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  • Wiiís  Indianapolis 500 Legends brings Brickyard history to life

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    Wiis Indianapolis 500 Legends brings Brickyard history to life

    When I was 12, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway totally screwed me over. After visiting the famed Brickyard and eagerly paying 10 bucks to take "a lap around the track," I was placed in a golf cart that putted around the asphalt at a not-entirely-d...

    by Chris Ward on January 10, 2008
  • Yes, it is possible to love the ubiquitous Phoenix strip mall

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    Yes, it is possible to love the ubiquitous Phoenix strip mall

    I've been thinking about strip malls again lately. They've been an on-again, off-again obsession of mine since the '80s, when I started traveling and noticed that other cities didn't seem quite so boxed in by as many of these long, low rectangles of ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on January 10, 2008
  • Flat(ware) Season - Here's hoping for more than flying forks in 2008

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    Flat(ware) Season - Here's hoping for more than flying forks in 2008

    Early in the year, I wrote that I wondered whether I'd see a scene all season that was as astonishing to me as the one I saw in Space 55 Theater Ensemble's Book of Liz, where actress Shawna Franks attacked a tray full of flatware with such gusto tha...

    by Robrt L. Pela on January 3, 2008
  • Reviews and Previews of What's Running Now

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    Reviews and Previews of What's Running Now

    Pajama Game: Word from Tucson, where Arizona Theatre Company debuted this recently revived Broadway favorite last month, is that the company has come up with another winner. With direction by ATC artistic director David Ira Goldstein, and a return fr...

    by Robrt L. Pela on January 3, 2008
  • Black Russian

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    Black Russian

    Eastern Promises (Universal) David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen are becoming a Bizarro World Hitchcock/Cary Grant combo, and the world is a better (and bloodier) place for it. Chucklehead critics too smitten by Cronenberg's "messages" dismissed t...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 3, 2008
  • Keep Dreaming - NiGHTS' second coming feels more like a first draft

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    Keep Dreaming - NiGHTS' second coming feels more like a first draft

    The inevitable challenge faced by Wii developers is this: Can you create a game so spectacularly awesome as to prompt a gamer to even consider ejecting Super Mario Galaxy from his console? The gravy train is over; good luck looking consumers in the e...

    by Gary Hodges on January 3, 2008
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    New Times' top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    Billy Jack (Image) The Heartbreak Kid (Universal) Indie Sex: A Revealing Look at Sex in Cinema (IFC) Jimmy and Judy (Anchor Bay) Living & Dying (HBO) Resident Evil: Extinction (Sony) Seaquest DSV: Season Two (Universal) Septembe...

    on January 3, 2008
  • Mind Play - None of these is a pipe

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    Mind Play - None of these is a pipe

    The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art dug into its permanent collection for the sculpture show "Not Really So Simple." At first glance, the pieces really are simple. But as I shared space with each one, I found myself wanting to fondle some of th...

    by Lilia Menconi on December 27, 2007
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    Current Shows, Exhibitions, and Installations

    "The Contact Printers Guild" at 422 Gallery: Breaking off a relationship is a pretty rough gig. Some advice: Give it to them straight. Don't muddle intentions with manipulation -- only candor will bring clarity. The Contact Printers Guild would like...

    by Lilia Menconi on December 27, 2007
  • Pause & Rewind - The best DVDs of '07 made old movies feel new again

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    Pause & Rewind - The best DVDs of '07 made old movies feel new again

    Blade Runner: The Final Cut (Warner Bros.) -- It's the collector's-set briefcase that seals the deal, a gunmetal-gray case that all but shouts "Completist dork!" Also: There's damned near every single version imaginable, plus a making-of doc almost a...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 27, 2007
  • New Year's Eve Guide 2007 - You may kiss us at midnight

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    New Year's Eve Guide 2007 - You may kiss us at midnight

    As the waning days of 2007 tick away like Vicodins down the gullet of some rehab-bound starlet, so do your final chances of being bad. See, you've finally decided to cut the bullshit, buckle down, and stick to those troublesome New Year's resolutions...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on December 27, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    American Pie Presents: Beta House (Universal) The Brothers Solomon (Universal) Eastern Promises (Universal) Galactica 1980: The Complete Epic Series (Universal) The Heartbreak Kid (Universal) Intimate Affairs (Universal) The Kingdo...

    on December 27, 2007
  • Gaming's Greatest Hits - A look back at the best of 2007

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    Gaming's Greatest Hits - A look back at the best of 2007

    Best Sleeper Hit: WordJong (Nintendo DS) -- It may not sell like Mario, but this mishmash of Scrabble and mah-jongg hooks you like handheld crack. Already a word-of-mouth hit, despite being released only this month, WordJong is perfect for quiet afte...

    by Chris Ward on December 27, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Volume Two -- The War Years (Paramount) Alien Apocalypse (Anchor Bay) Balls of Fury (Universal) Black Moon Rising (Anchor Bay) Boy Eats Girl (Lionsgate) Braveheart: Special Collector's Edition (Pa...

    on December 20, 2007
  • Live and Let '007 Die - New Year's Eve of destruction

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    Live and Let '007 Die - New Year's Eve of destruction

    As the waning days of 2007 tick away like Vicodins down the gullet of some rehab-bound starlet, so do your final chances of being bad. See, you've finally decided to cut the bullshit, buckle down, and stick to those troublesome New Year's resolutions...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on December 20, 2007
  • Taylore Mahogany Scott

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    Taylore Mahogany Scott

    Shes got the lead in Black Theatre Troupes production of Tony Kushners Caroline, or Change, but actress Taylore Mahogany Scott has also got humbling memories of auditioning for a Miami Vice star and a deep fear of clowns. You can get to know here ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on December 20, 2007
  • Singular Sensation

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    Singular Sensation

    Once (Fox) Easily the year's most perfect pop album -- damned good movie too, the finest "musical" of the past 20 years. The disc's making-of refers to it as a "modern musical," but Once is as old-fashioned as it gets: Guy (Glen Hansard) meets Girl...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 20, 2007
  • Xmas Present & Past - How yesterday's games spawned today's bestsellers

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    Xmas Present & Past - How yesterday's games spawned today's bestsellers

    Nothing says "holiday spirit" quite like stabbing a terrorist or hammering a goombah, as the hottest games this season invite us to do. But no matter how cutting-edge the stars of 2007 may be, they are also unmistakably familiar. This week, we stack ...

    by Chris Ward on December 20, 2007
  • Sweet Caroline - The Black Theatre Troupe has a hit musical, for a Change

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    Sweet Caroline - The Black Theatre Troupe has a hit musical, for a Change

    If theres a criticism to be leveled at Black Theatre Troupe for presenting Tony Kushners Caroline, or Change, its that attempting such a challenging piece of theater seems imprudent of any company that has failed in the past with musicals only hal...

    by Robrt L. Pela on December 20, 2007
  • Reviews and Previews of What's Running Now

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    Reviews and Previews of What's Running Now

    Anything Goes: Not to be confused with the super-cheesy '70s game show of the same name (Remember? Pie fights and challenge rounds featuring The DeFranco Family?), this popular book musical is among the better composer-centric homages. Sing-along sta...

    by Robrt L. Pela on December 20, 2007
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