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    New Times' top DVD picks scheduled for release on July 10

    After the Wedding (IFC) The Astronaut Farmer (Warner Bros.) Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad (Funimation) Brutal (Lionsgate) The Comedy Collection (Lionsgate) Elizabeth Taylor Collection (St. Clair) Extras: The Complete Second Season (HBO...

    on July 12, 2007
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    King of Kings - Fit to be Thai

    Here's the page where I habitually whine about done-to-death musicals; where I make pissy comments about the dreary state of summer stock; where I bemoan the very existence of dinner theater. This is where I normally complain about having to drive 45...

    by Robrt L. Pela on July 5, 2007
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    The King (and Valium) and I - Shall we dance, dolls?

    I discovered Valium the other day. I know, I know where have I been, right? But prescription meds and I don't get along well, so my recreational drug use has mostly been limited to Scotch and the occasional garden-grown cigarette. Prescribed by my ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on July 5, 2007
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    Theater Scene - Reviews and previews of what's running now

    Footloose: Kick off your Sunday shoes. No, seriously. Because the stage musical adaptation of Herbert Ross' 1984 teen scene flick is back, this time for more than a month at Hale Center Theatre, where teenage rebellion and dance floor angst never die...

    by Robrt L. Pela on July 5, 2007
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    It Takes a Village - The terrorizing townsfolk of Resident Evil 4 shamble onto the Wii

    When Resident Evil 4 was originally released for the Nintendo GameCube in 2005, the game reinvented a lot of what had grown tiresome about the series. Most obvious were the setting and enemies you faced: Instead of the various building-overrun-by-zom...

    by Gary Hodges on July 5, 2007
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    When He Was Small

    Chancer: Series 1 (Acorn) Available solely in the U.K. for years, this is a small-time release featuring a modestly big-time star at the get-go of his career: Clive Owen, looking all of 12 years old and 73 pounds, is a sacked investment banker who...

    by Robert Wilonsky on July 5, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks scheduled for release on July 3

    Baa Baa Black Sheep: Volume 2 (Universal) Baseball's Most Unbreakable Feats (Shout!) Batfink: The Complete Series (Shout) Disappearances (Universal) Dora the Explorer: Summer Explorer (Paramount) Degrassi: The Next Generation -- Season...

    on July 5, 2007
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    Bee Season - Waxing artistic

    Lisa Marie Sipe, 32, is sweet, cheery and likes to mess with melted wax. Three years ago, she started working with encaustic in which pigmented wax is poured, painted or dripped to create colorful, nature-inspired patterns. Her well-organized garag...

    by Lilia Menconi on June 28, 2007
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    Body Language - Show says it with figures

    No argument that our collective body-consciousness has, indeed, reached a vulgar place. You can't channel-surf these days without hitting Dr. 90210 or a countdown of the 100 hottest Hollywood bodies shows that surely will make you panic at the sigh...

    by Lilia Menconi on June 28, 2007
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    Reviews of current exhibits, shows and installations

    "4th Annual Mail Art Show" at The Trunk Space: These days, receiving anything worthwhile through snail mail is a novelty. But there's a little art fad going on that is bringing mail back, baby, and Trunk Space has tapped into it. This show invited ar...

    by Lilia Menconi on June 28, 2007
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    Bored Games - All the beer in the world can't save Mario Party 8

    Everyone's got a different sense of what makes a killer party. For kids, maybe it's whacking a piata and overdosing on cake. For adults, it could be sticking a beer bong down your gullet and declaring yourself Mayor of Schlitz City. But since 1999, ...

    by Chris Ward on June 28, 2007
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    Crackers & Cheese

    Black Snake Moan (Paramount) The best place to see Craig Brewer's mash-up of blood-boiling exploitation elements would be a Mississippi drive-in circa 1972. His tale of a black bluesman (Samuel L. Jackson) who chains up a seething, scantily clad c...

    by Jim Ridley on June 28, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of June 26

    The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3: The Complete Series (Shout!) Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (Anchor Bay) Dead Silence (Universal) Echo & the Bunnymen: Dancing Horses (MVD) Film School (Docurama) Frankenstein Conquers...

    on June 28, 2007
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    Wicked Revelation - Playing well in Peoria

    I guess I've been asleep on the job. I knew that Theater Works had, at last, moved into its new, permanent digs at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts (which I know! sounds like the punch line to some kind of joke but is really sort of swel...

    by Robrt L. Pela on June 21, 2007
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    Theater Scene - What's running now

    Bat Boy: The Musical: Although Nearly Naked Theatre's production benefits from Damon Dering's darkly comic, crafty direction and from a pair of performances that help elevate it from high camp to something closer to art, Bat Boy is ultimately a music...

    by Robrt L. Pela on June 21, 2007
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    Beyond the Norm - Photos are off the beaten Arizona highway

    Several years ago, I moved to Chicago. Most of the friends I made had never traveled west of Omaha, so they liked to tease me for being a cowpoke from Arizona. One so-called pal wondered if I missed my pet tumbleweed. Another asked if I grew up next ...

    by Steve Jansen on June 21, 2007
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    Branching Out - New little world of wonder

    Give a kid couch cushions and a blanket and you'll inevitably see some masterful fort-building. What child can resist? Creating new spaces that offer protection, mystery and ample opportunity to flex the imagination is and always was, for my part ...

    by Lilia Menconi on June 21, 2007
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    Reviews of current exhibits, shows and installations

    "Automotivated" at the Phoenix Art Museum, Fashion Design Gallery: If the cars in PAM's "Curves of Steel" show were enough to get you revved up, check out the fashion gallery for more aerodynamic designs. The dresses on display are sleek, shimmering ...

    by Lilia Menconi on June 21, 2007
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    Elf Life - Shadowrun is fresh, exciting -- and on its way to being obsolete

    Once upon a time, the world breathed magic. Some believed this magic should belong only to the powerful, while others felt it was for everyone. So all the world's beings went to war. The first battle took place in Brazil, where a lone elf with a snip...

    by Gary Hodges on June 21, 2007
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    Maybe Too Hard

    Die Hard Collection (Fox) You don't need to watch the included preview of Live Free or Die Hard to know it's going to blow; as this set proves, only odd-numbered Die Hards are any good. The first one, of course, is the perfect popcorn flick, and t...

    by Robert Wilonsky on June 21, 2007
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