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  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    City Council Run-off Election Early Voting Starts Wednesday: Will Helena Brown Keep Her Seat?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Glenn Beck-esque Council Member Helena Brown Forced Into Runofff Against Brenda Stardig

    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 >>

  • Film

    June 20, 2013

    World War Z: When Zombies Go Global, All You Need Is Brad Pitt

    Pitt is the dad you want at the end of the world.

  • Dining

    May 23, 2013

    The 10 Best Downtown Restaurants

    More than tunnels and tourist traps.

  • Film

    May 23, 2013

    The Sublime Dumb Play of Fast & Furious 6

    Oh, this is why we have car chases.

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Islam, Communism, And Black Panthers Are Indoctrinating Texas Children -- Fingers Crossed!

    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 >>

  • News

    January 17, 2013

    Helena Brown

    One of Houston's Fifty Most Influential Women?

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Helena Brown: 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Upcoming Events: 'Tis the Truffle Season

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    The 25 Creepiest Heavy Metal Album Covers

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    Middle Eastern Wine for Xenophobic Times

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    Ted Cruz Is Here to Protect Texas from the UN

    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 >>

  • News

    July 5, 2012

    Who's Behind Helena Brown?

    Some say the councilwoman known for her diatribes is influenced by senior adviser William Park, who last year was banned from the investments industry.

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Rest Of The Best: Houston's Top 8 Latin Nights

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Last Night: Jandek At Big Star Bar

    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 >>

  • News

    February 16, 2012

    Blood Money

    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.

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Five Questionable Musical Tributes To Nelson Mandela

    White House Photographic Office, Clinton Administration​As 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Thank You, Lord: Dan Patrick May Run for Senate

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    10 Houston Restaurants Every Out-Of-Towner Should Visit

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    On Beards and Becco: Coming Down from New York City

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    SXSW: The 10 Best Of The Fest This Year

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    The 10 Worse Things About Family Thanksgivings

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    FAIL: Kanye And Taylor, Lupe Fiasco, Kings Of Leon

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    Phoenicia To Give Downtown A New Place To Grocery Shop

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    The 10 Best Places to Eat in Westchase

    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 >>

  • Film

    December 3, 2009

    Merry Pranksters

    The Yes Men's cheerful quest for social justice.

  • Calendar

    July 16, 2009

    "Besa: Muslims Who Saved Jews during the Holocaust"

    Photographer Norman Gershman sheds some light on an often overlooked bit of history

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008

    A Mutt, Just Like Obama

    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 >>

  • Film

    September 11, 2008

    Oh, Canada

    Midway through the Toronto film fest, and things are looking bleak

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2008

    So Angelina Jolie Had Her Babies

    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 >>

  • Dining

    February 28, 2008
  • Music

    March 8, 2007


    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.

  • Film

    November 16, 2006

    Dance of the Penguin

    That whole talking animal genre? Let's be done with it

  • Culture

    October 5, 2006

    The End of Days

    DiverseWorks goes apocalyptic in "Run For Your Lives!"

  • Dining

    October 5, 2006

    Dates and Camels

    A new Afghani restaurant on Bissonnet offers a novel way to break your Ramadan fast

  • News

    October 20, 2005

    Back to Busch

    The Astros' first five NLCS games, as they happened

  • Calendar

    September 8, 2005

    Walk on the Wild Side

    Meet Supestar diva Holly Woodlawn at the Houston Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

  • Music

    June 23, 2005

    How Low Can You Go?

    Let's see with the last installment of our guilty-pleasures project

  • Film

    April 21, 2005

    Lost in Translation

    All talk and little action, The Interpreter doesn't even make sense

  • Film

    March 24, 2005

    Who'd Guess

    Can it be that Bernie and Ashton are better than Spencer and Sidney?

  • News

    March 17, 2005
  • Dining

    October 30, 2003

    The Best Freedom Restaurant in Town?

    Rouge chef Edelberto Gonçalves is staying out of food fights

  • News

    February 13, 2003

    Protesting Peace

    Plus: Been There, Din That; No Smut Glut; Cursory Check

  • Music

    November 29, 2001

    Musicians Sound Off

    For Nick Cooper, music and politics are hard to separate

  • News

    March 1, 2001

    Tresspassers Will Be Prosecuted

    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?

  • Film

    April 27, 2000

    Seek Bomb Shelter

    Director Rod Lurie's nuclear debate blows up in his face

  • Dining

    June 27, 1996

    New World Order

    The Brownstone tries to welcome the new while appreciating the old

  • Calendar

    May 4, 1995
  • Dining

    May 4, 1995
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