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    Do Me - Making a Collective Gesture

    Any scene worth its salt comes with cliques, and the coolest club in the Phoenix art world is Collective Gesture, a group of artists, curators, and writers who communicate mostly via an invite-only listserv. Sometimes they come out to play, and this ...

    on February 22, 2007
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    Reviews of current exhibits, shows and installations

    "Tenacious" at Tempe Public Library's Connections Caf: At first glance, artist Barbara Burton's quirky monoprints of bunnies and teacups seem well-suited to a coffee shop that's just a stone's throw from dog-eared copies of Brer Rabbit and Winnie th...

    by Wynter Holden on February 22, 2007
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    Channel Surfing - There's more than one way to play with your Wii

    So you've beaten Zelda and can hurl a 90 mph fastball in Wii Sports without shattering your 50-inch plasma. Now what? It's time to explore the rest of the "channels" -- some of them included with your Wii, and most free to download. Like cable TV,...

    by Chris Ward on February 22, 2007
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    Chick Flick

    Shut Up & Sing (Genius) It's a shame that one of 2006's best documentaries is being released without extras; it would have been nice, for instance, to hear feisty Natalie Maines talk with directors Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck about her reactio...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 22, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of February 20

    Apartment Zero (Anchor Bay) Babel (Paramount) The Bros. (Lions Gate) Crooked (Lions Gate) Crossover (Sony) Curious George: Zoo Night and Other Animal Stories (Universal) Dark Castle Horror Collection (Warner Bros.) Flushed Away ...

    on February 22, 2007
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    Sad Sedaris - Was it naive to hope for more from a play about a big ball of cheese?

    David and Amy Sedaris' The Book of Liz is a smart, funny, shrewdly crafted piece of writing, full of sly social commentary and jam-packed with goofy double entendres. None of this is apparent in Space 55 Theatre Ensemble's leaden production of the pl...

    by Robrt L. Pela on February 15, 2007
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    Judy Kaye - You have to be good to sing that badly

    Who says Phoenix doesn't turn out winners? Not former Phoenician Judy Kaye, on whose mantel rests a Tony Award for her portrayal of Carlotta in The Phantom of the Opera. Along the way, she's appeared in the original Broadway Grease (as a replacement ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on February 15, 2007
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    Theater Scene - What's running now

    Munched: This workshop reading of local actor/author Kim Porter's new play features Ken Love in a story about Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, a psychiatric disorder in which mothers poison their kids in order to get attention for themselves. Here, we m...

    by Robrt L. Pela on February 15, 2007
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    Do Not Disturb - Hotel Dusk is a great game for people who haven't heard of "books"

    Lately, the Nintendo DS has become a virtual Monster.com. You can play a defense attorney (Phoenix Wright), surgeon (Trauma Center), and even a cook (Cooking Mama). Now, thanks to Hotel Dusk: Room 215, you can add private eye to that list. But do...

    by Gary Hodges on February 15, 2007
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    Royal Flush

    Marie Antoinette (Sony) Sofia Coppola's third feature grabs you by your frilly lapels from the jump, with Gang of Four's "Natural's Not in It" showering guitar chords all over the credits as Kirsten Dunst nods to the audience, as if to say, Hang t...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 15, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of February 13

    Bicycle Thieves: The Criterion Collection (Criterion) The Boy From Lebanon (Picture This) The Butcher Boy (Warner Bros.) The Cave of the Yellow Dog (Tartan) The Departed (Warner Bros.) Devil's Den (Starz) F**K (ThinkFilm) Green f...

    on February 15, 2007
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    Cause Celeb - The golden touch

    Make a Saturday morning stop at the neighborhood garage sale, and you might find a stack of watercolors depicting flowers, butterflies and landscapes, at 25 cents apiece. They look like public-access how-to works, and they really aren't that great. M...

    by Lilia Menconi on February 8, 2007
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    Reviews of current exhibits, shows and installations

    "Armor de Amor Agave Art for the 21st Century" at five15 Gallery: Artist Carrie May Kreyche pairs natural objects with manmade materials to make humorous, yet profound, observations about the world around us. In her Suckulent series, a baby-bottle ...

    by Wynter Holden on February 8, 2007
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    Mustache Ride - In the latest WarioWare, you can pick your friend's nose

    Explaining the appeal of the WarioWare series is like trying to describe a fever dream: It doesn't make sense unless experienced. Nevertheless, here goes: Mario's Bizarro-universe twin, the greedy Wario, has invented more than 200 absurd microgam...

    by Chris Ward on February 8, 2007
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    Hand It to Him

    The Science of Sleep (Warner Bros.) Feature films are to video directors what sitcoms are to stand-up comedians, and for every David Fincher and Seinfeld, there are dozens of artists who should have stayed in the field they know best. Michel Gondr...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 8, 2007
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of February 6

    Alfred Hitchcock: The Early Years of the Master of Suspense (Lions Gate) All Quiet on the Western Front (Universal) Anything but Love: Volume One (Fox) Arabian Nights (Universal) Best Picture: Academy Award Winners Collection (Paramount) ...

    on February 8, 2007
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    Ella Be Good - Icon: Tina in tuner

    It isn't difficult to believe that Tina Fabrique is the real Ella Fitzgerald while watching her perform in Ella, the musical biography of Fitzgerald that Arizona Theater Company has just remounted at Mesa Arts Center. I didn't need to squint or try t...

    by Robrt L. Pela on February 1, 2007
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    Ella: High Points - A tisket, a tasket, a career

    1934 In her first stage performance, Ella Fitzgerald wins an Amateur Night competition at the Apollo Theater. 1936 Ella's first recording, "Love and Kisses," is released on Decca Records. 1938 Ella's first Number One single is "A-Tisket, A-Task...

    by Robrt L. Pela on February 1, 2007
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    Theater Scene - What's running now

    The Death Bite: Hal Corley's unfortunately named drama is not about vampirism, but rather about 18 hours in the life of Robyn Fair, an oddball who longs to launch her life from the New Jersey suburb where she lives. First, she has to untangle herself...

    by Robrt L. Pela on February 1, 2007
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    The Terrorist's Mind

    Catch a Fire (Focus) In his commentary for the underrated, undervalued Catch a Fire, director Phillip Noyce discusses the inspiration: witnessing the terror attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. He wanted to comprehend "the terrorist's mind,"...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 1, 2007
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