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    Yes, I Think It's Alright - Nearly Naked Theater does The Who's Tommy proud

    Before I tell you why and how quickly you should go to see Nearly Naked Theater's nearly perfect (and almost entirely clad!) production of The Who's Tommy, I had better come clean: I don't like modern dance. All that flailing and hopping and mimickin...

    by Robrt L. Pela on June 15, 2006
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    Tommy, Can You Hear Me? - A Tommy chronology

    June 1969 Tommy, a double-album rock opera by The Who, is released. At first banned by the BBC and certain U.S. radio stations (probably because of the child abuse that features so prominently in its story), it eventually reaches #4 on the U.S. B...

    by Robrt L. Pela on June 15, 2006
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    Carve It Deep - Trash talking

    Gretchen Schermerhorn, 31, has opinions on everything, from the exploitation of women to animal abuse to globalization, and her art reflects her political leanings subtly and with humor. She won't get in your face, but she will make you think. Her pr...

    by Megan Irwin on June 15, 2006
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    Theater Scene - What's running now

    Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: These adapted adventures feature music and lyrics by Roger Miller and a book by William Hauptman, but retain Mark Twain's deeply moral depictions of the 19th-century social tapestry. Twain scholars proba...

    by Robrt L. Pela on June 15, 2006
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    Brotherly Love - New Super Mario Bros. scores by plumbing old ideas

    Gamers are so used to Mario that the fundamental weirdness of his exploits no longer raises an eyebrow: A dumpy Italian plumber journeys through a fairy-tale land, where turtles throw hammers, mushrooms bestow magic powers, and a kingly turtlebeast h...

    by Gary Hodges on June 15, 2006
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    Bring in the Trash

    Valley of the Dolls Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Fox) Behold The Godfather and Godfather Part II of drag-queen cinema -- two movies that provide the gateway to a lifetime of wig addiction. The films couldn't be more different in temperament...

    by Robert Wilonsky on June 15, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of June 13

    All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise (HBO) Aquamarine (Fox) Beavis and Butt-head: The Mike Judge Collection, Volume 2 (Paramount) Before the Fall (Picture This) The Betty Grable Collection: Volume 1 (Fox) Cemetery Man (Anchor Bay) End...

    on June 15, 2006
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    Reality Bites - Summer in the city

    Urban art is defined by the city that it represents. In a glorified cow town like Kansas City, the boring neon art installation at the top of the Sulgrave Building hints at the town's sheltered nature. Works like Chris Ofili's Holy Virgin Mary, a por...

    by Wynter Holden on June 8, 2006
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    Seeing Red - You had to be there

    In 1994, during a routine excavation at the site of Temple XIII in Palenque, Mexico, workers unearthed a pre-Columbian burial chamber containing the remains of a woman, cloaked in a heavy layer of powdered red pigment. They called her "The Red Queen....

    by Wynter Holden on June 8, 2006
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    Art Scene - Current exhibitions, shows and installations

    "Annual Summer Juried Exhibition" at ASU Harry Wood Gallery: This year's crop of MFA hopefuls shows a surprising awareness of domestic issues including water conservation, racial profiling and changing family values. Look for tongue-in-cheek politica...

    by Wynter Holden on June 8, 2006
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    Golazo! - This World Cup game will make you shout like Andrs Cantor

    Face paint? Check. NoDoz? Check. Deep wellsprings of violent nationalistic pride? No doubt, mate. Yes, it's time for the World Cup, that quadrennial spectacle that consumes the globe for a month of TV marathons, street parties, and patriotic ge...

    by Luke O'Brien on June 8, 2006
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    Ford Tough

    The John Wayne/John Ford Film Collection (Warner Bros.) Featuring the most epic pairing of director and actor in Hollywood history, this 10-disc box spews machismo all over. Wayne and Ford defined not only the western and war-movie genres, but als...

    by Jim Ridley on June 8, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of June 6

    Black Hawk Down: Extended Cut (Sony) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: The Ultimate Collector's Edition (Fox) Charmed: The Complete Fifth Season (Paramount) Dumbo: Big Top Edition (Disney) Entourage: The Complete Second Season (HBO) ...

    on June 8, 2006
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    Sometimes Morrie Is Less - Everybody loves a sappy ending

    First, the accolades: Arizona Theatre Company's production of Mitch Albom's Tuesdays With Morrie is nearly perfect. Its actors turn in superb performances; its stage design is magnificent; its director, Samantha K. Wyer, brings subtleties to its simp...

    by Robrt L. Pela on June 1, 2006
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    Glenn Bruner - Pay some attention to the man behind the curtain

    We've seen them listed in playbills, and maybe we've even been seated near one in a restaurant or on a bus. But who knows what stage managers actually do, anyway? Glenn Bruner does. As stage manager for Arizona Theatre Company, Bruner is the lifeline...

    by Robrt L. Pela on June 1, 2006
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    Theater Scene - What's running now

    Trainspotting: The heck with rehab. Anyone wanting to kick narcotics addiction should just go see this gloriously ugly production of Harry Gibson's meditation on addiction's dark night. The play, based on the Irvine Welsh novel and best known from di...

    by Robrt L. Pela on June 1, 2006
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    Jesus Wept - Anybody got a good anagram for "crap"?

    If the creepy, self-flagellating albino monk in The Da Vinci Code really wanted to suffer, he'd drop his flesh-shredding cat-o'-nine-tails, pick up a controller, and play The Da Vinci Code videogame. It's that bad. Now it can be told: The Da Vinc...

    by Chris Ward on June 1, 2006
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    Dreams of Syndication

    Will & Grace: Series Finale (Lions Gate) The way this got hustled to shelves, mere days after Will Truman and Grace Adler said their mushy farewells, you'd think this were some classic adios -- another M*A*S*H or Cheers wrap-up. Alas, it was just...

    by Robert Wilonsky on June 1, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of May 30

    The Bette Davis Collection, Vol. 2 (Warner Bros.) A Fine Romance (Tango) Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster (Dark Sky) Freedomland (Sony) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Fox) Hercules/Mole Men Against the Son of Hercules (Image) John Wa...

    on June 1, 2006
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    New Times' Summer Guide 2006 - Be cool, even here

    Whether your summer vacation starts in May and ends in September, or just consists of weekends and the Fourth of July, we want to help you make your vay-cay more than okay. So stick your toe in our guide to keeping your sanity when all those around y...

    on June 1, 2006
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