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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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    Best New Theater - Ashland Street Theatre Co.,

    Even the surroundings are theatrical -- sort of. When you drive up to Ashland Street Theatre Co., the first thing you see is the factory at the end of the street. Huge and metallic and glowing in the shadowy darkness, the ominous building looks like ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Restaurant for Lunch - Ouisie's Table

    Many will say this category is too broad. Do we mean best power lunch? Best place for ladies who lunch? Best place for a quick bite -- alone? How about all of the above? No longer a tiny cafe in an old house, Ouisie's has moved to more upscale digs, ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Poetry Magazine - tongue magazine

    Get your heads out the damn gutter right now! Despite its suggestive title, tongue is a magazine that specializes in the words of local creative minds. Believe it or not, this city has an eclectic poetry scene. And with all the spoken-word nights tha...

    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 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 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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