These days it doesn't matter much what you name your band, because Bandcamp doesn't have any silly content standards for you to worry about. That's nice for punk and metal, because those dudes love to name their bands after completely sick shit. And they wonder why they have a reputation for being d ... More >>
My wife is pregnant. It's our third time in the barrel, and as unexpected a ride as the prior two. We (think we) know what we're in for this time, though, so it should be smooth sailing. To help ensure pacific waters, I'm (mostly) teetotaling in sympathy with my wife for the next 40 weeks or so. Tha ... More >>
Who gets under our skin?
I was first introduced to the michelada one summer in Corpus Christi. I grew up on the bayfront, but I'd never learned to surf, so a few years back, I decided it was time. My first lesson had nothing to do with the board or the waves though. Instead, my instructor handed me a michelada and explained ... More >>
Clint Eastwood's inspired take on a giant of the 20th Century in J. Edgar.
Photo by Brooke ViggianoCheesy shortbready cracker things, come to mama!Sometimes, I find myself drawn to a restaurant not for what's on the menu, but for what is placed on the table in front of me before I even open the menu. You know what I'm talking about. It's sometimes even the best part ... More >>
Photo by djfpaagmanRed Lobster's shrimp swimming in their natural habitat: butter.Recently, during a particularly rowdy Sunday Funday, a three-second flash across the screen of Red Lobster's famous Cheddar Bay Biscuits caught the attention of a few friends of mine. The Red Lobster commercial ... More >>
Tour of Britain at the Black Lab. Note baby bottle.Some of my most terrifying DEFCON Dining moments have been brought about by other people's children. They're like guerrilla warriors. You never know when one of them is going to pop out from the underbrush, tantrums flying like RPGs as you fu ... More >>
mhaithacaShirley Temple. For the record, I am not pregnant. But a startling proportion of my friends are heading into their second and third trimesters this summer and therefore are unable to join me in multiple rounds of margaritas. Rather than drink alone, I have decided to explore the wor ... More >>
YouTube goodness stumbled upon: The opening of a new campus for Alvin Community College. Note how much airtime is expended on this. Note the fashions. Note Dave Ward. Of course, it's not like you didn't have a choice back then. As this pitch for advertisers from Channel 67(Huh?) shows, you could w ... More >>
adultchocolatemilk.comWaxing nostalgic is easier with booze. Last week it was Whipped Lightning. This week dairy takes another devious turn with Adult Chocolate Milk, a new intoxicating version of the childhood staple from California-based Adult Bev Co., tempting us with slogans like, "Re-t ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttTry ordering a real Manhattan at your Golden Tee Palace.I found myself explaining to a friend last night that my entire philosophy and approach toward bars now that I've gotten older can be summed up by one question: Does it have a Golden Tee machine? If the answer ... More >>
Pitch-perfect child performances root Treeless Mountain.
True underground-rock royalty, the Melvins have been soundtracking lung-busting bong marathons for more than two decades. All Music Guide calls the trio's music "one massive, oozing pile of dark slime," but it's some pretty resilient, influential slime. Kurt Cobain's failed audition for the band led ... More >>
"Da Beat" goes on for Savion Glover and his friends
Shakespeare's Wives doesn't cotton to the South
April 29 - May 5, 1999
At the Alley, Not About Nightingales reveals Tennessee Williams's youthful outrage