March 2009 Issue

Features

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Saturday Night

From a honky-tonk in Odessa to a Catholic church in Houston, there’s one night of the week when you’re guaranteed to find Texans at their snappiest.

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My Life

Trade secrets and true tales from Lynn Wyatt, she of the famously fabulous parties, glamorous couture gowns, rich and entertaining pals (e.g., Liza Minnelli, Andy Warhol), and legendary whiskey laugh.

Sweet 15

For the longest time, quinceañeras were simple, down-home celebrations held in parish halls and backyards. Then along came the stretch Humvees, the carriages and thrones, the choreographed dance routines, the smoke machines, the climbing walls, and the dinners for four hundred bedazzled guests. One thing remains the same, though: It’s

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Provencal Arugula Fennel Salad

With Orange, Endive, Warm Goat Cheese and Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette3 ounces baby market arugula 3 endive spears chiffonade Half an orange, sectioned and juice reserved 2 tablespoons Dijon vinaigrette (see recipe) 1/2 each fresh fennel bulb, sliced paper thin 1 ounce goat cheese medallion 5 drops olive oil 2 leaves

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Chocolate Fondue

Recipe from Brasserie Pavil, San Antonio3/4 cup heavy whipping cream, reserve 1/4 cup to thin if fondue begins to thicken 3.5 ounces bittersweet chocolate 3.5 ounces semisweet chocolate 7 ounces milk chocolate 2 tablespoons amaretto or Frangelico liqueur, optional 1/4 cup finely chopped toasted hazelnuts or almonds, optionalsuggested dippables

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Energy Spike

The environment, green economy, and job creation goes from “eco-chic” to everyman.

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Dijon Mustard Red Wine Vinaigrette

1/2 cup red wine vinegar 1 shallot Brunoise shallots 1 clove minced garlic 1 tsp. Dijon mustard 1 tsp grainy mustard 1/2 cups 90/10 vegetable oil/olive oil blend 1 teaspoon chopped parsley 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon Salt and pepper to tasteIn mixing bowl, mix first five ingredients. Slowly whip

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Vote for Kinky (the film)!

Every March in Austin, the South by Southwest festival rolls out another hundred-plus films and what seems to be a thousand bands from almost as many countries. This weekend highlights film and the interactive world. You can spot the out-of-town independent filmmakers, walking in the vicinity of the Convention Center

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Tracy Daugherty

In the sixties and seventies, transplanted Houstonian Donald Barthelme made a splash in the New York literary world with short stories and novels like Snow White and The Dead Father. With Hiding Man, one of his former students—now a distinguished professor of English and creative writing at

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Matt Lawson

Koi Lantern's executive chef talks about living in Dripping Springs, being a young chef, and making customers happy. 

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Chicory Frisee and Bacon Lardon Salad

With Wild Mushrooms Soft Poached Egg and Warm Hazelnut Shallot VinaigretteSalad1 cup raw mushrooms, cleaned and quartered (use one each of Oyster, Shitakes, white, and any seasonal mushroom) 1 1/2 ounces frisee 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon sweet butter 1 teaspoon minced shallots 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic clove 1

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Crime Scene

Read classic Skip Hollandsworth on serial killers, bank robbers, drug dealers, gangs, and more.

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Life After Ike

Texas Monthly and Rice University hosted a panel discussion on the effects of the devastating hurricane that changed Houston and Galveston forever. 

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Ahi Tuna Cru With Toasted Poppy Seeds

2 1/2 ounces yellowtail tuna 1/8 teaspoon toasted poppy seeds 5 paper thin slices red radish, approximately 1/16-inch thick 1 teaspoon white Tadashi soy sauce 2 sections Pulp of Texas ruby red grapefruit with juice 5 drops lime juice 5 drops extra virgin olive oil 1 pinch slivered scallion Salt

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Guacamole con Tostadas

Recipe from Chef Jeff Martinez, El Chile Cafe y Cantina, Austin2 ripe Haas avocados 1/2 cup fresh tomato 1/4 cup chopped red onion 1/3 cup chopped cilantro 1 lime for spritzingSpoon out the avocados and mash in a bowl. Cube the fresh tomatoes and red onion. Roughly chop cilantro. Mix

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Let’s Talk About Sex

Ninety-four percent of Texas high school students receive abstinence-only education. More than half of these teens are losing their virginity. So what do the majority of Texans really want their kids to know about sex? 

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Ceviche de la Casa

Recipe from Chef Jeff Martinez, El Chile Cafe y Cantina, AustinGulf Coast fish (sushi grade) lime juice cilantro tomato avocado serrano peppersQuantities depend on your preference. Marinate fish in lime juice for 3 to 8 hours, depending on the type of fish you purchase. Mix in cilantro, tomato, avocado, and

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Star Power

Dine at one of the six fine restaurants in Dallas that have earned our elusive star status.

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Overexposure?

The Dallas Police Department’s posting of photos in its “indecency” section on its Web site is probably constitutional—the fact that prostitution cases are also listed means that gay men as a class are not being singled out—but is it responsible?

