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  • Sex and the Second City Is Neither Sexy Nor Funny

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    Sex and the Second City Is Neither Sexy Nor Funny

    Last Thursday night, shortly before the curtain rose on Arizona Theatre Company's Sex and the Second City Version 2.0, a young woman approached me and the three other theater critics with whom I was chatting in the lobby. "Excuse me," she said, w...

    by Robrt L. Pela on March 17, 2011
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    Your Guide to Partying on St. Patrick's Day

    He measures around 3-foot-6, likes wearing quaint green outfits on Saint Patrick's Day, and is a bit of a devilish trickster. Nope, we ain't referring to the WWE's Hornswoggle or even that evil lil' bastard from the Leprechaun flicks, but rather Chu...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on March 17, 2011
  • Joyce Gittoes Shines Brightly in Desert Stage's A Raisin in the Sun

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    Joyce Gittoes Shines Brightly in Desert Stage's A Raisin in the Sun

    A Raisin in the Sun tells the story of fictional Walter Lee Younger, a black man in 1950s Chicago who represents the social transition of black men and women during the middle of the last century. As he grapples with taking his place in American soc...

    by Robrt L. Pela on March 10, 2011
  • St. Patrick's Day Guide

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    St. Patrick's Day Guide

    He measures around 3-foot-6, likes wearing quaint green outfits on Saint Patrick's Day, and is a bit of a devilish trickster. Nope, we ain't referring to the WWE's Hornswoggle or even that evil lil' bastard from the Leprechaun flicks, but rather Chu...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on March 10, 2011
  • Sex Sells at Alwun House's "Exotic Art Show"

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    Sex Sells at Alwun House's "Exotic Art Show"

    Brightly colored undraped bosoms. Long, dangly scrotums. Swollen clitorises. If it's February and you're staring at a giant painting of some guy's ass, then you must be at Alwun House. And this must be the venerable institution's annual Exotic Art S...

    by Robrt L. Pela on March 3, 2011
  • Modified Arts' "What Goes On and What Takes Place" Puts Process Before Product

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    Modified Arts' "What Goes On and What Takes Place" Puts Process Before Product

    If you still believe in the trite Hollywood myth of the anguished artist -- alone in a cold-water, walk-up garret, frenziedly cranking out masterpieces in a couple of sustained sessions of inspired madness -- you may want to see "What Goes On and Wh...

    by Kathleen Vanesian on March 3, 2011
  • Quick PHX: Collections

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    Quick PHX: Collections

    COLLECTOR'S EDITION It's not just stuff. Our collections are a statement we're making about ourselves; a means of saying, "I was here!" when we leave them behind. Our great piles of things -- carnival chalk figurines, vintage Star Wars dolls, c...

    by Robrt L. Pela on March 3, 2011
  • Quick PHX: Art

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    Quick PHX: Art

    Kooky Krafts The name says it all -- local artist Beatrice Moore's candy-colored shop is a haven for all things kitsch. If you thought pipe cleaners and pom-pom balls were reserved for arts and crafts projects at summer camp, wait 'til you see Moor...

    by Wynter Holden on March 3, 2011
  • Quick PHX: Food

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    Quick PHX: Food

    Viet Kitchen On the lookout for a cheap, filling place to grab a bite downtown -- without resorting to fast food? Better start using your noodle. The first Vietnamese restaurant in the heart of the city serves up steaming bowls of pho (rice vermice...

    by Michele Laudig on March 3, 2011
  • Quick PHX: Nightlife

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    Quick PHX: Nightlife

    BEER The Lost Leaf
    It's easy to get lost in the bounty of bocks, blondes, and other craft and artisan brews that make up The Lost Leaf's lengthy drink menu. From lagers to lambics -- and dozens of pale ales and pilsners in betwee...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on March 3, 2011
  • Quick PHX: Shopping

