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    Art Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection" For many, basket weaving is one of those crafts that stereotypically symbolizes the ultimate in boredom; the last bastion of activity when one has nothing better to do....

    by Troy Schulze on September 13, 2007
  • Legs to Spare

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    Legs to Spare

    The Graduate: 40th Anniversary Edition (MGM) Fifteen years after its last home-video commemorative edition (extras from which appear here), The Graduate once more gets the bonus-laden makeover -- and if ever a movie deserved its kudos, its Mike Nic...

    by Jordan Harper on September 13, 2007
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    Stage Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    The Best Man Main Street Theater's season opener is a political drama filled with the sort of emotional wreckage that hard campaigning creates. Never mind that the show first opened on Broadway in 1960 -- the prescient script feels like it was writt...

    by Lee Williams on September 13, 2007
  • Atlas Drowned - A sunken utopia sets the stage for a fascinating shooter.

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    Atlas Drowned - A sunken utopia sets the stage for a fascinating shooter.

    Typically, first-person shooters are a lot like virtual shooting galleries: Great fun, yes, but not exactly thought-provoking. So it's nice when an FPS comes along that's trying to be something more -- and even better when it actually succeeds. Som...

    by Gary Hodges on September 13, 2007
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    SPECIAL GUEST COLUMNIST EDITION - What's a "Golden Sombrero"?

    I am addressing this to both Ask a Mexican! and "Savage Love," hoping one of you will have an answer to this: Why do Mexican chicks yell for their papi during sex? Daddy del Diablo Dear Readers, Daddy del Diablo sent the above query to bot...

    by Dan Savage on September 13, 2007
  • Doubt - The Alley stages the marvelous Doubt

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    Doubt - The Alley stages the marvelous Doubt

    The Alley Theatre gets a running start on the new season with its opening production. John Patrick Shanley's Doubt won both a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award after it wowed audiences and critics alike three years ago in New York. The morality "parab...

    by Lee Williams on September 13, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    Andre Rieu: Live in New York (Denon) Away From Her (Lionsgate) Bones: Season Two (Fox) Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (HBO) Casper Meets Wendy: Family Fun Edition (Fox) Charmed: The Final Season (Paramount) DOA: Dead or Alive (Weins...

    on September 13, 2007
  • "Nexus Texas" - Texas inspires exceptional artists at the CAMH

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    "Nexus Texas" - Texas inspires exceptional artists at the CAMH

    At a group exhibition called "Nexus Texas," featuring works by artists who currently reside and work in the state, you might expect imagery soaked in Lone Star iconography and mythology, or works that generally name-check the soil on which they grew...

    by Troy Schulze on September 6, 2007
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    Art Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    City Glow Self-styled Pop Art star Chiho Aoshima emerged out of the "factory" art group founded in Tokyo in the late '90s by Takashi Murakami. Her computer-generated images reference manga comics and anime cartoons, with wide-eyed characters and lin...

    by Troy Schulze on September 6, 2007
  • Seasons in the Sun

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    Seasons in the Sun

    The Office: Season Three (Universal) After a shaky first season and a better-with-every-episode second, The Office proved itself one of the most consistent comedies in the history of the medium. The show has long since escaped the shadow of its BBC...

    by Jordan Harper on September 6, 2007
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    Stage Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Late Nite Catechism You don't have to be Catholic to love Late Nite Catechism, the "one-sister" show running at Stages Repertory Theatre, though it probably wouldn't hurt. No matter your denomination, there are plenty of laughs, even if you're one o...

    by D.L. Groover on September 6, 2007
  • Getting Medieval - Two Worlds sends next-gen RPGs back to the Dark Ages.

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    Getting Medieval - Two Worlds sends next-gen RPGs back to the Dark Ages.

    Funny how gaming's most epic genre -- the role-playing game -- often feels the most limited in scope. After all, how many times can we traverse a medieval land, defeat the orcs, rescue the girl, save the world, and level up along the way? Never eno...

    by Chris Ward on September 6, 2007
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    Mexican-American Culture - What Do Mexicans Think of Speedy Gonzlez?

    Dear Mexican, A new line of Speedy Gonzlez clothing came out earlier this year. As a black vendor in a predominantly Mexican market, I immediately thought about selling some of these items. I am 35 and, although I remember the cartoon coming on ...

    by Gustavo Arellano on September 6, 2007
  • The Best Man - The Best Man could have been written yesterday

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    The Best Man - The Best Man could have been written yesterday

    Any American who votes knows the upcoming year promises to be a wild and woolly political ride. The folks at Main Street Theater have already buckled in. Their season opener, The Best Man by Gore Vidal, is a political drama filled with the sort of e...

    by Lee Williams on September 6, 2007
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    What Else Is New? - Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    The Black Donnellys: The Complete Series (Universal)Chill Out Scooby-Doo! (Warner Bros.)City of Violence (Weinstein)Delta Farce (Lionsgate)Desperate Housewives: The Complete Third Season (Buena Vista)Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dream...

    on September 6, 2007
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    Art Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "China Under Construction: Contemporary Art from the People's Republic" Curated by Beijing-based curator Maya Kvskaya, this exhibition is intended to explore literal and figurative ideas of "construction." Wu Gaozhong's large photographs depict mol...

    by Troy Schulze on August 30, 2007
  • They Killed the Dog

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    They Killed the Dog

    Year of the Dog (Paramount Vantage) It's just about the First Commandment of Hollywood: Don't kill the dog. So it's a testament to the clout of writer-director Mike White (School of Rock) that killing off the dog is the first of many rules broken i...

    on August 30, 2007
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    Stage Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Forever Hold Your Peace The singing Fertle Family is back with a story nothing short of hilarious. As the eve of Gwenda and Uncle Al's wedding approaches, guests are frantically trying to get to the wedding. Meanwhile, menopausal Justicena, who can'...

    by Lee Williams on August 30, 2007
  • Persona Grata - Meet the last great RPG for PlayStation 2

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    Persona Grata - Meet the last great RPG for PlayStation 2

    The next-gen consoles are sexy as hell, but it's not all bad being the reigning last-gen champ either. With more than 100 million PlayStation 2 consoles sold, software companies can afford to be a little adventurous -- after all, even if their game a...

    by Gary Hodges on August 30, 2007
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    Mexican-American Culture - Elvira Arellano = Jesus?

    Dear Mexican, Do you agree with immigration rights activists calling Elvira Arellano, who is an illegal immigrant AND a criminal, I might add, the Mexican Rosa Parks? The very idea that these people refer to her as such is deeply disturbing. Rosa...

    by Gustavo Arellano on August 30, 2007
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