic Real Estate, wants to build the Nano World Headquarters right here in River City, ah, ... we mean Houston. The idea behind the Headquarters is that Houston (well, at least the Sam Houston T ... More >>

  • News

    January 15, 2009

    Quanell X

    The Houston activist says he's dumped the hate

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2009

    Five More Houstonians and Their Wacky Sexual Escapades

    U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent of Houston is faced with a slew of sexual misconduct charges, including aggravated sexual abuse, abusive sexual contact and obstruction of justice, for which he faces a possible sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine. Things look bleak for Judge Kent, but he s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    Happy New Year Grilled Oysters

    What goes better with cold Champagne than hot grilled oysters? Also known as barbecued oysters, they are made by putting a fresh shucked oyster on a gas grill and spooning in some melted butter and garlic--you can add parmesan if you like. It was Drago's in Metairie that made char-grilled oysters fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2008
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    September 11, 2008

    Houston On The TV: The Top Five

    According to an online survey by Sky News, the 80s were the coolest decade: Some 41% of people questioned in an online survey said the 80s was their favourite decade, followed by the 60s and the 90s. The Noughties polled as the least cool decade since 1960, with only 10% of people saying it was th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2008

    Construction of Bank Branches Finally Slowing Down

    You remember that episode in The Simpsons where the enthusiastic and forward-looking evil genius Hank Scorpio gives Homer a job in his spiffy and fun Globex Corporation and the family moves to that sparkling Pacific Northwest-looking town? And Scorpio’s company shows Marge that documentary about l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2008

    This Just In: Texas Education Commissioner Orders Sam Houston High School Closed

    The much beleaguered Sam Houston High was ordered shut down by the Texas Commissioner of Education because it failed to make enough academic progress, the Houston Independent School District’s press office is announcing this afternoon. However, HISD Superintendent Abe Saavedra has an alternate pl ... More >>

  • Music

    May 22, 2008
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    January 24, 2008

    What Happened to Honky Tonk in Houston

    Turn out the lights, the party's over

  • News

    December 13, 2007

    The TSU Toronadoes

    The twisted history of "Tighten Up"

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2007

    Over the Hills and Not That Far Away

    Led Zeppelin rocked the Sam Houston Coliseum the night before this 1975 show in Baton Rouge. Led Zeppelin has been in the news so much lately it’s getting hard to remember they broke up 27 years ago. Of course there’s the big reunion show at London’s O3 Arena, with late drummer John Bonham’s ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 25, 2007

    2007 Halloween Guide

    Haunted houses, parties, festivals and other trails to terror

  • Culture

    October 11, 2007

    Trails to Terror

    2007 Halloween Guide

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2007

    Report Card for All HISD Schools

    For the fifth year in a row, Sam Houston High School has been rated “Academically Unacceptable” in the Texas Education Agency’s annual assessment of the state’s schools announced today. The school still will open in the fall, thanks to the reprieve it got in June from the HISD school board w ... More >>

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    June 14, 2007



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    October 6, 2006
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    October 6, 2006
  • News

    May 4, 2006

    Still Fighting

    The battle against Nooky's Erotic Bakery rages on

  • Music

    April 27, 2006

    Ten of the Bayou City's best short music films

  • News

    April 20, 2006

    En la Calle

    Houston joins the revolucin

  • Calendar

    October 6, 2005

    To NOLA, with Love

    Musicians from far and wide are "Bringing Back the Big Easy"

  • Culture

    May 26, 2005

    We Know What You Should Do This Summer

    Your guide to beaches, water parks, day trips, festivals and more

  • Calendar

    May 19, 2005

    Muchos Luchadores

    Mexican wrestlers take the ring in Angel Rodriguez-Diaz's new exhibit

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    February 5, 2004


    High-performance engines -- and drivers -- whip through Baytown

  • Music

    October 2, 2003


    Dopesmoker (Tee Pee Records)

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Hotel

    Hotel Derek

  • Music

    November 21, 2002

    Mud Boy

    Chris Robinson decides to Crowe it alone with an earthy new band

  • News

    August 9, 2001

    Way Out There

    A new TV news operation is coming to Houston. More or less.

  • News

    June 29, 2000

    Sam Houston's Retreat?

    SHSU stirred the higher-ed circles. Now the excitement has turned to exodus.

  • News

    June 1, 2000

    Gramercy Gets Fingered

    Some Museum District residents rally against plans for razing quaint apartments

  • News

    December 30, 1999

    Houstowne, Texas

    Shrouded by mists and unrecovered documents, the history of Houston is still worth a probe

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    November 12, 1998
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    August 6, 1998
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    May 7, 1998
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