If you're looking for a quick audio overview of NASA's history, the space agency just released about 60 short clips that give us enough historic soundbites and out-of-this-world sounds -- "Earth's Song" is particularly beautiful -- to cover more than 50 years of history on Souncloud. However, whil ... More >>
From the my-how-time-flies category: James McMurtry, who plays a solo show at McGonigel's Mucky Duck Saturday, marks a quarter-century as a professional musician this year. He began his career in the late '80s by gaining recognition at songwriting events associated with the Kerrville Folk Festival, ... More >>
Once traveling at light speed was the kind of thing you'd only hear about right before or after William Shatner said, "Beam me up, Scotty," but physicist Harold White and a NASA team at the Johnson Space Center are working on making the warp drive a thing that will actually exist. In a similar kind ... More >>
Beatles vs. Stones By John McMillian Simon & Schuster, 288 pp., $25 "The Beatles want to hold your hand, but the Stones want to burn down your town" -- Tom Wolfe It was a simple question, really. But one that said (or supposedly said) a lot about your taste in music, sociological outlook, personal ... More >>
Sandra Bullock proves she has the right stuff.
There was a generation of kids who grew up idolizing the astronauts. The men of the Mercury missions, the Apollo crews -- the guys who risked everything, put it all on the line to beat the Russians and launch into outer space. John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong -- these guys were national he ... More >>
In recent years, NASA has been hit pretty hard, and another hit may be coming. We're a long ways off from the days when JFK told the nation that the United States would put a man on the moon, and in recent years, what with the Great Recession, space exploration seems to have taken a backseat. Hell, ... More >>
Dozens of teenage Explorers have been sexually abused by police officers. Critics say the Boy Scouts, who oversee the program, should share the blame.
Hard at work on his eighth novel, Deadwood author Pete Dexter still packs a punch.
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 >>
The Sundance Film Festival kicks off this week in Park City, Utah. The venerable fest enters its 33rd year with many once again questioning the organizers' commitment to independent film. Recent incarnations have debuted underground fare from art houses like Fox Searchlight and Sony Pictures ... More >>
That Jamie Foxx, right? A Rennaisance man if there ever was one: the guy's a comedic genius (see In Living Color; tons of flicks), a big-screen leading man, credible action star, R&B champion - plus, as it turns out, he's a natural at mentoring American Idol hopefuls. I wouldn't have figured on ... More >>
Photo courtesy The Colbert ReportTonight's the night!On tonight's Colbert Report, the nation will learn whether NASA has a sense of humor or not.They famously had a contest to name the new node on the space station; they didn't take any of our suggestions. But Colbert's fans put him over the top thr ... More >>
Everyone is breathlessly following the latest space mission to see if astronauts will one day successfully be able to drink urine (NASA -- the kinkiest space agency evah!!)It's a bit of a comedown from the moon days.As it turns out, at this time in 1969 NASA was just getting ready to launch Apollo 1 ... More >>
A documentary reveals the rise and fall of an influential writer
Reliving the glory of America's giant leap for mankind
When the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated in February 2003, all but paralyzing NASA, it presented the space agency with a very pressing problem: What were they going to do about the three guys stuck in space? The members of Expedition Six -- two Americans and a Russian -- had been orbiting in t ... More >>
In which intrepid Chauncey tangles with a stray dog followed by a frantic ride for help
Plot-light Madagascar still manages clever gags for grown-ups
Going against the Village's collegiate atmosphere, the Gatsby exudes a porcelain sophistication
Does the health department's grading system ensure safe restaurants? Or is it just fuzzy math?
Did Annunciation use its connections to knock the head off Little Woodrow's beer permit?
Basic Instinct author crawls up Bill Clinton's pants and hangs on tight
A decade ago, the American Psycho author was vilified. Now, he could launch a franchise.
Maya Lin's Topologies
Two starry-eyed entrepreneurs shoot for the moon -- or at least for suborbital space
At the MFA, lunar imagery blurs the line between science and art