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    Urban Evolution - Old and new under the sun

    In early October, the Paper Heart announced its impending demise, and the country's third-longest-running poetry slam folded after its longtime home, an independent coffee house in Mesa, went under. That same week, Phoenix City Council members approv...

    by Wynter Holden on October 26, 2006
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    Art Scene - Current shows, exhibitions, and installations

    "Artists of the Black Community" at West Valley Art Museum: Arizona's African-American community offers a collection of paintings and sculptures as colorful as its members, eschewing muted Southwest pastels in favor of unconventional shades like amet...

    by Wynter Holden on October 26, 2006
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    Latin Bummer - Just Cause features acres and acres of . . . foliage

    Viewed from an airplane high over the islands of San Esperito, the land seems to stretch out endlessly. The sun slowly rises over the ocean, bathing the clouds in ochre and throwing stark shadows on the lush jungle below. If only there were someth...

    by Gary Hodges on October 26, 2006
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    These Dogs Still Hunt

    Reservoir Dogs: 15th Anniversary (Lions Gate) Quentin Tarantino's first film shows its age these days, mostly because we've seen all its tricks done far better by now. From the nonlinear storytelling to the pop-culture gabfests to the shameless cr...

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 26, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of October 24

    The Addams Family: Season One (MGM) An American Haunting (Lions Gate) Astaire and Rogers: The Complete Film Collection (Warner Bros.) Freak-Out (Anchor Bay) Greg the Bunny: Best of the Film Parodies (Shout!) Justice League Unlimited: Sea...

    on October 26, 2006
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    I Scream for Scream Queens - Tuneful, campy fun

    Thirty years ago, it was considered clever to spoof obscure science-fiction films. Stage musicals like The Rocky Horror Show and movies like Phantom of the Paradise were all the rage, and movie nerds who knew our George Pal and our Herschell Gordon L...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 19, 2006
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    David Salcido - Flack promptly and carry a big stick

    David Salcido is big on titles. As a flack for Artists' Theatre Project, the smallish local troupe he co-founded, he's known as the Master of Hoopla and Revelries. At the underground zine Blue Food, he's called the Chaos Coordinator. And in all serio...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 19, 2006
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    A Series of Unfortunately Cool Events - Our 2006 guide to the crme of the creepy crop

    Listen up, P-Town peeps. When it comes to holidays, Halloween is the shizzle. What other day on the calendar allows you to transform yourself into a pimp, priest, or politician without getting glares from onlookers? Back during your juvie delinquent ...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on October 19, 2006
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    Theater Scene - What's running now

    Yours, Anne: It sounds like the punch line to an unfortunate joke, but this musical adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank is utterly serious. Presented as a song cycle rather than a traditional book musical, Yours, Anne presents Frank's legendary jou...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 19, 2006
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    Cold as Ice - NHL 2K7 looks pretty, but fails to light the lamp

    Ice hockey isn't for the weak of heart. It's a bruising, fast-paced game, featuring large sticks, razor-sharp blades, and far too many angry Canadians. Of course, hockey's scrappy style is exactly why people love the blue-collar sport. For chrissa...

    by Luke O'Brien on October 19, 2006
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    Took a Shot

    American Dreamz (Universal) Till this, Paul Weitz had a stellar filmography, a career in ascension: American Pie (good), About a Boy (great), In Good Company (absolutely perfect). But this, er, satire about a dumb American president (Dennis Quaid,...

    by Robert Wilonsky on October 19, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of October 17

    Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season Two (Universal) Anytown USA (Film Movement/Repnet) Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil (Fox) The Big Black Comedy Show (Fox) Big Love: The Complete First Season (HBO) The Break-Up (Universal) Clean,...

    on October 19, 2006
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    Teacher, Teacher! - Those who can barely walk, dance

    Singer-actress Karen Morrow's long and varied career has brought her acclaim (an Emmy and a tall stack of Dramalogue Awards) and some pretty wide-ranging roles (Parthy in the 1994 touring revival of Showboat; Endora-wanna-be Aunt Minerva on the treac...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 12, 2006
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    Tooling Around - Enrich your mind before you catch a plane

    It all started 2.6 million years ago, when some smart monkey used a sharp rock to slice up his prehistoric supper. Today, our supply of tools has evolved, along with our upright spines and opposable thumbs. One visit to Home Depot and you can see how...

    by Lilia Menconi on October 12, 2006
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    Full House - Putting the pieces together

    Do you think you're a good person? When's the last time you took stock? It might be time to do just that and make sure you give yourself more than five minutes, because it may take a while. Nathan Feller's art is not the typical imagery one woul...

    by Lilia Menconi on October 12, 2006
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    Art Scene - Current exhibitions, installations, and shows

    "Artists of the Black Community" at West Valley Art Museum: Arizona's African-American community offers a collection of paintings and sculptures as colorful as its members, eschewing muted Southwest pastels in favor of unconventional shades like ame...

    by Wynter Holden on October 12, 2006
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    Brush With Greatness - Okami shows that videogames can be art

    You've seen Bob Ross -- the afro-sporting TV artist who painted "happy trees"? Well, if he had redesigned Legend of Zelda, it would look a lot like Okami. That may sound like an unlikely premise, but this is no ordinary game. In Okami, to save the...

    by Chris Ward on October 12, 2006
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    The Delightful Dud

    A Prairie Home Companion (New Line) This all-star sing-along -- with Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Tommy Lee Jones, Virginia Madsen, Woody Harrelson, etc. -- that wears its smile bright and wide looked for all the world like a summertime sleeper hit....

    by Jordan Harper on October 12, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of October 10

    The Andy Milonakis Show: The Complete Second Season (Paramount) The A-Team: Season Five, the Final Season (Universal) Bloodied but Unbowed: Bloodshot Records' Life in the Trenches (Bloodshot) Carlos Mencia: No Strings Attached (Paramount) ...

    on October 12, 2006
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    Imagined Life - Inspiration from children's books and vintage toys

    Suzanne Falk, 36, is a self-taught photorealistic painter who creates through a unique imagined reality. Her oil paintings, often mistaken for photographs, portray contemporary storybook worlds using children's books, vintage toys, and images from he...

    by Steve Jansen on October 5, 2006
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