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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Hansel and Gretel Speaking of tasty treats, there's a 15-foot-tall drag queen now on parade at Houston Grand Opera, and you've never seen anything like her before. She is the magnificent witch in HGO's imaginative, puppet-infused production of Engelb...

    by Lee Williams on December 14, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "Dan Havel: House Divided" Dan Havel, along with Dean Ruck, deconstructed an old bungalow in Montrose to create Inversion, a traffic-stopping public artwork. This time Havel is working solo and constructing a small wooden bungalow -- sort of. His ins...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on December 14, 2006
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    Don't Hate the Guayabera!

    Dear Mexican, It seems that whenever Chicano professors want to show off their mexicanidad, they wear a guayabera. In fact, I saw a picture of you in the Los Angeles Times donning the shirt, along with Dickies pants and Converse All Stars. How trit...

    by Gustavo Arellano on December 14, 2006
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    Wii Love It - Nintendo finally gets 1-Up on the competition.

    Nintendo has achieved the impossible: My 50-year-old, non-gaming father wants a Wii for Christmas. Either I've been whisked to Bizarro World, or The House That Mario Built is on to something big. With the release of its oddly monikered next-gen sys...

    by Chris Ward on December 14, 2006
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    Farce of a Champion

    Talladega Nights (Columbia) This cut of Will Ferrell's NASCAR comedy runs 13 minutes longer than the theatrical version, and that doesn't take into account the deleted and extended scenes, outtakes, phony commercials, public-service announcements,...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 14, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of December 14

    AFI: I Heard a Voice (Interscope) Air Buddies (Disney) Ali Rap (ESPN) The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Series (Paramount) Barnyard (Paramount) The Chronicles of Narnia: Four-Disc Extended Edition (Disney) A Dead Calling (Lions G...

    on December 14, 2006
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    Hardly Poor - Well-drawn, likable characters take center stage at Main Street Theater

    Poor Richard, everyone says in Jean Kerr's romantic comedy -- so talented, such a waste. The characters are talking about the best-selling poet Richard Ford (Kent Johnson), whose slim volume "The Girl with a Velvet Ribbon" has made Richard a very r...

    by D.L. Groover on December 7, 2006
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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 December 7, 2006
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    "White" Tepid - Four Norwegians go on a junket to Houston

    At the opening of "White Noise," an exhibition of work by four Norwegian artists at the Art League Houston, people slowly began to realize Norwegian choreographer and dancer yvind Jrgensen was performing. He was sitting on a cube and staring into s...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on December 7, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "Dan Havel: House Divided" Dan Havel, along with Dean Ruck, deconstructed an old bungalow in Montrose to create Inversion, a traffic-stopping public artwork. This time Havel is working solo and constructing a small wooden bungalow -- sort of. His ins...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on December 7, 2006
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    Who Is Chapuln?

    I was flipping through my television when I noticed the Spanish-language channel showed a man in a red suit with yellow pants, antennae on his head and a heart with the letters "CH" on his chest. It appeared to be a sitcom, and all the characters rel...

    by Gustavo Arellano on December 7, 2006
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    All Dressed Up... - PlayStation 3 has potential -- but for the moment, little else

    I did not have to fend off a horde of bloodthirsty geeks for my PS3. And I wasn't shot, either, as one hapless Connecticut gamer was. Actually, I just preordered my console weeks ago, and on the day it came out, I walked into the store, paid for it...

    by Gary Hodges on December 7, 2006
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    A Masterpiece on Canvas

    Rocky: 2-Disc Collector's Edition (MGM) An old TV commercial for Rocky included here compares Sylvester Stallone to Pacino, De Niro, and Brando -- and though we now know this to be pure madness, it's easy to see what inspired it. Sure, Stallone (...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 7, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of December 7

    The Architect (Magnolia) Beerfest: Unrated (Warner Bros.) Charlie Chan Collection, Volume 2 (Fox) Coma Girl (Cinequest) The Conformist: Special Collector's Edition (Paramount) Dinosaur Valley Girls: Mammoth Edition (Cinema Epoch) Du...

    on December 7, 2006
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    Talk of the Town - The new IBP show is thoughtful, funny and strange

    Apocalyptic, strange and wonderfully entertaining, Lisa D'Amour's Hide Town, created with company members from Infernal Bridegroom Productions, is everything experimental theater should be. Thoughtful and funny, the one-act speeds across a futuristic...

    by Lee Williams on November 30, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Barbra's Wedding Anyone who's seen Home Alone will recognize Daniel Stern, who's best known as an actor. But now the thin, curly-haired Stern has ventured into scriptwriting, and his first play is a lot like the comedies he's known for. The mildly am...

    on November 30, 2006
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    Migrants and Minutemen - Two exhibitions at DiverseWorks explore both sides of a hot-button issue

    "The Minutemen are doing exactly what President George W. Bush requested all citizens do in his State of the Union speech..." says "Bob," a middle-aged Minuteman sporting a safari-esque khaki shirt and hat. "Here's what he said: 'I call on all Americ...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on November 30, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "Andy Moses: Vuelta" Andy Moses's work looks like interstellar plein-air paintings -- sunrises and sunsets from some other planet. Using pearlescent pigments, Moses creates luminous bands of color by what appears to be a combination of pouring and sq...

    on November 30, 2006
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    Wabs and Gabachos on Leprecanos

    Many kind, drunken words from ustedes regarding my Nov. 16 column proclaiming Mexicans and Irish "brothers in depravity." Let's start with a wab: Man, did you make me laugh with "leprecanos." I never had more fun on Cinco de Mayo than I did in 197...

    by Gustavo Arellano on November 30, 2006
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    School Daze - Bully takes you back to the battlefield of high school

    By now, you've probably heard about Bully. It's the game that was supposed to finally ruin America's youth. Crusading lawyer Jack Thompson, the self-appointed schoolmarm of the videogame industry, called it a "Columbine simulator" and tried to bloc...

    by Luke O'Brien on November 30, 2006
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