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    Shear Magic - Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen

    Hair holds a magic exalted for centuries. In the Biblical story of Samson, hair was a source of power. In Botticelli's Birth of Venus, long, flowing locks are the epitome of beauty. Hair has also been used for functional and artistic purposes. In the...

    by Wynter Holden on July 20, 2006
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    Bait and Switch - The concept's out to lunch

    Remember those commercials that promised 52 free dinners with any windshield replacement? Over time, the offer dwindled to 20 free dinners at a salad buffet, then 12 barbecue meals, and, finally, a single box of steaks. What happens when you repl...

    by Wynter Holden on July 20, 2006
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    Art Scene - Current shows, exhibitions and installations

    "David Pimentel: Legacy of an Artist and Educator" at Mesa Arts Center: The death of an artist usually brings instant notoriety and positive attention. In former ASU professor David Pimentel's case, the accolades are warranted. Look for his renowned ...

    by Wynter Holden on July 20, 2006
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    Cyber Shula - NFL Head Coach wants to make a legend out of you

    The history of football videogames is one of adding layer upon layer of complexity. Tecmo Bowl, the first great football game, had just four plays to choose from. Fast-forward to the latest Madden, and it's more like 400. The logical result of thi...

    by Luke O'Brien on July 20, 2006
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    Way Out of Sync

    Edison Force (Sony) Gritty cop stuff must write itself -- just make sure everyone's tough, corrupt, and talking like they stole Mickey Spillane's thesaurus. Then cast Justin Timberlake. Screech! Employing the talented (at music) popster as a crusa...

    by Robert Wilonsky on July 20, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of July 18

    The Best of She-Ra Princess of Power (Brentwood) Carnivale: The Complete Second Season (HBO) The Cavern (Sony) Clean (Palm) Don't Move (Wellspring) An Early Frost (Wolfe) Flash Gordon: The Complete Series (Brentwood) The Incredib...

    on July 20, 2006
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    When You're a Jet - A sincere pleasure

    One produces or appears in West Side Story at ones own risk, and not only because its trotted out with the frequency of a Seattle rain shower. Most folks coming to see the Arthur Laurents/Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim classic are fans of the f...

    by Robrt L. Pela on July 13, 2006
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    Turning Japanese - Like the anime, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja is goofy fun

    From Pokmon to Dragon Ball Z, Japanese pop culture has captured the imagination of American kids. The latest import craze is Naruto. Anyone hip to Harry Potter will find the story familiar: A bunch of otherwise ordinary kids, including titular he...

    by Gary Hodges on July 13, 2006
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    Engines Running Hot

    Grand Prix (Warner Bros.) John Frankenheimer, as underrated as he was brilliant, made a racing picture in 1966 that's yet to be topped 40 years later. James Garner suffered through the director's churlish demands (which Frankenheimer reveals and o...

    by Robert Wilonsky on July 13, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of July 11

    Basic Instinct 2 (Sony) Bill Maher: New Rules (HBO) Bridezillas: The Complete 1st and 2nd Seasons (Weinstein) Care Bears: Hearts at Sea (Family Home Ent.) Dennis Miller: All In (HBO) Dolla Morte (Grimoire) The Dudesons Movie (Rhino)...

    on July 13, 2006
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    Color Theory - Paint it white

    Can the rigid language of mathematics be used to explain human emotions? Those of us on the "leftright?? since the right brain would control the left side of the body brain/creative" side of the equation balk at the idea. But nonetheless, using scien...

    by Wynter Holden on July 6, 2006
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    Art Scene - Current exhibitions, shows, and installations

    "David Pimentel: Legacy of an Artist and Educator" at Mesa Arts Center: The death of an artist usually brings instant notoriety and positive attention. In former ASU professor David Pimentel's case, the accolades are warranted. Look for his renowned ...

    by Wynter Holden on July 6, 2006
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    Bond in a Bikini

    The Matador (Weinstein) Richard Shepard's spec script, sent to Pierce Brosnan's production company out of desperation, wound up as 2005's best buddy pic -- damned if I can recall a funnier movie from last year, except the one with the middle-aged ...

    by Jordan Harper on July 6, 2006
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    Pong 360 - Like the real thing, Table Tennis shouldn't be played alone

    When Rockstar Games, the company behind the infamous Grand Theft Auto series, announced that it would be making a title for Xbox 360, gamers naturally envisioned a game featuring next-gen hookers. But then Rockstar revealed that the game was actu...

    by Gary Hodges on July 6, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of July 5

    Charlie's Angels: The Complete Third Season (Sony) Cyberteam in Akihabara: Complete Collection (ADV) Eastern Horror Double Feature: Satan's Slave and Corpse Master (Brentwood) King of the Cage: The Superstars of KOTC (Brentwood) The Kinks...

    on July 6, 2006
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    I Was Robbied - All the stage is a world

    Any second now, the nice folks over at the ariZoni Awards will start handing out bowling trophies to anyone who's come within three feet of a theater stage this season. Therefore, welcome to the Second Annual Robbie Awards, which celebrate actual acc...

    by Robrt L. Pela on June 29, 2006
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    Theater Scene - What's running now

    Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: These adapted adventures feature music and lyrics by Roger Miller and a book by William Hauptman, but retain Mark Twain's deeply moral depictions of the 19th-century social tapestry. Twain scholars proba...

    by Robrt L. Pela on June 29, 2006
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    The Last Bland - X-Men tie-in is an uncanny bore

    For comic geeks, an X-Men game that promises to fill in the backstory between movies sounds hotter than a date with Jean Grey. Finally, we get to discover what Wolverine has been up to between films -- besides winning Tony Awards as alter ego Hugh Ja...

    by Chris Ward on June 29, 2006
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    The Citizen Kane of Crap

    The Devil's Sword (Mondo Macabro) Few trash movies live up to their reputation, but here's a balls-out wonder that surpasses it. Grab a 12-pack of Bintang and cue up this jaw-unhinging slab of Indonesian sword-and-sorcery circa 1983 -- a start-to-...

    by Robert Wilonsky on June 29, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of June 27

    Commander in Chief: 2-Disc Inaugural Edition Part 1 (Disney) The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection (MPI) Cow Belles (Disney) Danger After Dark (TLA) Evil (Magnolia) Is It Really So Strange? (Frameline) Failure to Launch (Paramount...

    on June 29, 2006
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