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  • Unsolved Mysteries - Stages' Yankee Tavern lacks a dramatic core.

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    Unsolved Mysteries - Stages' Yankee Tavern lacks a dramatic core.

    Yankee Tavern opens in a seedy New York City bar that time and customers have forgotten. The bar's fresh-faced owner, Adam (Adam Gibbs), looks too young to be running such a decrepit watering hole, nicely evoked by designer Jodi Bobrovsky. Short on c...

    by David Theis on April 7, 2011
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    Call This Number and Do What You Want

    For a "good" time, call... When we last heard from the Art Guys, they delivered a "final statement" regarding their beef with filmmaker Morgan Spurlock over his alleged plagiarism of their SUITS project. "There is nothing more to say and we are no...

    @ Art Attack by Troy Schulze on March 17, 2011 @ 4:02 pm
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    What Is It? Suchu Dance Premieres New Work

    Masters of Semblance When Suchu Dance premieres its new work Masters of Semblance next week at Barnevelder Theater, it might look as if the audience has been invited to a celebratory reception. Or not...or maybe. (Never mind that opening night, M...

    @ Art Attack by Hank Hancock on March 17, 2011 @ 12:34 pm
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    100 Creatives: Anna Sprage

    The artist and her muse (Part of our ongoing series profiling 100 Houston-area artists. No rankings; no order. Check back every Tuesday and Thursday for another edition.) What she does: Anna Sprage is a painter, but that's a fairly recent designa...

    @ Art Attack by Lauren Marmaduke on March 17, 2011 @ 11:54 am
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    A Family-Friendly Day at SXSW: It's Possible

    The Silos at Yard Dog: Family-friendly...up to a point. True story: Art Attack was supposed to be in Mexico this week, but we forgot to renew our passports. So instead of hitting the beach, we're accepting the best consolation prize the world has ...

    @ Art Attack by Jenny Staff Johnson on March 16, 2011 @ 5:22 pm
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    Top Five: Irish Gangster Movies for St. Patrick's Day

    St. Patrick's Day is one of those holidays, along with New Year's Eve and Halloween, that we refer to as one of the year's annual "amateur nights." Whether you're full-blooded Irish, one-fifth on your mother's side or honorary by marriage, it's prett...

    @ Art Attack by Troy Schulze on March 16, 2011 @ 3:36 pm
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    On the Corner: Examining Zones of Culture and Community

    Tierney Malone, Just One of Those Things There may be a connection between Houston's (lack of) zoning laws and the way that the past, present, and future inform each other throughout its landscape. There are many "zones" throughout this city dedic...

    @ Art Attack by Chris Becker on March 16, 2011 @ 12:00 pm
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    SXSW Film Festival: Buck

    Buck Brannaman is a no-nonsense man. This kind of comes with the territory with cowboys, but even among the stoic men and women who spend their lives around horses and cattle, Buck stands out. He's a former trick roper, a family man, a partial inspir...

    @ Art Attack by Daniel Carlson on March 16, 2011 @ 9:57 am
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    Attention Artists: Saint Arnold Wants to Pay You $1,000

    The grooviest ride in town: Saint Arnold's '57 Bentley. Calling all artists, designers, car lovers, and beer enthusiasts: Saint Arnold Brewing Company is adding a brand-spanking new Mini Cooper Countryman to their arsenal and they're holding a con...

    @ Art Attack by Lauren Marmaduke on March 15, 2011 @ 4:09 pm
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    New On DVD: The Fighter, Hereafter, The Parking Lot Movie, The Switch, Waste Land

    The Fighter The Fighter is based on the true story of Lowell, Massachusetts, light welterweight champ "Irish" Micky Ward, but, starring Boston working-class hero Mark Wahlberg, it plays as a Rocky-fied fairy tale for our time: Consigned to Palookavil...

    @ Art Attack by Art Attack on March 15, 2011 @ 2:30 pm
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    Swimming Upstream Comes to the Alley, One Night Only

    A previous production of Swimming Upstream in New Orleans A short time after Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005, Carol Bebelle, founder of the Ashe Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans was contacted by Eve Ensler, the playwright best know for The...

    @ Art Attack by Margaret Downing on March 15, 2011 @ 1:30 pm
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    100 Creatives: Philip Lehl

    Lehl as "Coach" in Will Eno's Oh The Humanity! at Stages Repertory Theatre (Part of our ongoing series profiling 100 Houston-area artists. No rankings; no order. Check back every Tuesday and Thursday for another edition.) What he does: Lehl, whos...

    @ Art Attack by Troy Schulze on March 15, 2011 @ 12:30 pm
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    SXSW Film Festival: Undefeated

    Sports documentaries often have an edge over other non-fiction stories simply because they've already got a narrative built in: Seasons start and end, players rise and fall, and successes and failures on the field are easily projected onto the broade...

    @ Art Attack by Daniel Carlson on March 15, 2011 @ 11:39 am
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    SXSW Film Festival: The Other F-Word

    There's something amazing and endearing about watching Flea cry while he talks about how his daughter gave his life real meaning. This is, well, Flea: crazy-good bassist, crazy-crazy rock star, tormenter of Marty McFly. And here he is, openly weeping...

    @ Art Attack by Daniel Carlson on March 15, 2011 @ 10:09 am
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    Houston Ballet Deftly Stages Epic, Challenging Sleeping Beauty

    Simon Ball as the Prince; Mireille Hassenboehler as Princess Aurora The Setup: On the eve of moving into new downtown facility the Center of Dance, the Houston Ballet has planned a greatest-hits season of sorts. The Execution: The Sleeping Beaut...

    @ Art Attack by Rosie Trump on March 14, 2011 @ 6:30 pm
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    Main Street's Or, is Fine Farce

    L to R, Charles II (Patrick D. Earl), Aphra Behn (Stephanie Holladay Earl), and Nell Gwynne (Jessica Boone) heat things up in Or,. The Setup: Using the proto-feminist, real-life playwright, novelist, and royal spy Aphra Behn (Stephanie Holladay Ea...

    @ Art Attack by D.L. Groover on March 14, 2011 @ 6:03 pm
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    Today's Your (NSFW) Birthday!

    One way we get writing ideas is scrolling through various dates of the week on Wikipedia looking for famous birthdays or historical occurrences. When we were going through the birthdays on March 14, we noticed that an awful lot of porn stars were bor...

    @ Art Attack by Jef With One F on March 14, 2011 @ 3:41 pm
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    David Elder in the Musical Mystery Curtains: Better Than Tennis

    David Elder When David Elder was eight years-old, his father put a racquet in his hand. "I knew I was going to grow up and be Jimmy Connors," he says. He and his dad made the rounds of state competitions and as a freshman Elder was one of the top ...

    @ Art Attack by Margaret Downing on March 14, 2011 @ 1:31 pm
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    Awful Spring Break Movies (For Everyone)

    Most adults with real jobs, families, and bills cannot cut out for the next few weeks to go to Cancun and eat whipped cream off a co-eds chest faster than anyone else to win a Corona shirt. For the precious few that can, we salute you and remind you ...

    @ Art Attack by Craig Hlavaty on March 14, 2011 @ 12:30 pm
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    SXSW Film Festival: Turkey Bowl

    It would have been so easy for Turkey Bowl to totally fall apart. The brief film (about 62 minutes) takes place in real time as a group of friends in their late 20s come together for a touch-football game that gradually reveals more about their relat...

    @ Art Attack by Daniel Carlson on March 14, 2011 @ 11:43 am
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