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    Remembering Jeffrey Nickelson

    Jeffrey Nickelson, who passed away last week, made a huge contribution to the theater scene in Denver, both as an actor and a director. He created Shadow Theatre on a $500 donation, and -- against all organizational and financial odds -- kept the co...

    by Juliet Wittman on September 17, 2009
  • Michael Brohman's Human Nature at Pirate

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    Michael Brohman's Human Nature at Pirate

    Denver artist Michael Brohman is known for conceptual sculptures and installations with ambiguous narratives. He's also known for having edgy, if not questionable, tastes that result in the use of stomach-turning materials like human bones and skull...

    by Michael Paglia on September 10, 2009
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    Now Showing - Capsule reviews of current exhibits

    Currents. Traditional American Indian art is a well-established genre, and many Native American artists still practice the old forms of weaving, pottery-making, metalwork and basket-making. But there are also contemporary artists among the tribes, a...

    by Michael Paglia on September 10, 2009
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    Now Playing - Capsule reviews of current shows

    Dial 'M' for Murder. Frederick Knott's Dial 'M' for Murder is one of those stylish, intricately plotted murder plays, though not a whodunit. We know early on that the villain is onetime tennis pro Tony, who wants his wife, Margot, murdered; we watch...

    by Juliet Wittman on September 10, 2009
  • While Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Shines, Shadow Theatre still has a shadowed future

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    While Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Shines, Shadow Theatre still has a shadowed future

    Shadow Theatre's last celebratory opening took place over a year ago, when then-artistic director Jeffrey Nickelson unveiled the company's comfortable, brand-new theater to a throng of elegantly dressed well-wishers. The show was Dinah Was, and thou...

    by Juliet Wittman on September 10, 2009
  • Digging into the future of Colorado History

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    Digging into the future of Colorado History

    Very rarely is it possible to start out on the wrong foot and yet wind up hitting a successful stride. But somehow, in the case of the History Colorado Center, getting it wrong at first hasn't precluded the possibility of getting it right later. ...

    by Michael Paglia on September 3, 2009
  • James Dormer & Paul Flippen at Translations Gallery

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    James Dormer & Paul Flippen at Translations Gallery

    The tight-looking duet James Dormer & Paul Flippen, at Translations Gallery (1743 Wazee Street, 303-629-0713, www.translationsgallery.com), features two artists on the faculty of Colorado State University. Though both work on paper, their approaches...

    by Michael Paglia on September 3, 2009
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    Now Showing - Capsule reviews of current exhibits

    Big-Lots. This show comprises some very big abstract paintings by Wendi Harford that are strong and artistically ambitious. Harford earned a BFA at the University of Denver in the 1970s, where she studied with the late Beverly Rosen, and there are s...

    by Michael Paglia on September 3, 2009
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    Now Playing - Capsule reviews of current shows

    Annie. Boulder's Dinner Theatre is at the top of its form; it has to be. How else could the company make Annie -- its mandatory summer family show -- anything but a smirking sentimental bore? As everyone knows by now, the story of Annie concerns a l...

    by Juliet Wittman on September 3, 2009
  • Three photo shows remind us what art is

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    Three photo shows remind us what art is

    It's hard to believe that twenty years ago, many people felt photography wasn't an art form, especially since it would be easy to argue that today it's the preeminent one. This naysaying of the past was partly the product of the medium's mechanical ...

    by Michael Paglia on August 27, 2009
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    Now Showing - Capsule reviews of current exhibits

    Big-Lots.This show comprises some very big abstract paintings by Wendi Harford that are strong and artistically ambitious. Harford earned a BFA at the University of Denver in the 1970s, where she studied with the late Beverly Rosen, and there are su...

    by Michael Paglia on August 27, 2009
  • The company producing Dial 'M' for Murder is a smooth operator

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    The company producing Dial 'M' for Murder is a smooth operator

    Frederick Knott's Dial 'M' for Murder started in the early 1950s as a ninety-minute BBC production, enjoyed successful West End and Broadway runs, and eventually became a celebrated Alfred Hitchcock movie. It's one of those stylish, intricately plot...

    by Juliet Wittman on August 27, 2009
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    Now Playing

    Annie. Boulder's Dinner Theatre is at the top of its form; it has to be. How else could the company make Annie -- its mandatory summer family show -- anything but a smirking sentimental bore? As everyone knows by now, the story of Annie concerns a l...

    by Juliet Wittman on August 27, 2009
  • Burns Park sculpture to have work done

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    Burns Park sculpture to have work done

    Surely one of the most interesting places in Denver for fans of modern art is Burns Park, a triangle of grass and trees at the western edge of Hilltop, bounded by Colorado Boulevard, Alameda Avenue and Leetsdale Drive. What makes the park a hot spot...

    by Michael Paglia on August 20, 2009
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    Now Showing

    Big-Lots. This show comprises some very big abstract paintings by Wendi Harford that are strong and artistically ambitious. Harford earned a BFA at the University of Denver in the 1970s, where she studied with the late Beverly Rosen, and there are s...

    by Michael Paglia on August 20, 2009
  • Article

    Now Playing - Capsule reviews of current shows

    Annie. Boulder's Dinner Theatre is at the top of its form; it has to be. How else could the company make Annie -- its mandatory summer family show -- anything but a smirking sentimental bore? As everyone knows by now, the story of Annie concerns a l...

    by Juliet Wittman on August 20, 2009
  • Defying the laws of physics in a murder one less

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    Defying the laws of physics in a murder one less

    I don't understand quantum mechanics. I tried after seeing Michael Frayn's Copenhagen, a play about a meeting between Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg during World War II, and long before that, when I was seventeen, I read Erwin Schrodinger's What I...

    by Juliet Wittman on August 20, 2009
  • These three Denver solos set the scene

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    These three Denver solos set the scene

    I love group shows, in particular those that are held together by a clearly defined organizational theme. At their best, these sorts of exhibits can lay out a broad-based historic, aesthetic or stylistic narrative -- sometimes all three at once. But...

    by Michael Paglia on August 13, 2009
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    Now Showing - Capsule reviews of current exhibits

    Denver Artists Guild Founders. The history of the Denver Artists Guild -- an early 20th-century group --- is little known, but it's been documented in this show. The exhibit was organized by collectors Deborah Wadsworth and Cynthia Jennings, with a ...

    on August 13, 2009
  • Article

    Now Playing - Capsule reviews of current shows

    Annie. Boulder's Dinner Theatre is at the top of its form; it has to be. How else could the company make Annie -- its mandatory summer family show -- anything but a smirking sentimental bore? As everyone knows by now, the story of Annie concerns a l...

    by Juliet Wittman on August 13, 2009
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