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1999 Stories by Shaila Dewan

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  • Double Bogey

    published December 23, 1999

    Let the bloodsport begin: The Millennial Biennial's roster of artists has been announced, and everyone's worst fears or best hopes have been... More >>

  • Color Commentary

    published December 23, 1999

    It is said that good writers borrow and great writers steal. In the belief that the same is true for newspapers, this week the Press... More >>

  • Back to the Futurist

    published December 16, 1999

    Seated in a Montrose living room, Doug Michels is witnessing one of those bizarre moments when the past intrudes on the present, appearing... More >>

  • Not Your MTV

    published December 9, 1999

    Just a month or so ago, I was seated, much against my better judgment, on an inordinately large panel convened to discuss artists in the... More >>

  • The Antihero

    published October 28, 1999

    In 1995 Bill Davenport glued four cardboard toilet paper rolls together in a little cluster and called it sculpture. In the mid-'80s he cast the... More >>

  • Virtual Vouchers?

    published October 21, 1999

    Pastor Leon Spivey thinks he knows what black people need: a basic education and some spiritual guidance. Problem is, he says, the black people... More >>

  • Legal Walls

    published October 7, 1999

    It was a scene of art culture-meets-street culture that could almost have been lifted from the '80s, a few years after a celebrated Soho street... More >>

  • Street Cred

    published October 7, 1999

    Since the street is something we city dwellers can appreciate every day, bringing the street into the gallery seems potentially weird and fakey,... More >>

  • Photographic Memory

    published September 23, 1999

    At first glance, "Politics and Elliptical Visions" seems schizophrenic. The exhibit, curated by photography graduate student Anderson Wrangle,... More >>

  • Nice Girls With Guns

    published September 16, 1999

    Every inch of Kingwood -- the bedroom community that used to be 25 miles north of Houston before Houston reached up and swallowed it whole -- ... More >>

  • Maori Madness

    published August 26, 1999

    LeaAnna McConnell is one of those people who's fascinated by death and human remains, and the more exotic the better. Like a Texas cousin of the... More >>

  • Write Soon and Tell All

    published August 12, 1999

    "I do miss you, but I am not unhappy that you are gone." Edith Oliveros wrote those words to her 20-year-old daughter, Pauline, in 1952.... More >>

  • Public Places, Private Emotions

    published July 29, 1999

    "Topologies" will be on view at the Contemporary Arts Museum, 5216 Montrose Boulevard, (713) 284-8250 through September 12. On Thursday,... More >>

  • The Shows of Summer

    published July 29, 1999

    After a couple of years of competing summer events, Houston's art dealers (28 of 'em, anyway) are back under one banner. The reunification... More >>

  • Shin Splits

    published July 29, 1999

    Shin Higashiura, whose female shiatsu clients say he gave them "inside treatments" that involved sexual touching and intercourse, has agreed to... More >>

  • Sexual Healing?

    published July 8, 1999

    Like most of the clients who visited Shin Higashiura's shiatsu therapy clinic, Stella (not her real name) is a middle-aged, upper-middle-class... More >>

  • The World Made Visible

    published June 17, 1999

    The great photographer Diane Arbus once claimed that if she didn't take her pictures, no one would ever see the things she photographed. She was... More >>

  • Too Much for Words

    published June 10, 1999

    From the time I was six to the time I was 11, my dad worked at Texas Southern University. There, perched on a high stool in front of a computer... More >>

  • Study in Green

    published May 27, 1999

    It was a certain morbid curiosity that drew us, two artists and me, to the Westin Galleria one afternoon in late March to witness a personal... More >>

  • Silence on the Dial

    published May 13, 1999

    On the afternoon of April 27, M. Martin climbed the stairs to a small office above the Texas Hemp Company to use the phone. There, he answered a... More >>

  • The Art of Raising Hell

    published May 6, 1999

    "It's really funny," says 34-year-old Rick Lowe, hunching over fried catfish at Luddington's in the Third Ward, the neighborhood where he now... More >>

  • Object Lesson

    published April 29, 1999

    For a while now I've been mentally mapping out what I call my Color Tour of Houston, a project whose merit I hope our Convention and Visitors... More >>

  • Remaining Calm

    published April 8, 1999

    When the new year began, you couldn't go anywhere without hearing about Y2K. Even daily newspapers and the Red Cross were advising people to hoard... More >>

  • WorldFest: Wild, Mild and Wicked

    published April 8, 1999

    Get ready, film fans. The indie invasion of Houston is under way. The curtains go up Friday, April 9, on Three Seasons, but it will begin... More >>

  • TAAS Probe Update

    published April 8, 1999

    Houston Independent School District last week asked a principal and three teachers to resign for alleged TAAS testing irregularities, which were... More >>

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