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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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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of January 30

    Academy Awards Collection (MGM) The Comedians of Comedy (Anchor Bay) Dallas: The Complete Sixth Season (Warner Bros.) The Doctor, the Tornado & the Kentucky Kid: Ultimate Collector's Edition (New Video Group) Dora the Explorer: Cowgirl Do...

    on February 1, 2007
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    Cold-Hearted - Lost Planet delivers, but its not for the timid

    Anyone who played games back in the olden days (i.e., the late '80s) knows that they used to be a lot tougher. Cartridges back then subscribed to the "Oh, you want some of this?" school of game design. They made you gnash your teeth, throw your co...

    by Gary Hodges on February 1, 2007
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    Secret Identity Crisis - Nudes meet superheroes

    His pseudonym reads like that of a second-rate sci-fi author. The name of his solo exhibition is derived from the language of the apes spoken in Tarzan novels. His work is a gold mine of Freudian obsessions, from big-breasted babes with Barbie waistl...

    by Wynter Holden on January 25, 2007
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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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