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    Alex Kava: How I Learned to Love Maggie O'Dell

    What do you do when your publisher asks for a series of books based on a character you don't really like? If you're Alex Kava, you poke and push at the character until you actually do like her. Kava had written a stand-alone thriller, A Perfect Evi...

    @ Art Attack by Olivia Flores Alvarez on July 19, 2011 @ 10:30 am
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    Am I The Only Person Who Hasn't Seen Deathly Hallows Part 2?

    Well, that was quick: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" set another debut mark Monday by racking up $481.5 million in worldwide receipts, a media report said Monday. The film -- the last of eight "Potter" installments -- took in $312....

    @ Art Attack by Pete Vonder Haar on July 19, 2011 @ 9:00 am
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    100 Creatives: Tracy Manford Carlson

    Like many artists trying to find their way, Tracy Manford Carlson has attacked various creative endeavors over the years. Photography was the only one that really stuck. She recalls working full time in an unfulfilling desk job and one day she just s...

    @ Art Attack by Abby Koenig on July 19, 2011 @ 8:00 am
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    Comment of the Day: Not For Palinistas Only

    We posted our interview with Stephen Bannon, director of the new Sarah Palin documentary The Undefeated, on Friday, but that hasn't stopped folks from leaving comments about this controversial film and its equally controversial subject. One guest re...

    @ Art Attack by Caroline Evans on July 18, 2011 @ 6:30 pm
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    Flawless Hairspray at Country Playhouse

    '60s youngsters in Hairspray The set up: Country Playhouse opens its 55th season (!) in blockbuster mode. This 2003 Tony Award-winning musical about the integration of a TV dance show similar to American Bandstand is a '60s dreamland. A bright car...

    @ Art Attack by D.L. Groover on July 18, 2011 @ 5:05 pm
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    Art Review: "Lynda Benglis: Glass Masks"

    Simsboro by Lynda Benglis Lynda Benglis is perhaps best known for her confrontational advertisement in the November 1974 issue of Artforum that depicted her naked, wearing sunglasses and holding a giant, realistic dildo at her crotch. Some critics...

    @ Art Attack by Troy Schulze on July 18, 2011 @ 4:00 pm
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    Spring Awakening: The Ultimate Ensemble Musical

    Young lovers Corey Hartzog and Stephanie Styles in Spring Awakening. The set-up: Spring Awakening, winner of eight Tony awards, is based on an 1891 German play by Frank Wedekind that depicts the torturous stirrings of sexuality among the young. Th...

    @ Art Attack by Jim J. Tommaney on July 18, 2011 @ 2:30 pm
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    The Week in TV: Clear Eyes, Full Hearts

    Emmy nominations, Netflix negotiations and the end of the East Dillon Lions. This was the week in TV Land: ? After five seasons, three of which were spent premiering off-network to save production costs, Friday Night Lights came to a close last week...

    @ Art Attack by Daniel Carlson on July 18, 2011 @ 1:30 pm
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    Renaissance Woman: The United States of Tamarie

    The Cast of The United States of Tamarie The set up: The talented Tamarie Cooper opens the latest in a series of musical extravaganzas - this one rife with patriotism - to enchant a horde of loyal followers and to introduce newcomers to a remarkab...

    @ Art Attack by Jim J. Tommaney on July 18, 2011 @ 12:30 pm
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    True Blood: Burn, Baby, Burn

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. Gothtopia...

    @ Art Attack by Jef Rouner on July 18, 2011 @ 12:00 pm
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    Falling Skies: "Sanctuary (Part 1)"

    Thanks to Caroline Evans for overcoming her anti-alien bias to cover last week's episode. Jimmy Cliff? I'd have figured Weaver for a Parrothead, what with that unfortunate old man ponytail, but whatever. Reggae or inoffensive beach-themed pop music...

    @ Art Attack by Pete Vonder Haar on July 18, 2011 @ 11:30 am
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    Wearing Next to Nothing for the Coming Apocalypse

    Check out the pictures from Sweaty. Sultry. Sandy. in our slideshow. Art Attack took in quite a bit of bare skin over the weekend. We spent Friday evening navigating through a seemingly endless maze of perky, tanned, European breasts and unkempt 197...

    @ Art Attack by Lauren Marmaduke on July 18, 2011 @ 10:30 am
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    The Mikado a Bloody Good Time

    Ralph Katz as the Mikado The set up: If you think there's nothing better in musical theater than a work by William S. Gilbert (book and lyrics) and Arthur S. Sullivan (music), you probably already know their exceptionally entertaining 1885 operett...

    @ Art Attack by D.L. Groover on July 18, 2011 @ 10:30 am
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    Aurora Picture Show Accepting Shorts for Seorita Cinema

    A panel made up of leaders in the Houston film industry, including Executive Director of Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) Mary Lampe and Deputy Director of the Houston Film Commission Alfred Cervantes, will judge the films. Cash prizes will ...

    @ Art Attack by Caroline Evans on July 15, 2011 @ 5:30 pm
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    Who is Stephen Bannon? An Interview with the Director of The Undefeated

    The Undefeated, which opens today, has already been panned, and panned hard. We agree with our reviewer that the movie is basically a Palin Rally in film form, but when Amy Siskind of The Huffington Post gives her review the headline "The Movie I Wis...

    @ Art Attack by Caroline Evans on July 15, 2011 @ 4:00 pm
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    From the Runway: Favorites from the Fall 2011 Couture Collections

    Couture is like fine art--beautiful, often esoteric and frequently conceptual. When I was a wee fashion fan I was unable to relate to couture fashion because I spent too much time trying to figure out how and where I would wear such creations. But ...

    @ Art Attack by Christina Uticone on July 15, 2011 @ 2:30 pm
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    July 9 to 15: The Week in Art Photos

    It's time again to check out the Houston Press Flickr Pool and see what kinds of art shots our talented photographers have added. We love street art, unique perspectives and beautiful photos of Houston's creative community. If you think you've got ...

    @ Art Attack by Caroline Evans on July 15, 2011 @ 1:00 pm
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    Wilfred: "Acceptance"

    This week, only two of the questions regular reviewer Pete Vonder Haar posed at the end of last week's recap (Why is Wilfred over at Ryan's house all the time now? Did Jenna die? Isn't California expensive? How the hell are all these people able to l...

    @ Art Attack by Caroline Evans on July 15, 2011 @ 12:30 pm
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    So You Think You Can Dance: Top 12 Results

    Nigel Lythgoe shouldn't wear t-shirts. Maybe we're just used to his dapper Englishness and three-piece neatness, but seeing him wear a t-shirt last night just reminded me of when I was in college and would see professors out of the lecture hall; whet...

    @ Art Attack by Caroline Evans on July 15, 2011 @ 11:30 am
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    Art Review: Arline Fisch's Wire-and-Fabric Jellyfish Come To Life

    Arline Fisch, Paper Lanterns (detail), 2008. For many, jellyfish are nasty, menacing creatures that creep silently through the water, furtively honing in on our exposed flesh as we tread water in coastal waves. As a kid, I was terrified of the cab...

    @ Art Attack by Troy Schulze on July 15, 2011 @ 10:30 am
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