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  • 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
  • Notes on a Scandal - Town Center Theatre scores a win with Night and Her Stars

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    Notes on a Scandal - Town Center Theatre scores a win with Night and Her Stars

    There was a time in American pop culture when the audience believed what they saw on TV, especially the "game shows" -- The $64,000 Question, Dotto, Twenty-One -- that flickered live during the mid-'50s and entertained millions with their battles of...

    by D.L. Groover on August 30, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    Bob Saget: That Aint Right (HBO) The Boris Karloff Collection (St. Clair) Broken English (Magnolia) Carlito's Way: Crime Saga Collection (Universal) Dark Shadows: The Beginning (MPI) The Essential Ozzie & Harriet Collection (Mill Creek) F...

    on August 30, 2007
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    Art Capsule Reviews

    "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 23, 2007
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    The Sympathetic Spy

    The Lives of Others (Sony) Florian Henckel von Donnersmarcks film, easily the best of last year, exists on many levels: as tragedy, dark comedy, and love story -- not between a man and a woman, but between two seemingly opposite men bound by the sa...

    by Jordan Harper on August 23, 2007
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    Stage Capsule Reviews

    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 23, 2007
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    Mario Strikers Charged - Soccer gets a surreal twist in Mario Strikers Charged

    The first worthwhile online-compatible game for the Wii has finally arrived. And in at least one way, Mario Strikers Charged is just like real soccer: Sometimes it scores, and sometimes its just a kick in the balls. The sequel to Super Mario Strike...

    by Chris Ward on August 23, 2007
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    Mexican-American Culture

    Dear Readers, It's not just questions and racist rants that invade the Mexican's mailbox -- your feedback sneaks under my digital fence, tambin. Let's start with Lean Like a K Street Chola, a former gangbanger-turned-lobbyist who wrote in a coup...

    by Gustavo Arellano on August 23, 2007
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    tempOdyssey - tempOdyssey is one wild and crazy ride

    Life is a temp job. Just ask Genny (Amy Hopper), the heroine, of sorts, of Dan Dietz's phantasmagoric, coruscating tempOdyssey, on view for all-too-short a run through Nova Arts Project. "In the office, but not of the office," she says proudly. S...

    by D.L. Groover on August 23, 2007
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    What Else Is New?

    Broken English (Magnolia)The Ex (Weinstein)Exorcism: Special Edition (BCI)The Far Side of Jericho (First Look)The Films of Michael Haneke (Kino)House of Games: The Criterion Collection (Criterion)House: Season Three (Universal)JAG: The Fourth Season ...

    on August 23, 2007
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    "The David Whitney Bequest" - David Whitney's impeccable taste is on display at the Menil

    Collector David Whitney once said, "You have it or you don't." He was referring to the way he trusted instinct when practicing one of his passions: gardening. But for Whitney (1939-2005), that instinct was more evident in his natural talent for cura...

    by Troy Schulze on August 16, 2007
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    Art Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "Allison Hunter: New Animals" "New Animals" is a continuation of Allison Hunter's "Simply Stunning" series, which showed at New York's 511 Gallery last year. The Houston-based photographer's recent work concentrates largely on animals, and the image...

    by Troy Schulze on August 16, 2007
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    Keeping The Meter Running

    Taxi Driver: Collectors Edition (Sony) Listen, you fuckers, you screwheads: Here is a man who would not take it anymore. Martin Scorsese's 1976 vision of hell as city-of-night New York rips through the reverential treatment on this special edition...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 16, 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 16, 2007
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    Mexican-American Culture - Tied to mami's apron strings?

    Dear Mexican I had a heated discussion in my van pool with a couple of gringos where they made a comment that immigration (both legal and illegal) needs to stop. I replied jokingly, "Then who will take our orders at McDonald's or work in the fiel...

    by Gustavo Arellano on August 16, 2007
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    Late Nite Catechism - You just might learn something at Late Nite Catechism

    To paraphrase the old advertisement for Levy's Jewish Rye Bread, 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, the...

    by D.L. Groover on August 16, 2007
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    Picross - Picross DS illustrates that theres life after Sudoku

    Ask a random person five years ago what Sudoku was, and you'd be lucky if they mumbled something about Japanese ritual suicide. But go down any supermarket's magazine aisle today, and you'll find whole racks stuffed with cheapie newsprint books full ...

    by Gary Hodges on August 16, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week: All Creatures Great & Small: The Complete Collection (BBC Warner) Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters for DVD (Turner) Back to School: Extra-Curricular Edition (MGM) The Bla...

    on August 16, 2007
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    Setting the Stage - 20072008 promises a year of provocative productions

    Sweet summer nights might be coming to an end, but theater lovers have reason to rejoice. The upcoming 2007-2008 season promises a year of provocative productions. Just a quick glance at a few local venues delivers a bounty of reasons to reserve seat...

    by Lee Williams on August 9, 2007
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