• Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    Zapruder Analysis Of Andrew Wiggins' Painfully Awkward Sportscenter Interview

    When you're the number one pick in the NBA draft in late June, the summer months should be a time of celebration. For that player, years of youth basketball, high school basketball, the AAU circuit, and a hard fought few months in the college ranks have all culminated into the realization of millio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Houston Rockets: An Open Letter To Chris Bosh

    Dear Chris, I hope you are having a nice summer, and I hope this letter finds you well. I saw a picture of you on Twitter this past weekend and in the picture you were petting an elephant. I don't know if you were on an African safari or at the San Diego Zoo, but you appeared to be enjoying yoursel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Houston Rockets: An Open Letter To Chris Bosh

    Dear Chris, I hope you are having a nice summer, and I hope this letter finds you well. I saw a picture of you on Twitter this past weekend and in the picture you were petting an elephant. I don't know if you were on an African safari or at the San Diego Zoo, but you appeared to be enjoying yoursel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    Beyond Iced Tea: 5 Best Drinks Traditionally Served Hot Just As Good Cold

    The sweaty season is upon us and when rehydrating I can't stand anything warmer than room temperature (of your average apartment during winter in Siberia). Just because the weather calls for chilled drinks doesn't mean certain beverages are off-limits; here are five beverages usually served hot tha ... More >>

  • Film

    March 20, 2014

    Muppets Most Wanted Is a Great Caper

    Get ready for heaps of ridiculousness.

  • Calendar

    March 13, 2014
  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    Michael Sam and the Alleged Ease of Being Gay

    When Michael Sam, a star linebacker at Missouri who will undoubtedly be drafted into the NFL in April, came out of the closet in an interview this week, it wasn't all that surprising that it created a stir or that there were those who thought he had no place in an NFL locker room. But, the reaction ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    North vs. South: 5 Weather Events and Natural Phenomena Neither of Us Can Handle

    A friend of mine from New Jersey recently remarked on Facebook that the conditions that brought Atlanta to a standstill last week people in New Jersey call "Thursday." My response was that people in Texas referred to "Superstorm Sandy" as an afternoon thunderstorm. That's the thing about weather. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Patrick Mies Is Obsessed With The Spartan Death Race. Is That A Bad Thing?

    Patrick Mies II is a very intense individual, the kind who will barely let you get a word in edgewise in a conversation. I have called him to talk about his participation in something called the Spartan Death Race, and I have just inadvertently become a part of his first challenge. Mies, 33, is one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    The "Bad" Table

    It doesn't matter what restaurant you visit; there will always be the "bad table." You know which one I'm talking about. The one by the bathroom, by the service/bussing station, by the swinging kitchen door or the one in the corner where the restaurant's atmosphere is nonexistent. Don't let restaura ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Penn State Scandal: My Statement To The Paterno Family

    "The sanctions announced by the NCAA today defame the legacy and contributions of a great coach and educator without any input from our family or those who knew him best." -- The Paterno Family, in a statement (how else?), 7/23/12 Since the moment that Jerry Sandusky was whisked out of the back of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    The Coast of Utopia: An Extended Run and Revival of Part I -- Good News for Tom Stoppard Lovers

    Gird your loins. Main Street Theater, which has experienced great success with Voyage, the first part of its The Coast of Utopia trilogy, has decided to extend its run and bring back the Voyage for two performances, "providing the chance to see all the parts of the trilogy over three consecutive day ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 1, 2011

    Petrol Station

    A Russian artist explores the force behind American foreign policy.

  • Culture

    May 12, 2011

    Art from the Arctic

    The Menil Collection presents ancient objects in a spectacular all-white display.

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Smoking Ban Gets Semi-Vaporized In Galveston

    Send a few to Galveston, Ronnie‚ÄčSmokers can enjoy a rare victory in the Banning Wars thanks to Galveston.The city council there ignored the wishes of the new mayor and in a close vote revised the drastic ban on public smoking that had been in effect since the first of the year.That ban outlawed sm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    Pop Rocks: Believe It Or Not, There Are Worse Ideas Than Kim Kardashian As Lara Croft

    I can't wait to hear her English accent.​It's been a rough week: we found out the BP oil spill may spread across the Atlantic Ocean and threaten England's blessed shores (which, let's admit it, would be pretty hilarious) and dealt with the campaign in Afghanistan supplanting Vietnam as America ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Friday Night Noise: Hearts of Animals' She-Stew, Telecult Powers' Buzz 'n' Chirp, Ascites Update

