When it comes to sports knowledge, everyone in the city is sprinting for second place behind Charlie Pallilo. Much like his fellow sports junkies Marv Albert and Bob Costas, Pallilo is a graduate of Syracuse. It was the reading of Albert's book (the aptly titled Yesss!) at age 12 that convinced the young and future Orangeman to make a living talking sports until he was blue in the face. It was a fateful day in '89 that this sports animal migrated south from the big bad frozen tundra of New York State. "I admit that when I moved down here," Pallilo says, "the thought was a couple of years in Houston would help me along, and the next stop would be back in the Northeast. But the career went well, Houston is a terrific place to live, with tremendous diversity in almost all areas, and this is the place for me. Very few 75-degree January days in New York City." Catch him weekdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
There are just certain things you expect from a gentlemen's club. Outrageous drink prices -- check. Women interested in your money and your money alone -- check. No sex in the champagne room -- check. All these things apply at Gigi's Cabaret, to be sure, but the drinks are a tad cheaper, the girls talk to you even when you're not interested in their pelvis-grinding services (on second thought, maybe this isn't such a good thing) and while there is certainly no sex in VIP...well, you get the idea. Another plus? Many of the girls have natural, um, skin tones. Yeah, that's the ticket. Great happy-hour buffet, too.
Readers' choice: Treasures
It's Friday night and you're looking absolutely fabulous, but your designer heels are giving you grief. Make Joia your destination -- comfort is the top priority here, with good looks coming in at a close second. The club has plenty of places to kick back. Miami-style bungalows with couches and beds with throw pillows dot the large, candle-lit deck. Inside the converted house, there's also plenty of elegant and comfy seating. Everything is bathed in a subdued, bluish hue, which goes well with the club's downtempo dance tunes. The patrons of this hotspot are perfectly dressed, tanned and toned, so make yourself stand out with your personality and your flair for style. You'll feel as pretty as the club itself.
Reader's choice: Crome
Houston talk radio tends to be nutty. On the commercial dial, you've got every shade of right-wing hot air, from Rush Limbaugh's parroting of the Republican party line all the way to Michael Savage's lunatic fringe rantings. (In between, you've got a bunch of locals like Chris Baker, Edd Hendee and Dan Patrick all more or less agreeing with one another.) Meanwhile, the left is pretty much confined to KPFT, where many of the special-interest-dominated leftist shows are just as chock-full of crazy talk. Not so with Glenn Urbach and Staci "The Doctor" Davis, whose "aggressive progressive" show The Other Side lives up to its name. These two are left-wing, sure, but no wingnuts -- just "uncompromisingly liberal" tough guys with the courage of their convictions and the ability to convey them. Sure, the commercial stations are always saying they want to hire sharp, left-wing hosts. We don't believe 'em. If they meant what they said, Urbach and Davis would already be on one of them in drive time.

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