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V.22 No.30 | 7/25/2013
"Popsicle of love / Gimme gimme gimme one of those (hoo!)"
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Aural Fixation

I Scream, You Scream

Stream our summery ice cream playlist while savoring your favorite quiescently frozen treat.

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GIF me a break

How You Know It’s Summer in the Duke City

1. Construction starts on every single major street simultaneously

2. Your neighbors begin their xeriscaping projects

3. Droves of hipsters hit the Paseo del Bosque Trail

4. The Downtown Growers Market opens at 7 a.m.—or so you hear

5. You wonder when “monsoon season” is actually going to show up

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V.22 No.23 | 6/6/2013
Cast and crew of As You Like It from last year’s Youth Summer Shakespeare Intensive production

Arts Feature

Summertime Theater Dreams

Leigh Hile reports on youth theater, The Vortex and The Bard.
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V.22 No.21 | 5/23/2013
From left: Sheridan Johnson, an Aux Dog student and Holly Adams
Victoria Liberatori

Arts Feature

Theater Training Ground

Students give Shakespeare full treatment this summer

The Aux Dog Theatre’s youth summer program promises to empower and enlighten students with a range of sophisticated skills.
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V.21 No.36 | 9/6/2012

Film News

Cinematic Superheroes and Box Office Bozos

A look back at the winners and losers of summer 2012

The last day of summer hits Sept. 21. But for most folks, the season has a Memorial-Day-to-Labor-Day symmetry to it: 15 glorious weekends to luxuriate in swimming pools, ice cream trucks and air-conditioned movie theaters. For the box office, however, summer petered out weeks ago, coming to a dead stop the weekend after The Bourne Legacy got released and limping forward for another three weeks on cheap-ass horror movies (The Apparition, The Possession). So, now that it’s all over, who triumphed and what got marked as a tragedy in the dog days of 2012?

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Film

Summer Film Guide 2012

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Now that Memorial Day is come and gone, the official summer movie season is in full swing. From now until Labor Day, we’ve got dozens of big-budget, explosion-filled films vying for our attention. Hidden among those Will Smith-filled blockbusters are assorted smaller-budgeted indie films worth your attention as well. To help guide you through this crowded battlefield of Hollywood offerings, we give you Alibi’s Summer Film Guide. Week-by-week Film Editor Devin D. O’Leary will provide you with all the pertinent info. Plus, we’ve got trailers! Read it over, mark up you calendar and get to the movies.

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V.21 No.21 | 5/24/2012

Feature: Film Guide

Summer Movie Smackdown

Your Seasonal Cinema Guide

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, movie studios will be sending their best fighters to duke it out at your local theater.

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Feature: Film Guide

Batman vs. Spider-Man

The Match-Up: Director Christopher Nolan’s grown-up adaptation of DC’s Darknight Detective closes out with a trilogy-ending juggernaut. Marvel’s Friendly Neighborhood Web-Slinger, on the other hand, launches a ground-up reboot with The Social Network’s Andrew Garfield taking over for Tobey Maguire. The Dark Knight took in more than $1 billion worldwide. Spider-Man 3, on the other hand, left a bad taste in a lot of viewers’ mouths. Do people really want to see Spider-Man’s origin story again? Probably not.
The Winner: Batman

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The Animals of Madagascar 3 vs. The Animals of Ice Age 4

The Match-Up: Both of these CGI cartoon series are getting a bit long in the tooth. Both pulled in just under $200 million domestically on their last releases. Both boast all-star voice talent. So far, this is looking like a tie. But DreamWorks has done a better job of keeping its Madagascar franchise fresh in viewers’ minds with a TV show (“The Penguins of Madagascar”), video games and more. By a nose, it’s ...
The Winner: Madagascar

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The Avengers’ Hawkeye vs. Brave’s Princess Merida

The Match-Up: Which bow-wielding hero will reign supreme? OK, this one’s a bit of an unfair fight, pitting a studly superspy against a little red-haired girl. The Avengers has already joined the billion dollar club, making it virtually unbeatable this summer. However, Avengers star Jeremy Renner will be stripped of his bow for The Bourne Legacy in August. Still, he looks pretty bad-ass there too. Brave, being a Pixar movie, will make plenty of money. But so will The Bourne Legacy. Jeremy’s looking strong (if a bit like a bully) in this fight.
The Winner: Hawkeye.

