Part two in a series for gay pride week. It didn't take Ron Levine and partners like the club-savvy Howell long to turn the new Palace into a hot spot. In October, 1970, the private club -- private meaning mixed drinks were available and entry could be controlled -- hosted a drag pageant that is st ... More >>
The locals who have captured our ears, from rock to rap to synth-pop.
The parking lot of Disco Kroger at the corner of Montrose and Hawthorne has been an ideal vantage point to watch the two-month-long demolition of yet another curious piece of Houston history. While the ten-story building at 3400 Montrose is little more than twisted girders and concrete rubble now, i ... More >>
The Texas Women's Hall of Fame has a few new members, and of the nine selected by Gov. Rick Perry this week, we couldn't help but notice that one of them just so happens to be his wife. Yes, First Lady Anita Perry has been doing the whole First Lady thing for more than a decade, but that still seems ... More >>
The New Yorker: Can you believe the chocolate chip cookie has been around for 75 years? In honor of its 75th anniversary, The New Yorker, explained the history of the chocolate chip cookie. Many of us know that Ruth Wakefield created the chocolate chip cookie by accident, but do you know the story a ... More >>
Before Nixon exposed the cracks and Reagan finally broke the back of the "New Deal Coalition" -- the voting groups that comprised the Democrats' electoral advantage for over a generation: big city machines, labor unions, minorities (racial, ethnic and religious), liberal farm groups, intellectuals, ... More >>
"The market is the best mechanism ever invented for efficiently allocating resources to maximize production . . . I also think there is a connection between the freedom of the marketplace and freedom more generally." -President Barack Obama We live in an era where income inequality is its grea ... More >>
Movie theaters still have a place for those who don't want or can't afford to build a media screening room in their homes but still enjoy the spectacle of seeing a truly great movie on the big screen. (Torrents are only good for so many things...) Increasingly, however, theaters have had to figure ... More >>
And why might a Mexican family hate a wealthy Mexi-and-white couple?
Preparing for Doomsday is as venerably American as cherry pie. Mormonism, America's most successful homegrown religion, even has hoarding food as one of its tenets. Some prep for a biblical Armageddon, while others do so for secular reasons. Maybe they just want to get out of the rat race and off t ... More >>
We'll be hearing a lot of great speeches this election season, but lets take a second to remember the true giants of political rhetoric. 10. Martin Luther King: I've Been to the Mountaintop King delivered this speech in Memphis, Tennessee the day before he was assassinated. After talking for a whi ... More >>
One of the greatest stories I ever worked on involved neo-Nazis and burritos.
Will you turn into a hoarder? Let's see what astrology says, courtesy of our favorite local astrologer, Figgy Jones. Here's what she told us: On June 11, the big ol' jolly planet of abundance and goodies, Jupiter, moves into the sign of Gemini -- the most garrulous sign. Gemini is ruled by Mercury, ... More >>
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 >>
Editor's Note: Please congratulate Jef With One F for breaking the record for number of colons used in a Houston Press headline. Two presidents both alike in regard and respect, in fair Internet, where we store our trailers for upcoming films featuring chief executives that combat supernatural evil ... More >>
If a crabby, unpleasant nonagenarian who ceased being relevant 20 years ago retires from broadcasting, does the collective sigh of relief make a sound? Andy Rooney will announce on Sunday's "60 Minutes" that it will be his last regular appearance on the newsmagazine. Rooney, 92, has been featured o ... More >>
Closes June 5!