    Ascites Update! ‚ÄčLast week FNN took on "Soft Adult Contemporary" from Ascites' Incisional Drainage album, all the while bemoaning a dearth of background and label information. Well, turns out that Ascites read the post; members Nathan Golub and Matt Coffey reached out to FNN via email, filling in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    The Sister Cities Of Houston: A Critical Appraisal, Part Two

    With the recent addition of Karachi, Pakistan, Houston now is a sister to 18 other cities around the world. Hair Balls is on the case - we studied all of them so you wouldn't have to. See the first half here.Sister: Luanda, AngolaHow we are sisterly: Houston's only African sister is yet another seap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    This Week in SXSW: Katy Perry Kisses the "Lake of Fire"

    There's now less than a month to go until we here at Rocks Off throw sobriety and sane living to the wind at this year's SXSW festival. This past week we learned of a boatload of new stuff about the weeklong liver-damaging voyage in March, so here goes... The list of bands keeps growing and growing, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 24, 2008

    Dersu Uzala

    Japanese director Akira Kurosawa captures life in the Russian wilderness

  • Calendar

    January 17, 2008

    “Chantal Akerman: Moving Through Time and Space”

    Blaffer Gallery hosts the first major U.S. museum exhibition for the filmmaker and video artist

  • Music

    January 3, 2008

    Texas Albums

    2007's best Texas albums, from Houston, Austin and beyond

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2007
  • Dining

    September 21, 2006

    Top Tacos

    Mexican "tacos de trompo" are getting hard to find because the Health Department says they're illegal

  • Calendar

    June 15, 2006
  • News

    March 23, 2006

    Hustle Time

    Damon Jones has traveled from UH to all around the NBA chasing stardom and a sound bite

  • Film

    July 28, 2005

    Bombs and Bikinis

    Stealth aims low but hits its mark

  • Music

    January 6, 2005

    Back in the USSR

    Break out the vodka -- The Nightfly tours Houston's Russian-themed bars

  • Music

    December 9, 2004

    Pa Rum Pum Pum Pum

    Christmas is the weirdest time of the year. Who better to musically document the season than John Waters?

  • Calendar

    December 11, 2003
  • News

    October 2, 2003

    Go, Baby, Go

    Behind the barricades with the Pro-Life Cougars and their dead-fetus pictures

  • Calendar

    August 28, 2003

    Vodka Venue

    Red Star serves up a Russian theme with its martinis

  • Music

    November 14, 2002

    The Red Elvises

    Friday, November 15

  • Dining

    October 17, 2002

    Moscow on the Bayou

    A Muscovite Moulin Rouge in a westside strip mall? Welcome to The Russian Bear

  • Calendar

    October 18, 2001

    Opera Is Cool

    The "Elvis of Opera" plays down his pop-star status

  • News

    April 19, 2001

    An Open Mike

    He wants to castrate pedophiles and purge the courts of politics. He has assailed fellow jurists, lawyers and lawmakers. He's maverick Mike McSpadden, a tennis ace with a tomahawk tongue.

  • News

    March 22, 2001

    Brown's Diss-functional City Hall Family

    Drug testing and staff backstabbing have 'em dropping like flies

  • News

    February 22, 2001

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Capitalist

    Painter Vladimir Gorsky learned how to work the system in the Soviet Union for personal gain. He discovered that things operate much the same way in America.

  • News

    February 8, 2001

    First Out of the Gate

    Now that he's got Mayor Lee Brown's attention, can Chris Bell win your support?

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000
  • News

    May 4, 2000

    Farewell to a Killer

    A dogged detective and a Houston judge take parting shots at an old nemesis

  • News

    January 27, 2000

    Oil Giant's Policy Fuels Gays' Protest

    Activists rally ExxonMobil for recognition of same-sex-partner benefits

  • News

    October 14, 1999

    The Yenta

    The nice Jewish boy of my mom's dreams-for a hundred bucks?

  • Calendar

    April 22, 1999

    Night & Day

    April 22-28, 1999

  • Dining

    March 18, 1999

    See. Be Seen. Don't Eat.

    As a jazz club, Sambuca is so-so. As a restaurant don't ask.

  • News

    November 26, 1998
  • News

    October 22, 1998

    Making a Killing

    In the '70s, Walter Waldhauser arranged four contract murders. Nearly 20 years later, he has a new name and a new line of work -- but he still generates a profit from death.

  • News

    May 14, 1998
  • Calendar

    August 14, 1997
  • Music

    February 3, 1994

    English Renaissance

    Houston jazz keyboardist Paul English releases Beauty

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