Oh, Brazil. Beautiful Brazil. Poor-at-planning Brazil. The World Cup kicks off in less than three weeks, and there are tons of problems, with more potentially on the way. We decided to take a look at 10 things that could go wrong, and are going wrong, with the 2014 World Cup.
Every year that Hair Balls does a season preview on the Houston Dynamo, footy aficionados always complain and moan about the same things: why didn't the front office bring in a star player, is this team aging before our eyes, blah, blah, blah. For starters, the average age on the Dynamo for 2014 is ... More >>
For two weeks of every year, Central Market holds what in essence is an international festival in its stores by paying homage to the food and cultures of the another country. Three years ago, I attended my first "Passport" event when they celebrated the foods of Argentina. The following year, it was ... More >>
There is a phrase in the news business called "burying the lead." This happens when a key element to a story is not placed in the headline or even in the first paragraph of the story. Instead, it is somewhere down in the story's body. This can be done for several reasons. Sometimes, an editor just w ... More >>
Here go hell come, SXSW has just released the first batch of names for the 2013 festival. I know, only a week after Fun Fun Fun Fest and a month since ACL. Did you see the FPSF blog from earlier today? Yeah, time is moving too fast. The big names on the list so far include the Zombies, Alt-J, Akro ... More >>
Like many ideas that are actually executed, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston didn't exactly anticipate the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA) having the legs that it does. "This is the only center of its kind in the world," says Dr. Mari Carmen Ramirez, Wortham Curator of Lat ... More >>
More literal than metaphorical."The World's Most Dangerous Band." That was the tag applied to Guns N' Roses in their late '80s heyday, and though the smacked-out bad boys of Appetite for Destruction have largely mellowed into comfortable, safe middle age, Axl's crew can still lay a claim as ... More >>
Photo By Marco TorresFat Tony at a day show at SXSW '11Sweet lord, it's not even Thanksgiving yet and South By Southwest is making us excited for March in Austin already. Today the industry festival announced a few bands coming to the capitol city next year, and a few Houston names and Rocks ... More >>
Photos by Marc BrubakerSleigh Bells, CSS Warehouse Live April 24, 2011 See more photos in our slideshow. The concept of loud music is in Aftermath's blood. From the sweet-ass two-page Van Halen mural our Uncle Kelly drew inside his junior high yearbook in 1984, the blown-out speakers in our ... More >>
There's an accident "in the clearing stage" somewhereWhen IBM puts out a survey that features bar graphs and big circles somehow illustrating results, you can rest assured it is beyond reproach.So know this, Houston: Among 20 top international cities, your "traffic pain" is about as low as ... More >>
The French artist's latest outdoor exhibit has curves ahead
Synth-pop icons Depeche Mode do read their reviews.
This week marks the 39th anniversary of the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, which is famous for a couple of reasons. First, it was such a financial disaster it put the kibosh on any further Wight fesivals for the next 32 years. Second, and more importantly, it marked the penultimate performance of one ... More >>
FridayThe freaky folk band everyone's talking about, listenlisten, helps Block 7 Wine Co. (720 Shepherd) celebrate its grand opening this evening with Robert Ellis. Festivities continue Saturday with Runaway Sun (9 p.m.) and Sunday with Kenneth Scott (8 p.m.). No cover. The adorable Cop Warmth he ... More >>
This world traveler/photographer finds beauty in urban decay
Washington PossatoSamba is not just a single musical genre; it's actually subdivided into countless sub-genres ranging from the party-friendly Carnaval beat to the highly subtle bossa nova made famous by the likes of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto. However, among the best-loved in Brazil (an ... More >>
Note: Part 1 is here. While anti-Vietnam protests escalated in both sides of the Atlantic , the scenario was quite different in Brazil: in March 1964, a military junta toppled democratically elected president João Goulart and installed a cruel dictatorship that stayed in power for two decades - in ... More >>
The drama Orphans, by Lyle Kessler, has its final performance this weekend. The stage is set when two young men, getting by pulling petty crimes, kidnap a drunken businessman. Things don't go as planned, however, when the three, all of them orphans, form a pseudo-family. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. ... More >>
"Credibility Scare" alumnus Mark Germino plugs in after seven years.
Discarded plywood in Brazil becomes engaging art at the Rice Gallery.
Adap nails the bleak before succumbing to the sap
Brazil's kidnapping epidemic spawns its own supply-and-demand economy
Opposition is a Commodity in Sundance Docs.
Flying filth will never go out of style with these guys around
Carandiru reveals the human side of Brazilian prisoners, then leads us to their slaughter
Avenida Paulista Churrascaria should please carnivores and vegetarians alike
Can music free your mind from mental slavery? Depends which Free Radical you ask
Space cadets of Man or Astro-man? go to great depths to maintain a gimmick
In Four Days in September, the political is personal