We've known for some time that the American Constitution, that yellowed document containing all our inalienable and God-given rights, was a special slip of parchment. The first of its kind, we've been told. The example. The lodestar. The exceptional. But recent research, publicized last week in Blo ... More >>
Score another coup for the newly famous East Texas town of Carthage: the town Richard Linklater, Jack Black and Sonny Carl Davis put on the map for its eccentric views on punishing murderers now has scoreboard on the entire state -- nay, the whole entire world of high school athletics. Literally. W ... More >>
I love a good burger. While I always enjoy the regular patty on a bun with cheese, lettuce, tomato and ketchup (as long as it's cooked at least medium rare), sometimes I like to put a twist or two on tradition. In this series of posts, I'm globalizing the burger by revamping it according to other co ... More >>
Graduation galas, pool parties, summer weddings -- the high event season soon will be upon us, once Easter and Passover have passed. Unless you're a pro at throwing parties or you're going potluck, odds are you're going to need a caterer. And in a city so full of catering companies, how do you choos ... More >>
It's no surprise that the Web sites for the University of Texas's Daily Texan and their cartoonist Stephanie Eisner are overloaded at the moment. That's because an astonishing Eisner cartoon on the Trayvon Martin case is whipping `round the Web. Gawker, among others, has highlighted it. Thanks to ... More >>
Here's a riddle: If the Texas Attorney General sues a drug manufacturer for allegedly lying about the safety and efficacy of one of its antipsychotics, why would the state agency that oversees the foster care system still allow that drug to be given to kids as young as three? Why would the s ... More >>
Love tunnels not includedA while back we presented a dozen of the most beautiful bridges in Texas, a state most people don't normally associate with bridges. They associate it even less with tunnels. Texas isn't exactly a mountainous state, and wherever there's a big outcropping there's gene ... More >>
Could the UT/A&M rivalry be legislated into continued existence?Texas has a long-standing tradition of creating odd laws to fit nearly every circumstance. Hell, we have an official song for our state flower. But one has to wonder if State Senator Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands) may be taking ... More >>
Finally putting an end to unrelenting speculation, rumor and hand-wringing from colleges, media and sports radio, the Southeastern Conference formally accepted Texas A&M University into its conference Sunday, ending A&M's tenure in the Big 12 and leaving the future of that conference very muc ... More >>
UT study touts teen relationships
Maybe, just maybe, Texas A&M is about to stop being the University of Texas-Austin's bitch. On Thursday, the Texas A&M Board of Regents will meet in a closed-door, informational confab, according to a San Antonio Express-News report, to discuss the Longhorn Network, a 24-hour-a-day channel ... More >>
University of Texas alum and a Solomon among wine writers, my friend Eric Asimov likes to tease me about some of my favorite pairings with Texan cuisine, like "oxidative" wines from Jura, France, with my mother-in-law's Chex Mix. (An oxidative wine is a wine that was made by purposely exposin ... More >>
Coogs pushing hard in Austin.The University of Houston is the last holdout in a vote to set the funding distribution method out of a voter-backed endowment devoted to ramping up the number of nationally ranked universities in Texas. The University of Texas and Texas A&M University are the st ... More >>
The OnionThirty years ago today, Bob Marley passed away from cancer at the young age of 36. According to one joke, it took three days to bury him because his coffin kept jammin'. Bada bum. That's not even our favorite. Earlier this year, Dan Turner, press secretary to Mississippi Governor an ... More >>
William McRaven: Knows a pyramid lede when he sees one.Don't mess with journalism majors!! A lesson Osama bin Laden learned to his regret recently; the last thoughts through his diseased mind were no doubt about how journalism -- especially University of Texas journalism -- had triumphed aga ... More >>
UTMB gets hit by PETA complaints about experimentsPETA, fresh off claiming a victory over NASA about monkey experiments, has a new target in its sights: The University of Texas medical branch in Galveston. PETA has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture alleging "abuse and ... More >>
A University of Texas student claims to have beaten the all-time high score for Rock Band 2, setting a Guinness World Record after successfully completing all 84 songs in the video game in one sitting. It took Matt Smith, a civil engineering junior, seven hours to play through all the songs on ex ... More >>
Billy Gibbons and other Houstonians share their favorite Astros memories.
New works by this painter take you to another realm
Tomorrow night at Walter's On Washington, three Houston bands throw down their first gigs of 2010. For Roky Moon & Bolt they have a new album in the offing and the future seems pretty clear cut. They are riding into this new year with quite an amount of steam behind them from most all the mus ... More >>
STUNTA "I'm 100" Music Video from G Films on Vimeo. The last time Rocks Off hooked up with Stunta, there was lots of talk about "keeping it 100." "When I say I'm bein' 100 I'm basically sayin' I'm being 100 percent authentic, 100 percent true to myself and to anybody else," he says. "So to say 'Kee ... More >>
Feeling like hopping out of town? A quick trip to Austin may be in order. Café Medici is a great destination for coffee there. With two unique locations offering quality espresso made by professional baristas - in the Clarksville neighborhood (1101 West Lynn) and on the notoriously busy Univ ... More >>
During the Washington, D.C. sniper hunt of 2002, you didn't want to be the person who owned a white van in that metropolitan area. That's because the alleged sniper, who randomly killed ten people and critically injured three, was supposedly driving one. Everyone was looking for that vehicle des ... More >>
Just when it looked like UTMB might leave Galveston forever, local legislators saved it.
Meyerland native Chef Sara Brook oversees the mini-empire known as the Dessert Gallery Bakery and Café, with three Houston-area locations. An entrepreneurial spirit, Brook previously owned a bakery, The Executive Sweet, and a chocolate sauce company, The Great Chocolate Cover Up, and hopes ... More >>
Photo by don schulteThe folks at the gun-control organization The Brady Center are crowing over their victory in Texas. All you gun-loving yahoos couldn't pass a bill allowing concealed weapons on college campuses, the center all but said, and nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah."Common sense is alive and well in T ... More >>
Texas BBQ is a new book of photographs from University of Texas Press by photographer Wyatt McSpadden, a longtime contributor to Texas Monthly and a verifiable barbecue fanatic. McSpadden was on the SXSW barbecue panel with me a couple of months ago, and we signed books afterward and talked for a wh ... More >>
Brazos Bookstore hosts a poet who likes to play doctor
Adam Schreiber looks beyond the obvious
A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions
Joe Ely performs on Thursday, December 28, at Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, 713-862-3838.
Some students revolt against soaring college textbook costs
A Carnaval celebration, Austin-style
Which Houston restaurants are swapping pork for veal?
An exhibition pays tribute to holocaust victims at a camp for women
Two University of Texas graduate students record small-town Texas life in Truth I Ever Told
Is there a Houston Press Music Award jinx?
Will the Chronicle's celebration turn up the headlines of August 24, 1917?
Hard-line leaders such as loopy Stephen Mansfield have taken their agenda to the Court of Criminal Appeals, where legal precedents--not prosecutions--get overturned
February 18 - 24, 1999
Three disarming and mesmerizing installations at DiverseWorks