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  • Paragon's Love Song makes for a lovely evening

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    Paragon's Love Song makes for a lovely evening

    Paragon Theatre's production of Love Song represents the best kind of marriage between a script and a theater company: The play provides fascinating, quirky roles that make actors look good, and where it has flaws, the production counters them. T...

    by Juliet Wittman on February 26, 2009
  • A must-see ceramics retrospective fills DU's Myhren Gallery

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    A must-see ceramics retrospective fills DU's Myhren Gallery

    Dan Jacobs, who's been the director of the Victoria H. Myhren Gallery at the University of Denver for a couple of years, has really brought the place around in a short time. Before he was hired, there was an ad hoc quality to the gallery. There was ...

    by Michael Paglia on February 19, 2009
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    Damien Hirst. You'd have to be living under a rock -- or have absolutely no interest in contemporary art -- not to know that Damien Hirst is a superstar, and that everything he makes is worth millions of dollars apiece. The tight solo at MCA Denver ...

    by Michael Paglia on February 19, 2009
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    As You Like It. It doesn't get more minimal than this: As You Like It performed by six people on a stage where the set consists of little besides a large rock, swaths of fabric and a wooden swing; echoing footsteps announce an actor's entry minutes ...

    by Juliet Wittman on February 19, 2009
  • Gloom with a view: Synge's The Well of the Saints at Germinal Stage Denver

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    Gloom with a view: Synge's The Well of the Saints at Germinal Stage Denver

    For most modern theater-goers, Martin McDonagh has become the voice of Irish drama, and I've tended to consider the grotesquery and violence of his plays -- The Lieutenant of Inishmore, A Skull in Connemara, Pillowman -- as a departure from a misty,...

    by Juliet Wittman on February 19, 2009
  • Meet the MasterMind Class of 2009

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    Meet the MasterMind Class of 2009

    Five years ago, Westword added a very special component to Artopia: the MasterMind awards. Recognizing that the local arts scene needed a little fertilizer to really get going, and growing, we created a program that every year honors five cultural v...

    on February 19, 2009
  • Lorey Hobbs, Homare Ikeda and Lorelei Schott at Carson van Straaten

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    Lorey Hobbs, Homare Ikeda and Lorelei Schott at Carson van Straaten

    The Carson van Straaten Gallery (760 Santa Fe Drive, 303-573-8585, www.vanstraatengallery.com) is currently showcasing a paean to nature in the form of a strong solo, New Works by Lorey Hobbs, installed in the front spaces, and a handsome duet, Colo...

    by Michael Paglia on February 12, 2009
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    Now Showing - Capsule reviews of current exhibits

    Damien Hirst. You'd have to be living under a rock -- or have absolutely no interest in contemporary art -- not to know that Damien Hirst is a superstar, and that everything he makes is worth millions of dollars apiece. The tight solo at MCA Denver ...

    by Michael Paglia on February 12, 2009
  • There's a lot to like in this Modern Muse production

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    There's a lot to like in this Modern Muse production

    It doesn't get more minimal than this: As You Like It performed by six people on a stage where the set consists of little besides a large rock, swaths of fabric and a wooden swing; echoing footsteps announce an actor's entry minutes before he or she...

    by Juliet Wittman on February 12, 2009
  • The DCTC brings something new to Shakespeare's history lesson

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    The DCTC brings something new to Shakespeare's history lesson

    Shakespeare's Richard III is the quintessential story of power-lust, of a man willing to murder his relatives, betray his supporters and shed any amount of blood to acquire the crown of England. While Macbeth took us inside the villain's psyche and ...

    by Juliet Wittman on February 12, 2009
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    Dusty and the Big Bad World. We all know about the Christian right's attacks on textbooks, teachers, Halloween, the arts, public television and the words "happy holidays." And we know what happened when these people finally got their very own presid...

    by Juliet Wittman on February 12, 2009
  • Colorado artists star in shows at Gallery T and Havu

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    Colorado artists star in shows at Gallery T and Havu

    For many years, I've abided by a belief -- and hit readers over the head with it -- that our best local artists represent a collective cultural treasure. They continue to create things that are as interesting and accomplished as anything being done ...

    by Michael Paglia on February 5, 2009
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    Now Showing - Capsule reviews of current exhibits

    Damien Hirst. You'd have to be living under a rock -- or have absolutely no interest in contemporary art -- not to know that Damien Hirst is a superstar, and that everything he makes is worth millions of dollars apiece. The tight solo at MCA Denver ...

