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    October 29, 2014

    Shrapnel-Shooting Airbag Recall Now Focused on Gulf Coast

    A nationwide recall of defective, shrapnel-shooting airbags may affect more than 7 million vehicles in the U.S. from nearly two dozen brands, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now saying owners of the cars in extremely humid areas like the Gulf Coast are most at risk. The a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Pride Festival, Whiskey Myers, John Egan, etc.

    Shoulders Continental Club, June 27 Shoulders are a thinking man's party band, mostly because "thinking" is an excellent word to rhyme with "drinking." Long before Gogol Bordello, the Tom Waits-besotted rockers all but had the gypsy-alternative market cornered back in the early '90s, when albums li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Kick Back & Relax With A Michelada

    Texas Monthly: Summer is quickly approaching and that means it's time to whip out the ice cold drinks. While you could stick to snow cones and lemonade, why not try making your own michelada? Texas Monthly shares its recipe for this cold beer drink made with hot sauce, limes, Worchestershire sauce, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    As Lime Prices Skyrocket, Bars and Restaurants Feel the Squeeze

    When you start to Google the word "lime" these days, the first thing that pops up is "lime prices," followed by "lime prices going up," "lime prices increase," and "lime prices rise." If you're looking for recipes with lime, you're going to have to dig a little deeper, because right now, all the new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Honey Apple Pancakes, Brussels Sprouts Recipes

    Zagat Houston: You can find a classic dish, such as chicken and dumplings or chicken fried steak, in a variety of restaurants in Houston. Some places you can get it on the cheap, and some places have taken the classic dish to new heights (with prices to match). Zagat Houston's Amber Ambrose lists tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: The Weeknd, Bill Callahan, Alt-J, etc.

    The Weeknd Bayou Music Center, September 24 As eccentric as he is explicit, the 23-year-old singer/rapper known as The Weeknd has become one of R&B's hottest names of the 2010s not just because of his association with fellow Toronto native Drake, but for lyrics that are unusually candid even for hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    Chase May Get Nailed With $500 Million Settlement For Dodgy Energy Trading

    Some records were made to be broken. Whether it's the most home runs in a season, building the world's tallest skyscraper, or serving the world's best cup of coffee -- these are all records people are aiming to bust right through. However, it's unlikely the Houston energy traders working for JP Mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    Workers at ExxonMobil's Massive Baytown Plant (Almost) Went On Strike over safety

    The folks over at Exxon Mobil's Baytown refinery were facing a possible Norma Rae situation last week when local United Steelworkers representatives threatened a strike if the Exxon people didn't put in the health and safety provisions they'd asked for in their contracts. Local USW rep Rich "Hoot" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Sugar Daddies Are Paying For Lots Of Sugar Babies At UH, Company Claims

    A young woman finds an older man on a dating website. She's drawn to him. What can it be? His age and experience? His Sean Connery-like looks? The fact that she's got bills to pay at the University of Houston and he has agreed to pay for her education just for the pleasure of her company? I know w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    Cupcakes Are Out: Five Treats That Are In

    Cupcakes have been the rage in America for several years now. After stores were opened exclusively to sell cupcakes, television shows were centered on the little individual desserts and the public went crazy over different cupcake presentations and decorations, it seemed like cupcakes were the end-a ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 10, 2013

    Why Do Mexican Men Like Classic Cars?

    And why do Mexicans still bother with the United States?

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    The Top 10 Eating...Our Words Posts of 2012

    Last week, we began wrapping up the year in review. We looked at the most notable restaurant closings of 2012, the restaurants we're most excited about for 2013 and our most popular Top 10 lists of the year. This week, we're looking at the best new restaurants of 2012 and -- today -- the 10 most po ... More >>

  • News

    August 23, 2012

    How to Speak Republican

    Leaked document reveals the secrets of the GOP's coded language.

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    June 14, 2012
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    May 17, 2012

    Corkage: A Privilege, Not a Right

    In the wake of last week's post on The Wine Lover's Bill of Rights, I wanted to turn the tables (no pun intended) and address one of the wine lover's responsibilities in the unique social compact that is sealed when you sit down for a meal in a restaurant. In most states, corkage -- i.e., bringing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Top 5 Champagnes Under $60 for the Holidays

    Photos by Jeremy Parzen.Remember: Champagne doesn't have to be white. Rosé Champagne is often considered the more "muscular" expression of the appellation. Look for Bollinger Rosé, Ruinart Rosé, and our favorite, Billecart Salmon Rosé.​Okay, folks. There's good news and there's bad news. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Rodeo Sissy Edition

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Rodeo Houston a Bit Too Highfalutin for the Wall Street Journal

    Cowboys don't drink wine? Thems fightin' words.​The Wall Street Journal on Friday ran a story about the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo containing two things we thought we would never see. First, we never thought anyone would accuse the rodeo of being erudite. Second, we never imagined it w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    M.D. Anderson Making Mice Babies WITHOUT MOTHERS. That's Gotta Be Gay, Right?

