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8 Surface Value Dig deeper on some heavy issues of American life and lifestyle — like racial and sexual identity and the influences of pop culture — in an exhibit at the Des Moines Art Center.
15 Gettin’ all Emo No, not that kind of emo. We’re talking tears of laughter here. Considered by some as the best joke writer in America, funny guy Emo Philips will perform in Dubuque.
10 Art vendor Candy? Chips? Art? The CornerHouse Gallery & Frame features the first Art-o-mat in the state. The retired cigarette vending machine now dispenses masterpieces at $5 a pull.
17 Blowing over Khaela Maricich, also known as performance artist and pop musician The Blow, joins She’s My Brother, She’s My Sister and Colourmusic on The Mill’s July lineup.
12 Spirit Midwest WWJD? He’d go to Des Moines’ Spirit Midwest Christian Music festival featuring some of the biggest names in the Christian contemporary genre. Admission is free.
24 Split decision Pulse’s game reviewer cozies up with his Nintendo DS and finds “Punch Time” fun but flawed. “Cubic Ninja,” though, gets a whole lotta stars for its replay value and challenges.
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he exhibit “Surface Value” features the work of James Gobel, Alison Elizabeth Taylor and Mickalene Thomas. Each artist presents a unique vision of American life and lifestyle, exploring pop culture influences, issues of racial and sexual identity and the varying subcultures that make up our diverse population. Although these three are sometimes called painters, each one uses media in an innovative way, incorporating fabric, wood and even rhinestones into the two-dimensional space of the canvas. The influence of art history, whether through imagery or technique, also presents itself in the work of all three in ways that are innovative, playful and provocative. Thomas’ vivacious and powerful images of African-American women not only glitter and glow with color but reference and question traditional ideas about portraiture and beauty. Building scenes from small, carefully selected pieces of wood veneer, Taylor presents compositions of an engaging yet slightly harsh world, addressing issues of poverty and isolation from unique corners of the American landscape. Gobel’s large-scale felt and paint-covered canvases playfully take on traditional notions of male beauty, portraying his everyday life in candy colors and vivid patterns. Des Moines Art Center Through Sept. 4 desmoinesartcenter.org Through Sept. 4 Des Moines Art Center
he Dubuque Museum of Art is one of the few repositories in the world with a complete collection of “The North American Indian” by American photographer and adventurer Edward S. Curtis. The museum will present a themed selection of images from this extensive and stunning collection featuring Native American children, some of Curtis’ most endearing images. It was an image of a child that gave momentum to the project when Curtis was one of the winners in the “Prettiest Children in America” contest, sponsored by Ladies Home Journal in 1904. This spurred his relationship with President Theodore Roosevelt, who became one of the project’s most famous supporters. The highlight of the exhibition will be four images brought to life in 3-D by area artist Scott Hendron using ground breaking printing technology. Visitors are welcome to touch the four prints. The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 27. dbqart.com
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exposes the different muscles and organs engaged in that activity. With more than 200 specimens on display, visitors will see healthy bodies and organs alongside unhealthy ones, including the lungs of a smoker versus healthy lungs. The exhibit is open through the summer and also features an IMAX movie, “The Human Body,” that explores a day in the life of your body.
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ecoming an art collector can be approximately 400 contributing artists as easy as buying a candy bar or a from 10 countries. Most importantly, each bag of chips. The first Art-o-mat Art-o -mat is one-of-a-kind, custom built in Iowa is vending art and culture for $5 a to the host’s desire. pull at CornerHouse Gallery & Frame in Each “Artist in Cellophane” is art Cedar Rapids. Art-o-mat machines are retired ciga- on a block of wood or in a box. It’s then rette vending machines that have been wrapped in a piece of cellophane to help converted to vend art. Since 1997, Clark it slide out of the machine like an old cigaWhittington has been making Art-o-mats rette pack. that vend artwork in cellophane. He now has more than 90 active machines various CornerHouse Gallery & Frame locations throughout the country with Cedar Rapids
he first exhibition at the UNI Museum of fall 2011 is “Turning Point: New Acquisitions” from the UNI Permanent Art Collection. A lecture, “UNI Accounting Blends with Art,” by UNI alumna and art collector Lois E. Iseminger will be presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, in KAB 111. A reception will follow. Represented in this exhibition are contemporary works of art by Robert Arneson, David Bolduc, Michael Boyd, William Conger, Hanne Darboven, Ruth Duckworth, Marianne Lipschitz Jørgensen, Sarah Krepp, Ken Little, Danny Mansmith, Gladys Nilsson, Jay Phillips, Kay Rosen, Barry Tinsley and the entire New Art Examiner box of 25 Chicago artists.
