Houston (Texas)

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    The 10 Biggest Country Stars Who Live in Texas

    By Chris Gray and Matthew Keever HONORABLE MENTION: SUNNY SWEENEY Thus far mainstream success has eluded Sunny Sweeney, but not for lack of either talent or trying. According to her Facebook page, Sweeney (a former standup comic) has now played the Grand Ole Opry 41 times but continues to reside in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    Dallas Morning News Achitecture Critic Mark Lamster Isn't a Total Pinhead After All

    Mark Lamster, architecture critic for The Dallas Morning News, is still new in the job, but he's got a sharp analytical eye. Over the years I have developed my own mental gauge for how long it takes newcomers to figure out Dallas, and I have to say this guy's sort of a rocket. In a piece in the pap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    Last Window Closes on Any Good to Come of Home Rule Effort

    If there was ever a window for the Dallas schools home rule initiative to reach some reasonable outcome, it may just have closed. Mark Melton, a lawyer and education activist, made a good faith effort last week to bring about a compromise people could live with, but people told him they couldn't liv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Tyler Ophthalmologist Tops List of Texas' Top Medicare Billers

    On Wednesday, the federal government released a massive trove of Medicare data showing how much some 880,000-plus U.S. healthcare providers were paid for their services in 2012. Fully mining the data will take months or years, but using the data to compile a list of the top Medicare billers took mer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Why Beyoncé Could Be a New Leader for Texas Hip-Hop

    Last summer, Houston's one-woman pop monopoly Beyoncé Knowles introduced the world to one of her grittier alter-egos with the unleashing of Third Ward Trill. With chopped-and-screwed rap deliveries, à la promotional single "Bow Down/ I Been On," fans received a taste of the hip-hop influences to f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    Poll: Dallas is the Happiest Big City in the Country, Because We Love Jesus

    Here's the bad news: If you are young, poor, black or Hispanic, disabled, or just graduated from college, you are significantly less happy than you were two years ago. Recent polling says so. Now, the same folks at Harris Polling who brought us that depressing tidbit now bring a spot of good news: ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 17, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    The 100 Best Texas Songs: The Complete List

    100. Tripping Daisy, "Sonic Bloom" Before this album, the band had a grunge-pop affectation, but this song, from 1998's Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb, was more heartfelt than anything they'd done before. - Daniel Hopkins 99. Pleasant Grove, "The Plaque at 16ft" Bret Egner wrote "The Plaque at 16ft, ... More >>

  • Music

    June 21, 2012

    Preview: Linus Pauling Quartet at LaGrange

    Saturday, June 23, at LaGrange

  • Music

    November 17, 2011
  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Time For Another John Wiley Price Rally. This One, With Politicians and a Bounce House.

    Click to embiggen your invitation​Speaking of a certain Dallas County commissioner ...The Dallas chapter of the National Black United Front, which is not to be confused with the People's Front of Judea, sends word of a daylong rally scheduled for August 20 at the Pan-African Connection Bookstore n ... More >>

  • News

    June 16, 2011

    Holy Crap: Does Perry Have a Prayer?

    Dear, God, let's hope not.

  • News

    June 9, 2011

    Searching for the Soul of Austin

    The neo city on the hills is a far cry from its cheap pot, cold beer and low-rent former ways.

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Once Back in the Pack, Dallas Now the Top Destination for "Young People" After Austin

    ​There was a piece in this morning's New York Times about how Austin's now the top destination for the young American, all right. So notes Brookings Institution demographer William Frey, who adds Dallas to the list of Top Five destinations for the highly coveted 25-to-34-year-old. Only a few years ... More >>

  • News

    October 21, 2010
  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Three Good Reasons to Visit Houston.
    No, Really.

    ​According to my handy Frommer's statewide guidebook, Houston is "not usually considered a tourist destination." Sounds like the folks doing the considering don't let their guts lead, since -- as I discovered on my first trip there this weekend -- Houston is an incredibly exciting town for ea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Rafael Anchía, Anderson Cooper Amused By Houston Rep. Riddle's "Terror Baby" Claim

    ​A Friend of Unfair Park directs our attention to this Texas-sized showdown last night on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 concerning "anchor babies" -- or, as Houston's Rep. Debbie Riddle calls 'em, "little terrorists." Offered on the other side without comment except to say it takes a good four minutes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Pro-Vodka Advocates Get Down With the Texas Vodka Throwdown

