The collective media genuflection began the moment Nelson Mandela died. Everyone, it seemed, was in agreement: this was a great man, a giant of history, etc. etc. This is partly true, and partly media narrative. For example, South Africa is not, despite Mandela's efforts, in great shape: The scene ... More >>
Adventures in a New(ish) City: 99 cent mimosas at Sorrel Urban Bistro for brunch? Sign us up! Kim used to live in New York City, where, according to her, brunches are required components of weekend activities. Keeping up with this NYC tradition, she and a friend checked out the brunch at Sorrel duri ... More >>
Two days ago, Eric Turner was just an anonymous (yet incredibly ripped) personal trainer in Houston looking forward to marrying his boyfriend Morne Coetzer in South Africa, where Coetzer grew up. But on Thursday, Gawker got a hold of the couple's gofundme site, where they asked for $7,000 to cover T ... More >>
The 53rd Annual National Wine Week, sponsored by the Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, is celebrated from September 16 through September 20. Of course, because it's an SWRG event, it tends to take place exclusively at Smith & Wollensky restaurants across the country, but we don't really like the i ... More >>
Old school wrestlers from back in the territory days, before WWE swallowed up the wrestling universe piece by piece and became a billion dollar publicly held company, will tell stories about fans (mostly in small backwater towns, where the average IQ was slightly above that of a turnip) who would ge ... More >>
Playing evil is more fun than playing good anyway, right?
There are food and wine events throughout the year, but none as big, or with as much at stake, as the Wine Rendezvous and Grand Tasting at Wine & Food Week in The Woodlands. This is no regular tasting event. Where other events may have winners, and the winners may take home trophies or bragging ri ... More >>
Rodriguez House of Blues (Bronze Peacock Room) October 23, 2012 Ouch. You have to wonder how Houston has managed to produce and nurture as many great songwriters as it has over the years, because it's amazing any of them could ever keep their guitars in tune. Tuesday night our city's pernicious hu ... More >>
Solo show at CAMH displays the artist's recent – and less powerful – work.
If you ever look at music throughout time, along with a history book -- they kind of complement each other. Some of the greatest songs in rock, R&B and rap have chronicled history both social, major news events, sports, entertainment and political. In my opinion, many times, the song is about what ... More >>
The Houston International Festival officially announced its 2012 lineup this morning. The music is heavy on Latin-flavored rock, reggae and funk, with Texas well-represented as always and an exceedingly rare Houston appearance by Seun Kuti, son of Afrobeat giant Fela, and his group Egypt 80. Among ... More >>
Being behind the scenes is what most musicians who don't write songs or sing expect of their lives once they start seriously playing. A career backing someone up can be extremely rewarding, particularly if you are part of a transcendent group of musicians that goes from simply backing up an artist i ... More >>
Today is World AIDS Day. The theme this year is "Getting to Zero," focusing on zero AIDS related deaths. In hopes of achieving this goal, there has been many a celebrity to endorse AIDS awareness and various charities around the world. Quite a few musicians have used their celebrity status ... More >>
Rocks Off sat down with drummer Richard Wouters of the somber, spectacular indie band Civil Twilight to find out what we could learn about the drummer in 30 seconds. Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world? Richard Wouters: "Happy Birthday to You"? I think they could have done bette ... More >>
A leader unlike any otherNelson Mandela is in the hospital with a collapsed lung. Doctors say that he is in no immediate danger, but then again he is 92 years old. He has stayed largely out of the public eye for years, of course, except for big events like the recent World Cup. His time is ... More >>
There's no denying that Texas stands out from the rest of the 50 states in size, shape and personality. We're an inherently proud and individualistic people. I often demonstrated this during a time when I worked with a group of people from more than 22 countries. In a simplistic way of catego ... More >>
The LGBT experience is seen through the eyes of several photographers
Photo by pempempieFolks, it's time to shut up about those stupid African trumpets already: The constant drone of cheap and tuneless plastic horns is killing the atmosphere at the World Cup. Where are loud choruses of "Oooohhhs" from enthralled crowds when a shot scorches just wide of the go ... More >>
Now THAT was a USA World Cup squadThe 2010 edition of the FIFA World Cup is finally here. Thirty-two teams made it to the big dance to see just who is the best in the world. Realistically though, only a handful of teams have a shot of winning the cup. It's all going to come down to matchups ... More >>
Photos courtesy GCSODaniel Johnson, not a Nigerian with cash-flow problemsAlmost exactly five years ago, we were minding our own business at the Downtown Transit Center light rail stop one evening. A suave and well-dressed middle-aged black man came up to us and introduced himself and spun an out ... More >>
Take two aspirin, and call me after apartheid
Last December, Eating Our Words looked at two inexpensive but tasty wines. We decided it was time for a closer and more in-depth look at budget-friendly options. Just because we are still paying off credit card bills from the holidays doesn't mean we want to give up all our fun. Here are some ... More >>
Loon Star State: Texas Small-Town Crime Round UpThe crime dates only from 1986, but the motive could be from 1886...Authorities in Rio Grande City recently arrested 53-year-old Juan Francisco Martinez for the Easter Sunday 1986 murder of Margarito Alaniz Jr. Police say that Martinez and Alaniz we ... More >>
Coming now to a theater near you, the Metropolitan Operas latest production
Two acclaimed authors stop in Houston to read for Inprint Series
Peli-Peli prepares their liver with an expert touch.
One South African's dream of a restaurant comes true.
At this Sugar Land South African restaurant, you'll find a lot of delicious dishes you've never heard of before.
Trainsmash is a South African tomato and onion sauce--a trainsmash burger comes slathered in the stuff. This one also had lettuce, fresh tomato and mayonnaise. I liked the condiments alright, it was the burger patty that was the problem. Out of Africa, the South African restaurant at Sugar Creek and ... More >>
Not many people can appreciate the subtle brilliance of Kermit T. Frog's "The Rainbow Connection." Yes, that song from The Muppet Movie. Nor are there many outlets for people willing to listen to anyone who dares to cover Tone-Loc's "Wild Thing." But that's just some of the fun you'll find over on Y ... More >>
Sixty years ago this week in Paris, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The original text was a collaborative effort from representatives from many nations including the United States (Eleanor Roosevelt was part of the team), written as a way to repudiate the atroci ... More >>
Chopteeth live at Washington D.C.'s Black Cat Photo by C.L. Kunst Chopteeth Afro-Funk Big Band (Grigri Discs) www.chopteeth.com People deal with grief in various ways - some go out and get drunk,while others might take a trip in order to "clear the air" while attempting to deal with the pain. Quit ... More >>
Here are some ideas if you're thinking about taking a break from America's favorite condiment, ketchup. First up is....ketchup. But with a difference. I came across All Gold at Leibman's. It's from South Africa, uses cane sugar as the sweetener instead of high fructose corn syrup, doesn’t have a ... More >>
The story of an '80s anti-apartheid activist carries overtones of the present
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