Billy Joel: A Matter of Trust -- The Bridge to Russia Columbia Legacy When Billy Joel made the trek to Russia to play a series of concerts in the summer of 1987, he had probable cause to believe that, instead of metaphorically killing the audience, they might literally kill him. After all, the Lo ... More >>
The collective media genuflection began the moment Nelson Mandela died. Everyone, it seemed, was in agreement: this was a great man, a giant of history, etc. etc. This is partly true, and partly media narrative. For example, South Africa is not, despite Mandela's efforts, in great shape: The scene ... More >>
The film on the momentous event fails to rise to the occasion.
Pop and R&B superstar Frank Ocean has recently opened up to MTV News that he's been on a Beatles and Beach Boys binge when seeking inspiration for his upcoming second full-length record. While it's not exactly surprising to hear of a young artist gorging himself on Beatles classics for ideas, it is ... More >>
This might be a bit redundant, seeing as the readership at Hair Balls -- unlike, say, those who work in front of the camera at CNN -- are among those able to differentiate between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, but I thought it might be worth a quick run-down of how a substantial Chechen population came ... More >>
Rewind: Who Is Paul McCartney? Rocks Off Tells You 1965: Remembering Houston's Summer of Beatlemania Tickets for Sir Paul McCartney's November 14 concert at Minute Maid Park, the once and future Beatle's first show in Houston since 2005, are now on sale at Ticketmaster. Right now. And just to ma ... More >>
"Over?"It was fun (to watch) while it lasted, but Herman Cain officially "suspended" his Presidential campaign last weekend. The former Godfather's CEO had long been dogged by accusations of sexual harassment (to say nothing of his unfamiliarity with the Libyan crisis or how to pronounce "Uzb ... More >>
A Russian artist explores the force behind American foreign policy.
This week in 1968, The Beatles inaugurated their Apple Records label in a most auspicious fashion, releasing "Hey Jude" as a 45. The B-side was "Revolution." Written by Paul McCartney and employing a 36-piece orchestra, "Jude" did nothing to dispel the perception that Paul was the "soft" Beat ... More >>
Just another brick in the wallFifty years ago today, East German construction crews were in the last stages of preparation for building the Berlin Wall. On August 13, they began, instantly giving an incredible propaganda tool to the free world. The Wall has been down for 22 years and will so ... More >>
Sorry about that fifth down.....It's funny, because I'm from New England, people automatically assume that I am a fan of all the Boston teams. To wit, last night as the Celtics were imploding in Orlando, my iPhone was blowing up with text messages asking if I was starting to get worried about th ... More >>
Readers respond to our April Fools' Day Astrodome article.
Clint Eastwood talks straight about his prolific career.
As lawmakers scramble to address the surge of violence spawned by Mexican drug cartels seeping into our borders, the question of legalizing drugs has once again been raised -- and not just by a bunch of hippies. Russ Jones, a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), tells Hai ... More >>
If it wasn't for Texas A&M, President Bush's schedule might stay clear for the next two months. But leave it to the Aggies to stay loyal to all things Bush. News outlets in College Station are reporting that Bush will make a commencement speech in December at a Texas A&M graduation ceremony. It's ... More >>
A Russian journalist dies and once more Gabriel Allon, the mysterious Israeli agent/fine picture restorer, ends up back in Moscow, a place he loathes, a place where he almost died once. Bestselling thriller writer Daniel Silva has gone to the new Moscow, one of sudden self-made millionaires working ... More >>
Without U.S. participation, the first-ever global-warming treaty was doomed to only partial success. Will Bali be better?
A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions
You've never heard of him, but Mike Willcox is one of the best on the planet at what he does
Why Houston should want a nuclear power plant
A discussion of non-Christmas Christmas music
Remembering the movies that heated up cinemas this year
Warriors of the right take their battle against the left to the streets of New York
Bill White steps into his own political spotlight
Spoiled meat, fermented mare's milk and a president who says he'd rip off his kid's head -- such is Wil Wuerdig's life as a musician in Central Asia
The Dixie Chicks and other musicians are fighting for their rights -- and a bigger check
Vietnamese food served with a side of fresh perspectives
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Web designer George Kalas wanted to re-fight the Civil War. Instead, he started one in his own movement.
Svetlana offers a taste of Mother Russia -- in more ways than one
A former employee calls into question BFI's freshly scrubbed image
According to a UH professor, his "perceived disability" is one