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Archives: 1998
  • Generation Exceptional

    published August 27, 1998

    "We had a rule: absolutely no classical music whatsoever." Orli Shaham laughs at the memory -- and its obvious irony. The young musician is... More >>

  • Night & Day

    published August 20, 1998

    Thursday August 20 Legendary dancer/choreographer George Balanchine once said, "All leading dancers want to dance Swan Lake at least... More >>

  • Sexual Healing

    published August 20, 1998

    The artfully turned opening of Vocessitas/Little Voices is the essence of filmic storytelling. The tale's female protagonist leaves work and heads... More >>

  • Night & Day

    published August 13, 1998

    Thursday August 13 He's a country comedian -- a Stetson-wearin', story-tellin' guitar player from Longview, Texas -- but don't go... More >>

  • Night & Day

    published August 6, 1998

    Thursday August 6 Jake Johannsen's shtick, starting out, was the nerdy guy hesitantly stammering his way through long takes on... More >>

  • Dada's Little Dividend

    published July 30, 1998

    The late Andy Kaufman was the king of discomfiting comedy. Fearless and reckless, he pushed his muse to extremes of near- and actual violence,... More >>

  • Night & Day

    published July 30, 1998

    Thursday July 30 Gravel-throated Dale Watson is a hard-core honky-tonker of the first order, and it's not too much of a stretch to... More >>

  • Night & Day

    published July 23, 1998

    Thursday July 23 The works in "Judye Williams: Flying Pies and Cowgirls" call to mind Leslie Caron's famous retort to the offended... More >>

  • The Menu That Fell to Earth

    published July 16, 1998

    WALLER -- The Internet come-on might've piqued the interest of extreme adventurer Tim Cahill, author of the tomes A Wolverine Is Eating My Leg and... More >>

  • Night & Day

    published July 16, 1998

    Thursday July 16 Though both were born in Houston and consider themselves "visual diarists," the dual exhibitors of "In Situ:... More >>

  • Night & Day

    published July 9, 1998

    Thursday July 9 Though both were born in Houston and consider themselves "visual diarists," the dual exhibitors of "In Situ:... More >>

  • Adam and Eve Hit the Sauza

    published July 2, 1998

    In Hannah and Her Sisters, Daniel Stern plays a rock star looking to buy artwork he doesn't claim to appreciate from an embittered intellectual... More >>

  • South of Houston

    published July 2, 1998

    Who knew that Houston had an underground? The Tunnel, as the befuddling, 6.3-mile subsurface promenade is informally known, has been with us since... More >>

  • Night & Day

    published July 2, 1998

    Thursday July 2 Not About Nightingales was penned in 1938 by Tennessee Williams, then age 27. The flawed but worthy drama is about a... More >>

  • Hooray for Old Hollywood

    published June 25, 1998

    The exhibit "Who Framed Robin Hood?" is presented by Houston's Hollywood Frame Gallery in conjunction with the Warner Bros. Festival of Classics... More >>

  • Blaffer's Cups Runneth Over

    published June 25, 1998

    The lady in heels knitted her brow, bent her knees and took a mighty swing, as if she were gunning for the 18th green at Augusta. There was a loud... More >>

  • Night & Day

    published June 25, 1998

    Thursday June 25 Jill Morley's True Confessions of a Go-Go Girl was a long-running underground smash in New York -- not least... More >>

  • Night & Day

    published June 18, 1998

    thursday june 18 Frank McCourt wrote ravishingly of his blighted upbringing in Limerick, Ireland, in the book Angela's Ashes: A... More >>

  • Capitaine Blood

    published June 18, 1998

    GALVESTON -- "They 'ave been accusing me of taking American sheeps seence 1812. I do not steal from my own corn creeb!" As Todd Jensen calmly... More >>

  • Night & Day

    published June 11, 1998

    thursday may 11 Why is D.A. Pennebaker's Don't Look Back considered a modern classic? The 1967 film is one of the standard-bearers... More >>

  • Night & Day

    published June 4, 1998

    Thursday June 4 The French poet Alfred de Musset described the title character of Abbe Prevost's novel Manon Lescaut as an... More >>

  • Design for Nonliving

    published June 4, 1998

    David's in oil and gas. Clair's an actress at the Alley. Their daughter, Rebecca, is at MIT, but returns frequently to use her whiz-bang... More >>

  • Night & Day

    published May 28, 1998

    Thursday May 28 It's curtains for the venerable warhorse called the Music Hall following Theatre Under the Stars' production of... More >>

  • Aggie Yoke

    published May 21, 1998

    TV's highly rated Beverly Hillbillies was axed for attracting hicks. Robert Earl Keen wrestles with his own 500-pound demographic gorilla:... More >>

  • Night & Day

    published May 21, 1998

    Thursday May 21 Actor Leonard Nimoy, his pointy Vulcan ears turning the color of split-pea soup after his character Spock dosed... More >>

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