I believe the holidays are the time to indulge, to throw off the straitjacket of nutritional paranoia, and give yourself a break from eating quinoa, goji berries, and kale. Christmas comes but once a year, and if you take decent care of yourself the other 11 months, it's okay to take a break from co ... More >>
Almost needless to say, we are a body-conscious nation. Diet and nutritional fads (Atkins, South Beach, pomegranate, organic produce, the Fireman's Diet, the Caveman Diet, the list could go on ad nauseam) attract our attention and our wallets. Part of this obsession with weight and body image is a t ... More >>
They live on a thick-forested stretch of land outside of Livingston, but the dull roar of traffic along Interstate 59 is audible on most of the reservation. However, inside the defunct casino of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas reservation all you can hear is drumming. Sage Beene, a kid with lo ... More >>
It's that time a year again: Like their brethren across the nation, Jewish Houstonians will make their way to their local supermarkets for last-minute kosher wine shopping. And like most Jewish Americans, they will find themselves ill-prepared in selecting the wines, partly because for most of them ... More >>
Looking for where you can unleash your pride this year? Look no further; the Houston Press has got your complete guide to the wheres and whats of Houston Pride Week.
Molly Dunn really needs to stop writing about cookbooks, because I'm going broke and gaining weight. That goes for you, too, Patrice Shuttlesworth! I was browsing the shelves at Brazos Bookstore less than two weeks ago, and mentioned to manager Jeremy Ellis how much I had enjoyed the cookbook Plen ... More >>
10. CLUB TROPICANA If the word alone makes you thirsty, you can quench that parched palate at Tropicana every weekend. Now's your chance to try out those dance moves you learned in Zumba class, or coax your quiet friend into shaking her "bum bum." Tropicana is known for its great Latin music, and Sa ... More >>
One of the buzziest bands in Houston's brimming folk-rock/alt.country scene, The Wheel Workers, celebrate the release of their latest vinyl single, "Right Way to Go," tonight at Fitzgerald's with Alkari, Sunward and Boy Kite. Get some bass, more bass, and then still more bass at the dubstep part ... More >>
See the Houston Press Pride Guide. This week, in anticipation of the festivities taking place for Pride Houston, I paid my first visit to a Montrose staple for more than a decade, South Beach. The club is known for its outrageous, dance-all-night parties and they'll use any excuse to party. From CD ... More >>
According to reports, there was a spate of vandalism over the weekend out in the Willowbrook area. Car windows were smashed, things were spray-painted and general breaking of things happened. And, apparently it was the work of the Big Red Gangstas. No one yet knows if this is an actual gang or just ... More >>
I realize that, unless you're a member of LeBron James' or Dwyane Wade's immediate family, it's awfully tough to find a reason to root for the Miami Heat. While they're not the lightning rod for vitriol that they were coming off of LeBron's "Decision" in the summer of 2010, the Heat are still quit ... More >>
I make some "discoveries" all on my own, stumbling on a great bottle through some combination of a passable knowledge of styles and breweries, interesting bottle design and dumb luck. Most of the time, though, I rely on a sophisticated intelligence network of forward scouts, market analysts and "Non ... More >>
Shot to death by a visitorA man was shot to death in his Sunnyside home Sunday evening, police say. Michael Ray Cooper, 28, had a visitor to his home in the 3600 block of Bloomfield about noon Sunday. "At some point during the visit, the suspect shot and killed Cooper," HPD says. "After the ... More >>
We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>
It had been years since I'd tasted Manischewitz Concord Grape Wine: Last week, at my cousins's Rosh Hashanah celebration, we passed around a kiddush cup of Manischewitz and said the traditional blessing as we welcomed the Jewish New Year. When we sat down for our luncheon of Russian-style braised b ... More >>
Marco TorresMethod Man returns to Texas to smoke our SXSW party this year.We finally have the full lineup for the 2011 Village Voice Media/Frank 151 SXSW party, and it's a doozy. Heading up the bill are Staten Island Shao-Lin spitters the Wu Tang clan, still coasting on their late 2010 reunio ... More >>
Well, here we are--at the end of the food truck race, where the truth will be decided and destinies met and justice will fall down like rain...okay, maybe not, but still. It's been kind of fun getting a glimpse into what makes a good food truck run, even if every episode has made me hungrier ... More >>
Snap Kitchen (3600 Richmond, 713-526-5700) was my first experience with the fast-healthy concept that's mushroomed in Houston lately, which is predicated on the [not uncorrect] idea that most people do want to eat healthier these days, but don't have the time or skill level necessary to make ... More >>
Proudly independent, recent Grammy nominees Silversun Pickups aren't ready to hit the "Panic Switch."
This post is a not-so-solemn plea for those candy bars that -- most of the time -- sit woefully ignored on drugstore racks across the country. I enjoy Snickers, Kit Kats, and Three Musketeers as much as the next sugar freak, but their combined monopoly on the American candy market is, I conte ... More >>
[Ed. Note: We are not trying to encroach on Ms. Magnolia City Mixtape's territory, but once in a while the news piles up too fast to wait an entire week.] It's our party and we'll pimp if we want to: Perhaps you may have heard about this "Washington Shore" soiree Rocks Off is throwing at 8 p.m. t ... More >>
Keeping the faith at Company OnStage
Is the theme of the awesome Branch Water Tavern "fatty foods for lean times"?
Branch Water Tavern, the subject of this week's Café review, has a collection of rare American whiskeys behind the bar that really widened my horizons. St. George single-malt tastes like it was made in Scotland. It starts out as dark-brown ale and is distilled in a tiny copper pot still. It' ... More >>
Photo by Dianne CuppsThe Laff Stop is closed ... forever. On Saturday, the legendary club -- that gave rise to national names such as Sean Rouse, Brett Butler and Ralphie May -- ended it's nearly-three-decade run of comedy in Houston. In other words, it's now The Laff Stopped. (What? Too so ... More >>
Oh, Aggies. You lost to Kansas State 62-14. What could be more embarrassing?Maybe the Internet blowing up with this video of four yell leaders on their way to the game, doing -- with no observable irony -- what seems to be their best impression of frolicking as the drugs kick in on the dance floo ... More >>
Someone needs to find this guy a hobby...I'll be honest: I didn't know if I'd be able to find the strength to soldier on now that Tom "Dazzle Me Dreamy" DeLay had left Dancing With the Stars. What light be light if Tommy be not seen? Now I finally knew what Jesse and Slater meant when they sa ... More >>
Photo by duluoz_catsRegretting having spent almost his entire life in Manhattan with nary a trip to the four outer boroughs, Anthony Bourdain took on the robust culinary scenes of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island in this week's episode of No Reservations. It seemed like a familia ... More >>
Photos by Brittanie SheyGood eats: armadillo eggs and homemade banana pudding If the span of time between the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo in spring and the State Fair of Texas in fall is just too long for you, you can satisfy your lust for the unnecessary consumption of crap at least once a mont ... More >>
Martha Rose Shulman shares recipes from the cross-section of Europe, Asia and Africa
What hath God wrought?
Houston Press writers are finalists in two journalism contests
Houston revelers spill their guts to The Nightfly
Vic Chesnutt died 20 years ago. Catch him live this week.
Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 16
Alabama-Coushatta Indians are shedding their passive ways in big bets on land claims and casinos. But some fear they could be gambling away their great tribal heritage.
They're deluge-ional, say accused Fitz's and South Beach proprietors
Did Johnny Penry's abusive childhood prevent him from developing a moral compass that might have stopped him from murdering Pam Carpenter? Or is he just another cold, calculating killer?