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    Mexican-American Culture - Why do prietos always get the blame?

    Dear Mexican, Why should Mexican nationals have more of a right to stay in this country than Chinese, Somalis or others who can't cross an open land border and must thus wait on the bureaucracy like everybody else? 700 Miles Isn't Long Enough ...

    by Gustavo Arellano on March 29, 2007
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    Stage Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Don Giovanni With a sparkling production of Mozart's sublime masterpiece, Opera in the Heights has its most consistent hit in many a season. The lovely ensemble cast has a grand time with this tale of lecherous Don Juan, his seductions and his ultima...

    by Lee Williams on March 29, 2007
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    MotorStorm - Like its muck-puddles, MotorStorm is a shallow mess.

    In the poem "In Just-," e.e. cummings described the world as "mud-luscious" and "puddle-wonderful" -- words so perfectly befitting MotorStorm's gorgeously sloppy off-road hijinks, the game's designers probably had them tacked up on a wall somewhere. ...

    by Gary Hodges on March 29, 2007
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    "Hlio Oiticica: The Body of Color: - The MFAH gets a Brazilian

    In the 1960s and '70s, Hlio Oiticica was a major figure of the Brazilian avant-garde -- no mean feat, as in retrospect it seems avant-gardists were pretty thick on the ground. This is the country that created Braslia, that eerily futuristic, modern...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on March 29, 2007
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    DVDs - Tomorrow's Misery Today

    Children of Men (Universal) Set in a tomorrow that looks like yesterday, Alfonso Cuarn's wrenching adaptation of P.D. James's novel feels more like documentary than fiction. In the movie's world, women have gone barren and immigrants are tossed i...

    by Robert Wilonsky on March 29, 2007
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    Top DVDs - Our picks for the week of March 29

    Bow (Tartan) Comeback Season (First Look) Curse of the Golden Flower (Sony) The Eden Formula (Westlake) The Addams Family: Volume 2 (MGM) Errol Flynn: The Signature Collection, Volume 2 (Warner Bros.) Fantastic Four: World's Greates...

    on March 29, 2007
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    Heartbreak House - This radiant production is a Shavian dream come true

    Twentieth-century Irish literary lion George Bernard Shaw, famed for his intellect, wit and prickly philosophy in such theatrical landmarks as Arms and the Man, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Caesar and Cleopatra, Saint Joan, Major Barbara and Pygmalion, ...

    by D.L. Groover on March 22, 2007
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    Stage Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    An American Brat Anyone who thinks the generation gap closed way back in the 1970s needs a ticket to Bapsi Sidhwa's hilarious new play An American Brat. Based on the writer's novel of the same title, the charming story, now playing at Stages Repertor...

    by Lee Williams on March 22, 2007
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    Art Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    ".....all of the above" Judy Pfaff is considered a pioneer of installation art, and she's got the MacArthur Fellowship to prove it. Her latest offering is awash in fluorescent oranges, blues, yellows, greens and purples, giving the space a decided Tr...

    by Keith Plocek on March 22, 2007
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    Mexican-American Culture - Special Reader Feedback Edition

    Dear Readers, Muchas, muchas responses to my March 8 column asking whether I should keep this column's gold-toothed, mustachioed, sombrero-wearing fat Mexican logo and what I should name him. The overwhelming majority of ustedes support amnesty for...

    by Gustavo Arellano on March 22, 2007
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    Ghost Rider - This one will drive you up the wall

    There's one similarity between Ghost Rider and most videogame movie tie-ins: Get too close to either, and your ass will probably get burnt. Though it stars goofy Nic Cage and Sam Elliott sound-alikes, Ghost Rider claims only to be an offshoot of th...

    by Chris Ward on March 22, 2007
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    DVDs - Diamonds in the Rough

    Blood Diamond (Warner Bros.) Ed Zwick's Blood Diamond, about the civil war over diamonds that devastated Sierra Leone in the late 1990s, plays like a guilt-ridden Jerry Bruckheimer movie. It's little more than action-adventure pulp drenched in som...

    by Robert Wilonsky on March 22, 2007
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    Top DVDs - Our picks for the week of March 22

    Batman Beyond: Season Three (Warner Bros.) The Bridge on the River Kwai (Sony) Burning Annie (Warner Bros.) The Caine Mutiny (Sony) The Care Bears Movie: 25th Anniversary Limited Edition (MGM) Come Early Morning (Weinstein) Eragon (...

    on March 22, 2007
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    Art Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    ".....all of the above" Judy Pfaff is considered a pioneer of installation art, and she's got the MacArthur Fellowship to prove it. Her latest offering is awash in fluorescent oranges, blues, yellows, greens and purples, giving the space a decided Tr...

    by Keith Plocek on March 15, 2007
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    Mexican-American Culture - Wabs in knockoffs, men in masks

    Dear Mexican, I am perplexed. I just saw a middle-aged wab (complete with a bright-red, lipstick-accentuated moustache) wearing tight pink stretch pants with the phrase "Pink Taco" emblazoned across her misshapen buttocks. In my experience, Mexican...

    by Gustavo Arellano on March 15, 2007
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    Crackdown - The city is your playground

    Whether it's slaying dragons in Zelda, zapping aliens in Halo, or inserting foot A into ass B in Virtua Fighter, the best games are the ones that offer some level of wish fulfillment. Grand Theft Auto added "Help yourself to a car" and "Drive it on t...

    by Gary Hodges on March 15, 2007
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    DVDs

    Casino Royale (Sony) James Bond gets a stirring shake-up in the best -- yeah, Goldfinger fans, the best -- film in the series' 44-year history. Daniel Craig's 007 has more going on above the neck and below the waist than even Sean Connery's. He's ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on March 15, 2007
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    Top DVDs

    American Cousins (BFS) Appetite for Deconstruction: A Punk Rockumentary (MVD) Barbie Fairytopia: Magic of the Rainbow (Universal) Bloody Reunion (Tartan) Blood Trails (Lions Gate) The Ed Wood Collection: A Salute to Incompetence (Passp...

    on March 15, 2007
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    St. Patrick's Day Guide

    Sleep in today and wake up ready to imbibe. You have no excuse for missing out on the biggest drinking day of the year. Start it off at the parade or an Irish brunch -- either way it'll be the start of a big day of drinking, dancing, kissing and digg...

    by Melissa Richter on March 15, 2007
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    An American Brat - A Parsi girl sent to America for grrl power acquires a Jewish boyfriend

    Anyone who thinks the generation gap closed way back in the 1970s needs a ticket to Bapsi Sidhwa's hilarious new play An American Brat. Based on the Pakistani-born writer's novel of the same title, the charming story, now playing at Stages Theatre, d...

    by Lee Williams on March 15, 2007
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