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    SPOOKY SPOTLIGHT - The Houston Press guide to all things Halloween

    Don't look now, but that noise behind you is growing louder -- and closer. It's the season to jump at every shadow and run from every black cat. You can drown your fears in drink or amuse yourself by scaring the naive around you. Whether you want to ...

    by Melissa Richter on October 12, 2006
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    Smooth as Silk - Get Ready to love this play's five old underdogs

    Once upon a time in the world of American pop music, smooth was cool. Subtlety reigned, and young love was sung, fully dressed, with tight melodic harmony and background moves in shiny unison. In the Eisenhower era, "doo-wop" was the sound of choice,...

    by D.L. Groover on October 12, 2006
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    Special Rip-Off Edicin

    Dear Mexican, How can you explain the disparity between Japan and Mexico? Japan is a nation a fraction the size of Mexico, with zero natural resources, and it suffered a devastating war of four years that included two atom bombs, yet it has reached...

    by Gustavo Arellano on October 12, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - ENCORE

    Captain's Outrageous Playwright and industrial communications consultant David DeBoy began his acting/writing career in Baltimore's dinner theater scene. "With so many dinner theaters and not enough light comedies, we were sometimes forced into doing...

    by Lee Williams on October 12, 2006
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    Brush With Greatness - Okami shows that videogames can be art.

    You've seen Bob Ross -- the afro-sporting TV artist who painted "happy trees"? Well, if he had redesigned Legend of Zelda, it would look a lot like Okami. That may sound like an unlikely premise, but this is no ordinary game. In Okami, to save the ...

    by Chris Ward on October 12, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - ARTBEAT

    DiverseWorks: J Hill's Sound Installations You can hear the Sonny Liston/Muhammad Ali fight in the bathroom at DiverseWorks. It's part of an ongoing series of sound installations by artist J Hill in the arts space's two public bathrooms. Hill dotted ...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on October 12, 2006
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    The Delightful Dud

    A Prairie Home Companion (New Line) This all-star sing-along -- with Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Tommy Lee Jones, Virginia Madsen, Woody Harrelson, etc. -- that wears its smile bright and wide looked for all the world like a summertime sleeper hit....

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 12, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of October 12:

    The Andy Milonakis Show: The Complete Second Season (Paramount) The A-Team: Season Five, the Final Season (Universal) Bloodied but Unbowed: Bloodshot Records' Life in the Trenches (Bloodshot) Carlos Mencia: No Strings Attached (Paramount) ...

    on October 12, 2006
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    Text Messages - A Deborah Colton Gallery exhibition plays with words

    "In a sense, every work is itself its best description." These words are part of Joseph Kosuth's Essays #7 (2000), currently on view in Deborah Colton Gallery's "Word" exhibition. Kosuth attributes the quote to Franco-Bulgarian thinker Tzvetan Todoro...

    by Keith Plocek on October 12, 2006
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    Masterpiece Theater - Rich, resonant Sweeney Todd is a modern American opera

    It's almost inconceivable to call a musical that's not even 30 years old a "masterpiece," but Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd (1979) is most definitely that. More than a "musical," this rich, resonant work is a modern American opera, the best one we'...

    by D.L. Groover on October 5, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    A Bad Night's Sleep This crazy-quilt revue from the loons at Radio Music Theatre is really a show about nothing, but RMT out-Seinfelds Seinfeld -- and is much funnier to boot. Although one of the 14 Fertle Family shows, Sleep keeps our favorite famil...

    by Lee Williams on October 5, 2006
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    The End of Days - DiverseWorks goes apocalyptic in "Run For Your Lives!"

    Five years ago, 9/11 freaked out the whole country. Now a recently leaked intelligence report has revealed what most of us had already figured out -- the Iraq war has made us less safe than ever. And if creating a whole new generation of terrorists i...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on October 5, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

    "H J Bott: Raising the Line" Artist Harvey Bott is like some mad math professor -- he's obsessed with geometry. His previous show at Sicardi Gallery featured masking-tape drawings from the '50s; it revealed a young artist's fascination with dividing ...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on October 5, 2006
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    Cantinflas He's Not

    Dear Mexican, I once got into a fight with a cholo. We beat the crap out of each other but when all was said and done, I kicked his ass harder than he kicked mine and the cholo ran off swearing and spitting. I assumed the matter was settled but the...

    by Gustavo Arellano on October 5, 2006
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    Lewis Blows His Top

    Lewis Black: Red, White & Screwed (HBO) Like many other Daily Show success stories, Lewis Black is a comedian made for these times; his facial contortions and verbal tics are expressions of the Bush-era phrase "outrage overload." But unlike other ...

    on October 5, 2006
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    Copycat Killer - Saints Row shamelessly apes Grand Theft Auto.

    Let's not beat around the bush: Saints Row is creatively bankrupt. The latest in a long list of Grand Theft Auto imitators, this clone replicates Rockstar's controversial games so closely that the uneducated eye could mistake it for the real deal....

    on October 5, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of October 3:

    Avenger (Warner Bros.) Calvaire: The Ordeal (Palm) Cedric the Entertainer: Taking You Higher (HBO) Changing Times (Koch Lorber) Confidence (Lionsgate) Deadfall (Lionsgate) Edmond (First Independent) The Greatest American Hero: Th...

    on October 5, 2006
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    Low-Rent Scoundrels - This Broadway show is a fun piece of fluff

    The award-winning Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is the Bart Simpson of Broadway musicals -- tasteless yet entertaining. This could also describe the extraordinary star turn by Norbert Leo Butz, but more of him later. Jeffrey Lane, who's won countless Emm...

    on September 28, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - ENCORE

    Boy Gets Girl In award-winning playwright Rebecca Gilman's thought-provoking 2001 drama, in its premiere production for Houston's newest theater group, The Pendulum Theatre Company, we have an Alfred Hitchcock movie without a murder. The movie master...

    by Marene Gustin on September 28, 2006
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    "Singular" Sensation - An exhibition at the MFAH highlights the overlooked art of printmaking

    Printmaking has been the redheaded stepchild of the art world, never getting the same attention and respect as sculpture or painting. But art critic, art dealer and filmmaker Peter Blum wanted to change that. In 1980, he began publishing prints from ...

    by Kelly Klaasmeyer on September 28, 2006
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