Part one in a series for gay pride week. With the 36th annual Pride Week Festival and Parade upon us, the largest city in a leading Tea Party state finds itself on the cutting edge of gay politics, culture, and history. With a three-term, recently-married, openly-lesbian mayor, a brand new city e ... More >>
The parking lot of Disco Kroger at the corner of Montrose and Hawthorne has been an ideal vantage point to watch the two-month-long demolition of yet another curious piece of Houston history. While the ten-story building at 3400 Montrose is little more than twisted girders and concrete rubble now, i ... More >>
Houston restaurants are ready to get shucking.
In one of the most surprising, yet epic, ways for a restaurant to close, Flora & Muse informed its customers it would no longer be open for business ... and did so during a Greek Wine Dinner. On Monday, October 28, general manager Evan Turner told guests at the dinner that the restaurant would be s ... More >>
Get in the fall spirit with one of these beers.
Five more awesome things to try.
We're just a few days into the month of September, and several highly anticipated restaurants have finally opened for business and a multitude of future concepts have been announced. But, among all of this exciting news, several restaurants have suddenly closed their doors this week. So, let's get ... More >>
When Rocks Off published our choices for "Houston's Top 25 Closed Music Venues" back in July, we knew all along there would be a Part 2. We just didn't know how many were left. Today, after excavating the memories of 25 more, we're still probably not done. Please let us know what else we missed, an ... More >>
Let's just get to the sad news, first. Feast is closing today. The wonderful and beloved restaurant, however, is having a yard sale to get rid of, well, everything. Head on over on Saturday, June 15 at 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.-ish and Monday, June 17 from 10 a.m. until dusk to snag something from the re ... More >>
Your stress-free dining guide to the holidays.
I've long said that Houston doesn't have enough cool rooftop spaces, especially close to downtown. That's finally changing with the opening of two fun new spots... The first opened several weeks ago at the Houston Pavilions: the reincarnation of Scott Gertner's Sky Bar on Montrose, which is now -- a ... More >>
With all due respect to pop-country stars Sara Evans and Billy Currington, the real show-stopper at the City of Houston's Freedom Over Texas July 4 celebration in Eleanor Tinsley Park Wednesday might be the Ernest Walker Band, the jazz/R&B/funk/Latin table-setters whose ranks -- all of them with Hou ... More >>
Note: This article was written by Rolando Rodriguez and Marco Torres. In March of this year, Houston beat the likes of Los Angeles and New York as the most ethnically diverse metropolitan area in the country and that landmark development was mainly due to the growth of Latinos. Back in 1990, Latin ... More >>
Well, Rocks Off was about to head over to Discovery Green's first free Thursday concert of the season when we noticed this item on the Chronicle's real estate blog, Prime Property. Seems that House of Blues is suing its landlord Houston Pavilions, which is currently in receivership after some fundi ... More >>
On Monday night at Grand Prize Bar, seven Houston bartenders competed in a throw-down sponsored by Don Q Rum and the Houston chapter of the United States Bartenders' Guild. The three men and four women came from a mix of Houston restaurants, clubs and bars. The competitors were: Kehlen Selph--Cop ... More >>
The opening of Uchi Houston last week was just the prelude to a rash of exciting, greatly anticipated openings across the city. Get ready, folks: It's a great time to be a diner in Houston. Artisans, the new restaurant from Le Mistral brothers David and and Sylvain Denis with friend and fellow chef ... More >>
For nearly two decades, Nick's Place has offered a unique combination.
Photo by Chuck CookBlind Item of the Week: A Heights hotspot in a somewhat cursed location is rumored to be closing soon. Its intended replacement was said to have been a new Bruce Molzan restaurant, but the Ruggles owner's current legal troubles may prevent that from coming to fruition. What ... More >>
Growlers: Coming soon to two Whole Foods (not necessarily near you, though).In the long tradition of delivering the bad news first, we're starting off this week's restaurant news roundup with a couple of closings. Heights West, whose owner and chef we profiled over a series of Chef Chats bac ... More >>
A NOLA second-line at Uptown Hookah bar
Scott Gertner finds a new home.
D&W Lounge takes the East End's sudden trendiness in working-class stride.
Saturday Rocks Off and a friend attended Keeping the Music Alive, a free concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre. The show was a tribute in honor of the late Michael Jackson, the later Bernie Mac, the even later Gerald Levert, the later still Luther Vandross, and the even yet later still Barry White - ... More >>
Up, Up and Away
Disguised as a warehouse, this place is a choice upscale R&B lounge
HSPVA grads say thanks to Director of Jazz Studies Emeritus Dr. Robert Morgan
Dueling Piano Bar > Old Auto Shop
Sports Bar Punch
Priscilla Slade is the biggest gobbler of them all
Get off the couch!
Where to tuck it in -- or let it all hang out
Sugar Bayou's bad review spotlights a shady Houston trend
Hangover planning for St. Patrick's Day
An argument for human cloning
NoDo has embraced live jazz. But is the relationship a love supreme?
Pru campaigns the locals to elect her as America's next R&B queen
The votes are in! See who you picked as winners in the HPMA 2000
Lush Life: Black Lab, Blue Moon, and other jazz joints
Acoustic Alchemy was soft jazz before soft jazz was soft?
May 28 - June 3, 1998