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he Iowa City Community Theatre has scheduled a benefit performance of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic musical, “The Sound of Music,” at the Englert Theatre. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, an exclusive opening night redcarpet event will give a limited number of guests the chance to support ICCT. Additional
shows will be at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. The fundraiser is a staged reading, in which the songs from “The Sound of Music” will be sung choral-style, with connecting dialogue in between. The Englert Theatre, Iowa City Tickets: 319.688.2653 englert.org
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wo-time Dove award-nominees Sidewalk Prophets and the chart-climbing Manafest will headline the sixth annual Spirit Midwest Christian Music Festival. Sidewalk Prophets’ latest album, “These Simple Truths,” explodes with sparkling pop, raucous rock and beautiful ballads that shows these guys know how to craft intelligent, inspired music that fits comfortably inside the box but may not be content to stay there. Manafest’s “The Chase” is topping the charts worldwide. Early-release single “Avalanche” was instantly a smash hit, and second release “No Plan B” is rocketing up the charts across the globe. Along with the headliners, Spirit Midwest will have an additional 45 to 50 bands on three stages, a free inflatable village, guest speakers and food and merchandise vendors.
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PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE FRIDAY MAIN STAGE 4:00 p.m. Vance Lambert 4:35 p.m. Sanctified 5:35 p.m. Risen 6:35 p.m. Lightswitch 7:35 p.m. Tim Cooper & Friends 8:45 p.m. Sidewalk Prophets TENT STAGE 4:00 p.m. Sean Covington 4:45 p.m. CJ Michaels 5:30 p.m. Madison Lorentzen 6:20 p.m. SOJO Ministries 7:15 p.m. Finish Line ROCK STAGE 4:00 p.m. Tru Serva 4:50 p.m. By Its Right Name 5:35 p.m. Tha CorinthD:13 6:35 p.m. Southbound Fearing 7:35 p.m. K-Jay 8:35 p.m. Willet 9:45 p.m. Manafest
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inger/songwriter John Mark McMillan’s Christian indie rock songs are full of sentiment and catching rhythms. McMillan, a native North Carolinian, is best known for his songs “Skeleton Bones” and “How He Loves,” which appeared on his debut album, “The Song Inside the Sounds of Breaking Down.” “How He Loves” has been covered by several well-known Christian artists including David Crowder Band, Kim Walker and Hillsong. The song has sentimental meaning for McMillan, who wrote it following the death of a close friend. McMillan is currently on his “A Mighty Raucous Evening” tour and is expected to release his fifth studio album, “Economy,” this fall.
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escribed by Jay Leno as “the best joke writer in America” and considered by many as one of the funniest people on the planet, Emo Philips has performed more than 6,000 times throughout the English-speaking world. Since starting out at the age of 20 in Chicago in 1976, Emo has had award-winning comedy albums, several cable specials and many appearances on network television in both America and the U.K. He has appeared in films, most notably as the table-saw demonstrator in “UHF,” and has lent his distinctive voice to animated TV shows like “Doctor Katz,” “Slacker Cats” and “Home Movies.” However, his first love, stand-up, remains his true one.
