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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
HISD students may be able to pass the test needed to graduate, but that doesn't mean they know how to read.
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 >>
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 >>
Cross these off your Houston bucket list. They are long gone.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Pool's closed today, and all summerEight 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 >>
Good thing he wasn't named Sam SchnackenpfefferhausenToday 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 >>
Dollars: HISD ain't got `emUpdate: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 >>
Walmart is not the place to go to print out child porn.If what court documents say is true, Michael Bill is one cheap sicko. He took pictures of a relative having sex with an underage girl, thus qualifying for the sicko part (although he added to his credentials, as you'll see). He then was ... More >>
This convent is a landmark in IdylwoodEveryone 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 >>
Photo by Margaret DowningHouston's apparently not a tourist city to GrierIt 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 >>
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 >>
Photo by Margaret DowningSounding 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Fathers often get a bad rap. Even though most Dads work every bit as hard as Mom for their families, they get overlooked very easily, because praise and thanks aren't supposed to matter to Dads, they're simply expected to act the way a Dad is supposed to. To help make up for the thanklessness so of ... More >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
Practical solutions, involving liquor and guns
A fresh coffeehouse and some familiar radio voices shine new light on the Houston scene
Looking back on the '05 and dreaming in the '06
Your guide to beaches, water parks, day trips, festivals and more
The Geto Boys showed the nation hip-hop with real staying power
Broaden your horizons at Houston's most eclectic Korean eatery
Tom Zaratti was just a lawyer of modest means, looking out for his boy. Then the revelations began.
A Houston author tells how our traffic got jammed
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.
Houston's first female hockey team gives new meaning to the term "body check"
Third-generation chef Hoi Fung channels his homeland into his namesake kitchen