Beware the red tide. That may sound like a pseudo-biblical warning, but the nasty algae that goes by that name is already popping up in Texas waters this season. And you know what this means: Oyster season, that magical time of the year when we can eat raw oysters fished out of Texas waters, is in d ... More >>
Anyone who has caught a movie at an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema knows about the theater's anti-talking and -texting PSAs. The chain is as celebrated for its super-strict etiquette protocols as it is for its buckets of cold beer. Strike up a conversation or light up a touchscreen while a movie is in prog ... More >>
Billy Joel: A Matter of Trust -- The Bridge to Russia Columbia Legacy When Billy Joel made the trek to Russia to play a series of concerts in the summer of 1987, he had probable cause to believe that, instead of metaphorically killing the audience, they might literally kill him. After all, the Lo ... More >>
Madonna's Sex book turned 20 years old this week. The literary capstone on pop music's most frankly sexual career (sorry, Prince), the glossy collection of softcore smut managed to shock even the Material Girl's most ardent fans, crossing a few lines that many weren't entirely aware existed. Gay se ... More >>
Like any and all lists, the Martin Prosperity Institute (MPI)'s list regarding the best music scenes in the country will leave most of you passing out side-eyes and stares. Easy to spot and digest, Nashville, New York and Los Angeles ranked 1-3, but after that it's a complete flaming crapshoot. Th ... More >>
From Stalin to Putin
The Russian artists of "Perestroika" turn the past into something new.
And what do Mexicans think of Koreans?
Rice U video No city in America grew more in population in the last decade than Houston, a Rice study said today. And if you don't believe it, they put out the slick video above to erase any doubt. Houston added 1,231,393 residents between 2000 and 2012, the study of census figures said; the next ... More >>
Jackasses. That's the best way to sum up these best-worst fireworks extravaganzas. Again, like in past lists that are centered around idiocy, incidences where folks were killed and/or little kids were burned were not included in the American-centric nonsense. By the way, King Moron of Fou ... More >>
Every day Rocks Off trolls the tubes of you in search of videos to share. If you have something that you think deserves to be video of the day, send a link to jef_rouner at yahoo dot com. The perfect man, the man all other men should aspire to be, is Gomez Adams. Rich, passionate, kind, athl ... 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 >>
This art exhibit comes straight from the vaults of Russian museums to downtown Houston
Eighty-six years ago this Thursday, Lenin died. In honor of this historical marker, and because we were drawn to the Cyrillic characters on their labels, we sample two brews from St. Petersburg. Baltika labels its beers with numbers at the top of their necks. We tried No. 6, the porter, and ... More >>
St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Ballet gets all its ducks in a row
Photo by Frankie RobertoThose of you who toil in the world of local TV can rest easy -- you're still in a Top Ten market.It's an important piece of braggadocio to throw around, so people like to keep their eye on Neilsen's annual rankings of television markets.It came out today, and shows Houston ... More >>
This documentary film captures the Canadian pianist's visit to Leningrad and Moscow
The Russian Cultural Center Our Texas presents works by Russo-Texan artists
Igor Stravinsky, born 126 years ago today in Oranienbaum, Russia (near St. Petersburg), was punk rock before his time. At the 1913 Paris premiere of his infamous Rite of Spring ballet – a depiction of Russian pagan rituals Stravinsky conceived as a maiden literally dancing herself to death – the ... More >>
Some of Latin Americas most promising directors are set to screen new films in their Houston premieres
St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre brings the sultry gypsy to life
Les George Leningrad performs Friday, November 17, at The Proletariat, 903 Richmond, 713-523-1199.
Houston Grand Opera opens its season with the tale of Boris
Road to Rouen
Our critics weigh in on local theater
Friday, September 16, at Rudyard's, 2010 Waugh Drive, 713-521-0521.
Canadian art punks Les Georges Leningrad drop a number deux
Alexander Sokurov brings remarkable one-shot history to the screen
Most of this year's best won't be seen until next
Tchaikovsky's opera follows a fickle aristocrat and the woman who loves him
Stoli Grill's "KGB"
Houston Symphony musicians rate the conductors who dare to replace Eschenbach on the podium
Ballet rises on the toes of a Russian icon
Kirov kicks in masterfully for a tardy maestro
Outdoor performance brings out the best in Houston Ballet