David Bush/ houstondeco.comThe Eldorado Ballroom in 2006Rocks Off was pleased as punch to report last week that, thanks to the efforts of the Texas Blues Project's R. Eric Davis and Project Row Houses, which has owned the historic Third Ward venue since 1999, the Eldorado Ballroom will receiv ... More >>
Dutch received undeserved scornPresident's Day is a time to reflect on the people who've lived in the White House, and how best to learn more about them. Presidential biographies have always been a huge industry, with a staggering amount of trees felled for books both incredibly dense and an ... More >>
"OMG you can reach and touch his face" Thursday night, Rocks Off went to the first midnight screening of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, in 3D no less. Yes we had a chaperone, but the late hour and the theater's location wasn't conducive to masses of screaming girls. The location we saw it ... More >>
The pinnacle of modern-day photobombingPhotobombing might have reached its peak at the Golden Globes when Michael Douglas PB'd his way into a picture with his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angelina Jolie. The phenomenon has become popular on the internet, of course, and as with everything el ... More >>
This is NOT the dawning of the age of Capricorn, dammitToday is the first big change under the new astrology rules, or whatever they are that's riling up zodiac types. January 20 is now the beginning of Capricorn, whereas it used to be the home of Aquarius. We're sure we're messing up the t ... More >>
thehammondorganstory.comToday we celebrate the birthday of one Laurens Hammond, who basically invented everything that Edison and Tesla didn't. For instance, he designed an automatic transmission at age 14 in 1909, but French carmaker Renault rejected it. No matter; he went on to develop the ... More >>
Mark C. AustinCan't WAIT to go back!In exactly one week, Rocks Off will be broadcasting live from the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin's Zilker Park. This will be our fourth spin around the grounds since 2007, and every year we swear we won't fall in love with a bartender in the me ... More >>
Photo illustrations by John Seaborn GrayGozer has designs on the Galleria.Rice University and the University of Houston have reached a deal to convert KTRU into a 24-hour white-noise station to help our city's insomniacs. Fitzgerald's was just bought out by the guys who made Mango's a viable ... More >>
Venerable windbag Andy Rooney took a break last Sunday from complaining about Hispanic ballplayers and the number of non-functioning typewriters he owns to address the problem of unemployment: Rooney understands your problem, because he's been out of work too...though apparently not since 19 ... More >>
Walker Evans and the Great Depression, Part II
As LOM promised in last week's blog about bluegrass, here are some precursors to that art form. These are some wonderful tunes to listen to on your boom-box or iPod while tending your illegal still. Charlie Poole: Charlie Poole is the iconic model for every hard-drinkin', guitar-plunking, Appalachi ... More >>
Dave Collins is a Vietnam veteran, and he wants to abolish Veteran's Day. "I would also like to see yellow-ribbon stickers outlawed along with 'We Support the Troops' signs in business and all the other feel good BS of that ilk," he adds in a personal commentary he e-mailed to his mailing list.Ha ... More >>
Attn: Wall Street. Michael Moore is a Marxist (but he's still selling the same old shtick).
The depression hits home
Bruce Springsteen missed the Great Depression - which no doubt bugs him every time he thinks about what a wealth of material those years provided for one of his idols, Woody Guthrie - but he seems determined to make up for it during these days of massive job-shedding, frozen credit an ... More >>
Folks, I am scared shitless. Yet I am unable to properly process this shitless feeling. The economic situation is not good. In fact, it is very bad. I am regularly breaking out in cold sweats, dreaming of Suze Orman (not in a good way), and practicing my rendition of, "Brother, Can You Spare a D ... More >>
Theatre Suburbia hosts a world premiere play by Nancy Kiefer
Photos: Hayes Carll/ Craig Hlavaty; Dash Rip Rock, Robert Earl Keen/ Chris Gray On their 1996 self-titled debut LP, Hee Haw-loving Nashville ironists BR5-49 cut a song called "Little Ramona (Gone Hillbilly Nuts)." Anyone who has read either the paper or this site in the past few weeks will ... More >>
Raise a glass and toast the 75th anniversary of the day that Texas ratified the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution repealing Prohibition. Although the national repeal of Prohibition did not become final until December 5, 1933, the beer industry salutes Texas on November 24th for bringing us one ... More >>
Top novelist reads from his latest work, The Blue Star
Wagonmaster: A shoo-in for many year-end Top 10 lists even before Porter Wagoner's death Sunday. Porter Wagoner, the rhinestone-clad host of the Grand Ole Opry for the past 12 years and one of country music’s last surviving links to the time of Hank Williams and Ernest Tubb, passed away from lung ... More >>