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  • MCA Denver gets inked with a print exhibit from Bud Shark

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    MCA Denver gets inked with a print exhibit from Bud Shark

    MCA Denver's building was constructed with six small or mid-sized galleries (two on the first floor and four on the second), a decision that was dictated by the functional program developed by former director Cydney Payton. She laid out this idea of...

    by Michael Paglia on June 18, 2009
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    Now Showing - Capsule reviews of current exhibits

    Barbara Takenaga and Mary Ehrin. These two solos feature contemporary work that's informed by the influence of nature. Barbara Takenaga: Fade Away & Radiate, comprises a nice selection of abstracts by a New York artist who lived for many years in Co...

    by Michael Paglia on June 18, 2009
  • Chazz Palminteri tells his own coming-of-age story in A Bronx Tale

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    Chazz Palminteri tells his own coming-of-age story in A Bronx Tale

    It's funny how all discussion of the Mafia these days references The Sopranos -- that distinctive accent; Carmela's American-Italian cooking with its thick red sauces; the racism and homophobia; the women who were either protected and indulged famil...

    by Juliet Wittman on June 18, 2009
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    Home is where the art is at Germinal Stage

    Two old men are seated at a table talking. They may be on a hotel terrace, in an old-age home, at a hospital. All we know is that the place is by the sea. The men seem sad and beaten down by life; they have odd physical tics and converse in platitud...

    on June 18, 2009
  • Museo de las Americas hires Maruca Salazar

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    Museo de las Americas hires Maruca Salazar

    The board of directors of Denver's Museo de las Amricas (861 Santa Fe Drive, 303-571-4401, www.museo.org) has announced that Maruca Salazar (pictured), a well-known Colorado artist and arts educator, has been named as the institution's new director...

    by Michael Paglia on June 11, 2009
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    Now Showing - Capsule reviews of current exhibits

    Barbara Takenaga and Mary Ehrin. These two solos feature contemporary work that's informed by the influence of nature. Barbara Takenaga: Fade Away & Radiate, comprises a nice selection of abstracts by a New York artist who lived for many years in Co...

    by Michael Paglia on June 11, 2009
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    Capsule reviews of current shows

    Girls Only. The trouble with Girls Only, a two-woman evening of conversation, skits, singing, improvisation and audience participation, is that it's so relentlessly nice. Creator-performers Barbara Gehring and Linda Klein have worked together for ma...

    on June 11, 2009
  • The verdict is in: The Trial inspires a worthy play in Joseph K

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    The verdict is in: The Trial inspires a worthy play in Joseph K

    Franz Kafka's novel The Trial, in which a man is accused of an unnamed crime and, having faced all kinds of baffling and inexplicable encounters as well as a wall of bureaucratic obstruction, is eventually executed, was published in 1925. In its evo...

    by Juliet Wittman on June 11, 2009
  • There's natural beauty in the abstract work of these four artists

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    There's natural beauty in the abstract work of these four artists

    The idea of basing art on things found in nature has had many adherents over the centuries and today manifests itself in a wide array of approaches, from straight-up depictions of the landscape to abstracts made up of organically inspired shapes. ...

    by Michael Paglia on June 4, 2009
  • Go for the Gold!

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    Go for the Gold!

    The discovery of gold in Colorado inspired the Rush to the Rockies exactly 150 years ago. Although many fortune-hunters who set off on the arduous journey across the plains to Pikes Peak territory never arrived, and still more gave up on ever striki...

    by Chris Castellano on June 4, 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 Juliet Wittman on June 4, 2009
  • Quilters sews together pioneer women's stories into a satisfying whole

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    Quilters sews together pioneer women's stories into a satisfying whole

    Quilters has a strong local history. Based on the journals and remembrances of pioneer women, it was co-written by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek in the early 1980s at the request of the Denver Center Theatre Company -- where it has now returned....

    by Juliet Wittman on June 4, 2009
  • American Muscle revs up at Pirate

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    American Muscle revs up at Pirate

    In the 1960s, the two biggest contemporary art movements, pop art and minimalism, were ideological opposites -- well, except in certain works from Andy Warhol's "Elvis" series. Pop was content-driven, riffing off everyday subject matter, while minim...

    by Michael Paglia on May 28, 2009
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    Now Showing - Capsule reviews of current exhibits

    Curiouser. Singer Gallery director Simon Zalkind is one of the top curators in town, and one of the secrets to his success is presenting artists whose efforts are worthwhile but who for some reason rarely exhibit their work. That's what's happening ...

    by Michael Paglia on May 28, 2009
  • Gogol is a no-go at Buntport

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    Gogol is a no-go at Buntport

    Partway through The Squabble, I did something I've never done before in all my years of faithful and happy attendance at Buntport: I glanced at my watch to see how much longer we had to go. Based on Nikolai Gogol's "The Tale of How Ivan Ivanovich...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 28, 2009
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    Now Playing

    Bus Stop. A snowstorm has closed the road ahead, and a bus is stranded outside a diner, where worldly-wise owner Grace supervises her high-school-aged waitress, Elma. Among those requiring doughnuts and coffee or bacon and eggs are driver Carl, who ...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 28, 2009
  • The Denver Art Museum has a psychedelic flashback

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    The Denver Art Museum has a psychedelic flashback

    In the 1960s, the oldest of the baby boomers were coming of age, and they collectively launched the counterculture across America. The unofficial capital of this youth movement was San Francisco, where thousands of hippies descended and turned Ameri...

    by Michael Paglia on May 21, 2009
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    Now Showing - Capsule reviews of current exhibits

    Curiouser. Singer Gallery director Simon Zalkind is one of the top curators in town, and one of the secrets to his success is presenting artists whose efforts are worthwhile but who for some reason rarely exhibit their work. That's what's happening ...

    by Michael Paglia on May 21, 2009
  • The Curious premiere of 26 Miles goes the distance

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    The Curious premiere of 26 Miles goes the distance

    Olivia, a fifteen-year-old girl living unhappily with her father, Aaron, and stepmother (who's never seen on stage and appears to be either vicious or neurotic to the point of pathology), finds herself throwing up uncontrollably for reasons we'll le...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 21, 2009
  • Space Gallery hosts a trio of related shows

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    Space Gallery hosts a trio of related shows

    There's a very handsome set of three interconnected shows at Space Gallery (765 Santa Fe Drive, 720-904-1088, www.spacegallery.com) that make up what is essentially a single group show, even if each of the artists involved is given solo status. All ...

    by Michael Paglia on May 14, 2009
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