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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 ...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on February 8, 2007
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    Why don't Mexican girls swallow?

    Dear Readers, Gracias to all of ustedes who submitted pictures for my racist Mexican restaurant logo contest -- they were all muy bueno. Winners will be announced in a couple of weeks. In the meanwhile, say a spicy bienvenidos to readers of Las Ve...

    by Gustavo Arellano on February 8, 2007
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    Mustache Ride - In the latest WarioWare, you can pick your friend's nose.

    Explaining the appeal of the WarioWare series is like trying to describe a fever dream: It doesn't make sense unless experienced. Nevertheless, here goes: Mario's bizarro-universe twin, the greedy Wario, has invented over 200 absurd microgames in ...

    by Chris Ward on February 8, 2007
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    Hand It to Him

    The Science of Sleep (Warner Bros.) Feature films are to video directors what sitcoms are to stand-up comedians, and for every David Fincher and Seinfeld, there are dozens of artists who should have stayed in the field they know best. Michel Gondr...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 8, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of February 8

    Alfred Hitchcock: The Early Years of the Master of Suspense (Lions Gate) All Quiet on the Western Front (Universal) Anything but Love: Volume One (Fox) Arabian Nights (Universal) Best Picture: Academy Award Winners Collection (Paramount) ...

    on February 8, 2007
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    Room with a View - A chamber drama takes on big themes

    Many themes swirl through David Hare's 1997 drama Amy's View, which is running in a robust, fully satisfying production at Stages Repertory Theatre. At the fore are themes of family relationships, especially those between mother and daughter, and the...

    by D.L. Groover on February 1, 2007
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    La Cenerentola The lightning of inspiration that struck Gioacchino Rossini for his greatest works (Barber of Seville, Italian Girl in Algiers, Tancredi, William Tell, Stabat Mater) missed the prolific composer when he dashed off his version of the fa...

    by Lee Williams on February 1, 2007
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    Color Me Nostalgic - "Similar Differences" is full of wunnerful hues

    I remember watching The Lawrence Welk Show as a kid, not because I wanted to, but because my polka-loving Grandpa Ulfert made me. What struck me more than the show's hokey tunes and skits were its colors. Sure, it was the '70s, but the color schemes ...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on February 1, 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 ...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on February 1, 2007
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    Filipinos -- Latinos or Chinos?

    Dear Mexican, How do Mexicans get such ridiculous nicknames from seemingly normal names? For instance, Jos becomes Chepe, Eduardo is Lalo, Gabriel becomes Gabi and Guillermo devolves into Memo. It's Marcela, Not Chela Dear Wabette, The de...

    by Gustavo Arellano on February 1, 2007
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    Cold Hearted - Lost Planet delivers, but it's not for the timid.

    Anyone who played games back in the olden days (i.e., the late '80s) knows they used to be a lot tougher. Cartridges back then subscribed to the "Oh, you want some of this?" school of game design. They made you gnash your teeth, throw your controll...

    by Gary Hodges on February 1, 2007
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    The Terrorist's Mind

    Catch a Fire (Focus) In his commentary for the underrated, undervalued Catch a Fire, director Phillip Noyce discusses the inspiration: witnessing the terror attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. He wanted to comprehend "the terrorist's mind,"...

    by Jordan Harper on February 1, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of February 1

    Academy Awards Collection (MGM) The Comedians of Comedy (Anchor Bay) Dallas: The Complete Sixth Season (Warner Bros.) The Doctor, the Tornado & the Kentucky Kid: Ultimate Collector's Edition (New Video Group) Dora the Explorer: Cowgirl Do...

    on February 1, 2007
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    Magic Moment - The magnificent Moon for the Misbegotten haunts the Alley

    Dissolute, drunk and dying, Jim Tyrone (James Black) lies asleep with his head against the ample breasts of earthy Josie Hogan (Annalee Jefferies). She cradles the spent, passed-out man in her arms on the back steps of the hardscrabble Hogan farmhous...

    by D.L. Groover on January 25, 2007
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Bell, Book and Candle Casting directors take note: There's a new face in town (new to us, anyway), and it belongs to one of the most strikingly original actors we've seen in a long time -- Morgan McCarthy, now setting the stage afire at Country Playh...

    by Lee Williams on January 25, 2007
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    Murder by Numbers - "Frontera 450+" records the unsolved killings of women in Jurez, Mexico

    Not even in the movies do you have such perfect crimes and no suspects," an activist sardonically remarks in Lourdes Portillo's highly acclaimed 2001 documentary Seorita Extraviada. The film is part of the exhibition "Frontera 450+" at the Station M...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on January 25, 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 ...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on January 25, 2007
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    Ask A Mexican! Contest!

    Dear Mexican, This November, a trusted employee of mine came out about his status as an illegal immigrant. Our big-box retail conglomerate's policy clearly spells out the termination of my employment should I fail to report such an offense, but I l...

    by Gustavo Arellano on January 25, 2007
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    Dr. Feelgood - You're not a doctor, but Trauma Center lets you play one on TV.

    For most of us, the closest we get to practicing medicine is telling a depressed co-worker, "Somebody's got a case of the Mondays." But that doesn't stop us from living vicariously through TV doctors. Now, with Trauma Center: Second Opinion, you ca...

    by Chris Ward on January 25, 2007
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    Classic Coke

    Cocaine Cowboys (Magnolia) Slam! Bang! Pow! Snort! This tawdry and giddy documentary tells the story of Miami's transformation from a place where old people go to die to a place with so much drug money that the Mercedes dealers were constantly out...

    by Jim Ridley on January 25, 2007
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