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    May 30, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Snack on Meatballs & Watch a Movie on The Lawn

    H-E-B Movie Night @ Discovery Green Friday, 7:45 p.m. 1500 McKinney Spend the evening at Discovery Green during the H-E-B Movie Night featuring Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on the lawn during this free event. Spaghetti Warehouse will provide meatballs fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    Alternative Appearances and Destinations for the Astros Caravan

    In an effort to explain to fans throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana what an Asher Wojciechowski is, the team sent caravans of players and staff on a 31-city, seven-day road trip this month. With three straight 100-loss seasons under their belts and still no TV deal, just the act of players stan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    Out of Lethal Injection Drugs, Texas Turns to Houston to Make More

    Texas, the state with the most executions under its belt since reinstating the death penalty in 1976, is solving a shortage on execution drugs by having a Houston compounding pharmacy make the drugs required for lethal injection, according to the Associated Press. Texas and other death penalty stat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    Ronnie Killen and Team Plan To Win at Smoke@ICC in New York

    While the pastry chefs of Uchi and Triniti will be competing in the 4th Annual International Pastry Competition, Ronnie Killen will be competing with a team of Houston chefs in the 1st Annual SMOKE@ICC on September 28. Both of the competitions will take place in New York ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Family-Friendly Restaurants, Labor Day Openings & More

    What a month it has been for openings and closings! Fortunately, we haven't seen many restaurants leave the Houston dining scene, but we are in store for a ton of anticipated fall openings. We will get to that in a little bit, so let's start with the the openings and closings from this week. Habibi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Texas B-Boys Step Up to North American Finals

    Within the four elements of hip-hop, breaking (aka "breakdancing" or "B-boying") is perhaps the most dynamic, and by far the most physical. The act of transforming a DJ's beats and MC's rhymes into a work of performance art takes courage, training, creativity, and a bit of luck. And like hip-hop as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    The State Water Plan May Not Be Dead (The Unkillable Zombie of Legislation?)

    Going into the 83rd state legislative session, it seemed as if the state water plan would swim on through the legislative plumbing faster than Nemo went down that sink drain and onward to freedom and hanging out with some tubular sea turtles in Finding Nemo. Well, that's just not how things went do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Smashing Pumpkins, Taylor Swift, etc.

    Free Radicals Avant Garden, May 13 Free Radicals is both Nick Cooper's revolving-door ensemble that at any given moment could be playing free jazz or Latin funk, and also Cooper's ongoing testimonial to how much he digs being a member of the Houston music community. He has so much experience at thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Quails and 'Que

    Urban Swank: What were your favorite meals of 2012? The Urban Swank girls -- along with fellow food bloggers Hank On Food and our own Carla Soriano -- round up their own magical meals, including the spaghetti carbonara from Coppa, jar-jar duck from Uchi and foie gras torchon from Brasserie 19. Eate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    Cover Story: Texas's Seven Deadly Crime Sins

    When staff writer John Nova Lomax set about his review of the crimes committed in Texas in 2012, he rapidly discovered that the Bible had a lot to say about them. Yes, all manner of crime that had evaded other groupings seemed to fall right into place once the Seven Deadly Sins were ticked off one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2012

    All 52 Restaurant Reviews of 2012, Broken Down and Mapped Out

    View 2012 Restaurant Reviews in a larger map. In 2012, I reviewed 50 restaurants. Jeremy Parzen and Mai Pham graciously stepped in when I went on vacation two weeks, filling in for me and each writing a full restaurant review of their own. Together, the three of us wrote one restaurant review for e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    The 10 Most Overplayed Songs at Mexican Weddings, Texas Edition

    Earlier this month, Rocks Off contributor and all-around nice guy Jeff Balke enlightened us with this little list of songs that are standard operating procedure at weddings. But as much as I love "Twist & Shout" and "YMCA," in my very Mexican experience, those songs were not what I was used to heari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    The Rocks Off 100: Festival Chicano's Daniel Bustamante

    Who? Two weekends ago, Rocks Off attended the 33rd annual Festival Chicano at Miller Outdoor Theatre. We were surprised and delighted to see almost 30,000 fans of Tejano music come out to support a movement that many have written off as dormant and dead. The man behind the success of the event is M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    Is Tejano Music Completely Dead? We Ask The Experts

    In the past decade or so, much has been written about the decline and apparent death of Tejano Music, the much-loved yet all but forgotten genre that mixes traditional conjunto music with modernized, keyboard-driven pop sounds native to the Mexican-American population of South Texas. The Houston ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    Malice in Alice: Four Dead in Ongoing Gang War

    Isaac Vela probably never knew what hit him. At 3 a.m. Sunday, the young Latin King was waiting for a ride on a barely paved street in front of a ramshackle house in the scraggly South Texas town. Suddenly a Ford Escape containing five armed men belonging to the rival Raza Unida gang came roaring do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Coffeehouses

    Photo by Kevin O'MaraA reminder of what our No. 3 pick used to look like.​For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    She-Male Porn Pics Come to Fore in Valley Cop Election

    No comment.​A South Texas county constable election turned smutty last week when one candidate texted his opponent several graphic images of "she-male porn." Cameron County Precinct 4 Constable Robert Lopez was on the receiving end of the chicks with dicks images sent by electoral foe Joe Rod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Hickoids Indulge Deviant UK Fetish On Twits​At least for Lonesome, Onry and Mean, a good cover is one that takes an old chestnut in a new direction. And if about halfway through the chorus a light bulb flashes on in the brain: "Eureka, Batman, I know this song." The Hickoids' new album of all British-rock covers album Kicki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Just What America Needs: Four More Texas Votes In The U.S. House Of Representatives

