• Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    The Marcus Smart Outrage: Taking Up For The Player

    "There is such a thing as manners. A way of treating people. These fish have manners! They have manners." -- Jerry Maguire It's times like Saturday when Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart probably wishes he had just cashed in his chips and been a top five pick in last year's NBA Draft. In c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    First Look at The Nook Cafe, UH's New Coffee Shop

    Every college campus needs its own special coffee shop -- something other than Starbucks, at least. For me, it was Common Grounds at Baylor University. Just on the outskirts of the campus you could find a crowd of students sipping on the signature Cowboy Coffee made with the Daily Joe, half-and-half ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: J. Cole, Avenged Sevenfold, John Fogerty, etc.

    J. Cole Reliant Arena, October 18 Perhaps it's the diversity of J. Cole's parental influences -- his mom raised him on folk and classic rock, while his dad added Tupac and Outkast -- that makes his style so diverse and insightful. Or perhaps it's the higher learning that Cole acquired while on full ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    World's Largest Volcano Named After the Aggies. What Other Geographic Landmarks Might Texas Schools Be Named For?

    As if Texas A&M, with Johnny Manziel, the move to the SEC and the first real winning team in forever, wasn't insufferable enough, now comes word that the world's largest (inactive) volcano has been named Tamu Massif (massif is the French word for "massive" which must thrill Aggies to know the stinki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    West Moves Forward (Sues) As Senate Tells EPA Just How Much They Screwed Up

    It's been more than two months since the explosion at the West, Texas fertilizer factory left the little town looking like a nuclear bomb had been dropped on it. Since then, the hits have kept on coming. The townspeople have gone about trying to rebuild their home without the help of disaster reli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    We Don't Get an Actual Shuttle, but We Get a Chance to Name a Fake One!

    Houston has long maintained a kind of inferiority complex. Even now after publications from coast to coast have proclaimed our surprising hipness, we still get things stuck in our craw. Case in point, not getting a space shuttle for Space Center Houston. Plagued by the insipid overuse of "Houston, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Man Steals Ribs, Gets 50 Years (Don't Mess with the Barbecue)

    Barbecue is a serious thing in Texas. You may have come over and kicked your neighbor's cat, trampled the flowers and generally been a no-good, no-account rascal, but even then you know not to mess with the meat. Well, a Waco man obviously didn't heed this cardinal rule, because he tried to steal a ... More >>

  • Music

    April 25, 2013

    Mr. Record Man: Willie Nelson

    In the Houston of 1959 and 1960, Willie Nelson was just another unknown musician. But not for long.

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: 20 Things Everyone Thinks About Houston (But Won't Say)

    From the Gutt: Riffing on last week's post from First We Feast which listed 20 things "everyone thinks about the food world (but nobody will say)" is local blogger Tom Gutting, who normally writes about wine but has now made me wish he'd write about other food-related topics with much more regularit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Houston's 10 Best Bathrooms to Bang In

    "It's a list of bathrooms to fuck in, not Homer's Odyssey. Don't go over-thinking it." My girlfriend hurled this sage wisdom at me earlier this week as I planned my trek to nearly two dozen bars I visited to compile this list. If nothing else, I am sure the Greek poet would respect my legwork. Th ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 20, 2012

    Where to Eat on Christmas Day

    Your stress-free dining guide to the holidays.

