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    Photo Flop - More Goth than Gothic

    Carlos Batts is a big-deal Los Angeles-based photographer who, since the mid-1990s, has shot models for fashion spreads, rock and rap bands for CD covers, and hot gals for sex magazines. Hustler, NBC and Skechers have all used his work to inject a da...

    by Leanne Potts on August 18, 2005
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    Art Scene - Current shows, exhibitions and installations

    "Hector Ruiz: La Realidad (Reality)" at the Heard Museum: Phoenix artist Hector Ruiz fires a shot between the eyes of American values with wood carvings, block prints, and mixed-media assemblages that address racism, border issues and capitalism. A K...

    by Leanne Potts on August 18, 2005
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    Good Grief - You heard it here

    Plenty of things piss me off. Bad grammar. Ugly architecture. Friends who let their dog hump my leg. Weather. People. But the item at the very top of the list of Things That Make Me Want to Kill Myself With an Ax is a simple phrase, one that ever...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 11, 2005
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    No Wonder - White bread, and not in the good way

    Before I tell you why and how very much I hated Theater League's The Wonder Bread Years, allow me to explain that this is a show I was born to love. I am the audience for this nostalgic gander at life as a boomer-era kid, one of those poor saps who's...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 11, 2005
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    Struck Dumb - Strom-y weather

    It's silly, and a little bit sad, the way that Phoenicians crowd around to watch a summer rainstorm. Packed onto front porches, posted at windows, pulled to the side of the road, we ogle rainy weather as if it were an eighth wonder, a heretofore unse...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 11, 2005
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    All Mail Revue - Having a wonderful time with mail art

    There's no art show more egalitarian than a mail art show. Just make a drawing or painting or collage or mixed-media piece that can be mailed, and you're in the exhibition. There's no curator, no jury process, no commercial concerns, no snobbery. ...

    by Leanne Potts on August 4, 2005
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    Art Scene - Current shows, exhibitions and installations

    "Super Heroics" by Mark Newport at Arizona State University Art Museum: Fiber artist and ASU professor Mark Newport pokes fun at traditional gender roles by using the feminine art of knitting to make manly superhero costumes. His empty Aquaman, Batma...

    by Leanne Potts on August 4, 2005
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    Pardon Me - It's no fun being an illegal alien

    Late last month, U.S. Immigration Judge John W. Richardson was expected to announce deportation dates for the Wilson Four, the former Wilson Charter High School clique detained in upstate New York while on a 2002 field trip with other classmates. Sma...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 4, 2005
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    In 'Toon - Here, the shorts are the feature

    Once upon a time, creating an animated film meant drawing and painting each frame individually. Animation was a painstaking, time-consuming process. A few seconds of Bugs Bunny waggling a carrot required hundreds of drawings; a single feature-length ...

    by Leanne Potts on August 4, 2005
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    Bachelor Number One - Ben there, done that

    Good news, girls. Apparently, mankind has at long last passed through that era where guys only wanted to get laid and have someone cook for them. Young men today, according to a cover story in this month's Marie Claire magazine, want to get married a...

    by Robrt L. Pela on July 28, 2005
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    Tale As Old As Time - Some enchanted evening

    Disney's Beauty and the Beast is exactly the kind of entertainment I deplore: a corporate-inspired translation of a cutie-pie musical cartoon adapted from classic literature. It's peopled by actors dressed in character costumes that all but swallow t...

    by Robrt L. Pela on July 28, 2005
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    She's a little teapot - Show biz, confidential no longer

    Kelli James, Broadway's first-ever Eponine in the original production of Les Misrables, is here among us. Tired of living out of a suitcase, and after a distinguished career that includes dozens of Broadway starring roles, James has settled in Phoen...

    by Robrt L. Pela on July 28, 2005
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    Bar None - Candy man Colin Redding chocs it up to experience

    Screw Willy Wonka. Colin Redding is our very own chocolate wizard, a man with his own candy factory who's willing to make a 40-foot dildo out of chocolate (although he'd rather not). He's even pulling a Wonka by sneaking golden tickets into chocolate...

    by Robrt L. Pela on July 21, 2005
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    Bowing to Royalty - A visit with the queen b

    b royalty, 37, painter, day-care artist and self- proclaimed mediocre violinist, says she paints "to make me visible to myself." Visible to the rest of us are her enormous talents, via the oil-and-collage paintings that have brought her almost inst...

    by Robrt L. Pela on July 21, 2005
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    Art Scene - Current shows, exhibitions, and installations

    "Super Heroics" by Mark Newport at Arizona State University Art Museum: Fiber artist and ASU professor Mark Newport pokes fun at traditional gender roles by using the feminine art of knitting to make manly superhero costumes. His empty Daredevil and ...

    by Leanne Potts on July 21, 2005
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    Reality Bites - Message easily Heard

    Phoenix artist Hector Ruiz fires a shot right between the eyes of American values in his "La Realidad (Reality)" exhibition at the Heard Museum. The show, which addresses Mexican-American identity, border issues, race, misogyny, capitalism and the...

    by Leanne Potts on July 14, 2005
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    Identity Crisis - Artists' roots are showing

    Most of us spend our 20s trying to understand the mix of parental influence, pop culture, personality and irrevocable decisions that put us on our current path in life. Figuring out how and why you became the person you are is the most basic puzzle o...

    by Leanne Potts on July 14, 2005
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    Art Scene - Current shows, exhibitions, and installations

    "Super Heroics" by Mark Newport at Arizona State University Art Museum: Fiber artist and ASU professor Mark Newport pokes fun at traditional gender roles by using the feminine art of knitting to make manly superhero costumes. His empty Daredevil and ...

    by Leanne Potts on July 14, 2005
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    Art Scene - Current shows, exhbitions, and installations

    "Surrealism U.S.A." at Phoenix Art Museum: This spirited exhibition that includes works by artists such as Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Joseph Cornell and Robert Motherwell is the first major survey of American surrealism in 25 years. Some of the works ...

    by Leanne Potts on July 7, 2005
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    Sweaterman - Spinning a yarn and building a legend

    Mark Newport, 40, knits costumes for the likes of Batman and Spiderman, mixing the womanly art of sewing with the manly world of superheroes, and making fun of gender stereotypes in the process. The fiber artist's life-size costumes and embroidered c...

    by Leanne Potts on July 7, 2005
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