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  • 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
  • Mixed Up - Moderne of the Native

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    Mixed Up - Moderne of the Native

    In his final exhibition for the Heard Museum, curator Joe Baker asked a group of artists to deconstruct their modern American identity, specifically, their mixed heritage. Baker is a mutt himself, as an enrolled member of the Delaware Tribe of Indian...

    by Lilia Menconi on December 13, 2007
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    Current Shows, Exhibitions, and Installations

    "Speechless" at Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art: Maybe it's our monogamous nature, but people love to pair things up. Chips and salsa, peanut butter and chocolate, shoes and socks -- these are pairs that make sense. But we may have difficulty understand...

    by Lilia Menconi on December 13, 2007
  • Killer Climax

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    Killer Climax

    The Bourne Ultimatum (Universal) The final installment in the Bourne-again trilogy is the one in which the CIA assassin's true identity is revealed. It's the origin story in reverse -- how brilliant. But solving the mystery (and misery, as Jason Bou...

    by Jordan Harper on December 13, 2007
  • Almost Famous - It's never been easier to start your own (fake) band

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    Almost Famous - It's never been easier to start your own (fake) band

    At a Guitar Hero tournament a few months back, one kid complained to me that Expert Mode is "too easy." Then he demonstrated the game's secret Hyper Speed mode. My pupils nearly ruptured at the sight of him as he navigated the light-speed stream of c...

    by Chris Ward on December 13, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    Beverly Hills 90210: The Third Season (Paramount) Big Love: The Complete Second Season (HBO) Born Killers (Lionsgate) The Boston Red Sox 2007 World Series Collector's Edition (A&E) The Conscientious Objector (Cinequest) Dave Attell: Ca...

    on December 13, 2007
  • Trite Christmas - Our design columnist wouldn't have it any other way

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    Trite Christmas - Our design columnist wouldn't have it any other way

    I've made a career out of carping about what an unsightly city we live in, and bitching about our hellish, nine-month-long summers has become my avocation. But in December, I find it hard to be cranky about anything, because the weather here is idyll...

    by Robrt L. Pela on December 13, 2007
  • Kerry McCue - Remembering the cone with the curl on top

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    Kerry McCue - Remembering the cone with the curl on top

    She's no princess, but Nearly Naked favorite Kerry McCue (starring this week and next in that company's Metamorphoses) is as close to stage royalty as we have around these parts. Royalty that used to work at Dairy Queen, that is. I knew I wanted ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on December 6, 2007
  • Cellar Beware - They obviously should not have gone in the basement

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    Cellar Beware - They obviously should not have gone in the basement

    The Girl Next Door (Anchor Bay) If the horror of Saw was a poblano pepper, this here is the habaero. Derived from Jack Ketchum's infamous novel, sometimes word-for-word, The Girl Next Door -- based on a true story -- is a sort of Hostel meets Sta...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 6, 2007
  • Future Shock - Mass Effect is riveting -- and a bit aggravating, too

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    Future Shock - Mass Effect is riveting -- and a bit aggravating, too

    For a game that's considered Microsoft's premier 360 title this holiday season, it's amazing how sloppy Mass Effect is. Graphical glitches distract from otherwise fascinating character designs and alien vistas, constant stops and stutters lengthen lo...

    by Gary Hodges on December 6, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    Battlestar Galactica: Razor (Universal) The Best of Crank Yankers (Paramount) Bob Hope: MGM Movie Legends Collection (MGM) Erik the Viking: The Director's Cut (MGM) Exiled (Magnolia) The Flash Gordon Collection (Passport) Tyler Per...

    on December 6, 2007
  • Greek Tragedy - Wake him when it's Ovid

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    Greek Tragedy - Wake him when it's Ovid

    I'd been looking forward to Nearly Naked Theatre's production of Metamorphoses ever since they announced it as part of their lineup two seasons ago. Back then, the folks at Nearly Naked wisely postponed the show once they realized that its elaborate ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on December 6, 2007
  • Reviews and Previews of What's Running Now

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    Reviews and Previews of What's Running Now

    Seussical: This cheerful tuner based on the much-loved books of Dr. Seuss screams to be seen by -- dare we say it? -- kids of all ages, even those who haven't yet met Horton (who heard a Who) or visited the Jungle of Nool. Childsplay's version, which...

    by Robrt L. Pela on December 6, 2007
  • Fired Up - A breakthrough for breakables

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    Fired Up - A breakthrough for breakables

    We wasteful Americans adore plastic. Cups, plates, and vessels don't require cleanup after use -- we can just pitch them and ignore the environmental ramifications. That makes breakables downright retro. It's no wonder that ceramics has experienced a...

    by Lilia Menconi on November 29, 2007
  • Wednesday Surprise - Good art in Chandler -- who knew?

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    Wednesday Surprise - Good art in Chandler -- who knew?

    Maybe I'm just a sucker for scandal, but it wasn't until the recent squabble over the Downtown Chandler Artwalk that I became jazzed to drive out there. The East Valley Art Guild used to be in charge of the monthly event, held on first Wednesdays but...

    by Lilia Menconi on November 29, 2007
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    Current exhibitions, shows, and installations

    "A Century of Retablos" at the Phoenix Art Museum: If you happen to be a man, a little touch of gray may very well get you further in this world than plastic surgery. The physical evidence of age, survival, and experience demands respect from peers. ...

    by Lilia Menconi on November 29, 2007
  • Touch of Evel

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    Touch of Evel

    Hot Rod (Paramount) Andy Samberg, best known for stuffing his dick in a box on Saturday Night Live, is Rod Kimble, a wannabe stuntman with very little "man" in him. He lives with his mom (Sissy Spacek, not kidding) and a stepdad (Ian McShane), who ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 29, 2007
  • Plumb Tuckered Out? - A breathtaking journey through space revives Super Mario

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    Plumb Tuckered Out? - A breathtaking journey through space revives Super Mario

    There's no surer sign that a franchise is in trouble than when it blasts into outer space. So you were right to be nervous when Nintendo announced its plans to follow up the subpar game Super Mario Sunshine with something called Super Mario Galaxy, w...

    by Chris Ward on November 29, 2007
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