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    Gallery Scene: Opening This Week

    Logan Sebastian Beck's exhibit is a "grower." This week, we recommend a "growing" exhibit at the tiny Rice U. Matchbox Gallery, animal-skin-inspired jewelry at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and gnarly graphics at M2 Gallery, among others. ...

    @ Art Attack by Troy Schulze on December 8, 2010 @ 2:15 pm
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    Slideshow: Art Basel Miami Beach

    Last week, over 250 galleries from around the world exhibited work at Art Basel Miami Beach, the largest art exposition in North America. Houston artists Angelbert Metoyer and McKay Otto organized a Texas contingent to present a group show there--the...

    @ Art Attack by Troy Schulze on December 8, 2010 @ 11:33 am
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    Glee: "Their Christmas gift was rabies."

    Hell, some TV shows -- like a certain series about a certain high school show choir -- go one step further by managing to assimilate individuals of other, non-Jesus faiths into their Christmas specials. That's what I call "winning hearts and minds." ...

    @ Art Attack by Pete Vonder Haar on December 8, 2010 @ 10:35 am
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    Top Five: Films About Lesser-Known Bands

    Rock docs often follow the trajectory of groups that struggle, peak and fall apart (see possibly every Behind the Music episode), or they dwell on the aftermath of success and the road to recovery (the fascinating Metallica: Some Kind of Monster). Bu...

    @ Art Attack by Troy Schulze on December 8, 2010 @ 9:07 am
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    New Movie Theater Coming to Bayou Place?

    This afternoon, Chron.com's real estate blogger Nancy Sarnoff posted the above photo--a promising sign in the ex-box-office window of Bayou Place's Angelika Film Center. The theater's closing in August was a huge bummer to moviegoers that enjoyed th...

    @ Art Attack by Troy Schulze on December 7, 2010 @ 4:32 pm
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    The Holiday Season On Stage

    Christmas treats this season come in all shapes and sizes, some full of wonder when unwrapped and some sooty around the edges. To be fair, like Santa, the sampling is in alphabetical order. In past productions, Patdro Harris (director/choreographer)...

    @ Art Attack by D.L. Groover on December 7, 2010 @ 2:47 pm
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    Marcel Duchamp, Meet DJ Screw

    November marked the 10-year anniversary of the passing of Houston DJ and Producer Robert Earl Davis, Jr. aka DJ Screw (b. 1971, d. 2000). DJ Screw's music redefined Southern hip-hop in the 1990s and continues to influence the contemporary spectrum of...

    @ Art Attack by Chris Becker on December 7, 2010 @ 12:47 pm
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    New on DVD: Inception, Restrepo, Shrek Forever After

    Inception Inception is a chilling trip into the psyche...of writer-director Christopher Nolan, an action director who shattered the Tomatometer with The Dark Knight. Nolan's follow-up offers more muted colors, gift-wrapped themes, and GQ leading men ...

    @ Art Attack by Art Attack on December 7, 2010 @ 11:08 am
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    The Year in Video Memes: What Do They Mean??

    Do you understand how quick the Internet is now? You have a million ideas bombarding you at once, with almost no way of filtering what is funny and what is not. Luckily we started Meme Of The Week this fall to help you. The beginning of the year bro...

    @ Art Attack by Craig Hlavaty on December 7, 2010 @ 9:42 am
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    Weird On Etsy: Holiday Shopping for Nerds

    Who knew anatomy could be so cozy? Is there someone on your list whose IQ exceeds his or her weight? Their vocabulary may be over your head, but thanks to the "Geekery" section of Etsy.com, handcrafted holiday gifts for the nerds in your life are ...

    @ Art Attack by Lauren Marmaduke on December 7, 2010 @ 8:30 am
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    Toons For Our Times

    Some time ago, I noticed a number of my Facebook friends switching their profile pics to mostly classic cartoon characters (I say "mostly" because I do know a handful of people under the age of 30). Perhaps shocked by various shout-outs to the likes ...

    @ Art Attack by Pete Vonder Haar on December 7, 2010 @ 7:20 am
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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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