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Battleship vs. G.I. Joe: Retaliation

The Match-Up: Two time-tested militaristic toys go head-to-head. Mattel’s G.I. Joe became an action figure in 1964. Milton Bradley’s Battleship became a board game in 1967. Joe’s got multiple toy lines, several successful TV cartoons and a previous film (G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra). Granted, Rise of Cobra wasn’t all that good. But Battleship? What’s it got—other than a bunch of plastic pegs and a $35 million opening weekend? The trailer for Retaliation actually makes it look like fun. Plus, Bruce Willis climbs on board to play “Joe Colton”—that’s the official name of the original 12-inch G.I. Joe figure!
The Winner: G.I. Joe

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Heavyweight Champion of Summer: Bruce Willis

Plenty of actors have two films being released this summer (Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Alec Baldwin, Steve Carell, Ben Stiller, Greta Gerwig). But good old Bruce Willis tops them all with roles in three feature films (Moonrise Kingdom, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and The Expendables 2). If you throw in the time-traveling hit man drama Looper (which hits theaters on Sept. 28), the guy logs four features. Throw in three other completed-but-not-released films (Lay the Favorite, The Cold Light of Day and Fire With Fire) and the man’s got seven films on the books for 2012. The people’s champion!

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V.20 No.14 | 4/7/2011

Miss Diagnosis

The Slow Burn

For those of us trapped in the 8-to-5 grind, there is nothing more luxurious than sleeping in on Saturday morning and awakening to the twittering birds and the clear sunlight filtering through the window. Pure bliss, right?

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blog

Death comes for the arch-bear-shop

John Bear gets cold, complains about it

Call me Sniffling Bear
Main Street Oberlin
Call me Sniffling Bear

Being sick in the summer sucks.

I prefer to be a vector for infectious disease in the winter. It makes more sense to be wrapped in a blanket, slurping down chicken soup and not going outside in the colder months.

Alas, I was stricken with some sort of evil microbial funk this week. It started in my head and moved to my lungs. I prayed for death, but death was on vacation (I'm a dramatic sick person.)

I drank Robitussin until the floor became liquid and the cat spoke in tongues, laid prone for extended periods, took showers in a futile effort to clear my blocked head openings and cursed the almighty (Okay, really dramatic.)

The worst part about this affliction was the timing. I started my brand new staff job at the Weekly Alibi. There was no way I was calling in. I couldn't be that guy, the guy who calls in his first week.

But a dilemma emerged: I also don't want to be the guy who comes to work when he is sick, spewing germs all over his coworkers. That's a good way to make friends, infecting others with pestilence.

In the end I came to work, germs and all.

It didn't turn out that bad. I had the best interview in months. I asked a bunch of hard hitting questions and got the “This interview is over” handshake from the interviewee.

The joke's on him. He's probably lying prone somewhere, slurping soup and wondering, “How the hell did I get sick? It's summer.”

Video Games

This Week In Games 7.23.10

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Sometimes being a kid is hard: Limbo

Microsoft Kinect finally gets a price. Is $150 too much to have your television watch you?

Julian Murdoch's MAME cabinet, Part 3.

Weird, nobody wanted this non-functioning, hand carved NES. Ebay.

Xbox Live Arcade's Summer of Arcade (try to ignore the "safe" rock) has kicked off with one of the most interesting small games in a while, Limbo.

American McGee still has it, whatever it is. Alice: Madness Returns teaser.

EA has announced Darkspore, a more focused looking spin-off of 2008's sprawling and less than stellar Spore.

The previously Britain-only Doctor Who adventure games are now available (exclusively) from Direct-2-Drive.

Here's a whole slew of Comic-con 2010 games coverage.

Also at Comic-con, a Dead Space 2 animated feature and graphic novel reveal.

Ron Gilbert's new weird game, Deathspank, is out this week on Xbox Live Arcade and PS3.

For all you stealth assassination fans out there, there's going to be a Hitman 5.

Eurogamer has put together an extended time lapse of Red Dead Redemption's stunning environments.

Goodbye, asshole.

StarCraft 2 is out this coming Tuesday, and Blizzard dropped this sweet trailer to celebrate.

Also, StarCraft 2 did not cost $100 million to make, Wall Street Journal. That was WoW (but holy shit!).

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