Photos by David EnsmingerThe Mydolls' Dianna Ray and Kathy Johnston at Rudyard's, July 2011Sometimes people come into our lives with the force, elegance and nimbleness of water. Musician, photographer, and patient advocate Kathy Johnston, the Mydolls guitarist and percussionist who passed awa ... More >>
While the history of how Petite Sirah came to be known as Petite Sirah is completely confusing, we do know that it is a varietal that originated in the 1880s and was soon after introduced to California. The other name for this grape is Durif, whose namesake is Dr. Francois Durif, the French g ... More >>
Six playwrights consider the importance of photography
Dream of Life, the 2008 documentary about Patti Smith, opens with Smith's own narration of the many loved ones she's outlived over the years. Among those names are her husband, MC5 guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith; her brother Todd; and controversial photographer and close friend Robert Mapplethorpe. ... More >>
What rhymes with success?
O Pioneers!!! turns growing up into unrelenting punk rock.
Is 166 the creepy factor?
Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org. If we were forced by thr ... More >>
A great American folklorist has spent a life squirreling away bits and pieces of Texas culture. Now time is running out on him and his inventory.
A group of unsupervised mental patients running from Katrina made it from New Orleans to Houston. Victor Fruge led the way.
Vic Chesnutt died 20 years ago. Catch him live this week.
H.C. Westermann was the quintessential American artist
Martin Scorsese looks at the roots of New York's violence, with mixed results
Singer-songwriter Tom Russell explores his past to understand his present
Selling his novel on the streets of Houston got Abram Himelstein in trouble. He's ready to give as good as he got.
Kerouac-inspired, Austin-based Guy Forsyth trips out in Americana dream
Alley production richly captures spirit of the strife
The ultimate man's movie is back -- and longer than ever
At home and (sort of) away, Radio 1320's Gonzalez and Rojas bring the basketball action to Houston's international audience