Lay Off!

The Complicated History of the Frito Pie

New Mexicans think it was invented in Santa Fe; Texans, in San Antonio. When Anthony Bourdain calls it “warm crap in a bag,” who should be insulted?

12/31/2013 By Robb Walsh

Biking

Dissecting Critical Mass

On the last Friday of each month, thousands of cyclists make their presence felt. But what is Critical Mass, exactly, and what is its goal?

12/31/2013 By John Lomax

New Year, New Faces

January’s Perfect Party

Let’s kick off 2014 in style with eight personalities making waves (and headlines) this January.

12/31/2013 By Catherine Matusow

Dance

Ecstatic Dancing: A Primer

More than just the latest craze, “ecstatic dancing” gives people a new way to relate to themselves and each other—and it’s hitting Houston.

12/31/2013 By Peter Holley

Interviews

Elements of Style: Continental Club’s Goodtime Smith

Say what you will about club manager John “Goodtime” Smith’s wardrobe, but it certainly doesn’t lack panache.

12/31/2013 By Kerry H.

Sports

What Makes a Successful Athlete Retire at the Age of 21?

Increasing awareness of health risks deals another blow to kids and sports.

12/31/2013 By Catherine Matusow

Tourist In Your Own City

Bayou Views: ArCH Walking Tour of Buffalo Bayou

What would Houston be without Buffalo Bayou? Find out on Saturday.

12/27/2013 By Katharine Shilcutt

CRIME

Dr. Sharon Iglehart Charged in Connection with $158 Million Medicare Scam

Wife of retired Houston Rocket submitted false, fraudulent claims from 2005 to 2012, feds say.

12/20/2013 By John Nova Lomax

Modern Etiquette

How to Use Your Cell Phone at the Table: A Guide

If you simply must pull your phone out at a meal, here's how to do it.

12/17/2013 By Katharine Shilcutt

TEXAS REPUBLIC HISTORY

Sam Houston's Spectacular Farewell

175 years ago, the Hero of San Jacinto ruined incoming president Mirabeau Lamar's biggest day.

12/10/2013 By John Lomax

Essay

The Year of the Astrodome

Allyn West reflects back on a tumultuous year for our beleaguered, beloved Dome.

12/10/2013 By Allyn West

UNSAFE PASSAGE

Is It Open Season On Houston Cyclists?

Months before the death of Chelsea Norman, John Andrew Williams was hit by a truck. The driver was not so much as cited. Where's that Safe Passage law?

12/06/2013 By John Lomax

In Remembrance

Family Needs Help Paying for Funeral

A funeral fund has been set up for film critic Eric Harrison.

12/05/2013 By Katharine Shilcutt

Best of Houstonia

Top Lawyers 2013

When it comes to choosing representation, what are you going to listen to? Billboards? TV ads? Your father-in-law? Why not start with our list of the city’s best lawyers instead?

12/01/2013

Unextreme Makeovers

Westward Expansion

With a renovation of Galleria III beginning in 2014, the Galleria aims to reinvent itself once again.

12/01/2013 By Peter Holley

Interview

Meet the Man Who Invented the Galleria

Gerald Hines, founding father of the modern mall, opens up about the Galleria’s early days, ice rinks, and his legacy.

12/01/2013 By John Lomax

Secrets of the Galleria

'A Shopping Center It Is Not. It Will Be a New Downtown.'

What was once a pockmarked Post Oak prairie became a temple to consumerism unlike anything seen before.

12/01/2013 By John Lomax

H-Town diary

The Vision Thing

Houston is not an ideal place in which to be blind, but MasterChef Christine Ha would rather be here than anywhere else.

12/01/2013 By Christine Ha

Brace Yourself

How to Escape From a Sinking Helicopter

How do the Gulf’s oil workers endure singularly perilous commutes to work? By preparing for the worst.

12/01/2013 By Peter Holley

Bayougraphy

The Place Where Cancer and Conception Meet

Gynecological oncologist Terri Pustilnik gives new meaning to having it all.

12/01/2013 By Peter Holley