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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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    Bad News With Al

    An Inconvenient Truth (Paramount) This isn't exactly the kind of DVD you buy to watch again and again; the ending doesn't get happier, and there are no twists to decipher with repeated viewings. The producers hope instead that you buy it and share...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 23, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of November 21

    American Slapstick (Image) Alias: The Complete Fifth Season (Buena Vista) Boston Legal: Season Two (Fox) The Cry Baby Killer (Buena Vista) Devil Times Five (Code Red) Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist: Season Two (Paramount) Fall Out...

    on November 23, 2006
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    Theater Notes - What's running now

    Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge: Originally commissioned by City Theatre in Pittsburgh and successfully presented during the 2002 holiday season, Christopher Durang's profoundly irreverent play is a demented version of the perennial Dickens ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on November 16, 2006
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    Bad Revues - For your commiseration

    If I lie very still and focus all my attention on the tiny water stain on the ceiling above my bed, I'm able to forget the dream for minutes at a time. The dream a nightmare, really has been with me since this afternoon, when I awakened from a...

    by Robrt L. Pela on November 16, 2006
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    When the Stars Came Out

    Forbidden Planet (Warner Bros.) Long available as faded discount product, Fred McLeod Wilcox's 1956 masterpiece -- the movie without which Star Trek, Star Wars, 2001, and, oh, Lost in Space wouldn't exist -- at last gets its proper due; this doubl...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 16, 2006
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    Hands Off - Final Fantasy XII: Role-playing on autopilot

    Final Fantasy is to role-playing games as the Yankees are to baseball. The series -- now almost 20 years old -- practically redefined the genre with Final Fantasy VII on the original PlayStation, the first console RPG that captured a mainstream au...

    by Gary Hodges on November 16, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of November 14

    Brothers of the Head (IFC) Cary Grant: The Franchise Collection (Universal) CSI: The Complete Sixth Season (Paramount) Cream: Royal Albert Hall (Rhino) 49 Up (First Run) Friends: The Complete Series Collection (Warner Bros.) The Gre...

    on November 16, 2006
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