Will progressives energetically abandon President Barack Obama after the 2014 midterm elections? Let's start with a couple of caveats. First, one year is an enormous amount of time, politically speaking. (We often forget this fact given the current state of political media coverage). Second, using ... More >>
When looking through old books, it is a good idea to pay attention and know something of cartography. In the case of Daniel Crouch, a book dealer in England, he was both attentive and knowledgeable when he found a handful of rare maps of Texas drawn by scientist Jean Louis Berlandier in the early 18 ... More >>
The Onion, as it so often does, hits the nail on the head regarding political ignorance with this "headline": "Man Who Understands 8% Of Obamacare Vigorously Defends It From Man Who Understands 5%." The satirical headline is simply highlighting the commonplace that Americans simply do not know much ... More >>
As our sister blog Eating Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that can not reasonably be considered either a restaurant or a live- ... More >>
The top 10 restaurants in Westchase.
Are you in this for the long-haul? Good, because this week was chock-full of restaurant news -- and most of it happy news. Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for a long post, starting with recaps of a few stories from earlier this week. Ryan Rouse and Brad Moore of Grand Prize Bar in Montrose and B ... More >>
Eating My Words: Not to be confused with our own blog, this is Texas Monthly's food blog -- mostly penned by head food writer Patricia Sharpe, who recently named her top picks for the 12 best new restaurants in Texas. Spoiler alert: Four are in Houston, by far the most that any city racked up. Scie ... More >>
Despite all the Tenth Commandment strictures to the contrary, coveting the mansion next door has led millionaire executive Tony Petrello to years of depositions and lawsuits.
For an incredibly high-profile operation like the NFL, the league's beginnings are somewhat murky. A loose collection of teams, players, schedules and shifting alliances, the early days of the league bear almost no resemblance to the streamlined corporate machine that dominates the current sports l ... More >>
Follow the rainbow to these golden St. Patrick's Day events.
Follow the rainbow to these golden St. Patrick's Day events.
In a way, it makes sense that Art Attack's phone interview with Nathan Carter took place while the New York City-based artist was holed up in a Chicago airport awaiting the departure of a re-routed flight. For the past decade, Carter has created and exhibited fictional cityscapes (made from wall r ... More >>
Lee West III, a University of Houston junior and Omega Psi Phi pledge, says that during underground pledging meetings for the African-American fraternity (which turns 100 years old next month) in February 2009, he was beaten with a television antenna, a paddle and a broomstick that eventually ... More >>
HPDKevin Will: Killed while investigating an accidentA man has been charged with intoxication manslaughter of a peace officer after he drove through a traffic barricade and into a Houston cop who was investigating a traffic accident this morning. Officer Kevin S. Will, 38, was pronounced de ... More >>
We've got you covered this St. Paddy's Day.
Matthew RutledgePosh Kroger is richer than you are.Kroger grocery stores have a long and storied history in the city of Houston. I worked at one myself when I was in high school. Over the years, they have grown and changed and these changes have led people to give them nicknames. After a fru ... More >>
Photo by Dawn McGeeIt's tough to say whether this weekend's "Carnage" protest in the Heights was a success or failure, but we can say for certain, it happened. Here are a couple conflicting accounts.
Heights residents plan to stage a protest to show how bad traffic will be with a new Walmart. There hasn't been much noise lately about the Heights Walmart, except those embarrassing e-mails from city officials, but one group opposed to the development still has hopes that the project can be der ... More >>
Walmart is in ur Heights krushing ur soulz.The battle over whether Walmart will open a new store in the Heights is heating up. Mailers proclaiming "It's time to clean up this property and put it to work for all of Houston" have been popping up in mailboxes around town trying to convince residents th ... More >>
Readers respond to "Trash Talk"
The Humane Society and big agriculture slug it out over animal rights.
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttDaniel Dover finishes his Form 1040EZ.Daniel Dover didn't wait until the last minute to file his taxes. He simply picked up the wrong set of information the first time around."I already had my stuff filled out for the most part, but I picked up the wrong booklet when I ... More >>
The year gone by marked some very exciting restaurant openings (such as Haven, Branchwater Tavern, Yelapa Playa Mexicana and Stella Sola) and some equally important closings (such as Cafe Annie, Bedford, Las Alamedas and Felix Mexican Restaurant). To close out the yea ... More >>
Lola, the modern diner on Yale, is the subject of this week's Café review. Lola's exceptional burger is made with a certified Angus beef patty, tomato, a pickle and cheddar. The sandwich is served on a moist sweet bun that has been toasted. For a dollar, you can add some applewood bacon. It ... More >>
The big news this week is once again related to Bedford, the restaurant in the Heights that was up until very recently the home of heralded chef Robert Gadsby. A little birdie told us a few weeks back that Reef's executive chef and co-owner Bryan Caswell had big plans for the space, and they wer ... More >>
Of all the girls from The Girls Next Door, I'm really most pleased that it's Kendra who's having a baby with her fiancé, professional football player Hank Baskett. (Apparently, Hugh Hefner teared up when he heard the news that his little girl was all growed up.)Anyway, back to what I was saying ... More >>
Meet Ron White, the Texas-born memory champ you'll never forget.
The CAMH screens video works — lots of them — by black women artists
Out Go the Lights
Galveston escapes with a close call
Sassy Latinas and big hair are at the center of Maria Elena Fernandez's one-woman coming-of-age show
The MS 150 is a war zone, one activist claims
Blaffer Gallery presents a retrospective of UH's most prolific art collective
Jessica Stockholder has been pumping out fascinating work for years. So what's new?
Some students revolt against soaring college textbook costs
A son goes looking for his late father and finds some buildings
Michael Franti and friends fight the hawks with hits
Lloyd Kaufman's gross-out Troma Studios has a long history of setting the pace for mainstream movies
Superfast at Supercuts? Not if you want Trevino's special styling.
"Unschoolers" like Holly Furgason don't believe in public education. They don't even believe in teachers. They believe in the ability of their children to teach themselves. Will the law catch up with them?
The guy who designed Cadillac Ranch wants to build a dolphin space station. Is it any wonder UH is divided over the return of Doug Michels?
Maya Lin's Topologies
April 29 - May 5, 1999