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    September 12, 2014

    Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen at The Woodlands, 9/11/2014

    Lyle Lovett & His Large Band, Robert Earl Keen Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 11, 2014 Between Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen, it's a miracle there was any room left in the Woodlands Pavilion for paying customers Thursday. Both men's extensive roots in the Houston area were reflected i ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    The 10 Best Music Venues Outside Loop 610

    10. BFE ROCK CLUB The 1960 area goes hard, thanks to this Jones Road bar that can pack more than 500 headbanging souls into its octagon to rock out with an intensity that inner-loop venues either can't handle or just don't want to. BFE books only the heaviest of the heavy Houston-area acts to go wit ... More >>

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    May 6, 2014

    The Five Best Hidden Restaurant Gems in Hillcroft

    Two weeks ago, I highlighted some of my favorite relatively unknown restaurants in Chinatown for your eating pleasure. There are so many spots there, it was hard to narrow it down to just five, but before I revisit even more delicious and authentic hole-in-the-wall eateries on Bellaire Boulevard, I ... More >>

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    March 18, 2014

    Chris Shepherd Dishes on Underbelly's New Dinner Series

    If you've ever been to Underbelly, you've seen the wall adorned with photos of Houston culinary personalities and places. Not everyone in the photos is famous; some of the people pictured own small mom-and-pop restaurants that serve authentic ethnic food. There are farmers and fishermen. These are t ... More >>

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    March 7, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013-2014: No. 19, Dahi Puri at Shri Balaji Bhavan

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus® issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of person ... More >>

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    February 17, 2014

    Crvnes, a Free-For-All DJ Palace, Rises at the Old Meridian

    Along a dimly lit street, inside of a dark and aging building, at the top of a haunted stairway, sits a shadowy and cavernous room. With a simple donation bar at one end, and a hard-hitting combination of CD-Js and speakers at the other, this is no velvet-rope club or posh cocktail lounge. There's n ... More >>

  • News

    December 12, 2013

    Amid All the Good Things Going On in HISD, Why Is It So Many of Our Kids Still Can't Read?

    HISD students may be able to pass the test needed to graduate, but that doesn't mean they know how to read.

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    September 25, 2013

    Cover Story: Houston Baptist University Dives Into the Big Business of College Football

    A little over a year ago, Houston Baptist University was mostly known for high academic standards and a men's gymnastics squad that achieved success in the 1980s. After a $10 million investment that helped pay for a football field, a full-fledged coaching staff and enough manpower to examine 300 a ... More >>

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    August 19, 2013

    Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms & Fastball at Arena Theater, 8/17/2013

    Under The Sun Tour Feat. Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms & Fastball Arena Theater August 17, 2013 The '90s were an interesting time for music, especially in the realm of pop. It was an age of one-hit wonders, and as a band it seemed like it took a whole lot more than that one catchy song to ke ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    The Houston Bucket List: Near Misses

    Cross these off your Houston bucket list. They are long gone.

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    January 18, 2013

    Houston's Top 5 Large Music Venues

    5. TOYOTA CENTER Aeros, Rockets and concerts. Oh my! Houston's Toyota Center is built to impress and hosts big-time, all-star performances, ranging from Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga to Metallica and Tool. When it isn't a sporting event, the venue's playing surfaces are removed, giving way to an extra ... More >>

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    January 16, 2013

    Beyond Chili-Cheeseburgers at The Chili Shak

    If Pvt. Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue had been into chili instead of shrimp, I imagine that The Chili Shak is just the sort of place he and Forrest Gump would have opened. The list of menu items that come topped with owner Bernard Montgomery's chili -- based on a secret family recipe passed down fro ... More >>

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    October 19, 2012

    Top 10 Dirt Cheap Rock Star Halloween Costumes

    Yep, it's that time again. Almost Halloween, and you with no costume. There's no time left to execute some grand vision that might impress people you'd like to sleep with. (Unless you want to try these, from our sister blog Art Attack.) That leaves you with only a couple of options: Sit around alon ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    County Attorney Vince Ryan Sues Apartment Complex For Harboring Crime

    Harris County attorney Vince Ryan is asking a court to force a southwest-side apartment complex to beef up its security measures because it is currently a hazard to residents. Ryan's office has filed against the owners of the 251-unit Point at the Southwest, in the 11500 block of Keegans Ridge Road ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012

    A Houston Rap-Related Shooting Timeline

    Most people will tell you that Houston rappers are overall a peaceful bunch, but people do carry guns. No less a beloved figure than Pimp C was caught after he got into an altercation at the Foot Locker in Sharpstown Mall; supposedly a policeman saw a gun under Pimp's coat during the fight, followed ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    HISD Awards $35 Million to Schools for Student Achievements

    The Houston Independent School District on Tuesday handed out awards to teachers for student high scores on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test. The ASPIRE Award program is part of an ongoing effort to reward teachers for the success of their students. According to an HISD pres ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Anne Lynn Montgomery: Teacher Had Two Children With Student

    Anne Lynn Montgomery: Two children fathered by a student.​It's bad enough to be a teacher having an affair with a student. It's worse when you have two babies via the affair. But for Anne Lynn Montgomery, the coup de grace is that no one in law enforcement would have known about it all -- unt ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    Pools And Community Centers Come Under Parker's Budget Ax

    Pool's closed today, and all summer​Eight swimming pool pools and seven community centers won't open this summer and about 750 city employees will be laid off under the new budget proposed by Mayor Annise Parker today.The fire and police departments avoided layoffs. "Developing this budget h ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011

