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    Space Crash Course - Beam me up, Becky

    Rebecca Hardcastle isn't from outer space. But she might be from a different dimension, one that transcends time and space and most college curriculums. We can thank our lucky stars that Hardcastle has landed at Scottsdale Community College, which no...

    by Robrt L. Pela on January 13, 2005
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    Crazy for Tryin' - Cline show serves up heaps of singing

    Fans of lightweight post-dinner entertainment will appreciate Always . . . Patsy Cline, a slightly better than average amusement that's playing at Theater 4301. The venue, one of Scottsdale Center for the Arts' satellite theaters, isn't particularl...

    by Robrt L. Pela on January 13, 2005
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    No Parking - The worst of the '60s at a theater near you

    I welcomed in the new year with a shudder and a sigh, because 2005 is the year that Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park will return to Broadway. As if that weren't enough, we have, right now in lovely Phoenix, two productions of this hoary old comedy p...

    by Robrt L. Pela on January 13, 2005
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    Karen in the Hot Seat - Gays are okay, except sometimes

    When I arrive at her office at the Arizona House of Representatives, termed-out Republican Representative Karen Johnson is Scotch-taping the hem of her skirt, which has come unraveled and which she's rolled up into her lap for a quick repair. She lau...

    by Robrt L. Pela on January 6, 2005
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    Around the Bloc - Downtown Phoenix gets a writers' collective

    Cindy Dach, 38, who co-founded the eye lounge gallery/ artists' collective with her husband, photographer and public arts advocate Greg Esser, talks about the couple's latest labor of love, Writers' Bloc, a California-style bungalow just off Roose...

    by Michele Laudig on January 6, 2005
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    Art Scene - Reviews

    "Brian Alfred: The Future Is Now!" at the Phoenix Art Museum: New York-based artist Brian Alfred ponders corporate culture and rampant industrialization in his latest exhibition. Although Alfred's retro-futuristic paintings and collages emphasize soc...

    by Amy Young on January 6, 2005
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    2004-'05 New Year's Eve Guide - Events

    If your idea of a fun New Year's Eve consists of sitting at home in front of the TV and doing shots of Tequila Rose while watching the ball drop in Times Square, consider this: Those poor East Coast bastards are freezing their buns off, and there are...

    on December 30, 2004
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    Staged Resolutions - Critic pledges to be a good audience member in 2005

    I've been thinking about making some New Year's resolutions. Normally I don't bother; it's too easy to give in to the bad habits I've honed to perfection, and let's face it: Ice cream will always taste better than salad, and since I work at home and ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on December 30, 2004
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    What a Blast - Revolver dredges up the worst New Year's tales -- and here's our guide to making yours the best

    Normally, I'm a pretty boring motherfucker when it comes to New Year's celebrations. Having an extreme aversion to the sort of massive crowds that congregate at Tempe's Fiesta Bowl Block Party and Scottsdale's stepsister copycat event, I usually like...

    by Brendan Joel Kelley on December 23, 2004
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    2004-'05 New Year's Eve Guide - Events

    If your idea of a fun New Year's Eve consists of sitting at home in front of the TV and doing shots of Tequila Rose while watching the ball drop in Times Square, consider this: Those poor East Coast bastards are freezing their buns off, and there are...

    on December 23, 2004
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    Just Claus - You better not pout

    He sees you when you're sleeping; he knows when you're awake. And if that doesn't completely freak you out, how about this: He spends all his time with elves, has access to an army of men who look exactly like him, and he can bend time and space to s...

    by Robrt L. Pela on December 23, 2004
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    Don't Park It - Homeless for the holidays

    Last Wednesday, while Phoenix City Council members considered an ordinance that would allow police to evict transients from city parks, Kurt Brewer was relaxing at home. While lawmakers debated whether people with no fixed address should be allowed t...

    by Robrt L. Pela on December 16, 2004
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    Scrooged Again - Pick of the Dickens

    It's been a very long time since I've reviewed Actors Theatre's annual production of A Christmas Carol. I see it every year, but I haven't troubled anyone outside of my home with an opinion about it for quite a while. I must have written something...

    by Robrt L. Pela on December 16, 2004
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    Satan Place - How not to party like it's some guy's birthday

    Okay. Let's say that Jesus Christ is real, and that he was born to a virgin mother and is the son of an all-powerful but invisible being who offered up his only offspring in payment for our sins. Does this guy -- this savior, this product of an immac...

    by Robrt L. Pela on December 16, 2004
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    Stone Soul Partridge - Doesn't somebody want to be Laurie?

    Some people have a stash of porn in their home, or a little box of pills or a hoard of Twinkies or something shameful they've hidden away under the bed or in the back of a dark cupboard. I don't much care for pictures of people fucking, and I'm afrai...

    by Robrt L. Pela on December 9, 2004
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    Red Door Salon - Artist makes Phoenix vie a little more bohme

    Indigo Verton, 33, painter, photographer, hat maker, ex-cabaret star, bartender, and self-proclaimed hippie child is one of three artists working in Red Door Studio on Grand Avenue. Why "Red Door": The door was red when we moved in, so it was a no-...

    by Ashlea Deahl on December 9, 2004
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    Art Scene - Reviews

    Will Wilson: "Auto Immune Response" at the Heard Museum: How do you survive in a postapocalyptic world? According to Will Wilson, the key to survival lies in an understanding of the past. The Navajo photographer explores this, as well as the concepts...

    by Gina Cavallo Collins, Cristen Crujido, Rudy Navarro and Amy Young on December 9, 2004
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    Sex and the City - For Stuart Char, life is an all-nude cabaret.

    Ah, downtown Phoenix. Home to Bank One Ballpark, the famous Luhrs Building, that stunningly awful Patriots Park. It's a tangle of high- and low-rise construction that has -- dare I say it? -- risen from the ashes of its former run-down self, reborn a...

    by Robrt L. Pela on December 2, 2004
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    A Good Cigar Is a Smoke - ATC's Anna lights up the stage

    I saw Arizona Theatre Company's production of Anna in the Tropics with a second-weekend audience, having missed its opening night. Second-weekenders are a tough crowd, harder to entertain; first-nighters are there as much for the schmoozing as for wh...

    by Robrt L. Pela on December 2, 2004
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    Homo for the Holidays - When "gay bash" does not mean "festive party"

    Has anyone but me noticed that Arizona Jewish Theatre Company never produces plays or musicals that depict Jews as whiny cheapskates? And that the Black Theatre Troupe never presents shows in which people of color are portrayed as lazy, shiftless fie...

    by Robrt L. Pela on December 2, 2004
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