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    Quick PHX: Shopping

    Red Hot Robot The home of hipster Japanese collectibles, toys, and books just got a new 16th Street location -- and a new focus. According to owner Jason Kiningham, the new store is shifting from larger toys to smaller collectibles, plus greeting c...

    by Carrie Wheeler on March 3, 2011
  • Quick PHX: Last Page

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    Quick PHX: Last Page

    COURTESY OF THE ARTIST When you were a kid, what did you collect? I loved collecting sports cards. All the statistics on the back of the player cards entranced me, I would memorize and memorize them and just get lost in the numbers. What do you ...

    by New Times on March 3, 2011
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    Quick PHX 2011: Collector's Edition

    Quick PHX contents: "Collections" by Robrt L. Pela "Art" by Wynter Holden "Food" by Michele Laudig "Shopping" by Carrie Wheeler "Nightlife" by Benjamin Leatherman Sebastien Millon: The Artist Speaks

    by New Times staff on March 3, 2011
  • SMoCA's "Dance with Camera" Is Dancing Around the Truth

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    SMoCA's "Dance with Camera" Is Dancing Around the Truth

    Natalie Portman's portrayal of a psychotic prima ballerina in the thriller Black Swan shone a glaring light on the world of professional dance. It's not all frilly tutus and magical nutcrackers -- that's just the fantasy the dancer creates on the st...

    by Wynter Holden on February 24, 2011
  • Being Fair to Arizona Broadway Theatre's My Fair Lady

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    Being Fair to Arizona Broadway Theatre's My Fair Lady

    Dearest Dear, I'm writing to apologize for having taken you to a dinner theater production of My Fair Lady. To be fair, you did agree to go with me to Arizona Broadway Theatre. And we were both excited to see Jeannie Shubitz in the lead -- that's...

    by Robrt L. Pela on February 17, 2011
  • Leave It to the Kids to Keep Up Phoenix's Architectural History

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    Leave It to the Kids to Keep Up Phoenix's Architectural History

    I love our Capitol building. Not just because it looks like something erected by MGM in 1930 onto which someone has dropped a colossal tin-foil hat. But because it is, like so very much of Phoenix, not at all what it appears to be. Our infamous copp...

    by Robrt L. Pela on February 10, 2011
  • The Arizona Jewish Historical Society Building Returns to Its Roots

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    The Arizona Jewish Historical Society Building Returns to Its Roots

    The next time you walk out the front door of Burton Barr Central Library, look directly across the street and to your left, and you'll see a gorgeous building that I'm guessing you haven't noticed before. The beautiful Mission-style edifice you'l...

    by Robrt L. Pela on February 3, 2011
  • Brian Kershisnik's "NICE WORDS" Relies on You for Meaning

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    Brian Kershisnik's "NICE WORDS" Relies on You for Meaning

    You'll probably like Utah painter Brian Kershisnik's work. His paintings, many of them mattress-size, aren't the kind that provoke controversy. There is no dark torture coming through in this work. If anything, there are peace and conviction here. A...

    by Tricia Parker on February 3, 2011
  • Modified Arts Alters Perceptions with "Shapeshifters" by Ingrid Restemayer and Christy Puetz

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    Modified Arts Alters Perceptions with "Shapeshifters" by Ingrid Restemayer and Christy Puetz

    Maybe I shouldn't admit that I've watched every single rerun of Charmed at least three times. Sneer if you must, but my devotion to the early-21st-century TV show featuring three young witches with enviable powers has given me invaluable insight int...

    by Kathleen Vanesian on January 27, 2011
  • Theatre Artist Studio's Mama and Jack Carew Lasts Longer Than Adolescence

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    Theatre Artist Studio's Mama and Jack Carew Lasts Longer Than Adolescence

    The trouble with Mama and Jack Carew is that there's so very much of it. Hal Corley's full-length play, at least as presented by Theatre Artists Studio, is too long by a good 90 minutes. Its sluggish 2 hours unfold as slowly as a dental exam; its u...

    by Robrt L. Pela on January 27, 2011
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