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    Camel Light

    The Big Animal (Milestone) It's a simple yet lesser known law of comedy: Camels are always funny. There are the jaws that drool and chew side to side, the front legs that move like a human's, the humps -- but mostly it's the eyes: There's someth...

    on September 28, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of September 26:

    Beowulf & Grendel (Anchor Bay) The Book of Daniel: The Complete Series (Universal) Bratz: Passion Fashion Diamondz (Fox) Con Man (Docurama) Curious George (Universal) Danger Mouse: The Final Seasons (A&E) Daniel Boone: Season 1 and ...

    on September 28, 2006
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    What's Underneath - A seamstress makes Intimate Apparel at Main Street Theater

    Despite its name, Victoria's Secret is no secret anymore. Today a pair of pink silk knickers or a blood-red brassiere is about as shocking as a bowl of canned soup. But back in 1905, ladies' lingerie really was a private, beautifully artful affair. H...

    by Lee Williams on September 21, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - ENCORE

    Barefoot in the Park Neil Simon's spectacularly successful 1963 Broadway comedy has a winning mixture of showbiz savvy and youthful exuberance. He writes with a Midas touch. Married six days, stodgy Paul (Houston Hayes) and irrepressible Corie (Kelly...

    on September 21, 2006
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    Girl Art - Barbies and breakups take over Lawndale, with mixed results

    Very rarely has Barbie been used well in art, but Lauren Kelley pulls it off in "Collect Them All! Soft Brown Narratives." It's one of a whole slew of new shows at Lawndale Art Center, but it's the best thing there -- not to mention one of the best n...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on September 21, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - ARTBEAT

    "CraftHouston 2006" This biennial exhibit, which saw its inception in 2002, should really be named "CraftTexas," since the artists highlighted in the show are from all over the state. (Apparently the name will be changed for the 2008 show to reflect ...

    on September 21, 2006
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    Why do Mexicans put Tweety Bird stickers on their cars?

    Dear Mexican, I see Jews, Asians and Persians making something of themselves and creating safe, walkable communities. Of course they're not perfect, but I don't see high Jew-crime communities, either. I see these people sticking together and helpin...

    by Gustavo Arellano on September 21, 2006
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    Poetry and Puncture Wounds

    The Proposition (First Look) There's an old saying about Ginger Rogers, who did everything Fred Astaire did -- but backwards and in heels. This Australian western seems to be saying something similar about gritty American westerns: You think that'...

    by Robert Wilonsky on September 21, 2006
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    Puddle of Fun - LocoRoco is the perfect one-night stand.

    LocoRoco arrived with impossibly high expectations. This ridiculously cute new game for the PlayStation Portable debuted as a demo in April, and since then, the gaming press has tripped over itself to anoint it the successor to Katamari Damacy or G...

    by 108 on September 21, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of September 19:

    After Sex (New Yorker) Bob & Tom Radio: The Comedy Tour (Image) The Boris Karloff Collection (Universal) Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (Strand) 8th & Ocean: The Complete First Season (Paramount) Fabulous! The Story of Quee...

    on September 21, 2006
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    A Step Beyond - This rep program only looks Simple

    Simple Elegance, the repertory program kicking off Houston Ballet's 37th season, isn't simple or always elegant. But it is one of the best rep evenings HB has ever offered. The Simple in the program's title refers to the streamlined, minimal classi...

    by Marene Gustin on September 14, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critic weighs in on local theater

    Boy Gets Girl In award-winning playwright Rebecca Gilman's thought-provoking 2001 drama, in its premiere production for Houston's newest theater group, The Pendulum Theatre Company, we have an Alfred Hitchcock movie without a murder. The movie master...

    by D.L. Groover on September 14, 2006
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    Body and Soul - The CAMH surveys 25 years of Kiki Smith

    The human body has been on the minds of many Houstonians since February, when "Gunther von Hagens' BodyWorlds 3: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies" opened at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Driving our cars down the highway, we've...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on September 14, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our critics' opinions on local exhibits

    "CraftHouston 2006" This biennial exhibit, which saw its inception in 2002, should really be named "CraftTexas," since the artists highlighted in the show are from all over the state. (Apparently the name will be changed for the 2008 show to reflect ...

    by Troy Schulze on September 14, 2006
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    Why Did My T-Shirt Piss People Off? - The Mexican replies

    Dear Mexican, My gabacha friends and I marched in the May pro-amnesty rallies and wanted to show our support on our chests as well as our feet. We wore T-shirts that read, "I only [picture of big, juicy lips] mojados" on the front, and "Yo solo [li...

    by Gustavo Arellano on September 14, 2006
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    Monkey Trials - Super Monkey Ball Adventure takes a wrong turn

    What could be more fun than monkeys trapped in plastic hamster balls? That's the strange philosophy of Super Monkey Ball, a puzzle series that debuted in 2001. Much as with Marble Madness, the goal here is to cross the finish line without falling o...

    by Chris Ward on September 14, 2006
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    Turning Tricks

    I Am a Sex Addict (IFC) Caveh Zahedi has made a movie of our times -- a strange mix of self-absorption, shamelessness in the pursuit of fame, and sex. Most shocking of all is that it works. Part fiction and documentary, confessional and comedy, th...

    by Robert Wilonsky on September 14, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of September 12

    Ballets Russes (Zeitgeist) The Batman: The Complete Second Season (Warner Bros.) Beavis and Butt-head Do America: Special Collector's Edition (Paramount) Bottoms Up (Sony) Disney Princess Stories, Volume 1: A Gift from the Heart (Disney) ...

    on September 14, 2006
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    Heart Stopper - Theatre New West presents Larry Kramer's revenge -- and his testament

    Larry Kramer is no shrinking violet. Screenwriter (Women in Love), AIDS activist/provocateur (he co-founded NYC's Gay Men's Health Crisis and ACT-UP) and novelist (Faggots), Kramer always says what he thinks in a take-no-prisoners style that constant...

    by D.L. Groover on September 7, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    The Dying Gaul Playwright Craig Lucas, who delivered gentle magical realism in Prelude to a Kiss and genuine romance in Longtime Companion, delivers neither in The Dying Gaul. In fact, this bleak, graphic little shocker doesn't even bring decency or ...

    by Lee Williams on September 7, 2006
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