The presidential campaigns are ramping up, even though the heavy action doesn't come until after the conventions and Labor Day. But while we still have time, perhaps it's best to take one last look at White House activity that doesn't include attack ads, policy positions or focus-group polling. Le ... More >>
Tomorrow is May Day. It doesn't mean a lot in the U.S., but in many nations it's their version of Labor Day. Back in the day, when there was such a thing as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, May Day was a big, big deal. Soviet leaders would stand on a huge stage as mighty missiles, demonstra ... More >>
From Stalin to Putin
The Russian artists of "Perestroika" turn the past into something new.
Jerry Patterson, proud member of Team ObamaIn the furious, never-ending effort by Texas politicians to distance themselves from the Beltway, few are more emphatic than Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson of Pasadena. In his most recent race he ran a radio ad that not only featured a DC residen ... More >>
Any day we end with a picture of the Texas flag is a good day in our book.A while back, Rocks Off wrote about how, thanks to a combination of personal taste and certain technological twists of fate, our listening options at the office are somewhat limited. Quite limited, really: Basically The Arr ... More >>
Rocks Off has always been a fan of symbolism, hidden meanings and puzzles in general, so besides Raymond Chandler, Stephen King and Larry McMurtry, our favorite form of "lit-rah-chah" is allegorical stuff like George Orwell's Animal Farm, William Golding's Lord of the Flies and Edgar Allan Po ... More >>
Each Tuesday and Thursday for the next few weeks, we'll be taking a look at alternatives to cokes for the sticky Houston summer that lies ahead Yes, that's right. Leninade. According to the bottle, it's "a taste worth standing in line for." And that's not the only pun the kids at Real Soda h ... More >>
Gregorio Luke goes off the wall
FotoFest sifts through thousands of images to find gold.
Chris Strong/ Drag City Last Friday, Rocks Off had the distinct pleasure of talking to Mayo Thompson, the man behind psychedelic (or not) art-rockers The Red Krayola, whose career spans the early days of Houston label International Artists, the art worlds of New York and Europe in the '70s, a sti ... More >>
A Czech artist escapes his past in the Station's "Necessity."
Eighty-six years ago this Thursday, Lenin died. In honor of this historical marker, and because we were drawn to the Cyrillic characters on their labels, we sample two brews from St. Petersburg. Baltika labels its beers with numbers at the top of their necks. We tried No. 6, the porter, and ... More >>
With the recent addition of Karachi, Pakistan, Houston now is a sister to 18 other cities around the world. Hair Balls is on the case - we studied all of them so you wouldn't have to. See the first half here.Sister: Luanda, AngolaHow we are sisterly: Houston's only African sister is yet another sea ... More >>
Opposition is a Commodity in Sundance Docs.
The Edukators terrorize the rich by...rearranging their furniture
A cop learns the pain of piercing
"Eyes Wide Open" brings statistics to life
Break out the vodka -- The Nightfly tours Houston's Russian-themed bars
Warriors of the right take their battle against the left to the streets of New York
Bobbindoctrin offers up a lighthearted look at tyranny
50 First Dates is a patchy toss-off strictly for Sandler fans
Light rail's first day brings one high after another
Houston pitches in to help an ailing Austinite; also: Dennis Kucinich hits the hip-hop hustings
Red Star serves up a Russian theme with its martinis
A marathon through the downtown tunnel, a rowing venue in a flooded Katy Freeway, the javelina throw -- how splendid, how Houston!
"The Inward Eye" is blind to all but your feelings
Jennifer Steinkamp and Sharon Engelstein bring back the big and bold.
McDonald's has it their way - in your museum, church and even in print
Painter Vladimir Gorsky learned how to work the system in the Soviet Union for personal gain. He discovered that things operate much the same way in America.
Tom Stoppard's Travesties offers both
May 20 - 26, 1999
It's a bare-knuckled fight for gory glory in this Texas twist on an ancient form known as submission fighting