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2006 Stories by Julia Ramey

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  • Spiraling into Motion

    published August 3, 2006

    The costumes of the Indian musical troupe Rudrakshya may feature vibrant oranges, reds, purples and golds, but their movement is more... More >>

  • Curb Your Withdrawal

    published August 3, 2006

    Summertime in Houston is the prime season for a little-known condition called "Opera withdrawal syndrome." Sweltering heat, bad pop songs and... More >>

  • Don Stud

    published June 15, 2006

    A recent version of Don Quixote is 992 pages long, which means anyone with a life will take, oh, a year and a half to finish it.... More >>

  • Girls! Undressing!

    published June 15, 2006

    In Toni Leago Valle's dance creation Interview for a Date, she appears on-screen in a cocktail dress, telling a faux interviewer how she'd... More >>

  • They've Got Styles

    published June 8, 2006

    "It's just amazing, it's like a dream come true." These are the words of a young girl who has lived every young girl's fantasy: She went to New... More >>

  • She's Bringing the Battalion

    published June 8, 2006

    Danielle Brazell's Battalion: Acts of Resistance is like The Vagina Monologues on steroids. Performance artist Brazell... More >>

  • War Through Crayons

    published June 8, 2006

    That the conflict in Darfur could strip the innocence even from children's crayon drawings seems almost unthinkable. But the effect is clear to... More >>

  • Seeking Asylum

    published June 8, 2006

    If you tell FrenetiCore that dance is supposed to be pretty, odds are they'll take your opinion, fling it to the ground and stomp on it with spike... More >>

  • Ain't No Pity Party

    published June 1, 2006

    When describing the performers of Dionysus Theatre, Deborah Nowinski can't use the words "love" and "acceptance" enough. "So many people think... More >>

  • One-Piece? Two-Piece?

    published June 1, 2006

    June marks the beginning of a torturous time for American women: swimsuit season. Fortunately, Ann Taylor LOFT and Glamour magazine will... More >>

  • Paper Chase

    published June 1, 2006

    With some dedicated digging at the Houston Postcard & Paper Show, you could find a book from your childhood, a newspaper from the day you... More >>

  • Showing Their Range

    published June 1, 2006

    The Big Range Dance Festival is like a six-course meal for contemporary dance lovers -- each installment as delectable as the next.... More >>

  • Pacific in the Gulf

    published May 25, 2006

    Though the word "dame" left us long ago for vocabulary Neverland, the show that sang it the loudest is still alive and well — and living in... More >>

  • Going to the West Side

    published May 25, 2006

    Yes, we know you, hipster extraordinaire, were jamming to Moby's "Everything Is Wrong" in 1995 and totally stopped listening to him when he... More >>

  • Musical Acrobatics

    published May 25, 2006

    Nothing quite says "feats of strength" like classical music. This seems to be the odd but inspired logic behind Cirque du Symphony,... More >>

  • Age-Old Love Story

    published May 18, 2006

    If diplomats worked to improve relations among eras instead of nations, Dominic Walsh would be secretary of state. His collaboration with Mercury... More >>

  • Ace in Hand

    published May 18, 2006

    Ace Atkins! Southern noir writer! Seriously — with a name like that splayed across a mystery novel's cover, how can you not... More >>

  • Your Super Sweet Fifteen

    published May 18, 2006

    Thanks to the terrifying teens and pushover parents of MTV's My Super Sweet Sixteen, it's definitely understandable if the sight of... More >>

  • No Acid Necessary

    published May 18, 2006

    Anyone who has spent a good hour in the underground light tunnel at the MFAH knows that light and color -- when fused properly -- can have an... More >>

  • Cat 'n' Bird Fight

    published May 11, 2006

    Damn those Rice baseball players. You'd think they'd throw in a little mediocrity once in a while, just to mix it up. Nope, as if on cue, they're... More >>

  • Hell and Sebastian

    published May 11, 2006

    Sebastian Junger's hit book The Perfect Storm took us into thrashing ocean waters. He has also reported from such locales as Kosovo,... More >>

  • Oh, Maya!

    published May 11, 2006

    Maya Angelou is one of the few living people whose words carry as much clout as those of Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and, hell,... More >>

  • Killer Dance

    published May 11, 2006

    Ladies, need a creative way to avenge yourself on a lying guy? Try dancing him to death. Hey, it worked for Giselle, the title... More >>

  • Yeah, on the Catwalk

    published May 4, 2006

    Heads-up to Project Runway fans. If you've watched the weekend marathons, commented on the blog and stalked Chloe Dao, cease, desist and... More >>

  • She's All NYC Now

    published May 4, 2006

    Young readers may recall the plight of Mimi Schulman, teen heroine of The Rise and Fall of a 10th-Grade Social Climber, who gets shipped... More >>

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