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This weekend, 'Cambodian Rock Band' will rock Houston

In the 1960s and 1970s, a new kind of music emerged in Cambodia—a psychedelic garage sound that combined the country's traditional music with elements borrowed from rock and pop records imported from the West. But just as the genre was really taking off, it was cut short, as artists like Sinn Sisamouth and Ros Sereysothea were killed by the Khmer Rouge during the genocide of the late '70s. Just like that, a vibrant new chapter in rock history was brought to an abrupt end. Yet Cambodian rock has

Go under the sea with a new exhibit by this Houston artist

The term "midnight zone" refers to the layers of ocean so deep—3,000 to 10,000 feet below the surface—that sunlight can't reach them. This makes life difficult to sustain, but many species have developed unique traits, such as bioluminescence, in order to survive. Those creatures, and the darkness that surrounds them, serve as the inspiration for a new exhibit by Houston's own Adela Andea opening Friday evening at Anya Tish Gallery. "Midnight Zone(s)," which will run through February 25, is a c

How a '90s watch group kept Houston safe from gay bashers

The co-founder of an early '90s Houston gay rights organization has some advice for queer Houstonians and allies who want to fight against harassment and attacks like the one that happened last year in Colorado Springs. Document everything, says Glenn Holt, one of the co-founders of Q-Patrol, a group that worked with Montrose bars and Houston Police throughout the 1990s to prevent gay-bashing incidents. "If there's anything going on anywhere, anytime, record video," says Holt, now 64. "Because

A walking group for women has created a new Houston community

Every Sunday morning, a diverse group of Houston women gather at Buffalo Bayou Park with a single goal: to walk. Just a few miles, no more than an hour, each woman moving at her own pace. There's no need to talk, no need to count steps, no expectations other than to walk together, as a community. They're called City Girls Who Walk, and in half a year, the group has grown to more than 200 members. The goal may seem simple—and it is, says founder Tiffany Nelson. But through that simplicity a sort

Houston artists assess the aftermath of a massive fire

A fire that broke out Tuesday morning at Winter Street Studios has damaged countless works of art and left many Houston artists without workspaces or gallery space. The fire, which began around 6:30 a.m., is being investigated as arson, according to the Houston Fire Department and numerous accounts from artists who work at the building. The fire started on the first floor, in the studio for Bohemian Photography, a commercial photography business owned by Jack Potts. A GoFundMe for Potts states

See this young Houston artist's eye-popping paintings

A new exhibit by Houston-based artist Erika Alonso tells the story of three women’s immigrations to the United States through abstract landscapes meant to evoke feelings of belonging, loss, homesickness, and possibility. The show, called "Land(e)scape," features more than a dozen watercolor and acrylic paintings. Those works are paired with audio clips of the oral histories of three women from Latin America who have come to call Houston home. "Land(e)scape" will be on view Saturday, December 10

How Numbers became the epicenter of Houston's gay scene

Nearly everywhere film director Marcus Pontello goes, they run into someone familiar with Numbers, the long-standing Montrose nightclub best known for its popular '80s night, Classic Numbers. A man at a New Orleans cafe who'd grown up in Dickenson. A Houstonian now living in Toronto who'd been a regular at the club. A woman in Nashville who worked as a coat check girl for the venue in the early '90s. Pontello has been crisscrossing the country the past few months, screening their documentary ab

Diane Severin Nguyen finds beauty in K-pop and TikTok

In a recent interview with Art21, Diane Severin Nguyen, whose new solo show opens this weekend at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, tells an anecdote about growing up the child of Vietnamese immigrants who sometimes struggled with American culture. "I came home to visit my mom and she was out in the garden, just stabbing fake flowers into the ground amongst real flowers," she said. "For her there was no difference. The fake flowers and the real flowers were filling up the yard and making it

No longer 'Reeking Regatta,' Buffalo Bayou race celebrates 50th running

In 1970, a group of hobby canoeists in Houston decided to organize a group paddle down Buffalo Bayou. At the time, the waterway was not yet lined by verdant parks, and conservationist Terry Hershey was still fighting the government's plans for channelization of the bayou. The paddlers, who typically had to travel to the Hill Country or the Gulf Coast for what were considered "suitable" waterways, decided to take advantage of the resource in their own backyard and to help bring awareness to Hers

Giant spools fall off truck, snarling Houston traffic yet again

A number of giant industrial spools tangled up traffic in the Bayou City on Thursday, according to tweets from the Houston Police Department. At least two large metal spools fell off a truck on Interstate 10 under the Houston Avenue bridge. Photos from HPD appear to show one spool actually wedged underneath the bridge. Police blocked the two rightmost lanes of traffic as they worked to clear the mess. It's just the latest in a series of incidents dating back to at least 2016 in which such spoo

