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    The Ballad of Bert and Rob and Susan - Caught in a conservative council love triangle

    The millennial year has been nothing short of a nightmare for District G Councilman Albert Lloyd "Bert" Keller II. And it shows no signs of getting better anytime soon. In early June, he had a late-night visit to a topless bar, then ran amok in an i...

    by Tim Fleck on September 28, 2000
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    In the (O)Zone - What's the fuss, TNRCC? We've got air to die for.

    Last Monday was one of those lovely late-summer mornings that just begs a person to venture outside. Susana Hansen, a volunteer reader at her boy's School of the Woods in west Houston, tutored students at a picnic table under a deep blue sky. When t...

    by John Suval on September 28, 2000
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    Rubber Fetish - Glory days for KHOU and Anna Werner

    If you've ever had any interest in how car tires are put together, tune in to Channel 11. Hardly a news broadcast goes by without KHOU trotting out that film clip of a Bridgestone/Firestone assembly line manufacturing tires. Straight out of a high s...

    by Richard Connelly on September 28, 2000
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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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    Letters - From the Balcony, Kemah Savvy?, Acting in Concert?

    From the Balcony Seeking justice: Just finished reading "A Deadly Passion" [by Brian Wallstin, September 7], and once again, it looks like L.A. has failed to do its duty. As a native, it makes me sad; as a human, the story of Sandra Orellana makes m...

    on September 28, 2000
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    Grave Importance - Old cemeteries rarely die. They just get buried under weeds, development and indifference.

    "HARRISBURG CEMETARY," announced the sign on the chain-link fence. "NO DUMPING," said another. I parked on the crunchy grass outside the gate and peered at the modest scattered markers, at the graves of emancipated slaves, black cowboys and soldiers....

    by Lisa Gray on September 28, 2000
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    Breaking Bigotry - Some schools won't hear of intolerance; others just don't want to listen

    In 1993, Wanda and Brenda Henson, two lesbian lovers, decided to set up shop in Mississippi, a place not particularly known for tolerating alternative lifestyles. Upping the risk factor, the Hensons veered away from the more cosmopolitan state capit...

    by Margaret Downing on September 28, 2000
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    Letters 09-21-2000 - Listen to the Music, Still Fuming, Building Bonds

    Listen to the Music Director's cut: Bravo, Houston Press! At least one Houston newspaper realizes that the Houston Symphony deserves a cover story ["Can the Band Play On?" by Marene Gustin, September 7]. The orchestra is important not only to the co...

    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 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 IMAX Theater - Edwards Marq*E IMAX Theatre

    With all due respect to the Houston Museum of Natural Science's IMAX Theatre, which has been giving us exemplary wide-screen nature documentaries for 12 years now, this theater takes the prize because it shows the cool IMAX flicks -- the ones in 3-D,...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Radio Talk Show - The Matthew Momoh Show, KPFT/90.1 FM, (713)526-5738

    Talk show host Matthew Momoh serves up faultless venues for clashes among Houston's liberals, moderates and conservatives. From issues of UN peacekeeping to ethnic injustice to police brutality, his show is a magnet for the wise, the weird and the wa...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Theater Season - Alley Theatre

    The Alley's artistic director, Gregory Boyd, is eclectic and gutsy and sometimes simply wicked. But most of all, the man is smart. Since he was appointed head honcho at Houston's richest theater in late 1988, he has brought home a Tony and taken to B...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best (Pile of) Junk - 300 block of West 19th Street

    From beyond the corrugated tin walls, copper light posts topped with bulbous white globes protrude, and wilted chandeliers lie on top of the impossibly piled pile of junk. Sandwiched between La Maison and Value Village in the Heights, this nameless j...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Designer - Devlin Browning, Infernal Bridegroom Productions

    Jason Nodler's Infernal Bridegroom Productions is still the most innovative and exciting theater company in town. A lot of its success goes to the inspired designers Nodler has been able to coerce into coming on board. Such is the case with his delic...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Restaurant in the Tunnels - Panini

    If you think good tunnel food is an impossibility, and if you think the only stuff you can find down there is doled out by chain fast-food eateries, stop by Panini for a pleasant lunchtime surprise. Homemade soups. Freshly baked pizzas. Wonderful sal...

    on September 21, 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 Choreographer - Trey McIntyre

    Trey McIntyre is a modern dancemaker whose ideas are as evocative as the movements that express them. His White Noise dealt with a fear of death; Speak pitted soft ballet against violent rap; and Aliss in Wonderland cast the storybook characters in m...

    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 One-Man Show - Rob Nash

    Writer/actor Rob Nash has lots of fans. No wonder. His one-man shows, including Junior Blues and Senioritis, which ran this year at the Bienvenue Theater, are pure theatrical magic. Built around his teenage years at Houston's own Strake Jesuit high s...

    on September 21, 2000
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