    ​Serious bartenders may sneer at vodka, but there's plenty of the spirit distilled in Texas - and an enterprising Houston blogger is asking the public to determine which brand's the best. Seven companies are slated to participate in the Texas Vodka Throwdown in Houston on July 10, including Tito' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Name Change at Houston's in Park Cities Worries Fans

    From​Houston's in Preston Center is now officially Hillstone, a name change that executive general manager Francis Luttmer reports has provoked some worried inquiries from longtime customers. "Their concern is we're going to take away their favorite dish," Luttmer says. "We're telli ... More >>

  • Music

    June 10, 2010
  • Blogs

    May 10, 2010

    We Highlighted (Almost) Every Mention of Dallas in State of Metropolitan America Report

    ​While Andrea was having an inexplicably good time at City Hall -- where, apparently, it's open bar during committee meetings now -- I was been reading the Brookings Institution's The State of Metropolitan America report released yesterday. It's been getting lot of attention, for the most part, be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    On The Range: Fajitas

    I made a rather startling discovery while continuing my quest into the origins of Tex-Mex. For some reason I had assumed fajitas were a California addition, perhaps because of their ready adoption in to the presumably healthier Cal-Mex lineup. But no--legend credits Ninfa's in Houston, although ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2009

    Chewing the Fat: Eating Healthy In Houston

    We gotta give Houston some credit. Sure, the city continues to suffer from its reputation as the home of Texas-sized residents, consistently placint near the top of Men's Health's over-hyped, under-researched "Fattest Cities" list...but at least people are doing something about it. The Chronicle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    In Houston, a Heated Battle Over Controversial Red-Light Camera Study

    And here we thought Dallas had the lock on red-light camera drama -- damn you, Houston. On December 26, two men filed suit against the City of Houston claiming it was withholding a Rice University professor's study concerning the efficacy of the city's red-light cameras. Two days later, a version of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2008

    Bearing Down on Ike

    From Belo-owned KHOU-Channel 11 in Houston, an early Ike highlight. Coming in a close second, Geraldo all fall down. --Robert Wilonsky

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2008

    Pardon, But What New Radio Show?

    Probably should have mentioned this, like, oh, I dunno, Friday maybe? But, yes, I did host a late-night music show on KTCK-AM (1310, The Ticket) on Saturday night that lasted till the wee small hours of Sunday morning. It's called Till 2, as in: Nothing good ever happens after 2 in the morning, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2008

    Dem Southernfolkz Keep Feeling The Love, Talk About The War In Iraq

    It was a little over a week ago now that we hipped you to Dem Southernfolkz by offering up a free download of the title track from the group's debut LP, The Message. Well, it looks like we're not the the only ones digging on the Dallas hip-hop trio's sound. Our sister paper down in Houston is digg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2008

    W: Off the Cuff, Off the Record

    President Bush was in Houston last week raising dough for Pete Olson. Took a few days, but a video making the rounds today, courtesy Miya Shay of Houston's ABC affiliate KTRK-Channel 13 and the likes of the Houston Chronicle and The Huffington Post, features remarks about the economy the president m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2008

    The Party Preps For Its Second Anniversary Show, Talks Songs To Move Your Tush To

    The Party rock the party that rocks the body. (Matt Hawthorne) Having dominated Dallas' dance floors for two years with their unique approach to “party rock”, The Party continues to roll deep with an entourage of loyal jitterbugs. Celebrating the two-year anniversary of the creation of their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2008

    Big Tuck Heading To Waco Sunday To Dip In Da Lac

    Though he claims not to be as materialistic as most mainstream rappers, South Dallas rapper Big Tuck manages to rap about Escalades and rims on a few tracks. So he should feel right at home checking out the lowriders, custom cars and models when he isn’t performing and signing autographs at the Fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2008

    Who Got The Better Deal Here, Dallas Or Houston?

