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2001 Stories by Mark Hughes

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  • Brave New Polka

    published December 27, 2001

    Before the Thanksgiving dishes were washed and dried, the question was on everyone's lips: "What are you doing on New Year's Eve?" The answer, an... More >>

  • Elf Life

    published December 13, 2001

    Elves are back in style. Of course, to the average role-playing game enthusiast, they never went out. But those not accustomed to spending waking... More >>

  • Over and Above

    published November 29, 2001

    This city can be full of wonder for the newcomer or the native, a neon-drenched metropolis offering plenty of eye candies. But once the allure of... More >>

  • SubUrbania

    published November 1, 2001

    To be a multitalent in multimedia is admirable, although that will never be a formula for superstardom, as most such performers sacrifice the... More >>

  • Fest Intentions

    published October 18, 2001

    "It is hardly appropriate just now to be calling upon famous people to travel unnecessarily," says the Fort Worth Film Festival's... More >>

  • Going Ape

    published October 11, 2001

    In my dream world, chimpanzees could live among us like squirrels. What would be nicer than waking up in the morning to see a chimp outside... More >>

  • Art of the States

    published October 4, 2001

    Museums like to use the word "comprehensive" to describe their exhibits. Too often it means simply that they don't have the funds to purchase... More >>

  • Dog (And Cat) Days

    published September 27, 2001

    During mid-afternoon, Chrystal Hays of the Ravenhill Rescue Home stands among--but not quite surrounded by--a variety of dogs in the small... More >>

  • Rock It, Man

    published September 20, 2001

    I would rather wear a barrel Than conservative apparel For dress has always been My strongest suit Sir... More >>

  • Sands of Time

    published September 13, 2001

    It may not be the end of the world, but it is a sign that things are bad when most people define an act of religious devotion as attending the... More >>

  • Kids Are All Right

    published September 6, 2001

    Yes, Your Teen is Crazy!: Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your Mind is the new book by psychologist Dr. Michael Bradley that has exactly... More >>

  • Hot and Bothered

    published August 30, 2001

    Those who like to get a buzz off the green stuff probably don't think they're addicts. It's just for fun. It's only recreational, right? The truth... More >>

  • Medieval Empire

    published August 30, 2001

    Everyone needs to escape from the daily grind, and pretending to be a brave knight in shining armor or a beautiful princess frocked in a flowing,... More >>

  • Gag Order

    published August 23, 2001

    Six days into her 10-day jail sentence, Megan Lewis had found a novel way to win friends behind bars. A vegan who eats no animal products, the... More >>

  • Three Axes to Grind

    published August 23, 2001

    Musical mastery does not necessarily equal engaging entertainment, and rare is the case when serious musicians can tear themselves from... More >>

  • House Party

    published August 16, 2001

    The Bath House Cultural Center sits along the shores (if you can call them that without a hint of irony) of White Rock Lake in an area... More >>

  • Play Some Mean Pinball

    published August 9, 2001

    Guiding a silver ball at speeds as high as 90 mph through a maze of ramps, loops and bumpers to reach the ultimate "wizard award" still sounds... More >>

  • His Back Pages

    published August 2, 2001

    The Ramones are indeed legendary, and the recent death of lead singer Joey Ramone makes an inside scoop on the group even more timely.... More >>

  • School Daze

    published July 26, 2001

    Picture my recent lazy Sunday afternoon: The cable is out, but luckily a retrospective on Animal House is on network television. The first... More >>

  • Listen Here, Punk

    published July 19, 2001

    The biggest problem with the typical all-ages show is that it usually takes place when the sun is still up. And, Lord knows, it's next to... More >>

  • Mir Has Two Faces

    published July 5, 2001

    Mir may be the Russian word for "peace," but when the space station of that name was launched in February 1986 peace seemed well out of sight. The... More >>

  • Big Picture

    published June 28, 2001

    Dallas gets its share of celebrity sightings, but the few-and-far-between-ness of them makes even B-grade celebrities seem fresh and exciting. Our... More >>

  • One Fish, Two Fish

    published June 21, 2001

    Spring officially ends Thursday, which means there will be a quick transition from when the sun leaves a pleasant feeling on the shoulders to... More >>

  • The Fandom Menace

    published June 14, 2001

    Answer these riddles and pass may you to the next level of sci-fi enlightenment and unlock the secrets contained within this sidebar. Who, my... More >>

  • ESP in TX

    published June 7, 2001

    It's no wonder that the military is a source of so much paranormal interest when top-secret projects and experimental technology leave plenty... More >>

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