    by Michael Paglia on February 5, 2009
  • Article

    Now Playing - Capsule reviews of current shows

    Dusty and the Big Bad World. We all know about the Christian right's attacks on textbooks, teachers, Halloween, the arts, public television and the words "happy holidays." And we know what happened when these people finally got their very own presid...

    by Juliet Wittman on February 5, 2009
  • Patty Ortiz leaves the Museo de las Americas

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    Patty Ortiz leaves the Museo de las Americas

    There's a major changing of the guard in the art world right now in Colorado. The biggest news came this past fall, when Cydney Payton, the powerhouse director of MCA Denver, announced her departure. Then, two Western art curators at the Denver A...

    by Michael Paglia on January 29, 2009
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    Now Showing - Capsule reviews of current exhibits

    Damien Hirst. You'd have to be living under a rock -- or have absolutely no interest in contemporary art -- not to know that Damien Hirst is a superstar, and that everything he makes is worth millions of dollars apiece. The tight solo at MCA Denver ...

    by Michael Paglia on January 29, 2009
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    Doubt. Set in 1964, when the second Vatican Council was convening, John Patrick Shanley's play follows a priest who may have molested a twelve-year-old boy -- who just happens to be the sole black kid in the predominantly Irish and Italian school wh...

    by Juliet Wittman on January 29, 2009
  • Inana may be a world premiere, but it's no world-class play

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    Inana may be a world premiere, but it's no world-class play

    Inana is set in a shabby London hotel room, where the director of the Iraq Museum in Baghdad, having done all he could to secure the treasures in his care, has fled with the bride he acquired through an arrangement with her father, a young woman he ...

    by Juliet Wittman on January 29, 2009
  • Now Showing - Capsule reviews of current exhibits

    Article

    Now Showing - Capsule reviews of current exhibits

    Damien Hirst. You'd have to be living under a rock -- or have absolutely no interest in contemporary art -- not to know that Damien Hirst is a superstar, and that everything he makes is worth millions of dollars apiece. The tight solo at MCA Denver ...

    by Michael Paglia on January 22, 2009
  • Give Gemma Wilcox a hand for 52 Pick-Up

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    Give Gemma Wilcox a hand for 52 Pick-Up

    Gemma Wilcox has developed a considerable following with her series of related, fantastical and original one-woman shows. These have played around the United States and Canada, as well as at the Boulder Fringe Festival, winning several awards along ...

    by Juliet Wittman on January 22, 2009
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Animal Crackers is a crack-up at the Denver Center

The musical Animal Crackers, starring the Marx Brothers, debuted on Broadway in 1928 and was filmed a couple of years later. It's a romp, a trifle — full of puns,… More >>

Lauri Lynnxe Murphy returns with Nest/Shed at Mai Wyn Fine Art

Lauri Lynnxe Murphy is well known here, having established her name as both an artist and an art advocate over the past two decades. But she fell off the radar… More >>

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1959. Dean Sobel, director of the Clyfford Still Museum, is the host curator for Modern Masters at the Denver Art Museum, and he's done a companion exhibit at his own… More >>

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And the Sun Stood Still. The shining strength of Dava Sobel's And the Sun Stood Still is that, at a time when the sciences have been so muddied by sloppy… More >>

Modern Masters at the DAM shines with star power

Denver Art Museum director Christoph Heinrich has a gift for understanding how to attract an audience. His secret is presenting exhibits that appeal not only to the art crowd, but… More >>

Judy Garland's singing is the pot of gold at The End of the Rainbow

I walked into the Arvada Center for the Judy Garland bio-play-musical End of the Rainbow thinking about the intense gay identification with such icons as Judy Garland, Edith Piaf and… More >>

Home is where the art is in The Road to Mecca

Athol Fugard's The Road to Mecca, currently playing at Miners Alley, explores huge and unanswerable questions: questions about age, death, love and trust, the meaning of home and the significance… More >>

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Critical Focus: Ian Fisher. This show, located in the informal Whole Room at MCA Denver, is made up of a group of mostly monumental paintings of the sky. It's the… More >>

Dava Sobel's And the Sun Stood Still shines at BETC

The shining strength of Dava Sobel's And the Sun Stood Still — which is currently receiving its world premiere in Boulder — is that, at a time when the sciences… More >>

Print works take center stage at Goodwin Fine Art

Mo'Print, the Month of Printmaking, is winding down, and although the centerpiece is the Open Press show at the McNichols Building, there have been dozens of other events focused on… More >>

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