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    Theater Scene - What's running now

    Yours, Anne: It sounds like the punch line to an unfortunate joke, but this musical adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank is utterly serious. Presented as a song cycle rather than a traditional book musical, Yours, Anne presents Frank's legendary jou...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 19, 2006
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    Cold as Ice - NHL 2K7 looks pretty, but fails to light the lamp

    Ice hockey isn't for the weak of heart. It's a bruising, fast-paced game, featuring large sticks, razor-sharp blades, and far too many angry Canadians. Of course, hockey's scrappy style is exactly why people love the blue-collar sport. For chrissa...

    by Luke O'Brien on October 19, 2006
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    Took a Shot

    American Dreamz (Universal) Till this, Paul Weitz had a stellar filmography, a career in ascension: American Pie (good), About a Boy (great), In Good Company (absolutely perfect). But this, er, satire about a dumb American president (Dennis Quaid,...

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 19, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of October 17

    Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season Two (Universal) Anytown USA (Film Movement/Repnet) Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil (Fox) The Big Black Comedy Show (Fox) Big Love: The Complete First Season (HBO) The Break-Up (Universal) Clean,...

    on October 19, 2006
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    Teacher, Teacher! - Those who can barely walk, dance

    Singer-actress Karen Morrow's long and varied career has brought her acclaim (an Emmy and a tall stack of Dramalogue Awards) and some pretty wide-ranging roles (Parthy in the 1994 touring revival of Showboat; Endora-wanna-be Aunt Minerva on the treac...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 12, 2006
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    Tooling Around - Enrich your mind before you catch a plane

    It all started 2.6 million years ago, when some smart monkey used a sharp rock to slice up his prehistoric supper. Today, our supply of tools has evolved, along with our upright spines and opposable thumbs. One visit to Home Depot and you can see how...

    by Lilia Menconi on October 12, 2006
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    Full House - Putting the pieces together

    Do you think you're a good person? When's the last time you took stock? It might be time to do just that and make sure you give yourself more than five minutes, because it may take a while. Nathan Feller's art is not the typical imagery one woul...

    by Lilia Menconi on October 12, 2006
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    Art Scene - Current exhibitions, installations, and shows

    "Artists of the Black Community" at West Valley Art Museum: Arizona's African-American community offers a collection of paintings and sculptures as colorful as its members, eschewing muted Southwest pastels in favor of unconventional shades like ame...

    by Wynter Holden on October 12, 2006
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    Brush With Greatness - Okami shows that videogames can be art

    You've seen Bob Ross -- the afro-sporting TV artist who painted "happy trees"? Well, if he had redesigned Legend of Zelda, it would look a lot like Okami. That may sound like an unlikely premise, but this is no ordinary game. In Okami, to save the...

    by Chris Ward on October 12, 2006
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    The Delightful Dud

    A Prairie Home Companion (New Line) This all-star sing-along -- with Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Tommy Lee Jones, Virginia Madsen, Woody Harrelson, etc. -- that wears its smile bright and wide looked for all the world like a summertime sleeper hit....

    by Jordan Harper on October 12, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of October 10

    The Andy Milonakis Show: The Complete Second Season (Paramount) The A-Team: Season Five, the Final Season (Universal) Bloodied but Unbowed: Bloodshot Records' Life in the Trenches (Bloodshot) Carlos Mencia: No Strings Attached (Paramount) ...

    on October 12, 2006
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    Imagined Life - Inspiration from children's books and vintage toys

    Suzanne Falk, 36, is a self-taught photorealistic painter who creates through a unique imagined reality. Her oil paintings, often mistaken for photographs, portray contemporary storybook worlds using children's books, vintage toys, and images from he...

    by Steve Jansen on October 5, 2006
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    Aye for Beauty - Virgin on the verge

    I've seen three plays about mothers and daughters this month two of them just this past week. Pearls: Motherhood Unstrung collects monologues by and about mothers, authored by local writers and read by local actors. The Last Lists of My Mad Mother,...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 5, 2006
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    Double Threat - A lady everywhere

    So she can't sing. Robyn Allen can do most everything else on stage and has. When she's not performing (most recently in Phoenix Theatre's The Women; currently in The Beauty Queen of Leenane), she's often directing; the rest of the time she's runni...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 5, 2006
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    Art Scene - Current shows, exhibits, and installations

    Steve Davis and Chris Caufield at Modified Arts: "Found object" art has come a long way since Duchamp's urinal fountain. Steve Davis and Chris Caufield incorporate found objects into assemblage that stirs faded memories of antiquated technologies. Da...

    by Wynter Holden on October 5, 2006
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    Theater Scene - What's running now

    Suds: Local critics haven't much liked this goofball extravaganza of tunes from the 1960s, and who can blame them? Of the innumerable inane musical revues that attempt to wrap era-specific pop songs around a slim story, this one's the hokiest. To sel...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 5, 2006
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    Copycat Killer - Saints Row shamelessly apes Grand Theft Auto

    Let's not beat around the bush: Saints Row is creatively bankrupt. The latest in a long list of Grand Theft Auto imitators, this clone replicates Rockstar's controversial games so closely that the uneducated eye could mistake it for the real deal...

    by Gary Hodges on October 5, 2006
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    Lewis Blows His Top

    Lewis Black: Red, White & Screwed (HBO) Like many other Daily Show success stories, Lewis Black is a comedian made for these times; his facial contortions and verbal tics are expressions of the Bush-era phrase "outrage overload." But unlike other ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 5, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of October 3

    Avenger (Warner Bros.) Calvaire: The Ordeal (Palm) Cedric the Entertainer: Taking You Higher (HBO) Changing Times (Koch Lorber) Confidence (Lionsgate) Deadfall (Lionsgate) Edmond (First Independent) The Greatest American Hero: Th...

    on October 5, 2006
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    Mother of Pearls - Life in the peanut-free zone

    Actor/producer/writer Debra Gettleman does everything from arranging chairs to selling tickets for Pearls: Motherhood Unstrung, which she's co-produced with Mothers Who Write instructors Deborah Sussman Susser (associate editor of Jewish News of Grea...

    by Robrt L. Pela on September 28, 2006
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