A good snapshot stops a moment from running away. - Eudora Welty Last week, we sent photographer Derrek Barlow to the Great Bull Run, an event much debated by plenty of folks around here. He took a number of fantastic shots that you can see in our slideshow from the event, but one in particular cap ... More >>
When it comes to crowning the King of Content for the year 2013, quantity is the basis on which the kingdom is built, and rightfully so. Maintaining a consistent flow of excellence/criminal behavior/bizarre work/belligerence is what gets you the ultimate reward. But the extravaganza that is an over ... More >>
Houston's 10 best Tex-Mex restaurants.
My 80-year old mother may not know his name but she knows his face. "You mean that handsome young man who talks about wine on the Today show with Kathie Lee [Gifford] and Hoda [Kotb]?" she asks when I mention that I'm having lunch in Houston with Food & Wine executive wine editor Ray Isle. But hey ... More >>
The 10 most overhyped stories of 2012.
Journalists are really fond of writing about stories that went underreported every year. Too often, however, they forget to remind us all that those critical stories that went without needed coverage did so because stories with little merit wound up filling the airwaves and pages of newspapers. Unf ... More >>
The NFL's replacement referees have made plenty of egregious errors during the first three weeks of the regular season. They nearly handed the Seahawks a win in Week One by giving them an extra time out in their game with Arizona. They extended last Monday's game between the Broncos and the Falcons ... More >>
Bachman & Turner: Live at the Roseland Ballroom, NYC $14.98 90 mins. Eagle Rock While some politicians have faced a musician's wrath for using unauthorized music in their campaign events, Randy Bachman and Fred Turner were more than happy to perform their enduring tune "Takin' Care of Business" at ... More >>
Every now and then, because it's the "worldwide leader in sports" and can get away with random programming heat checks whenever it wants, ESPN will try and force-feed the viewing public some ill-fated attempt to blend sports and pop culture. Examples include: - Who's Now?, an ongoing feature a fe ... More >>
"The Wines Of Texas Are Upon You" may have seemed like a bland seminar title when compared with spicier ones like "Everything You Need To Know About Wine But Were Afraid to Ask" and "Super Star Wines." But the fact that the Austin Food & Wine Festival (which made its debut over the weekend) includ ... More >>
"I grew up in West University, and later in the Braeswood/Meyerland area," said Food & Wine executive wine editor Ray Isle when he and I chatted over email yesterday. "I left Houston after college -- I went to Rice, which is also where my dad taught -- and moved to Austin to be in a crappy band." I ... More >>
Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economyThe daughter who was whipped by Aransas County judge William Adams and caused an internet sensation by posting the video to YouTube took to the Today show to tell her story. Her mother, now, Adams's ex-wife -- who also whipped ... More >>
We recently wrote about a new crop of Texas license plates with a variety of themes, most of them sports related. One of the designs, however, was for the Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain that isn't even based in the Lone Star State. We certainly understand the passion of a sports fan, but ... More >>
Billy Joel Live at Shea Stadium: The Concert Sony Legacy, $13.98 While not a Queens-bred boy, what better choice for a musical performer to close out Shea before its demolition than Billy Joel? Filmed over two nights in July 2008, this 2-CD/1-DVD package offers a great overview of Joel's car ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttThe famous Murray's Cheese Shop didn't start out as the epicenter of the cheese universe. Its roots were much more humble than that: a sort of general store founded in 1940 by Murray Greenberg to sell butter and eggs to area residents in Greenwich Village. It trade ... More >>
Stweart, Perry: Adios, mofoIn the wake of his big victory, Governor Rick Perry immediately focused like a laser beam on the state's massive budget gap. Or maybe he went on a book tour.In a series of interviews in which the cloying coyness about 2012 will be palpable, Perry is headed to the East C ... More >>
Crude on the outside, sweet in the middle: Get Him to the Greek.
It's official: flu season is here and it's hit with a vengeance. Television news reports deliver frightening messages from the Director of Health and Human Services while we're forced to watch Matt Lauer get a flu shot on the Today Show, and our moms keep calling us to remind us to get plenty of res ... More >>
Get on the bus, it's a family affair.