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    10 Dishes We're Excited About on Houston Restaurants' New Fall Menus

    Roost Bistro is one of the restaurants with an exciting fall menu. Fall means looking forward to more than just oyster season, chili cook-offs and pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks. It means that plenty of our favorite restaurants (and, yes, bars too) across the city are issuing new seasonal menus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    "Laredo Is Safe": Six Tourism Billboards That Suck Just as Bad

    It seems that violence from drug cartels on the other side of the border has caused a real image problem for the formerly booming tourist industry in Laredo. So now the city is fighting back with its "Laredo Is Safe" campaign, which includes 17 billboards placed around the state. We respect and und ... More >>

  • Music

    August 9, 2012
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    June 18, 2012

    Saturday: 93Q's "A Day In the Country" at The Woodlands

    93Q's "A Day In the Country" Featuring Dierks Bentley, Chris Cagle, Jana Kramer, Wade Bowen, Ronnie Dunn, Thomas Rhett, Dustin Lynch and Lost Trailers Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Saturday, June 16, 2012 For the most part, 93Q's "A Day In the Country" was one Texas-sized pleasant surprise Saturd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2012

    Josh Samples of BRC Was Once in a David Byrne Movie and Keeps It "Clasual"

    This week, I paid a visit to the Big Red Cock on Shepherd. It was happy hour, snacks were half off and they were knocking $2 off all drafts so a little happy hour-ing somehow morphed into a sort of dinner / me completely stuffing myself. I "tried" the charred brisket chile con queso, the mini beer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Top 10 Worst Sports Stadiums, In Honor Of ASU's "Tampon With Wings"

    This week, Arizona State University unveiled artist renderings of an overhauled Sun Devil Stadium. The project, which will eliminate some 16,000 seats and install a canopy-type roof at the circa 1958 venue, was spearheaded by new ASU athletic director Steve Patterson. (If you remember, Patterson was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    Paula Powell: Complains of Sexual Harassment; Ordered to Write Essay on Improving Her Attitude, She Says

    Paula Powell says she was working in the corporate offices of Waco's Assisted Living Centers for a little more than three years before she began being sexually harassed by a supervisor. She complained to the company about the behavior, she says in a lawsuit, and the company took action: She was ord ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Clifton Grasham-Reeves and Kaci Pomerenke: A Tale of Two Texas Sex Cases

    Is the Texas justice system simply a crapshoot? Is there still an enormous double standard when it comes to sex crimes? Or has Jerry Sandusky cast a huge shadow over future sentences for all those convicted of sex crimes against children? A while back we introduced you to the tale of Clifton Grash ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Mosquitoes: A Tiny, Highly Annoying Musical History

    ​The Texans are in first place (for now), the Texas Rangers may become the Lone Star State's first-ever World Series champions tomorrow (ouch), and early voting for the November 8 mayoral/City Council election started Monday. The Houston Press Music Awards showcase is less than three weeks awa ... More >>

  • Music

    August 25, 2011
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    August 18, 2010

    Bush's Chicken in Georgetown

    Tam Vo​As a Baylor Bear, I always do two things when visiting Waco: eat at Bush's Chicken and then regret eating so much at Bush's Chicken. It seems most colleges or universities have their own local food joint that started out by surviving on the continual stream of students spending Mommy an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Rand Paul's Aqua Buddha: Another Baylor Mystery

    Aqua Buddah, God -- it's all good​Rand Paul, son of our own Ron Paul and -- hard as it may be to believe -- a serious contender to become the U.S. Senator from Kentucky -- (well, maybe the "Kentucky" part is not that hard to believe) is in the news today because of a brief item from GQ.It addresse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Soyrizo: Even Better Than The Real Thing?

    Vegan migas con chorizo​The reason I first started eating Soyrizo had nothing to do with health concerns or the welfare of the animals that were going into the tasty Mexican sausage with the trademark bright-orange grease. No, it was a much more selfish reason than that. I was living in a sma ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    This Week In Deliciousness

    Whataburger stickers, coming soon to a hipster near you.Welcome back to Eating Our Words' weekly round-up, the only place in town still selling Mrs. Lovett's Meat Pies out of the back of our station wagon. Speaking of suspicious meat, this week started off with a rather angry rebuking of inner-skirt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Midtown's, er, Houston's Favorite Shots