    Texas is a big winner​Republicans in the Texas Legislature have already been salivating over the opportunity to redraw Congressional districts with little to no interference from those annoying Democrats. The U.S. Census just handed them another gift: Four more seats to mess with. A 20 perce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Stefani Vara's Operation Musical Rewrite

    ​ Wednesday, just a few minutes shy of 4 p.m., Stefani Vara was driving from Corpus Christi back to her home in Houston after a quick day trip. It had been a while since she heard Tejano music. It's what she grew up with and she realized she missed it. She realized it was part of her roots...part ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    A Musical Guide to Post-Secession Texas: Houston and "Brazoria"

    The final installment of our Five States of Texas project brings it all back home, to the new state of Brazoria, encompassing all of Southeast Texas from the Brazos Valley to Sabine Pass. ​Patron Saint: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. A master of rock and roll, country, Cajun/Creole, blues and jazz, n ... More >>

  • Music

    August 6, 2009
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    June 22, 2009

    Rocks Off Checks Out Corpus Christi

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty This past weekend, Rocks Off took a respite from sweltering H-Town to visit family in our equallly sweltering, ball-sweat-inducing neighbor to the south. Corpus Christi is rather small compared the teeming ant farm we have here, topping just over a quarter of a million beachi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2009

    Aftermath: Brave Combo at Discovery Green

    Photos by Allen Hill It would be interesting to find out how many weddings have taken place at Discovery Green since it opened last year, but it's hard to imagine that any of them could have been any livelier than Brave Combo's free concert there Thursday evening. In its second season, DG's free con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    Texas Traveler: Eating in the Alamo City

    photos by Robb Walsh Chef Scott Cohen was trying out some new sandwiches for the summer menu when I stopped by San Antonio's hottest new restaurant, Brasserie Pavil on Loop 1604 at Huebner. When I first walked in the door and took in the high ceilings and dark wood, I was immediately reminded of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    Texas Traveler: Eating in the Alamo City

    photos by Robb Walsh Chef Scott Cohen was trying out some new sandwiches for the summer menu when I stopped by San Antonio's hottest new restaurant, Brasserie Pavil on Loop 1604 at Huebner. When I first walked in the door and took in the high ceilings and dark wood, I was immediately reminded of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Texans Throw Parties for Michael Chertoff and He's Not Invited

    Local South Texas officials didn't like Homeland Secretary Michael Chertoff too much to begin with and then when he pushed forward with the border wall despite every political and ecological plea they could make, the dislike morphed into something very akin to hatred. That hasn't passed, apparentl ... More >>

  • Music

    November 27, 2008
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    July 30, 2008

    How Mexican Is Mexican Enough?

    Half Hispanic, half white, Stephanie Elizondo Griest, has spent most of her life being asked which she was. “I had no answer to this. Both? Neither? Either?” she writes. Griest grew up just south of Corpus Christi speaking very little Spanish, and admits she went from checking “white” on f ... More >>

  • Music

    May 22, 2008

    Americans Recording Mexican Songs

    The Bueno, the Bad and the Muy Ugly

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2007
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    September 28, 2006


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  • News

    August 24, 2006

    Hog Wild

    Feral pigs are ugly, destructive and mean. Some people in Texas just love to trap, stab or shoot them. Or put them in rodeos. With dogs.

  • Music

    July 6, 2006

    The Full Nelson

    A Rhino rerelease celebrates Willie's new concept for country

  • News

    May 25, 2006

    Gator Aid

    Thanks to the Endangered Species Act, alligators are everywhere in southeast Texas. So now the state is going to make it easier for you to shoot you one.

  • Culture

    March 17, 2005
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    December 4, 2003

    Let Go

    LEGO tourney pits block against block

  • Dining

    August 1, 2002

    Roll Your Own

    Saigon Pagolac's DIY Vietnamese fajitas may be a lot of work, but they're worth it

  • Music

    October 4, 2001

    Libbi Bosworth

    Libbiville (Ramble Records)

  • Music

    July 26, 2001


    Flaco Jimenez

  • Music

    December 28, 2000

    Street-Fighting Man

    Roy Head used to love to mix it up. Now the blue-eyed soul man fights to keep his career alive.

  • News

    October 26, 2000

    Arena Love

    The establishment's attack dog is muzzled, so far

  • News

    April 13, 2000

    Art Car Outs

    There's some fury over a jury deciding who gets in the parade

  • Culture

    October 21, 1999

    Rewriting the Good Book

    Corpus Christi casts Jesus as a South Texas gay guy

  • News

    October 29, 1998

    Easygoing George W. Bush

    With help from Democrats Pete Laney and Bob Bullock, Bush has been a Republican governor Texans love. But who'll be his pals if he sets his sights on the presidency?

  • News

    June 25, 1998
  • Calendar

    June 4, 1998

    Night & Day

    June 4- 10, 1998

  • News

    May 22, 1997

    Brothers of the Road

    'The I-69 "NAFTA Highway" is supposed to create thousands of jobs. Thanks to your tax dollars, it's already provided a very good one for the underemployed brother of Tom DeLay.

  • Calendar

    January 30, 1997
  • Film

    July 20, 1995
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