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Top 10 Texas Movie Soundtracks

This weekend, as the rest of the world catches Harry Potter mania for (perhaps) the final time, Houston gets a serious dose of Urban Cowboy nostalgia. Theater Under the Stars' production of the Tony-nominated 2003 musical - which The New York Times called "a conclusive demonstration that it's possible to be vulgar and bland at the same time" - opened Thursday at Miller Outdoor Theatre and continues through Tuesday; curtain is 8:15 p.m. each night. Discovery Green, meanwhile, is screening the original 1980 film at 8 p.m. tomorrow night.

Houston obviously has a soft spot in its heart for Bud and Sissy, which comes in handy because the rest of the world pretty much persists in viewing the nation's fourth-largest city as a bunch of bull-ridin', bare-knuckle-brawlin', boot-scootin' rednecks.

Naming Houston the 21st Worst-Dressed City In America in GQ this month, Stayton Bonner writes of a land where "Stetson and Wrangler-wearing good ol' boys stand alongside a younger generation sporting flat-brimmed baseball caps and Eminem ear studs," before going on to prove once again that no non-Houstonian journalist can write anything about the city for a national publication, ever, without incorporating the phrase "Houston, we have a problem." Yawn.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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