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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "The Cat's Meow" "The Cat's Meow" is a one-room, in-house affair. One standout is a video by Peter Fischli and David Weiss. In it, a cat, with what looks like a dead flea on its head, laps milk from a saucer. That's all that happens. But the cat is s...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on January 11, 2007
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    Low-Riders Are High-Tech

    Dear Mexican, Why do non-Mexicans consider it a compliment when they tell Mexicans they don't look Mexican? I am 100 percent Mexican -- 5'7", with black hair, brown eyes and olive skin -- and ever since I left my hometown of El Paso, I've been subj...

    by Gustavo Arellano on January 11, 2007
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    Whip Smart - The new Castlevania lives up to its legacy.

    It's been 20 years since the first Castlevania bewitched gamers with its gothic horror. Twenty years of vampire hunters going fist to fang with Lord Dracula. With almost two dozen titles in the series, Castlevania is one of the most enduring and be...

    by Luke O'Brien on January 11, 2007
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    Hold Your Horses

    Bandidas (Fox) This review is not long enough for a suitable treatment of the beauty of Penlope Cruz and Salma Hayek. The makers of Bandidas would certainly prefer I tried, though, than to discuss this plodding clich of a western featuring the t...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 11, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of January 11

    America's Funniest Home Videos: Salute to Romance (Shout Factory) Behind the Mask (Good Times) Broken Bridges (Paramount) Color of the Cross (Fox) Conversations With Other Women (Hart Sharp) Crank (Lions Gate) Everybody Says I'm Fin...

    on January 11, 2007
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    Pot o' Gold - Riches await Houston theatergoers

    December might have been the gloomiest time of the year for theater, but good things come to those who wait. Just look at the stunning lineup of plays that will be offered all across the Bayou City in the coming season. In fact, each and every month ...

    by Lee Williams on January 4, 2007
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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 January 4, 2007
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "The Cat's Meow" "The Cat's Meow" is a one-room, in-house affair. One standout is a video by Peter Fischli and David Weiss. In it, a cat, with what looks like a dead flea on its head, laps milk from a saucer. That's all that happens. But the cat is s...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on January 4, 2007
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    How did the Virgin of Guadalupe Get Her Name?

    Dear Mexican, How did the patron saint of Mxico get a name derived from Arabic? El Moro Judo Dear Jewish Moor, You're referring to the Virgin of Guadalupe, the brown-skinned apparition of the Virgin Mary who tradition says appeared before...

    by Gustavo Arellano on January 4, 2007
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    A Legendary Outing - Twilight Princess is the best Zelda ever.

    Despite Link's green tunic and Peter Pan hat, he remains Nintendo's most respected badass. In the long-awaited Twilight Princess for the Wii, the elf hero begins yet another quest to save the world with his trademark bombs and boomerangs. Minor...

    by Chris Ward on January 4, 2007
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    Weird and Wonderful

    Robert Wilonsky and Jordan Harper recap their top DVDs of 2006: Eraserhead (Absurda/Subversive) -- Finally available on DVD, David Lynch's debut film is as captivating and frustrating as it ever was. The print looks great in its own weird way, and...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 4, 2007
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    Bottle Rockettes - A bleached, Botoxed, nipped/tucked Christmas Spectacular

    O, sweet living nativity scene, it has arrived -- all 36 shapely gams, two sheep, one very bored camel, three wise men, 32,765 spangles, a phalanx of dancing Santas, 27 pounds of dry ice, one lone klieg light stationed outside on Bagby, bolts of red ...

    by D.L. Groover on December 28, 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 28, 2006
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    Pet Project - It's cat versus dog at the MFAH

    There are cat people, and there are dog people. Rarely, it seems, do the twain meet. Being equally enamored with both cats and dogs is probably about as common as being ambidextrous. But both species have been a part of human lives -- and art -- for ...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on December 28, 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 art space's two public bathrooms. Hill dotted t...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on December 28, 2006
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    Why do pochos and chntaros hate each other?

    The Mexican is currently inside a trunk trying to sneak back into the United States after the Christmas holiday. In the meanwhile, here are some oldies-but-goldies: Dear Mexican, Why do my employees who are chntaros (Mexican immigrants) seem to...

    by Gustavo Arellano on December 28, 2006
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    Juices Flowing

    Jackass Number Two: Unrated (Paramount) The sequel to the dumb-ass jamboree makes its predecessor look plain and inoffensive. In short: more puke, more blood, more semen (from a horse, consumed nonetheless), more shit, more piss, more everything t...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 28, 2006
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    Resistance Isn't Futile - It's just the only standout in an otherwise shameful launch.

    Imagine two game producers rushing down the hall. One wants to pitch a WW2 game, the other a sci-fi shooter. They round a corner, crash into each other, and their papers go flying everywhere -- and in one of those great "You got chocolate in my peanu...

    by Gary Hodges on December 28, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of December 28

    Airwolf: Season Two (Universal) Be With Me (Film Movement) Dane Cook's Tourgasm (HBO) Danica (First Look) Factotum (IFC) The Family Values Tour 2006 (Firm Music) Girls Behaving Badly, Volume One (Starlight) Haven (Fox) Mars In...

    on December 28, 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 28, 2006
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