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    Over the Hill - A perfectly fine evening of nonprofessional dinner theater

    It's a humid summer day in 1976, and my sister and her kids and I are going someplace in her big blue Plymouth. I'm up front with Sis; the kids are in the back, and all three of them are singing something called "The Very Strange Medley" at the tops ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on March 23, 2006
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    Dinner and a Show - A few places to watch plays while you chew food

    Broadway Palm Dinner Theater: Part of the Prather Family of dinner theaters, this local branch is now in its fifth season. The chain tends to share shows, which means we get to see out-of-towners hoofing the stage. Typical surf-and-turf menu. Current...

    on March 23, 2006
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    Theater Scene - What's running now

    Natives: Arizona Jewish Theatre Company artistic director Janet Arnold stars in Janet Neipris's contemporary comedy as Viola, a middle-aged divorce trying to get on with her life after her three grown daughters are gone. When they come for a visit, ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on March 23, 2006
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    D.I.Y. Downtown - Phoenix's downtown is not a place for artists and business owners looking for a fashionable address or an established scene. But it's just right for those who want to blaze urban trails into a city with a suburban soul

    Go to a city like New York, Denver or Chicago, and a glimmering Oz awaits you. The city core is thriving, the mass transit is running, the scene is a done deal and you just have to hop on board. In Phoenix the downtown is still more down than town...

    by Leanne Potts on March 23, 2006
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    Twisted Sister - Yes, they're surreal

    Lesli Englert, 32, is a study in contrasts. Although this tall and wispy blonde painter from South Dakota exudes friendliness and small-town charm, she's created colorfully perverse and sharply rendered surreal paintings filled with almost carnivales...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on March 23, 2006
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    Salvage Queen - Everything used to be something else

    Janet De Berge Lange, 59, grew up in Arizona -- a fact that's evident in her popular assemblage art, which often includes bits of old neon signs from Phoenix businesses or even a photo of Lange herself as a 6-year-old in cowgirl drag. She's survived ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on March 23, 2006
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    The Art of Darkness - What's inside

    Eyeless sirens trapped in the detritus of urban wastelands. Iconic gas-mask-clad craniums sprouting antlers like human jackalopes. Jigsawed female forms splayed out beside abandoned automata. Behold, y'all, the bizarrely bewitching realm that photogr...

    by Stephen Lemons on March 23, 2006
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    The Farmer and the Belle - Another side of things

    Phoenix artists Carrie Marill and Matt Moore, both 29, couldn't be more different from each other -- on the surface, anyway. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area; he grew up on a farm in Waddell. He is a fourth-generation farmer known for plowin...

    by Leanne Potts on March 23, 2006
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    Sonic Bust - Sega's Hedgehog goes back to the grind . . . yawn.

    As celebrity career paths go, Sonic the Hedgehog has been tiptoeing dangerously close to Baldwin Brothers territory lately. Last year brought the embarrassing Shadow the Hedgehog, a dark title in which Sonic's brooding alter ego wielded a gun, earnin...

    by Chris Ward on March 23, 2006
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    Now You See Them

    Breasts: A Documentary (First Run) Honest, compassionate, and funny, this documentary is remarkable for the bravery of its participants, who bare their breasts as they speak about them. The film delivers 22 women of all shapes, sizes, ages, races,...

    by Luke Y. Thompson on March 23, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of March 21

    The Adventures of Brer Rabbit (Universal) Batman Beyond: The Complete First Season (Warner Bros.) The Billy Wilder DVD Collection (Paramount) Bukowski: Born Into This (Magnolia) The Busby Berkeley Collection (Warner Bros.) Capote (Sony...

    on March 23, 2006
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    Have Glue Gun, Will Travel - Crafting on land and sea

    Her fans include Helena Bonham Carter and film director Tim Burton, and her line of funky Chicano folk art has been featured in better boutiques for more than a decade. Kathy Cano Murillo is everywhere these days: a regular on KPNX-TV Channel 12's Ar...

    by Robrt L. Pela on March 16, 2006
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    Green Daze - Saint misbehavin'

    It's safe to say that St. Patrick's Day is a big-time bash in the Valley. For those of Irish descent, it's a time for taking pride in your heritage and honoring the patron saint of the Emerald Isle. For everyone else, though, it's yet another day for...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on March 16, 2006
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    Mama's Ink - Putting pen to paper

    Heather Gargon, 22, has logged many miles since dropping out of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. After taking a cross-country trip to scope out a new place to live two and a half years ago, the redhead from rural Ohio chose Phoenix for its...

    by Niki D'Andrea on March 16, 2006
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    Art Scene - Current exhibits, shows, and installations

    "Sensual Pleasures" at the Herberger Gallery: Phoenix artist Jeanne Collins' installation Biopsy Banquet is the standout in this group show of predictable erotic-themed pieces. Her gleefully grotesque feast fit for Hannibal Lecter consists of ceramic...

    by Leanne Potts on March 16, 2006
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    A Real Knockout - Comes out a winner, despite taking punches

    Gamers have a derogatory name for people who prize a game's visuals above all: "graphic whores." But sometimes great graphics can enhance game play -- or even provide an experience that couldn't have occurred otherwise. Fight Night Round 3 for the...

    by Gary Hodges on March 16, 2006
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    Hoop Dreams Come True

    Through the Fire (Disney) He's averaging just nine points in his second season for the Portland Trail Blazers, but considering where he came from and what he's overcome, Sebastian Telfair is doing just fine, thank you. Jonathan Hock's fascinating ...

    by Jordan Harper on March 16, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of March 14

    All Dogs Go to Heaven/All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (MGM) American Psycho (Lions Gate) Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers (Warner Bros.) Basic Instinct: Ultimate Edition (Lions Gate) Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo -- The Little Black Book Edition...

    on March 16, 2006
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    Green Daze - Saint misbehavin'

    It's safe to say that St. Patrick's Day is a big-time bash in the Valley. For those of Irish descent, it's a time for taking pride in your heritage and honoring the patron saint of the Emerald Isle. For everyone else, though, it's yet another day for...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on March 9, 2006
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    Erector Set - Anarchitecture

    Michael Frayn's better plays tend to be overshadowed by his best-known work: the superlative backstage farce Noises Off, or any of his several clever novels (most notably Headlong, a Booker Prize contender). Frayn's Benefactors, which won the Olivier...

    by Robrt L. Pela on March 9, 2006
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