Southeast Texas

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Only Two Weeks Left For Houston's Most Dog-Friendly Bar

    There's awful news for Houston dog owners. As initially noted by Syd Kearney at the Houston Chronicle, pup-friendly bar Boneyard Drinkery announced on its Facebook page that it is closing on November 30. It was Houston's first combination bar and dog park. It's another sad chapter in a story we're h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    Houston's Best Concerts This Weekend: Delbert McClinton, Manowar, Young the Giant, etc.

    Delbert McClinton & Leon Russell Nutty Jerry's (Winnie), February 15 Even into their seventies, both ends of this barrelhouse duo live up to the title of Delbert McClinton's 1992 album Never Been Rocked Enough, and should make superb Saturday-night fare at one of Southeast Texas' biggest dancehalls ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    10 Signs You Grew Up Eating Food in Southeast Texas

    Do your non-Texan friends wonder why you call every soda a coke, even if it's a Dr Pepper? Do they ask you why you only suggest restaurants that serve barbecue, Tex-Mex or comfort food? Or do they have no clue what you're talking about when you say the word, "kolache"? These things don't make you we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Here's That George Jones Lawn Mower Story One More Time

    Although it was hardly a surprise, country-music fans around the world have heavy hearts today after the passing of George Jones. Jones, a native of the Southeast Texas town of Saratoga who broke into the music business on Houston-based Starday Records, was far and away one of the most-decorated and ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 17, 2013

    30 Essential Texas Restaurants

    Eat here before you die.

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    5 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: October 26-28

    Something Wicked Sam Houston Race Park, October 27 Whether you're a dance-music fan from the days people went to "raves" or a little wetter behind the ears, Something Wicked promises to be something memorable. Megapromoter Disco Donnie and Houston's own Nightculture are hoping to bring a little Ele ... More >>

  • Music

    October 25, 2012
  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    Coogs for the Cure: Great Sports, Great Cause this Weekend

    The University of Houston Athletics Department's Coogs for the Cure is giving you a chance to have fun while raising money in the battle against breast cancer this weekend. Come cheer your favorite team, whichever one it may be, when UH takes on Rice in volleyball and soccer, and then takes on the U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Saturday Night: George Jones at Arena Theatre

    George Jones Arena Theatre September 8, 2012 I never wondered what it's like to be almost 81 until Saturday. I never expected to live that long, and still don't. But while watching George Jones onstage at the Arena Theatre, it was difficult to not at least wonder. But hell, I'm not even 40 and mos ... More >>

  • Music

    April 19, 2012
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    March 23, 2012

    Moonshining On The Rise in East Texas

    For the second time this month, East Texas cops have broken up a moonshining operation. The latest case took place near Tyler, in tiny New Chapel Hill. Smith County Constables seized two stills belonging to one man whom they have charged with a misdemeanor, with more charges possibly pending. Cops ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Susan G. Komen Backs Out of Its Planned Parenthood Fiasco (UPDATED)

    The ribbon's been a bit charred this week.​New Coke, you have a new rival for corporate ineptness. In a statement on its Web site, the Texas-based Susan G. Komen breast-cancer organization has reversed its fiasco of a decision to cut off funds to Planned Parenthood. We want to apologize to t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 17, 2011
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    October 19, 2011

    Gardening in a Small Space

    Photo by John KielyHierba Buena and Cauliflower​When the yard withered in the drought, I was pleased. Turfgrass is the largest irrigated crop in America, but there's nothing to eat. With no lawnivores, nor lawn-to-table movements, grass is a relic from a past of cheap land and 40-hour workwe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2011

    BestFest: Hayes Carll Strikes Up The Band, Cake Shut It Down

    Photos by Marc BrubakerAll the way from Beaumont: Hayes Carll​By now Hayes Carll has to be the musical poet laureate of Southeast Texas, or the "scruffy redneck rocker" division, anyway. (Bun B holds the rapper crown in perpetuity.) Carll's songs are as stuffed with detail as a roadmap, the Pi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    When Cows Attack: Woman Sues Over Bovine Assault

    You ain't driving on MY road.​You're rolling along in the East Texas town of China, presumably minding your own business, when a cow decides to attack your car. What do you do? If you're Linda Anderson, you get out of the car in front of an obviously annoyed cow. And then you get attacked by ... More >>

