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    Totally Wicked - An unforgettable musical breaks all the rules

    Musicals aren't supposed to make us think; they're just supposed to make us happy. But Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman's powerful Wicked, now playing at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, breaks all the rules. The jaw-droppingly marvelous ...

    by Lee Williams on November 3, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Boris Godunov To open its 51st season, Houston Grand Opera has picked a royal winner, Modest Mussorgsky's masterpiece Boris Godunov. Watching Stein Winge's dusted-off, minimalist production, we get to luxuriate in the composer's powerfully raw, origi...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on November 3, 2005
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    Spirit of Splendora - James Surls's woodsy surrealism takes root at the Blaffer

    Wood, wood and more wood is at the center of James Surls's art. Eyes stare out from charred trunks; chunks of wood are carved into the shapes of petals and knives; twisted tree limbs become figures. The artist's symbol-laden, woodsy surrealism is sho...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on November 3, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "Angelina Nasso: Transparent Presence" Angelina Nasso makes paintings with dots of rich color that create the effect of dappled light. The works are abstract but feel like they just might resolve themselves into a recognizable scene. But the painting...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on November 3, 2005
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    The Force Runs Its Course

    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Lucasfilm Ltd.) The final installment of the Star Wars saga actually plays better at home: You can watch it, then pop in the original trilogy and chart the evolution of Anakin, and have it all actually...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 3, 2005
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    Dark Star - Quebecois artist Diane Landry blows into Rice Gallery

    It sounds so strange at first, like a harmonica ditty played by a tone-deaf inmate through his nose, but you grow used to it, this sour tune. It lulls you into a daze, its rhythm set to the pace of human breath. It's coming from Diane Landry's "Flyin...

    by Keith Plocek on October 27, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibits

    "Angelina Nasso: Transparent Presence" Angelina Nasso makes paintings with dots of rich color that create the effect of dappled light. The works are abstract but feel like they just might resolve themselves into a recognizable scene. But the painting...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on October 27, 2005
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    Shining Czar - Startling and original, Boris Godunov reigns supreme

    To open its 51st season, Houston Grand Opera has picked a royal winner, Modest Mussorgsky's masterpiece Boris Godunov. Watching Stein Winge's dusted-off, minimalist production, which was last seen here ten years ago, we can luxuriate in the composer'...

    by D.L. Groover on October 27, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Doo Wop II the Sequel According to Big Mama in the Great Caruso's latest musical revue, doo wop was an incantatory musical potion created from "gospel, jazz and four-part harmony." Of course, as Big Mama (a smooth Samantha Coombs) adds, the biggest i...

    by Lee Williams on October 27, 2005
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of October 25

    ABBA: The Movie (Universal) AC/DC: And Then There Was Rock (Chrome Dreams) Alias: The Complete Fourth Season (Buena Vista) Audioslave: Live in Cuba (Sony) The Beat That My Heart Skipped (Wellspring) Bewitched (Columbia/Tristar) The ...

    on October 27, 2005
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    "Imperfect" Is Right - Boring game play mars Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects

    We've all been kicked in the junk by Marvel superheroes before. Watching Elektra was like two hours of nut-pummeling by a relentless, sac-hating donkey. But superhero films -- even bad ones -- gross bazillions of dollars. So it's no surprise that Mar...

    by Chris Ward on October 27, 2005
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    Cameron Crowing

    Titanic: Special Collector's Edition (Paramount Home Video) Loved and loathed in equal measure, Titanic nonetheless is among the few modern-day movies deserving of lavish treatment; this boxed set, three discs with three hours of new stuff, feels...

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 27, 2005
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    Puppy Love - Nintendogs' charm will win over the most jaded of gamers.

    It's ugly to watch a grown man gush over a puppy. The kissing. The cooing. The "widdle-doggie" talk. Embarrassing stuff. So it was with trepidation that I approached Nintendogs, the cuddly dog-rearing sim for Nintendo DS. A million and a half peopl...

    by Luke O'Brien on October 20, 2005
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of October 18

    The Adventures of Superman: The Complete First Season (Warner Bros.) American Movie Musicals Collection (Columbia/Tristar) Batman Begins (Warner Bros.) Bruce Lee: Ultimate Collection (Fox) The Care Bears: Big Wish Movie (Lions Gate) Th...

    on October 20, 2005
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    Racy Roxie - Chicago delivers a night of naughty theater

    Roxie Hart, the gorgeous killer whose wiggling hips all but set Chicago on fire, is one of musical comedy's most wonderfully wicked femmes fatales. She gets away with murder and gets fabulously famous doing so. Still, for all her floozy charms, Roxie...

    by Lee Williams on October 20, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    All in the Timing If, in showbiz, timing is everything, then Country Playhouse's production of these six David Ives comedies is as accurate as an atomic clock. Prolific young Ives has a wonderfully goofy voice and a most particular way of speaking th...

    by Lee Williams on October 20, 2005
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibits

    "Chris Sauter: Museum" In the past, Chris Sauter has made art using materials such as old recliners and ancient coffee tables. In his current show, the focus is Sheetrock, Sheetrock and more Sheetrock. Sauter constructed a gallery within the DiverseW...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on October 20, 2005
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    Cape of Good Hope

    Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997 (Warner Home Video) There's good reason to be skeptical of an eight-disc Batman set that forces you to buy the campy Joel Schumacher movies (Batman Forever, its title a veiled threat, and Batman & Rob...

    on October 20, 2005
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    The American Way - Andrea Zittel makes art by reinventing her life

    If you've ever built a tree house, tried to exist in a dorm room, gone camping, rearranged your home, attempted to organize your office or intently read a fashion magazine article about things like easy-travel wardrobes, you'll relate to the work of ...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on October 20, 2005
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    Why We Need DVDs

    Arrested Development: Season Two (Fox Home Entertainment) The best show on TV -- which you'd know, if you actually watched the thing -- also serves as one of the best reasons for the existence of DVD: No show has ever rewarded multiple viewings th...

    on October 13, 2005
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