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    Blurring the Lines - Group show is drawn-out affair

    Drawing is often considered a "practice" art. Granted, Michelangelo's sketch The Risen Christ sold at auction for a record $12.3 million a few years ago. Even Picasso's rough sketches of his mistress, Genevieve Laporte, fetched a hefty sum. The catch...

    by Wynter Holden on January 25, 2007
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    Art Scene - Current shows, installations and exhibits

    After Dark: 100 Years of the Evening Dress at Phoenix Art Museum: Your old prom dress probably isn't a masterpiece, but formal wear by Oscar De La Renta and Gianni Versace can be as desirable as a Rembrandt. Phoenix Art Museum's exhibit of 30 gowns, ...

    by Wynter Holden on January 25, 2007
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    Dr. Feelgood - You're not a doctor, but Trauma Center lets you play one on TV

    For most of us, the closest we get to practicing medicine is telling a depressed co-worker, "Somebody's got a case of the Mondays." But that doesn't stop us from living vicariously through TV doctors. Now, with Trauma Center: Second Opinion, you c...

    by Chris Ward on January 25, 2007
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    Classic Coke

    Cocaine Cowboys (Magnolia) Slam! Bang! Pow! Snort! This tawdry and giddy documentary tells the story of Miami's transformation from a place where old people go to die to a place with so much drug money that the Mercedes dealers were constantly out...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 25, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of January 23

    Brokeback Mountain: 2-Disc Collector's Edition (Universal) Cowboy del Amor (Genius) Crooks (Lightyear) Fiddler on the Roof (MGM) The 2006 FIFA World Cup Film: The Grand Finale (Sony) Ghost Encounters: The Queen Mary (Anthem) The Gu...

    on January 25, 2007
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    Hung Out to Dry - But soapy sells

    Imagine being trapped in a tiny room full of people who cannot sing but insist on doing so anyway (at the top of their lungs!), and you'll understand my discomfort while confronting Desert Stages' Suds last month. This is one of those musical revues ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on January 18, 2007
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    Laura Kerrigan - Marketing with the owls

    She'll empty ashtrays and even clean the lobby toilet, but don't ask Laura Kerrigan to make your dog a star. By day, Kerrigan is Desert Stages Theatre's marketing director; by night, she's likely to be found reading a trashy novel, stumping for a mat...

    by Robrt L. Pela on January 18, 2007
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    Paper Tigers - Viva Piata is adorable -- and misleading

    Viva Piata begins with you acquiring the deed to a barren patch of land on "Piata Island," a strange place where everyone wears masks and the main form of currency is chocolate coins. Your first order of business is a little gardening, breathing so...

    by Gary Hodges on January 18, 2007
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    He's Really Doing That

    The Protector (Genius Products) Thailand's Tony Jaa has made clear his plan to take Jackie Chan's crown as the king of Holy crap, did he just do that?! He's about halfway there. Though Jaa is devoid of Chan's charisma, his hyperathletic kickboxing...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 18, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of January 16

    Clerks II (Weinstein) Council of the Gods (First Run) Die You Zombie Bastards (Image) Dreamland (Image) Employee of the Month (Lions Gate) Gridiron Gang (Sony) Grim Reaper (Lions Gate) Her Minor Thing (First Look) La Moustache...

    on January 18, 2007
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    Nurturing Nature - Traces of neighboring life

    Mayme Kratz, 48, is the type of person you just want to hug when you meet her. With a nest of curly auburn hair and a calming smile, she owns a natural beauty that ignites intuition and openness. Her serenity boldly invades her luminescent sculpture ...

    by Lilia Menconi on January 11, 2007
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    Apocalypse How - Growing in the dark

    Blame it on the History Channel's Hiroshima documentaries or the section in theology class on the Rapture. Apocalyptic visions are undeniably enthralling. I don't know about you, but I can't help but contemplate how mass hysteria would look, feel and...

    by Lilia Menconi on January 11, 2007
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    Art Scene - Current shows, exhibitions and installations

    Alison Dunn at eye lounge: Viewers, on average, spend less than five seconds looking at any one painting in a museum or gallery. This statistic doesn't bode well for Alison Dunn, whose murky mixed-media paintings at first appear to be simple abstract...

    by Wynter Holden on January 11, 2007
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    Whip Smart - The new Castlevania lives up to its legacy

    It's been 20 years since the first Castlevania bewitched gamers with its gothic horror. Twenty years of vampire hunters going fist to fang with Lord Dracula. With almost two dozen titles in the series, Castlevania is one of the most enduring and b...

    by Luke O'Brien on January 11, 2007
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    Hold Your Horses

    Bandidas (Fox) This review is not long enough for a suitable treatment of the beauty of Penlope Cruz and Salma Hayek. The makers of Bandidas would certainly prefer I tried, though, than to discuss this plodding clich of a western featuring the t...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 11, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of January 9

    America's Funniest Home Videos: Salute to Romance (Shout Factory) Behind the Mask (Good Times) Broken Bridges (Paramount) Color of the Cross (Fox) Conversations With Other Women (Hart Sharp) Crank (Lions Gate) Everybody Says I'm Fin...

    on January 11, 2007
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    The Year in Revue - The good, the bad, and the tuneful

    Forced to give a name to the past year in theater, I would have to call it The Year of Ron May, because while many of his compatriots struggled to act, direct, run a credible theater or even just handle publicity for one, this quadruple-threat actor/...

    by Robrt L. Pela on January 4, 2007
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    Theater Scene - What's running now

    42nd Street: On the avenue they're taking you to . . . the one where the girl goes out a dancer "but comes back a star!" This popular musical has been revived countless times, but it's still best known in its original context: as the classic Warner...

    by Robrt L. Pela on January 4, 2007
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    A Legendary Outing - Twilight Princess is the best Zelda ever

    Despite Link's green tunic and Peter Pan hat, he remains Nintendo's most respected badass. In the long-awaited Twilight Princess for the Wii, the elf hero begins yet another quest to save the world with his trademark bombs and boomerangs. Mino...

    by Chris Ward on January 4, 2007
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    Weird and Wonderful - Top DVDs of 2006

    Eraserhead (Absurda/Subversive) -- Finally available on DVD, David Lynch's debut film is as captivating and frustrating as it ever was. The print looks great in its own weird way, and the feature-length doc shows Lynch speaking more clearly about his...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 4, 2007
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