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Eminem’s “Recovery” was a blessing and a curse. That 2010 album put the foul Detroit MC back atop the pop-hop heap, but its softer, lyrical approach repelled Em’s hard-core fans used to rapid-fire misogyny and mayhem. Those listeners should be heartened by his reteaming with old rapper pal Royce da 5’9”, the “Bad” to Eminem’s “Evil.” The flinty pair produced a neo-horrorcore 12-inch in 1999, and its black comic vibe is apparent on this nine-cut (11 on the deluxe) EP. Along with the boys’ flow and their snarling voices, | goLD limp cobRA INQUIRER | PHILADELPHIA A.D.bizkit Amorosi
Limp Bizkit wasn’t always as bad as people said. They were legit superstars because they had naughty pranks as good as anyone’s. Replacing a naughty word with yeah in “Nookie” made it a classic; deconstructing a pop gauntlet as spotless as George Michael’s “Faith” was audacious. Fred Durst once knew the humorous side of being scum, once sang “Nobody loves me / Maybe I’ll go eat worms.” But
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On “Nest,” his second solo album, Meredith Bragg creates gentle, quietly experimental songs that hover in the distance even as they convey intimacy. The hushed, interior quality of songs such as “Arrowstark” offsets fingerpicked acoustic guitar with spiraling electronic effects in the background, and those underpinnings add depth, detail and complexity. Sparklehorse and Juana Molina fans will recognize this technique.
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Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks are like-minded artists who have made fine music as solo acts. They also happen to be married. Now they’ve put together a group that features musicians from their respective bands and collaborated on original material. “Revelator” is what you’d expect. It’s a richly organic stew steeped in soul and blues, spiced with Dobro, slide, horns and B3. Trucks and Tedeschi are both excellent guitarists — lyrical solos punctuate many of these songs — and Tedeschi 16
it’s the riveting rhythm and sizzling backing track that makes “A Kiss” succulent. Which brings us to the best (and least hard) tracks on Hell, “I’m on Everything” and “Lighters.” While the former humorously features rampant drug use and a most contagious score, the latter costars crooner Bruno Mars and his production and writing team, the Smeezingtons, as well as truly touching lyrics between old friends Royce and Eminem. They’re cute when they’re not angry. — A.D. Amorosi, Philadelphia Inquirer
he was plenty loved by the time he made a video in which he screams in a bound Thora Birch’s face. He’s lost the plot, and even his targets on “Gold Cobra” are F-list. “Why don’t you get a life?” he screams at YouTube commenters. If the one about his gun expertise is any indication, I really doubt he ever did eat those worms. — Dan Weiss, Philadelphia Inquirer
The standout “Birds of North America” uses a cello figure (courtesy of Elizabeth Olson of Bragg’s former band the Terminals) to create a chamber-pop anthem that Matt Pond would die for. “One True Love” bursts into a motorik electric guitar riff. Mostly, however, “Nest” is a careful, considered album in which the tiniest things count most. — Steve Klinge, Philadelphia Inquirer
is a powerful vocalist who never succumbs to the temptation this kind of material offers to get overwrought. The songs unfold at a leisurely pace, oozing soulfulness as they give the 11 musicians plenty of room to operate. Over the course of 61 minutes, though, you wish for a little more of the energy found in the gospel-fueled “Bound for Glory” and the loose-limbed funkiness of “Love Has Something Else to Say.” — Nick Cristiano, Philadelphia Inquirer
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he Blow is Khaela Maricich, a performing artist and pop musician. As The Blow, she has released a number of music albums and toured nationally and internationally. Working in music venues as well as art spaces, her performances explore and exploit the conventions of each format. Her recent work interweaves elements of narrative performance art with traditional pop-show dynamics. The Blow will perform with She’s My Brother, She’s My Sister.
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tep into the beautifully strange world of Colourmusic, a psychedelic outfit from Stillwater, Okla., a place where concept albums — an LP named “My _____ is Pink,” in this case — have nothing to do with structured narratives or loosely linked lyrics. More like musical walls that must be climbed, whether that means shunning acoustic guitars or modeling the rhythm section of some songs after metronomic sex acts.
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Stars: Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake, Patricia Clarkson The plot: While trying to avoid the clichés of Hollywood romantic comedies, Dylan (Timberlake) and Jamie (Kunis) soon discover that adding the act of sex to their friendship does lead to complications.
