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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Super Suits - Son of a stitch

    Mark Newport makes goofy art about subjects that are anything but goofy. He knits superhero costumes from the sort of overly bright, plastic-y acrylic yarn elderly ladies sew into afghans. Aquaman, Batman, Daredevil, Spider-Man, they're all here ...

    by Leanne Potts on July 7, 2005
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    Have a Heart - Bill Wohl is serious as a heart attack

    Until scientists master the secret to immortality, local businessman-jock-turned-philanthropist Bill Wohl has the answer: Donating your organs (and therefore your DNA) is a good way of stayin' alive. Granted, you won't be entirely yourself, but your ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on June 30, 2005
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    Robrt's Rules - A new tchotchke for the trophy case

    We're a town lousy with theater awards: the ariZonis, the Scotties, the Milties and the Tilties. Chris Page at the Tribune has his Spotlight Awards, and even Mark Turvin hands out something called The Fishy Awards, which sounds sort of -- well, you c...

    by Robrt L. Pela on June 30, 2005
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    Crafter Thought - So I'd like to know where you got the notion

    Just when you think you've seen everything Phoenix has to offer, someone drives you down to the warehouse district and walks you through a towering maze of boxes stuffed with papier-mch teapots, tiny plastic feet, and soaring stacks of grosgrain. A...

    by Robrt L. Pela on June 23, 2005
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    The Surreal World - The persistence of persistence

    Technology and inhumanity and greed, oh, my! Those wild beasties have been lurking in the shadows alongside the yellow brick road to progress for generations. Spend some time at the spirited "Surrealism USA" exhibit at Phoenix Art Museum, and you...

    by Leanne Potts on June 23, 2005
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    Art Scene - Current shows, exhibitions, and installations

    Leandro Soto at Paulina Miller Gallery: There's no place like home when you're far, far away. Maybe that's why the mixed-media assemblages about Cuba, Leandro Soto's lost home, are so much more powerful than the ones about his adopted hometown, Phoen...

    by Leanne Potts on June 23, 2005
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    Hauling Gary's Ashes - They found his ash can in the trash can

    "He's pretty heavy," Diane Putnam says of her late husband, Gary. "But I'm used to toting him around." She's talking about the big-as-a-brick box containing Gary's ashes that she's kept with her since he died six years ago after a brief battle with c...

    by Robrt L. Pela on June 16, 2005
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    The Emperor Has No Clothes - Cast is not quite up to interesting script

    I won't add my voice to the cacophony of complaints about the gratuitous nudity forever on display at Nearly Naked Theatre, in part because I don't care, but also because it's bad form to bitch that the players are undraped when we've been warned ahe...

    by Robrt L. Pela on June 16, 2005
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    Dinner at 8 - With a side of greasepaint

    High on the list of life's great mysteries, way up near "Why do we wait until a pig is dead to cure it?" and "Why do women sometimes shave off their eyebrows and then draw them back on?" is this one: "Why does dinner theater always suck so bad?" O...

    by Robrt L. Pela on June 16, 2005
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    Mistressed Out - Mine is no longer ours

    Ah, progress. It's given us better medicine, faster computers, tastier snack cakes. But often as not, progress in Phoenix involves the obliteration of our already tenuous local history. And while we've grown used to city landmarks being torn down to ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on June 9, 2005
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