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Houston man feels 'ripped off' by high cost of fajitas

Fed up with the rising cost of dining out, a Heights-area man posted a spreadsheet to Twitter this weekend that compared the cost of an order of fajitas at several different central Houston restaurants.

"Houston, thank me later," wrote the Twitter user, who goes by the handle @WestTxGeo. "Attached below is the fajita prices for every restaurant I could think of near the Heights. After feeling continuously ripped off, I’ve reached peak dad life of spreadsheeting this thing out."

He then attache

Artists from all over come to Houston for new gallery show

When Houston native Vincent Nguyen started to miss all his friends from art school in New York City, he came up with an idea: Why not have a gallery show and bring them all to Houston?

That show, called Friend of a Friend, will open May 12 at Reeves Art & Design in Montrose. It has two purposes: to bring a group of up-and-coming and established artists to Houston, where viewers can see their work firsthand, and to introduce Houston as a Southern cultural hub to those artists. The exhibit will f

Explore the history of the Jewish deli in Houston

"The delicatessen is my life" says Ziggy Gruber as he walks through a gallery at the Holocaust Museum Houston on a Thursday afternoon in May. Most Houstonians know Gruber as the co-founder of Houston-based deli Kenny & Ziggy's, but on this day he's playing unofficial tour guide, taking a small group through the museum's newest exhibition.

Called I'll Have What She's Having, the exhibit examines the cultural and historical significance of the Jewish deli, a uniquely American phenomenon born out

Pappas Restaurants denied stay of Hobby Airport eviction for 2nd time

For a second time, a Harris County judge has declined a request to postpone enforcement of a newly-awarded contract that will change which restaurant groups manage concessions at Hobby Airport.

The decision is the latest in an ongoing legal battle between Pappas Restaurants and the City of Houston over what Pappas' representatives say has been a flawed contract bidding process. Pappas, under the umbrella company 4 Families of Hobby, sued the city in April after losing a bid to Spain-based compa

Here's what Owen Wilson saw at the Menil Collection this week

Movie star and native Dallasite Owen Wilson made a stop at Houston's Menil Collection this week, according to a picture from the museum posted to Instagram on Wednesday. The actor, known for movies like Wedding Crashers, Marley & Me, and his longtime collaboration with Houston-born filmmaker Wes Anderson, visited the museum on May 3, according to the post. The image shows Wilson standing beneath one of the museum's stately oak trees outside the Cy Twombly Gallery, and is filled with numerous "wo

South Texas meets South Asia in new Houston art exhibit

In her work as a curator at the Blaffer Art Museum, Houstonian Erika Mei Chua Holum began to see similarities between artists and creators in Houston and those working in Southern Asia. Holum, who is Filipinx, refers to this as a "South-South relationship."

"I started to see overlaps in how art is being created," she says, "And I started to think about 'What does it look like to generate knowledge from the South?'"

Those intersections are the subject of a new exhibit curated by Holum, now open

Tribute to Texas icon Daniel Johnston is coming to Houston

A few years before his death, Marjory Johnston took her brother, the artist and musician Daniel Johnston, on a shopping trip. "I would take him to thrift stores," says Marjory, who still sometimes refers to her brother in the present tense. "That was one of his favorite things."

On this thrifting trip, Daniel fixated on a set of vintage sewing patterns. He liked the drawings of women on the front, and wanted to add them to the collection of ephemera and other knickknacks overtaking his alread

Houston plant lovers, mark your calendars for PlantCon

In 2021, an ultrarare variety of a popular exotic houseplant—a variegated Rhaphidaphora Tetrasperma—sold for more than $19,000 in a New Zealand web auction. Trade Me, the website where the auction took place, has called it "the most expensive houseplant ever sold." Next month, Houstonians will have an opportunity to see that subspecies, and hundreds more collectible house plants, at a new event at NRG Center called PlantCon International.

PlantCon aims to help plant-lovers, from the experienced

Report: Texas man took break from dinner date to kill man outside

A Corpus Christi-area man has been arrested after allegedly shooting and kiling another man while on a date with a woman at an East Downtown Houston restaurant earlier this month.

According to CrimeStoppers and Houston Police, Erick L. Aguirre, 29, shot and killed a man while having dinner with a woman at EaDo burger spot Rodeo Goat on the evening of April 11. Authorities say Aguirre and his date arrived at Rodeo Goat in separate cars and were told by 46-year-old Elliot Nix to pay $20 each for

Pappas lawsuit against Houston over Hobby contract on pause—for now

Correction April 27, 2023: Attorneys for 4 Families withdrew on Wednesday their request for a temporary injunction that would have paused the new Hobby Airport contract. A previous version of the story stated that attorneys for 4 Families withdrew their lawsuit. This story has been updated throughout to reflect this change.

