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    The Tools of My Tirade - Caveat actor

    It's become a little embarrassing, frankly. I find myself answering the same handful of disgruntled questions, time and again, about how and why I dare to work as a theater critic. My favorite entreaties include "Why are you so mean?" (Because I can ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 30, 2007
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    Theater Scene - Previews of what's running now

    Snake in Fridge: Dubbed "a gothic horror story for the 21st century" and "The Amityville Horror meets Boogie Nights," this relatively unknown Brad Fraser drama raised eyebrows when it premired not long ago at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 30, 2007
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    Persona Grata - Meet the last great RPG for PlayStation 2

    The next-gen consoles are sexy as hell, but it's not all bad being the reigning "last-gen" champ either. With more than 100 million PlayStation 2 consoles sold, software companies can afford to be a little adventurous -- after all, even if their game...

    by Gary Hodges on August 30, 2007
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    They Killed the Dog

    Year of the Dog (Paramount Vantage) It's just about the First Commandment of Hollywood: Don't kill the dog. So it's a testament to the clout of writer-director Mike White (School of Rock) that killing off the dog is the first of many rules broken ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 30, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    Bob Saget: That Ain't Right (HBO) The Boris Karloff Collection (St. Clair) Broken English (Magnolia) Carlito's Way: Crime Saga Collection (Universal) Dark Shadows: The Beginning (MPI) The Essential Ozzie & Harriet Collection (Mill Cree...

    on August 30, 2007
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    Location, Location, Location! - Say it loud

    Every time I pass them, I'm reminded of Italy. Their Tuscan-inspired curves and Venetian-centric palette bring to mind my favorite Italian village, Burano, known as "The Island Where the Rainbow Fell" because of its brightly colored, jammed-together ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 23, 2007
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    Smells Like five15 Spirit - No escaping summer in the city

    Walk outside and take a deep breath. That's the smell of our city, set to broil. After months of breathing the aromas of melting blacktop and hot garbage, it's only fitting that five15 gallery's "What Smells So Bad?" will be up for the most miserable...

    by Lilia Menconi on August 23, 2007
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    Reviews of current exhibits, shows and installations

    Tawni Shuler and Alex Kutchins at Shemer Art Center and Museum: If you've ever reminisced with an old friend or family member, you're likely familiar with the pitfalls of memory: Some moments are bold and clear while others have weakened to become tr...

    by Lilia Menconi on August 23, 2007
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    Bend It Like Bowser - Soccer gets a surreal twist in Mario Strikers Charged

    The first worthwhile online-compatible game for the Wii has finally arrived. And in at least one way, Mario Strikers Charged is just like real soccer: Sometimes it scores, and sometimes it's just a kick in the balls. The sequel to Super Mario Stri...

    by Chris Ward on August 23, 2007
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    The Sympathetic Spy

    The Lives of Others (Sony) Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's film, easily the best of last year, exists on many levels: as tragedy, dark comedy, and love story -- not between a man and a woman, but between two seemingly opposite men bound by the ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 23, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    Broken English (Magnolia) The Ex (Weinstein) Exorcism: Special Edition (BCI) The Far Side of Jericho (First Look) The Films of Michael Haneke (Kino) House of Games: The Criterion Collection (Criterion) House: Season Three (Universal...

    on August 23, 2007
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    French Diss - Sadism all around

    Has it really been three years since I last saw a production of The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade? It seems like only yesterday I was...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 16, 2007
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    Wes Martin - Everything's up to date in Kansas City

    Hes a Shakespeare fan, a one-time Bill Thompson impersonator (he played Wallace in a series of Ladmo-centric plays), and an actor/director whos worked with practically every theater company in town. In his spare time, Wes Martin is the founder of b...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 16, 2007
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    Theater Scene - Previews of what's running now

    Pump Boys and Dinettes: It sounds like the name of an orgiastic furniture store, but Pump Boys and Dinettes is a musical tribute to life by the roadside along Highway 57, to be exact somewhere between fictional Frog Level and the town of Smyrna. ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 16, 2007
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    Fill in the Blank - Picross DS proves there's life after sudoku

    Ask a random person five years ago what sudoku is, and you'd be lucky if they mumbled something about Japanese ritual suicide. But go down any supermarket's magazine aisle today, and you'll find whole racks stuffed with cheapie newsprint books full o...

    by Gary Hodges on August 16, 2007
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    Keeping the Meter Running

    Taxi Driver: Collector's Edition (Sony) "Listen, you fuckers, you screwheads: Here is a man who would not take it anymore." Martin Scorsese's 1976 vision of Hell as city-of-night New York rips through the reverential treatment on this special edit...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 16, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    All Creatures Great & Small: The Complete Collection (BBC Warner) Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters for DVD (Turner) Back to School: Extra-Curricular Edition (MGM) The Black Widow (First Look) Charlie Chan Collection: V...

    on August 16, 2007
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    To Preach His Own - Finding humor in religion, and vice versa

    Kjel Alkire, 31, believes in God and goes to church. But don't make any assumptions. Alkires art performances promote a healthy, challenging conversation about Christianity, supported by art that sports a zany sense of humor and a dose of religion ...

    by Lilia Menconi on August 9, 2007
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    Forever Young - And temporarily 21

    A 21st birthday usually means bar-hopping, endless rounds of shots, and plenty of post-partying puke. Thankfully, Lisa Sette decided to skip the debauchery and celebrate her 21st year in business with "7+7+7=21 Summer Group Show," in which an excelle...

    by Lilia Menconi on August 9, 2007
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    Reviews of current exhibits, shows and installations

    Fausto Fernandez at The Latin American Art Gallery: We all need a little instruction something to give us direction and guidance. Without it, we'd be flailing aimlessly in this life, accidentally screwing each other over in a nonsensical world of n...

    by Lilia Menconi on August 9, 2007
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