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  1. Okay, I'll go ahead and post them here since they're not from the Houston Chronicle. _______________________________________ http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/17/arts/music/17BSann.html A Visitor's Guide to the Houston Sound By KELEFA SANNEH Published: April 17, 2005 http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/17/arts/music/17sann.html By KELEFA SANNEH Published: April 17, 2005 These days, though, Houston hip-hop is attracting not only the unhealthily obsessed but the newly curious, too, thanks in large part to the three men in the video, who are all scheduled to make their major-label debuts in the next few months. Mr. Jones - who cheerfully admits, "I'm forever promoting" - rarely spits a rhyme without announcing, "My album, 'Who Is Mike Jones?,' coming soon." And now it's true: he is to release it on Tuesday, through a new partnership between the Warner Brothers imprint Asylum and Swisha House, one of Houston's leading labels; Paul Wall and Slim Thug will follow suit this summer. Much of the hip-hop coming out of Houston today can be traced to a tatty little shop on the south side that's announced by an odd sign: "Screwed Up Records & Tapes." Edited to delete copyrighted content
  2. Telemundo that is. http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/entertainment/11391453.htm
  3. A Visitor's Guide to the Houston Sound: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/17/arts/music/17BSann.html The Strangest Sound in Hip-Hop Goes National: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/17/arts/music/17sann.html
  4. I watched "Las Vegas" on and off during the first season. Josh Duhmel is a pretty man!
  5. I like "American Dreams", too. Unfortunately I think it's been cancelled. I don't watch a lot of current TV anymore. My favorite shows are old classics like "Twilight Zone", "Knots Landing" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", as well as shows on the Travel Ch., History Ch., Food Network, Health & Fitness Ch., TV Land and the news and music (music only) channels. The sitcoms today are so stupid and I hate the reality shows.
  6. I love San Diego, but I think I love Santa Barbara even better. I love the Spanish architecture. Speaking of Sea World, does anyone remember Sea Arama (I think that was the name) in Galveston, I think? It was just before Sea World started getting really big. We went on a field trip there in elementary school. Galveston should open a Sea World.
  7. Thanks. I thought 88.7 was gone. I can't stand those morning shows that go on and on for hours about Britney Spears, "American Idol" or whether or not Ashley Simpson can really sing. I can't stand that crap. I also hate when I turn the TV on to a news channel to get some news and they're dedicating an entire segment to the latest person kicked off "The Apprentice".
  8. Do we no longer have a classical music station here in Houston? I know KRTS is now in Spanish.
  9. http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/entertainment/11399882.htm
  10. A little more "Laws" info: they did some filming in Sealy and Waller. Francis Fisher ("Titanic") and Lou Dimond Philips have joined the cast. Looks like maybe the show's star, KaDee Strickland became an Astros fan while filming out here. Here are some pics of her at a game: http://www.wireimage.com/GalleryListing.as...vc=E&nvv=109349
  11. Maybe that new show "Laws of Chance" based on Kelly Seigler (though the title character is named Chance from what I understand). They were filming downtown at Treebeards the week before last. I thought they had already wrapped location shooting for now, though. They picked a perfect time to film considering how gorgeous the whether has been lately in Houston.
  12. LINK: http://www.vibe.com/modules.php?op=modload...order=0&thold=0
  13. I do it all the time! Sorry, won't happen again. I'll just provide links from now on.
  14. If anyone's interested: 407-345-8010 Rilpey Entertainment, Inc in Orlando; the corporate office Ripley's is of course the company behind the wax museum chain. That number was given to me after I emailed the San Antonio location. I haven't called the number; I've been searching for an email contact. If you email from the Ripley's website, it will return undelivered.
