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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 line...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on May 31, 2007
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    Mexican American Culture

    Dear Mexican, Has the 1965 Immigration Act proved to be a good thing or bad thing for America, and has the recent unprecedented flood of immigrants (both legal and illegal) been an overall good thing or bad thing for America? Please fully explain y...

    by Gustavo Arellano on May 31, 2007
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    Student Bodies - Brooktown High takes you under the bleachers.

    Dating games have come a long way since the days when Chuck Woolery invited mullet-sporting contestants to bump uglies on Love Connection. In Japan, the "dating simulator" video game craze has raged stronger than a schoolboy's hormones since the ea...

    by Chris Ward on May 31, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of May 31

    Above the Law (Genius) The Andy Griffith Show: Complete Series Collection (Paramount) Big Train: Seasons One and Two (BBC Warner) Biography: Legends of the Silver Screen (A&E) Circle of Iron: 2-Disc Special Edition (Blue Underground) T...

    on May 31, 2007
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    DVDs - Cannibal Corpse

    Hannibal Rising (Weinstein) Pointless beyond belief, Hannibal Rising serves more as a cautionary tale than horror story. Made for $50 mil, the movie pocketed half that during its U.S. run and likely wound up in the red -- an appropriate adios for ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 31, 2007
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    Stage Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Stephen Sondheim supplied writers Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove with this show's radiantly sunny score and peerlessly clever lyrics. The story's source is arguably ancient Roman "vulgar" comedian Plau...

    by D.L. Groover on May 24, 2007
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    Art Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "Allison Hunter: New Animals" "New Animals" is a continuation of Allison Hunter's "Simply Stunning" series, which showed at New York's 511 Gallery last year. The Houston-based photographer's recent work concentrates largely on animals, and the images...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on May 24, 2007
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    Mexican American Culture - Can't take the rancho out of the wab

    Dear Mexican, I was going through a local state college's academic program the other day and found that they offer a bachelor's degree in Chicano Studies. My question is, in what field of work would someone with a bachelor's in Chicano Studies land...

    by Gustavo Arellano on May 24, 2007
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    Spider-Man 3 - Spider-Man 3 spins a web of mediocrity.

    There's a unique challenge in designing superhero games: How do you make it fun to play a character who, by definition, is vastly more powerful than his opposition? Hulk encounters a purse-snatcher: Hulk smash! Hulk win! Hulk bored. With battles that...

    by Gary Hodges on May 24, 2007
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    Good Clean Smut

    Porky's: The Ultimate Collection (Fox) When writer-director Bob Clark was killed by a drunk driver in April, the obits trumpeted his holiday classic A Christmas Story...but were somewhat reluctant to mention that, oh, yeah, he also wrote and direc...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 24, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of May 24

    Afro Samurai (Funimation) Airwolf: Season Three (Universal) Alone With Her (IFC) Breaking Point (Fox) The Complete Matrix Trilogy (Warner Bros.) Epic Movie (Fox) Escape to Canada (Disinformation) Fay Grim (Magnolia) The 40-Yea...

    on May 24, 2007
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    Twenty Love Songs - Bringing silly back

    Infernal Bridegroom Productions' red-lipped funny-lady Tamarie Cooper spent a decade accumulating fans with her hilariously silly Tamalalia series. Cooper herself was always the annual summer show's main character, and the wonderfully absurd story li...

    by Lee Williams on May 24, 2007
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    Marble Mania - Marble Mania rolls out a winner for the Wii

    If you're looking for a laugh, find a kid raised on Grand Theft Auto and introduce him to Pac-Man for the first time. As he stares at you blankly, explain the addictive joy of eating dots and the simplistic genius of the neon-blue maze. When he sne...

    by Chris Ward on May 17, 2007
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    More Shriek Than Shrek

    Pan's Labyrinth (New Line) Guillermo Del Toro has made a career of mixing slam-bang special effects (Hellboy, Blade II) with creepy atmospheres (Cronos, The Devil's Backbone). But with Pan's Labyrinth, he's used his entire palette for what will li...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 17, 2007
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    Guantnamo: Pictures from Home. Questions of Justice - A FotoFest exhibition questions justice

    "Get wealth and power beyond your wildest dreams. Help the Anti-Taliban forces rid Afghanistan of murderers and terrorists. "You can receive millions of dollars for helping the Anti-Taliban Force catch Al-Qaida and Taliban murderers. This is enoug...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on May 17, 2007
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    Art Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "Allison Hunter: New Animals" "New Animals" is a continuation of Allison Hunter's "Simply Stunning" series, which showed at New York's 511 Gallery last year. The Houston-based photographer's recent work concentrates largely on animals, and the images...

    by Troy Schulze on May 17, 2007
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    Mexican American Culture

    Dear Mexican, I have no problem with immigrants. My grandparents were Dutch on one side and Irish on the other but they came here legally, through Ellis Island. What I can't stand are a bunch of fence-hopping, river-wading illegals telling me I o...

    by Gustavo Arellano on May 17, 2007
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    Nol, Nol - It's a veritable Coward festival - out of the closet and onto the stage!

    he multitalented Nol Coward (English playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, director, producer, superstar) was so circumspect about his gay life, he never mentioned it in his two autobiographies, nor allowed any biographer to hint at it, nor even co...

    by D.L. Groover on May 17, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of May 17

    Army of Shadows: The Criterion Collection (Criterion) Arthur & the Invisibles (Genius) Bill/Bill on His Own (Brentwood) Bunny Whipped (Think) Caddyshack: 20th Anniversary (Warner Bros.) Chasing Liberty (Warner Bros.) Curse of the Z...

    on May 17, 2007
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    Stage Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    The Clean House Truly fine in so many ways, Sarah Ruhl's The Clean House is thrilling, surprising and artful. The lovely comedy/drama actually lives up to all the hype it's gotten since it was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2005. And the Alley The...

    by Lee Williams on May 17, 2007
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