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    Our Favorite Playboy Christmas Covers

    Every year, before I started stealing the Christmas issues from friends and relatives, I longed for late November when I got that first peek at the holiday issue of Hugh Hefner's crowning glory. It was officially the Christmas season. Since the beg...

    @ Art Attack by Craig Hlavaty on December 3, 2010 @ 4:14 pm
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    Film Examines Youth in Spiritual Struggle

    The Calling, a documentary produced by Danny Alpert and the Kindling Group, and screening at the Rice Media Center on December 15, is the story of seven idealistic young Americans on the path to becoming the spiritual leaders of tomorrow. The film fo...

    @ Art Attack by Lauren Marmaduke on December 3, 2010 @ 2:35 pm
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    Kanye West, Meet John Cage

    Avant-garde composer John Cage and pop superstar Kanye West may be two of most polarizing figures in contemporary American music. It amazes me how many people - particularly musicians - hate John Cage ("Parlour games" is how one music professor we kn...

    @ Art Attack by Chris Becker on December 3, 2010 @ 12:56 pm
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    Reviews For The Easily Distracted: Black Swan

    Did Mila Kunis And Natalie Portman Really Lose 20 Pounds For This? That's the story. Kunis actually went from a a chubby 115 to a svelte 95 pounds. "Chubby?" That's A Little Harsh, Isn't It? Not in Prima Ballerina World, pal. Director: Darren Aro...

    @ Art Attack by Pete Vonder Haar on December 3, 2010 @ 11:07 am
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    Community: A Very Special Episode

    Community's greatest strength is its ability to do the exact opposite of a traditional sitcom and get equal or better results, especially when it comes to broadcasting its intentions. What I mean is that an old-school sitcom would never announce to t...

    @ Art Attack by Daniel Carlson on December 3, 2010 @ 9:22 am
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    Ars Lyrica Nominated for 2011 Grammy Award

    It's also the only U.S. recording nominated in the category. Nice! The other nominees in Best Opera Recording: Berg: "Lulu" (Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House) Saariaho: "L'Amour De Loin" (Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Rundfunkchor Berlin...

    @ Art Attack by Troy Schulze on December 2, 2010 @ 5:12 pm
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    Honeydew Tattoo: Ryan Dilbert's Fusion-Fiction

    Fusion is hip--especially when it's one-part Texan. In Houston, Texas flounder bathed in coconut broth formulates Indian fusion. Theater performances that co-mingle opera and dance represent cultural fusion. But if anyone were to award points for the...

    @ Art Attack by Hollie Loveless on December 2, 2010 @ 4:31 pm
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    Say Farewell to Dumpster, Tx.

    "Come help us say goodbye to Ned and all his kin, they'll surely thank you all for kindly droppin' in." A Houston holiday tradition comes to an end as Radio Music Theatre prepares to close its doors forever in April of next year. In 1985, Steve Fa...

    @ Art Attack by Lauren Marmaduke on December 2, 2010 @ 3:19 pm
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    Finally ... A Sneak Peak at Houston-Filmed Tree of Life

    And this weekend, moviegoers will finally get a sneak peek--the full trailer for Tree of Life will debut before screenings of Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. Malick's film, carefully under wraps and postponed for over a year, was partially shot in Ho...

    @ Art Attack by Troy Schulze on December 2, 2010 @ 1:22 pm
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    Bluefinger: The Manager

    Van Dijk, during the after-show Q&A. Last night, I had the pleasure of meeting Koos Van Dijk, former manager of legendary Dutch rocker Herman Brood--the subject of Catastrophic Theatre's Bluefinger. Van Dijk, who flew in from Amsterdam, is the ul...

    @ Art Attack by Troy Schulze on December 2, 2010 @ 11:43 am
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    Your Meme Of The Week: Is Jesus A Jerk?

    This was obviously before the Meme Gods roamed the Internets, looking for fodder to make office drones chuckle and stoners cry with laughter. The popular "Jesus Is A Jerk" meme isn't the most friendly meme, in fact, it may cause you to get in serious...

    @ Art Attack by Craig Hlavaty on December 2, 2010 @ 9:51 am
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    Bring Out Your [Digital] Dead

    Yesterday was World AIDS Day. The occasion dedicated to raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and remembering those who have succumbed to the disease is in its 23rd year. It's a sobering occasion. Over 25 million have died of the disease since 1981, and ...

    @ Art Attack by Pete Vonder Haar on December 2, 2010 @ 8:00 am
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    "Snakebit" by an Architect: A Houston Filmmaker's Tribute

    Founder of the pro-bono architectural project The Rural Studio, Mockbee was an inspiring man. He brought architecture students and other various hangers-on together in a summer-camp-style environment in rural, desperately impoverished Hale County, Al...

    @ Art Attack by Jenny Staff Johnson on December 1, 2010 @ 4:27 pm
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    Vid Picks of the Week: YouTube Meets Houston Local TV

    (Above) Conan at Houston Bus Terminal For some reason back in 1992, the then-titled Conan O'Brien Show was aired at 3 a.m. in Houston versus midnight in every other city. Conan decided to go on a field trip to find out what people where doing while h...

    @ Art Attack by Vernon Caldera on December 1, 2010 @ 3:34 pm
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    Do Your Holiday Shopping at an Art Museum: 10 Great Gifts Under $50

    A (real) pirate ship, part of the Real Pirates exhibit on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science through February 6th, 2011 Screw the mall. Hit the museum. Museum memberships and the unique, eclectic items for sale in the museum store ma...

    @ Art Attack by Lauren Marmaduke on December 1, 2010 @ 1:11 pm
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    (UPDATE) Local "Fringe Festival" Dispute Apparently Settled

    Both FrenetiCore and BooTown have released official statements regarding the agreement. Read both after the jump. The local performing groups BooTown and FrenetiCore have apparently reached a settlement in their dispute this year over which entity o...

    @ Art Attack by Troy Schulze on December 1, 2010 @ 11:23 am
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    Glee: "Buddha, Allah, Satan...help me!"

    I don't mean to diminish Kurt's plight, except that it's a TV show and realistically his chances of meeting with any...unpleasantness are decidedly slim. And just like his lack of appreciation for his unusually tolerant blue collar father, the favora...

    @ Art Attack by Pete Vonder Haar on December 1, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Bluefinger: Meeting Your Man

    As an actor, it's a rare thing to play a living person, and even rarer to actually meet the subject of your own portrayal. At tonight's performance of Bluefinger: The Fall and Rise of Herman Brood, I'll have the crazy experience of meeting Koos van ...

    @ Art Attack by Troy Schulze on December 1, 2010 @ 9:46 am
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    Weekly Time Waster: Radical Fishing

    Fishing is considered one of those relaxing pastimes, not quite a sport (to most of us anyway) but a fine way to spend a day without much to show for it besides a little sunburn and the possible trophy. Then there are those who think fishing is dread...

    @ Art Attack by David Feil on November 30, 2010 @ 5:01 pm
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    Child Actors Over the Hill at 14 in A Christmas Carol at the Alley

    in the Alley Theatre's A Christmas Carol -- A Ghost Story of Christmas. It's a part-time, once-a-year job that you age out of on your 14th birthday. The youngest kids, ages 4 and 5, aren't even reading when they start so they have to be drilled da...

    @ Art Attack by Margaret Downing on November 30, 2010 @ 4:01 pm
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