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    New Times' top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    Beyond the Gates (Fox) Blade: House of Chthon (New Line) The Boss of It All (IFC) Boston Legal: Season Three (Fox) Brothers and Sisters: The Complete First Season (Buena Vista) Catherine Deneuve: Essentials (Wellspring) The Condemne...

    on September 20, 2007
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    My Three Sons - Take a number

    Two years after its New York Theatre Workshop debut, Caryl Churchill's A Number is remembered primarily as the play that brought actor/playwright Sam Shepard back to the stage after 30 years. And Shepard's return may well remain what's most memorable...

    by Robrt L. Pela on September 13, 2007
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    Alfredo Macias - Like no business we know

    We've heard of stage managers, but who knows exactly what they do? Alfredo Macias does, and he the stage manager of Stray Cat Theater's current production of A Number attempts to enlighten us here. And to try to convince us he hangs with genies....

    by Robrt L. Pela on September 13, 2007
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    Theater Scene - Reviews and previews of what's running now

    Dracula: The Musical?: The question mark in this Scottsdale Desert Stages production's title screams, "Careful! Hyper-clever campiness awaits you!" But who can resist any show that includes a song called "The Tippy, Tippy Tap of Love"? Playwright Ric...

    by Robrt L. Pela on September 13, 2007
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    Atlas Drowned - A sunken utopia sets the stage for a fascinating shooter

    Typically, first-person shooters are a lot like virtual shooting galleries: Great fun, yes, but not exactly thought-provoking. So it's nice when an FPS comes along that's trying to be something more -- and even better when it actually succeeds. So...

    by Gary Hodges on September 13, 2007
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    Legs to Spare

    The Graduate: 40th Anniversary Edition (MGM) Fifteen years after its last home-video commemorative edition (extras from which appear here), The Graduate once more gets the bonus-laden makeover -- and if ever a movie deserved its kudos, it's Mike...

    by Robert Wilonsky on September 13, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    Andre Rieu: Live in New York (Denon) Away From Her (Lionsgate) Bones: Season Two (Fox) Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (HBO) Casper Meets Wendy: Family Fun Edition (Fox) Charmed: The Final Season (Paramount) DOA: Dead or Alive (Weinst...

    on September 13, 2007
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    Laugh In - Scooter LaForge paints funny

    On a recent Friday night, I made the most unattractive facial expression of my life on purpose. I was imitating my pedophilic middle-school bus driver, complete with underbite. Later, I traveled across a parking lot with a hideous limp to illus...

    by Lilia Menconi on September 6, 2007
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    Scene of the Crime - Take a tour of the scene of Phoenix's most famous murder

    My housekeeper busted me again. "You know," she said, pointing her hot-pink feather duster at me, "there are other books in the world. I've been cleaning for you for years, and that book about Winnie Ruth Judd is the only book you ever seem to rea...

    by Robrt L. Pela on September 6, 2007
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    Reviews of current exhibits, shows and installations

    "My Favorite Year" at the Mill Avenue Post Office: Mill Avenue is one of the best pedestrian-friendly streets in the Valley, especially if you're looking to rest your eyes on pretty things. Typically, those attractive things take the form of drunken ...

    by Lilia Menconi on September 6, 2007
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    Getting Medieval - Two Worlds sends next-gen RPGs back to the Dark Ages

    Funny how gaming's most epic genre -- the role-playing game -- often feels the most limited in scope. After all, how many times can we traverse a medieval land, defeat the orcs, rescue the girl, save the world, and level up along the way? Never en...

    by Chris Ward on September 6, 2007
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    Seasons in the Sun

    The Office: Season Three (Universal) After a shaky first season and a better-with-every-episode second, The Office proved itself one of the most consistent comedies in the history of the medium. The show has long since escaped the shadow of its BB...

    by Robert Wilonsky on September 6, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    The Black Donnellys: The Complete Series (Universal) Chill Out Scooby-Doo! (Warner Bros.) City of Violence (Weinstein) Delta Farce (Lionsgate) Desperate Housewives: The Complete Third Season (Buena Vista) Disney Princess Enchanted Tale...

    on September 6, 2007
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    Folk Score - Form follows fun

    Ashamedly, one of my favorite parts about visiting a museum is hitting the gift shop. I'm a filthy consumer and I satiate my purchase thirst with postcards and cheap knockoffs of the invaluable art on display. If you happen to stop by just about any ...

    by Lilia Menconi on August 30, 2007
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    Art Scene - Reviews of current exhibitions

    Tawni Shuler and Alex Kutchins at Shemer Art Center and Museum: If you've ever reminisced with an old friend or family member, you're likely familiar with the pitfalls of memory: Some moments are bold and clear while others have weakened to become tr...

    by Lilia Menconi on August 30, 2007
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    The Tools of My Tirade - Caveat actor

    It's become a little embarrassing, frankly. I find myself answering the same handful of disgruntled questions, time and again, about how and why I dare to work as a theater critic. My favorite entreaties include "Why are you so mean?" (Because I can ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 30, 2007
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    Theater Scene - Previews of what's running now

    Snake in Fridge: Dubbed "a gothic horror story for the 21st century" and "The Amityville Horror meets Boogie Nights," this relatively unknown Brad Fraser drama raised eyebrows when it premired not long ago at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 30, 2007
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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...

    by Gary Hodges on August 30, 2007
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    They Killed the Dog

    Year of the Dog (Paramount Vantage) It's just about the First Commandment of Hollywood: Don't kill the dog. So it's a testament to the clout of writer-director Mike White (School of Rock) that killing off the dog is the first of many rules broken ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 30, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    Bob Saget: That Ain't 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 Cree...

    on August 30, 2007
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