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    Taxing Tales - Two trustees didn't pay their bills, even if HCCS wants yours to go higher

    As the Houston Community College System considers its largest tax hike in history, two trustees on the system's board are delinquent in paying their own property taxes, some of which are owed to the community college. County records showed last week...

    by John Suval on September 28, 2000
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    Best Manly Ballet - Ben Stevenson's Cleopatra

    Stevenson's biggest ballet since Dracula was billed as a star vehicle for Lauren Anderson, the African-American principal Stevenson spotted at the Houston Ballet Academy when she was just a child. But while the title role certainly allowed Anderson t...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Hunk o' Meat - Capital Grille

    If you like your meat well hung -- gastronomically speaking, that is -- you'll love the dry-aged, certified Angus porterhouse steak ($30) at the Capital Grille. The dry-aging process takes place in an environment where the temperature, humidity and a...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Band Stage Show - Middlefinger

    During a CD release performance at Fitzgerald's earlier this year, Middlefinger lead singer Matt Kelly asked the crowd in between songs for the correct pronunciation of the name "G-O-E-T-H-E." Whoever answered first would get one of the Middlefinger ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Radio Station - KTRU/91.7 FM

    Selecting Houston's best supplier of over-the-airwaves music can seem like an exercise in picking the lesser evil. Between corporate-held stations controlled by focus groups and a public station run by a general manager who seems intent on destroying...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Pastime for Hands When Not Servicing $100,000 Automobiles - Playin' in a rock 'n' roll band

    Acquaintances who happen to see 27-year-old Jug O' Lightnin' front man Aaron Loesch tooling around town in that glossy, black late-model Jaguar of his might well wonder whether The Jug has somehow managed to parlay its regular free Sunday-night gig a...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Cajun Restaurant - Floyd's Cajun Kitchen

    The low-slung white building with its spreading porch housing Floyd's Cajun Kitchen almost looks like a home you might find in South Louisiana. Inside, the aromas of food definitely put you in Cajun Country. The five-page menu covers everything from ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Open-Mike Night - Thursdays at Dan Electro's Guitar Bar

    Seasoned musicians drift into Dan Electro's on Thursdays and jam with whoever happens to be around. Frequently these impromptu groupings kick ass. On a recent night, veterans Andy Williams and Diunna Greenleaf took the stage with three others and unl...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Local Cookbook - Supper Time, by Leon Hale, Winedale Publishing

    It's not precisely a cookbook, as Houston Chronicle columnist Leon Hale makes clear in his author's note, but he has subtitled this gastro-memoir "Recollections and Recipes," so fair game. Who cares if most of the recipes are for Depression-era fare ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Open-Mike Poetry Reading - Mausoleum

    Usually an open reading serves a particular clique, but when Mike Alexander started running things at the Mausoleum, he made an effort to create the kind of environment where anti-intellectual anarchists could follow the academic folks from the creat...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Band to Break Up/ Get Together - Clay Farmer Band/Clay Farmer

    Only a couple of months after young buck Clay Farmer disbanded his four-piece earlier this year, the singer-songwriter was playing open-mikes whenever and wherever with three of his former four musical deputies in tow. So while technically the Clay F...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Band Name - Trailer Park Playboys

    What's in a name? The Trailer Park Playboys, we reckon, are the sort of fellas who understand the lyricism of Jerry Springer and the poetry of the WWF. They're the kind that growed up on Momma's broken heart and Daddy's whiskey breath. These boys, we...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Live Music Venue - Sidecar Pub

    Adding up sound, clientele, drink selection and ambience, you couldn't beat the Sidecar Pub with a male Tennessee Williams character at your side. The owners, husband and wife Peron Einkauf and Marybeth Moore, have done somersaults to create the idea...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Circus - P.T. Barnum's Kaleidoscape

    "There's a sucker born every minute," or so said Phineas Taylor Barnum, the greatest American huckster who ever lived. He honed his flimflam skills to such astonishing heights that he eventually became the owner and hawker of "The Greatest Show on Ea...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Director - Jason Nodler

    Jason Nodler is without a doubt the best thing that has happened to Houston theater in a long, long while. An artistic hoodlum of the most provocative sort, the thirtysomethinger has tenaciously built his vagabond theater company, Infernal Bridegroom...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Swells of Houstonian Pride - Shannon Elizabeth

    Some of y'all guys probably don't know this, but when you saw American Pie for the 40th time last year just to see that Czechoslovakian chick take her top off in the bedroom of the guy who humped the pie, those were Houston-born breasts you were ogli...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Sex Scene - Edward Albee's The Play About the Baby

    Boy meets Girl. Boy gets Girl. Boy is "hard all the time." Girl is young and lithe, with pert breasts and slim hips. Boy chases Girl across stage, naked and giddy. Boy pulls Girl's towel off, exposing her body under bright lights. Boy describes the t...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Local Television Show Causing a Commotion - Street Flava, KUHT Channel 8

    Ever since Channel 39's Straight from the Streetz, hosted by the KBXX-FM's omnipresent Madd Hatta, sadly disappeared from television airwaves a while back, rap-video enthusiasts who can't afford cable for BET or public access have had to get their we...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Gay Theater - Bienvenue Theatre

    Christian De Vries did a lot of living before he took over the small space on Washington Avenue and turned it into Bienvenue Theatre, one of Houston's most successful small theaters, gay or otherwise. In past lives he'd been a carpenter, a painter, a...

    on September 21, 2000
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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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