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    Art Scene - Current exhibits, installations, and shows

    "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 September 1, 2005
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    Give Her Liberty - Eleanor Eisenberg dances off into the sunset

    Freethinkers and activists across the Valley have been wringing their hands ever since the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona announced earlier this month that its executive director, Eleanor Eisenberg, will retire. Eisenberg, who is 65 and ha...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 25, 2005
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    Is It Over Yet? - When trauma does not equal drama

    It will take the average reader about three minutes to read this newspaper column in which I, a person who is paid to share my opinion, will reveal the ways in which Black, White and Read All Over is a play totally lacking in substance and utterly de...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 25, 2005
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    The Girl Who Wouldn't Grow Up - Judy Rollings spills a bean or two

    Fans are forever hassling Judy Rollings, director of the Herberger Theater Center's Performance Outreach department as well as its Lunch Time Theater program, about when in the world she plans to return to the stage. She's finally caved, with a one-w...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 25, 2005
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    Out on a Limb - Branching out with the Tree Lady

    Attention, shoppers: You can forget about parking in the shade, at least when you're headed for Metrocenter. Despite Karen Bauernschmidt's best efforts, the west-side mall recently axed more than 300 trees (most of them eucalyptus) growing in its exp...

    by Robrt L. Pela on August 18, 2005
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    Candid Cameras - Mostly meat, with a little cheese

    Art photography doesn't get its due. Because everyone has a camera, most people figure taking art photos is as easy as pointing the lens at something, uh, arty, and pushing the shutter button. We're a bit skeptical of art photographers because we ...

    by Leanne Potts on August 18, 2005
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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