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    Our top DVD picks for the week of November 16

    Brothers of the Head (IFC) Cary Grant: The Franchise Collection (Universal) CSI: The Complete Sixth Season (Paramount) Cream: Royal Albert Hall (Rhino) 49 Up (First Run) Friends: The Complete Series Collection (Warner Bros.) The Gre...

    on November 16, 2006
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    Swiss Miss - The CAMH showcases the lush video works of Pipilotti Rist

    "Wishing for Synchronicity: Works by Pipilotti Rist" is one of the best installations in recent memory. The survey of the Swiss video artist's work, organized by curator Paola Morsiani, has wonderfully transformed the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on November 9, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "A Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary Africa Abroad" This exhibition, organized by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and co-curated by Shannon Fitzgerald and Tumelo Mosaka, does not set out to make a sweeping statement about contemporary Afric...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on November 9, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    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 D.L. Groover on November 9, 2006
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    Why do Mexicans love dancing so much?

    Dear Mexican, Not long ago, I attended a Los Tigres del Norte concert at a small hall with no dance floor. The people attending were supposed to sit down and enjoy the music. Five minutes into the music, these jumping beans started dancing in the a...

    by Gustavo Arellano on November 9, 2006
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    Coke Dreams - In Scarface, slinging yayo is the name of the game.

    In the gangsta pantheon, nobody gets more respect than Tony Montana. Consider all the homages: Not one, but two rappers have named themselves after Montana (Scarface of the Geto Boys and Tony Yayo of G-Unit), and Nas borrowed Montana's slogan for h...

    by Luke O'Brien on November 9, 2006
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    Burning the Yule Log

    The Junky's Christmas (Koch) They just aren't cranking out claymation Christmas specials like they used to, which makes this a welcome one. Nicer still, it's got heroin! A mixture of stop motion with a little puppetry and live-action shots of Wi...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 9, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of November 9

    Anna Karenina (Kino) Arrested Development: Seasons One-Three (Fox) The Best of the Scripps National Spelling Bee (ESPN) Beverly Hills 90210: The Complete First Season (Paramount) Cinema Paradiso (Weinstein) The Fallen Idol (Criterion) ...

    on November 9, 2006
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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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    Capsule Reviews - ARTBEAT

    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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    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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    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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    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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