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    Fresh Start - Looking back at the Central Library, looking ahead at the Civic Center.

    Although Denver has long been the largest city in Colorado, historically it was not the art-making center of the state. No, that distinction was held by Colorado Springs -- even before the launch of the Broadmoor Academy in 1918, which transformed th...

    by Michael Paglia on April 21, 2005
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    The young artist with the epic name of Jared David Paul Anderson is a one-man art movement. Not only is he a serious painter, as he demonstrates in Red, White and Black, now at the Assembly (766 Santa Fe Drive, 303-573-5501), but he's also the founde...

    by Michael Paglia on April 21, 2005
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    Now Showing

    Balance. Rarely has Walker Fine Art come up with an exhibit as successful as Balance, which pairs recent abstract paintings by Denver artist Don Quade with abstract sculptures by Colorado Springs-based Bill Burgess. Quade was formerly at Fresh Art G...

    on April 21, 2005
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    Cubist Twosome - Poignant Irritations paints an intriguing portrait of Stein and Toklas.

    Pigeons on the grass, alas. -- Gertrude Stein It is neither just nor accurate to connect the word alas with pigeons. Pigeons are definitely not alas. They have nothing to do with alas and they have nothing to do with hooray (not even when you tie...

    by Juliet Wittman on April 21, 2005
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    Watered-Down Fun - Pinnacle's version of Rocky Horror is sour despite Sugar.

    Normally, I would trek through broken glass -- well, okay, walk several city blocks in new high heels -- to see Nicholas Sugar perform. It's not just his humor and intense stage presence; it's the fact that in the past he's added interesting colors t...

    by Juliet Wittman on April 21, 2005
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    Encore

    Cats. This company does as good a job with Cats as one can imagine. The dancing, choreographed by Stephen Bertles, who also directed, is seamless. The cast is lithe and graceful. They slither like snakes. They leap high and land without a sound. The...

    on April 21, 2005
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    Nuevo and Improved - Chicano artists go beyond their identities in an important show at the CVA.

    The Center for Visual Art in LoDo is currently taking on the interesting -- and risky -- topic of "post-Chicano" art in the group exhibit Leaving Aztln: Rethinking Contemporary Latino and Chicano Art. It's interesting because many of the pieces in t...

    by Michael Paglia on April 14, 2005
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    In the same way that the works at the Center for Visual Art may be described as post-Chicano (see review), three of the four artists in discourse & decadence at Studio Aiello (3563 Walnut Street, 303-297-8166) are doing what could be called "post-que...

    by Michael Paglia on April 14, 2005
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    Now Showing

    Balance. Rarely has Walker Fine Art come up with an exhibit as successful as Balance, which pairs recent abstract paintings by Denver artist Don Quade with abstract sculptures by Colorado Springs-based Bill Burgess. Quade was formerly at Fresh Art G...

    on April 14, 2005
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    Darkness Personified - Denver Rep's Edmond conjures up a loathsome, racist portrait.

    Edmond, currently being staged by the Denver Repertory Theatre Company, is about as nasty a play as I can imagine. When I see something that angers me this much, I usually try to figure out some interpretation I may be missing, something that justifi...

    by Juliet Wittman on April 14, 2005
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    Taking Their Lumps - Fire on the Mountain evokes the musical soul of Appalachian miners.

    Fire on the Mountain is an evocation of the lives of Appalachian coal miners in the first few decades of the twentieth century. Created for the Denver Center by Dan Wheetman and Randal Myler, who also directs, it is told primarily through song, with ...

    by Juliet Wittman on April 14, 2005
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    Encore

    Cats. This company does as good a job with Cats as one can imagine. The dancing, choreographed by Stephen Bertles, who also directed, is seamless. The cast is lithe and graceful. They slither like snakes. They leap high and land without a sound. The...

    on April 14, 2005
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    Dangerous Liaisons - A neo-feminist view of bad boys is the MCA's latest high-concept effort.

