Virginia Commonwealth University

  • News

    September 13, 2012

    Santa Muerte: Patron Saint of the Drug War

    Need help killing someone? Or cementing a drug deal? This may be the saint for you.

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    Rape, Scandal, Greed and Cockfighting -- The 2011 Sports Year In Review

    2011: Penn State's horrible year​You know how, in the series 24, the way a season unfolds? How just when you think there has been some sort of resolution to the bad guys being bottled up, right then and there a new (often worse) layer is introduced, and ultimately in like Hour 22 Jack Bauer wi ... More >>

  • News

    November 3, 2011

    Lost Boys

    New research demolishes the stereotype of the underage sex worker — and sparks an outbreak of denial among child-sex-trafficking alarmists nationwide.

  • Culture

    September 29, 2011

    Double Jeopardy

    Seth Alverson painted exact duplicates of his unsold artworks and hung them side by side to sell as sets. Is this an exercise in futility, an act of genius or both?

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Golf -- My Masters Facelift

    Cue the pyro and short skirts....​First, for those asking, my second annual recap of Jim Rome's Smack Off radio show will be up tomorrow sometime. If you missed my first one last year, it was a true tour de force. It, too, went up nearly four days after the actual event, so my procrastination ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Jonathan's the Rub Sweeps the 2011 Burger Bracket

    Photos by Dawn McGeeRicky Craig, owner of Hubcap Grill, constructed one of 32 burgers.​Virginia Commonwealth University may not have advanced to play in last night's national championship NCAA game, but another underdog team ended up sweeping a Final Four at yesterday's 2011 Burger Bracket Cha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Exclusive: New Restaurant Opening Today in Time for NCAA Weekend

    Chef Martin Hamish is ready to take all comers at The Dark Horse.​Been wondering about the construction going on at 363 Travis near Market Square in downtown? Wonder no longer. The Houston Press has received an exclusive press release from Scottish celebrity chef Martin Hamish about the new g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Final Four Astrology: It's UK and Butler, Sayeth the Stars

    UConn's Jim Calhoun out of a job?​You probably want to know who's going to win the two semifinal games Saturday, just so you can place a bet or two. Fortunately, there is a scientifically based, rigorous system of analysis that is foolproof in predicting such things: Astrology. At least that' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    The Four Best Final Fours of the "One Shining Moment" Era (w/ VIDEO)

    Hopefully more shining and less Hudson this year​Some of you mistook my piece on Monday as my not being excited for the Final Four this weekend in Houston. That couldn't be further from the truth. I am incredibly excited to have the event here in our town, for a couple reasons: 1. I'm a Con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Dear Ms. Judd, Welcome to Houston

    Dear Ashley, welcome to Houston. I'll be in the press section, come find me.​Dear Ms. Ashley Judd: I want to take this opportunity to welcome you to my hometown of Houston, Texas. Now I know you've visited our fine place before, especially several years ago when you were here with your race ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Final Four Fashion: What Not to Wear to the Big Dance

    The Final Four have finally been determined, and one thing is clear: They were not chosen on the basis of the best-looking uniforms. Instead, wildly arbitrary standards such as "winning games" or some such thing were used to see who got their ticket punched to Houston. With two, not just one, Cinde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Eating Our Words Burger Bracket: The Final Four

    Illustration by Doug Mac​Yesterday, a scrappy underdog team from Virginia Commonwealth University upset the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks to advance to the NCAA Final Four here in Houston, blowing many people's college basketball brackets entirely to hell. Well, burger fans, prepare to have your ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Recalibrated Final Four Scenarios (and Jim Rome on a Mobile)

    ​By the time you read this space on Monday, we will know which four lucky schools have qualified for the Final Four and are headed to Houston to enjoy our weather, our ladies and our Tex-Mex. (I can now include "ladies" because BYU has been eliminated from the tournament. Houston will remain ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    NCAA Sweet Sixteen Central

    What the hell happened to Leslie Visser?​It's generally accepted that the first two full days of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament provide the greatest two-day watching/gambling/drinking/eating experience annually, for obvious reasons: 1. Whether by illness, approved vacation, or planned s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    NCAA Sweet 16: So, How Are Your Brackets Looking?

    There's still a chance I sit courtside next to Ashley Judd at the Final Four​As we prepare for the Sweet 16, here are some of the things we learned from the first weekend of games of the NCAA Tournament. 1. Maybe Seth Greenberg's supporters should have been bitching about too many schools fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    NCAA Days Three and Four -- Winners and Losers

    March madness underway.​Well, I'm guessing that this past weekend of basketball is not how the money people behind the Final Four's coming to Houston drew it up on the chalkboard. In a tournament that already had last year's regional darling Baylor on the outside looking in, the only two Te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    NCAA Day One -- Winners and Losers

    Need some downtime for the NCAA tourney? Try a vasectomy.​Yes, you read that headline correctly -- yesterday was "Day One" of the NCAA Tournament. Not Tuesday! Despite what the NCAA propaganda machine will tell you, the greatest single two-week period of sports during the calendar year is not ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 17, 2009

    Happy 30th

    As Lawndale reaches maturity, the Houston art community waxes nostalgic.

  • Calendar

    December 19, 2002

    Not Just a White Christmas

    African-American Santas park their sleighs at Texas Southern University