    Our San Jacinto Quiz, Including Silk Underwear, Syphilis and Dennis Quaid

    Good thing he wasn't named Sam Schnackenpfefferhausen​Today marks the 175th anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto, the glorious day when a ragtag Texan army surprised a siesta-enjoying Mexican force and won independence for the Lone Star State. The battle, fought near present-day Refinery ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    HISD Eyes More School Closures, a Hike in Lunch Prices, UPDATED

    Dollars: HISD ain't got `em​Update:HISD spokesman Jason Spencer sent us a note that these schools are now up for closure and/or consolidation: Elementary schools: Memorial, Paige, N.Q. Henderson, Port Houston, Gordon, Pleasantville, Stevenson, Houston Gardens, Burrus, Rhoads, Grimes, McDade, a ... More >>

  • Music

    December 16, 2010
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    August 13, 2010

    The Five Most Underrated Neighborhoods In Houston

    This convent is a landmark in Idylwood​Everyone knows THE places to be in Houston. It's just a question of which one fits your taste (and wallet).River Oaks, the Heights, Montrose, Bellaire -- everyone knows those places. But Houston is so vast, so unpredictable, that little bubbles of terrific ne ... More >>

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    May 11, 2010

    Terry Grier Wants To Know Why "The Legislature Has Started To Play School-Board Member" With Summer Vacations

    Photo by Margaret DowningHouston's apparently not a tourist city to Grier​It was time for another media roundtable Tuesday and Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier, a still somewhat recent arrival to the great state of Texas, started musing about why the state legislature involves itself in sett ... More >>

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    April 29, 2010

    In HISD There Are No Unsatisfactory Teachers; Surprise: We Live in Lake Woebegone

    Only 3.4 percent of HISD teachers are "below expectations" or "unsatisfactory"​"Of the 11 HISD schools rated 'Academically Unacceptable' by the Texas Education Agency in 2008-9, only two rated any teacher unsatisfactory" in any category of their evaluations. -- Source: HISD Human ResourcesIt was a ... More >>

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    April 16, 2010

    HISD Trustees Give Grier a History Lesson

    Photo by Margaret Downing​Sounding a bit like a past-the-honeymoon-stage couple whose partners are starting to feel misunderstood and underappreciated, Superintendent Terry Grier and the Houston ISD trustees got through Thursday's board workshop with a patina of camaraderie, occasionally interrupt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    Club's Landlord Blamed In Lawsuit For Gang Killing

    ​If a bunch of dudes get in a fight outside of a night club and one them kills another, is it the fault of the bar's landlord?That's essentially the question at hand in a lawsuit filed in Harris County District Court, claiming that poor security at the Kahlua Disco club near the Sharpstown mall he ... More >>

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    December 30, 2009

    Coast: Not a Beach, Not a Rapper... Just Damn Good Music

    COAST "I CAN'T COMPLAIN" MUSIC VIDEO from G Films on Vimeo Our mother once told us that whenever she went to the coast during life's crossroads, she felt closer to God. That's because people often take their problems to the coast, because whether they are conscious of it or not, they feel they are a ... More >>

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    December 24, 2009
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    August 20, 2009

    Aftermath: Mos Def at House of Blues

    Larami Culbertson​ 9:30 p.m.: Just walked in to see the place pretty well filled. Snoop is playing through the speaker system. If you walk into a venue and "Gin and Juice" is playing, you can take that as a sign that you're going to have a good time. Well, that or that a riot is going to break out ... More >>

  • News

    June 11, 2009

    The Recruit

    Places all over Houston want Trevor Falk and pitch the wonders of community life. He is 24 and has Down syndrome, which makes him a hot commodity for private group homes.

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    January 15, 2009

    Sole of Houston: Airport Drive, The Finale (Including Unwanted Puke)

    And here is the final installment of David Beebe and John Lomax's 20-plus mile hike from Intercontinental Airport to Spanish Flowers restaurant. Part one is here and part two is here.David Beebe's accounts of the same hike are here and here.Airline's furthest reaches are lined by sprawling and run-d ... More >>

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    August 11, 2008
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    January 7, 2008

    $13 at Pollo Riko on Fondren

    Where: Pollo Riko, 7229 Fondren, 713-271-4321 What $13 gets you: Enough food to feed a family, and then some. One visit to Pollo Riko and you’ll never buy another dried-out bird from the grocery. Here, the chicken skin is crisp and the meat is moist, if a little salty. By itself, a whole roast c ... More >>

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    December 4, 2007
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    November 2, 2006

    Candidate of the Year

    Practical solutions, involving liquor and guns

  • Music

    July 27, 2006

    Mr. Renfrow Risin'

    A fresh coffeehouse and some familiar radio voices shine new light on the Houston scene

  • Music

    December 29, 2005

    Farewell to the Twenty Nickel

    Looking back on the '05 and dreaming in the '06

  • Culture

    May 26, 2005

    We Know What You Should Do This Summer

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

  • Music

    May 5, 2005

    Mouth of the Dirty South

    The Geto Boys showed the nation hip-hop with real staying power

  • Dining

    March 31, 2005

    The Seoul of Sharpstown

    Broaden your horizons at Houston's most eclectic Korean eatery

  • News

    March 11, 2004

    Young Loves

    Tom Zaratti was just a lawyer of modest means, looking out for his boy. Then the revelations began.

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    October 2, 2003

    King of the Roads

    A Houston author tells how our traffic got jammed

  • Music

    October 17, 2002

    Buenos Aires Virus

    Continental Club dweller Glover Gill would sooner starve to death than give up playing tango. Not that guys who back Pavarotti and score Hollywood films waste away that often.

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    June 22, 2000
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    June 8, 2000

    Hell Just Froze Over

    Houston's first female hockey team gives new meaning to the term "body check"

  • Dining

    December 30, 1999

    Hong Kong Ahead

    Third-generation chef Hoi Fung channels his homeland into his namesake kitchen

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