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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER StarS: chris evans, Hugo weaving, samuel l. Jackson the pLot: after being deemed unfit for military service during wwii, steve rogers (evans) volunteers for a top-secret research project that turns him into captain america, the sentinel of liberty — a superhero dedicated to defending america’s ideals. His first mission: to combat the nazi propaganda effort headed by Johann schmidt (weaving), also known as the red skull.
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StarS: Hank azaria, Katy perry, neil patrick Harris the pLot: the little blue creatures of smurf village move to new york city after the evil wizard gargamel chases them out of their mushroom-like homes in the forest. pulse
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aven-Symone, the adorable moppet of “The Cosby Show” who years later became a squeaky-clean fixture on the Disney Channel, is so not that Raven anymore. In one scene on her new ABC Family show, “State of Georgia,” Raven-Symone’s character, aspiring actress Georgia Chamberlain, tries to seduce an obnoxious casting director into letting her audition for the devil/vamp role of Lola in “Damn Yankees.” At one point she presents him with a fried chicken dinner, even making suggestive jokes about breasts. When the director resists, Raven-Symone, dressed in a sexy red blouse, black mini and high heels, unveils more cleavage. The moment from the show, which premiered June 29, is a long way from “That’s So Raven,” one of the longest-running series on the Disney Channel, which wrapped production in 2006. The new, more mature but still comedic role marks her most visible return to television in recent years and follows a string of stumbles, including a low-selling album, the lukewarmly received 2008 film “College Road Trip” and an aborted stadium concert tour where everyone was supposed to attend in their pajamas. At age 25, Raven-Symone looks strikingly different — the young adult whose weight and voluptuous body were a constant talking point recently lost 40 pounds. “This represents a new chapter in a new life,” the actress said matter-of-factly in the booth of a downtown Los Angeles cafeteria. “Hopefully, people will see how I’ve grown over the years.” Raven-Symone said she feels more in control of her career and her life after an almost nonstop show business treadmill that took off when she was 5 with her featured role on “The Cosby Show.” “Everybody takes breaks, and I decided to take mine,” she said. “I wanted a chance to wake up at 2 in the afternoon and not be a subject of entertainment. I wanted to be a human being. At certain times and certain years, I felt like the Energizer bunny. That gets old very quickly.” But while she is more content and at peace, the actress remains an elusive and guarded personality whose politeness during an interview is sometimes punctuated by terse responses. The actress said she had been up since 3 a.m. doing interviews for a satellite press tour. One obvious point of irritation was her physical transformation. “I lost the weight by accident,” she said bluntly, declining to elaborate. “When I’m asked about it, I just say I lost weight, and then I say I want to focus on the show. I feel and look the same. I was fine with being asked about it in the beginning, but after the first month, it got old. It’s about being myself and being healthy. People are too focused on it. I gave one interview about how I lost it, and once that’s out, I won’t address it anymore.” She also bristled when questioned about “College Road Trip.” It performed better at the box office, she said, than the 2009 concert movie starring her Disney Channel mates the Jonas Brothers. As for her pajama party concert tour, she noted that it transitioned from large venues to county fairs and that it was very successful. “I was very satisfied with myself,” she added. “I touched the people I was supposed to touch.” Raven-Symone, who is virtually invisible on websites such as TMZ that follow the exploits of young Hollywood-ites, won’t reflect on her peers: “I don’t keep up with that kind of thing.” As for her life during those low-key years, Raven-Symone said that’s her business. “I’ll talk about it when I’m ready,” she said. “If it comes out at all, it may be in my music. Or I’ll write a book when I’m 40. I’m not someone who wants to have their personal life overwhelm their work.” Later she added: “I don’t think I was wired for Hollywood. I’m not a goody-two-shoes, but I’m respectful of my family name.”