  15. Agreed. Wax museums are the epitome of class. I'd love to hear it!
  16. www.KHOU.com: Some Texas cities rank, some don't Houston is the fattest, El Paso the sweatiest, Dallas the least charitable; so who's bragging now? 05:04 PM CDT on Sunday, April 10, 2005 By KATIE FAIRBANK / The Dallas Morning News Texans love to claim bragging rights for being at the top of the heap, but often it ain't nuthin' to brag about. Lately, cities in the Lone Star State are making Top 10 lists released by magazines, government agencies and charitable groups trying to draw attention. Sometimes the rankings tout our finer qualities. But just as often, they aren't anything you'd put in the holiday newsletter. Texas cities are listed as the some of the dumbest, bald- est, most stressful and illiterate places in the country. Houston takes the cake as the "Fattest City in America," and not surprisingly also one of the worst cities to find a date. Men's Fitness magazine tapped the city with the biggest-blubber honor in 2001, 2002 and 2003. The publication's methodology included such serious considerations as a Centers for Disease Control's survey showing that more than 23 percent of Houstonians are clinically obese. Less seriously: The number of doughnut shops per capita in Houston is more than twice the national average. Not wanting to rest on their reputedly large laurels, city leaders put together an aggressive public-relations campaign to make sure residents knew that fat is bad. The campaign worked for a year, dropping Houston to No. 2, behind Detroit in 2004. But pie and gravy won out in the end. The city once again put the "wide" in wide-open spaces when the magazine's annual list came out this year. The city can divert attention by pointing a chubby finger toward El Paso. Old Spice Red Zone antiperspirant says that far West Texas municipality is "The Sweatiest City in America." "The average El Paso resident produced 1.09 liters of sweat per hour during a typical summer," according to Old Spice. "In a four-hour period, residents of El Paso collectively produced enough sweat to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool." No surprise there, said Jim Albright, a professor of television production and advertising at the University of North Texas. "I don't know whether it's true about Houston, but it is about El Paso," he said. The city's residents might not have noticed the slam because they also are the most illiterate and the nation's second-drunkest, according to Men's Health. Fortunately, those taunts haven't hurt their self-esteem. Apparently, El Paso is also one of the least-depressed cities in the country, the magazine said. Dallas doesn't get off the hook either, although our issues seem to be with other people. Basically, we don't seem to like them much. We are the least charitable of the nation's largest cities and one of the meanest cities in the nation, according to a couple of charity rankings. Dallas also has had the highest crime rate of the nation's largest cities for seven years running, according to federal crime statistics. If by this point, you're feeling insulted, don't take it too much to heart. Much of the sourcing and methodology used to create many of the lists is suspect. After all, Austin was selected as the No. 1 City to "Hook Up In" by Axe Deodorant Bodyspray, based on such things as the city's abundance of local bars and lingerie shops. "We all just like to compare," said Dr. Albright. "It's all very light-hearted
  17. It would be awsome to have Palace of Wax/Ripley's, a mini golf course and a mega pizza restaurant with an arcade and a little stage inside for live entertainment. Have the three of them right there together. It would make a great destination for both tourists and local families looking for an alternative to Saturday night at the movies. An ideal location would be the downtown area maybe around the aquarium, but I'm not sure where they'd put it.
  18. We'll, I still want one despite my "experience" in San Antonio's when I was 15. I was with my aunt and cousin when I noticed they had gotten ahead of me and I found myself alone with the dummys. My imagination started going everywhere imaginable, and I about spooked myself to death. I literally ran all the way back through the museum to the entrance. I encountered a few other visitors along and way and nearly knocked them over. When I finally made it out, one of the employees asked if I was alright. Of course I was humiliated and everyone found out when we got back home. Ahh...wax museums. Come on, Houston, get us one!
  19. I think we need a Palace of Wax. You know, the Louise Tussaud's Palace of Wax/Ripley's Believe It Or Not" that you find in all the other major cities. We need more fun and affordable family attractions. Indeed they are kitschy, but they're also a load of fun. Surely I'm not alone on this am I? I've always had a thing for wax museums having visited them in Tucson, Dallas, San Antonio and L.A. I want one in Houston!
  20. Wednesday, April 6, 2005 BRAVO ANNOUNCES OPEN CASTING CALLS FOR ASPIRING FASHION DESIGNERS FOR THE SECOND SEASON OF 'PROJECT RUNWAY' FEATURING HEIDI KLUM Released by Bravo BRAVO ANNOUNCES OPEN CASTING CALLS FOR ASPIRING FASHION DESIGNERS FOR THE SECOND SEASON OF 'PROJECT RUNWAY' FEATURING HEIDI KLUM OPEN CALLS TO BE HELD IN LOS ANGELES, NEW YORK, HOUSTON AND MIAMI BEGINNING APRIL 16 LOCAL JUDGES WILL INCLUDE TIM GUNN AND FAVORITE CONESTANTS FROM SEASON ONE NEW YORK -- April 6, 2005 -- Bravo, Miramax and ELLE will begin holding open casting calls in Los Angeles, New York, Houston and Miami for aspiring fashion designers to compete on the second season of Bravo's hit series "Project Runway." "Project Runway" will once again follow 12 up-and-coming designers as they compete weekly on design challenges in front of a panel of top designers, fashion editors, photographers and stylists that will be spearheaded by Heidi Klum. Contestants will be cut on a weekly basis until only a few remain to face-off with debut collections on the runway at New York's Fashion Week in February 2006. The winner's designs will be photographed for ELLE by the magazine's world-renowned Publication Director, Gilles Bensimon. The winner will also receive funding and all of the tools necessary to launch their own line. "Project Runway" open casting calls will be held on the following dates (locations will be announced shortly). All calls will take place between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.: LOS ANGELES: April 16 & 17 HOUSTON: April 23 NEW YORK: April 25, 26 & 27 MIAMI: April 29 & 30 Attendance at one of these calls is mandatory to be considered for the participation in the series. For casting call locations, official rules and requirements visit www.bravotv.com. http://www.thefutoncritic.com
  21. I read on a website yesterday (sorry, can't remember which one and couldn't find any other news regarding) that Beyonce's dad is developing a new reality series sort of like "Making the Band" or "American Idol"; a search for the next girl group. He's trying to sell it to a network including MTV. It supposedly will be Houston-based.
