No one will argue with you if you claim that Houston is one of the most miserable places to be in the summer. It is. It's hot. It's humid. The mosquitoes fly off with small children. And, of course, there is always the threat of a hurricane. But is it the worst place in the world when it comes to su ... More >>
The tiny tropical depression -- the second of the 2014 hurricane season -- continues to speed westward towards the Caribbean, but with each passing day it is losing the characteristics of a storm rather than gaining strength. Despite having some relatively good conditions, No. 2 is looking pretty ra ... More >>
Once you're charged with murder on A&E's The First 48, you're guilty for life - even if you're innocent.
Soda may be almost as American as apple pie, but that doesn't mean the rest of the world isn't making a good show of producing their own noteworthy varieties of pop. Special props go to Asia (yes, the whole continent), whose diverse component countries have come up with some wicked good soda brands. ... More >>
Here go hell come, SXSW has just released the first batch of names for the 2013 festival. I know, only a week after Fun Fun Fun Fest and a month since ACL. Did you see the FPSF blog from earlier today? Yeah, time is moving too fast. The big names on the list so far include the Zombies, Alt-J, Akro ... More >>
Houston City Council Member Helena Brown issued a press release Wednesday touting her recent trip to Asia, which she funded with $11,000 in public money, as a "successful business trip" -- but it's become clear her journey to Asia was anything but, and, in fact, completely different than the city's ... More >>
NBA executives are beaming these days with the Tim Tebow-like mania for the Knicks' Jeremy Lin, a Harvard grad whose family comes from Taiwan. Not only is Lin getting hysteria in the States, but he is reawakening visions of opening the lucrative Chinese and Asian market back to the NBA, dreams whic ... More >>
Photo by Mai PhamChef de Cuisine Mark Gabriel Medina of Kata RobataWhen I asked Mark Gabriel "Gabe" Medina, the current Chef de Cuisine at Kata Robata, if he would be willing to do a chef chat with me, the 29-year-old, soft-spoken chef, who's been flying under the radar since he assumed his c ... More >>
The fermented tofu at this Taiwanese spot is not for the faint of heart.
Chef Raj Dixit takes over at The Inn.Another busy week in the city where good things happen in threes: Three coffee shops are opening soon, three chefs have moved into new positions, and three restaurants are fast on their way to opening (or reopening, in one case). And bad things happen in t ... More >>
Photo by Mandy OaklanderHappy and Mike Tsai helm Pepper Tree.Like so many delicious Texas institutions, Pepper Tree Veggie Cuisine is tucked in a cozy little strip mall. But inside, it's a zenned out vegan refuge. We caught up with Happy Tsai, the owner of Pepper Tree, over a glass of de-chl ... More >>
Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org. Judgmental as it might s ... More >>
The island nation reveals its culture in this photography exhibit
Erika RayBarbecue Inn's famous fried chicken. When you find yourself in one of these establishments to partake of some tasty vittles (because don't seniors call food "vittles"?), look around and we'll bet the median age is older than 60. If you enjoy the geriatric crowd as we do, check out so ... More >>
Loving Hut's food is tasty — you'll never guess where it came from.
Charles Clark's favorite movie just might be the granddaddy of the "food film" genre
Curator Sebastian Forray gathers together Flickr artists
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttSilence Huang points out good and bad characteristics on a calibration cup of latte.Judging a latte art competition is deceptively difficult, as we found out on Friday night. Silence Huang, one of our fellow judges and a master barista from Taiwan, drew careful diagram ... More >>
Star Snow Ice (the Teriyaki is silent) on Bellaire and Beltway 8 is a popular destination of Taiwanese nationals living in Houston, and for good reason. Walking into this place feels like walking into Taipei, with Asian businessmen standing in line next to private school students and young ad ... More >>
Tonight at Coffee Groundz, a grand coffee competition will be taking place unlike anything the city has ever seen. Baristas from Houston, from Texas and from several neighboring states will compete in the H-Town Latte Art Throwdown to create the most original and elaborate latte ar ... More >>
Three Chinese filmmakers present an Eastern travelogue
Photograph by David M. AllenIf you catch Theater Under the Star's Cabaret on its last weekend, and we suggest you do, here's a tip: Don't sing along with the performers. (Hair Balls was treated to a performance of "Willkommen" by a fellow audience member during our visit on opening night.) But even ... More >>
In time for summer, the park's had a facelift.
Susan Stockwell uses our furless friends to make art
With the recent addition of Karachi, Pakistan, Houston now is a sister to 18 other cities around the world. Hair Balls is on the case - we studied all of them so you wouldn't have to. See the first half here.Sister: Luanda, AngolaHow we are sisterly: Houston's only African sister is yet another seap ... More >>
My Table magazine hosts Foodie Flick Night
A City of Sadness opens a three-film series by Hou Hsiao-hsien
Houston doesn't roll over for Ike
DJ Leon puts his spin on Saturday night with Sounderground
Bubble tea goes mainstream
May's Ice Cream
Sad Pygmy just wants to make more noise
The employees of Allied Fibers came to America looking for work and freedom. They found work.