    Who needs Mommy?​Researchers at M.D. Anderson have created mice from two fathers, the Wall Street Journal reports. That has to be the gayest thing we've heard since sing-along Project Runway. Which we actually haven't heard of, but we can dream, right? The scientists "first engineered a fema ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Dallas Cowboys: America's Most Popular Team, To America's Discredit

    Dallas Cowboys: America has no taste​The Neilsen Company, the people who give you TV ratings, have done an extensive study on how popular various NFL teams are.According to the Wall Street Journal, the study examined "each team's local and national TV rankings, how often they're mentioned on the I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    Channel 39 Maybe Doesn't Want You To Watch Mia Gradney

    Don't listen to the billboards!!!!​You know all those semi-sultry billboards with Channel 39's Mia Gradney asking you to watch her?Forget them.As we noted a month ago, Channel 39's owners, The Tribune Company, were looking to "bust the TV cliches" on its chain of local stations.And Houston gets to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Game Time: Cush-Watch Day 5: AP Voters Get Their Sanctimony On

    You talking to me? ​I'm not sure what it says about your franchise when the most highly anticipated Monday is not a Monday following a big game nor the Monday after the NFL Draft, but instead it's the first Monday of "organized team activities" (OTA's for those into acronyms) in May, and it's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    Beyonce's Naughty T-Shirt, Devin's Suite 420, Eric B Vs. Nicki Minaj, Rick Astley Chopped And Screwed...

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: Kritikal Van Gogh, "Dog Eat Dog" Wire to Wire ​Beyonce had tongues wagging at this weekend's Coac ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 8, 2010
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    April 7, 2010

    Stirred and Shaken: Downing Street Pub's Downing Street Draft

    Photo by Troy Fields​If you're on a scavenger hunt and anti-Obama bathroom graffiti pops up on your list, try Downing Street Pub (2549 Kirby, 713-523-2291). The place is how you might imagine The Wall Street Journal as a bar — lousy with white collars, cigars and masculine wood (the stai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Houston, You Are One Hell Of A Tax-Procrastinating City

    ​If you're in Houston, we have a pretty good idea what you're doing -- anything but preparing your tax returns.Turbo Tax has put out a survey of the 10 Biggest Tax-Procrastinating Cities, and Houston proudly leads the list after coming in a measly second last year.Turbo Tax V-P Bob Meighan offered ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    The Basics: Cookbooks

    ​We recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal on Alton Brown's top five favorite cookbooks. You remember Brown. He's the quirky chemistry geek on Good Eats and one of the commentators on Iron Chef. If you're one of the few non-Food Network junkies, you might recognize him from Welch' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Another Extension, Another Show

    Photo courtesy ricornelproductions.comAnother day, another happy announcement about a Houston stage production extending its run due to popular demand.Yesterday it was Stages and Grey Gardens; today it's Main Street Theater's Awake and Sing.Main Street has announced additional performances of the Cl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    The Bush Twins' Real Letter to the Obama Girls

    Did you hear how the Bush twins, Jenna and Barbara, recently sent an open letter to the Obama girls, offering up advice for surviving life in The White House? Now, to be honest, I thought their original letter was a truly sweet and lovely gesture, and I actually think the Bush twins have turned o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    ConocoPhillips Keeps A Ball Or Two

    Houston petroleum giant ConocoPhillips never realized just how much people loved their balls.Not "their balls" in the sense of the guts it takes to charge four bucks a gallon for gas (Am I right or am I right, people?!), but their balls as in the red, round "76" signs that dot their gas stations.Con ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 15, 2007

    Martin Limón

    The Wandering Ghost, a Sergeants Sueño & Bascom Mystery

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2007

    Madonna to Warner Bros.: "Sorry"

    In another blow to the beleaguered major labels, already rendered effectively obsolete last week when Radiohead allowed fans to download new album In Rainbows directly from the band’s Web site, Madonna announced today she has struck a multimillion-dollar deal with Houston-based concert giant Live ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2007

    Holland Chaney Is Richer Than You

    Trying to figure out how you’re going to eat until your next paycheck arrives? Us too. Here’s a snippet from a Wall Street Journal article that’s sure to make you feel better: “In a collision of the art boom, the wealth boom and the Baby Einstein approach to parenting, galleries and auction ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2006

    Six Degrees of Separation

    Way to go, NAFTA U.S. Border Watch has organized a rally this Saturday in response to Labor Day marches by pro-immigrant groups, and you can expect plenty of hooting and hollering about all the bad stuff those damn Mexicans are bringing into this here country. We don't necessarily want to throw ... More >>

  • Music

    May 26, 2005

    Play It Pretty for Cabaret Voltaire

    A Rice grad stakes his claim as the inventor of the ironic "Freebird" request; also: there's a Lanky new kid on H-town's burgeoning pop-rock scene

  • News

    October 14, 2004

    Party Animals

    Politically oriented matchmaking sites are surging toward the election

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
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    August 7, 2003
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    September 26, 2002
  • Culture

    August 15, 2002

    Hello, My Name Is Simon...

    And I like to do drawrings

  • News

    June 14, 2001

    Executing the Truth in Ads

    Just who is behind the McVeigh ads is called into question

  • News

    December 14, 2000

    Bet You Can't Vote for Just One!

    Why did so many Houston Hispanics punch twice for president?

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    March 2, 2000
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    May 20, 1999
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    April 8, 1999
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    February 4, 1999
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    January 28, 1999
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    November 26, 1998
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    May 22, 1997
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