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    Filipinos -- Latinos or Chinos?

    Dear Mexican, How do Mexicans get such ridiculous nicknames from seemingly normal names? For instance, Jos becomes Chepe, Eduardo is Lalo, Gabriel becomes Gabi and Guillermo devolves into Memo. It's Marcela, Not Chela Dear Wabette, The de...

    by Gustavo Arellano on February 1, 2007
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    Cold Hearted - Lost Planet delivers, but it's not for the timid.

    Anyone who played games back in the olden days (i.e., the late '80s) knows they used to be a lot tougher. Cartridges back then subscribed to the "Oh, you want some of this?" school of game design. They made you gnash your teeth, throw your controll...

    by Gary Hodges on February 1, 2007
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    The Terrorist's Mind

    Catch a Fire (Focus) In his commentary for the underrated, undervalued Catch a Fire, director Phillip Noyce discusses the inspiration: witnessing the terror attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. He wanted to comprehend "the terrorist's mind,"...

    by Jordan Harper on February 1, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of February 1

    Academy Awards Collection (MGM) The Comedians of Comedy (Anchor Bay) Dallas: The Complete Sixth Season (Warner Bros.) The Doctor, the Tornado & the Kentucky Kid: Ultimate Collector's Edition (New Video Group) Dora the Explorer: Cowgirl Do...

    on February 1, 2007
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    Magic Moment - The magnificent Moon for the Misbegotten haunts the Alley

    Dissolute, drunk and dying, Jim Tyrone (James Black) lies asleep with his head against the ample breasts of earthy Josie Hogan (Annalee Jefferies). She cradles the spent, passed-out man in her arms on the back steps of the hardscrabble Hogan farmhous...

    by D.L. Groover on January 25, 2007
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Bell, Book and Candle Casting directors take note: There's a new face in town (new to us, anyway), and it belongs to one of the most strikingly original actors we've seen in a long time -- Morgan McCarthy, now setting the stage afire at Country Playh...

    by Lee Williams on January 25, 2007
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    Murder by Numbers - "Frontera 450+" records the unsolved killings of women in Jurez, Mexico

    Not even in the movies do you have such perfect crimes and no suspects," an activist sardonically remarks in Lourdes Portillo's highly acclaimed 2001 documentary Seorita Extraviada. The film is part of the exhibition "Frontera 450+" at the Station M...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on January 25, 2007
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "Brooke Stroud: New Drawings" and "Michael Petry: In the Garden of Eden" There are two new exhibitions at Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery -- one is subtle, the other subtly subversive. Brooke Stroud's colored pencil drawings on gray cardboard have ...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on January 25, 2007
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    Ask A Mexican! Contest!

    Dear Mexican, This November, a trusted employee of mine came out about his status as an illegal immigrant. Our big-box retail conglomerate's policy clearly spells out the termination of my employment should I fail to report such an offense, but I l...

    by Gustavo Arellano on January 25, 2007
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    Dr. Feelgood - You're not a doctor, but Trauma Center lets you play one on TV.

    For most of us, the closest we get to practicing medicine is telling a depressed co-worker, "Somebody's got a case of the Mondays." But that doesn't stop us from living vicariously through TV doctors. Now, with Trauma Center: Second Opinion, you ca...

    by Chris Ward on January 25, 2007
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    Classic Coke

    Cocaine Cowboys (Magnolia) Slam! Bang! Pow! Snort! This tawdry and giddy documentary tells the story of Miami's transformation from a place where old people go to die to a place with so much drug money that the Mercedes dealers were constantly out...

    by Jim Ridley on January 25, 2007
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    Golden Stage - Urinetown, the Musical is a delight to behold

    On the surface, Urinetown, the Musical, Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis's Tony Award-winning comedic tour-de-force, does everything wrong: There's the utterly tasteless title, the bizarre premise that imagines a futuristic city where the citizens have to...

    by Lee Williams on January 18, 2007
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Enter Laughing You'd be hard-pressed to find a play as sweet and family-friendly as this one. It's as warm and cozy as your favorite old sweater, if a little threadbare. Based on a partly autobiographical novel by legendary comedy writer Carl Reiner ...

    by D.L. Groover on January 18, 2007
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    Belle poque - For a brief, glorious period, two brothers captured life in Arequipa, Peru

    In 1912, two Peruvian dandies opened a photography studio in Arequipa, Peru, a historic city in the southern Andes. The nattily dressed Vargas brothers, Carlos and Miguel, wore top hats and spats, with Miguel even sporting pince-nez. Their studio wou...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on January 18, 2007
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "DEAR Camp" "DEAR Camp" is Brian Neal Sensabaugh's campy deer camp. For the installation, Sensabaugh, a gay Houston artist, took elements from his father and brother's deer camp in Arkansas. Going into the woods is, by and large, a macho drunken ende...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on January 18, 2007
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    Brown, Proud and Sayin' It Loud?

    Dear Mexican, I'm a 60-year-old Chicano and proud. Why do young Chicanos keep imitating blacks? They dress like blacks, talk like blacks, listen to black music and hang with blacks. Aren't they proud of their own culture? Why don't they embrace His...

    by Gustavo Arellano on January 18, 2007
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    Paper Tigers - Viva Piata is adorable -- and misleading

    Viva Piata begins with you acquiring the deed to a barren patch of land on "Piata Island," a strange place where everyone wears masks and the main form of currency is chocolate coins. Your first order of business is a little gardening, breathing so...

    by Gary Hodges on January 18, 2007
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    He's Really Doing That

    The Protector (Genius Products) Thailand's Tony Jaa has made clear his plan to take Jackie Chan's crown as the king of Holy crap, did he just do that?! He's about halfway there. Though Jaa is devoid of Chan's charisma, his hyperathletic kickboxing...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 18, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of January 18

    Clerks II (Weinstein) Council of the Gods (First Run) Die You Zombie Bastards (Image) Dreamland (Image) Employee of the Month (Lions Gate) Gridiron Gang (Sony) Grim Reaper (Lions Gate) Her Minor Thing (First Look) La Moustache...

    on January 18, 2007
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    A Play a Day - Several Houston theaters participate in an astounding project

    In November of 2002, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks made an audacious decision -- she was going to write a play each day of the year. The results of all that scribbling have come to fruition in an astounding project called 365 Day...

    by Lee Williams on January 11, 2007
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