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    Oy! - The Yiddish Are Coming is dead on arrival.

    There are many, many ways for a production to be awful, and The Yiddish Are Coming, at the New Denver Civic Theatre, hits on just about all of them. It's a cheap little venture -- small cast, easy set and costumes, empty-headed concept -- put togethe...

    by Juliet Wittman on June 29, 2006
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    Now Playing - Brief reviews of current shows

    The Caretaker. The setting is a grimy, one-room flat filled with papers, boxes and mismatched bric-a-brac. It's an appropriate mole hole for sad, befuddled Aston, who thinks he's good with his hands, tinkers constantly with a screwdriver and dreams ...

    on June 29, 2006
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    The Last Bland - X-Men tie-in is an uncanny bore.

    For comic geeks, an X-Men game that promises to fill in the backstory between movies sounds hotter than a date with Jean Grey. Finally, we get to discover what Wolverine has been up to between films -- besides winning Tony Awards as alter ego Hugh Ja...

    by CHRIS WARD on June 29, 2006
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    The Citizen Kane of Crap

    The Devil's Sword (Mondo Macabro) Few trash movies live up to their reputation, but here's a balls-out wonder that surpasses it. Grab a 12-pack of Bintang and cue up this jaw-unhinging slab of Indonesian sword-and-sorcery circa 1983 -- a start-to-...

    by Robert Wilonsky on June 29, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of June 29, 2006.

    Commander in Chief: 2-Disc Inaugural Edition Part 1 (Disney) The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection (MPI) Cow Belles (Disney) Danger After Dark (TLA) Evil (Magnolia) Is It Really So Strange? (Frameline) Failure to Launch (Paramount...

    on June 29, 2006
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    Home Run - Decades of Influence at the MCA is a smash hit and this is just the beginning.

    For the first time in its history, the Museum of Contemporary Art/ Denver is hosting a set of exhibitions that collectively work like a blockbuster. Decades of Influence: Colorado 1985 - Present sets out to be a sociological analysis, if not a histor...

    by Michael Paglia on June 22, 2006
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    Decades of Influence: Colorado 1985 - present. - Denver's Museum of Contemporary Art

    Cydney Payton, the director of Denver's Museum of Contemporary Art, must be a workaholic. Not only was the groundbreaking for the new David Adjaye-designed building just a month or so ago, but she is now undertaking the most ambitious show of her cur...

    by Michael Paglia on June 22, 2006
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    Sketches - Brief reviews of current shows

    The Armory Group. In a summer art calendar that's uncharacteristically filled with significant exhibitions, The Armory Group: 40 Years has got to be one of the most important of them all. The story begins back in 1966 in Boulder -- specifically, in ...

    on June 22, 2006
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    Keyed Up - Germinal explores the great state of Tennessee.

    The Tennessee Williams one-acts at Germinal Stage are tone poems, mood pieces, as much about language as they are about character and action. They are also about love, loss and despair. Couples reach for each other but are unable to connect; each pla...

    by Juliet Wittman on June 22, 2006
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    Now Playing - Brief reviews of current shows

    The Caretaker. The setting is a grimy, one-room flat filled with papers, boxes and mismatched bric-a-brac. It's an appropriate mole hole for sad, befuddled Aston, who thinks he's good with his hands, tinkers constantly with a screwdriver and dreams ...

    on June 22, 2006
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    Shark Bites - JAWS Unleashed is as sloppy as it is gory.

    Not long ago, video games were about collecting coins and rescuing the princess. Now you're more likely to gun her down in a drive-by. Or eat her alive. Welcome to JAWS Unleashed. You're a pitiless great white, hungry for human flesh. Unfortunately...

    by LUKE O'BRIEN on June 22, 2006
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    Vampires of Moscow

    Night Watch (Fox Searchlight) Every once in a while, Hollywood needs somebody else to steal a genre and totally reimagine it; it keeps old ideas young, like celluloid Botox. Well, Hollywood's gonna need one big needle to absorb Night Watch, an insa...

    by Robert Wilonsky on June 22, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of June 22, 2006

    Adventures of Superman: The Complete First Four Seasons (Warner Bros.) The Art of Erotic Dancing (BFS) Austin City Limits 2005 Music Festival (Image) Charlie Chan: Volume One (Fox) The Cult of the Suicide Bomber (The Disinformation Compa...

    on June 22, 2006
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    Heavy Thoughts - Sculpture solos at Robischon and Artyard overshadow the group outing at Foothills.

    Sitting on the lawn of the Colorado Convention Center adjacent to Speer Boulevard is "Indeterminate Line," that enormous rusted-steel spiral doodle. The piece, created by Bernar Venet, is one of the most important works of art in the city. The French...

    by Michael Paglia on June 15, 2006
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    A Winning Hand - Clear the decks for Four Queens - No Trump.

    The scene is Deola's dog-grooming salon, where Deola is also setting herself up as a psychic. Three of her friends meet here weekly to play bid whist, and on this occasion they are joined by a fourth, Edna, a newly divorced friend of Deola's from Tex...

    by Juliet Wittman on June 15, 2006
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    men + metal: amalgam, shift_context and Melinda Laz: new works on paper - Edge Gallery

    Edge Gallery (3658 Navajo Street, 303-477-7173), one of the top alternative art spaces in town, is currently given over to a group of shows that highlight the use of photography in various ways. This kind of aesthetic unity at Edge is very rare consi...

    by Michael Paglia on June 15, 2006
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    Sketches - Brief reviews of current shows

    Apparition. The brand-new Gallery Severn, which is owned by art collector and retired executive Andy Dodd, aims to be what he has called a "launch pad" for emerging artists. This specialty in fresh faces instantly makes the place interesting. Also i...

    on June 15, 2006
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    Bit Players - There's still some life to Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead.

    When Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead was first produced in 1966, the idea of telling the story of Hamlet from the perspective of two minor players seemed truly daring. It's less surprising now, but OpenStage's production of Tom Stoppard's play st...

    by Juliet Wittman on June 15, 2006
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    Now Playing - Brief reviews of current shows

    The Caretaker. The setting is a grimy, one-room flat filled with papers, boxes and mismatched bric-a-brac. It's an appropriate mole hole for sad, befuddled Aston, who thinks he's good with his hands, tinkers constantly with a screwdriver and dreams ...

    on June 15, 2006
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    Brotherly Love - New Super Mario Bros. scores by plumbing old ideas.

    Gamers are so used to Mario that the fundamental weirdness of his exploits no longer raises an eyebrow: A dumpy Italian plumber journeys through a fairy-tale land, where turtles throw hammers, mushrooms bestow magic powers, and a kingly turtlebeast h...

    by GARY HODGES on June 15, 2006
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