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    Trim the Trimmings - A Christmas Carol dazzles and confounds in equal measure

    In October 1843, needing money, Charles Dickens remembered a little tale he had told in a weekly periodical about a grumpy old miser visited by Christmas ghosts. He reworked this story, and six weeks later his "ghostly little book" was published. A C...

    by D.L. Groover on December 21, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    A Fertle Holiday One of the best ways to spend an evening this holiday is with the Fertles, the oddball family that resides at the Radio Music Theatre. Yes, it's time yet again for A Fertle Holiday. The laugh-out-loud show is full of the small-town c...

    by Lee Williams on December 21, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    DiverseWorks: J Hill's Sound Installations You can hear the Sonny Liston/Muhammad Ali fight in the bathroom at DiverseWorks. It's part of an ongoing series of sound installations by artist J Hill in the arts space's two public bathrooms. Hill dotted ...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on December 21, 2006
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    Special Year-End Edicin

    Dear Mexican, I'm a Spanish-language student struggling with tenses and the gender of nouns. The other day, some friends and I were discussing street slang and the word verga (penis) came up (no pun intended). It occurred to me that the definitive ...

    by Gustavo Arellano on December 21, 2006
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    A True Horror Classic

    When the Levees Broke (HBO) Spike Lee's four-part doc, easily the best non-fiction film of 2006, gets a fifth part on DVD: a 105-minute epilogue that reveals just how little has changed since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in August 2...

    by Jordan Harper on December 21, 2006
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    Posterizing EA - NBA 2K7 towers over the competition.

    Aside from that new ball, NBA Live 07 may be the worst product to bear the league's name this year. The new basketball game from Electronic Arts is so glitchy that scores of buyers launched an online petition demanding a do-over. Luckily for the re...

    by Luke O'Brien on December 21, 2006
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    Your Lucky Night - Where to celebrate New Year's Eve 2006

    We know 2007 will be a good year because of one lucky number -- seven. The number represents the Seven Lucky Gods of Japan, how many days it took God to create the earth in Christianity, and the pH of pure water. But we're not drinking water tonight....

    by Melissa Richter on December 21, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of December 21

    Our top DVD picks for the week of December 19: Agnes & His Brothers (First Run) All the King's Men (Sony) American Pie: The Naked Mile (Universal) The Beauty Academy of Kabul (Docurama) The Celestine Prophecy (Sony) Checking Out ...

    on December 21, 2006
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    Low Five - This holiday show at Stages is an endless cartoon

    The holidays may bring out the best in human beings, but most theaters don't fare so well. Scrambling to snag some of that Christmas/Hannukah dough being thrown around, they try to appeal to all those desperate holiday troopers with a house full of i...

    by Lee Williams on December 14, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Hansel and Gretel Speaking of tasty treats, there's a 15-foot-tall drag queen now on parade at Houston Grand Opera, and you've never seen anything like her before. She is the magnificent witch in HGO's imaginative, puppet-infused production of Engelb...

    by Lee Williams on December 14, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "Dan Havel: House Divided" Dan Havel, along with Dean Ruck, deconstructed an old bungalow in Montrose to create Inversion, a traffic-stopping public artwork. This time Havel is working solo and constructing a small wooden bungalow -- sort of. His ins...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on December 14, 2006
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    Don't Hate the Guayabera!

    Dear Mexican, It seems that whenever Chicano professors want to show off their mexicanidad, they wear a guayabera. In fact, I saw a picture of you in the Los Angeles Times donning the shirt, along with Dickies pants and Converse All Stars. How trit...

    by Gustavo Arellano on December 14, 2006
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    Wii Love It - Nintendo finally gets 1-Up on the competition.

    Nintendo has achieved the impossible: My 50-year-old, non-gaming father wants a Wii for Christmas. Either I've been whisked to Bizarro World, or The House That Mario Built is on to something big. With the release of its oddly monikered next-gen sys...

    by Chris Ward on December 14, 2006
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    Farce of a Champion

    Talladega Nights (Columbia) This cut of Will Ferrell's NASCAR comedy runs 13 minutes longer than the theatrical version, and that doesn't take into account the deleted and extended scenes, outtakes, phony commercials, public-service announcements,...

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

    AFI: I Heard a Voice (Interscope) Air Buddies (Disney) Ali Rap (ESPN) The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Series (Paramount) Barnyard (Paramount) The Chronicles of Narnia: Four-Disc Extended Edition (Disney) A Dead Calling (Lions G...

    on December 14, 2006
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    Hardly Poor - Well-drawn, likable characters take center stage at Main Street Theater

    Poor Richard, everyone says in Jean Kerr's romantic comedy -- so talented, such a waste. The characters are talking about the best-selling poet Richard Ford (Kent Johnson), whose slim volume "The Girl with a Velvet Ribbon" has made Richard a very r...

    by D.L. Groover on December 7, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    A Fertle Holiday One of the best ways to spend an evening this holiday is with the Fertles, the oddball family that resides at the Radio Music Theatre. Yes, it's time yet again for A Fertle Holiday. The laugh-out-loud show is full of the small-town c...

    by Lee Williams on December 7, 2006
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    "White" Tepid - Four Norwegians go on a junket to Houston

    At the opening of "White Noise," an exhibition of work by four Norwegian artists at the Art League Houston, people slowly began to realize Norwegian choreographer and dancer yvind Jrgensen was performing. He was sitting on a cube and staring into s...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on December 7, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "Dan Havel: House Divided" Dan Havel, along with Dean Ruck, deconstructed an old bungalow in Montrose to create Inversion, a traffic-stopping public artwork. This time Havel is working solo and constructing a small wooden bungalow -- sort of. His ins...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on December 7, 2006
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    Who Is Chapuln?

    I was flipping through my television when I noticed the Spanish-language channel showed a man in a red suit with yellow pants, antennae on his head and a heart with the letters "CH" on his chest. It appeared to be a sitcom, and all the characters rel...

    by Gustavo Arellano on December 7, 2006
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Capsule Art Reviews: July 24, 2014

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Capsule Stage Reviews: July 24, 2014

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No&euml;l Coward&rsquo;s Fallen Angels Sex Farce Seems Fresh Even Today Noël Coward’s Fallen Angels Sex Farce Seems Fresh Even Today

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 >>

Immigration and Language and Immigration

Dear Mexican, I have some questions and observations. During George, W. Bush's administration, ther was a lot of talk for and against comprehensive immigration reform (amnesty to some). One remark that… More >>

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The world of photography has many mansions. Some photographers seek to capture a fleeting moment of action frozen in time. Others await the moment when the sun bursts through the… More >>

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Dear Mexican, I noticed that Mexican people don't generally smoke. Don't get me wrong — I'm not condoning smoking, but it's interesting to see how some groups do or do no… More >>

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