For the past six months, the music business has been aghast and/or enthralled with the AutoTune craze. There seems to be no stopping the phenomenon, which is now crawling into the public's brain at an alarming rate. No one seems to be immune to the 'Tune, with rappers Lil' Wayne and T-Pain seemingl ... More >>
Following the exploits of the world's most famous Houstonian is a full-time job - to say the least; that must be why her publicist never seems to return our emails - but here at Rocks Off we do our best. Because Ms. B is never very far from the headlines, we decided the best thing to do wo ... More >>
All grown up, some children of sperm donors are trying to break through the secrecy that keeps them from knowing their family history
Okay, so as our country elects the next president of these great United States, can I just take a moment to talk about something more important? Specifically, may I talk about how I am deeply and madly in love with news analyst Chuck Todd? Sorry, Mr. Pop Rocks, but I can’t keep it inside anymore ... More >>
Skimming through Cosmopolitan’s 2008 Hottest Bachelors List, there’s an undeniable air off douchiness. A good deal of the dudes’ photos show them posing without shirts but with pseudo-Abercrombie smiles, like they just came in from the beach, or maybe a frathouse date-rape-athon. There are pl ... More >>
[Since we were a little busy baking in Zilker Park Friday, Rocks Off didn't get a chance to post last week's Five Spot. Here 'tis - Ed.] Welcome back to Five Spot. Every week, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to introd ... More >>
Soup dumplings from Fu Fu Cafe were one of the best snacks I ate while watching the Beijing Olympics. When I stopped into Dun Huang Plaza at Bellaire and Beltway 8 for take-out, I noticed that the center had set up a big screen television set and a bunch of chairs outside on the sidewalk. On the Chi ... More >>
Donnie Wahlberg is 38 years old. 38. And I think Danny Wood is even older. I don’t know why I should be so shocked. After all, I’m thirtysomething, too. I’m thirtysomething, and I’m going to buy New Kids on the Block tickets and go see them when they come through Houston in October as p ... More >>
As you may have gathered from that Sex and the City marathon you caught over Christmas, it has recently become socially acceptable - even trendy - for grownups to eat cupcakes. Although the nationwide trend seems to have died down somewhat (I'm pretty sure having a wedding cake made entirely of cupc ... More >>
Levi Draher came back from the dead. Other players were not so lucky.
It's easy to forget the Houston Chronicle is a newspaper — that is, a paper that delivers news. On March 21 the Chronicle blanketed its front page with a report on Tom DeLay's fiery new memoir — five days after Chicago Sun-Times columnist Robert Novak broke the story. (Credit Wonkette ... More >>
Chris Botti on selling -- and not selling -- jazz
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"Sing it with me, 'I love Hous...um...Texas!'" August is turning out to be a busy month for H-town's own Hilary Duff. Later today, MTV will premiere her new video, "Play with Fire," on TRL. She'll be on Letterman tonight to pimp her new movie, Material Girls -- in which she stars with her sis Ha ... More >>
NBC/Today Show Felicia and Eric messed around with gender roles. So, I made sure to catch the Today show this morning, where a Houston couple, Felicia and Eric, are competing in "Today Throws a Wedding." Felicia is an assistant district attorney in Galveston, and Eric's a business systems analys ... More >>
Lloyd Lively "Yar, let's find us a movie critic!" I think it's a beauty that media outlets, both local and national, have jumped on the whole pirate bandwagon, what with the juggernaut that is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. The Today Show had a segment that showed viewers how to dres ... More >>
Whole Foods wants lobsters to live large before dying
Author Lisa Fittipaldi shares her blind devotion to painting in a new book
A visual and musical collaboration offers a cool, dark refuge in tiny spaces
This sneak preview by a UT film student stole more than the show at Sony Studios
While a doddering Dome watches, wranglers and the ultrarich welcome a sports palace
Dear Railcar Killer...
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