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  • 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
  • Mural, Mural on the Wall - Paint and suffering

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    Mural, Mural on the Wall - Paint and suffering

    When they painted over the Rose Johnson mural outside Paisley Violin, I was bereft. I doubted I'd find an outdoor mural I liked as much; I'm a Rose fan from way back. There's something about her brightly colored, solemn-faced figures that I can't get...

    by Robrt L. Pela on November 29, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    Bratz (Lionsgate) Drunken Angel: The Criterion Collection (Criterion) Elvis: Blue Suede Collection (Warner Bros.) ESPNU Honor Roll: The Best of College Football Vol. 3 (ESPN) Happy Days: The Third Season (Paramount) Hot Fuzz: 3-Disc C...

    on November 29, 2007
  • The New Face of Evil - Call of Duty 4 might hit a little too close to home

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    The New Face of Evil - Call of Duty 4 might hit a little too close to home

    The unsettling tone is established early in Call of Duty 4, when the president of a Middle Eastern nation is publicly executed on the world stage, and you, the player, experience the deposed leader's final minutes through his own eyes, witnessing --...

    by Gary Hodges on November 22, 2007
  • Theater Scene - Previews and reviews of what's running now

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    Theater Scene - Previews and reviews of what's running now

    Dog Sees God: Subtitled Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, this irreverent, unsanctioned spoof of the Peanuts comic strip is this season's surprise breakout. Originally slated to close last week, this turncoat cartoon has proved so popular that Str...

    by Robrt L. Pela on November 22, 2007
  • Let's Hear It for the Boyz - All-singing, all-dancing altar egos

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    Let's Hear It for the Boyz - All-singing, all-dancing altar egos

    Altar Boyz is musical theater for people who don't really like musical theater, although Phoenix Theatre's excellent production, currently on display on the company's main stage, might change some anti-musical-theater minds. The vaguely irreverent...

    by Robrt L. Pela on November 22, 2007
  • Jungle Fever - Coppola's nightmare yields a dream documentary

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    Jungle Fever - Coppola's nightmare yields a dream documentary

    Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (Paramount) At last available on DVD, Eleanor Coppola's 1991 documentary about her husband's tumultuous trek downriver remains, easily, the best film ever about the making of a movie and unmaking of a ma...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 22, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    Angel-A (Sony) The Batman: The Complete Fourth Season (Warner Bros.) Bill Maher: The Decider (HBO) Broken (First Look) Chappelle's Show: The Series Collection (Paramount) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: The Complete Seventh Season (Pa...

    on November 22, 2007
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    Never on Sunday - The roar of the incense

    As a kid, I dreaded Sundays. Sunday meant also-ran cartoons (all the crappy animated shows that had failed the previous season seemed to end up on Sunday mornings; no child in 1971 wanted to watch The Bugaloos or The Curiosity Shop on any day -- trus...

    by Robrt L. Pela on November 22, 2007
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    Current Shows, Exhibits and Installations

    Paintings by Xiao Shunzhi at Calvin Charles Gallery: After a few hours of viewing art, it sometimes feels as if I've rubbed my eyeballs with sandpaper. The visual wear makes everything blurry, and the only thing that brings focus back is seeing somet...

    by Lilia Menconi on November 15, 2007
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    Once Upon a Time

    The Princess Bride: 20th Anniversary Edition (MGM) As far as anniversary-edition DVDs go, The Princess Bride is crushingly disappointing: no Rob Reiner commentary track, no outtakes, no making-of doc, no nothing, save for a lousy game and a few sho...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 15, 2007
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    Shred Cred - You wanted the best? You got the best: Guitar Hero III

    Show of hands: Has anyone not heard of Guitar Hero at this point? You sir, in the back row clutching the Ratt cassette -- you're the only one? All right, pal, here's your recap: Guitar Hero is the most popular music-based game ever made. It comes...

    by Chris Ward on November 15, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    The Addams Family: The Complete Series (MGM) Amazing Grace (Fox) Annie Duke's Texas Hold'em Supercourse (Big Vision) Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Criterion Collection (Criterion)Close Encounters of the Third Kind: 30th Anniversary Ultimate Ed...

    on November 15, 2007
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    You May Already Have Been a Wiener - Nostalgia is missing the point

    I whine a lot about what a teardown town Phoenix is, about how buildings, no matter their significance, get knocked over all the time, taking with them what passes for "history" and "sense of place" around here. But there's another Phoenix-centric tr...

    by Robrt L. Pela on November 15, 2007
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    Sky Girl - Art is looking up -- literally

    Laura Spalding, 26, ditched her digs in Illinois to paint in the desert. Now, she's a member of five15 gallery in downtown Phoenix and the preparator at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. For the past two years, Spalding's life as a painter has b...

    by Lilia Menconi on November 15, 2007
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    Fair Game - Same old divine decadence

    Phillip Fazio, a youngish local stage director and artist in residence at Phoenix Theatre, e-mailed me recently to tell me, in effect, it isn't fair that I've given up on the smaller East Valley theaters because I think they do only tired old shows e...

    by Robrt L. Pela on November 8, 2007
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