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    Houston Artists Bring "Texas Positivism" to Miami

    Check out our sister paper in Miami's eye-popping photos of Art Basel. Art Basel Miami this year was "more buzzing than it's ever been," according to conceptual artist Molly Gochman, and Houston artists were in the middle of it. Speaking last weeken...

    @ Art Attack by Jenny Staff Johnson on December 6, 2010 @ 5:10 pm
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    The Heidi Chronicles at Main Street: Well-Done But Outdated

    The Setup: Consider Heidi Holland. In 1988, when Wendy Wasserstein wrote about her in her signature iconic play The Heidi Chronicles, Heidi was emblematic of her generation. She had struggled with feminism, she had overcome male domination, she was i...

    @ Art Attack by D.L. Groover on December 6, 2010 @ 2:44 pm
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    Beauty On the Cheap: Architecture Catches Up With Big Oil

    Minimal Complexity by Vlad Tenu, winner of the TEX-FAB REPEAT competition Houston, your next big advance in architectural design is here; brought to you by...the petrochemical industry? University of Houston Professor Andrew Vrana has teamed up ...

    @ Art Attack by Jenny Staff Johnson on December 6, 2010 @ 11:18 am
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    The Week In TV: The Dead of Winter

    Nothing like trimming the tree while it's 80 degrees outside. This was the week in TV Land: ? Weirdly timed to coincide with the first-season finale of The Walking Dead (which I haven't seen yet because I was writing up Boardwalk Empire, so no spoil...

    @ Art Attack by Daniel Carlson on December 6, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Boardwalk Empire, Season One Finale: A Return To Normalcy

    At one point in last night's fantastic season finale of Boardwalk Empire, Nucky tells Margaret that "we all have to decide for ourselves how much sin we can live with." He's talking about his own method of rationalizing the often terrible things he d...

    @ Art Attack by Daniel Carlson on December 6, 2010 @ 7:29 am
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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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Capsule Stage Reviews: July 31, 2014

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Christmas in July: Tamarie Cooper Brings Us Another Summer Extravaganza at Catastrophic Theatre, Christmas in July: Tamarie Cooper Brings Us Another Summer Extravaganza at Catastrophic Theatre,

Not since our own Bayou City bodacious Botticelli beauty, Tamarie Cooper, sat and spun on her Sit 'n Spin in the fifth installment, I believe, of her original musical comedy… More >>

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Capsule Art Reviews: July 24, 2014

"Altered Angles: George Grochocki & Shayne Murphy" Two very different painters are having their work shown at the sleek Anya Tish Gallery — both take chances, and are courageous. George… More >>

Capsule Stage Reviews: July 24, 2014

All in the Timing Remember that old philosophy head-scratcher: Give a monkey a typewriter and enough time, and eventually he'll write Hamlet? That hardly gives proper credit to Shakespeare, but… More >>

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Nineteen twenty-five was definitely the year to be Noël Coward. He had four shows running concurrently on London's West End and was starring in his sensational The Vortex from the… More >>

Capsule Art Reviews: July 17, 2014

"The American Landscape" at Meredith Long & Company features the work of Larry Horowitz, but the paintings by William Anzalone capture the imagination as well, and a number of artists… More >>

Capsule Stage Reviews: July 17, 2014

Brooklyn the Musical This musical has five lead characters, almost no choreography and a minimalist set. An orphaned 14-year-old girl from France named Brooklyn comes to Brooklyn to find the… More >>