The City Council on Monday renewed its contract with a nonprofit corporation for another four years, in an effort to find the best deal for the city’s electric needs.
Speakers at a Black History Month program at Hitchcock High School say African-American history should be celebrated year-round, as part of the country's past.
A cold front packing strong winds took fishing out of the picture for Monday and likely Tuesday as well. The good news is that there is a warming trend along with light southerly winds in the forecast beginning Wednesday.
How does a team win 102 district games in eight seasons and take six consecutive district championships?
Some Daily News staffers have been lamenting the passing Saturday of Kris Anne Vogelpohl, who has been called the matriarch of the Galveston County Republican Party.
Telling someone what to do is not a good approach toward helping them.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke says quarterback Thomas Sirk has ruptured his left Achilles tendon.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — An ailing 12-year-old dolphin has died at SeaWorld San Antonio in the park's fourth animal death since last summer.
The executive board of the Knights of Momus recently announced Doug Matthews as the Grand Marshall for the Momus Grand Night Parade set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
On Saturday, Reality of Wrestling is scheduled to hold its first live show at Texas City's World's Gym Arena.
The Coen Brothers latest film, “Hail, Caesar!” is a really good B-movie.
The Quaker City String Band of the Philadelphia Mummers has been coming to the island to help celebrate Mardi Gras for 31 years, but this year may be their last.
Mardi Gras, "Nunsense" and "Big Fish, Texas" are all in this week's Hot Ticket.
Dilutes historical heroism by exaggerating mechanical capabilities and skipping important details.
Tilman Fertitta announced this week that his surprise performer for the sold-out San Luis Salute on Feb. 5 will be Pitbull, who’s latest album “Dale” is up for his first Grammy this year.
Celebrate Mardi Gras, oysters, 'Monty Python' and more this week in Angela Wilson's Hot Ticket column.
Texas Country singer Cory Morrow opens up about growing up in the Houston area, his sobriety and how it affected his music career and more.
The characters fear what disaster the fifth wave will bring only to learn it’s stupidity in "The 5th Wave."
Experience a breathtaking vision of the sport of fencing when University of Houston at Clear Lake’s Art Gallery presents Serge Timacheff’s “Change of Engagement” Friday through March 31.
“Small Engine Repair” written by John Pollono and directed by Kim Mytelka opened on Jan. 15 at the ETC Theater.
The Daily News movie critic talks all the glitz and glamour of the Critics Choice Awards.
MLK Day celebrations, "The Producers," dancing for a cause and more are happening soon in Galveston County.
Musical legend Kinky Friedman will perform at Galveston’s 1894 Grand Opera House on March 26 to raise money for Congregation Beth Jacob, 2401 Ave. K.
“Towards Zero” Director Aprille Meek came into the Clear Creek Community Theatre as a general mystery lover. But after directing nine Agatha Christie plays for the theater’s stage, Meek proudly proclaims that she is Agatha obsessed.
Michael Bay lets chaos take control in the intense true story of Benghazi.
Dallas Green, of the band City and Colour, talks his new album, Alexisonfire reunion and the pressure he puts on himself.
There will be a one-time free screening of the motion picture “Rosenwald” at 2 p.m. Sunday at Premiere Cinema, 8902 Seawall Blvd, in Galveston.
It's Mardi Gras time again, and the music scene is kicking back up after the holidays.
Don’t go into Academy Award winning director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s new film “The Revenant” because you want to see a bunch of Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Aviator,” “Blood Diamond”) wilderness fight scenes. Instead, experience this cinematic event as it delivers beautiful long takes capturing some of the most alluring images ever captured on film. While so much is being made about the gruesome scene involving the main character and a mother grizzly bear, the images I can’t get out of my mind are landscapes, frozen waterfalls and the ambitious decision to only use natural light to provide an even further authentic experience. Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematography is the true star of “The Revenant” with Ryuichi Sakamoto’s original score the most effective use of music in film this year.
After working with country music greats like Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, as well as film director Rob Zombie, Dayton returns to the area he grew up to perform at the Galveston Regional Chamber Annual Meeting and Gala Jan. 15.
Bay Area Harbour Playhouse's latest show "Proof" runs from Jan. 8-Jan. 31, and will tug at your heartstrings.
A look at the events going on in the county.
