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    Night of the Near-Miss - Veranda warning

    It's finally happened. Joseph Kremer has at last appeared in a role that he's not able to make his own. Kremer, who arrived seemingly out of nowhere a couple of seasons ago, has tackled and excelled at! roles as diverse as a sleazy French aristoc...

    by Robrt L. Pela on December 14, 2006
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    Nun Done - Third time's lukewarm

    I couldn't tell if the holiday choir that kicked off the surprisingly dreary Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi's Gold was for real or not. Are they deliberately off-key, I wondered, and that's the joke? My uncertainty grew as this...

    by Robrt L. Pela on December 14, 2006
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    Theater Scene - What's running now

    Wishes, Wassail, and Wonder: Don't let its super-cheesy title fool you: iTheatre Collaborative's fourth annual Christmas cabaret is in on its own joke, and may well be your best bet for kicky holiday entertainment with an edge. Shot through with caus...

    by Robrt L. Pela on December 14, 2006
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    Wii Love It - Nintendo finally gets 1-Up on the competition

    Nintendo has achieved the impossible: My 50-year-old, non-gaming father wants a Wii for Christmas. Either I've been whisked to Bizarro World, or The House That Mario Built is on to something big. With the release of its oddly monikered next-gen sy...

    by Chris Ward on December 14, 2006
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    Farce of a Champion

    Talladega Nights (Columbia) This cut of Will Ferrell's NASCAR comedy runs 13 minutes longer than the theatrical version, and that doesn't take into account the deleted and extended scenes, outtakes, phony commercials, public-service announcements,...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 14, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of December 12

    AFI: I Heard a Voice (Interscope) Air Buddies (Disney) Ali Rap (ESPN) The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Series (Paramount) Barnyard (Paramount) The Chronicles of Narnia: Four-Disc Extended Edition (Disney) A Dead Calling (Lions G...

    on December 14, 2006
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    Church of Light - Emission possible

    James White, 57, longtime Arizona State University sculpture professor, creates humorous and whimsical works that incorporate his custom bent tubes of neon light. White's sculpture often presents playful ideas that result from his daily interactions ...

    by Lilia Menconi on December 7, 2006
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    Bright Ideas - Covering the spectrum

    Remember when your first-grade teacher said that without the abundant rays of the sun, the Earth would die? Humans can't get enough of the stuff, and nothing proves our sentimentality for shine like the work on display at "Molten: Glass and Neon Art"...

    by Lilia Menconi on December 7, 2006
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    Art Scene - Current installations, exhibitions and shows

    "Big Works" at Herberger Theater Center: Critics of Chicago's newly installed Agora, a public art sculpture featuring 106 headless bronze figures, can attest to the fact that bigger doesn't necessarily equal better when it comes to art. Thankfully, p...

    by Wynter Holden on December 7, 2006
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    All Dressed Up . . . - PlayStation 3 has potential -- but for the moment, little else

    I did not have to fend off a horde of bloodthirsty geeks for my PS3. And nobody shot me either, as one hapless Connecticut gamer was. Actually, I just preordered my console weeks ago, and on the day it came out, I walked into the store, paid for i...

    by Gary Hodges on December 7, 2006
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    A Masterpiece on Canvas

    Rocky: 2-Disc Collector's Edition (MGM) An old TV commercial for Rocky included here compares Sylvester Stallone to Pacino, De Niro, and Brando -- and though we now know this to be pure madness, it's easy to see what inspired it. Sure, Stallone (w...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 7, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of December 5

    The Architect (Magnolia) Beerfest: Unrated (Warner Bros.) Charlie Chan Collection, Volume 2 (Fox) Coma Girl (Cinequest) The Conformist: Special Collector's Edition (Paramount) Dinosaur Valley Girls: Mammoth Edition (Cinema Epoch) Du...

    on December 7, 2006
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    Worth Hailing - It must be a limousine

    Toward the end of Act One of Arizona Theatre Company's Jitney, Chuck Patterson positions himself near the lip of center stage and recites a monologue about a dream that Fielding, the character he plays in this August Wilson play, has recently had. Hi...

    by Robrt L. Pela on November 30, 2006
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    Theater Scene - What's running now

    Tuna Christmas: It's back: that better-than-most holiday sequel to Greater Tuna, this one about Christmas in Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas. The good news is that the script for this Yuletide comedy is full of dark, cynical jabs at both the h...

    by Robrt L. Pela on November 30, 2006
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    School Daze - Bully takes you back to the battlefield of high school

    By now, you've probably heard about Bully. It's the game that was supposed to finally ruin America's youth. Crusading lawyer Jack Thompson, the self-appointed schoolmarm of the videogame industry, called it a "Columbine simulator" and tried to blo...

    by Luke O'Brien on November 30, 2006
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    Extra! Read All About It

    Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (Warner Bros.) At long last, Richard Donner's much-whispered-about "original version" of Superman II sees the light of day, and it quickly joins the ranks of the reconstructed Touch of Evil, Apocalypse Now, and ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 30, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of November 28

    The Ant Bully (Warner Bros.) Criminal Minds: The First Season (Paramount) Dane Cook: Vicious Circle (HBO) The Ellen DeGeneres Show: DVD-licious (Warner Bros.) Foo Fighters: Skin and Bones (RCA) Hot Wheels Accelerators: The Ultimate Rac...

    on November 30, 2006
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    Native Gift - Not your typical Southwestern art show

    If you've lived in the Southwest for any amount of time, chances are you've already seen your fair share of howling coyotes, dream catchers and geometric pottery patterns. I grew up here enough said. Popular Native American art is the backdrop for ...

    by Lilia Menconi on November 23, 2006
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    Art Scene - Current exhibitions, installations and shows

    "Big Works" at Herberger Theater Center: Critics of Chicago's newly installed Agora, a public art sculpture featuring 106 headless bronze figures, can attest to the fact that bigger doesn't necessarily equal better when it comes to art. Thankfully, p...

    by Wynter Holden on November 23, 2006
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    Encore Performance - Don't fret. Guitar Hero II kills the opening act

    Guitar Hero gave party games a much-needed kick in the ass. No one expected this rhythm game -- sold with a miniature plastic guitar -- to play to sellout crowds. But it became the most addictive game of the year and one of the most attractive to ...

    by Chris Ward on November 23, 2006
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