    We already told you about Jon Bon Jovi joining Bruce Springsteen on stage at the AAC over the weekend. Now we have news that Alejandro Escovedo joined Bruce on stage last night in Houston. Here's the video... It looks like the Houston deal was more planned out; Bon Jovi basically just came out an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2008

    Clinton's Coming to Town. Not That One. No way we were going to let NBC's David Shuster near this cutline. Bill Clinton's stumping for his missus throughout the state this week: He's in Galveston, Beaumont, Victoria, and Houston tomorrow, then in Midland/Odessa, Victoria and Houston again on Thursday. Which makes it tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2007

    Dallas Mascot Challenge: Furred vs. Feathered

    Do you like to dress up in costume and dance around for kids? If so, and you're not currently enrolled in an educational institution at which the top grade level is "12" or lower, you may be creepy. (Birthday party clowns are no exception, as anyone who, like me, is terrified of them, will attest.) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2007

    The Lions Sleep Tonight at the Stoneleigh Hotel

    We hadn't been to the Stoneleigh Hotel blog in a while, but we stopped by this morning only to find the just-posted answer to a question we never really had: Just where did those lions guarding the front door come from? Long story short, courtesy the mysterious "Dave W": They were done by an Austria ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2007

    Putting Some Bite Into the Law

    On a recent flight from Houston to Dallas, my plane-ride banter took a grisly turn when I learned why the woman next to me was coming home to Big D. She lives in Maryland, and the day before, her brother’s Labrador mauled their elderly mother, leaving both of her hands riddled with puncture wounds ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2007

    Dallas Needs Cops. Houston's, Maybe.

    KPRC-Channel 2/Houston So, the Dallas Police Department is trolling for officers -- in Houston, says here, which seems like a bad idea. Because, see, while Dallas needs about 350 new officers to swell its ranks to a reputable count, the Houston Police Department "has 400 to 500 officer vacancies, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2007

    Rick's Cabaret Coming to Town. Sorry, Key Club.

    The city might have closed down the Penthouse Key Club for five big-friggin'-deal months, but, hey, lookie here: Says a press release sent out this a.m., the publicly traded (did I spell "publicly" right...yeah) Rick's Cabaret International, Inc. has signed a letter of intent to buy "an adult nightc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2007

    In Case of Emergency...

    The Department of Homeland Security today officially released a report in which it details just how well prepared 75 U.S. metropolitan areas in case of an emergency. Specifically, the DHS wanted to whether cities' emegency agencies were able to talk to each other in case of some kind of a disaster, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 21, 2006

    Local Talent

    Go ahead, laugh at Dean Lewis

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2006

    Yeah, But, Again, Who Wants to Live in Houston?

    Apparently, the Dallas and Houston areas each added more than 60,000 new jobs in the past year, and each "has posted a slightly lower number of new housing permits," says here. Then why, wonders the Houston Chronicle, did home sales in Houston experience a "sharp" increase in September, while home s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2006

    The Coal Kids

    Where was the mayor today? In Waco, d'uh, visiting with McLennan County Commissioners, who she wants to join her coalition of the willing to get rid of coal-fired plants that TXU and other energy companies want to build throughout the state. Mayor Laura and her Houston counterpart, Mayor Bill White, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2006

    Port of Call

    Wanna know why three of your city council members--Ed Oakley, Bill Blaydes and Ron Natinsky--are in China at this very moment? (To beat the heat? For the food? To spend a small fortune of taxpayers' money on a summer vacation?) Well, Sarah Dodd of KTVT-Channel 11 will probably provide the answer whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2006

    Calatrava Bridge is Falling Down, Falling Down

    At least one architect, in Houston, thinks the Calatrava bridge may be a no-go. That'd be a shame. No, really. A Houston-based architect who does some consulting for Houston mayor Bill White sends this missive, through good Friend of Unfair Park Lorlee Bartos, concerning the Calatrava Bridge cost ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2006

    Dallas: In the Dog Doo-Doo House

    I've always known Dallasites will let their dogs crap anywhere and not do a damned thing about cleaning that shit up, but now I have proof: The makers of HEARTGARD, the doggie heartworm preventative, published a list today outting the worst cities in America when it comes to poop-scooping. Houston t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2006

    Big D, No Longer for Deadbeat

    Apparently, Dallasites really do like to pay their taxes. One more reason why we're better than Houston. --Robert Wilonsky

  • Dining

    November 25, 2004

    Purring Gears

    The upscale casual Houston's is a well-oiled machine

  • Dining

    March 8, 2001

    Maître Deals

    Does tipping the maître d’ get you a better table?

  • Dining

    November 2, 2000

    Naughty Takeout

    At restaurants, what isn't nailed down likely will be stolen

  • Music

    June 5, 1997

    Going against typecasting

    Don't call Carolyn Wonderland and the Imperial Monkeys a blues band

  • News

    June 22, 1995

    Wide open town

    Unlike Big D, Houston thrives on open government

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