    Cydney Payton, director of Denver's Museum of Contemporary Art, has often said that one of the most important things an art show can do is to create controversy. The exhibit that's there now, Will Boys Be Boys?, is not really controversial, but it do...

    by Michael Paglia on April 7, 2005
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    Time flies, as the saying goes, but it's still hard to believe that Space Gallery (765 Santa Fe Drive, 720-904-1088) is already celebrating five years in business. Apparently, though, it's true: The current exhibit, Untold Riches, is being billed as ...

    by Michael Paglia on April 7, 2005
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    Now Showing

    Balance. Rarely has Walker Fine Art come up with an exhibit as successful as Balance, which pairs recent abstract paintings by Denver artist Don Quade with abstract sculptures by Colorado Springs-based Bill Burgess. Quade was formerly at Fresh Art G...

    on April 7, 2005
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    Modern Times - The Madwoman soars as an updated classic about greed.

    The Denver Center Theatre Company is presenting a version of The Madwoman of Chaillot, updated as simply The Madwoman and set in contemporary New York rather than Paris. The play was written by an ailing Jean Giraudoux during World War II and was fir...

    by Juliet Wittman on April 7, 2005
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    Encore

    Cats. This company does as good a job with Cats as one can imagine. The dancing, choreographed by Stephen Bertles, who also directed, is seamless. The cast is lithe and graceful. They slither like snakes. They leap high and land without a sound. The...

    on April 7, 2005
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    The Vision Thing - Landscape paintings and photos are at Robischon, while art and architecture make the news.

    The landscape and the natural environment have long preoccupied artists. In a contemporary context, though, artists can't simply record the scenery; they need to comment on it, transform it. Robischon Gallery is currently presenting a pair of solos f...

    by Michael Paglia on March 31, 2005
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    Two contemporary abstraction artists, McKay Otto and Ethan Jantzer, have been given separate solos at + Gallery (2350 Lawrence Street, 303-296-0927). The two shows, Otto's Every Place and Jantzer's Bound, are very compatible, with both artists doing ...

    by Michael Paglia on March 31, 2005
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    Now Showing

    Balance. Rarely has Walker Fine Art come up with an exhibit as successful as Balance, which pairs recent abstract paintings by Denver artist Don Quade with abstract sculptures by Colorado Springs-based Bill Burgess. Quade was formerly at Fresh Art Ga...

    on March 31, 2005
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Mack & Mabel: The Script Bores, but the Music Soars

Mack & Mabel purports to tell the story of the confused and conflicted love between Mack Sennett, impresario of the early comic silent movies, and Mabel Normand, the young woman… More >>

The DAM's Tom Wesselmann Show Is a Lesson in Art History

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Angela Beloian and Roger Hubbard. For In Technicolor, her new exhibit at Walker Fine Art, Boulder artist Angela Beloian created a body of retro '60s and '70s paintings and screen… More >>

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On Golden Pond. As this play opens, Norman and Ethel Thayer are moving back into their summer house in Maine. Every summer for 48 years, he's come here to fish… More >>

Ignite Theatre's Rent Has Room to Grow

The audience for Ignite Theatre's Rent is large, boisterous, young, and deeply involved with the action. Throughout the evening, you hear hoots of appreciative laughter, empathetic breath intakes and murmurs,… More >>

Four Artists Explore the World of Codes at Sandra Phillips

Michael Paglia has been writing about the art scene in Denver and Front Range for twenty years, following the latest shows, trends and news at museums and galleries. See his… More >>

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Angela Beloian and Roger Hubbard.For In Technicolor, her new exhibit at Walker Fine Art, Boulder artist Angela Beloian created a body of retro '60s and '70s paintings and screen prints… More >>

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The Odd Couple. There's not a lot of nourishment in Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, which has been around since the mid-1960s, but the central pairing of two very different… More >>

Wonderful Voices Aren't Enough to Elevate Central City Opera's The Sound of Music

Though I generally love Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, The Sound of Music has never been one of my favorites. But continuing a tradition it started two years ago of bringing… More >>

Installations Fill the Lower Galleries at the Arvada Center

Last month, Michael Paglia reviewed Unbound: Sculpture in the Field, an over-the-top outdoor exhibit for which the prairie land south of the Arvada Center has been turned into an informal… More >>

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