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    Playing Nice - This version of West Side Story lacks the danger factor

    With music from Leonard Bernstein, lyrics from Stephen Sondheim and a Shakespearian love story filled with melodrama, West Side Story has remained one of Broadway's most loved musicals. Add in some of the smoothest jazz moves ever performed on the Gr...

    by Lee Williams on November 2, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - ENCORE

    A Bad Night's Sleep This crazy-quilt revue from the loons at Radio Music Theatre is really a show about nothing, but RMT out-Seinfelds Seinfeld -- and is much funnier to boot. Although one of the 14 Fertle Family shows, Sleep keeps our favorite famil...

    by Lee Williams on November 2, 2006
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    Authors of "Authenticity" - Contemporary Africa -- with a theme

    In 2005, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston organized "African Art Now: Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection." With work by 33 artists from 15 countries -- all part of one Swiss guy's collection -- the show purported to represent the state of ...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on November 2, 2006
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    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 arts space's two public bathrooms. Hill dotted ...

    by Keith Plocek on November 2, 2006
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    SPECIAL FOUR-PART EDITION

    Dear Mexican, A friend says she read somewhere that only 20 percent of Mexican men will go down on their ladies. I don't believe that. Can you "spread" some light on the subject? El Gabacho Guapo Dear Handsome Gabacho, Let me penetrate the ...

    by Gustavo Arellano on November 2, 2006
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    Dj Dance - Newest DDR: Same game, fresh set list.

    Few phenomena are as hugely popular and bitterly mocked as the Dance Dance Revolution series. That's probably because humanity falls into two camps: fleet-footed whiz kids and rhythm-impaired klutzes. This reviewer falls into the latter category, d...

    by Chris Ward on November 2, 2006
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    Impossibly Passable

    Mission: Impossible III: Special Edition (Paramount) On the commentary track, director J.J. Abrams and star Tom Cruise sound like they've fallen in love; you might say they complete each other's sentences, except that's just Cruise interrupting th...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 2, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of November 2

    Baywatch: Season 1 (First Look) The Benny Hill Collection (Music Video Dist.) CSI: Miami -- The Complete Fourth Season (Paramount) Down to the Bone (Hart Sharp) Future-Kill: Limited Collector's Edition (Subversive) Ghost in the Shell S...

    on November 2, 2006
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    SPOOKY SPOTLIGHT - The Houston Press guide to all things Halloween

    Don't look now, but that noise behind you is growing louder -- and closer. It's the season to jump at every shadow and run from every black cat. You can drown your fears in drink or amuse yourself by scaring the naive around you. Whether you want t...

    by Melissa Richter on October 26, 2006
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    Simon's Star - Dmitri Hvorostovsky is reason enough to see HGO's season opener

    Simon Boccanegra, Houston Grand Opera's season opener, isn't very well-known, even among opera fans. The first version, composed by Giuseppe Verdi in 1857, flopped. Loosely based on a play about a historical leader in 14th-century Genoa, it lacked th...

    by Marene Gustin on October 26, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - ENCORE

    A Bad Night's Sleep This crazy-quilt revue from the loons at Radio Music Theatre is really a show about nothing, but RMT out-Seinfelds Seinfeld -- and is much funnier to boot. Although one of the 14 Fertle Family shows, Sleep keeps our favorite famil...

    by Lee Williams on October 26, 2006
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    Kingdom Come - Finesilver showcases a menagerie of art

    Too often, big group shows in commercial galleries end up being a hodgepodge of artists, lacking any organizing principle. They're sometimes sops to artists awaiting solo shows, or holiday exhibitions geared toward seasonal sales. "Beast" at Finesilv...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on October 26, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - ARTBEAT

    "Patrick Renner: Trepanned" In the past, Patrick Renner's work has been about visual appeal and craftsmanship. He's created massive wooden sculptures by patchworking together multicolored pieces of old painted wood. But in his latest show, Renner is ...

    by Keith Plocek on October 26, 2006
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    Why do Mexicans call people with curly hair chinos?

    Dear Mexican, Why do Mexicans call people with curly hair chinos? Most chinos I know have very straight, hard-to-curl hair. China Confundida Dear Confused Chinita, Chino is one of the more fascinating homographs (words with the same spelli...

    by Gustavo Arellano on October 26, 2006
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    Latin Bummer - Just Cause features acres and acres of . . . foliage.

    Viewed from an airplane high over the islands of San Esperito, the land seems to stretch out endlessly. The sun slowly rises over the ocean, bathing the clouds in ochre and throwing stark shadows on the lush jungle below. If only there were somethi...

    by Gary Hodges on October 26, 2006
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    These Dogs Still Hunt

    Reservoir Dogs: 15th Anniversary (Lions Gate) Quentin Tarantino's first film shows its age these days, mostly because we've seen all its tricks done far better by now. From the nonlinear storytelling to the pop-culture gabfests to the shameless cr...

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 26, 2006
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    The Addams Family: Season One (MGM)

    An American Haunting (Lions Gate) Astaire and Rogers: The Complete Film Collection (Warner Bros.) Freak-Out (Anchor Bay) Greg the Bunny: Best of the Film Parodies (Shout!) Justice League Unlimited: Season One (Warner Bros.) La Commune ...

    on October 26, 2006
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    Spooky Spotlight - The Houston Press guide to all things Halloween

    Don't look now, but that noise behind you is growing louder -- and closer. It's the season to jump at every shadow and run from every black cat. You can drown your fears in drink or amuse yourself by scaring the naive around you. Whether you want to ...

    on October 19, 2006
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    Much Magic - Overdone

    Director Scott Schwartz has delivered a gorgeous production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Now running at the Alley Theatre, this must-see confection is filled with charm, grace and sumptuous joy. Most anyone who loves Shakespeare knows ...

    by Lee Williams on October 19, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - ENCORE

    Blithe Spirit In Nol Coward's delightful drawing room ghost comedy, martinis are mixed, characters dress for dinner, dead wives materialize and the battle of the sexes rages on, whether the participants are alive or not. A deft, almost throwaway tou...

    by Marene Gustin on October 19, 2006
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