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    The Threepenny Opera - This production is loud, but what does it signify?

    I suppose that a work as brilliant as Brecht and Weill's The Threepenny Opera is bound to be interpreted and reinterpreted on the stage, each version as much a mirror of its time and place as of the creators' intentions. Intended as a satire that inv...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 31, 2007
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    Cannibal Corpse

    Hannibal Rising (Weinstein) Pointless beyond belief, Hannibal Rising serves more as cautionary tale than horror story. Made for $50 mil, the movie pocketed half that during its U.S. run and likely wound up in the red -- an appropriate adios for a ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 31, 2007
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    Now Playing - Brief reviews of current shows

    Bold Girls. The four Irish women in Rona Munro's evocative, elliptical Bold Girls try to carry on in the equivalent of a war zone, doing their best to shelter and care for their children, filling their lives with humdrum chores and small diversions....

    by Juliet Wittman on May 31, 2007
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    Student Bodies - Brooktown High takes you under the bleachers.

    Dating games have come a long way since the days when Chuck Woolery invited mullet-sporting contestants to bump uglies on Love Connection. In Japan, the "dating simulator" video-game craze has raged stronger than a schoolboy's hormones since the ea...

    on May 31, 2007
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    Manuel Neri and Kim Dickey:Cold Pastoral - Stoic beauty

    The Denver Art Museum's still-new Frederic C. Hamilton Building has impacted the city -- and the museum itself -- in a wide range of ways, some good, some not so good. On the plus side is the unbelievable publicity the building has generated. The Dan...

    by Michael Paglia on May 31, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of May 29.

    Above the Law (Genius) The Andy Griffith Show: Complete Series Collection (Paramount) Big Train: Seasons One and Two (BBC Warner) Biography: Legends of the Silver Screen (A&E) Circle of Iron: 2-Disc Special Edition (Blue Underground) T...

    on May 31, 2007
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    Scapes and Sky - Sea - Spark Gallery

    The current Barbara Carpenter solo in the east room at Spark Gallery (900 Santa Fe Drive, 720-889-2200) is called Scapes, and considering the artist's established track record, it's something of a surprise. For nearly twenty years, Carpenter has been...

    by Michael Paglia on May 31, 2007
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    Masterpieces of Colorado Landscape and Colorado & the West - Cruising the scenery.

    The world-famous majestic scenery of the nearby Colorado Rockies -- the gorgeous mountains, not the sorry baseball team -- has attracted artists to our state for well over a century. In fact, Colorado, New Mexico and California all but cornered the m...

    by Michael Paglia on May 24, 2007
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    Janet Lippincott - Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe

    Modernist painter Janet Lippincott, who spent most of her career in Santa Fe, died on Wednesday, May 2. Born in New York City in 1918, Lippincott had a privileged childhood and lived for a time in Paris. Showing an early talent for art, she studied a...

    by Michael Paglia on May 24, 2007
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    Sketches - Brief reviews of current shows

    Altar Girls. Two very different exhibits roughly collide into one another in the middle of the Museo de las Amricas. One part, put together by Museo curator Kristi Martens, is an extravaganza of santos made mostly in Colorado, Mexico and New Mexico...

    by Michael Paglia on May 24, 2007
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    Lobby Hero - The apartment has a doorman, but there's no job security.

    The lobby hero of the play's title is Jeff, a security guard for a Manhattan apartment building, and the title -- as you might guess -- is ironic. As Lobby Hero opens, Jeff is engaged in conversation with his supervisor, William. The two men could no...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 24, 2007
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    Bold Girls - Crossroads Theater hits the streets with this play about four Irish women.

    By some miracle, Ireland's long agony seems to have ended with the current power-sharing agreement between Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness, a former commander in the Irish Republican Army. This deal, achieved in the last days of Tony Blair's govern...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 24, 2007
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    Now Playing - Brief reviews of current shows

    Dead Man Walking. We are one of the last Western nations to retain the death penalty, but you don't hear much about it these days. Where executions were once front-page news, they're now relegated to single paragraphs far back in the paper -- if the...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 24, 2007
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    Good Clean Smut

    Porky's: The Ultimate Collection (Fox) When writer-director Bob Clark was killed by a drunk driver in April, the obits trumpeted his holiday classic A Christmas Story . . . but were somewhat reluctant to mention that, oh, yeah, he also wrote and ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 24, 2007
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    Superzero - Spider-Man 3 spins a web of mediocrity.

    There's a unique challenge in designing superhero games: How do you make it fun to play a character who, by definition, is vastly more powerful than his opposition? Hulk encounters a purse-snatcher: Hulk smash! Hulk win! Hulk bored. With battles that...

    by GARY HODGES on May 24, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of May 22

    Afro Samurai (Funimation) Airwolf: Season Three (Universal) Alone With Her (IFC) Breaking Point (Fox) The Complete Matrix Trilogy (Warner Bros.) Epic Movie (Fox) Escape to Canada (Disinformation) Fay Grim (Magnolia) The 40-Yea...

    on May 24, 2007
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    Wicked - The good witch, the bad witch, and the ugly truth.

    There it is. The last, ear-punishing note of the very last song, and the cast comes onto the stage for the curtain call. First the lesser characters form a smiling line that prompts a couple of people in the audience to stand up. Then the bigger fish...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 17, 2007
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    Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead - Good grief, Charlie Brown! You're in puberty!

    According to Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, major changes occur when members of Charles Schultz's well-loved Peanuts gang reach their teens: Pigpen becomes a sex-obsessed, homophobic jock; Lucy's in a psych ward because she set the...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 17, 2007
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    Now Playing - Brief reviews of current shows

    Dead Man Walking. We are one of the last Western nations to retain the death penalty, but you don't hear much about it these days. Where executions were once front-page news, they're now relegated to single paragraphs far back in the paper -- if the...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 17, 2007
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    Omni Modus - The many moods of canvas and steel.

    In the late summer of 2002, Tyler Aiello and Monica Petty Aiello burst onto the Denver art scene as full-blown players. They pulled off this difficult feat by opening Studio Aiello in the nether reaches of what is now the River North Arts District, n...

    by Michael Paglia on May 17, 2007
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