    Photo by bichromephotoThe last time I can recall doing a shot, I was in college at a townie bar called Tom Cat's. The shots were being passed around in test tubes - a very novel idea to a 20-year-old who'd never consumed alcohol outside of Waco, Texas. I slugged back two Buttery Nipples - a shot m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2009

    Swine Flu Can't Beat (A Carefully Wrapped) God

    With what is surely the Black Plague of the 21st Century bearing down on all our souls, the last place anyone wants to worry about swine flu is church. So some institutions, like the Austin Diocese, are suspending or altering communion.The story in the Waco Tribune includes a letter issued by the Au ... More >>

  • Music

    March 19, 2009
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    February 4, 2009

    The Roosevelt Special at the Original in Fort Worth

    Commenting on the Palmetto Inn's Number #10 Dinner, a plate of cheese enchiladas with chili and queso Jim Sherman wrote: "Needs a sunnyside-up fried egg on top!" That reminded me of another famous Tex-Mex dish--the "Roosevelt Special" at the Original Mexican Eats Café on Camp Bowie Boulevard in For ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    Baylor Says That's Not A Noose, That's A Swing

    The president of Baylor University has sent out an e-mail to students and staff explaining that a rope, found hanging from a tree on Election Day, was not a noose. President David Garland said students had come forward to explain the rope was merely the remnants of a swing that they had tried to bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2008
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    August 21, 2008

    The "Boom Goes The Dynamite" Guy Gets A Job In Texas

    He became an Internet phenomenon -- and not the good kind -- providing achingly uncomfortable moments of YouTube viewing and the immortal phrase "Boom goes the dynamite." Now he has a job. In Texas. Brian Collins was a Ball State freshman when he was tapped as a fill-in sports host on the student- ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 5, 2008

    Bootlegging Dr Pepper

    The demand for sugar-sweetened Dublin Dr Pepper has never been higher — just ask the bootleggers

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2008

    Drenched in Blog: Dr. Pepper, Axl Rose and Chinese Democracy

    Dr. Pepper, that little old soda company from Waco, has jumped onboard the Chinese Democracy Hating Train that began sometime at the end of Bill Clinton's second term in office. Everyone knows that Guns N' Roses frontman Howard Hughes (I mean Axl Rose) has been working on this Spruce Goose for the ... More >>

  • Music

    December 27, 2007

    Music Deaths

    The Greil Marcus Rock Death Meter returns

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2007
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    August 14, 2007

    $13 at Edwards Marq*e on the Katy Freeway

    Where: Edwards Houston Marq*e 23 & IMAX, 7620 Katy Freeway, 800-326-3264 What $13 gets you: Heartburn and a stretched bladder. I went for the well-rounded approach (and no, that’s not a fat joke), ordering a gourmet hot dog ($4), a soft pretzel ($4) and a large drink ($5). The two girls behind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2007
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    February 13, 2003

    Protesting Peace

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

  • Music

    May 16, 2002

    Nappy Roots

    Watermelon, Chicken and Gritz (Atlantic)

  • Music

    July 26, 2001

    Billy Joe's Blues

    Billy Joe Shaver has known great blessings and great curses

  • News

    July 13, 2000

    Death Row Show

    The media makes causes of more and more capital murder convicts. Meanwhile, John Albert Burks dies almost unnoticed, just another inmate moving along on the efficient execution assembly line of Texas justice.

  • Film

    April 6, 2000
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    July 22, 1999

    Learning Curves

    Charter school scandals are teaching Texas a hard lesson -- one the state should have known fouryears and $77 million ago

  • Music

    March 11, 1999
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    April 9, 1998
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    January 1, 1998
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    July 18, 1996

    Troubleshooter for the Millennium

    Suddenly, as the year 2000 approaches, Phillip Arnold's study of first-century apocalyptic Christians is more than a scholarly pursuit

  • News

    February 2, 1995

    It's Joe B.'s World

    In the Kingdom of Bob, lawyer Joe B. Allen is the prime minister of vested interests

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