  22. Texas - the state of art (Filed: 06/04/2005) Billionaire connoisseurs have filled some of the most beautiful museums in the world with some of the greatest paintings and sculpture, says Richard Dorment George Stubbs, Joseph Beuys, Philip Guston, Sigmar Polke, Dan Flavin: one thing these utterly different artists have in common is that they all have either just had, or are about to have, a major retrospective in London. That the exhibitions come from the United States isn't remarkable, but what is surprising is that they all originated in Texas. The de Menil museum: designed by Renzo Piano Until the last quarter of the 20th century, Texas hardly existed on the cultural map of America. Virtually every one of the state's major museums was built in the past 35 years. And, during the last decade or so, a new museum seems to open every year, inevitably designed by a leading international architect. Art follows money, and Texas money comes not only from oil but also from cattle, land development, banking, and insurance. You only have to set foot in a Texas museum to realise how generous wealthy Texans can be. But they are also sophisticated collectors who have filled their museums with works of art of the highest quality. But having a prestigious building and important works of art to show in it isn't enough to make a great museum. The people who fund these institutions also hire the best directors and curators. As a result, internationally acclaimed exhibitions that, in the past, came to London from Paris and New York or perhaps Chicago and Philadelphia, now come from Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth. Quite suddenly, these cities have become a cultural destination comparable to the east and west coasts of America. They are, in their own way, as worthy of a special trip to see the art as Florence and Siena. In a week of non-stop sightseeing, I saw an astonishing fusion of dramatic architecture and magnificent art, a visual feast unlike anything I've encountered in Europe. My tour began with the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the biggest in Texas and sixth largest in the US. Housed in a Mies Van der Rohe building, it reveals its riches gradually. In a monumental suite of galleries is one of the most interesting collections of renaissance and baroque art in the American South, including a jewel-bright Madonna and Child by Botticelli, and a recently acquired portrait by Rembrandt. Here, too, is the Glassell Collection - 800 pieces of African gold, much of it incredible regalia from the royal courts of the Akan peoples of Ghana and the Ivory Coast and all of it superbly displayed. In general, Texans began to collect too late to acquire the best Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings and so tend to concentrate on contemporary, eastern and Pre-Columbian art. An exception to this rule is the Audrey Jones Beck Collection of late-19th-century art, which contains masterpieces by Pointillists, Fauves and Cubists. I could have spent hours with its dazzling Gustave Caillebotte scene in a summer garden, its ravishing little Seurat of a lady with a powder puff, and Matisse's 1937 Woman in a Purple Coat. Typically Texan is the sense that the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston is expanding at a rate almost too fast to keep up with. Five years ago it opened an extension linked to the original building by an underground tunnel designed by light artist James Turrell, in which blue light turns gradually to red, and in doing so seems to thicken and become palpable so that you want to reach out and touch it. While I was there, the director announced the largest ever cash gift to a US museum - a bequest from oil heiress Caroline Wiess Law of almost half a billion dollars. Add that to the existing endowment of $360 million, and you have a museum of world-class importance. It is possible to compare the Museum of Fine Arts to other encyclopaedic museums in the US, but the museum created by John and Dominique de Menil is unique. It contains paintings and sculpture that reflect the diverse artistic and intellectual interests of these two extraordinary people. The building, designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, is an understated masterpiece. Though built on the scale of a major international museum, the galleries feel intimate - ideal for showing changing displays from the de Menils' collection of the Surrealists, their contemporaries and followers. This is where you'll find Magritte's Golconde, the picture in which it is raining little men in bowler hats, and his famous Rape, the woman's-torso-as-a-man's- head. In these rooms, you see how Barnett Newman, Joan Mir
  23. I agree. There's a lot of new Houston-based music artists hitting it big: Brooke Valentine, Natalie, Frankie J and Baby Bash.
  24. I see this as the opportunity to plug my Famous Houstonians website again: http://www.angelfire.com/tx6/houstoncelebrity It's never complete as I'm always finding someone new to add.
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