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2008 Stories by Bob Ruggiero

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  • “Designed by Architects”

    published March 13, 2008

    To most people, a coffee pot is simply the first thing you reach for in the morning. But to others, it’s a functional object that could also... More >>

  • Bobby McFerrin

    published March 6, 2008

    Unless he shoots the President or something, Bobby McFerrin will always be best known for his insipid yet insanely catchy feel-good song... More >>

  • Le Bonhuer du Vent

    published March 6, 2008

    Since we just gave the friggin’ Best Actress Oscar to Marion Cotillard, does that mean it’s safe to love the French again? Let’s... More >>

  • Pompeii

    published March 6, 2008

    When Mount Vesuvius exploded above Pompeii, Italy, in late August A.D. 79, it sent a fury of boiling mud and gases down its slopes at nearly 100... More >>

  • Blue Cheer

    published March 6, 2008

    There was a brief period in late-1960s television when middle-aged variety show hosts like Ed Sullivan would bring on longhaired freaks as... More >>

  • “Craft in America: Expanding Traditions”

    published February 28, 2008

    “Craft in America: Expanding Traditions” features handcrafted furniture, textiles, baskets, jewelry and more — many... More >>

  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Parade

    published February 28, 2008

    As a ten-year-old Yankee transplant to Houston in the mid-’70s, the strangest cultural tradition I encountered (outside of the delicacy... More >>

  • Grateful Coogs

    published Feb 12, 2008

    The Grateful Dead’s seemingly bottomless music vault will ensure live releases long after the band actually resembles their skeletal doppelgangers in the “Touch of Grey” video. But their mos... More >>

  • The Ravi Coltrane Quartet

    published February 7, 2008

    It’s hard enough to be a musician following in the same line of work as a famous parent — just ask Julian Lennon. But when dad was not... More >>

  • Yonder Mountain String Band

    published January 31, 2008

    Like the similar-minded jamgrass acts Railroad Earth and Leftover Salmon, this quartet from over yonder (Nederland, Colorado, near Denver)... More >>

  • Galveston’s Mardi Gras

    published January 24, 2008

    Organizers of the Galveston Mardi Gras are doing everything they can to make this year’s celebration more family friendly — they... More >>

  • Al Stewart

    published January 24, 2008

    Though best known for a pair of '70s SoftSational Hits ("Year of the Cat," "Time Passages"), Scottish native Al Stewart should actually get... More >>

  • Vintage Radio Roadshow

    published January 17, 2008

    Attention Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea! Remember yesteryear, when the iPod wasn’t how most people listened to music and when... More >>

  • Tristar Collectors Show

    published January 17, 2008

    Looking for that rare Larry Bird rookie card or a football thrown by Brett Favre? How about an authentic, unopened Reggie Bar?... More >>

  • The MLK Day Parade

    published January 17, 2008

    Each year, two long-warring factions compete to produce Houston’s “real” MLK celebration (such a great way to honor a man of peace,... More >>

  • Chevron Houston Marathon

    published January 10, 2008

    Good news, bad news. Bad news first: With 17,000 runners already signed up for the full and half marathons, the annual Chevron Houston Marathon is... More >>

  • Baby Loves Disco

    published January 10, 2008

    Though hip moms have traded in 2 a.m. last calls for 2 a.m. breast feedings, there’s no reason they can’t still get their groove on with... More >>

  • Get Lit: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath by Joel McIver

    published Jan 03, 2008

    Well before he became a befuddled, cuddly, idiotic reality TV star and living cartoon, Ozzy Osbourne really was the Prince of Darkness. Fronting Black Sabbath, the heaviest of heavy bands with re... More >>

  • 23rd Biannual Bridal Extravaganza Show

    published January 3, 2008

    They are often longtime campaigns that require detailed planning, incisive knowledge of both friends and enemies, and casualties by the roadside.... More >>

  • Houston International Boat, Sport, and Travel Show

    published January 3, 2008

    Now that Santa has fulfilled the wish lists for area kiddies, it’s time for their dads to salivate over even bigger toys at the Houston... More >>

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