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    The Communicator - Kent Thompson draws on his past to chart the Denver Center Theatre Company's future.

    The Denver Center Theatre Company is beginning its first season under new artistic director Kent Thompson, former director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Thompson, 51, took the reins from Donovan Marley, who announced his retirement in January...

    by Juliet Wittman on September 22, 2005
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    Now Playing - Brief reviews of current shows.

    Assassins. Assassins seethes through the mind like an unsettling wind, hurling aside platitude and raising a host of tormenting questions. This brilliant musical by John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim is exactly the kind of project local companies sho...

    on September 22, 2005
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    New releases available this week

    Da Ali G Show (HBO Home Video) Sacha Baron Cohen's inching closer to Tom Green territory; come this time next year, his HBO show is likely to be on the pop-culture junk pile. Which isn't to say this double-disc set doesn't hold up; it's just wear...

    on September 15, 2005
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    Westword's top DVD picks for the week of September 15, 2005

    After Sex (New Yorker Video) Ben-Hur: Four-Disc Collector's Edition (Warner Bros.) Candlemass: The Curse of Candlemass (Navarre) Carlito's Way: Ultimate Edition (Universal) Escaflowne: The Movie -- Ultimate Edition (Bandai Entertainment) ...

    on September 15, 2005
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    Paint the Town - A Bruce Price solo at +, with paintings and more at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

    I know the fall run just started this past week, but I don't think it's too early to say that FULL: New Paintings by Bruce Price, at + Gallery, is one of the best shows of the 2005-2006 season. I'm an old hand at these matters, and I'm certain nothin...

    by Michael Paglia on September 15, 2005
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    Last month, I made some comments about the Original Aurora Arts District ("In Black and White," August 25) that struck a nerve with Kim Harrell and Lani Sloss, owners of East End Applied Arts. In response, they sent Westword a letter, which was publi...

    by Michael Paglia on September 15, 2005
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    Now Showing

    Andy Warhol's Dream America. Hot on the heels of its smash hit, Chihuly, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is presenting yet another blockbuster devoted to the work of a household name in contemporary art: Andy Warhol's Dream America. The exhibi...

    on September 15, 2005
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    Hail to the Chief - Next Stage's Assassins is a grand musical look at America's killer instinct.

    Assassins seethes through the mind like an unsettling wind, hurling aside platitude and raising a host of tormenting questions. This brilliant musical by John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim is exactly the kind of project local companies should be takin...

    by Juliet Wittman on September 15, 2005
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    Blank Screen - The Dead Guy flickers in a feeble attempt to spoof TV.

    In the ladies' room during the intermission of The Dead Guy, I heard one woman say to another, "Every play they do here has some kind of message." "What do you see as the message of this one?" asked her friend. A pause. "Oh, you know, how shall...

    by Juliet Wittman on September 15, 2005
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    Encore

    The Fourth Wall. Playwright A.R. Gurney is a courteous, upper-crust kind of guy, so when he found himself enraged by national politics, he didn't respond with agitprop or searing realism. Instead he imagined a comfortably middle-class housewife, Peg...

    on September 15, 2005
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    New releases available this week

    The Blues Brothers 25th Anniversary Edition (Universal Studios Home Video) Dan Aykroyd and John Goodman's modern-day revival of the Blues Brothers is less a stroke of comedy genius than a dose of karaoke night at Hooters. Fight off those thoughts ...

    on September 8, 2005
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    Westword's top DVD picks for the week of September 6

    Barn of the Naked Dead (Koch Vision Entertainment) The Bela Lugosi Collection (Universal) Bruce Springsteen: VH1 Storytellers (Sony Music) Charmed: The Complete Second Season (Paramount) Crash (Artisan) The Deer Hunter: Special Edition...

    on September 8, 2005
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    Looking Back - Denver's Kirkland Museum enriches Lakewood with a Colorado art-history show.

    At the entry to the complex of buildings that make up the Lakewood Heritage Center is the Visitors Center, a sleek-looking neo-modern -- or would that be neo-moderne? -- structure. Designed by Oz Architecture, a firm with offices in Denver and Boulde...

    by Michael Paglia on September 8, 2005
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    A second floor is being added to the building that holds the Spark Gallery (900 Santa Fe Drive, 720-889-2200), with the idea of creating condos out of the added space. Despite the considerable inconvenience of the construction and the loss of nearly ...

    by Michael Paglia on September 8, 2005
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    Now Showing

    Andy Warhol's Dream America. Hot on the heels of its smash hit, Chihuly, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is presenting yet another blockbuster devoted to the work of a household name in contemporary art: Andy Warhol's Dream America. The exhibi...

    on September 8, 2005
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    Impolitic Levity - The Avenue Theater uses The Fourth Wall as laffy taffy.

    I loved this production of The Fourth Wall when I saw it at the late lamented Nomad Theatre -- directed, as now, by Billie McBride and featuring the same cast -- and I fully expected to love it again at the Avenue. But I didn't. The script remains wi...

    by Juliet Wittman on September 8, 2005
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    Encore

    The Fourth Wall. Playwright A.R. Gurney is a courteous, upper-crust kind of guy, so when he found himself enraged by national politics, he didn't respond with agitprop or searing realism. Instead he imagined a comfortably middle-class housewife, Pegg...

    on September 8, 2005
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    Memory Lane - A farewell to architect Eugene Sternberg and landscape architect Jane Silverstein Ries.

    At the beginning of this summer, Eugene Sternberg, one of the greatest of a generation of Denver architects who came to prominence in the post-war period, died at the age of ninety. Sternberg approached the practice of architecture as an intellec...

    by Michael Paglia on September 1, 2005
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    About a month ago, the Davis & Shaw building, at 1434 Champa Street, was sold to developer Randy Nichols, who immediately announced that he was planning to build a thirty-story condominium high-rise on the site. This is a genuine tragedy. Davis &...

    by Michael Paglia on September 1, 2005
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    Now Showing

    Andy Warhol's Dream America. Hot on the heels of its smash hit, Chihuly, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is presenting yet another blockbuster devoted to the work of a household name in contemporary art: Andy Warhol's Dream America. The exhibi...

    on September 1, 2005
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