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true thiNgs about Me | Deborah Kay Davies A perfectly tidy, well-constructed life, complete with job, friends, parents and house slides into the gutter. It’s as if she’d been turned inside out: “I stood in front of the mirror and let my robe fall off my shoulders. Would you look at yourself, I said to my reflection in a take-the-piss Irish accent. My face was the same, but not the same.” It’s a Kafkaesque moment that stretches out for months, brought on by up-against-the-wall sex with a stranger in an underground garage. She becomes unhinged: “For goddy God’s sake. I sat on the loo with the lid down and started to laugh.” She pursues a relationship with the stranger. She has strange dreams. His friends and children use her house. He uses her. She likes it, until she stops liking it. Deborah Kay Davies follows the descent, which gets less and less funny. Why can’t she stop herself? Is her life so worthless? It’s the narrator’s insouciance that draws us in, but something darker keeps us reading. We all know how fragile our lives are. You close the book and are relieved that her descent is not your own. — Susan Salter Reynolds, los angeles Times
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the hypNotist | lars KePler There be monsters in this gripping Swedish thriller. Unlikely monsters, but no less terrifying for that. The second book to feature dogged police detective Joona Linna, “The Hypnotist” begins with the gruesome murder of a family. Linna enlists the help of Erik Maria Bark, an acute-trauma expert. The detective wants the doctor to hypnotize the crime’s lone survivor, a 15-year-old boy who is severely wounded and in shock. It’s a desperate attempt to wrest eyewitness testimony from a catatonic patient. The weary doctor reluctantly agrees to hypnotize the boy, unleashing a scary chain of events that puts Bark, his wife and his son in danger. Kepler, a pseudonym for the married writing team of Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril, keeps ratcheting up the suspense. Kepler’s knack for shifting time frames and narrative perspective among the characters in short chapters will have you turning pages long after your bedtime. — David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia inquirer
lightNiNg | Jean echenoz Gregor, Jean Echenoz’s character based on the life of Nikola Tesla, the eccentric Serbian inventor, is born as a bolt of lightning sets the surrounding forest on fire. He swallows his education whole, excelling at everything and, with a pocket full of diplomas, heads for the U.S. to work with Thomas Edison. There, Gregor develops the alternating current, disagrees with Edison over its relevance and finds himself looking for a job. He goes to work for Westinghouse, where he invents the motor, the generator, the transformer and the turbine. Cheated out of his rightful share by Westinghouse, he lands in an attic room in the New Yorker Hotel where he lives on milk and crackers, cares for his pigeons and measures time in 33-minute intervals. Echenoz captures the spare beauty of Tesla, who is a lean ghost in the history of power, electricity and invention. Echenoz fixes him even more firmly in our imaginations. — Susan Salter Reynolds, los angeles Times
a JaNe austeN eduCatioN | William DeresieWicz “Pride and Prejudice,” the only of Jane Austen’s works I’ve read, is one of my favorite books. And yet I’ve never bothered to read any of Austen’s other works. Author William Deresiewicz did, though, while a student at Columbia, and the life lessons he learned inspired him to write “A Jane Austen Education.” What a smug jerk Deresiewicz must have been before his encounter with Austen. A contrarian in his early 20s concerned with talking grandly about “big issues,” he discovers through Austen that the little, everyday things are important. He gradually learns about relationships and the unimportance of the high life. Maybe this is just the difference between a New York upbringing and a Midwest one, but really? Austen has to tell him, in his late 20s, mind you, that it might be worthwhile to have actual conversations where he — gasp! — listens. While my sympathy is limited for Deresiewicz, he manages to be a captivating protagonist, and his journey from moron to Austen-enlightened is a good read. — Alan Simmer, Pulse magazine
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Play as Ichigo and Rukia as they battle the evil Arrancars in the first console game based on the popular Japanese manga and anime TV series. The cel-shaded graphics hew closely to the look of the “Bleach” series, adding the perfect environment to the free-roaming action. Each of the 21 playable characters — which includes some popular villains — has a unique character map that can be traversed to upgrade abilities and stats.