Auteur filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is arguably one of the great American talents. His films which he writes, directs, produces and often edits, create such fanfare that the noise, more than anything, drive people to the theater. “The Hateful Eight” marks the two time Oscar winning screenwriter’s eighth feature film. The buzz began for the film after the script leaked online. Then, Tarantino helped theaters retrofit projectors to display the film in 70 mm (the digital version hits theaters today.) Hefty embargoes on critics, a 12 minute overture before the film begins and a 21 minute intermission all mean the anticipation is obviously high for the film, but it’s all that “stuff” that makes “The Hateful Eight” an experience, not the movie itself. It’s violent, it’s slow and steady, it’s many of the same faces we recognize in other films, but what I realized is the genius behind Tarantino is not what he puts on screen but the buildup.
Things didn’t start off too well in 2015, indeed it wasn’t until the end of April that I even found one movie worth liking.
For those of you who celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas to y’all — but today’s column will let you know of a few New Year’s Eve events to get you ready to bring in the upcoming new year.
Since Oscar nominated writer/director David O. Russell’s previous films have earned such acclaim, accolades and awards for his cast, you expect a certain level of grandeur. “Joy,” based on the real life story of Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano, begins with Russell’s signature dysfunctional family pieces but quickly turns lackluster. His third time casting Lawrence, and her first leading role, should have provided “The Hunger Games” actress with her most multifaceted performance. However, “Joy” plays out with little of the creative fanfare we have come to expect from the five time Oscar nominated filmmaker. Continuing to work with an impressive alignment of actors, none of the characters in “Joy” jump off the page as they did in “Silver Linings Playbook” or “American Hustle.”
A bold new vision puts women front and center of the fanboy franchise.
Texas' oldest opera house, The Grand 1894 Opera House, is hoping that you're ready for Christmas because they have a wide array of holiday-themed events for all to enjoy this weekend as a part of Galveston's Winter Wonder Island Celebration.
For one night only, American classic Tony Bennett will return to The Grand 1894 Opera House on Sunday as part of Galveston Island’s Winter Wonder Island Celebration.
Five gift ideas for the music lover that are sure to please.
The sounds of jingle bells, carolers and Christmas tunes are in full-throttle as we approach Christmas here in Galveston County. There are a plethora of events that you can go to — most for free. Make sure you check out these events that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.
When a film moves from a fall release to the following year, it typically means it has no awards potential and is being “dumped.” When a film moves from a spring release (where there is more money) to a fall release, it usually means film has awards potential. Academy Award winning director Ron Howard (“Apollo 13,” “A Beautiful Mind”) is known for delivering captivating true stories in all sizes. “In the Heart of the Sea” is an epic retelling of the story that inspired the American classic “Moby Dick.” Divided into two segments, the survivor telling the story, and the adventures at sea, Howard re-teams with his leading actor from “Rush,” Chris Hemsworth, for this visual effects loaded flick.
Randy Rogers talks new album and upcoming show in Webster.
The Galveston Historical Foundation is hoping you’re going to be a guest at the 42nd annual Dickens on The Strand, which kicks off from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today (admission is free, today only) in downtown historical Galveston.
If you’re looking for something to get you into the Christmas spirit this season, “It’s a Wonderful Life” will surely do that. And instead of sitting down in front of your boring ol’ TV screen, go out and enjoy it, a stage production makes it all the more real.
Besides the whopping amount of talent in the latest Spike Lee Joint (is he still calling his films that?), there is also a healthy dose of good intention. Spike Lee is a true artist, he doesn’t follow any particular path, he doesn’t play the marketing or Hollywood game, in fact he never has. Lee has been a controversial outsider for as long as I have been writing reviews. Arguably the last great film the Oscar nominated writer/director produced was “Inside Man,” a film without politics or agenda, just good ol’ fashion entertainment. Lee doesn’t seem to be interested in that, thus his latest “Chi-Raq,” which depicts a gun-addicted city formerly called Chicago.
'The Boomerang Effect' is for adults only, don't bring your children or your parents. Read more about this hilarious, downright dirty play.
Now that Thanksgiving is out of the way, if you’re feeling adventurous, need an idea for “date night,” or simply just love good music, then make sure you go to the College of the Mainland’s Concert Band free concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Fine Arts Building Recital Hall on its campus, 1200 Amburn Road, in Texas City.
