• Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Deep Undercover at the YMCA's Beyonce Fitness Class

    Nykema Brown has just seamlessly executed a dance move that looks like a cross between something from a Qing Gong flick and a Crossfit burpee -- and she's managed to make it look sexy. She then whips her head back to the beat. "...5, 6, 7, 8!" she shouts with a smile. It's a Wednesday night and I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    Downtown YMCA Patrons Got Rude Morning Awakening With No Hot Water

    As much as we hate the term, this is definitely a "first-world problem." According to the front-desk receptionist, the hot water at Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA was out for several hours this morning. By 8:45 a.m. the problem was resolved. No doubt all those executives who make the location par ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    Chevron to Construct New Downtown 50-Story Building

    If you haven't looked at the real estate market in Houston, you're missing a show. Not only are home sales through the roof -- prices and number of sales -- but rent is going up at a dramatic rate and office lease space is disappearing. Chevron, which employs 9,000 people in Houston, has decided, if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2013

    Your All-Star Weekend Celebrity Guestbook

    Rocks Off thought we'd stay as far away as the NBA All-Star Weekend hoopla as possible, so Friday night we went to see the wonderful Tift Merritt at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, where a friend of ours who works there told us he had worked out alongside Common and Ne-Yo at the Downtown YMCA earlier. It's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    Jingle Bell Run to the Eating...Our Words Food Truck Village on December 9

    Between our ongoing Food Truck Friday series and our recent food truck court at Jones Plaza to welcome Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert to town, the Houston Press has been busy rounding up the best meals on wheels -- and we've got another great event coming up on December 9. The YMCA's annual Jingl ... More >>

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    November 29, 2012

    The 10 Most Overplayed Songs at Mexican Weddings, Texas Edition

    Earlier this month, Rocks Off contributor and all-around nice guy Jeff Balke enlightened us with this little list of songs that are standard operating procedure at weddings. But as much as I love "Twist & Shout" and "YMCA," in my very Mexican experience, those songs were not what I was used to heari ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012

    10 Totally Played Out Wedding Songs That Will Still Pack the Dance Floor at Your Reception

    Years ago, a wedding planner told me the basis of a successful wedding is remembering that primarily the ceremony is for the bride, the food is for the groom, the photos are for the family and the music is for the friends. While not 100 percent accurate, it does form the basis of a pretty successful ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Scouting Report: Trae's Son, Rapper Lil' Jared, Hits the Court

    The kid shooting the free throw, that's Jared. He's a rapper. And this is kind of about him, but also about some other people. Because this is kind of about rap, but also about some other things. Jared's father is Trae tha Truth, which means a few different things: 1. He's probably very well-beha ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    November 22, 2011

    Six Dancing and Singing Toys for the Holidays with Video

    The holiday season has crept upon us once again. There is nothing kids love more than toys that can bust a move. Dancing toys have always made the list of hot commodities during the Christmas season. Even some adults are amused and intrigued by their favorite characters moving to the beat. Here's a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Westland YMCA on Fondren to Close

    Bye-bye Y.​The 31-year-old Westland branch of the YMCA, on Fondren in southwest Houston, is closing at the end of the month. YMCA spokesperson Ann Herlocher tells Hair Balls the organization got an unsolicited offer for the building and land from the Westbury Christian School. "We had to con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Seven Creepy (Or Beautiful) Pictures of the Downtown YMCA's Demolition

    Photos by Monica FuentesComing down piece by piece.​Demolition is continuing on the charming old Downtown YMCA building, which is nestled among modern skyscrapers. The insides are being exposed now -- empty rooms, wall signs, even the scoreboard for the basketball court. It can all get prett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Down Goes the Downtown Y!!!

    Brittanie SheyGoing down.​Driving past the downtown YMCA last night about 7 p.m., the sun was filtering through what had become an empty, windowless hulk. Today there's even less of it. The trucks have moved in and started the takedown of the building, which looks charming and is quirky enou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Summer Jobs: Top Five Ways to Get Employed

    Somebody's got to roll the burritos.​It's just about summertime, when the heat descends and the bugs surface, reminding you that you do actually live on a swamp. And if you're a teen, there's another thing a'coming to bite you in the butt -- the summer job search. This season will be no picni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    10 Good Differences Between 2000 and 2010

    ​Note: This was written by Richard Connelly and Craig Hlavaty We take a look in the print edition this week at a decade most of us would just as soon forget, the period from 2000-2010. But we have to admit not everything was bad. Cell phones, for instance, got a hell of a lot better. So loo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    Ten Songs We Are Sick Of Hearing At Football Games

    Take that Crazy Train right on out of here, Ozzy. Thanks.​That sound you heard Sunday was the collective shattering of the playoff hopes of thousands of Houston Texans fans as the team suffered yet another home loss, this time against the hapless San Diego Chargers, bringing their record to 4- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    HPD: There Might Be A Serial Killer Downtown. Or Maybe Not.

