Recently, my editor posed a question: Why don't some restaurants that clearly get a lot of business take reservations? I explained that individual restaurants likely have different reasons for that choice, but that it's becoming an increasingly popular option. First come, first served. She went on ... More >>
It took long enough but Gov. Rick Perry finally walked back his already infamous comments in San Francisco where he compared being gay to being an alcoholic. While we admire that Perry at least may have been (probably accidentally) inferring that sexual orientation is something you're born with not ... More >>
Jayson Blair doc could use less Jayson Blair.
John Friend built a yoga empire in Houston that came crashing down in 2012 amid allegations of financial mismanagement, an affair with a married student and Wiccan rituals. Now he’s resurfaced in Denver.
Homosexual rape, torture and a graveyard of dead boys. A filmmaker decides to step away from fiction and delve into Houston's infamous Dean Corll rape-torture-murder case.
The Butler finds urgency in the conventional.
British Petroleum has been synonymous with the Gulf Coast Oil spill -- called the worst environmental disaster in American history by some -- since the Deepwater Horizon rig blew out on April 20, 2010, killing 11 and starting a leak that dumped almost 5 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of ... More >>
The folks over at British Petroleum want the world to know they feel real bad about that explosion and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico back in 2010. Last week, the company even took out a nice-sized ad in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, saying as much. ... More >>
In the first glimpse of Austin Tice since a message he tweeted on August 11, the captured Houston journalist appeared in a video clip released yesterday on a website supporting the Syrian government. It shows Tice marching in rugged and arid terrain, blind-folded, among men armed with bazookas and m ... More >>
Above: Corb Lund gettin' down on the mountain. It only takes one listen to any Corb Lund album to know the guy is witty and whip-smart. The salty Albertan who studied jazz in Edmonton before joining metal band the Smalls, also has a good sense of history and a strong respect for the land and people ... More >>
America's for-profit colleges offer education only a con man (or a congressman) could love.
Since I first read the Grand Forks Herald article last night -- "Long-awaited Olive Garden receives warm welcome" -- it's made its way around the Internet as an object of fascination faster than faked cell phone pictures of Christina Hendricks's breasts. "An Onion-worthy, rave review of...Olive Gar ... More >>
Tim Gunn is coming to network television on January 16 with ABC's new lifestyle/reinvention daytime talk show The Revolution. ABC describes the new show as an "uplifting, inspiring, and groundbreaking new daily show about health and lifestyle transformations co-hosted by a stellar team of experts wh ... More >>
Social media isn't always as friendly as it sounds.Ever since Te House of Tea and its sister restaurant, the now-defunct Saute World Bistro, signed up for Twitter accounts in August 2008 -- the first two restaurants in Houston to do so -- it's become not only de rigeur but almost necessary f ... More >>
William McRaven: Knows a pyramid lede when he sees one.Don't mess with journalism majors!! A lesson Osama bin Laden learned to his regret recently; the last thoughts through his diseased mind were no doubt about how journalism -- especially University of Texas journalism -- had triumphed aga ... More >>
DynCorp: WikiLeaks is not kindAnother international conflict, another horrific taxpayer-funded sex scandal for DynCorp, the private security contractor tasked with training the Afghan police. While the company is officially based in the DC area, most of its business is managed on a satelli ... More >>
Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. New York Times: Despite some peoples' best efforts to the contrary, the City Ha ... More >>
A boon for budding comediansThe Washington Post has a great story this morning, a profile of Austin lawyer Harry Whittington, better known as the man shot by Vice-Preesident Dick Cheney on a South Texas hunting trip.The lengthy story breaks some new ground -- for instance, despite reports, Whitti ... More >>
Another oil rig has exploded in the Gulf, injuring one person and raising fears of another massive leak.All the 13 workers on board have been accounted for. Officials are not sure if any oil is leaking from the rig, which is about 80 miles south of Louisiana's Vermilion Bay.The Department of Homelan ... More >>
Last week, when Rocks Off was editing our former intern Matthew Keever's article about the worst back-to-school soundtracks when Jerry Lee Lewis' "High School Confidential" popped into our head out of the blue. Not really out of the blue, we guess, but the next thing we knew we were thinking, ... More >>
Gets hot in a Houston summer? Who knew?Joel Achenbach is the well-respected writer-of-all-things for the Washington Post; he's in Houston, or at least was yesterday.Color him unimpressed. At least with the weather.I keep my car AC cranked, and all internal spaces in Houston are air conditioned to ... More >>
Next month will be two years since Houston has been robbed of the bewigged, be-surgeried, bellowing presence of Marvin Zindler.His friends and family are planning to mark the occasion with a special presentation of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.Which is kind of odd, really.Zindler was forever ... More >>
Photo courtesy Bill White for TexasChris Cillizza, the hyper-connected political writer at the Washington Post, has gotten his hands on a polling memo outlining the Texas Senate race.The bottom line: Not good news for Bill White.Cillizza says (scroll down for "Texas Senate Numbers") the poll was tak ... More >>
Texas, your day is done.That's according to Bryan Burrough, the Vanity Fair contributor and author of The Big Rich, a best-selling look at the oilmen who ruled the state and beyond for much of the 20th century.Burrough writes in an op-ed column in the Washington Post that, with the farewell of Georg ... More >>
The demise of the film critic has been reported in media sources from the august to the obscure. The butcher's bill from the last few years reads like a Reviewer's Hall of Fame: Nathan Lee (The Village Voice), David Ansen (Newsweek), Stephen Hunter (Washington Post), Jonathan Rosenbaum (Chicago Rea ... More >>
Christoph Eschenbach, who headed the Houston Symphony for most of the `90s, has got his own self a new, high-profile job -- leader of the National Symphony in Washington. The Washington Post reports the decision was announced by the Kennedy Center last night. Eschenbach had recently been conductin ... More >>
As an ex-hipster, I simply don’t have the time or energy to follow any music trends or pay attention to what’s happening in music. My music knowledge comes from watching the VMAs on MTV once a year to see if anyone does anything incredibly humiliating. (“Gimme gimme more, gimme more…”) ... More >>
Municipal governance is a lot more fun in Detroit. Right now, there's an ongoing scandal involving a mayoral affair, not to mention mayoral lying about that affair (Detroit civic boosters, such as they are, no doubt cringe when reading a sentence in the Washington Post that mentions "the Detroit Fr ... More >>
The MFAH showcases an artist of limited talents
Peter Berg sends Jamie Foxx to fight the enemy over there in The Kingdom
Gary Webb's reporting on CIA ties to cocaine destroyed his life, too
Tennessee schoolkids teach the world a lesson in an inspirational documentary
HISD isn't laughing now about a breakfast program
Time again to honor the best in Houston
Michael Moore goes Bushwacking in Fahrenheit 9/11
Revolt of the operagoing socialites
Rod Paige does no better when he doesn't have an answer than when he does
A magazine provides a judicial campaign
In the wake of September 11, security dogs have become must-have items. Prices have skyrocketed. There aren't enough German shepherds.
Yates trial judge makes a captive audience of the media
Enron reporters duck as the rich revolt
Everything, if you're in the band called Anthrax
A nonevent gets blanket coverage
A lack of Bush means a lack of news in Houston
Oliver Stone takes a measured look at how Richard Nixon rose and why he fell
Teresa Rodriguez's up-for-auction goods tell a lot about Teresa -- and Houston