  • Music

    September 1, 2011
  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    YouTubed Beaumont Catfights Freak Texas the F Out

    The Southeast Texas portion of the Internet is a-crackle with a report out of Beaumont about fight videos produced by their local youth, some of them shot at area high schools with teenage bystanders egging on the participants. What seems to shock the writers of these stories the most is that many ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Red Cabbage

    ​What is it? Red cabbage is exactly what it sounds like. While it isn't as exotic as a lychee or Chinese broccoli, it wasn't something I ever ate growing up in Southeast Texas, so it is exotic to me. Until later in life when I experienced some tart, sweet and savory red kraut at a German rest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2010

    The Ten Oddest Crimes Of 2010, Southeast Texas Style

    Hard as it may be to believe, the criminal element of Southeast Texas did dumb and weird things in 2010, continuing a tradition that dates back to the creation of Southeast Texas. Here are ten of the oddest and dumbest: 10. Two former EMS employees in Santa Fe were arrested after they allegedly p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Local Spotlight: Railean Rum

    ​When Robb Walsh picked Gilhooley's Raw Bar in San Leon as the place that serves his favorite dish in all of the greater Houston area, he forgot to mention one thing, that Railean Rum is made within walking distance of the oyster shanty. What better way to enhance your journey to Gilhooley's t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Diane Burnett's Job Included Drinking, Smoking Weed And Having Sex, And She's Suing Over It

    Welcome to the working week​Act now before this gets on -- there's apparently a job out there that involves getting high, getting drunk and screwing.That's if you believe the allegations of one Diane Burnett, and she's filed a suit, so there's at least a chance it's true.Burnett said h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    Party Like A Rock Star at House of Dereon

    Brittanie SheyKaty Perry look-alike​The Hoff was there, chatting with Katy Perry. Lindsay Lohan was there too, in her sexy orange jumpsuit. Ziggy Stardust danced with members of Run DMC.As predicted, there were multiple Elvii (Costello and Presley) and a whole lot of people dressed like Bret Micha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    6 Ideas: How to Dress Like A Rock Star

    ​This Saturday we'll be Partying Like A Rock Star with Allen Hill and DJ Psychedlic Sex Panther... and maybe Tina Turner, Pink, Zombie Michael Jackson, and probably a few Elvii... or at least some people in attire inspired by famous singers. The event at House of Dereon is a fundraiser benefit ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 22, 2010

    Mary Karr book signing

    Get lit with this author’s third memoir

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Who Are We Taking To Jimmy Buffett Tonight?

    Graphic by Monica Fuentes; Text by Craig Hlavaty​ Today is the day the Chronicle's Ken Hoffman and the rest of Parrothead Nation's Southeast Texas chapter have been waiting for - Jimmy Buffett sails into the Houston area for the first time since April 2007. If you've never seen the son of a son of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    Pappas Files Lawsuit Against BP and Halliburton

    The Deepwater Horizon drilling platform, engulfed in flames.Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard​It was only a matter of time before the Gulf fishing industry -- whose entire livelihood has been threatened by the Gulf oil leak -- struck back at the organizations responsible for causing the m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    A Playoff Victory For The Ages, Or For The Want Of A Good Travel Agent A Championship Was Lost

    ​As fans travel to Houston for the NCAA regionals, they can only hope their favorite team shows as much spunk, as much desire, as much can-do spirit as Beaumont's Southeast Texas Mavericks.The Mavericks are part of the American Basketball Association (suggested slogan: "Not the ABA You're Thinking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    In Ongoing Bat Invasion Of Texas, Terrifying New Theaters Of War Opened

    ​Two weeks ago today, in an nearly all-but-exclusive report, Hair Balls broke the story of the ongoing bat invasion of Texas schools and courthouses.At the time, the winged mammals had seized control of two schools in Clear Lake and one each in Chambers and Matagorda counties. They had also staked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Pandora, Beaumont: What's The Difference? Sam Worthington Will Find Out

    ​Sam Worthington thought he went to strange places, with odd natives, when he went to Pandorain Avatar. Just wait until he meets Southeast Texas.The Bayou blog informs us that details have been finalized on a new, very dark Michael Mann-produced film that involves murder most foul in an area most ... More >>

  • Music

    December 24, 2009
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    December 4, 2009

