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    Our top DVD picks for the week of October 25

    ABBA: The Movie (Universal) AC/DC: And Then There Was Rock (Chrome Dreams) Alias: The Complete Fourth Season (Buena Vista) Audioslave: Live in Cuba (Sony) The Beat That My Heart Skipped (Wellspring) Bewitched (Columbia/Tristar) The ...

    on October 27, 2005
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    Shining Czar - Startling and original, Boris Godunov reigns supreme

    To open its 51st season, Houston Grand Opera has picked a royal winner, Modest Mussorgsky's masterpiece Boris Godunov. Watching Stein Winge's dusted-off, minimalist production, which was last seen here ten years ago, we can luxuriate in the composer'...

    by D.L. Groover on October 27, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Doo Wop II the Sequel According to Big Mama in the Great Caruso's latest musical revue, doo wop was an incantatory musical potion created from "gospel, jazz and four-part harmony." Of course, as Big Mama (a smooth Samantha Coombs) adds, the biggest i...

    by Lee Williams on October 27, 2005
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    Dark Star - Quebecois artist Diane Landry blows into Rice Gallery

    It sounds so strange at first, like a harmonica ditty played by a tone-deaf inmate through his nose, but you grow used to it, this sour tune. It lulls you into a daze, its rhythm set to the pace of human breath. It's coming from Diane Landry's "Flyin...

    by Keith Plocek on October 27, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibits

    "Angelina Nasso: Transparent Presence" Angelina Nasso makes paintings with dots of rich color that create the effect of dappled light. The works are abstract but feel like they just might resolve themselves into a recognizable scene. But the painting...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on October 27, 2005
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    Cape of Good Hope

    Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997 (Warner Home Video) There's good reason to be skeptical of an eight-disc Batman set that forces you to buy the campy Joel Schumacher movies (Batman Forever, its title a veiled threat, and Batman & Rob...

    on October 20, 2005
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    Puppy Love - Nintendogs' charm will win over the most jaded of gamers.

    It's ugly to watch a grown man gush over a puppy. The kissing. The cooing. The "widdle-doggie" talk. Embarrassing stuff. So it was with trepidation that I approached Nintendogs, the cuddly dog-rearing sim for Nintendo DS. A million and a half peopl...

    by Luke O'Brien on October 20, 2005
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of October 18

    The Adventures of Superman: The Complete First Season (Warner Bros.) American Movie Musicals Collection (Columbia/Tristar) Batman Begins (Warner Bros.) Bruce Lee: Ultimate Collection (Fox) The Care Bears: Big Wish Movie (Lions Gate) Th...

    on October 20, 2005
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    Racy Roxie - Chicago delivers a night of naughty theater

    Roxie Hart, the gorgeous killer whose wiggling hips all but set Chicago on fire, is one of musical comedy's most wonderfully wicked femmes fatales. She gets away with murder and gets fabulously famous doing so. Still, for all her floozy charms, Roxie...

    by Lee Williams on October 20, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    All in the Timing If, in showbiz, timing is everything, then Country Playhouse's production of these six David Ives comedies is as accurate as an atomic clock. Prolific young Ives has a wonderfully goofy voice and a most particular way of speaking th...

    by Lee Williams on October 20, 2005
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    The American Way - Andrea Zittel makes art by reinventing her life

    If you've ever built a tree house, tried to exist in a dorm room, gone camping, rearranged your home, attempted to organize your office or intently read a fashion magazine article about things like easy-travel wardrobes, you'll relate to the work of ...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on October 20, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibits

    "Chris Sauter: Museum" In the past, Chris Sauter has made art using materials such as old recliners and ancient coffee tables. In his current show, the focus is Sheetrock, Sheetrock and more Sheetrock. Sauter constructed a gallery within the DiverseW...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on October 20, 2005
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    Why We Need DVDs

    Arrested Development: Season Two (Fox Home Entertainment) The best show on TV -- which you'd know, if you actually watched the thing -- also serves as one of the best reasons for the existence of DVD: No show has ever rewarded multiple viewings th...

    on October 13, 2005
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    Prophecy Not Fulfilled - Indigo Prophecy offers creepy fun, but fails to live up to the hype.

    Waking from a trance, you find yourself in the restroom of a diner. You just stabbed a complete stranger to death as he urinated. Blood is on everything -- including you. And to make matters worse, a police officer is sitting outside, drinking coffee...

    by Gary Hodges on October 13, 2005
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of October 11.

    Alicia Keys: Unplugged (J) Audioslave: Live in Cuba (Sony Music) The Best of the Chris Rock Show: Volumes 1 and 2 (Warner Bros.) Bomb the System (UMVD) The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Warner Bros.) The Dresden Dolls: Paradise (Fontana) ...

    on October 13, 2005
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    Poor Baby - The Alley premieres a comedy no better than a generic pilot for a canceled sitcom

    Saying anything even slightly negative about Ken Ludwig's ultra-nice, insignificant world-premiere comedy Be My Baby, presented by the Alley Theatre, is a bit like kicking a puppy, but those Scrooge instincts just won't stay buried: A little kicking ...

    by D.L. Groover on October 13, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    By the Bogs of Cats The past weighs heavily upon the residents of the desolate, wind-swept peat bogs of rural Ireland -- especially for Hester Swane (a fiercely determined and utterly believable Michelle Edwards). Hester was abandoned long ago by her...

    by Lee Williams on October 13, 2005
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    The Way We Were - Artists wax nostalgic over the primordial Lawndale

    Rough-hewn, figurative and creatively cribbed together from scrap materials, Lawndale Saturday Night (1998) embodies a particular Houston aesthetic. A collaboration between Noah Edmundson and Don Kennell, the work evokes early Lawndale nostalgia. It'...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on October 13, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibits

    "David Fulton: In and Of" David Fulton's paintings are filled with snaking, overlapping lines that make reference to geography -- the paths of rivers, the edges of coasts, the outlines of lakes. For this exhibition, Fulton has expanded the scale of m...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on October 13, 2005
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    Another Look at a Legend

    Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Universal Studios) Alfred Hitchcock may be the best pop filmmaker in our history, and this gorgeous 14-film set is certainly worthy of the master. Licensing issues kept it from being as "definitive" as...

    on October 6, 2005
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Capsule Art Reviews: "The Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute," "Georges Braque: A Retrospective," "Funnel Tunnel," Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938

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