Lina Hidalgo urges service industry workers to apply for free childcare program

Houston-area parents who work in the service industry — restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and even arts and entertainment — have just over a month left to apply for a program that could provide them with free childcare for a year, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced during a press conference Wednesday. The deadline to apply for the program is March 31. Of 12,000 available slots, only about 1,700 have been filled, according to Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis. That leaves more tha

Houston Heights serial groper identified by police as local resident

Officials have named a suspect in a string of assaults on women that have taken place in the Houston Heights over recent months. In a posting to, officials with Harris County Constable Precinct 1 said that they had identified David Torres, a Heights resident, as the man suspected of assaulting at least two women in the neighborhood. The identification was based on an anonymous tip after one woman shared home security camera video to NextDoor of a man stalking and then lunging at her

George H.W. Bush's favorite 'Presidential bacon' is still on the menu at this Houston barbecue joint

Dozier's BBQ in Fulshear makes a style of bacon so special that former President George H.W. Bush once had it personally delivered to the White House on Air Force One. In fact, it was so beloved by the elder Bush that Dozier's now markets it under the moniker "Presidential bacon." Dozier's bacon is smoked and sliced in-house, and prepared with pecan wood instead of the hickory used for most commercially available bacon, says pitmaster Jim Buchanan. A whole slab of pork belly, about 30 inches l

Retirees celebrate 5 years protesting outside John Cornyn's Houston HQ

A group of Houstonians who have been meeting every Tuesday to protest at Republican Senator John Cornyn's Memorial Park-area office just celebrated their five-year anniversary. Consisting of a core group of about a dozen retirees, the protesters meet every Tuesday at around 11:30 a.m. at 5300 Memorial Drive. This week marked their 262nd consecutive protest, a string of demonstrations unbroken save for a short break caused by Hurricane Harvey—and they don't envision themselves stopping anytime s

Bun B's Trill Burgers restaurant is on hold, but you can get his smashburgers at the Houston Rodeo

This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate Trill Burgers, the wildly popular smashburger concept backed by Houston rapper Bun B, is one of a handful of new food vendors at the 2022 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The food stand will serve items like grilled onion "OG" burgers and seasoned crinkle-cut fries for the duration of the rodeo, which runs from Feb. 28 through March 20. This year's rodeo marks the return of the event after it was abruptly shut down at the start of

Tilman Fertitta's new $150M superyacht spotted on Galveston waterfront

Visitors to Galveston may see an unusual sight near the Strand this week. A massive yacht belonging to billionaire Texas restaurateur and Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta is currently docked outside the Harbor House Hotel and 21st Street Pier. It's not often that yachts are moored along Galveston's waterfront, and especially not superyachts. The vessel, a 76.5-meter Feadship, has been parked outside the hotel since at least Sunday. Aerial views of the ship, appropriately called the Boardwa

Montrose bar offers Euphoria-themed cocktails ahead of the HBO show's season finale

This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate Present Company, the Montrose bar with a neon patio and kitschy tropical drinks, has launched a new cocktail menu inspired by the HBO show "Euphoria." The show, which follows a group of troubled high school students as they navigate trauma, love, sex and drug addiction, recently entered its second season, and has become a buzzy hit on social media. Starring Zendaya as narrator Rue Bennett, "Euphoria" is especially known for its cin

Houston Restaurants and Bars Are Closing Temporarily Due to Concerns Over the COVID-19 Omicron Variant

A number of Houston bars and restaurants have opted to close temporarily this week due to concerns over the new COVID-19 variant, omicron, which has begun to rapidly spread throughout Houston and the rest of the United States. Omicron was first detected in Houston on December 6, in a Harris County woman who was fully vaccinated. Since then, Houston Methodist Hospital has reported that the variant is responsible for about 82 percent of new cases in Houston. Of particular concern is that omicron

Timbits Peddler Tim Hortons Is Bringing Its Canadian Coffee to Texas

Ubiquitous Canadian chain Tim Hortons is planning a big expansion to Texas, starting with the Bayou City. The fast-food restaurant, known for its coffee, doughnuts, all-day breakfasts, and more, will bring several drive-thru and sit-down locations to Houston, starting in the summer of 2022, according to the Houston Chronicle. The news was first announced in a commercial that aired during Sunday’s Houston Texans football game against the Seattle Seahawks. The restaurant was founded in 1964 in O

Here Are 2021’s Eater Awards Winners for Houston

Even before the pandemic, 2020 started rough for Houston restaurants, with a water main break that cut off freshwater access to roughly half of the city, including hundreds of businesses. Just a few days later, Rodeo Houston would be canceled, as the first cases of Covid-19 emerged in the city, tied to the rodeo’s massive barbecue cookoff. The ensuing 22 months have been some of the hardest in recent memory for the hospitality industry. And yet, Houston’s bars and restaurants have endured, with
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