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    Theater Scene - What's running now

    The Hispanick Zone: This comedy, written and directed by Teatro Bravo founder Guillermo Reyes, launches the company's new season. Set in Arizona in 2006 and told in sketch comedy format, it depicts the world (and the Legislature) as ruled by humorles...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 24, 2006
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    Glacial Profiling - Slow-paced Valkyrie Profile offers dull apocalypse

    For most people, the words "role-playing game" conjure images of sweaty Dungeons & Dragons-obsessed weirdos, wearing cloaks and screaming "Lightning bolt!" at each other. But even non-RPG players gave the genre a try when Final Fantasy VII debute...

    by Chris Ward on August 24, 2006
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    Get a Clue

    Veronica Mars: The Complete Second Season (Warner Bros.) Any concept along the lines of "high school hottie solves crimes" is bound to make for watchable TV, but who would have expected this? Equal parts 90210 teen soap, murder mystery, and comedy...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 24, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of August 22

    The Apartment (Lions Gate) The Bill Cosby Show: Season One (Shout! Factory) The Blue Light (Pathfinder) Conviction: The Complete Series (Universal) Dances With Wolves: Extended Cut (MGM) Film Geek (First Run) House, M.D.: Season Two...

    on August 24, 2006
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    Firmly Planted - Art and soil

    After nearly three decades at the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Shelley Cohn departed for civilian life last year. During her stay most of which was spent as the agency's executive director she presided over the commission's arts programs, prot...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 17, 2006
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    Beast in Show - Species reasoning

    Humanity's not looking so good these days. With war overseas, terrorism pushing our borders and serial killers in our midst, maintaining much faith in my fellow human beings proves to be a constant struggle. What does it mean to be human? What se...

    by Lilia Menconi on August 17, 2006
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    Art Scene - Current shows, exhbitions and installations

    "The Big Lebowski Tribute Show" at Wet Paint Gallery: The thing about a cult classic is that you either love it or you hate it. The same can be said for this funky, eclectic group exhibition paying homage to the Coen brothers' film. Devoted Lebowski ...

    by Wynter Holden on August 17, 2006
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    Dogs of War - Chromehounds tests patience as much as skill

    Like a real war, Chromehounds involves long stretches of tedium, occasionally broken up by a few moments of sheer terror. After what feels like weeks of ponderous marching from point A to point B in your titular "Hound" -- a walking tank -- combat...

    by Gary Hodges on August 17, 2006
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    Smells Like Victory

    Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier (Paramount) It's all here, more or less: the 1979 theatrical cut of Francis Ford Coppola's harrowing and still-hypnotic Joseph Conrad-in-Vietnam adaptation, the 49-minutes-longer-but-feels-24-minutes-shorter 20...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 17, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of August 15

    Benito (Lions Gate) Cape of Good Hope (New Yorker) Clark Gable Collection, Volume 1 (Fox) Don't Tell (Lions Gate) The Hard Corps (Sony) Hong Kong Phooey: The Complete Series (Turner) Hoot (New Line) James Stewart: The Signature ...

    on August 17, 2006
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    Wedded Bliss - The other Tom Jones

    I Do! I Do! is a musical with a beard a mile long, which is almost certainly why it's part of Theater Works' summer stock season. This 20-year-old troupe caters mostly to the blue-hairs of Sun City, where "risky" means any show in which someone turns...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 10, 2006
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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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