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    Weed Killer

    Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny (New Line) You probably already know where you stand on Tenacious D, the pudgy hard rock comedy duo that made Jack Black famous. And if you haven't heard of them, this isn't the place to start: Their DVD of short...

    by Robert Wilonsky on March 1, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of March 1

    Bratz: Fashion Pixiez (Lions Gate) Conversations With God (Fox) Cool It Carol (Image) Deep Red (Blue Underground) Dreamland (Image) Filmation's Ghostbusters (Brentwood) George Carlin: Life Is Worth Losing (MPI) Journey to the End...

    on March 1, 2007
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    Grand Jury - This old TV drama still moves us

    A long time ago in a television galaxy far, far away -- the 1950s -- there thrived a form of popular entertainment that brought original drama into the homes of average Americans, many of whom had never stepped into a Broadway theater in their lives....

    by D.L. Groover on February 22, 2007
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    Stage Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Charlie & Out at Sea Having lived under Communist domination, modern Polish migr writer Slawomir Mrozek thrives in the "theater of the absurd" as if he were a hothouse exotic bloom, fragrant but deadly, colorful but showing rot around the edges. Hi...

    by Lee Williams on February 22, 2007
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    Good Budd - At Lawndale, it's popcorn, boogie boards and neuro-linguistic programming

    On the floor at Lawndale Art Center rests a globe -- just your typical globe, save for the fake explosives duct-taped to it. A couple of mini-American flags are sticking out of the charges, which are adorned with sticker logos from Exxon, Texaco, She...

    by Keith Plocek on February 22, 2007
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    Art Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "Brooke Stroud: New Drawings" and "Michael Petry: In the Garden of Eden" There are two new exhibitions at Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery -- one is subtle, the other subtly subversive. Brooke Stroud's colored pencil drawings on gray cardboard have ...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on February 22, 2007
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    The Governator talks smack

    THREE-QUESTION ESPECIAL Dear Mexican, Why does Arnold Schwarzenegger keep putting his foot in his mouth and talking smack about MEXICANS? To my understanding, his wife Maria is of Mexican descent. He's not only humiliating nuestra raza, but his w...

    by Gustavo Arellano on February 22, 2007
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    Chick Flick

    Shut Up & Sing (Genius) It's a shame that one of 2006's best documentaries is being released without extras; it would have been nice, for instance, to hear feisty Natalie Maines talk with directors Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck about her reactio...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 22, 2007
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    Channel Surfing - There's more than one way to play with your Wii

    So you've beaten Zelda and can hurl a 90 mph fastball in Wii Sports without shattering your 50-inch plasma. Now what? It's time to explore the rest of the "channels" -- some included, and most free to download. Like cable TV, Nintendo's offerings r...

    by Chris Ward on February 22, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of February 22

    Apartment Zero (Anchor Bay) Babel (Paramount) The Bros. (Lions Gate) Crooked (Lions Gate) Crossover (Sony) Curious George: Zoo Night and Other Animal Stories (Universal) Dark Castle Horror Collection (Warner Bros.) Flushed Away ...

    on February 22, 2007
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "Brooke Stroud: New Drawings" and "Michael Petry: In the Garden of Eden" There are two new exhibitions at Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery -- one is subtle, the other subtly subversive. Brooke Stroud's colored pencil drawings on gray cardboard have ...

    on February 15, 2007
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Charlie & Out at Sea Having lived under Communist domination, modern Polish emigre writer Slawomir Mrozek thrives in the "theater of the absurd" as if he were a hothouse exotic bloom, fragrant but deadly, colorful but showing rot around the edges. Hi...

    on February 15, 2007
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    Hey, what do you know, Joe?

    Dear Readers, Mucho comments about my Feb. 1 column regarding the metamorphosis of Mexican names into seemingly wacky nicknames -- Nini from Alejandrina, for instance, or Chely from Araceli. I argued such changes occurred thanks to linguistic laws;...

    by Gustavo Arellano on February 15, 2007
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    Homebody Alone - Bring your heart, intellect and stamina to this extraordinary play

    Magical, lyrical, profoundly political, and ecstatically in love with the power of language, Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul is a fiery challenge to get through. Clocking in at just over three hours, the extraordinary play requires heart, intellect and...

    by Lee Williams on February 15, 2007
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    Playing Hard to Get - A DiverseWorks show so complicated, it has a reference section

    The less I know about Michael Jones McKean's work, the more I like it. "The Possibility of Men and the River Shallows" at DiverseWorks is the best thing Houston has seen from the former Core fellow. Water, adventure and exploration are the loose them...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on February 15, 2007
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    Royal Flush

    Marie Antoinette (Sony) Sofia Coppola's third feature grabs you by your frilly lapels from the jump, with Gang of Four's "Natural's Not in It" showering guitar chords all over the credits as Kirsten Dunst nods to the audience, as if to say, Hang t...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 15, 2007
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    Do Not Disturb - Hotel Dusk is a great game for people who haven't heard of "books"

    Lately, the Nintendo DS has become a virtual Monster.com. You can play a defense attorney (Phoenix Wright), surgeon (Trauma Center) and even a cook (Cooking Mama). Now, thanks to Hotel Dusk: Room 215, you can add private eye to that list. But don't...

    by Gary Hodges on February 15, 2007
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    Explosive Fits - Very bad behavior and exuberant joy meet at the Alley

    One must enter the strange world of Robert Montgomery's Subject to Fits with some care, for all manner of absurdity -- both beautiful and hideous -- flies in from the rafters (sometimes literally) over the course of the evening. Called "A Response to...

    by Lee Williams on February 8, 2007
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Barefoot in the Park Neil Simon's idea of bohemian is ordering a princess phone for a new fifth-floor walkup apartment -- remember, this is 1963 -- and dialing the weather report. Stylish and elegant, newlywed Corie Bratter (Lauren Bigelow) is a far ...

    by Lee Williams on February 8, 2007
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    Career Cred - Houston's 2006 Whitney Biennial participants, one year later

    A year ago, the artist collective Otabenga Jones and Associates (Dawolu Jabari Anderson, Jamal Cyrus, Kenya Evans and Robert A. Pruitt) and photographer Amy Blakemore were preparing their work for the "2006 Whitney Biennial: Day for Night," curated b...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on February 8, 2007
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