If you want to thank a veteran on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of Normandy, head to the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. That's where the USS Texas rests as a museum ship. The 573-foot-long battleship is one of only six remaining ships to have been a part of both world w ... More >>
The Southern Poverty Law Center has released its 2014 map of hate groups, and we're so stoked over the 57 choices in Texas that we don't even know which one to join! Choices include Holocaust deniers, Nazis, black separatists, neo-Confederates, and that ol' chestnut of hate, the KKK. The Klan is es ... More >>
In Russian hit Stalingrad, the block busters you.
Clooney's actors shine, and that's almost enough.
Houston Grand Opera takes us on an amazing trip in presenting this opera left forgotten in Soviet archives.
Artist Luc Tuymans at the Menil is a better painter than curator of work done by himself and others.
Salinger would make Holden Caulfield puke.
Remember Halloween of yesteryear? Those decades when costumes weren't necessarily slutty and Oreo cookies came in one variety? Probably not, unless you're a Baby Boomer. If you've ever wondered what America's favorite October holiday (sorry, Columbus) was like in the 1940s and 1950s, here are five ... More >>
Being the parent of someone fighting in a war is no picnic, even if you're a president. In the modern era, several future or incumbent presidents had sons in the military in wartime. Some of those sons did much, some very little, one paid the ultimate price. Let's look, building up to that ultimat ... More >>
Okay, weird confession time. We have this...thing about Hitler. We fully recognize that he is singlehandedly responsible for some of the gravest atrocities of the last century, and that his very image is enough to strike fear into the hearts of men and women everywhere. We get that, and we are very ... More >>
That sub is OBVIOUSLY an October sun.Today is the 70the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Greatest Generation's 9/11. Since then the Day of Infamy has shown up in many movies, most notably 1970's Tora! Tora! Tora! and 2001's Pearl Harbor. Any such movie subjects itself to the ea ... More >>
We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>
Kishidan: How not to dress for an MTV appearanceHappy Adolf Hitler's Birthday!! Just try celebrating though. Wear one Nazi costume these days and you'll find yourself apologizing for weeks. Especially if you're, like, the prince of England or something. The world is full of people who though ... More >>
This week's cover story in the Houston Press details the case of Houston-based American Grocers and its owner Samir Itani, charged with shipping expired food to troops stationed in the Middle East and ripping off the government with bogus shipping costs. As noted in the story, "the case stretched ... More >>
An expert on Nazi medical practices shows us the stark reality of the Third Reich
Today is the anniversary of one of the truly momentous occasions in popular music: On March 23, 1958, Elvis Presley reported for induction into the U.S. Army, thus opening up a thousand alternate timelines for musical historians to formulate "What if he hadn't?" scenarios. For the next few years, ... More >>
Art one, politics zero
Today is Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. Commemoration takes many forms, from synagogue services and the recitation of the Kaddish to candlelight vigils to -- according to Wikipedia -- the "viewing of a Holocaust-themed film." In my opinion, the final cinematic word on the subject is 1985 ... More >>
If you're going to take an ad in your newspaper, it's probably a good idea to check whether it's from a group whose website banners a challenge to the US Holocaust Museum that says "Please provide, with proof, the name of one person who was killed in the gas chambers at Auschwitz."UH's Daily Cougar ... More >>
A Houston burglar was doing what he does in a Spring Branch house -- grabbing electronics and jewelry -- when he noticed two FedEx packages filled with something. He grabbed them and took off."He probably thought they had Christmas presents in them," Amy Smith, Crime Stoppers spokeswoman, tells Hair ... More >>
The Houston Symphony welcomes orchestrated poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko
No matter the run time and budget, Spike Lee's WWII drama is an epic bore
Hiding in Plain Sight
Our critics weigh in on local theater
Summer never sounded so sweet
Back home in Holland, Paul Verhoeven uses his basic instincts to craft a slick Holocaust thriller
But it's funny, too, in Barrymore
Downfall chronicles Hitler's last days with an awkward note of sympathy
Donald Miller has (re)written one of the best books on World War II, but will anyone care?
A new TV news operation is coming to Houston. More or less.
A needless love triangle deflates the tense sniper showdown in Gates
Spielberg desanitizes WWII with the powerful Saving Private Ryan
The ultimate man's movie is back -- and longer than ever