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Scenes From a Mall

It was a gorgeous day at the outlet mall. The sun shone brightly on the Tuscanish facades, on parking lots that an optimist would have called half full, on the strip of patio and water feature called Gondola Park (though its narrow pool was devoid of gondolas), and the pretzel

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Grand Seafood Plateau

8 oysters 8 littleneck clams 8 16/20 gulf shrimp, cooked, peeled and deveined 1 chilled Maine lobster 1/2 lemon 4 ounces green, inedible seaweed 4 ounces herb mayonnaise 2 oucnes cocktail sauceIn an extra large (2 tiers) seafood stand, place crushed ice and seaweed in the middle. Arrange the oysters,

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Assiette de Fromages

(Selection of cheeses served with French bread and quince marmalade)8 1/2-ounce portions of 8 kinds of cheese * 1 dried fig 1 small branch seedless red grapes 1 tablespoon pecan halves 3 slices pear 1 ounce quince marmalade 1 teaspoon honey 6 slices French bread from a 4-inch baguetteArrange cheeses

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Doyle Bramhall II and Charlie Sexton

In 1990 Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton proposed a casual session with Sexton, Bramhall, and Double Trouble’s other half, bassist Tommy Shannon. The venue was the Austin Rehearsal Complex, and the collaboration produced instant results: chemistry, friction, and record-company interest. The Arc Angels were born. Widespread and enthusiastic acclaim soon

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Classic Escargots in Puff Pastry with Parsley Lemon Garlic Butter

Escargot6 large escargots 1 tablespoon Pernod 1 tablespoon white wine 1 pinch chopped parsley 1 teaspoon minced shallots 1 clove minced garlic 1 teaspoon 90/10 vegetable oil/olive oil blend Salt and pepper to tasteParsley garlic butter2 tablespoons sweet butter, softened 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley 1 teaspoon minced garlic clove

Pillow Talk

Kate Hersch and Lance Avery Morgan, the principals behind August Morgan, know how to throw a great party. Just mix champagne with friends and toss in some vintage needlepoint pillows. 

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Moules Frits (Black Mussels Marinier with French Fries)

1 1/4 pounds Prince Edward Island Mussels 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon sweet butter 1 tablespoon minced shallots 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic 2 ounces good quality amber beer or white wine 2 ounces chicken stock 1 pinch herbs de Provence 2 tablespoons small diced beefsteak tomato 1 pinch chopped

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Author Interview

Tracy Daugherty

In the sixties and seventies, transplanted Houstonian Donald Barthelme made a splash in the New York literary world with short stories and novels like Snow White and The Dead Father. With Hiding Man, one of his former students—now a distinguished professor of English and creative writing at Oregon State University—presents

Book Review

It Will Come to Me

We probably didn’t need another comic novel about life at an absurdly bureaucratic and insular American university, but Houston memoirist Emily Fox Gordon gets a pass for her well-honed and earthy satire It Will Come to Me. Ruth Blau is a 56-year-old faculty wife; her husband, Ben, chairs

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The Caryatids

The future has seldom been a copacetic place in sci-fi swami Bruce Sterling’s works of fiction. His eleventh novel, The Caryatids, is set in the bleak year 2065. A global nuclear and climatological disaster has devastated great nation-states like India and America; China has emerged as the ravaged

Artist Interview

Doyle Bramhall II and Charlie Sexton 

In 1990 Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton proposed a casual session with Sexton, Bramhall, and Double Trouble’s other half, bassist Tommy Shannon. The venue was the Austin Rehearsal Complex, and the collaboration produced instant results: chemistry, friction, and record-company interest. The Arc Angels were born. Widespread and enthusiastic acclaim soon

Object Lesson

Angelbert Metoyer’s_Desk

Whether he’s painting, writing, or making music, 31-year-old artist Angelbert Metoyer finds much of his inspiration in the array of canvases and stacked papers at his Houston home office. His art, a combination of figurative drawings and painted abstract images, is largely influenced by his Creole heritage and has found

How to Plant a Southern Magnolia

The pecan may be our state tree, but the Magnolia grandiflora, or Southern magnolia, has long been the belle of our arboreal ball. With its dramatic canopy, glossy leaves, and creamy blooms, this elegant evergreen is the centerpiece of many Texas gardens. Where does it thrive? “Magnolias prefer warm, rainy

Neal Shudde, Hatter

Shudde, a fourth-generation hatter, was born and raised in Houston. He runs Shudde Bros. Hatters, near Brookshire, which has been making hats since 1907.To be a good hatter, you have to listen to the customer. Be patient and let him or her tell you what they need to tell you.

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In memoriam: David “Fathead” Newman

With his free-flowing, honeyed sound, David “Fathead” Newman would doubtless have enjoyed a fine career even without the chance encounter that transformed his life. The Corsicana saxophonist split college to play with famed Texas alto Buster Smith. He went on to tour with, among others, Lowell Fulson and T-Bone Walker.

Music Review

Tell ’Em What Your Name Is!

Put on “Gunpowder,” the lead track from Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears’ Tell ’Em What Your Name Is! (Lost Highway), and the easy, horn-driven groove of the seventies classic “Soul Finger” instantly comes to mind. Yet seconds later it sounds like you’re listening to Nuggets. So it

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Willie and the Wheel

The latest installment in Willie Nelson’s once-a-month release schedule finds him fronting Ray Benson’s band, Asleep at the Wheel. The genesis of Willie and the Wheel (Bismeaux) dates back 36 years, when famed Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler signed Nelson and helped launch his outlaw-country career. Wexler

Miscellany

Roar of the Crowd

Southern Discomfort

Ignored by you for years, the Southern Legal Resource Center has finally arrived [“The 2009 Bum Steer Awards,” January 2009]! But, hey, where have y’all been? We filed the student free speech federal lawsuit against Burleson ISD back in 2007.Clueless as we are, we naively cling to the quaint

Hat Trick

When the idea of putting together a special Texas Monthly style issue was first laid on the table, it was greeted with consternation. Did we intend to dispatch Paul Burka to the fashion shows to analyze the spring lines or Skip Hollandsworth to the nearest perfumery to fill his untutored

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