Vladimir Lenin

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Because It's Friday: 10 Great Photos Of Obama With Kids

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    For May Day: The Nine Leaders Of The USSR, Ranked On Hotness

    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 >>

  • Culture

    April 26, 2012
  • Culture

    April 19, 2012

    Back to the Classics

    The Russian artists of "Perestroika" turn the past into something new.

  • Culture

    December 15, 2011
  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Jerry Patterson Feels The Obama Magic, Joins Forces With Him

    Jerry Patterson, proud member of Team Obama​In 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Five Songs The Texas Legislature Will Never Make Official

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Inside "American Pie," Pop Music's Longest Allegory

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    A Cooler Coke: Leninade

    ​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 >>

  • Calendar

    April 22, 2010

    Murals Under the Stars

    Gregorio Luke goes off the wall

  • Culture

    April 22, 2010

    The Meeting Place

    FotoFest sifts through thousands of images to find gold.

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2010

    Inquiring Minds: An Hour With The Red Krayola Mastermind Mayo Thompson

    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 >>

  • Culture

    January 21, 2010

    Free Martin Zet

    A Czech artist escapes his past in the Station's "Necessity."

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Brew Blog: Baltika No. 6 and No. 4

    ​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 >>

  • Calendar

    March 26, 2009

    Andrei Codrescu

    Web exclusive!

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    The Sister Cities Of Houston: A Critical Appraisal, Part Two

    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 seap ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 21, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 20, 2007
  • Film

    February 1, 2007

    Dissent for Sale

    Opposition is a Commodity in Sundance Docs.

  • Film

    August 18, 2005

    Art of Rebellion

    The Edukators terrorize the rich by...rearranging their furniture

  • News

    April 21, 2005

    Renaissance Man

    A cop learns the pain of piercing

  • Calendar

    February 3, 2005

    War Is Afoot

    "Eyes Wide Open" brings statistics to life

  • Music

    January 6, 2005

    Back in the USSR

    Break out the vodka -- The Nightfly tours Houston's Russian-themed bars

  • News

    September 9, 2004

    Clash Course

    Warriors of the right take their battle against the left to the streets of New York

  • Calendar

    May 6, 2004

    Strange Heights

    Bobbindoctrin offers up a lighthearted look at tyranny

  • Film

    February 12, 2004

    Adam 'n' Heave

    50 First Dates is a patchy toss-off strictly for Sandler fans

  • News

    January 8, 2004

    Training Day

    Light rail's first day brings one high after another

  • Music

    December 11, 2003

    Rallying Round Al

    Houston pitches in to help an ailing Austinite; also: Dennis Kucinich hits the hip-hop hustings

  • Calendar

    August 28, 2003

    Vodka Venue

    Red Star serves up a Russian theme with its martinis

  • Music

    April 10, 2003
  • News

    August 29, 2002

    Olympic Moments

    A marathon through the downtown tunnel, a rowing venue in a flooded Katy Freeway, the javelina throw -- how splendid, how Houston!

  • Culture

    January 3, 2002

    An Introspective

    "The Inward Eye" is blind to all but your feelings

  • Culture

    October 18, 2001

    High-Tech Spectacle

    Jennifer Steinkamp and Sharon Engelstein bring back the big and bold.

  • Dining

    February 22, 2001

    You Deserve a Break Today

    McDonald's has it their way - in your museum, church and even in print

  • News

    February 22, 2001

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Capitalist

    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.

  • Culture

    June 3, 1999

    Bawdiness and Brains

    Tom Stoppard's Travesties offers both

  • Calendar

    May 20, 1999

    Night & Day

    May 20 - 26, 1999

  • News

    February 11, 1999
  • Dining

    April 16, 1998
  • News

    March 19, 1998

    Choke, Hit, Bash, Cha-Cha-Cha

    It's a bare-knuckled fight for gory glory in this Texas twist on an ancient form known as submission fighting