It's hard to remember sometimes that "Weird Al" Yankovic has been honing his craft for more than 30 years now, bringing us masterful parodies of pop music for so long that he's outlived many of his onetime subjects. He has a new album called Mandatory Fun due today and is in the midst of releasing e ... More >>
Photos by Jeff BalkeThe Houston Press is presenting a series of posts leading up to a feature story in the print edition of the 100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die. Each blog post contains one of our top 10 bucket list items along with nine others in the top 100. To narrow our list, we chose ... 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 >>
With Houston landing at number seven on the New York Times list of places to visit in 2013 last week, I decided to give you seven things not to look at when you visit on Monday. Today, I go for the opposite approach. Houston is not exactly a beauty queen. I've heard that there is a formula for pote ... More >>
As YouTube becomes increasingly wealthy, its stars and the networks who contract with them battle for money and creative control.
Alicia Richman sets world record pumping 86 gallons of breast milk.
Houston Babylon, the feature coming out this week, dissects a few of the creepiest and most chilling events in Houston history. In coming up with four of those tales, we stumbled over many more -- too many to fit the print edition. All this week we'll bring you some extra, online-only stories. Wit ... More >>
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Despite all the Tenth Commandment strictures to the contrary, coveting the mansion next door has led millionaire executive Tony Petrello to years of depositions and lawsuits.
Self-important and overstuffed, The Dark Knight Rises feels like Batman forever.
June is the month for weddings, because if there's one situation you want to find yourself in, it's at an outdoor wedding in a Houston summer. With the closing of longtime wedding fave Vargo's, Houston has lost a go-to wedding destination. But there are plenty of other places that would make a good ... More >>
Bring your own urine jars.The world's cleanest, germ-free light-rail station -- albeit one in which you no doubt will be encouraged to piss in jars -- will be Stop 3 on Metro's new East End line. That stop will be officially designated the Altic/Howard Hughes stop, the agency announced today ... More >>
Featuring a proto-beatnik jet pilotWith the possible exceptions of horses and ships, no other non-speaking entity has starred in so many motion pictures as the airplane. And we love airplanes. We love them so much we've probably seen every last airplane movie worth watching, and even more tha ... More >>
You can skip the Beer Can HouseSo, you've made it to town for the Final Four and you are shocked to find out there are no tumbleweeds, we all aren't walking around in 10-gallon hats and the area surrounding downtown and the medical center is not filled with strip malls and urban decay. Welcom ... More >>
"Just eat-a around the filth-a, paisan"Sometimes, we wonder whether all the health regulations the city enforces actually keep people from getting sick. Were you more likely to suffer unpleasant food-related maladies 50 years ago, when restaurant regulations were less stringent? (We hesitate ... More >>
Rocks Off has no idea why Mick Jagger might prefer Performance to Ned Kelly.Over recent years, Rocks Off has been repeatedly surprised by the quality performances of musicians in films. Naturally, there are some duds in the mix; even Mick Jagger himself, who starred in 1970's Ned Kelly, disow ... More >>
Steve Mostyn wants to see Texas Watchdog's notesWe've seen some idiotic legal filings over the years, but there's something especially mind-boggling when a lawyer files a stinker on his own behalf. Houston's own Steve Mostyn has just done that -- and while he was at it, he decided ... More >>
Aside from being the dad of glam-folkie Rufus Wainwright and similarly talented sister Martha, Loudon Wainwright III is one of the most unsung singer-songwriters still strumming today. With his ex-wife, the late, great Kate McGarrigle, he was a part of a folk power-couple, and songs like "Ruf ... More >>
Much hay is being made of Kristen Stewart's ("Bella" in the Twilight movies) comments to British Elle magazine about the perils of fame. This one in particular: On the paparazzi: "What you don't see are the cameras shoved in my face and the bizarre intrusive questions being asked, or the peo ... More >>
First, we have to clarify something. Joe Rippey isn't just a bartender. He's the owner of the Vine Wine Room (12420 Memorial Drive), and we were lucky to catch him working behind the bar when we visited. Rippey might have the best job in the world. For the last four and a half years, he's s ... More >>
We hate to be those people, but it's true: stereotypes exist for a reason. Our theory is that stereotypes propagate themselves from the insecurities of people who believe they're "supposed" to be some kind of archetype, whether it's the toughest gangsta, the punkest punk rocker or the hick with t ... More >>
All artwork courtesy of balineseroom.net “Deep in the South of Texas not so long ago, there on a crowded island in the Gulf of Mexico It didn't take too much money, man, but it sure was nice. You could dance all night if you felt all right, drinking whiskey and throwing dice. And everybody know ... More >>
Dr. Pepper, that little old soda company from Waco, has jumped onboard the Chinese Democracy Hating Train that began sometime at the end of Bill Clinton's second term in office. Everyone knows that Guns N' Roses frontman Howard Hughes (I mean Axl Rose) has been working on this Spruce Goose for the ... More >>
The tunnel will fix you up, brotha. Do you right! It's got infinite ways to get annoying chores done, except it's devoid of the most annoying ones that you want to do while you're on the clock, like upgrading your cell phone. And here's what else you don't have in the tunnel:
A letter is going out to all Houston area friends of soccer urging its recipients to join the campaign to convert the city-owned Gus Wortham golf course to a youth soccer complex and practice field for the Houston Dynamo. The news that the city was considering converting the East End greens ̵ ... More >>
From the Malibus to the Natives to on his own, Herschel Berry has haunted -- and been haunted by -- Houston music for three decades. So is he ready to give it up? You've gotta be kidding