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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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    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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