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    Death Becomes Her - Morbidly fascinating SMoCA show

    There's no question that Americans have a disturbing fascination with death. Why do we die? Is there an afterlife? These are some of the great mysteries of life. The quandary is that we cannot fully understand death until we experience it firsthand. ...

    by Wynter Holden on April 13, 2006
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    Art Scene - Current shows, exhibits, and installations

    James Angel at Modified Arts: Artist James Angel is living proof that you can go home again. Faded, dusty road signs against a tea-stained neutral background evoke memories of family vacations in his Cosmopolitan, and the magically delicious breakfas...

    by Reviews by Wynter Holden and Leanne Potts on April 13, 2006
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    Cowboy Up - We just can't quit this countrified Karaoke

    With scrappy warblers like Kellie Pickler and Bucky Covington trying to out-twang each other on American Idol, country music is hotter than a corn dog at a county fair. One reason is that almost anybody can sing it. Even mopes who argue that NASC...

    by Chris Ward on April 13, 2006
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    Naomi Then and Now

    Ellie Parker (Strand) This extremely raw portrait of an actress trying -- and failing -- to make it in Hollywood showcases Naomi Watts in a wrenching and sympathetic performance. Writer-director Scott Coffey shot the movie over nearly six years, b...

    by Robert Wilonsky on April 13, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of April 11

    Caved In: Prehistoric Terror (Lions Gate) The Dark (Sony) Death Cab for Cutie: Directions (Atlantic) Deep Blue (Miramax) Dora the Explorer: Dora's First Trip (Paramount) 18 Fingers of Death (MCA) The Greatest Game Ever Played (Disne...

    on April 13, 2006
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    Clued In

    There might be something that David Ira Goldstein loves more than theater: Perhaps his wife; possibly his cats; maybe a good game of golf. But you'd never know it watching Arizona Theatre Company's world premire of Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventu...

    by Robrt L. Pela on April 6, 2006
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    Laura Durant - The rainbow connection

    Laura Durant is a triple threat of a different kind: a film and stage actor who also markets and photographs local theater productions. When she isn't onstage (as she was last month as Rosie the Riveter in Sentimental 1940s Journey at the Herberger) ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on April 6, 2006
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    Theater Scene - What's running now

    Jesus Christ Superstar: Who in the world does He think He is? He'll tell you -- in song! -- if you'll get yourself down to Desert Stages Theatre. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's famed musical is here again, resurrected just in time for Easter. And...

    by Robrt L. Pela on April 6, 2006
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    Tainted Black - The game that promised "gun porn" falls limp.

    On paper, Black sounds like a sure hit: Criterion Studios (the developer behind the spectacular Burnout games) designs a first-person shooter that does away with all that boring sneaking and instead focuses on the pure pyrotechnic appeal of a Hollywo...

    by Gary Hodges on April 6, 2006
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    Some Kind of Joke

    The Mel Brooks Collection(Fox) Talk about taking the good with the bad; how else to describe a boxed set containing Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein (Brooks' silly masterpieces), and Robin Hood: Men in Tights and History of the World, Part 1 (...

    by Robert Wilonsky on April 6, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of April 4

    Bee Season (Fox) Best of 3rd Rock From the Sun (Anchor Bay) The Big Question (THINKFilm) Bustin' Bonaparte (Freestyle) Dawson's Creek: The Complete Sixth Season (Sony) Dirty (Sony) The Fallen (Anthem) Far Side of the Moon (TLA) ...

    on April 6, 2006
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    Tag Team - Retail Laboratory tests Roosevelt Row with graffiti hoax

    It was Christmas in March last Friday at Retail Laboratory, the hipster boutique on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix's art district. Shoppers were in and out of the "micro department store" all day, browsing the Penguin shirts and Jonathan Adler ...

    by Joe Watson on March 30, 2006
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    Revenge of the Grown-Up Nerds - Enchanted America

    Derek Benz and J.S. Lewis might be just another couple of writers cashing in on the Harry Potter craze with their new young adult novel, The Revenge of the Shadow King. But unlike most post-Harry fantasy writers, the Phoenix authors have struck a cho...

    by Robrt L. Pela on March 30, 2006
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    Art Scene - Current shows, exhibitions and installations

    "Father and Son Exhibition" at Figarelli Fine Art: The apple doesn't fall far from the tree when it comes to sculptor Allan Houser Haozous and his son, Phillip. Father's influence can be seen in the familial depictions dominating Phillip's work -- br...

    by Reviews by Wynter Holden and Leanne Potts on March 30, 2006
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    Spray-On Soul - Getting Up is a flawed but fascinating ode to graffiti 's early years

    Somewhere between the time DJ Kool Herc got the party started in the 1970s and LL Cool J's star turn on MTV Unplugged in 1991, hip-hop went mainstream. First it conquered the 'burbs. Then it went global. Before long, kids in Tokyo were rapping. Al...

    by Luke O'Brien on March 30, 2006
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    Kid Stuff for Parents

    Wonder Showzen: Season One (MTV) On the surface, the way this MTV2 puppetfest explores adult concepts through a kiddie-show format seems fresh as a Nantucket limerick. But Wonder Showzen's execution is so bold and frankly hilarious that it feels w...

    by Jordan Harper on March 30, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of March 28

    The Andy Milonakis Show: The Complete First Season (MTV) Another Public Enemy (Tartan) A Boy Named Charlie Brown (Paramount) Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King (Sony) Doctor Who: The Beginning Collection (BBC Warner) Don't Deliver Us From ...

    on March 30, 2006
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    Art Detour 2006 - The comprehensive lowdown on the scene, the anti-scene, listings, and a handy map

    D.I.Y. PHX: from galleries to grub Venue guide and events listings (PDF 2MB) By Benjamin Leatherman On the Map: take the detour Click here to view map (PDF 3.8MB) D.I.Y. Downtown: blaze the trail Stiletto: gallery of sound Studio Visit: Lesl...

    on March 23, 2006
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    Over the Hill - A perfectly fine evening of nonprofessional dinner theater

    It's a humid summer day in 1976, and my sister and her kids and I are going someplace in her big blue Plymouth. I'm up front with Sis; the kids are in the back, and all three of them are singing something called "The Very Strange Medley" at the tops ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on March 23, 2006
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    Dinner and a Show - A few places to watch plays while you chew food

    Broadway Palm Dinner Theater: Part of the Prather Family of dinner theaters, this local branch is now in its fifth season. The chain tends to share shows, which means we get to see out-of-towners hoofing the stage. Typical surf-and-turf menu. Current...

    on March 23, 2006
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