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    Summer Books Roundup: This Time, It's Personal - It's what you are, not what you do, that counts now

    If the Iliad were brand-new -- if it were one of this summer's beach-reading blockbusters -- it wouldn't be a swashbuckling saga of siege, slave girls, and slaughter. That stuff might be in there, sure, but just as adornments to the main bit, which w...

    by Anneli Rufus on June 1, 2006
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    How Your Summer Reading List Stacks Up - All the details you'll need

    Send In the Idiots, by Kamran Nazeer (Bloomsbury, $23.95) Untouchables, by Narendra Jadhav (Scribner, $26) Self-Made Man, by Norah Vincent (Viking, $24.95) A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life, by Dana Reinhardt (Wendy Lamb/Random House, $1...

    on June 1, 2006
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    Get Inside! - Your three-month forecast of the summer's top movies

    Summer is the season of high expectations and profound disappointments. That suntan looks more like sunburn, your beer stays ice cold 'til the moment it's opened, and fat guys are the only ones hanging by the pool in bikini briefs. So it goes with su...

    by Robert Wilonsky on June 1, 2006
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    Go International -- Without Leaving Town - We get around

    Your folks will be spending the summer on a Serengeti safari. The roommates are gonna dance 'til dawn in the dapper discotheques of Ibiza. And your boss? He'll be slamming sake amid the hustle and flow of Tokyo. Meanwhile, you'll be stuck wiling a...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on June 1, 2006
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    Skip Town -- For Real - Minimize expenses and maximize culture shock

    Urban legend has it that you've gotta be downright filthy rich (and/or retired) to escape the sweltering Phoenix summer. Meet some mythbusters with sweet careers -- or lack thereof -- that give them a chance to split town, come June. Become a "Pro...

    by Steve Jansen on June 1, 2006
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    Oooh-La-Leave - It's like a foreign country

    A friend and I have resolved that this will be the first summer of our lives during which we never once complain about the heat. Each of us has spent our lives here in the desert, and both of us are champion whiners -- she about injustices against ch...

    by Robrt L. Pela on June 1, 2006
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    Romancing the Stone - Diamonds aren't the world's best trend

    Tom Zoellner -- journalist, former Phoenician, recently heartbroken guy -- has written a book about the diamond industry. The Heartless Stone digs deep into the cold, hard heart of the diamond business, which Zoellner globetrotted to uncover. From th...

    by Robrt L. Pela on May 25, 2006
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    Interiors - Stepping into Havana

    This guy knows how to take a photo. That was my first thought when I entered the gallery space at Mesa Arts Center. Fine-art photographer Michael Eastman's interiors of crumbling Cuban mansions are breathtaking -- and they're enormous, about 5x4 f...

    by Lilia Menconi on May 25, 2006
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    Art Scene - Current shows, exhibits and installations

    "Annual Summer Juried Exhibition" at ASU Harry Wood Gallery: This year's crop of MFA hopefuls shows a surprising awareness of domestic issues including water conservation, racial profiling and changing family values. Look for tongue-in-cheek politica...

    by Wynter Holden on May 25, 2006
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    Next Big Things - The five biggest attention-getters at E3

    Yet another Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) has come and gone, and this one was the biggest yet. Exhibitors know all too well that a strong showing at E3 -- an event heavily covered by both industry and mainstream press -- can turn a great prod...

    by Gary Hodges on May 25, 2006
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    Your Show of Shows

    Boston Legal: Season One (Fox) David E. Kelley's latest legal drama is nothing more than a TV show about TV shows; hence the casting of Captain Kirk and Murphy Brown, with guest shots by Diane Chambers, Golden Girl Rose Nylund, and Alex Keaton. It...

    by Jordan Harper on May 25, 2006
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    New Times's top DVD picks for the week of May 23

    Africa Screams (Image) April's Shower (Liberation) Back Door to Hell (Fox) Bloodrayne (Uwe Boll Productions) The Closer: The Complete First Season (Warner Bros.) Deadwood: The Complete Second Season (HBO) The Devil's Miner (First Ru...

    on May 25, 2006
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    Hey, Hey, We're the Junkies - The heroin of our story

    The heck with rehab. Anyone wanting to kick narcotics addiction should just go see Stray Cat Theatre's gloriously ugly production of Harry Gibson's Trainspotting. Crammed to capacity with pitch-perfect performances and almost unbearably realistic sce...

    by Robrt L. Pela on May 18, 2006
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    All Aboard - Less fun and more drugs than the movie

    It was a book and a play before it was a film, but, as ever, folks will still want Trainspotting, the play, to mirror the movie. It doesn't. Here's how. Character: Spud, the beloved spaz Fate in book and movie: Goofy speed fanatic who hates wo...

    by Robrt L. Pela on May 18, 2006
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    Theater Scene - What's running now

    Woodsman: Is What It Is Theatre all but vanished last year, but resurfaces this month with an original adaptation (and world premire) of the 2004 film that starred Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick. The story follows Walter, who's just been released fro...

    by Robrt L. Pela on May 18, 2006
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    The Brain Game - Can Nintendo really make you smarter?

    Mom always says that videogames rot your brain. Hell, some say that Grand Theft Auto trains kids to kill. So Nintendo's claim that its new portable offering, Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!, actually makes players smarter has been re...

    by Gary Hodges on May 18, 2006
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    This Time It's Serious

    Winter Passing (Fox) Try this, should you be inclined to rent this downer from writer-director Adam Rapp: Skip from chapter to chapter and see whether they all don't begin with exactly the same image, accompanied by exactly the same sound. There i...

    by Michael Atkinson on May 18, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of May 16.

    All You've Got (MTV) American Soldiers (Velocity) The Big Valley: Season One (Fox) Con Air: Unrated Extended Edition (Buena Vista) Crimson Tide: Unrated Extended Edition (Buena Vista) Doogal (Weinstein) Duma (Warner Bros.) Funny ...

    on May 18, 2006
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    Magical Mystery Tour - Exploring the life and art of the late Sean O'Donnell

    Sean O'Donnell waves at visitors from the window of his paint-peeling brick home; his fingertips splayed in greeting, his face mashed against the glass. "The first time I saw that, I forgot he was dead," says artist Janet de Berge Lange, pointing ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on May 11, 2006
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    Art Scene - Current exhibitions, installations, and shows

    Reviews by Wynter Holden "Holy Land: Diaspora and the Desert" at the Heard Museum: Something is definitely missing here. Only one Israeli artist is represented, and the closest thing to Jewish art is a photographic series exploring the Dead Sea. ...

    by Wynter Holden on May 11, 2006
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