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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of September 27

    Carlito's Way: Rise to Power (Universal) American Pie: 3 Movie Pie Pack (Universal) Beethoven: The Pooch Pack (Universal) Billy Jack: The Ultimate Collection (Ventura) Blind Melon: Live at the Metro (EMI) Bouncing Souls: Live at the Gl...

    on September 29, 2005
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    Dem Quixote - Jim Pederson wants comfy outdoor dining without misters -- something all voters can agree on

    Jim Pederson is a consummate politician: He's rich, well-connected, and not above pointing fingers at the opposition. He's also quite dull -- or, to be fair, at least unwilling to bite when he's baited with stupid questions from newspaper reporters. ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on September 29, 2005
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    The Cold West - Aiming for the gut

    You can't chuck a Grand Canyon snow globe in the Southwest without hitting a Luis Jimenez sculpture. His biliously colored, Pop Art-goes-Chicano depictions of cowboys, horses, Indians and other iconic figures of the West are a fixture of university c...

    by Leanne Potts on September 29, 2005
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    True Lais - Being pork and chicken, Hong-Kong style

    At first glance, Stella Lai's paintings look like benign decorations, all delicate flowers, bright colors and pretty Chinese calligraphy. Look closer, and you'll see her Asian-influenced pieces are actually about how rotten it is being a woman or ...

    by Leanne Potts on September 29, 2005
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    Art Scene - Current exhibits, shows, and installations

    Michael Eastman's "America" at Bentley Projects: The ambient desolation of Michael Eastman's photographs of empty streetscapes and seedy interiors seems prophetic in the wake of Hurricane Katrina's leveling of New Orleans. At least two of the photos...

    by Leanne Potts on September 29, 2005
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    New releases available this week

    Desperate Housewives: The Complete First Season (Buena Vista) ABC's juggernaut drama is made up mostly of elements that have trickled down from HBO: black humor, self-awareness, the radical notion that women over 30 can arouse the national libido...

    on September 22, 2005
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of September 20

    The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D (Buena Vista) Anthrax Anthrology: No Hit Wonders (Sanctuary) The Batman: Season 1, Volume 2 (Warner Bros.) Battlestar Galactica: Season One (Universal) Born Into Brothels (ThinkFilm) Broth...

    on September 22, 2005
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    Maiden Heaven - Modest and moving

    While everyone in town is wetting their pants over the new Mesa Arts Center, the truly exciting news in local theater this week is taking place in a much less glamorous location. Wedged into the rehearsal space behind the main stage at the Herberger ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on September 22, 2005
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    Ron May, Director - A 21st-century Renaissance man

    By day, Ron May is Audience Services Director for Actors Theatre -- whatever that means. The rest of the time he's a dramatic triple threat: actor (most recently as an angry young man in Stop Kiss), director (earlier this month, he helmed Nearly Nake...

    by Robrt L. Pela on September 22, 2005
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    New releases available this week

    Da Ali G Show: Da Compleet Second Seazon (HBO Home Video) Sacha Baron Cohen's inching closer to Tom Green territory; come this time next year, his HBO show is likely to be on the pop-culture junk pile. Which isn't to say this double-disc set doesn...

    on September 15, 2005
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of September 13

    After Sex (New Yorker Video) Ben-Hur: Four-Disc Collector's Edition (Warner Bros.) Candlemass: The Curse of Candlemass (Navarre) Carlito's Way: Ultimate Edition (Universal) Escaflowne: The Movie -- Ultimate Edition (Bandai Entertainment) ...

    on September 15, 2005
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    Art Scene - Current shows, exhibits, and installations

    Nelson Garcia at the Chocolate Factory: You can feel the throb of the tropics in Phoenix artist Nelson Garcia's surreal abstractions. Vivid colors undulate and biomorphic shapes seem to quiver with life in paintings and prints that show what his nati...

    by Leanne Potts on September 15, 2005
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    Frank, Speaking - By the time he got to Phoenix . . .

    It's nearly as difficult to get an interview with one of the 500-plus New Orleans evacuees housed at Veterans' Memorial Coliseum as it is to get timely rescue assistance from FEMA. A dozen phone calls to flacks from various agencies in search of an a...

    by Robrt L. Pela on September 15, 2005
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    Drear Factor - Running on empty

    Michael Eastman's unpopulated photographs of empty streetscapes and seedy interiors occupy the same desolate ward as Edward Hopper's diner and Walker Evans' still lifes. Boarded-up theaters, abandoned houses and shabby rooms tell of entropy, implodin...

    by Leanne Potts on September 15, 2005
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    Legend Has It . . . - Fun with folklore

    The Arizona Print Group and Writers Bloc team up for "Urban Legends," an exhibition of prose, poetry and prints about those apocryphal stories that float around the culture and illuminate our fears by their very silliness. You know the ones: poisoned...

    by Leanne Potts on September 15, 2005
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    New releases available this week

    The Blues Brothers 25th Anniversary Edition (Universal Studios Home Video) Dan Aykroyd and John Goodman's modern-day revival of the Blues Brothers is less a stroke of comedy genius than a dose of karaoke night at Hooters. Fight off those thoughts ...

    on September 8, 2005
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of September 6

    Barn of the Naked Dead (Koch Vision Entertainment) The Bela Lugosi Collection (Universal) Bruce Springsteen: VH1 Storytellers (Sony Music) Charmed: The Complete Second Season (Paramount) Crash (Artisan) The Deer Hunter: Special Edition...

    on September 8, 2005
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    The Shipping News - Jose Avila's furniture designs are out of the box

    You don't need to mow down a Wal-Mart employee or kidnap a teenager and force her into prostitution to make headlines in Phoenix. Just ask Jose Avila, a Valley wiseacre who's made news (not to mention the rounds of network talk shows) thanks to his s...

    by Robrt L. Pela on September 8, 2005
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    Room for Improvement - Not too funny, not too sad

    I was baffled when Nearly Naked Theatre announced earlier this year that it planned to open its season with Scott McPherson's Marvin's Room. McPherson's dramedy tells a story that, despite some gallows humor and a better-than-competent script, isn't ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on September 8, 2005
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    Production Numbers - Counting on the new season

    One can only guess at what the new theater season holds. And because speculating about theater, at least in Phoenix, is often more entertaining than actually looking at it, here's a list of facts and likely figures about where we're at and what's to ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on September 8, 2005
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