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    Mexican-American Culture

    Dear Mexican, Why do Mexicans say "Ojal Dios quiere!"? Ojal refers to Allah the Muslim god, and Dios is the Christian god. Do Mexicans want to cover their bases and get a double blessing, or maybe they can't make up their minds? Qu pas con lo...

    by Gustavo Arellano on August 2, 2007
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    Trick Play - NFL greats shake off the rust in All-Pro Football.

    The concept behind All-Pro Football 2K8 is simply wonderful: Imagine a fantasy football league where you draft from a pool not of this season's top players, but of the greatest NFL players of all time: Joe Montana, John Elway, Dick Butkus, Jerry Rice...

    by Gary Hodges on August 2, 2007
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    Fuzz Busters

    Hot Fuzz (Universal) The second feature from writer-director Edgar Wright and writer-star Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) has been available on home video for decades: Hot Fuzz is, after all, a witty and wisecracking montage of clips from some hund...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 2, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    The Archie Show: The Complete Series (Genius) Babylon 5: The Lost Tales (Warner Bros.) The Best of the Kids in the Hall: Volume 2 (A&E) Bloodlines (THINKfilm) Creature (MGM) A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (Docurama) Dallas: The Co...

    on August 2, 2007
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    Grease and Guys and Dolls - The company nails it -- again --with two new productions

    Except for Masquerade Theatre, what other company this side of the bayou can produce, in back-to-back rep, two so completely different musicals (Grease and Guys and Dolls), yet perform each one to perfection? Both shows boast founding artistic direct...

    by D.L. Groover on July 26, 2007
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    Stage Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Always...Patsy Cline Ted Swindley, former founding director of Houston's Stages Repertory Theatre, created this ultimate country-fried jukebox musical in 1988 as a tribute to the late, great Patsy Cline. Even with its meager story line pegged to Loui...

    by Lee Williams on July 26, 2007
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    "The Big Show, 2007" - The curator of "The Big Show" does the job right

    Some years, Lawndale Art Center's annual "Big Show" has made me feel like the end is nigh for Houston's art scene. Lawndale always selects smart, accomplished arts professionals as jurors, but sometimes, inexplicably, a juror manages to assemble a ve...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on July 26, 2007
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    Art Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "Allison Hunter: New Animals" "New Animals" is a continuation of Allison Hunter's "Simply Stunning" series, which showed at New York's 511 Gallery last year. The Houston-based photographer's recent work concentrates largely on animals, and the images...

    by Troy Schulze on July 26, 2007
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    Mexican-American Culture - You love us, you really love us!

    Dear Readers, You love us, you really love us! Mere moments after publishing my July 12 column (in which Know Nothings had their say on the failed Senate amnesty bill), ustedes bombarded the Mexican with letters expressing your disgust toward those...

    by Gustavo Arellano on July 26, 2007
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    Chow Time Again

    Hard Boiled: Two-Disc Ultimate Edition (Weinstein) The Criterion version of John Woo's masterpiece, about two cops (the overworked Chow Yun-Fat and the undercover Tony Leung) gunning for the Hong Kong Triads, is still the "ultimate" collection. I...

    by Robert Wilonsky on July 26, 2007
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    Mechanical Bull - A few more changes would've helped Transformers.

    Examining the roots of Transformers: The Game is deep stuff: It's a video game based on a movie based on a cartoon based on a toy. But unlike most laughably forced movie tie-in games (Da Vinci Code for the PS2, anyone?), there's good sense in crea...

    on July 26, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    Avant-Garde 2: Experimental Cinema 1928-1954 (Kino) Cashback (Magnolia) The Contract (First Look) Crazy Legs Conti: Zen and the Art of Competitive Eating (Blue Underground) Five Dedicated to Ozu (Kino) The Host (Magnolia) Live Free ...

    on July 26, 2007
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    Death on the Nile - Agatha Christie's memorable characters make great company

    Contemporary crime dramas bend toward the bizarre plots twist around creepy marriages, spooky adolescents and a menu of increasingly peculiar sexual fetishes. In comparison, Agatha Christie's whodunits, with their old-fashioned love triangles and t...

    by Lee Williams on July 19, 2007
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    Stage Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Always...Patsy Cline Ted Swindley, former founding director of Houston's Stages Repertory Theatre, created this ultimate country-fried jukebox musical in 1988 as a tribute to the late, great Patsy Cline. Even with its meager story line pegged to Loui...

    by Lee Williams on July 19, 2007
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    "No Skeleton Armies, Please" - A DIY gallery opens in Montrose

    Can you give me about 30 minutes to pick up?" Brian Rod asks when I call to schedule an appointment to see the show "No Skeleton Armies, Please" at the Joanna Gallery in the neighborhood of the Menil. Rod lives in the gallery, or rather, the Joanna G...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on July 19, 2007
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    Art Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "Allison Hunter: New Animals" "New Animals" is a continuation of Allison Hunter's "Simply Stunning" series, which showed at New York's 511 Gallery last year. The Houston-based photographer's recent work concentrates largely on animals, and the images...

    by Troy Schulze on July 19, 2007
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    Mexican-American Culture

    Dear Mexican, Why don't Mexicans ever drop their Spanish? Even third- and fourth-generation Mexican-Americans still speak the language to some degree or another. I speak Japanese, but I'm losing it quickly, and when my mother passes on, so will my ...

    by Gustavo Arellano on July 19, 2007
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    Dim and Dimmer - The Darkness could stand to lighten up a little.

    The last hour of The Darkness is exactly what the game should have been from its opening moments: a magnificent, bloodthirsty mix of firepower and hellish wrath. Playing the role of Jackie Estacado -- a hit man who inherited demonic powers via a fami...

    by Gary Hodges on July 19, 2007
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    Cold War Reheated

    Red Dawn: Collector's Edition (MGM) John Milius' 1984 war pic was a mighty bonkers release even back then; not since the 1950s had something come down the pike so rife with Commie paranoia. Russian and Cuban forces invade the U.S. with tanks and c...

    by Robert Wilonsky on July 19, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks scheduled for release on July 19

    Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (Shout!) Avenue Montaigne (THINKfilm) Baxter (Lionsgate) The Best of the Colgate Comedy Hour (Passport) Beer Drinkers in Space (Tempe) Birdman & the Galaxy Trio: The Complete Series (Turner) Esther W...

    on July 19, 2007
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