    Raquel Munday: Aggressive towing policy left her helpless​Over the summer and fall, three black women have been found strangled in and around the streets of downtown Houston.While some are starting to speculate that a serial killer is on the loose, at a news conference this week at HPD headquarter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    Unidentified Female, Bayou Body Count No. 243

    Another woman found strangled downtown​Less than two weeks after a homeless person was found strangled to death near downtown's Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, another woman has been found dead "from neck trauma" at the old Downtown YMCA.The victim, whose name has not yet been released, was foun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    Five Best Places For Furtive Sex At The New Downtown Y

    Some things never change​The vintage Downtown YMCA is about to close, a shiny modern facility is set to take its place, and one question demands to be answered: Where are you gonna have your furtive gay sex in this new place?When we asked around seeking what people would/wouldn't miss most about t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    Weiner Dog Races: The Brutal, Ugly Truth

    Photos by Stephanie MezaFierce competitors​ Sam Houston Race Park hosted the latest edition of its Weiner Dog races, the biggest sporting event outside of the World Cup and Super Bowl combined.It may seem like fund and games, but in reality it makes MMA look like a ladies' tea.

  • Music

    June 10, 2010
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    May 19, 2010

    Smallish YMCA Fire Brings Big HFD Response

    Photos by Chris VogelA lot of trucks responded for a smallish fire​As more than 30 fire trucks and 100 firefighters clogged up Downtown's Louisiana Street in front of the YMCA building this afternoon in response to a three-alarm fire, residents who had evacuated couldn't help but acknowledge the i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    The New Downtown Y Is Ready!! And So's The M!! The Rest Of The Building, Not So Much

    Photo by Richard Connelly​ Groundbreaking was a little over a year ago, but already the new downtown YMCA is ready.Well, the "Y," at any rate, and pretty much most of the "M." Which is all it takes to start a "Young man" chorus of the Village People song.The facility is still scheduled to open som ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 8, 2009

    Dynamo Charities Cup

    A little soccer, a little doing good - not a bad afternoon

  • News

    September 3, 2009

    The Burmese Come to Houston

    Get in, get out. Refugees have a shrinking window of support until it's time to fend for themselves.

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Heroic Iraqi Refugee On His Deathbed As Family Struggles to Obtain Temporary Visas to Be At His Side

    Photo courtesy of Dario Lipovac​Houston's Iraqi refugee community is saying a painful goodbye to one of its most valued members. Now Marwan Hamza's friends are scrambling to help his family do the same. Hamza, 22, is on his deathbed at Memorial Herman hospital after crashing his car earlie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    The New Y -- You've Seen It From Above, Now See It From Inside

    Yesterday we showed you what the new YMCA looks like from above as it's being built. The good people at Swamplot, the real-estate blog of Houston, have got their hands on what the place will look inside.Here's a couple; for the rest head to Swamplot. The entrance area: Slightly different from the d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    Houston Rugby Takes A Giant Step Forward

    By the time Brad Allen finished his first-half scoring run, the Houston Athletic Rugby Club had the game in the bag. Now they're headed to the first Sweet 16 playoff berth in club history.   "It's a really big deal," says club president Will Wornardt, who searched records dating to the inceptio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Amateur Sports Groups Are Watching The Flu Hype Warily

    High schools in Texas aren't the only places where competitions are being canceled or delayed because of swine-flu fears. (Although the UIL has reversed itself a bit; regional track meets are back on.)All basketball games and practices in the South Texas AAU, which includes the Houston area, are off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    West U Doesn't Want Its Rec Center To Attract Outsiders, Maybe

    West University is building a new recreation center on Bellaire Boulevard. And according to this West U Examiner article, the crappy economy sure is working out for those can't-catch-a-break West U residents, bringing in plenty of low construction bids. Turns out, though, that the new rec center won ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    Digitalia: Microsoft Songsmith Corrects Artists' Glaring Oversights

    Billy Idol, "White Wedding"... sort ofMicrosoft Songsmith, a music-making computer program, has already racked up plenty of Internet accolades based on its eerily terrible commercial, wherein normal, everyday people dealing with normal, everyday problems - such as being tasked to write an ad campaig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2008

    Houston Boldly Moves Forward with (Porn) Free WiFi

    Ready to leap headlong into the 21st Century, we grabbed a laptop this afternoon and tried out several of the city’s access points for free wireless. There’s a handy (Flashy!) map of locations posted online, but it’s so futuristic (Flashy!) that you can’t print it out easily, so here’s hop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2008

    No Excuses Now -- The Downtown Y Is Working Again

    The situation at the Downtown YMCA, where a burst pipe shut down hot water and some a/c, has been resolved. Which would make no difference to a commenter on our original post about the situation: "No HOT water. As long as there's water a shower can be taken following a workout, unless one is entir ... More >>

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    July 1, 2008
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    December 6, 2007

    2007 Jingle Bell Run & Walk

    The YMCA turns downtown into a North Pole race course

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2007

    Music at the Y, Minus the Village People

    For some mysterious reason, most people’s musical knowledge of the YMCA begins and ends with the dance routine depicted here and probably the last wedding you attended. But Houston’s newest outpost of the 163-year-old service organization, located at 5801 West Orem, wants to change that. The Wes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2007
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    June 29, 2006

    Par for the Course

    Forget the money crunch, let's play golf

  • Resolutions

    January 19, 2006
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    June 9, 2005

    Pigskin Science

    Get the goods on the gridiron at "Football, the Exhibit"

  • Calendar

    December 9, 2004

    Shoving It

    The Houston Area Rugby Club tackles New Orleans

  • Calendar

    March 20, 2003
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    October 24, 2002

    Power Plays

    Behind the scenes, HISD trustee Shadwick and influential good ol' boys work to do good. And they probably have -- though maybe not for everyone.

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best A Cappella Group

    The Lager Rhythms

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    December 24, 1998
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    January 1, 1998
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    December 11, 1997
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    December 12, 1996
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