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    Our top DVD picks for the week of April 25

    Casanova (Disney) Dr. Dolittle 3 (Fox) Elevator to the Gallows (Criterion) 50 Greatest Kid Concoctions (Time Life) Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (Sony) The Heirloom (Tartan) Inspector Gadget: 4-Disc Set (Shout Factory) The I...

    on April 27, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "Mariah Anne Johnson: How to Fold a Fitted Sheet" "How to Fold a Fitted Sheet" sounds like the topic of a circa-1953 home-ec lecture, but it's actually the title of Mariah Anne Johnson's exhibition at Lawndale Art Center. Johnson takes the former con...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on April 20, 2006
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    Messing with Molire - You'll either rave about or despise the Alley's pop adaptation of The Miser

    Mon Dieu, what the hell is going on downtown? David Ball's sexed-up pop adaptation of Molire's classic farce The Miser, co-produced by the Alley and the Theatre de la Jeune Lune, is running, and you'll either rave about it or despise it. You'll leav...

    by D.L. Groover on April 20, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Carmen If you were going to be remembered for only one opera in your prolific career, you'd do no worse than Carmen. Composer Georges Bizet died during its premiere run in 1875, thinking his Gypsy girl had shocked his native Parisians, who weren't ac...

    by Lee Williams on April 20, 2006
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    Black Like Who? - David Levinthal records racist kitsch at the Menil

    I thought David Levinthal was black. The invitation for his show at the Menil Collection, "Insistent Objects: David Levinthal's 'Blackface,'" featured a photograph of a blackface figurine. In the art world, a host of contemporary African-American art...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on April 20, 2006
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    Mob Hit Misses - The Godfather game isn't personal. It's strictly business.

    Marlon Brando sleeps with the fishes. But before the legendary actor died, he worked one last job. Curiously, it was for a videogame. In The Godfather: The Game, Brando attempts to relive his Oscar-winning role as Don Vito Corleone. From the raspy ...

    by Chris Ward on April 20, 2006
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    When Stars Don't Align

    Americano (MTI) Before he is due to take a high-powered corporate job, college graduate Chris (Joshua Jackson) heads off with two friends (Timm Sharp and Ruthanna Hopper) to Europe, where they end up in Pamplona for the running of the bulls. Th...

    by Luke Y. Thompson on April 20, 2006
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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