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1999 Stories by Liz Belile

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  • Real Life

    published December 30, 1999

    It's an early December day in downtown Houston. The warm, muggy morning has become a chilly afternoon of persistent drizzle, the region's first... More >>

  • Belles with Balls

    published December 30, 1999

    Caroline Picard, a.k.a. the Cajun Queen, once drove through a blizzard over Loveland Pass, Colorado, in her two-wheel-drive Mazda pickup to... More >>

  • Willie D. Packs a Wallop

    published December 16, 1999

    The phone rings. On the other end a man speaks in a foreign accent, like Andy Kaufman's Latka Graves but with a deeper voice: "Hello, Houston... More >>

  • Space Truckin'

    published December 9, 1999

    The show was spectacular, in every way. The 13-member ensemble came out wearing robes, gold lamé shirts, sequined vests and all manner of... More >>

  • Family Tradition

    published November 18, 1999

    Hank is a name that stands alone in country music. Same goes for Hank Junior. And now there's a third: Hank Williams III, otherwise known as Hank... More >>

  • Smart Box

    published November 11, 1999

    Tall and wire-thin, with a light cloud of curly auburn hair, Andy Mann darts back and forth in his kitchen, making dinner. Navigating the... More >>

  • Space Cadets

    published November 11, 1999

    If you believe Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Sun Ra and his Arkestra can be held at least partially responsible for the '80s/'90s revolution... More >>

  • Rewriting History

    published November 4, 1999

    Award-winning author Walter Mosley has tackled nearly every form: fiction, nonfiction, essays, poetry, theater, even film. But he's most... More >>

  • Yesshow

    published November 4, 1999

    Yes still can't say no to making mystic rock. Last week more than 1,700 folk packed the Aerial Theater for the 30-year-old band's first show... More >>

  • How Low Can You Go?

    published October 7, 1999

    It's your typical bar: dark and smoky, with flyers peeling off the walls. And Low looks to be your typical bar band: Alan Sparhawk on... More >>

  • Driving Ambition

    published September 23, 1999

    Speed thrills. Imagine the exhilaration as your body is propelled forward in space. You're barely conscious of the elements or the senses. And... More >>

  • The Write Stuff

    published September 9, 1999

    "Writing is easy," the late journalist and biographer Gene Fowler once said. "All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops... More >>

  • Auto Erotica

    published July 29, 1999

    The Patsco Ladies Car Wash, at 11203 Jones Road, is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call... More >>

  • State of the Art

    published May 6, 1999

    1989 Company press release: "Compaq Computer Corporation today introduced the world's most powerful and expandable desktop personal... More >>

  • The Poetry Winners

    published April 29, 1999

    So this dirty, sultry, apartment-hived swamp of a city breathes and seethes life after all. The call went out and you responded. We wanted... More >>

  • Rotation

    published February 11, 1999

    Blondie No Exit Beyond Most pop comebacks, particularly recent ones, are pathetic. Disastrous. Mortifying. (Case in point:... More >>

  • Back in Black

    published January 14, 1999

    A fable: Once upon a time (say, 1986) there was a band in Boston called the Pixies. They sounded a bit caustic -- combining roaring guitars and... More >>

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