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    Landspeed Records: Punk Rock Meets Bebop

    Salt Peanuts by Dizzy Gillespie Tempo is a mysterious thing. In music, the word refers to the speed at which one plays a piece of music. In the world of classical music, Italian words such as "largo" and "prestissimo" are written above musical stav...

    @ Art Attack by Chris Becker on February 25, 2011 @ 9:54 am
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    Community: The Election Episode

    It seems like every TV series set in a school will eventually have an episode about someone running for student body president, but Community has the advantage of a large stable of wackos to trot out and make speeches. Just about everything the candi...

    @ Art Attack by Daniel Carlson on February 25, 2011 @ 8:49 am
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    The Alley's August Is a Scorcher

    James Belcher as Charlie Aiken and Louisa Flaningam as Mattie Fae Aiken in August: Osage County. Take a look downtown...toward the Alley Theatre specifically. Do you see smoke? You should. Because Tracy Letts' August: Osage County is setting that ...

    @ Art Attack by D.L. Groover on February 24, 2011 @ 5:30 pm
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    Bayou City Noir: The Photographs of Marvin Zindler

    Marvin Zindler, Torrid Toni Goes to Jail, 1953 It's a perfect story, with roots deep in the Houston Public Library archives: a famous Houstonian, a piece of microfilm, crime photographs from over a half-century ago, and an intrepid researcher dig...

    @ Art Attack by Marc Brubaker on February 24, 2011 @ 2:49 pm
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    Slideshow: The River Oaks Fashion Show

    (See a slideshow of photos from the event.) Whether or not it's for a good cause, shopping is always a good idea, right ladies? Last night, Weingarten Realty Investors and the American Heart Association staged an event that made buying a new dress, ...

    @ Art Attack by Kristen Eide on February 24, 2011 @ 1:02 pm
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    Idol Beat: What Happened In Vegas...

    That's what season 10 of American Idol feels like. Each time I come back, it renews its assault on my fragile psyche. And like the unfortunate sleeper, return to it I must.And the next two weeks are brutal: two-hour episodes last night and tonight, a...

    @ Art Attack by Pete Vonder Haar on February 24, 2011 @ 11:00 am
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    Theatre Southwest Gets the Shakes

    The Setup: Theatre Southwest makes its first foray into the thicket of Shakespeare, and emerges bloodied but, we hope, unbowed. The Execution: The company's courage is to be commended for tackling a comedy, more difficult than historical drama. T...

    @ Art Attack by Jim J. Tommaney on February 24, 2011 @ 10:01 am
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    Your Oscar Winners...No, Really

    At various points throughout the ceremony's three-hour-plus running time, they'll also announce the winners. And while you might think this year will be easier to predict than most, I'm here to tell you that ain't the case. There's a great deal of be...

    @ Art Attack by Pete Vonder Haar on February 24, 2011 @ 8:00 am
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    Be Somebody: Tryouts for The Real World This Saturday

    Bring a recent picture of yourself (not returned) and a photo ID to Washington Grill (2811 Washington Ave.) between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. You must be over the age of 18 to apply, and appear to be between the ages of 18 and 24. According to a press rel...

    @ Art Attack by Troy Schulze on February 23, 2011 @ 4:25 pm
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    We Want Your "Go Texan Day" Photos

    Not that anyone needs a reason to break out some western wear in Houston, but this Friday is Go Texan Day, when the entire city of Houston is expected to acknowledge the opening of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo by wearing cowboy gear. Of course...

    @ Art Attack by Troy Schulze on February 23, 2011 @ 3:28 pm
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    Meow...Er...Meme of the Week: Business Cat

    This is Business Cat, a meme that caught fire a few weeks ago, featuring a kitty in a collar and tie, putting the screws to his clerical underlings. With visions of Office Space and Glengarry Glen Ross dancing in their heads, along with meme-ery's ki...

    @ Art Attack by Craig Hlavaty on February 23, 2011 @ 2:47 pm
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    Hot Ticket: The SXSW Interactive Festival

    We may be in love with art here at ArtAttack, but our crush on the internet is an open secret. For the last few years, our eyes have started roaming westward in late February, in anticipation of the SXSW Interactive Festival, March 11-15, which start...

    @ Art Attack by Jenny Staff Johnson on February 23, 2011 @ 12:43 pm
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    Video Picks: The Rise of the Online Gay Comedian

    Not so long ago, gay comedy sucked. Ellen DeGeneres, Will and Grace, and Rosie O'Donnell all seemed to be cut from the same Disney fabric. Even "edgy" gay performers like ANT and Margaret Cho came off more angry than funny. Gay comedy seemed to be ...

    @ Art Attack by Vernon Caldera on February 23, 2011 @ 11:07 am
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    Our Casting Suggestions for Scientology: The Movie

    Paul Haggis could have a "cult" movie on his hands. Recently, Oscar-winning screenwriter and director Paul Haggis participated in a lengthy New Yorker interview in which he condemned his former religion, Scientology, calling it a cult and detailin...

    @ Art Attack by Troy Schulze on February 23, 2011 @ 9:32 am
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    Music for Rothko: A Cowboy's Perspective

    "Blind" Morton Feldman This weekend, the Houston Chamber Choir and Da Camera present Music for Rothko, a concert of contemporary music featuring composer Morton Feldman's stunning Rothko Chapel for soprano, alto, choir, celesta, and percussion. ...

    @ Art Attack by Chris Becker on February 23, 2011 @ 8:00 am
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    August: Osage County, Complete With Flying Razor Blades

    Jennifer Harmon, left, and director Jackson Gay Describing what it feels like to play Violet Weston in August: Osage County, actress Jennifer Harmon says, "There's moments she feels like a flying razor blade to me." As the matriarch of an Oklahom...

    @ Art Attack by Margaret Downing on February 22, 2011 @ 3:45 pm
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    Eye Candy and Up-Cycled Design at "Concrete Utopias"

    Vlad Tenu, Minimal Complexity The bad news: When we headed down to the University of Houston on Friday to check out its symposium "Concrete Utopias: 1960s Architecture and Urbanism," we first had the time wrong, then got stuck in traffic and misse...

    @ Art Attack by Jenny Staff Johnson on February 22, 2011 @ 2:50 pm
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    War of the Worlds Is a Zany, Sci-Fi Musical Romp

    The Setup: The Martians have landed--on the Frenetic Theater stage! The Execution: This is an ambitious, at times sparse, true re-imagining of the 1978 concept album Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds. FrentiCore's production is n...

    @ Art Attack by Rosie Trump on February 22, 2011 @ 11:30 am
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    New On DVD: Due Date, Fish Tank, Get Low

    Due Date In Due Date, a skinny, scowly, and dryly self-referential Robert Downey Jr. meets a chubby, beardy, quasi-autistic Zach Galifianakis boarding a flight. Downey Jr. plays Peter, a Bluetoothed architect with a very pregnant wife waiting at home...

    @ Art Attack by Art Attack on February 22, 2011 @ 9:00 am
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    Why President Obama Isn't Too Heartbroken About Not Getting That Royal Wedding Invite

    Despite having cast off the shackles of the British monarchy over 230 years ago, our great nation has yet to free itself of the embarrassingly colonial obsession with all matter concerning the Royal Family. A cursory scan of Google News yesterday sh...

    @ Art Attack by Pete Vonder Haar on February 22, 2011 @ 8:00 am
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