The city of Houston discovered fairly quickly after Hurricane Ike hit five years ago that it wasn't adequately prepared for a natural disaster of that magnitude. In the years since, the city has taken steps to make sure it's never caught unprepared again, including creating Ready Houston, an organiz ... More >>
Celebrating Mexican culture with family-friendly events and lots of parties.
Fans reacted with a mixture of sadness and disbelief to the news that Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera, "la Diva de la Banda," was apparently killed in a plane crash in Northern Mexico early Sunday. Rivera's brother Gustavo told CNN that his sister was traveling with at least five other people. ... More >>
"There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth or something I guess..." -- Luke 13:28, A Copy Of The Bible I Swiped From A Hotel Room Hello and welcome to Hair Balls' election night live blog and comment, where tonight I will be chronicling the mania of the 2012 presidential ... More >>
Who knew historic preservation could ignite so much neighborhood drama?
Alex "Pr!mo" Luster got himself a documentary from the street art life.
A co-worker told me about the burger at Taqueria Abasolo (1109 Hogan St.), saying it was huge. So I popped by for lunch. When I walked in, the first thing I noticed, besides the fact that I was the only white person in the place, was all the kitschy knick-knacks hanging on the wall. I mean, i ... More >>
Sly and the family Stallone get nostalgic for their legacy of brutality in The Expendables.
It's the middle of winter, we're about to get new shows, and this is the year I make contact. This was the week in TV Land. • So, New Year's happened. This was my first year not to ring it in with a regular party of friends who get dangerously drunk and watch the ball drop on Telemundo. But my ... More >>
As we noted earlier this week, the fast-approaching end of the first decade of the 21st century brings with it a lot of lists.Some will be national; this will be strictly local. A lot of great things happened in Houston in the ten years of The Oughts, but a lot of bad things happened too. It's calle ... More >>
Photos by Robb WalshThe banana, Ghirardelli chocolate chip and dulce de leche empanada at Original Marini's Empanadas is a crowd pleaser. And everybody loves the apple Gabriella empanada with chunks of apples, dulce de leche and cream cheese too. But my favorite, the fig, cheese and walnut em ... More >>
The Great Digital TV Revolution occurs tomorrow, and Hair Balls is worried for those of you still clinging to your rabbit ears and MacGyvered-aluminum-foil towers. While we applaud those who have drawn a line in the sand and refused to feed the cable and satellite beasts, we urge you to get a govern ... More >>
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Flavors of Everyday Life (Brain Freeze)
Squoosh your tush into your tightest denims and shake that thing for fun and prizes
Mun2 wants to be the new home for Latin culture -- without the Spanish
Shopping spree for your first apartment: $2,500
Spring break in Cabo: $1,000
Avoiding college credit card debt: priceless
The media makes causes of more and more capital murder convicts. Meanwhile, John Albert Burks dies almost unnoticed, just another inmate moving along on the efficient execution assembly line of Texas justice.
Immigrant Hispanic workers at Quietflex spoke out. Now their struggle may reshape organized labor in Houston.
A rodeo ruckus riles rival Spanish TV stations
Fama wants to be Houston's next Spanish-language breakthrough
A movie star's claim of a cancer cure spreads Cat's Claw fever through the city