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    Art Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    City Glow Self-styled Pop Art star Chiho Aoshima emerged out of the "factory" art group founded in Tokyo in the late '90s by Takashi Murakami. Her computer-generated images reference manga comics and anime cartoons, with wide-eyed characters and lin...

    by Troy Schulze on September 6, 2007
  • Seasons in the Sun

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    Seasons in the Sun

    The Office: Season Three (Universal) After a shaky first season and a better-with-every-episode second, The Office proved itself one of the most consistent comedies in the history of the medium. The show has long since escaped the shadow of its BBC...

    by Jordan Harper on September 6, 2007
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    Stage Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Late Nite Catechism You don't have to be Catholic to love Late Nite Catechism, the "one-sister" show running at Stages Repertory Theatre, though it probably wouldn't hurt. No matter your denomination, there are plenty of laughs, even if you're one o...

    by D.L. Groover on September 6, 2007
  • Getting Medieval - Two Worlds sends next-gen RPGs back to the Dark Ages.

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    Getting Medieval - Two Worlds sends next-gen RPGs back to the Dark Ages.

    Funny how gaming's most epic genre -- the role-playing game -- often feels the most limited in scope. After all, how many times can we traverse a medieval land, defeat the orcs, rescue the girl, save the world, and level up along the way? Never eno...

    by Chris Ward on September 6, 2007
  • The Best Man - The Best Man could have been written yesterday

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    The Best Man - The Best Man could have been written yesterday

    Any American who votes knows the upcoming year promises to be a wild and woolly political ride. The folks at Main Street Theater have already buckled in. Their season opener, The Best Man by Gore Vidal, is a political drama filled with the sort of e...

    by Lee Williams on September 6, 2007
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    Mexican-American Culture - What Do Mexicans Think of Speedy Gonzlez?

    Dear Mexican, A new line of Speedy Gonzlez clothing came out earlier this year. As a black vendor in a predominantly Mexican market, I immediately thought about selling some of these items. I am 35 and, although I remember the cartoon coming on ...

    by Gustavo Arellano on September 6, 2007
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    What Else Is New? - Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    The Black Donnellys: The Complete Series (Universal)Chill Out Scooby-Doo! (Warner Bros.)City of Violence (Weinstein)Delta Farce (Lionsgate)Desperate Housewives: The Complete Third Season (Buena Vista)Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dream...

    on September 6, 2007
  • They Killed the Dog

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    They Killed the Dog

    Year of the Dog (Paramount Vantage) It's just about the First Commandment of Hollywood: Don't kill the dog. So it's a testament to the clout of writer-director Mike White (School of Rock) that killing off the dog is the first of many rules broken i...

    on August 30, 2007
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    Stage Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Forever Hold Your Peace The singing Fertle Family is back with a story nothing short of hilarious. As the eve of Gwenda and Uncle Al's wedding approaches, guests are frantically trying to get to the wedding. Meanwhile, menopausal Justicena, who can'...

    by Lee Williams on August 30, 2007
  • Persona Grata - Meet the last great RPG for PlayStation 2

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    Persona Grata - Meet the last great RPG for PlayStation 2

    The next-gen consoles are sexy as hell, but it's not all bad being the reigning last-gen champ either. With more than 100 million PlayStation 2 consoles sold, software companies can afford to be a little adventurous -- after all, even if their game a...

    by Gary Hodges on August 30, 2007
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    Mexican-American Culture - Elvira Arellano = Jesus?

    Dear Mexican, Do you agree with immigration rights activists calling Elvira Arellano, who is an illegal immigrant AND a criminal, I might add, the Mexican Rosa Parks? The very idea that these people refer to her as such is deeply disturbing. Rosa...

    by Gustavo Arellano on August 30, 2007
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    Art Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "China Under Construction: Contemporary Art from the People's Republic" Curated by Beijing-based curator Maya Kvskaya, this exhibition is intended to explore literal and figurative ideas of "construction." Wu Gaozhong's large photographs depict mol...

    by Troy Schulze on August 30, 2007
  • Notes on a Scandal - Town Center Theatre scores a win with Night and Her Stars

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    Notes on a Scandal - Town Center Theatre scores a win with Night and Her Stars

    There was a time in American pop culture when the audience believed what they saw on TV, especially the "game shows" -- The $64,000 Question, Dotto, Twenty-One -- that flickered live during the mid-'50s and entertained millions with their battles of...

    by D.L. Groover on August 30, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    Bob Saget: That Aint Right (HBO) The Boris Karloff Collection (St. Clair) Broken English (Magnolia) Carlito's Way: Crime Saga Collection (Universal) Dark Shadows: The Beginning (MPI) The Essential Ozzie & Harriet Collection (Mill Creek) F...

    on August 30, 2007
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    Art Capsule Reviews

    "China Under Construction: Contemporary Art from the People's Republic" Curated by Beijing-based curator Maya Kvskaya, this exhibition is intended to explore literal and figurative ideas of "construction." Wu Gaozhong's large photographs depict mol...

    by Troy Schulze on August 23, 2007
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    Stage Capsule Reviews

    Forever Hold Your Peace The singing Fertle Family is back with a story nothing short of hilarious. As the eve of Gwenda and Uncle Al's wedding approaches, guests are frantically trying to get to the wedding. Meanwhile, menopausal Justicena, who can'...

    by Lee Williams on August 23, 2007
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    The Sympathetic Spy

    The Lives of Others (Sony) Florian Henckel von Donnersmarcks film, easily the best of last year, exists on many levels: as tragedy, dark comedy, and love story -- not between a man and a woman, but between two seemingly opposite men bound by the sa...

    by Jordan Harper on August 23, 2007
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    Mario Strikers Charged - Soccer gets a surreal twist in Mario Strikers Charged

    The first worthwhile online-compatible game for the Wii has finally arrived. And in at least one way, Mario Strikers Charged is just like real soccer: Sometimes it scores, and sometimes its just a kick in the balls. The sequel to Super Mario Strike...

    by Chris Ward on August 23, 2007
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    Mexican-American Culture

    Dear Readers, It's not just questions and racist rants that invade the Mexican's mailbox -- your feedback sneaks under my digital fence, tambin. Let's start with Lean Like a K Street Chola, a former gangbanger-turned-lobbyist who wrote in a coup...

    by Gustavo Arellano on August 23, 2007
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    What Else Is New?

    Broken English (Magnolia)The Ex (Weinstein)Exorcism: Special Edition (BCI)The Far Side of Jericho (First Look)The Films of Michael Haneke (Kino)House of Games: The Criterion Collection (Criterion)House: Season Three (Universal)JAG: The Fourth Season ...

    on August 23, 2007
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