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Awards

  • 2007 - First Amendment Awards/The Fort Worth Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, published February 9, 2006

    "Shortchanged"

  • 2007 - First Amendment Awards/The Fort Worth Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, published May 18, 2006

    "Needling the Haystack"

2005 Stories by Keith Plocek

Archives: 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003
  • Capsule Reviews

    published December 29, 2005

    "Detoured" Police barriers are neatly tiled with mirrors like a disco ball. Concrete barriers are decoratively slip-covered in... More >>

  • Knitta, Please!

    published December 15, 2005

    She's always been an impatient knitter: half of a blanket, a quarter of a hat, a sliver of a scarf. She has to intertwine her hobby with a... More >>

  • Free Booze

    published December 1, 2005

    Cheech Marin is in the room, but Steve is inching toward the drink table. It's Thursday afternoon, happy hour, and Cheech is giving a speech... More >>

  • One Man, Ten Days, 80 Free Drinks

    published December 1, 2005

    This is a sidebar to this week's feature, "Free... More >>

  • Capsule Reviews

    published December 1, 2005

    removed Joy Episalla's removed (2000-2002) is one of the worst examples of conceptual art in recent -- and long-term --... More >>

  • Capsule Reviews

    published November 24, 2005

    "John Hartley and Ernesto Marenco" John Hartley takes tiny figurines -- of soldiers, sailors, nurses, bakers, Batman, Aunt Jemima, the Boy... More >>

  • "Round" Here

    published November 17, 2005

    As former Press staff writer Shaila Dewan noted in these pages eight years ago, installations at Project Row Houses are tough to critique.... More >>

  • Dark Star

    published October 27, 2005

    It sounds so strange at first, like a harmonica ditty played by a tone-deaf inmate through his nose, but you grow used to it, this sour tune. It... More >>

  • Battle Scars

    published September 15, 2005

    We've just walked up and down the Montrose on an August day so hot you can hear the heat, and Big John is sitting in a bar with his shirt off. He... More >>

  • At the Ready

    published August 18, 2005

    Bill Parmley's dad was a sheriff, and his granddaddy was one, too, and one thing he learned early in life was the difference between right and... More >>

  • A Piece of the Pie

    published July 28, 2005

    It was the summer after what was supposed to have been my last semester of college, but I had flipped out and signed on for the next, telling... More >>

  • Addicted to Love

    published June 30, 2005

    He says it's been two weekends since he last saw her, counting this weekend. Today is Thursday. He stands, barely five feet tall, in his gravel... More >>

  • Binge Benefits

    published June 30, 2005

    There are two rules you have to follow, my buddy tells me, when hanging out in cantinas. One: Don't stay for more than a couple of drinks,... More >>

  • Got a Light?

    published May 12, 2005

    The Velvet Melvin was practically empty when Todd Line bellied up to the bar on a Monday afternoon. His round face had grown long from a hard day... More >>

  • Caldwell: The Lord's Business

    published May 5, 2005

    You don't usually expect your pastor to have an MBA from Wharton, but then again, you also don't expect him to be a personal friend of the... More >>

  • High on Lowe

    published May 5, 2005

    The sun is shining down on Rick Lowe -- almost too much. The glare from a mosaicked table on Holman is making him squint as he greets passersby in... More >>

  • To the Fruitmobile!

    published May 5, 2005

    The Fruitmobile's body might be lagging, but her spirit is strong. Right now, the old gal, a 1967 Ford station wagon, is sitting in Jackie... More >>

  • Kitchen Kitsch

    published April 28, 2005

    As far as titles go, Woman Talking to Meat Patty is about as descriptive as you can get. There she sits, a little ceramic lady straight out... More >>

  • The Thin Gray Line

    published March 24, 2005

    Jason McKee and Sammie Valero are back on the streets, looking for a stripper who sidelines as a thief. She works the pole at Caligula XXI, a... More >>

  • Capsule Reviews

    published March 17, 2005

    "Amy Blakemore: Recent Pictures" Amy Blakemore has photographed her subjects with a delicate, subtle skill, capturing lovely images that... More >>

  • Houston Hold 'Em

    published March 3, 2005

    The old man flicks the cards around the table, his wrists deft from years of practice. Ten players sit around him. Soon there will be nine.... More >>

  • Capsule Reviews

    published March 3, 2005

    "Ant Farm 1968-78" Most Houstonians know the art/architectural collective Ant Farm because of its prominent Texas work, the 1974... More >>

  • Capsule Reviews

    published February 24, 2005

    "Ant Farm 1968-78" Most Houstonians know the art/architectural collective Ant Farm because of its prominent Texas work, the 1974... More >>

  • The Art of Sex

    published February 17, 2005

    Last summer Ed Koch was seen all over Manhattan with a cock in his mouth. On the street and in the subways, there he was, the former Democratic... More >>

  • Capsule Reviews

    published January 6, 2005

    "Hyper'real'ism: Fellowship Series VI" Bill Davenport has been making a lot of quirky trompe l'oeil paintings of late, but with Dark... More >>

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