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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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    Extra! Read All About It

    Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (Warner Bros.) At long last, Richard Donner's much-whispered-about "original version" of Superman II sees the light of day, and it quickly joins the ranks of the reconstructed Touch of Evil, Apocalypse Now, and ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 30, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of November 30

    The Ant Bully (Warner Bros.) Criminal Minds: The First Season (Paramount) Dane Cook: Vicious Circle (HBO) The Ellen DeGeneres Show: DVD-licious (Warner Bros.) Foo Fighters: Skin and Bones (RCA) Hot Wheels Accelerators: The Ultimate Rac...

    on November 30, 2006
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    Hats Off - At the Alley, two stellar actors meet up for a thrilling Tryst

    Dark and lonely, a cobblestone road glimmers under the gloomy glow of Victorian gaslights, which hang like fallen stars. Steam hisses up from the grating in the street. This is a lost world, glistening in the damp night with all the romance and dange...

    by Lee Williams on November 23, 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...

    by Lee Williams on November 23, 2006
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    Light Fantastic - Futuristic sculpture from the '60s illuminates Sicardi Gallery

    If you're near a computer, search YouTube for a video of Brigitte Bardot singing "Contact." The 1960s Serge Gainsbourg song sounds like early French electronica, and the video's got a goofy Barbarella thing going on. Bardot sports a sexy silver alien...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on November 23, 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...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on November 23, 2006
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    SPECIAL ONE-QUESTION EDICIN

    Note to readers: The following is a serious, stat-saturated Mexican. I promise more dwarf- and Dirty Sanchez-related questions next week! Dear Mexican, A recent study by the Pew Hispanic Center reveals the following: ?Hispanics are four times ...

    by Gustavo Arellano on November 23, 2006
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    Bad News With Al

    An Inconvenient Truth (Paramount) This isn't exactly the kind of DVD you buy to watch again and again; the ending doesn't get happier, and there are no twists to decipher with repeated viewings. The producers hope instead that you buy it and share...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 23, 2006
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    Encore Performance - Don't fret. Guitar Hero II kills the opening act

    Guitar Hero gave party games a much-needed kick in the ass. No one expected this rhythm game -- sold with a miniature plastic guitar -- to play to sellout crowds. But it became the most addictive game of the year and one of the most attractive to n...

    by Chris Ward on November 23, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of November 23

    American Slapstick (Image) Alias: The Complete Fifth Season (Buena Vista) Boston Legal: Season Two (Fox) The Cry Baby Killer (Buena Vista) Devil Times Five (Code Red) Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist: Season Two (Paramount) Fall Out...

    on November 23, 2006
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    Not Neighborly - If Barbra's Wedding were a sitcom, it just might work

    Noisy neighbors can ruin a perfectly good day. Nobody knows that better than Jerry Schiff, the down-on-his-luck character at the center of Daniel Stern's Barbra's Wedding, now playing at Theater LaB Houston. Anyone who's seen Home Alone or the sitcom...

    by Lee Williams on November 16, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Antigone When Sophocles wrote this most stereotypical political tragedy about how a citizen questioning authority can devastate a community, he should have called it Creon. The king of Thebes, Antigone's uncle (Raven Peters), is the one who changes t...

    by Lee Williams on November 16, 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...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on November 16, 2006
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    Why do Mexicans and Irish get along so well?

    Dear Mexican, My fianc is trying to learn Spanish so he can speak to my grandmother when we get married next month. Lately, he's been listening to CNN en Espaol to get an ear for the language. A couple of days ago, he told me that, after several ...

    by Gustavo Arellano on November 16, 2006
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    Hands Off - Final Fantasy XII: Role-playing on autopilot.

    Final Fantasy is to role-playing games as the Yankees are to baseball. The series -- now almost 20 years old -- practically redefined the genre with Final Fantasy VII on the original PlayStation, the first console RPG that captured a mainstream aud...

    by Gary Hodges on November 16, 2006
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    When the Stars Came Out

    Forbidden Planet (Warner Bros.) Long available as faded discount product, Fred McLeod Wilcox's 1956 masterpiece -- the movie without which Star Trek, Star Wars, 2001, and, oh, Lost in Space wouldn't exist -- at last gets its proper due; this doubl...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 16, 2006
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