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    Digging in the Dirt

    Broken Flowers (Universal Home Entertainment) Bill Murray, who long ago swapped manic kineticism for melancholy deadpan, is once more mired in a middle-aged funk; what else is new? As Don Johnston, an aging lothario whose latest young girlfriend i...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 5, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of January 3

    All in the Family: The Complete Fifth Season (Columbia/Tristar) Annie Duke's Beginner's Guide to Texas Hold 'Em (Big Vision) As Time Goes By: Reunion Special (PBS) The Cave (Sony) Dumb and Dumber: Unrated (New Line) Football Collection...

    on January 5, 2006
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    Random Notes, circa 2005 - Of good mistakes and bad nostalgia

    Okay, so I saw a bunch of crap this past year. But I also saw some amazing stuff on local stages -- things that made me hopeful that local theater is not destined to repeat the same four musicals (another production of Cabaret, anyone?) and three Nei...

    by Robrt L. Pela on January 5, 2006
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    Generation Next - Microsoft's Xbox 360 fires the first shot in the next-gen console war

    Microsoft isn't described as an underdog very often. But in the world of video games, Sony's PlayStation is king, and all others fight for scraps. While Microsoft's Xbox managed to bump the once-great Nintendo into third place, it nevertheless remain...

    by Gary Hodges on January 5, 2006
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    Life's Work - Rudy awakening

    One of the perks of being an artist is that you usually end up with a fabulous art collection, compensation for all those years of living in an unheated studio and subsisting on beans and ramen noodles. An artist's private stash is generally the p...

    by Leanne Potts on December 29, 2005
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    Life's Lumps - Caro's vision darkens

    British sculptor Anthony Caro is most famous for the lean, linear metal abstractions he made in the 1960s, playful pieces that seemed to float in the air. So it's surprising to see the lumpy, earthbound assemblages of clay and steel in "A Life in...

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

    Eric Finzi at Perihelion Arts: It's a pop culture tenet that Charles Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, was a perv whose fascination with little girls appears, to contemporary eyes, to be very Michael Jackson. Maryland painter Eric Finzi explor...

    by Leanne Potts on December 29, 2005
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    This Game Bites - The new Castlevania is the last nail in the franchise's coffin

    With a Blade TV show in the works from Spike TV and powder-faced My Chemical Romance fans carrying the goth torch at Hot Topic, this would seem the perfect time to resurrect the Castlevania franchise. Castlevania debuted 20 years ago on the Ninte...

    by Chris Ward on December 29, 2005
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    Cult Hit for Nobody

    Nowhere Man (Image Entertainment) There's good reason why you've never heard of this UPN show from the mid-'90s, which lasted 25 episodes before getting shuttled off to, well, nowhere. It's a convoluted mind-fuck that owes its existence as much to...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 29, 2005
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of December 27

    Ab-Normal Beauty (Tartan) Art of the Devil (Tokyo Shock) Bram Stoker's Dracula/Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (Sony) Caged Heat (Buena Vista) Dark Water (Buena Vista) Diary of a Mad Black Woman: The Play (Lions Gate) Empire of the Wolv...

    on December 29, 2005
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    Loaded GUN - Activision brings the neo-western to videogames, genocide included

    The myth of the Wild West has mutated over the past half-century. Where once we thrilled to the wholesome exploits of the Lone Ranger, now we wallow in the mesmerizing depravity of HBO's Deadwood. Film geeks can argue about when it started to chan...

    by Gary Hodges on December 22, 2005
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    The Impossible Bomb

    Serenity (Universal) Joss Whedon's film version of his TV series Firefly came and went like a lightning bug in October; the predicted phenom stuck around the multiplex just long enough to lose millions. But like Firefly, which sold enough boxed se...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 22, 2005
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of December 20

    The Amazing Race: The Seventh Season (Paramount) Battlestar Galactica: Season 2.0 (Universal) The Biggest Loser: The Workout (Lions Gate) Bob the Butler (First Independent) Cry_Wolf (MCA) ER: The Complete Fourth Season (Warner Bros.) ...

    on December 22, 2005
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    Restaurants

    Special Events Bars and Clubs Bada Boom Pasta Room 4151 North Marshall Way, Scottsdale www.badaboomaz.com "A Dinner to Remember" featuring beef tenderloin, Chilean sea bass, and plenty of Italian favorites. 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dinners star...

    on December 22, 2005
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    Bars and Clubs

    Special Events Restaurants Ain't Nobody's Bizness 3031 East Indian School Road www.aintnobodysbizness-az.com New Year's Eve bash featuring drink specials, giveaways, champagne toast at midnight, and DJ Tsunami spinning hip-hop and dance...

    on December 22, 2005
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    Profile: Robert "Fun Bobby" Birmingham - Beer Factor

    Robert Birmingham (a.k.a. Fun Bobby), 38, towers over the Valley nightclub scene. This 6-foot-6 beer-busting beanstalk is one of the Valley's "StarTenders" -- or celebrity bartenders -- famous for his mixology mastery, suds-slinging, and affable natu...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on December 22, 2005
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    Remember Nothing - Your guide to turning '05 to '06 in style

    It's time to welcome '06 here in the PHX, but you've got no idea where to go. New Year's Eve is (arguably) the biggest hootenanny of the whole Gregorian calendar, so you definitely don't want to wind up stuck at home while your friends are out living...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on December 22, 2005
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    Profile: Pyrotechnician Kendon Victor - Bang Boy

    Kendon Victor, 41, will help start 2006 off with a bang, or several hundred of them. As head pyrotechnician for Tempe-based Fireworks Productions of Arizona, he'll coordinate the launching of skyrockets in flight over both Scottsdale and Tempe's bloc...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on December 22, 2005
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    Profile: Alexandria Paveloff - Barely Legal

    While Alexandria Paveloff recently turned the magic, alcohol-friendly age of 21, don't expect to see her wasted on New Year's Eve. This diminutive customer-service representative already knows about the evils of alcohol, including getting thrown in t...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on December 22, 2005
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    Profile: Cabbie Steve Sims - Taxi Driver

    Steve Sims, 38, doesn't watch Taxicab Confessions -- he never needs to. The former computer programmer turned cabdriver has already seen plenty of explicit and outrageous action in the back seats of the taxis he's driven for Discount Cab over the pas...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on December 22, 2005
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