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    Good Witch/Bad Witch - Fairy tales come true for director

    You thought high school theater teachers spent their summers far from the madding crowd, but you were wrong. Jennifer E. Ruddle, who instructs budding thespians at Glendale's Sandra Day O'Connor High School, is proof that theater profs stick to the s...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 10, 2006
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    Theater Scene - What's running now

    Proof: Fountain Hills Community Theatre leapt to the fore and rescued Is What It Is Theatre's doomed swan song after its own theater space was sold out from under the troupe. The result is a short, single-weekend run of David Auburn's family drama, w...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 10, 2006
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    Ant Wussy - Get out the magnifying glass. It's time to burn a game

    In 2004, Jason Hall, the head of Warner Bros.' new videogame division, did something remarkable: He promised to end bad movie tie-ins. By then, gamers had become well acquainted with the suckiness of movie-based games. Ever since Atari's E.T. -- ...

    by Luke O'Brien on August 10, 2006
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    Whodunit High

    Brick (Universal) Rian Johnson's feature debut as writer-director will wind up as one of the year's best films. A film noir set in a modern-day high school, it's Sam Spade roaming Ridgemont High; kids get doped up and knocked up and even rubbed out...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 10, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of August 8

    Adam and Steve (TLA) Back Woods (Terror Vision) Beautiful People: The Complete Series (Sony) Clone (Image) Damon Wayans' Last Stand (Fox) Frat Boy Collection (Fox) Gilles' Wife (Koch Lorber) Ghost in a Teeny Bikini (Image) Gro...

    on August 10, 2006
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    Killer Plot - It's a mystery

    Deb Baker swears it's a coincidence that her newest murder mystery, Dolled Up for Murder her second for Berkley Books is set in Phoenix. From her home in Wisconsin, the author says she didn't even know there were serial killers here, and insists ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 3, 2006
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    Lucid Dreamer - Hanging on by a thread

    Christy Puetz, 36, is as colorful a character as the beaded dolls she creates. Her downtown Phoenix apartment, which doubles as a studio, is crammed with large-scale paintings and prints she has bartered her own artwork for. She sits, cross-legged an...

    by Wynter Holden on August 3, 2006
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    Art Scene - Current shows, exhibits, and installations

    Third Annual "Mail Art Show" at the Trunk Space: Exhibiting donated art sent via postal mail can be a risky proposition, but the Trunk Space has managed to solicit an interesting, eclectic selection. Highlights include decoupage matchbooks, a Medusa ...

    by Wynter Holden on August 3, 2006
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    Trail of Tears - Prey should be called Dances With Tedium

    Native American heroes are a rare commodity in videogames. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, released a decade ago, is the most prominent example. Now Turok finally has company. The best way to describe Prey is "Doom meets Cherokee mysticism." And while ...

    by Chris Ward on August 3, 2006
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    Shut Up, Already

    V for Vendetta (Warner Bros.) Illustrator David Lloyd calls this adaptation of the comic he made with writer Alan Moore "very good" -- so why did Moore beg to have his name removed? The intentions are noble, sure; name another big-studio blockbust...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 3, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of August 1

    Beavis & Butt-head: The Mike Judge Collection, Volume 3 (Paramount) Blind Beast vs. Killer Dwarf (Panik House) Broken Saints: The Animated Comic Epic (Fox) Dallas: The Complete Fifth Season (Warner Bros.) Elvis: '68 Comeback (BMG Heritage...

    on August 3, 2006
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    Be My Guest - Unenchanted evening

    I've nearly recovered from having seen a dinner theater production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast in east Mesa last week. My headache, which began shortly after Anthony Majewski began singing, is almost gone. My stomachache (which wasn't caused ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on July 27, 2006
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    How Long Must This Go On? - A Beauty and the Beast primer

    1740 The first version of Beauty and the Beast, by Madame Gabrielle de Villeneuve, appears. Villeneuve's version doesn't end with the transformation of the Prince, who remains ugly and grumpy about it, too. 1756 A newer, more cautionary (and muc...

    by Robrt L. Pela on July 27, 2006
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    Theater Scene - What's running now

    West Side Story: This deeply sincere take on Arthur Laurents' landmark musical thankfully never tries to impersonate the movie version, which is what audiences who attend West Side Story often want. Instead, Desert Stages' Sharks and Jets dance like ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on July 27, 2006
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    Over Your Head - Over G Fighters: Only slightly easier than real flying

    Flight sims -- games that emulate the experience of being in a cockpit -- are plenty popular on PCs, but have never taken off on home consoles. This is partly due to their inherent complexity. When it comes to recreating an entire cockpit's worth ...

    by Gary Hodges on July 27, 2006
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    Eating for Two

    Feed (TLA) Remember the old jokes about "What's grosser than gross"? The makers of Feed do, as they prove in the first 10 minutes -- one-upping their opening scene featuring a voluntary victim of cannibalism by bringing in a guy who gets nekkid an...

    by Robert Wilonsky on July 27, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of July 25.

    2005 Academy Award Nominated Short Films (Magnolia) Animaniacs: Volume 1 (Warner Bros.) Ask the Dust (Paramount) Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! (ThinkFilm) The Benchwarmers (Sony) Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story (Shout! Factory) B...

    on July 27, 2006
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    Shear Magic - Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen

    Hair holds a magic exalted for centuries. In the Biblical story of Samson, hair was a source of power. In Botticelli's Birth of Venus, long, flowing locks are the epitome of beauty. Hair has also been used for functional and artistic purposes. In the...

    by Wynter Holden on July 20, 2006
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    Bait and Switch - The concept's out to lunch

    Remember those commercials that promised 52 free dinners with any windshield replacement? Over time, the offer dwindled to 20 free dinners at a salad buffet, then 12 barbecue meals, and, finally, a single box of steaks. What happens when you repl...

    by Wynter Holden on July 20, 2006
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    Art Scene - Current shows, exhibitions and installations

    "David Pimentel: Legacy of an Artist and Educator" at Mesa Arts Center: The death of an artist usually brings instant notoriety and positive attention. In former ASU professor David Pimentel's case, the accolades are warranted. Look for his renowned ...

    by Wynter Holden on July 20, 2006
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