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  • The New Face of Evil - Call of Duty 4 might hit a little too close to home

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    The New Face of Evil - Call of Duty 4 might hit a little too close to home

    The unsettling tone is established early in Call of Duty 4, when the president of a Middle Eastern nation is publicly executed on the world stage, and you, the player, experience the deposed leader's final minutes through his own eyes, witnessing --...

    by Gary Hodges on November 22, 2007
  • Theater Scene - Previews and reviews of what's running now

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    Theater Scene - Previews and reviews of what's running now

    Dog Sees God: Subtitled Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, this irreverent, unsanctioned spoof of the Peanuts comic strip is this season's surprise breakout. Originally slated to close last week, this turncoat cartoon has proved so popular that Str...

    by Robrt L. Pela on November 22, 2007
  • Let's Hear It for the Boyz - All-singing, all-dancing altar egos

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    Let's Hear It for the Boyz - All-singing, all-dancing altar egos

    Altar Boyz is musical theater for people who don't really like musical theater, although Phoenix Theatre's excellent production, currently on display on the company's main stage, might change some anti-musical-theater minds. The vaguely irreverent...

    by Robrt L. Pela on November 22, 2007
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    Current Shows, Exhibits and Installations

    Paintings by Xiao Shunzhi at Calvin Charles Gallery: After a few hours of viewing art, it sometimes feels as if I've rubbed my eyeballs with sandpaper. The visual wear makes everything blurry, and the only thing that brings focus back is seeing somet...

    by Lilia Menconi on November 15, 2007
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    Once Upon a Time

    The Princess Bride: 20th Anniversary Edition (MGM) As far as anniversary-edition DVDs go, The Princess Bride is crushingly disappointing: no Rob Reiner commentary track, no outtakes, no making-of doc, no nothing, save for a lousy game and a few sho...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 15, 2007
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    Shred Cred - You wanted the best? You got the best: Guitar Hero III

    Show of hands: Has anyone not heard of Guitar Hero at this point? You sir, in the back row clutching the Ratt cassette -- you're the only one? All right, pal, here's your recap: Guitar Hero is the most popular music-based game ever made. It comes...

    by Chris Ward on November 15, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    The Addams Family: The Complete Series (MGM) Amazing Grace (Fox) Annie Duke's Texas Hold'em Supercourse (Big Vision) Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Criterion Collection (Criterion)Close Encounters of the Third Kind: 30th Anniversary Ultimate Ed...

    on November 15, 2007
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    You May Already Have Been a Wiener - Nostalgia is missing the point

    I whine a lot about what a teardown town Phoenix is, about how buildings, no matter their significance, get knocked over all the time, taking with them what passes for "history" and "sense of place" around here. But there's another Phoenix-centric tr...

    by Robrt L. Pela on November 15, 2007
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    Sky Girl - Art is looking up -- literally

    Laura Spalding, 26, ditched her digs in Illinois to paint in the desert. Now, she's a member of five15 gallery in downtown Phoenix and the preparator at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. For the past two years, Spalding's life as a painter has b...

    by Lilia Menconi on November 15, 2007
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    Fair Game - Same old divine decadence

    Phillip Fazio, a youngish local stage director and artist in residence at Phoenix Theatre, e-mailed me recently to tell me, in effect, it isn't fair that I've given up on the smaller East Valley theaters because I think they do only tired old shows e...

    by Robrt L. Pela on November 8, 2007
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    Phillip Fazio - Nun on the run

    "Two Ladies," indeed! Cabaret director Phillip Fazio apparently has a thing for impersonating the fairer sex. Here, the former child actor fesses up to an affection for Maggie Smith and a likeness to Bridget Jones, and cops to preteen stints in full-...

    by Robrt L. Pela on November 8, 2007
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    Theater Scene - Previews and reviews of what's running now

    Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical: Artists Theatre Project launches its fifth season with a reprise of the company's popular 2004 staging of this campy tuner about a whorish teen with her eyes on the big prize. This adaptation of the classic 1978 skin ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on November 8, 2007
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    A Little Sucky-Sucky - Two vampire classics are back. Unfortunately, they bite

    Castlevania, the vampire-hunting series that stretches over 20 years and as many games, has two kinds of fans. There are the traditionalists, who've followed the games since they were straight-up action titles with thumb-busting combat and infamously...

    by Gary Hodges on November 8, 2007
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    The Kids Were All Right

    Sesame Street: Old School Volume 2 (Genius) On the heels of the Electric Company boxed sets, which were at once educational and groovy as all get-out, comes the latest in greatest hits from Sesame Street, before the neighborhood was gentrified fo...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 8, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    The Best of the Colbert Report (Paramount) Blame It on Fidel! (Koch Lorber) Blood Car (TLA) The Crown Prince (Koch) Deck the Halls (Fox) Election (Tartan) Flight of the Conchords: The Complete First Season (HBO) Help!: Deluxe Edi...

    on November 8, 2007
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    Please Collaborate - The artistic equivalent of bowling alone

    I have a vague childhood memory of being in an art museum while on vacation with my family. I don't know where we were, but I remember approaching an old oil painting and sneakily running my finger over the rough, cracked texture of the dried pigment...

    by Lilia Menconi on November 1, 2007
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    Breakables - Seeing ourselves in glass

    Too often, looking at sculpture spying on a silent figure unaware of our voyeurism is a static endeavor. But the blown glass and multimedia sculptures in "Figurate Esto," influenced by Catholicism, American consumerism, and Mexican folk art, are ...

    by Lilia Menconi on November 1, 2007
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    Reviews of current exhibits, shows and installations

    Paintings by Xiao Shunzhi at Calvin Charles Gallery: After a few hours of viewing art, it sometimes feels as if I've rubbed my eyeballs with sandpaper. The visual wear makes everything blurry, and the only thing that brings focus back is seeing somet...

    by Lilia Menconi on November 1, 2007
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    Fun With Fluids - The revolution will be televised and plenty addictive, too

    It must've been a scorching summer day when the game developer stared at his thermometer and realized: "Sweet sassy molassey, this would make a helluva game!" How else to explain the existence of the quirky puzzle series Mercury Meltdown? Debuting...

    by Gary Hodges on November 1, 2007
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    A Bitter End

    No End in Sight (Magnolia) Charles Ferguson's debut doc, easily the most important in a year full of notable fact-gathering films, assembles some of the key players behind the invasion and occupation of Iraq and seems to ask them but one question:...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 1, 2007
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