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    Our top DVD picks for the week of April 18.

    A Bigger Splash (First Run) Breakfast on Pluto (Sony) Cross of Iron (Henstooth) Event Horizon: Collector's Edition (Paramount) Games of Love and Chance (New Yorker) Herbie Hancock: Possibilities (Magnolia) Hostel (Sony) I Am Tryi...

    on April 20, 2006
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    Soaring Egos - Forgotten theatrical deities play on in the compelling Orson's Shadow

    The magical land of great theater bubbles forth from the minds of titanic narcissists and gorgeous madwomen in Austin Pendleton's compelling Orson's Shadow. Now running on the Alley's Neuhaus Stage, the strange, funny play takes us back to the '60s, ...

    by Lee Williams on April 13, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our reviewer weighs in on local theater

    Closer Love goes terribly wrong in Patrick Marber's award-winning Closer, which is given a very adult spin by Country Playhouse. Like an ice pick through the heart, this lethal, contemporary and dark comedy kills without leaving much of a wound. The ...

    by D.L. Groover on April 13, 2006
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    Trees and Rocks - FotoFest takes on "The Earth"

    Photographs of trees, leaves, rocks and dirt make up most of the work that's part of FotoFest 2006's central theme "The Earth." (The fest's secondary theme, "Artists Responding to Violence," was reviewed last week.) FotoFest has an admirable desire t...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on April 13, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our critic's opinions on local exhibitions

    "Artists Responding to Violence" FotoFest 2006 has not one but two themes: "The Earth" and "Artists Responding to Violence." The majority of the "Artists Responding to Violence" segment is at FotoFest's Vine Street headquarters. It's a typical FotoFe...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on April 13, 2006
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    Cowboy Up - We just can't quit this countrified Karaoke

    With scrappy warblers like Kellie Pickler and Bucky Covington trying to out-twang each other on American Idol, country music is hotter than a corn dog at a county fair. One reason is that almost anybody can sing it. Even mopes who argue that NASCA...

    by Chris Ward on April 13, 2006
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    Naomi Then and Now

    Ellie Parker (Strand) This extremely raw portrait of an actress trying -- and failing -- to make it in Hollywood showcases Naomi Watts in a wrenching and sympathetic performance. Writer-director Scott Coffey shot the movie over nearly six years, ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on April 13, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of April 11

    Caved In: Prehistoric Terror (Lions Gate) The Dark (Sony) Death Cab for Cutie: Directions (Atlantic) Deep Blue (Miramax) Dora the Explorer: Dora's First Trip (Paramount) 18 Fingers of Death (MCA) The Greatest Game Ever Played (Disne...

    on April 13, 2006
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    Portrait of an "Old Lady" - And one of the most intriguing personalities of the 20th century

    In darkness, the soft, plaintive wailing of a cantor is suddenly broken off by bursts of gunfire, flashes of explosions and the deafening drone of jetfighters overhead. The stage lights come up. Hair streaked with gray, legs thick with phlebitis, a d...

    by D.L. Groover on April 6, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Ouroboros Tom Jacobson's Ouroboros might be one of the most richly textured works Main Street Theater has put on in years. The story is told from two points of view in two productions shown on alternative nights. One, A Nun's Tale, is a comedy; the o...

    by Lee Williams on April 6, 2006
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    A History of Violence - FotoFest tackles yet another theme, with mixed results

    Photojournalist Kevin Carter was born in South Africa in 1960, the year of the Sharpville Massacre, when the South African police opened fire on peaceful demonstrators, killing 69 people. He gassed himself to death in 1994 after receiving the Pulitze...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on April 6, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions about local exhibits

    "Alex Katz" Alex Katz made his name with hard-edged, flattened portraits. But just shy of 80, the painter has loosened up considerably. He's still interested in flat color and abstracted form, but his work has gotten looser and brushier. His show at ...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on April 6, 2006
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    Tainted Black - The game that promised gun porn falls limp

    On paper, Black sounds like a sure hit: Criterion Studios (the developer behind the spectacular Burnout games) designs a first-person shooter that does away with all that boring sneaking and instead focuses on the pure pyrotechnic appeal of a Hollywo...

    by Gary Hodges on April 6, 2006
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    Some Kind of Joke

    The Mel Brooks Collection (Fox) Talk about taking the good with the bad; how else to describe a boxed set containing Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein (Brooks' silly masterpieces), and Robin Hood: Men in Tights and History of the World, Part...

    by Robert Wilonsky on April 6, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of April 4

    Bee Season (Fox) Best of 3rd Rock From the Sun (Anchor Bay) The Big Question (THINKFilm) Bustin' Bonaparte (Freestyle) Dawson's Creek: The Complete Sixth Season (Sony) Dirty (Sony) The Fallen (Anthem) Far Side of the Moon (TLA) ...

    on April 6, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Ouroboros Tom Jacobson's Ouroboros might be one of the most richly textured works Main Street Theater has put on in years. The story is told from two points of view in two productions shown on alternative nights. One, A Nun's Tale, is a comedy; the o...

    by Lee Williams on March 30, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "Girls' Night Out" This exhibition presents works by women who explore the concept of "girl." Group shows are notoriously uneven, and this is no exception. Organized by the Orange County Museum of Art, "Girls' Night Out" presents an overall vision of...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on March 30, 2006
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    Spray-On Soul - Getting Up is a flawed but fascinating ode to graffiti's early years

    Somewhere between the time DJ Kool Herc got the party started in the 1970s and LL Cool J's star turn on MTV Unplugged in 1991, hip-hop went mainstream. First it conquered the 'burbs. Then it went global. Before long, kids in Tokyo were rapping. Alo...

    by Luke O'Brien on March 30, 2006
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    Kid Stuff for Parents

    Wonder Showzen: Season One (MTV) On the surface, the way this MTV2 puppetfest explores adult concepts through a kiddie-show format seems fresh as a Nantucket limerick. But Wonder Showzen's execution is so bold and frankly hilarious that it feels ...

    by Jordan Harper on March 30, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of March 28

    The Andy Milonakis Show: The Complete First Season (MTV) Another Public Enemy (Tartan) A Boy Named Charlie Brown (Paramount) Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King (Sony) Doctor Who: The Beginning Collection (BBC Warner) Don't Deliver Us From ...

    on March 30, 2006
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Capsule Stage Reviews: July 10, 2014

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Barrymore on Broadway won the brilliant actor Christopher Plummer the 1997 Tony Award as Best Actor for portraying John Barrymore, the youngest son of an acting dynasty and probably the… More >>

Capsule Art Reviews: July 3, 2014

"Alongside" The Barbara Davis Gallery's exhibition of "Alongside," a group showing of nine artists, is international indeed, with some Houston contributors joined by artists from New York, Sweden and Denmark… More >>

Capsule Stage Reviews: July 3, 2014

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Border Policy and Racial Identity

Dear Mexican, The tragedy currently playing out on the U.S. southern border has reminded me to once again ask my three-years-ago-posed and perhaps-more-relevant-than-ever question (slightly tweaked): If the U.S. had sponsored… More >>

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