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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
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 >>
A Russian artist explores the force behind American foreign policy.
The Menil Collection presents ancient objects in a spectacular all-white display.
Send a few to Galveston, RonnieSmokers 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 >>
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 >>
Ascites Update! Last 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 >>
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 sea ... More >>
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 gro ... More >>
Japanese director Akira Kurosawa captures life in the Russian wilderness
Blaffer Gallery hosts the first major U.S. museum exhibition for the filmmaker and video artist
2007's best Texas albums, from Houston, Austin and beyond
Mexican "tacos de trompo" are getting hard to find because the Health Department says they're illegal
Damon Jones has traveled from UH to all around the NBA chasing stardom and a sound bite
Stealth aims low but hits its mark
Break out the vodka -- The Nightfly tours Houston's Russian-themed bars
Christmas is the weirdest time of the year. Who better to musically document the season than John Waters?
Behind the barricades with the Pro-Life Cougars and their dead-fetus pictures
Red Star serves up a Russian theme with its martinis
Friday, November 15
A Muscovite Moulin Rouge in a westside strip mall? Welcome to The Russian Bear
The "Elvis of Opera" plays down his pop-star status
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.
Drug testing and staff backstabbing have 'em dropping like flies
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.
Now that he's got Mayor Lee Brown's attention, can Chris Bell win your support?
A dogged detective and a Houston judge take parting shots at an old nemesis
Activists rally ExxonMobil for recognition of same-sex-partner benefits
The nice Jewish boy of my mom's dreams-for a hundred bucks?
April 22-28, 1999
As a jazz club, Sambuca is so-so. As a restaurant don't ask.
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.
Assistant district attorney Kristen Pain sent criminals to jail -- and then went to jail herself.
Rent by charges of corruption and ineffective representation, Teamsters Local 988 may be driving itself to destruction
Houston jazz keyboardist Paul English releases Beauty