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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 Rouner 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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    The Week In TV

    The sun came out, we all lost an hour of sleep, and Charlie Sheen refused to die. This was the week in TV Land: ? Charlie Sheen got fired last week. It's weird that it took so long for it to happen, considering how he's thrown himself gleefully off ...

    @ Art Attack by Daniel Carlson on March 14, 2011 @ 9:53 am
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    Floating Stones: Heimir Bjrglfsson at CTRL Gallery

    Heimir Bjrglfsson Elements from the natural world become characters in the collages of Heimir Bjrglfsson, currently on view in the show "The Classical" at CTRL Gallery. Bjrglfsson cuts out photos of things like rocks and plants and inserts t...

    @ Art Attack by Kelly Klaasmeyer on March 11, 2011 @ 4:00 pm
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    Bjrn Bsen's Surreal Wonderland at Anya Tish Gallery

    Bjrn Bsen's "Tainted Tales" at Anya Tish Gallery presents surreal paintings of antique china objects so odd and distorted, they look like a 19th-century housewife's laudanum-fueled daydream. And speaking of laudanum, Lewis Carroll is another influe...

    @ Art Attack by Kelly Klaasmeyer on March 11, 2011 @ 3:00 pm
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    I'm Gonna Get Me Religion

    One of the wonderful things about American music is its alternately combative and reverent relationship with religion. Music, American music especially, in performance and on record, allows us revel in our cynicism, celebrate our confusion, and just ...

    @ Art Attack by Chris Becker on March 11, 2011 @ 2:00 pm
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    Idol Beat: The Beloved

    American Idol, the show that dares answer the question: "Who or what the hell is 'Diddy Dirty-Money?'" Ryan Seacrest kicks the show off by introducing our "beloved finalists," and I couldn't help but think of Rick's line from Casablanca ("They're no...

    @ Art Attack by Pete Vonder Haar on March 11, 2011 @ 1:00 pm
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    Reviews For The Easily Distracted: Battle: Los Angeles

    Another Alien Invasion Movie? How Many Can Hollywood Make? Hey, if you're happy getting complacent in the face of extraterrestrial onslaught, that's fine. Just don't come crying to me when they teleport you to the Probe Nebula. Rating Using Randon ...

    @ Art Attack by Pete Vonder Haar on March 11, 2011 @ 12:00 pm
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    Tinny Dancers: The Aluminum Show

    We've often speculated on the secret lives of inanimate objects, even more so now that our microwave has taken to turning itself on and off for no apparent reason. That's the premise behind The Aluminum Show, a unique marriage of art, visual theater,...

    @ Art Attack by Lauren Marmaduke on March 11, 2011 @ 11:00 am
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    Your Meme of the Week: Paula Deen Riding Things

    I'm sorry to anyone who this hurts or offends. Maybe it's the white hair, the hearty laugh, the butter, the cheery eyes, the idea that she cooked in lingerie and heels back in the day, or maybe it's just an old-lady fetish. That being said, Paula D...

    @ Art Attack by Craig Hlavaty on March 11, 2011 @ 10:00 am
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    (Video) Cirque du Soleil Hatches a Spectacular OVO

    The insect realm of Cirque's OVO See many more pictures of Cirque's spectacle in our slideshow. OVO is literally abuzz under the Grand Chapiteau at the Sam Houston Race Park. Cirque Du Soleil's new touring show emerges from the ecosystem of the i...

    @ Art Attack by Rosie Trump on March 10, 2011 @ 4:06 pm
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    Kind of Blew: Blue Man Group at Jones Hall

    Nope, you didn't miss much. (See a slideshow of photos from the performance.) Art Attack has a confession to make. Until last night, I'd never seen a Blue Man Group performance. Not even during my mid-'90s New York years, when my cousin did PR f...

    @ Art Attack by Troy Schulze on March 10, 2011 @ 2:24 pm
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