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    Best Rant - Ray Hill

    Anyone who has heard Ray Hill's Prison Show on KPFT, a sort of lonely hearts' club call-in show for all those folks who've got loved ones locked up in the big house, knows something about the loud-mouthed activist. The political gadfly has been bitin...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Angst-Ridden Show - This Is Our Youth

    Was there any group of young people more head-bangingly angst-filled than the twentysomethingers living in New York City during the cocaine-driven days of the 1980s? Not according to Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth, a wickedly cynical script abo...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best New Black Novelist - Troy L. Martin

    African-American literary circles around this country may be singing the praises of such contemporary authors as E. Lynn Harris, Eric Jerome Dickey and Omar Tyree, but black Houstonians have their own Sensitive Brotha educating the men and satisfying...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Dollar Movie Theater - Windchimes Cinema 8

    Squish-squish, go your shoes as you enter the darkened theater. Squish-squish-squish, they continue, as you make your way down the aisle, eyes scanning for that perfect middle seat. To prevent anyone from blocking your line of sight to the screen, yo...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Honky-tonk - Blanco's

    The minute you walk into Blanco's and see the beaten hardwood floors, or breathe in the fog of cigarette smoke, or just push your way past a posse of cowboys in Wranglers and pearl-snaps, you know you've found the real thing: a genuine Texas honky-to...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Blues Club - The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club

    The blues is not complicated. It does not require a complicated venue to host it. In fact, it thrives in just the opposite: intimate neighborhood bars where the beat of the drummer matches the beat of your heart, each offering something to the other ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Karaoke - Spotlight Karaoke

    If Ed McMahon had the gumption to host a Houston Star Search, Spotlight Karaoke would be his headquarters. Bringing in crowds of all colors, all ages and all -- umm, both -- genders, the Spotlight is where countertenor accountants go when they're not...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Comedy Club - Laff Stop

    Face it. The heat, humidity, hurricanes and assorted other urban horrors make Houston a place that can't survive without a healthy dose of -- you guessed it -- humor. While there are only a handful of stand-up comedy venues in the area, the the Laff ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Movie Theater - Angelika Film Center and Cafe

    Sometime in the '60s, the moviegoing experience suffered a serious blow: Chain operators built small, shoe-boxlike theaters where people were shooed in and out with all the ceremony of cattle herding. In recent years, chains have started building meg...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best A Cappella Group - The Lager Rhythms

    In 1994 a group of Rice graduate students realized that drinking and singing together was more fun than writing their dissertations. Many eventually graduated anyway, but their group, the Lager Rhythms, lives on, filled out by a rotating cast of othe...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Actor - John Feltch

    All hail John Feltch, the gorgeous and thoroughly rakish actor who played Henry in the Alley's production of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing. The show was one of the season's best, owing in no small part to Feltch's bespectacled and brooding sexuality,...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Indian Restaurant - Bombay Brasserie

    With its dark wood furniture, abundant greenery and well-stocked bar, Bombay Brasserie exudes a glory-days-of-the-British Empire sort of elegance. The $9.95 lunch buffet is one of the best samplings of Indian food we've seen. The long line of chafing...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Production - Wit

    Margaret Edson just might be the only kindergarten teacher in the country who can list the Pulitzer Prize on her rsum. But Edson is no ordinary teacher -- or writer, for that matter. It was just a couple of years ago that the unassuming teacher won...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Adulterated Shakespeare - Gregory Boyd's The Comedy of Errors, Alley Theatre

    Stand-up comedy in Shakespeare? How about slapstick? Or musical interludes from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly? The Alley's Gregory Boyd did all this and more in his irreverent and very funny take on one of Shakespeare's zaniest tales of mistaken ide...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Plants - Suzan Prejean, The Plant Lady

    Pennants and posters that say "plants" and "sale sale sale" in bold black letters are in The Plant Lady's front yard. Her plants are gorgeous, and cheap. She sells big trees for $10 and enormous peace lilies for $5 (we've seen wimpier, wilted ones fo...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Camp - When Pigs Fly

    Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly is perhaps one of the silliest, funniest and even bravest autobiographical scripts ever penned. Totally gay and wonderfully queeny, the odd synthesis of old-fashioned musical and screeching wildness set up camp at Masq...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Christmas Show - David Mamet's Edmond, by Infernal Bridegroom Productions

    There is no worse time to go to the theater than that seven-week period so innocently referred to as the holiday season, a time in which playhouses all over town prove that they can be as money-grubbing as the next tawdry business. Just look at all t...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Latin Grill - Elvia's Latin Grill and Bar

    At this time last year, Charles Clark was making an impressive name for himself as head chef at Tasca Kitchen and Wine Bar. These days Clark heads up the kitchen at the new downtown Elvia's, where he proves he is a master of many culinary disciplines...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Out-of-Print Book by a Dead Local Columnist - Sig Byrd's Houston, Sigman Byrd, The Viking Press, 1955

    Sig Byrd spent years as a columnist with the old daily Houston Press and later moved to the Houston Chronicle, but his columns, compiled and connected here, read today like nothing you'd expect to find in a newspaper, daily or otherwise. Downtown, wh...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Nasty Puppets - Bobbindoctrin Puppet Theatre

    Disturbing, funny and downright odd, Joel Orr's Bobbindoctrin Puppet Theatre is the best and, thankfully, only one of its kind in town. The creepy beings who come out to play at Orr's strange theatrical events are nothing less than your worst childho...

    on September 21, 2000
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