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    Soaring Swan - Stanton Welch pushes a classic ballet to new heights

    What does a 1985 Rutger Hauer flick have to do with a revamped 1895 ballet? Both shows' heroines are birds by day and fair maidens by night. Houston Ballet artistic director Stanton Welch took inspiration from the Hauer/Michelle Pfeiffer vehicle Lady...

    by Marene Gustin on March 2, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Bus Stop In the 1950s theater world, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright William Inge did for the Midwest what Tennessee Williams did for the South: He brought it sex. His 1955 comedy Bus Stop is a primer on various facets of love: the getting, the los...

    by Lee Williams on March 2, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "Andrea Bowers: Letters to an Army of Three" For her installation at the Glassell School of Art, Andrea Bowers has constructed a video around actual letters written to the "Army of Three" Pat Maginnis, Rowena Gurner and Lana Phelan, three women who...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on March 2, 2006
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    Back to the Future - The Xbox Live Arcade is a high-tech twist on the old-fashioned coin-op

    Last fall, Microsoft hyped its pricey Xbox 360 by promising to reinvent gaming as we know it. The blockbuster "next generation" titles were supposed to harness the machine's awesome power to deliver high-definition graphics and impossibly realistic a...

    by Chris Dahlen on March 2, 2006
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    The Great Cash-In

    Walk the Line (Fox) No matter what a junkie does with his spare time -- say, redefine country music, or forge one of history's most enduring personas -- movies about junkies are a drag to watch. So it's too bad this Johnny Cash biopic is a by-the-n...

    by Robert Wilonsky on March 2, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of February 28

    Annie Duke's Conquering Online Poker (Big Vision) The Avengers: The Complete Emma Peel Megaset (A&E) Battle's Poison Cloud (Cinema Libre) Bleak House (BBC Warner) Camara Oscura (Warner Bros.) Charmed: The Complete Fourth Season (Paramo...

    on March 2, 2006
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    Stage Capsules

    Androcles and the Lion It should come as no surprise that great Irish literary lion George Bernard Shaw would write a play with a lion as one of the main characters. In his 1912 "comic fable" based upon the ancient Roman tale, Shaw embroiders the pag...

    on February 23, 2006
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    Back to the Future - Andrea Bowers presents life before Roe v. Wade

    With Samuel Alito in the Supreme Court, the future of the right to a safe and legal abortion seems more uncertain now than at any time since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. If you want to get an idea of what things could be like in the near future, ch...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on February 23, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - ARTBEAT

    "The Birth of a Nation -- Yo! Bum Rush the Show" Dawolu Jabari Anderson's new works at the Art League Houston use D.W. Griffith's infamously racist 1915 film The Birth of a Nation as a source of inspiration. Anderson creates large paintings on paper ...

    on February 23, 2006
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    Law and Disorder - Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is guilty of being bizarre fun.

    Sony's approach with its handheld, the PlayStation Portable, is to carbon-copy its most popular titles for on-the-go gaming. "Enjoy Grand Theft Auto on PlayStation 2?" Sony seems to ask. "Well, here's a version for the PSP. Oh, you're a SOCOM fan? Su...

    by Gary Hodges on February 23, 2006
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    All the President's Men

    (Warner Bros.) It's no mystery why Warner Bros. chose to rerelease All the President's Men now; at last we know how much -- which is to say how little -- Mark "Deep Throat" Felt really looked like Hal Holbrook. A new doc on former FBI second-in-co...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 23, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of February 21

    Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber (MCA) The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends (Shout Factory) Domino (New Line) Dorian Blues (TLA) First Descent (Universal) Left of the Dial (HBO) The Memory of a Killer (Sony) Midnight Co...

    on February 23, 2006
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    Baby Steps - Two actors bring a sorrowful script to painful, moving life

    In today's age of medical miracles, it can be easy to forget that doctors can't save everyone from the miseries of illness. We take our loved ones to hospitals expecting everything to turn out fine in the end. When things don't work out, we're often ...