    A Few Chill Artists for Your Wintry Commute This Afternoon

    ​If there's anything that makes Houstonians freak the fuck out worse than an oncoming hurricane, it's the threat of winter weather. Rocks Off was in our local grocery store Thursday night (we simply had to have that new Rolling Stone with Taylor Lautner on the cover) and the checkout line was teem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2009

    Chef Chat: Jonathan Jones of Beaver's

    Former chef for Max's Wine Dive and head honcho at Beaver's (2310 Decatur Street), Jonathan Jones is a gastropub's irreverent dream and tweet-a-holic who wants you to "get your tails to the Beaver." How do you feel about being associated with comfort food? I'm fine with being known for grass root ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2009

    Bayou Beat: Movie Night at the Mink, Scout Bar Beaumont Shut Down, Yeah Yeah Yeahs at ACL? and More

    Seems the Mink has found an old movie projector and is planning to put it to good use this evening. After a couple of Charlie Chaplin shorts, the bar will screen the superb 2007 documentary Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten, and even provide free popcorn. "A makeout row can be provided on reque ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 16, 2009

    Gators and Gumbo

    Enjoy the Tex-Cajun cooking at Al-T's — just don't ask too many questions about it.

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2009

    From Sea to Shining Seafood Platter

    Chances are that if you eat seafood in Houston on a regular basis then Jim Gossen provides at least some of it. Gossen is the founder and CEO of Louisiana Foods, one of Houston's largest seafood distributors. The history of Louisiana Foods reads like the recent history of the seafood business in Sou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    Want To Go See This Guy?

    Note: This is the short verson of "Frankenstein." If you'd like to come to the annual Houston Press Music Awards Nomination Party Friday, May 15, at Meridian, email by noon tomorrow, and please put "nomination party" in the subject line. Taking the stage for your enterta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    Stingaree Rising

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Ike's steamroll across the Bolivar Peninsula, before-and-after aerial photos of beach communities like Caplen and Gilchrist became iconic images of the hurricane's devastating power. The before pictures show verdant blocks of raised-on-posts beach houses; the after pic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    Will the Texan 30 Rock Writer Please Get in Touch?

    This is starting to mess with Rocks Off's head just a little. Last week's Janis-Joplin-movie subplot made him wonder, because it was hardly the first time Southeast Texas was used as a punchline, but now he's sure there's some sort of subversive Lone Star conspiracy afoot behind the scenes  ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 15, 2009
  • Music

    December 25, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Chicken & Sausage Gumbo at Al-T's

    For Houston drivers headed east on I-10 towards Beaumont and Louisiana, the small town of Winnie, Texas is not much more than the usual collection of truck stops, McDonald's and Super 8 motels that mark such highway oases. But just as I-10 bends north towards Beaumont, if you look to the south you' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2008

    Reports of Nautical Antiques and Decor’s Demise Greatly Exaggerated

    Put it up there with “Dewey Defeats Truman” and, we dunno, some other famous mistake in journalism. Last month we bemoaned the passing of Galveston’s Nautical Antiques and Decor, arrrrgh-uably the best place in Southeast Texas for all your porthole and compass needs. But co-owner Adrienne C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2008

    Let The Polluting Begin Anew!

    You still may not have electricity, ice, Internet access or Starbucks access, but the petrochemical plants of Southeast Texas are slowly cranking up again after the bastard Ike came and left. Frankly, it's an awesome undertaking starting everything up again. The process will continue, in some cases ... More >>

  • News

    September 18, 2008

    Ike, You Bastard

    Houston gets hit with big one

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2008
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    May 23, 2008

    Happy Belated Birthday, Morrissey

    Don't know how we missed it - you'd think the worldwide mass wailing and gnashing of teeth would drown out rush hour traffic on the West Loop - but yesterday one Steven Patrick Morrissey blew out the candles for the 49th time. There's something odd about wishing Sir Mope a "happy" birthday, but the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2008

    Weekend Music: Does Humpty Hump Still Like His Oatmeal Lumpy?

    We all knew the Proletariat would go out with a bang and it’s well on its way; the club reportedly stopped letting people in at 11:30 p.m. at last night’s Rock Box finale. Honestly, if things like the Pro’s light fixtures, bathroom mirrors and stage equipment are in decent shape at tomorrow ni ... More >>

  • News

    January 14, 1999

    Killer Weed

    The life-suffocating Salvinia molesta has entered Texas waterways. It's green, fast and deadly.

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