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1998 Stories by Bob Ruggiero

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  • Dish

    published August 27, 1998

    Here's Another Bit of Texana Cookbooks have long since lived near the bottom of the literary food chain -- ironic, given their content.... More >>

  • Rotation

    published August 20, 1998

    Snoop Dogg Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told No Limit Eightball Lost Suave House Those who dare to seek... More >>

  • Dish

    published August 20, 1998

    Tossing Some Salad Around Look out, Souper Salad. There's a new posse in town offering up buffet-style health-conscious fare. The San... More >>

  • CottonEyed Cho

    published August 20, 1998

    Actress and comedian Margaret Cho remembers vividly the last time she was in Houston, although it had nothing to do with her scheduled gig. "I... More >>

  • Rotation

    published August 13, 1998

    Baaba Maal Nomad Soul Palm Pictures Ernest Ranglin In Search of the Lost Riddim Palm Pictures Baaba Maal and... More >>

  • Temper, Temper

    published August 13, 1998

    It was that rare chance to see a completely unscripted rock-and-roll moment -- the type of ugly display most in the audience should remember long... More >>

  • Dish

    published August 13, 1998

    Devising Crescendo Endings Let us now praise famous pastry chefs. Sure, those white-hatted culinary wizards who make the savory appetizers... More >>

  • Bullridin' Belles

    published August 13, 1998

    To the average spectator, eight seconds is hardly enough time to swallow that first gulp of beer. But to the athlete, it's an eternity to spend on... More >>

  • World of Their Own

    published August 6, 1998

    Perhaps the best way to begin a story about the Squirrel Nut Zippers is to clear up what they aren't. They do not belong to the so-called... More >>

  • Dish

    published August 6, 1998

    A Walk Through Chinatown For many, "dim sum" might be a term to accurately reflect the balance in their checking accounts. But to... More >>

  • Legacy of Leigh

    published August 6, 1998

    She is forever etched into pop-culture iconography as the vain but gritty Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind. She is almost as well known for... More >>

  • Artful Roger

    published July 30, 1998

    If Beethoven and Mozart were the pop superstars of their day, and the melodies of Lennon and McCartney are destined to survive for centuries, then... More >>

  • Dish

    published July 30, 1998

    Romance at Renata's "Do you know how many agreements have been signed on these tables for millions of dollars?" Sam Hannoush, owner/manager... More >>

  • In with the Old

    published July 23, 1998

    While it's true that the B-52's did return to the studio for a while, plans for a full-length CD of fresh material never panned out. Instead, the... More >>

  • Tutoned and Ready

    published July 16, 1998

    Granted, a good chunk of the crowd will show up for Tommy Tutone's lone hit, "867-5309/Jenny." But the Texas native, last heard from in the '80s,... More >>

  • Range Rover

    published July 16, 1998

    Texan Larry Gatlin is passionate about several things. One is writing and performing country music, as he's done for decades with the Gatlin... More >>

  • This Year's Model

    published July 9, 1998

    The 1998 edition of Smashing Pumpkins is a much different beast than the one that made its name coupling grunge's raw power with art-rock's lofty... More >>

  • The Rite Stuff

    published July 9, 1998

    A video at the beginning of the tour says, "We're all beings that will someday expire." Thus placed in the proper frame of mind, you're ready to... More >>

  • Back to the Jungle

    published July 2, 1998

    I don't know about y'all, but after spending a year being perpetually drenched in Puff Daddy's flashy, hip-pop showboating, Master P's... More >>

  • 1998 Houston Press Music Awards Winners

    published June 25, 1998

    Submitted for your approval: 100-degree heat, ten venues, 55 bands and a handful of nightclub managers who responded to the record temperatures... More >>

  • Real Deal

    published June 18, 1998

    These days, it's passe for a rap act to refer to its sound and philosophy as "keepin' it real." From the moment that abominable phrase was... More >>

  • Magic Sidekick Mystery Tour

    published June 18, 1998

    One performer who's going to have a helluva time sorting out his W-2 forms at the end of the year is Craig Shoemaker. In addition to a steady... More >>

  • Crime Fiction Pays

    published June 11, 1998

    Few contemporary authors are as closely associated with their literary alter egos as James Lee Burke is with his creation, Cajun detective Dave... More >>

  • Rotation

    published June 4, 1998

    Natalie Merchant Ophelia Elektra Don't be fooled by the perky, provocative "na, na, na"s and pillowy backbeat of "Kind and... More >>

  • Rotation

    published May 21, 1998

    Jeff Buckley Sketches (For My Sweetheart the Drunk) Columbia Anyone well-versed in the more senseless aspects of rock and roll... More >>

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