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2006 Stories by Nick Keppler

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  • Off Trek

    published December 21, 2006

    The TV show Firefly was an anti-Star Trek of sorts. While both shows featured crews traveling through space, the ill-tempered... More >>

  • Think Tanked

    published November 30, 2006

    In 2003, a bunch of New Yorkers started Drinking Liberally as a less formal place to talk politics. There’d be no committees or leaflets or... More >>

  • Weird Science

    published August 17, 2006

    Think of them as the Power Rangers, only animated and even more inexplicable to adults. Japan's Science Ninja Team Gatchaman has battled... More >>

  • Ghostly Musical Resurrected

    published August 10, 2006

    "Back by popular demand" is a term so clichéd it's hard to use seriously. But that's the only way to describe the return of Speeding... More >>

  • Portrait of the Architect as a Young Man

    published August 10, 2006

    Before designing the see-through glass house in New Canaan, Connecticut, the spiraling Chapel on Thanks-Giving Square in Dallas or the mammoth... More >>

  • Bakery-Fresh Battle

    published August 10, 2006

    A flash of inspiration hit Franco Tijero in the form of a wad of masticated bread dough. After a day of delivering food to the homeless, Tijero... More >>

  • Return of the Alt-Country King

    published August 10, 2006

    If the "alternative country" genre can be defined, Alejandro Escovedo is one of its defining artists. Combining the fiery spirit of his... More >>

  • Spare the Blade

    published August 10, 2006

    You may have heard that the Crystal Method's music was played during the blood-bathed rave scene in Blade or that the duo scored... More >>

  • Show, Don't Tell

    published August 3, 2006

    For two years, www.houstonitsworthit.com has invited us to give reasons why, despite the heat,... More >>

  • Spaced Out

    published August 3, 2006

    There should be a good explanation why a band warrants a full sentence for its name, and Eric Elbogen of Say Hi to Your Mom has a doozy. "I... More >>

  • And He Also Sings

    published August 3, 2006

    Ted Nugent is one of those celebrities who's famous because he's famous. More than for any of the bestial rocker's songs, he's known for... More >>

  • A Poor Plan

    published August 3, 2006

    While film buffs cried blasphemy when media mogul Ted Turner announced plans to colorize Citizen Kane, underground film fans cheered when... More >>

  • A Strong Resolve

    published August 3, 2006

    The campy, retro album covers of Goleta, California's Lagwagon always betrayed the smart punk rock within. The band writes about lost love,... More >>

  • Stranger than Fiction

    published July 27, 2006

    Pablo Picasso once said that art is the lie that tells the truth. Michael Putegnat would probably agree. The Brownsville public policy and... More >>

  • The Orange Death

    published July 27, 2006

    A postal worker's cacophony of found objects and makeshift sculptures, the Orange Show proves that you don't need to be a professional artist to... More >>

  • Don't Shoot The Messenger

    published July 27, 2006

    Because recent news from the Middle East has been mostly of the shit-your-pants variety, it's comforting to see the conflicts of the area... More >>

  • VAST Experience

    published July 27, 2006

    When a band's name is an acronym for Visual Audio Sensory Theater, its live show better entail more than just some guys and their instruments.... More >>

  • No Phishing

    published July 27, 2006

    The Gourds' best-known song is probably a supposed Phish cover of a Snoop Dogg tune. Known for their anything-goes concerts, the Austin... More >>

  • Geek or Chic?

    published July 27, 2006

    Is Napoleon Dynamite cool anymore? We can't tell. First our hipster friends were all telling us we had to see the quirky,... More >>

  • Art on the Move

    published July 27, 2006

    Don't call them cartoonists. The creative minds whose work will be presented today at Independent Exposure's Animation Program prefer the... More >>

  • Manned Vehicular Slaughter

    published July 20, 2006

    Who killed the electric car? We don't know, but given what we're paying for gas, we'd like his head. First-time director Chris Paine tries to find... More >>

  • Funk It Up

    published July 20, 2006

    Give or take a letter, Funk tha Heat! is a phrase we've been repeating for weeks! It's also the name of a festival at Helios that's set out... More >>

  • Doggone Fun

    published July 20, 2006

    The annual Reliant World Series of Dog Shows is the place to go for purebred, expertly trained canines fetching, running and jumping. Come... More >>

  • Unsuper Heroes

    published July 20, 2006

    If you're sick of the lame comedies and regurgitated superhero franchises that make up the summer movie season, duck into the Aurora Picture Show... More >>

  • Drummer Love

    published July 20, 2006

    Most of us remember marching bands as pains in the ass that prolonged high school football games, delaying our post-game plans of pounding cheap... More >>

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