Early voting for the Houston city council run-off races starts Wednesday. Two years ago, this was the arena where Helena Brown managed to unseat her incumbent rival, and the upcoming run-off is pretty much a blast from the past when it comes to the District A seat. The turnout for the run-off elect ... More >>
Controversial District A council member Helena Brown has been forced into a runoff against Brenda Stardig, a former holder of the seat. With 97 percent of the precincts reporting, Brown had 38 percent of the vote and Stardig 29 percent. Mike Knox had almost 20 percent. Brown needed to get more tha ... More >>
Pitt is the dad you want at the end of the world.
More than tunnels and tourist traps.
Oh, this is why we have car chases.
One of the best courses I took in high school was an elective entitled "Islam and the West." Examining the cultural, political, and literary borderlands between the two spheres, the course provided some of the most educational and edifying lessons as anything I'd found at my school. Those lessons, n ... More >>
One of Houston's Fifty Most Influential Women?
We had a major WTF moment when we saw that Houston Woman Magazine had named conspiracy theorist/elected leader Helena Brown as one of the city's "50 Most Influential Women" of 2012. According to a statement by publisher Beverly Denver, "Influential people are often charismatic individuals with a v ... More >>
White truffle season has finally arrived after a delay in the harvest thanks to weather issues in Italy. And as a result of that weather delay, the white truffle supply is somewhat limited this year -- so the truffles that are already Italy's most expensive (costing upwards of $350 an ounce) are mor ... More >>
BY JEFF ROCHE, LA WEEKLY Halloween is the time where it's acceptable to wallow in the creepy, the crawly, the dark, and the macabre. Sounds like the themes of heavy metal, year-round! Here then, are those most spine-tingliest metal album covers, for your All Hallow's Eve viewing pleasure. Step insi ... More >>
Let's face it: Texas is often the butt of our nation's jokes. Nearly every day, The New York Times shares some of our less savory idiosyncrasies with readers across the country. Today it's voter discrimination by our state's legislature. Yesterday it was Lubbock County Judge Tom Head's plans to rise ... More >>
Texas Republican voters finally jumped to their senses Tuesday and followed the clarion call of Sarah Palin by electing Ted Cruz to the U.S. Senate over pallid insider David Dewhurst. The upset was the latest bit of rebellion from the Tea Party, adding to the footnotes that will be written in poli ... More >>
Some say the councilwoman known for her diatribes is influenced by senior adviser William Park, who last year was banned from the investments industry.
Note: This article was written by Rolando Rodriguez and Marco Torres. In March of this year, Houston beat the likes of Los Angeles and New York as the most ethnically diverse metropolitan area in the country and that landmark development was mainly due to the growth of Latinos. Back in 1990, Latin ... More >>
Jandek Big Star Bar April 1, 2012 The first time I saw Jandek live, I learned to leave whatever I had been expecting in another room. That was Rudyard's in April 2009, and I had been expecting (correctly or not) some kind of solo Bill Callahan-like avant-folk implosion, and got a trio playing a sol ... More >>
More than 200 soldiers are suing KBR for knowingly exposing them to toxic chemicals in Iraq, whose effects started with nose bleeds and could end with cancer. KBR says that didn't happen. But even if it did, the company isn't responsible. Taxpayers are.
White House Photographic Office, Clinton AdministrationAs recognized by the United Nations, today is Mandela Day, honoring the birthday of the beloved South African president, humanitarian, and all-around badass Nelson Mandela, who turns 93. Mandela is a living legend, leader, hero and inspir ... More >>
God is on line two, with a campaign contribution.If you take as a given -- which you should -- that it's going to be awhile before a moderate ever gets elected to the U.S. Senate from Texas, then you want your troglodyte senatorial candidates to be as entertainingly fringe as possible. So lo ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttTexas barbecue done right at Gatlin's.On Wednesday afternoon, I mused that some day I hoped for visitors to Houston to feel as excited about our dining scene as I was about New York City's. The sheer breadth and depth of ethnic and regional cuisines present here is ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttCrispy-skinned salmon atop cauliflower and ramps at Becco.I first visited New York City 17 years ago, for one day. I saw Times Square, the United Nations building, stayed in a ratty hotel, ate at a TGI Friday's and had my pocket cut, my wallet and camera stolen fro ... More >>
Photos by Craig Hlavaty
Congrats!! You're stuck next to Tea Party Dude!!It's coming, people: Thanksgiving. There's nothing you can do about it. You will not be allowed to sit around alone at home. If you're lucky, you'll be with friends or with a nice, fun, easy-going bunch of relatives. But not everyone's that lu ... More >>
Taylor and Kanye Need To Move the Hell On: The MTV Video Music Awards happened this past Sunday, so you had to know there was going to be at least one sizable fail in there somewhere, and of course they didn't disappoint. Taylor Swift took the stage and sang a melodramatic tune she'd written ... More >>
One Park Place, where you can't afford to live but at least you can afford to grocery shop.Ending once and for all the rumors that a Whole Foods was negotiating with Finger Companies to open a grocery store in the lobby of the glamorous new One Park Place residential tower downtown is the new ... More >>
Unlike neighboring Memorial, the Westchase district of Houston -- which runs roughly down the spine of Westheimer from Gessner to Dairy Ashford -- is brimming with some of the city's best and (happily) least expensive ethnic restaurants. Although you could eat at a place like J. Alexander's or Le Pe ... More >>
The Yes Men's cheerful quest for social justice.
Photographer Norman Gershman sheds some light on an often overlooked bit of history
We’ve always wondered about the provenance of our one-and-a-half year old dog, Maggie. That she defines mutt there can be no doubt: my wife picked her out from a litter of Heights pups that were to the canine world what the UN is to humans. Now, thanks to a Tennessee company called Biopet, we kno ... More >>
Midway through the Toronto film fest, and things are looking bleak
So, gals and guys, pull up a chair and let’s dish. Cuz Angie had her babies. This past weekend, she popped out a matched set, Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Leon (well la di da) to go with the bevy of Benetton babies she shares with Brad Pitt. The kiddos were born in France, of course. I guess ... More >>
DragonForce perform Monday, March 12, at the Verizon Wireless Theater, 520 Texas Avenue, 713-230-1666. Chimaira, He is Legend and Killswitch Engage also perform.
That whole talking animal genre? Let's be done with it
DiverseWorks goes apocalyptic in "Run For Your Lives!"
A new Afghani restaurant on Bissonnet offers a novel way to break your Ramadan fast
The Astros' first five NLCS games, as they happened
Meet Supestar diva Holly Woodlawn at the Houston Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Let's see with the last installment of our guilty-pleasures project
All talk and little action, The Interpreter doesn't even make sense
Can it be that Bernie and Ashton are better than Spencer and Sidney?
Rouge chef Edelberto Gonçalves is staying out of food fights
Plus: Been There, Din That; No Smut Glut; Cursory Check
For Nick Cooper, music and politics are hard to separate
Ranch Rescue's Jack Foote swears he just wants to mend fences. Is pseudomilitary secrecy, right-wing rhetoric and an armed vigilante militia the best way?
Director Rod Lurie's nuclear debate blows up in his face
The Brownstone tries to welcome the new while appreciating the old