Part three in a series for Houston Pride Week. The trials, tribulations, and awakenings during the war against fascism led to a spate of coming-out items in the immediate postwar years. In 1944, poet Robert Duncan published The Homosexual in Society, the earliest attempt to formulate a gay rights a ... More >>
Rom-coms used to be a cash cow — and wildly popular with audiences. What happened?
It's time again to shine up the saddle shoes and hose down the hot rods for Rock Baby Rock It's lucky No. 13, brought to you by Houston's own hound dog Edgar "Big E" Salazar. Party like it's 1955 where The Continental Club will boast enough pomade to grease down the dance floor for a three-night ex ... More >>
Southern Culture on the Skids Continental Club March 30, 2013 There was a time when there was no more electrifying experience to be had than taking in a Southern Culture on the Skids show. Anything could happen, from flying chicken bones to booty-shakin' the night away, and it usually did. Happily ... More >>
Along with his wife Tonya Gleason, Houstonian homeless advocate Tyler Gleason was arrested yesterday and charged with child endagerment. Harris County Sheriff's deputies say that the couple left their five-month-old son in a car-seat in the median of FM 1960 near Kuykendahl while they solicited fu ... More >>
Well, well, well, the City of Houston announced over the weekend that our long, horrible nightmare is over ding dong the wicked witch is dead they have settled their lawsuit with American Traffic Solutions to rid us of the scourge red-light traffic cameras FOREVER once and for all. Setting aside f ... More >>
For a decade now, online retailers have increasingly grown their sales to the point they now rival traditional brick and mortar establishments. Let's face it, it's just easier to shop online if you have a computer, an internet connection and a desire to avoid crowds. You can sit there with a ... More >>
This year's Core Exhibition brings good and not-so-good work.
In case you hadn't heard, the iPad 2 comes out very, very soon. Geeks are already lining up. We hate to pour cold water on such a momentous event, but frankly, what's the big deal about an iPad 2? As these five examples from a 1971 Sears catalog show, it's all been done before. 5. Watch movies!! Y ... More >>
Last month we shared with you ten charmingly strange old postcards from Houston. Now it's time to give equal love to the places that surround Houston. As always, Card Cow is the place to go for your vintage-postcard needs. 10. Beaumont: Plenty of Parking! The Beaumont Village Shopping Center featu ... More >>
oldsweetsong.comIt starts earlier every year. Halloween is on Sunday, but major retailers like Sears and Target are attempting unprecedented "Black Friday" sales today, almost a month in advance. Yesterday I even caught a commercial for stuffing. Well, it was actually for Swanson's Chicken br ... More >>
Return of the Teflon ManLast we heard from Gary Ross, the Teflon Man of River Oaks, he had e-mailed one of his lawyers about how he had colon cancer and was at death's door.But apparently Ross never lost the will to fight since that September 2009 e-mail: Last month, Ross sued his wife -- or at l ... More >>
Photos by Kris SearsM1 of Dead Prez at the Houston Palestine Film Festival Lee-Coc at the HPFFThe Houston Palestine Film Festival (HPFF), which features a wide range of films that highlight the unique strength and struggle of the Palestinian people featured the legendary M1 from Dead Prez on S ... More >>
Craig Hlavaty Oh, look at us with our fancy old-timey bicycles on the wall! You would think a bar that looks like a 19th-century funeral home would at least make the restrooms look all old-school as well. We wouldn't mind pissing in an outhouse out back, or using a page from a vintage Sears & ... More >>
Gomorrah was never so wickedly funny
The 1960s weren't a very pleasant time to be gay or lesbian for most people, but especially in Houston. Somehow the Bayou City wasn't as accepting of alternative lifestyles as it is today (and we're not saying it's Nirvana today.)Police raids of gay bars were common. Common but bizarre, in the ca ... More >>
Photos by Marco Torres Show of hands if any of you have ever been wrangled into a time-share scheme. Wherein you have to sit and listen to a talking head decked out in Sears' finest grind down your gears with a two-hour seminar on some delightful ocean-front property. Now, add in blaring hip-hop ... More >>
Sodomites Beware: Vera and her pals are on the road to Sin City
Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: J-Dawg, "Never" Wire To Wire Did you know that it costs $240,000 to impersonate an FBI agent? DMX does. ... More >>
Thought the holiday uber-shopping craze was limited to Black Friday? Welcome to Cyber Monday.Admittedly, the day was first a gimmick by Shop.org (they coined the term back in 2005), but over the years, more and more stores have jumped on board and as many as 82% of online retailers are offering spec ... More >>
The recent article on water in Houston prompted me to tell you about some choices you have if you're ready to kick the plastic-bottle habit and help reduce landfill. I bought an entry level distiller at Sears as I don't really like the taste of Houston water. The distiller does an excellent job o ... More >>
Our critics weigh in on local theater
Our critics weigh in on local theater
Although I was more or less familiar with every stretch of Shepherd Drive, I didn't know its headwaters up by I-45 and Veterans Memorial very well at all. I had a vague idea that there were a bunch of junkyards up there — but the farthest north I tend to venture up in that direction is the Sea ... More >>
Lomax walks the line. Will you? (C'mon, the weather's nice.) In the aftermath of my "Sole of Houston" article, in which yours truly and Geoffrey "Uncle Tick" Mueller walked the entire length of Westheimer, I've received some interesting mail. None more so than this, which was sent to our home add ... More >>
The women of Gee's Bend deliver again
Racket searches for the hoppingest grocery store in town
A blood-curdling tale of sex slavery falls apart
"Funk Jazz Fridays" get rolling at Cafe Brasil
Ideas that were forgotten but not gone in 2003
David McGee gives good autobiography at DiverseWorks
An MFAH exhibit captures quilting heritage and quality that is sew fine
When the going gets hot, federal prosecutors head south
Amy Heckerling is clueless with her latest teen flick
July 2 - 8, 1998
In his 14 years as Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Peter Marzio has increased the MFA's endowment tenfold, tripled MFA Membership and gotten it started on a huge new home. He hasn't done badly for himself, either.
Are We Having Fun Yet? Or is it just the jangly buzz of advanced urban stress syndrome?
Houston's theaters welcome Christmas with an array of dramatic gifts
Why is this winsome public sculpture, created by Mount Rushmore's sculptor, languishing in disrepair? And where is her arm?