When Sylvester Stallone reprised his award winning, iconic role as Rocky Balboa in 2006, that film was supposed to be the end of the saga that began in 1976. “Creed” is the first film to feature Rocky not written by Stallone, and that might be a good thing. The original film won best picture, but sequels 2–6 were plagued by Razzie awards for its performances. Ryan Coogler’s follow up to critical sensation “Fruitvale Station” (also starring Jordan) is an imaginative piece of script work which Rocky fans should find wholly satisfying. On its own “Creed” doesn’t manage more than just an adequate boxing drama. It never reaches the level of recent Oscar nominated boxing films “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Fighter” or “Warrior.”
Galveston Island: The 1894 Grand Opera House played host to the one man play entitled, ‘Vince: The Life and Times of Vince Lombardi’. Coach Lombardi was one of the most famous NFL coaches who won the first two Super Bowls. In fact, the award for the winner of the Super Bowl is called the Lombardi Trophy. He is best known for coaching the Green Bay Packers and turning them into a winning franchise during the 1960s.
The writer and actor of one-man play "Vince: The Life and Times of Vince Lombardi" explains the inspiration behind the story.
The internationally renowned Irish Tenor, Ronan Tynan, will perform in a holiday concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 27 — yes, the day after Thanksgiving — at St. Mary’s of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church, 1604 Ninth Ave. N., in Texas City.
Sometimes when everything feels like it’s falling apart, that just means something better is about to fall into place.
John Crowley and Nick Hornby’s adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s novel “Brooklyn” is a thing of beauty. Epic in terms of romance, polished with extraordinary lighting and framing, it whisks the viewer to a period that was both terrifying and exciting. Fox Searchlight is certainly hoping to repeat their success last year by having the biggest and best looking independent film in the awards race. Gorgeous from opening shot to final scene, “Brooklyn’s” secret weapon is the transcendent performance by Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan (“Atonement,” “Hanna”). One of the season’s true epic romances (and not just between people), “Brooklyn” has all the right stuff to be recognized in multiple awards season categories.
“Room” is the original and unique cinematic experience I have been searching for all year long. There are very few films that I believe knowing less provides a greater experience, but this is one. You won’t find any spoilers in this review, so keep reading. What you do need to know, is that “Room” is a thrilling, heartbreaking and emotional experience, unlike anything you will find anywhere else. “Room” could be put alongside small cinematic gems like “Lars and the Real Girl” or “Take Shelter,” films that defy their genre’s traditions and become cult classics. “Room” is an experience, thanks to author and screenwriter Emma Donoghue who used a real story from the news, and adapted it into a really powerful piece of fiction.
The sixth annual Friendswood Art in the Park Festival will feature artists, live music, food, live artist demonstrations, free art activities and more, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Stevenson Park.
Team drink. If you’ve seen Kevin Anthony and G Town perform live, you probably already know the words: “We raise our glass and toast to good times, health, happiness and family. Team drink.”
Rain isn’t about to stop this party.
Fall is the time for Oscar contenders, when the caliber of movie releases heats up. Admittedly after the superb “Suffragette” trailer dropped during the summer, it became one of the seasons most anticipated players. Written, directed, produced and mainly starring only women, in a story about a pivotal point in women’s history; “Suffragette’s” power must have been hidden behind that “Landslide” song in the tear-jerking trailer. It’s still an important film even without as much character development as it deserved. It’s a history lesson and a good reminder about the struggle for progress and work still to be done.
“Round and Round the Garden” opened Thursday, and runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. through Nov. 22. College of the Mainland’s community theater is located at 1200 Amburn Rd. in Texas City.
Fodor's, the travel and tourism information publisher, has named Galveston as one the the best day trip destinations in the United States.
‘Harvey’ opens tonight and runs through Nov. 22 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Most projects that are gender flipped from male to female roles tend to work out pretty well. “Gravity” and “Flightplan” are just a few, but “Our Brand is Crisis” (produced by George Clooney and Sandra Bullock) is the first that strikes me as too focused on the gender swapping issue.
The 32nd annual Greek Festival, sponsored by the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, is promising to bring culinary delight to your taste buds this weekend at its annual event that will be from 11 a.m. to 10 .m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday at 1824 Ball St. in Galveston.
Allen Stone discusses music and his latest album "Radius."
According to a poll in USA Today Reading, Pennsylvania, La Crosse, Wisconsin and New Braunfels are the top three Oktoberfest events in the U.S. This year, Alex Meixner is playing at all three. He’s also taking “quite a detour” to hit up Galveston Island’s Oktoberfest on Oct. 23 and 24.