The legal back and forth between Pappas Restaurants and the city of Houston over a concessions contract for Hobby Airport is on pause—for now at least. During a brief but at

Think Shakespeare is tough to perform? Try doing it drunk

"Good company, good wine, good welcome can make good people," says a courtier to King Henry VIII in Shakespeare's play about the notorious monarch. At the Drunk Shakespeare Society, good company and good wine may not necessarily lead to good people, but it'll at least make for a memorable performance.

The society, which added Houston to its roster of cities in January, aims to bring Shakespeare to the people through a 90-minute performance of the Bard's work, during which one actor (and likely

How a Houston muralist is bringing Juneteenth all across America

A few years ago, Houston artist Reginald C. Adams set a goal for himself to paint 10 new murals by the end of 2022. "It was very ambitious," he says—but maybe not too ambitious. It's taken a few extra months, but by the end of this June, he will have commissioned a total of nine murals commemorating Juneteenth in eight American cities. And it all started in Galveston.

The island just south of Houston is known as the birthplace of Juneteenth because it was there that Union Army Major General Gor

Two incredible new exhibits just opened at Houston's Menil

Two new exhibits opening Friday at the Menil Drawing Institute look at a pair of relatively obscure mid-century artists who both captured a changing planet and society after World War II.

Like many postwar artists, both Gray Foy and Si Lewen rejected the mechanical precision of realism in favor of more dreamlike scenes. For Foy, those dreams incorporate botanical elements, mysterious worlds, and minute details. Meanwhile, Lewen's works resemble more of a nightmare—the faceless victims of war, t

Color Factory Houston's new exhibit pays tribute to Texas women

Tina Malhotra, the CEO of Color Factory, lives in Houston. All the same, she was surprised to learn how many famous female singers hail from the Lone Star State. She knew about Beyoncé, Janis Jolpin, and Lizzo, of course. But there were others she didn't know were born here, including Selena Gomez, Hilary Duff, and Tayna Tucker.

That discovery has led to a brand new installation which opened earlier this month at Color Factory Houston called "A Royal (Disco) Ball" that pays homage to more than

These artists turned Houston's natural beauty into a walking exhibit

Houston may seem like an urban art paradise, but just 40 minutes northeast, at the edge of the Sam Houston National Forest, is a massive 177-acre compound and gallery space founded by two of the city's most influential artists of the past 50 years.

That compound, known as the Locke-Surls Center for Art and Nature, just outside of Splendora, Texas, will host a massive, multidisciplinary outdoor sculpture exhibition co-organized by DiverseWorks, opening April 22 and 23 in honor of Earth Day.


Sometimes its takes 4,000 weddings to find the love of your life

Actress Denise Fennell was married thousands of times on stage before becoming a real-life bride in her 40s. Her journey to matrimony, including family drama and an examination of the wedding industrial complex, are part of Fennell's new one-woman show, The Bride, Or: Does This Dress Make Me Look Married? currently running at Stages Theatre.

Houstonian theater fans will know Fennell from her numerous performances at Stages as the nun in the Late Night Catechism series. Nationally, Fennell is al

Pappas sues city of Houston over Hobby Airport contract

In a bombshell lawsuit filed against the city of Houston Monday, Pappas Restaurants alleges that a disgraced former aide to Mayor Sylvester Turner reached out to the restaurant group's CEO during a bidding process for a contract at Hobby Airport that Pappas ultimately lost.

The lawsuit is the latest in the battle between city officials and Pappas, operating under the umbrella company 4 Families of Houston, over a contract to run the concessions at the airport. City Council voted on March 8 to a

Houston author Nick Flynn channels dead mystic in new adaptation

Houston author Nick Flynn has spent the better part of a decade trying to bring an epic poem by Romantic writer William Blake to the stage. During that time, he's endured hurricanes in the North Sea and a global pandemic. Now, a film version of that performance is set to make its world premiere in Houston this weekend at the Silos at Sawyer Yards.

The performance, called The Nine Dreams, will be an immersive experience featuring nine filmed vignettes, each about five minutes long, installed ins

Can Boyfriend top her last big Houston performance?

Come rain or shine, Boyfriend will put on a show. The underwear-clad, New Orleans-based cabaret rapper proved as much four years ago, when she performed at the Legendary Art Car Ball, the wild fete and Orange Show Fundraiser that precedes the annual Art Car Parade in Houston.

That year, the last before COVID forced the whole event to go on hiatus, the ball took place downtown, in the shadow of City Hall at Hermann Square. Just before Boyfriend and her cadre of dancers were set to take the stage

Is a serial killer stalking Austin? Theories spread after latest death

Following a series of deaths in Austin over the past year, speculation has been growing on social media that a serial killer may be operating around Texas' capitol. The latest death, that of a 33-year-old man named Jonathan Honey, occurred sometime after 2 a.m. last Friday, March 31. Honey's body was recovered from Lady Bird Lake the next day, making him the second person to be found in the lake over the past six weeks, and at least the seventh body to be pulled from the lake in the past 10 mont
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