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    Masterpiece Theater - Rich, resonant Sweeney Todd is a modern American opera

    It's almost inconceivable to call a musical that's not even 30 years old a "masterpiece," but Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd (1979) is most definitely that. More than a "musical," this rich, resonant work is a modern American opera, the best one we'...

    by D.L. Groover on October 5, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    A Bad Night's Sleep This crazy-quilt revue from the loons at Radio Music Theatre is really a show about nothing, but RMT out-Seinfelds Seinfeld -- and is much funnier to boot. Although one of the 14 Fertle Family shows, Sleep keeps our favorite famil...

    by Lee Williams on October 5, 2006
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    The End of Days - DiverseWorks goes apocalyptic in "Run For Your Lives!"

    Five years ago, 9/11 freaked out the whole country. Now a recently leaked intelligence report has revealed what most of us had already figured out -- the Iraq war has made us less safe than ever. And if creating a whole new generation of terrorists i...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on October 5, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "H J Bott: Raising the Line" Artist Harvey Bott is like some mad math professor -- he's obsessed with geometry. His previous show at Sicardi Gallery featured masking-tape drawings from the '50s; it revealed a young artist's fascination with dividing ...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on October 5, 2006
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    Cantinflas He's Not

    Dear Mexican, I once got into a fight with a cholo. We beat the crap out of each other but when all was said and done, I kicked his ass harder than he kicked mine and the cholo ran off swearing and spitting. I assumed the matter was settled but the...

    by Gustavo Arellano on October 5, 2006
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    Lewis Blows His Top

    Lewis Black: Red, White & Screwed (HBO) Like many other Daily Show success stories, Lewis Black is a comedian made for these times; his facial contortions and verbal tics are expressions of the Bush-era phrase "outrage overload." But unlike other ...

    on October 5, 2006
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    Copycat Killer - Saints Row shamelessly apes Grand Theft Auto.

    Let's not beat around the bush: Saints Row is creatively bankrupt. The latest in a long list of Grand Theft Auto imitators, this clone replicates Rockstar's controversial games so closely that the uneducated eye could mistake it for the real deal....

    on October 5, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of October 3:

    Avenger (Warner Bros.) Calvaire: The Ordeal (Palm) Cedric the Entertainer: Taking You Higher (HBO) Changing Times (Koch Lorber) Confidence (Lionsgate) Deadfall (Lionsgate) Edmond (First Independent) The Greatest American Hero: Th...

    on October 5, 2006
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    Low-Rent Scoundrels - This Broadway show is a fun piece of fluff

    The award-winning Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is the Bart Simpson of Broadway musicals -- tasteless yet entertaining. This could also describe the extraordinary star turn by Norbert Leo Butz, but more of him later. Jeffrey Lane, who's won countless Emm...

    on September 28, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - ENCORE

    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 Marene Gustin on September 28, 2006
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    "Singular" Sensation - An exhibition at the MFAH highlights the overlooked art of printmaking

    Printmaking has been the redheaded stepchild of the art world, never getting the same attention and respect as sculpture or painting. But art critic, art dealer and filmmaker Peter Blum wanted to change that. In 1980, he began publishing prints from ...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on September 28, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - ARTBEAT

    "Collect Them All! Soft Brown Narratives" Very rarely has Barbie been used well in art, but Lauren Kelley pulls it off. This exhibition includes some great color photographs of staged scenes using altered Barbies and other dolls. But the real showsto...

    by Troy Schulze on September 28, 2006
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    Skinny Gabacho Doesn't Want to Stand Out

    Dear Mexican, I have a stupid, unemployed, 16-year-old gang-bangin' cousin who already dropped out of school, and I'm pretty sure most Mexicans are related to somebody who fits that description. About eight months ago, he knocked up a girl around h...

    by Gustavo Arellano on September 28, 2006
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    Fourth and Inches - Madden NFL 07: New and slightly improved!

    Football is a game of inches. The same goes for the Madden series. Each fall, a new Madden game arrives, with a roster update and an incremental change in the game-play formula. Last year brought a "cone of vision" for the quarterback, which mostly...

    by Luke O'Brien on September 28, 2006
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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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