For over a decade, Bob McNair has been given the benefit of the doubt when it comes to his ownership of the Houston Texans. "He brought football back to Houston and he spent a billion dollars to do it," is the familiar refrain. Part of that sentence is true. After the Oilers left, he most certainly ... More >>
All of Houston's original six wards are rich with history, but none captivate me quite as much as the Third Ward. Once home to the city's wealthiest residents, the area just southeast of downtown has gone through a tremendous amount of change since it was first established in 1836. The Third Ward h ... More >>
With the booming blasts that sounded off like a 21-gun salute, spectators gathered as Houston said goodbye to the Ben Milam Hotel on Sunday, December 9, 2012. The 80-year-old building that stood across from Union Station had been closed since the 1970s and was imploded to make room from a 380 unit a ... More >>
Who knew we in Houston were sitting on such a gold mine of urban planning? A lot of us, actually, especially the ones who take time out to enjoy Buffalo Bayou. Now that strip leading to downtown is getting some more of the recognition it deserves, as the American Planning Association has named it ... More >>
We've had some good results when our Abrahan Garza has roamed the Houston streets mashing up present-day scenes with old photographs. Today, as part of our annual Best of Houston® issue, he's at it again. "Houston: Now & Then" takes a look at how the city has evolved -- or hasn't. Garza hunts up ... More >>
See our slideshow of photos from Wine and Food Week 2012. This past week, The Woodlands hosted its Wine and Food Week 2012, sponsored by H-E-B. Most of the events, including wine and cheese tastings, multi-course dinners and conversations with winemakers, were held in The Woodlands, with one impor ... More >>
Food and wine lovers, rejoice. Just a few short days away is a big-time celebration of gourmet cuisine and marvelous vino. The annual Woodlands festival, put on by the event-planning extraordinaires at Food and Vine Time Productions, and now in its eighth year, is slated to draw more than 10,000 att ... More >>
It's time for another look at vintage Houston photos mashed with their present-day locations. Since the last post, people have asked why I am doing this, and it's never just one answer. Houston needs to be remembered for its go-get-`em-everything-is-bigger-in-Texas ways. I've heard people complain ... More >>
Boy, the Houston media is in a tizzy about George Clooney today. The King of Hollywood is in town this evening as part of the "Brilliant Lecture Series" at the Wortham Center. (Celebrity With a Cause Alert: Clooney, who will be interviewed by Houston socialite Lynn Wyatt, will probably discuss his a ... More >>
Marco TorresYesterday at about midday at Zilker, a front of dark clouds began drizzling on us during J. Roddy Walston & The Business' set at the ginormo Bud Light, and the rain continues off and on until later in the afternoon. It was a welcome sight and feeling after months now of the jerky- ... More >>
Craig HlavatyColdplay at The Woodlands, July 2009Summer is creeping in, which means the fall concert calendars are filling up fast, and we should know which Austin City Limits Music Festival artists will book side dates in our area sooner rather than later. The standard disclaimer: Rocks Off ... More >>
Wednesday night, surf-guitar hero Dick Dale played to a packed Continental Club, in what Rocks Off's buddy Lonesome Onry and Mean and several others have since said was one of the best shows they've ever seen. The song that sent everyone home with their ears ringing and their fingers on fire ... More >>
It's New Release Tuesday, and this week's is one of the biggest days of the year, with new discs by the Foo Fighters, a reinvigorated Paul Simon and TV On The Radio leading the pack, plus a few other artists returning to the scene after a few years away from the limelight. Next week (April ... More >>
Brett Favre can't get out of the headlinesI hope everybody had a lovely Texans bye weekend (insert lame joke about "Texans giving up fewer than 300 yards passing to BYE" here), and that you're refreshed, rejuvenated and ready for the back half of the football season. I'm on vacation this week vis ... More >>
Robert Plant remembers Houston. In September 2008, the former Led Zeppelin singer and Allison Krauss were scheduled to play the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion behind their multiple Grammy-winning (and downright spectacular) Raising Sand album, but Hurricane Ike had other ideas, severely dam ... More >>
Rick Perry and Kay Bailey Hutchison are locked in a pitched battle over the soul of the GOP. They are also running for governor.
Photo by Aaron M. SprecherDrayton McLane and his so-called brain trust are supposed to start meeting this week to discuss names for the next manager of the Houston Astros.Brian McTaggart over at Astros.com throws out some of the usual names we would expect to hear -- Jim Fregosi (friend of Ed Wa ... More >>
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Last month, Metro had a big ol' ceremony to mark the groundbreaking on two new light-rail lines.Union Station was the scene, and a life-size mock version of a light-rail train was included, as this picture from Metro's blog shows:Photo courtesy MetroTo the accompaniment of music that was a lame c ... More >>
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Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse
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Minute Maid Park
Ralph Stanley and company come down from the mountain
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An "EastDo" diehard goes to the (name)plate against the Astros
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Neartown braces for the ultimate development war at City Hall
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The scale model of the proposed baseball stadium is in place, but not much else appears to be
Hispanic and African-American sports authority members want to make sure they're getting their fair share of the business
Downtown property owners say they were steamrollered by the Sports Authority
The Harris County-Houston Sports Authority is a parody of a public body. But who's got time for the niceties of democracy when you're trying to keep Drayton McLane happy?
A guide to who's who in the Press Music Awards ballot. Plus, the where and when of the Press Music Awards Showcase!
A group of weathy benefactors have a "gift" for the city. They say it won't cost taxpayers a nickel. But the fleecing may have already begun.