    by Lee Williams on February 16, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Cavalia Even if your equine appreciation ossified with Mr. Ed reruns when you were a kid, this artsy-fartsy horse show will astonish you in ways you'd never expect. Conceived by artistic director Normand Latourelle, a founder of the ubiquitous Canadi...

    by Lee Williams on February 16, 2006
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    Go Ahead, Ask Him - Mel Chin brings his art -- and his convictions -- to The Station

    The Houston art scene has been in the midst of some '80s nostalgia, with three recent exhibitions of work by artists who came to prominence in that decade -- Jean-Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel and, now, Houston native Mel Chin. Though Chin never p...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on February 16, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "The Birth of a Nation -- Yo! Bum Rush the Show" Dawolu Jabari Anderson's new works at the Art League Houston use D.W. Griffith's infamously racist 1915 film The Birth of a Nation as a source of inspiration. Anderson creates large paintings on paper ...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on February 16, 2006
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    Torino It Off - This horrible Winter Olympics game doesn't even medal

    Ah, the Winter Olympics. The nip of drama in the Alpine air. The purity of amateur competition. Swedish women in full-body spandex. These are all things we enjoy about the winter games. Now for some things we don't: losing to Canada in hockey, male...

    by Luke O'Brien on February 16, 2006
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    Grind It Out with Pam

    Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson: Uncensored! (Paramount) This sucker's vulgar -- duh -- but not shocking in the least bit; Sarah Silverman swears, and Courtney Love drinks and smokes...who knew? That said, this roast ranks among the meane...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 16, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of February 14

    Disney Princess Sing Along Songs, Vol. Three: Perfectly Princess (Buena Vista) Emmanuel's Gift (First Look) The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: The Complete First Three Seasons (Warner Bros.) The Frisco Kid (Warner Bros.) Gimme a Break!: Seaso...

    on February 16, 2006
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    Soft as a Razor Blade - The Pillowman will cut you to the bone

    Once upon a time, before TV and videos stoppered up our collective imagination, we sat around our fires telling stories. They were often dark and lurid: Ravenous wolves stalked lost girls into the dark woods, and hideous witches gleefully roasted run...

    by Lee Williams on February 9, 2006
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Well, it's finally arrived! The "it" in question is, of course, Richard Wagner's monumental operatic myth, The Ring of the Nibelung. The four-part epic, being staged by Houston Grand Opera over a… More >>

Capsule Art Reviews: April 17, 2014

"The Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute" These days, Impressionist exhibitions are the art museum version of the ballet The Nutcracker: frothy… More >>

Capsule Stage Reviews: April 17, 2014

Anna Christie Eugene O'Neill's drama about seafaring men, and their women on shore, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1922, and a 2011 production in London won the Olivier Award as… More >>

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Dear Mexican, Even though throughout the years since I came to the U.S. 20 years ago I have seen it happening with less frequency, the use by Mexicans of the expression… More >>

Capsule Art Reviews: April 10, 2014

"The Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute" These days, Impressionist exhibitions are the art museum version of the ballet The Nutcracker: frothy… More >>

Capsule Stage Review: April 10, 2014

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark The award-winning playwright Lynn Nottage is as gifted at humor as she is at drama, delivering a sophisticated comedic tour de force that makes… More >>

The Houston Grand Opera Prepares to Go Gargantuan With the First Part of the Ring of the Nibelung The Houston Grand Opera Prepares to Go Gargantuan With the First Part of the Ring of the Nibelung

Without doubt he is the most despised composer in history. Yet he wrote some of the world's most sublime music. More books have been written about him than any other… More >>

Capsule Art Reviews: April 3, 2014

"The Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute" These days, Impressionist exhibitions are the art museum version of the ballet The Nutcracker: frothy… More >>

Capsule Stage Reviews: April 3, 2014

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark The award-winning playwright Lynn Nottage is as gifted at humor as she is at drama, delivering a sophisticated comedic tour de force that makes… More >>

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