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catherine This is Vincent. The beautiful blonde? Catherine. Vincent woke up next to Catherine after a night out drinking with his buddies, unsure of what happened. And now he has to go home to his girlfriend, Katherine-with-a-K. Awk-ward. Navigate Vincent through the moral choices he must make, but be cautious: someone’s going to get hurt. And for Vincent, that could mean his life is in peril.
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The smash-hit franchise is back with more than 20 new tracks, including songs like “American Boy,” “Firework,” “Pon de Replay” and “Nine in the Afternoon.” Round up a dance crew and compete in dance battles, or switch on dance party mode for a continuous stream of music. Wii; July 19.
Loosely based on apocryphal Judaic works, “El Shaddai” follows Enoch, an intermediary between man and God, as he pursues fallen angels across the globe. If he can’t capture the rogue Grigori, heaven’s Council of Elders will wipe out all of mankind with a giant flood. PS3, X360; July 26.
This learning game promotes healthy habits, including nutrition, hygiene and physical activity. The difficulty level adapts to a child’s gameplay and allows parents to monitor play with a built-in tracking tool. DS, Wii; Aug. 2.
‘cubic ninja,’ ‘Punch time’ split on using features of 3ds AlAN SIMMEr | PULSE WRITER
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3-D, which is useful in determining the depth of obstacles. However, the depth of CC is adjusted by pressing a button. He naturally falls away from the player when the button isn’t pressed, so he can’t be kept in the middle of the field like he can with tilt control. Special moves can be activated by collecting scrolls, but they’re never necessary to use to beat a level. “Cubic Ninja” is definitely a casual game; it’s designed to be picked up, played for a few levels and put down again. The replay value is pretty high; beating each block of levels and the accompanying boss unlocks a unique new character. These include a rubber ninja who bounces off everything and one made of solid iron, who barely wants to move at all. There’s also a goal time for each level, so those who like a challenge can push themselves.
he premise of “Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion” is pretty simple: favorite characters from the network’s best shows — many now off the air, gone but not forgotten — punch each other repeatedly. There’s a story mode in addition to the standard free-forall, sort of like “Super Smash Bros. Brawl.” It involves platforming stages with these alien enemies that sort of look a lot like the ones from “Super Smash Bros. Brawl.” While fighting, players can use items and collect cubes to power up a finishing move unique to each character, sort of like … Well, you can see where this is going. One could do worse than to borrow from one of the best fighting franchises, but “Punch Time” didn’t take quite enough cues. The multiplayer is executed poorly. Matches can’t be replayed; they have to be set up every time. There’s no online matching and barely any special match options. Even the story mode has its flaws, as some of the jumps seem glitchy and the difficulty ramps up pretty far by the end. The console version of this game is scheduled to launch later this year, and it’s rumored to have twice as many characters. Since this “Punch Time” doesn’t take advantage of any of the 3DS’ features, up to and including the 3-D, it’s worth holding off — unless Mac and Bloo in your pocket is too hard to resist. v v v CC, the hero in “Cubic Ninja,” is a ninja shaped like … a cube. Go figure. He’s on a quest to rescue the princess, natch. Players control CC in one of two ways: tilting the 3DS or using the circle pad. Both methods have their selling points. Using the gyroscope is more accurate and more fun, as the game feels more involved. But it requires quite the range of movement and can’t be used in conjunction with the 3-D, since it’s impossible to keep the screen lined up while moving around. The circle pad method enables
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Tim Conway & Friends Sunday, September 25, 2011 7 p.m. Adult: $65, $58, $50, $40, $30 Youth: $65, $47, $40.60, $32.60, $24.60 Best known for his 11 years co-starring on “The Carol Burnett Show,” Tim Conway has been making audiences laugh with family-friendly comedy for more than 50 years. To his peers, Tim Conway is “the comedian’s comedian.” Audiences, on the other hand, simply consider him one of the funniest men in show business. Refreshingly unique, “Tim Conway & Friends” features classic sketches between Conway, McCann and Louise DuArt, as well as Tim’s loveable original characters including the diminutive golf expert Dorf, The Old Man, The Dental Sketch and many more.
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