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    Golden Stage - Urinetown, the Musical is a delight to behold

    On the surface, Urinetown, the Musical, Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis's Tony Award-winning comedic tour-de-force, does everything wrong: There's the utterly tasteless title, the bizarre premise that imagines a futuristic city where the citizens have to...

    by Lee Williams on January 18, 2007
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Enter Laughing You'd be hard-pressed to find a play as sweet and family-friendly as this one. It's as warm and cozy as your favorite old sweater, if a little threadbare. Based on a partly autobiographical novel by legendary comedy writer Carl Reiner ...

    by D.L. Groover on January 18, 2007
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    Belle poque - For a brief, glorious period, two brothers captured life in Arequipa, Peru

    In 1912, two Peruvian dandies opened a photography studio in Arequipa, Peru, a historic city in the southern Andes. The nattily dressed Vargas brothers, Carlos and Miguel, wore top hats and spats, with Miguel even sporting pince-nez. Their studio wou...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on January 18, 2007
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "DEAR Camp" "DEAR Camp" is Brian Neal Sensabaugh's campy deer camp. For the installation, Sensabaugh, a gay Houston artist, took elements from his father and brother's deer camp in Arkansas. Going into the woods is, by and large, a macho drunken ende...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on January 18, 2007
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    Brown, Proud and Sayin' It Loud?

    Dear Mexican, I'm a 60-year-old Chicano and proud. Why do young Chicanos keep imitating blacks? They dress like blacks, talk like blacks, listen to black music and hang with blacks. Aren't they proud of their own culture? Why don't they embrace His...

    by Gustavo Arellano on January 18, 2007
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    Paper Tigers - Viva Piata is adorable -- and misleading

    Viva Piata begins with you acquiring the deed to a barren patch of land on "Piata Island," a strange place where everyone wears masks and the main form of currency is chocolate coins. Your first order of business is a little gardening, breathing so...

    by Gary Hodges on January 18, 2007
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    He's Really Doing That

    The Protector (Genius Products) Thailand's Tony Jaa has made clear his plan to take Jackie Chan's crown as the king of Holy crap, did he just do that?! He's about halfway there. Though Jaa is devoid of Chan's charisma, his hyperathletic kickboxing...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 18, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of January 18

    Clerks II (Weinstein) Council of the Gods (First Run) Die You Zombie Bastards (Image) Dreamland (Image) Employee of the Month (Lions Gate) Gridiron Gang (Sony) Grim Reaper (Lions Gate) Her Minor Thing (First Look) La Moustache...

    on January 18, 2007
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    A Play a Day - Several Houston theaters participate in an astounding project

    In November of 2002, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks made an audacious decision -- she was going to write a play each day of the year. The results of all that scribbling have come to fruition in an astounding project called 365 Day...

    by Lee Williams on January 11, 2007
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Enter Laughing You'd be hard-pressed to find a play as sweet and family-friendly as this one. It's as warm and cozy as your favorite old sweater, if a little threadbare. Based on a partly autobiographical novel by legendary comedy writer Carl Reiner ...

    by Lee Williams on January 11, 2007
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    Striking Three - A photo exhibition at the MFAH has some real standouts

    The Target Collection of American Photography: A Century in Pictures" at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston surveys a hundred years of work by American photographers. In the exhibition, three powerful works by three renowned photographers stand out. Th...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on January 11, 2007
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "The Cat's Meow" "The Cat's Meow" is a one-room, in-house affair. One standout is a video by Peter Fischli and David Weiss. In it, a cat, with what looks like a dead flea on its head, laps milk from a saucer. That's all that happens. But the cat is s...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on January 11, 2007
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    Low-Riders Are High-Tech

    Dear Mexican, Why do non-Mexicans consider it a compliment when they tell Mexicans they don't look Mexican? I am 100 percent Mexican -- 5'7", with black hair, brown eyes and olive skin -- and ever since I left my hometown of El Paso, I've been subj...

    by Gustavo Arellano on January 11, 2007
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    Whip Smart - The new Castlevania lives up to its legacy.

    It's been 20 years since the first Castlevania bewitched gamers with its gothic horror. Twenty years of vampire hunters going fist to fang with Lord Dracula. With almost two dozen titles in the series, Castlevania is one of the most enduring and be...

    by Luke O'Brien on January 11, 2007
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    Hold Your Horses

    Bandidas (Fox) This review is not long enough for a suitable treatment of the beauty of Penlope Cruz and Salma Hayek. The makers of Bandidas would certainly prefer I tried, though, than to discuss this plodding clich of a western featuring the t...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 11, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of January 11

    America's Funniest Home Videos: Salute to Romance (Shout Factory) Behind the Mask (Good Times) Broken Bridges (Paramount) Color of the Cross (Fox) Conversations With Other Women (Hart Sharp) Crank (Lions Gate) Everybody Says I'm Fin...

    on January 11, 2007
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    Pot o' Gold - Riches await Houston theatergoers

    December might have been the gloomiest time of the year for theater, but good things come to those who wait. Just look at the stunning lineup of plays that will be offered all across the Bayou City in the coming season. In fact, each and every month ...

    by Lee Williams on January 4, 2007
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    A Fertle Holiday One of the best ways to spend an evening this holiday is with the Fertles, the oddball family that resides at the Radio Music Theatre. Yes, it's time yet again for A Fertle Holiday. The laugh-out-loud show is full of the small-town c...

    by Lee Williams on January 4, 2007
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "The Cat's Meow" "The Cat's Meow" is a one-room, in-house affair. One standout is a video by Peter Fischli and David Weiss. In it, a cat, with what looks like a dead flea on its head, laps milk from a saucer. That's all that happens. But the cat is s...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on January 4, 2007
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    How did the Virgin of Guadalupe Get Her Name?

    Dear Mexican, How did the patron saint of Mxico get a name derived from Arabic? El Moro Judo Dear Jewish Moor, You're referring to the Virgin of Guadalupe, the brown-skinned apparition of the Virgin Mary who tradition says appeared before...

    by Gustavo Arellano on January 4, 2007
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