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    Best Open-Mike Comedy - The Red Rooster

    When All D. Freemon was looking for a venue to replace the vacuum in black comedy that followed the demise of the Jus' Jokin' club, he turned to the former BYOB discotheque founded by Houston NewsPages publisher Francis Page Sr. in '71. Though primar...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Local Television Reporter - Mary Benton KPRC-TV, Channel 2

    Mary Benton stands out in the KPRC-TV crowd as a tough, capable, "no frills just the story" reporter. She was omnipresent during the aftermath of the June 9 flood, holding court in knee-deep water clad in galoshes and wielding a cordless mike. A nati...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Director - Mark Ramont, Old Wicked Songs at Stages Repertory Theatre

    Jon Marans's Pulitzer Prize finalist, Old Wicked Songs, is an elegant, understated play about art, music and the exquisitely terrible power of history. In it, two Jewish musicians find themselves in Austria, one of the most paradoxical places in all ...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Radio Sidekick - Peter Hughes, Technology Bytes, KPFT/90.1 FM

    Try though we may, we don't always get geek humor. But Peter Hughes has a way of clueing technophobes into the joke. No ordinary straight man, Hughes is a Web developer for J.P. Morgan Chase Bank during the day. At night -- or at least Wednesday nigh...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Local Television Personalities - Johnny Carrabba and Damian Mandola

    Give the rest of the world Emeril (please!), we'll keep Houston's very own Johnny Carrabba and Damian Mandola. We can forgive this Italian restaurant family empire for taping the show in New York, because there is no question when you watch them that...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Dancers - Barbara Bears and Dawn Scannell

    They grew up together in Florida, sharing ballet teachers, friends, schools and neighborhoods. They even joined Houston Ballet within a few years of each other -- Scannell first, because she was older. And they have always looked out for each other. ...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Austin Import - Continental Club

    We Houstonians might smirk a bit when we see those "we're hipper than you are" Austinites struggling to take a breath over the tidal wave of growing traffic and Silicon Valley rejects. But we can't get too smug. Not when they've exported a version of...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Book - John Graves and the Making of Goodbye to a River: Selected Letters, 1957-1960, edited by David Hamrick

    Houston's upstart TaylorWilson Publishing may have been a flash in the pan, staying in business less than a year and producing only one book before bellying up to the auction block, but at least that one book was a beauty: a small keepsake edition li...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Romance Novelist - Lorna Michaels, a.k.a. Thelma Zirklebach

    Thelma Zirklebach looks like a sweet little lady who would pinch your cheek and ask you about your older brother. She's a speech pathologist who works a lot with children, is a member of Mensa and is all around a nice lady to talk to. You'd never kno...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Music Series - The Sounds of Texas

    The Friends of Conroe have hit on something: good music in a good setting. For the past two years, the group has booked a combination of musicians who don't usually play together -- for example, Terry Allen and Guy Clark -- and put them into the beau...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Self- Assessment Question - Who Wants to Be a Millionaire auditions

    In the heat of August, they came to the Westin Galleria -- well over a thousand people enduring the heat in order to get a shot at being on the quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Once inside, they were given a 35-question multiple-choice test a...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Result of a Houston Premiere - Bo Eason's Hollywood deal

    Former Houston Oiler Bo Eason workshopped his one-man play, Runt of the Litter, in New York and L.A., but when it came time to premiere the piece, he came back to Houston. The production at Stages Repertory Theatre drew large crowds to watch as Eason...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Local Television News Anchor - Melanie Lawson, KTRK-TV, Channel 13

    Despite a marital breakup and a long-running battle with multiple sclerosis, this daughter of a preacher man remains one of the pillars of stability at Channel 13. As an anchor and reporter, Melanie Cerise Lawson conveys empathy, poise and intelligen...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Spectacle - Slump

    Who doesn't like songs about poo? Slump banks on the fact that everybody does. Penises too. Also: yeast infections, anal sex and hamsters. Keith Reynolds and Cathy Power have created a cult of personality around their Slump shows, which usually invol...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Local Anthology - Gynomite: Fearless Feminist Porn

    Yogi, Webmaster and Gynomite founder (and former Houston Press staffer) Liz Belile has since moved to Austin, and Abram Himelstein, whose New Mouth From the Dirty South published the volume, is living in New Orleans now. But this collection of erotic...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Tejano/ Conjunto Artist - Lisa y Aventura

    Lisa Torres, the hazel-eyed singer of the eponymous Lisa y Aventura, stands a mere four foot ten. Her moving voice and on-stage charisma make her larger than life. Her notes range from sweet, soaring highs to raspy lows, recalling the soulful canting...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Up-and-Coming Choreographer - Brian Enos

    Last October, at the age of 18, Brian Enos presented his first major work for Houston Ballet. Tribal and techno, fast and furious, androgynous and sexy, classic and modern, large but with perfectly executed details, Landing was impossible to categori...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Band Name - Lucky Boyd & The Toll Booth Violators

    Houston's band names are in a rut. Great swaths of them fail to inspire anything at all. Not a smile, not a chuckle, not an appreciative nod -- nada. Instead, all too many bands try to be clever by spelling, capitalizing and punctuating oddly (Soular...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Salsa Dancing - Tropicana Nite Club

    Salsa gets hot in Houston. Almost every club in town these days features "Salsa Night," where the scene is set and the floor is full. Some are new; others have a past. Downtown has entered the fray, with Prague on Tuesdays and Sambuca on Thursdays. T...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Place to Be Glad You're Alive - Etta's Lounge on Sunday nights

    On Sundays, some people go to church. But who says church has to mean uncomfortable pews, a minister and communion wafers? Couldn't it also be a back room, Grady Gaines and a cold bottle of Schlitz? We say yes, it can. If you agree, then there is no ...

    on September 20, 2001
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