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    Way to Go - Don Giovanni may wind up in hell, but not before he gives great opera.

    I remember a friend once talking to me about a scene in Shakespeare's As You Like It. The melancholy nobleman Jaques has just joined his exiled fellows and is excitedly describing a recent encounter: "A fool, a fool, I met a fool in the forest." In s...

    by Juliet Wittman on July 20, 2006
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    Now Playing - Brief reviews of current shows

    The Ballad of Baby Doe. Central City Opera is celebrating the fiftieth birthday of Douglas Moore's famed piece with a lively, glowing production full of beautifully proportioned sets that look like Victorian Christmas cards, a talented, energetic en...

    on July 20, 2006
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    Three-Way - The Kirkland Museum showcases the aesthetic heritage of the Vavra family.

    During the last decade or so, there has been increased interest in exploring the rich art history of Colorado, and Hugh Grant, director of Denver's Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art, has been at the forefront of this movement, having acquire...

    by Michael Paglia on July 20, 2006
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    Something to Consider - Sandy Carson Gallery

    Something to Consider is a wonderful summer show filled with fresh-looking contemporary paintings and ceramic sculptures at Sandy Carson Gallery (760 Santa Fe Drive, 303-573-8585). I'm not sure the title means anything, but I am sure that the show is...

    by Michael Paglia on July 20, 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. The story begins back in 1966 in Boulder -- specifically, in the fine-art...

    on July 20, 2006
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    Way Out of Sync

    Edison Force (Sony) Gritty cop stuff must write itself -- just make sure everyone's tough, corrupt, and talking like they stole Mickey Spillane's thesaurus. Then cast Justin Timberlake. Screech! Employing the talented (at music) popster as a crusa...

    by Robert Wilonsky on July 20, 2006
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    Cyber Shula - NFL Head Coach wants to make a legend out of you.

    The history of football videogames is one of adding layer upon layer of complexity. Tecmo Bowl, the first great football game, had just four plays to choose from. Fast-forward to the latest Madden, and it's more like 400. The logical result of this...

    on July 20, 2006
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    Hippie Haven - Four decades after working together in Boulder, Armory artists reunite in Denver.

    Boulder came of age in the 1960s, right along with the first baby boomers. The beautiful little town became a national center for the counterculture and the New Left, creating social and political currents that flowed into the 1970s. The visual arts ...

    by Michael Paglia on July 13, 2006
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    New Work by Jimmy Sellars - Weilworks

    Weilworks (3611 Chestnut Place, 303-308-9345) is an elegant little contemporary gallery in the River North area, not far from downtown. It's in a smart-looking building that's something like a post-modern farmhouse. For the current offerings, which o...

    by Michael Paglia on July 13, 2006
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    Sketches - Brief reviews of current shows

    Balanced Dissolution. Chuck Parson, one of the region's top sculptors, is an artist whose work you'd expect to see in a fall slot, but his solo, Balanced Dissolution, is on right now at Artyard. Parson does non-objective metal sculptures with deep r...

    on July 13, 2006
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    Oz, Against All Odds - PHAMALy puts on a whiz of a Wiz.

    Actress Lucy Roucis, who's playing the witch Addaperle in The Wiz, her thirteenth production with the Physically Handicapped Amateur Musical Actors' League (PHAMALy), has a standup routine about the pros and cons of her Parkinson's disease, which she...

    by Juliet Wittman on July 13, 2006
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    Now Playing - Brief reviews of current shows

    The Ballad of Baby Doe. Central City Opera is celebrating the fiftieth birthday of Douglas Moore's famed piece with a lively, glowing production full of beautifully proportioned sets that look like Victorian Christmas cards, a talented, energetic en...

    on July 13, 2006
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    Turning Japanese - Like the anime, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja is goofy fun.

    From Pokmon to Dragon Ball Z, Japanese pop culture has captured the imagination of American kids. The latest import craze is Naruto. Anyone hip to Harry Potter will find the story familiar: A bunch of otherwise ordinary kids, including titular he...

    by GARY HODGES on July 13, 2006
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    Engines Running Hot

    Grand Prix (Warner Bros.) John Frankenheimer, as underrated as he was brilliant, made a racing picture in 1966 that's yet to be topped forty years later. James Garner suffered through the director's churlish demands (which Frankenheimer reveals and...

    by Robert Wilonsky on July 13, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of July 13, 2006.

    Basic Instinct 2 (Sony) Bill Maher: New Rules (HBO) Bridezillas: The Complete 1st and 2nd Seasons (Weinstein) Care Bears: Hearts at Sea (Family Home Ent.) Dennis Miller: All In (HBO) Dolla Morte (Grimoire) The Dudesons Movie (Rhino)...

    on July 13, 2006
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    Extra Innings - Who's in -- and out -- in my fantasy Decades.

    Cydney Payton's name has been on the tip of everyone's tongue because of the roster of 72 artists that she included in Decades of Influence: Colorado 1985 -- Present, the over-the-top spectacular currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art ("...

    by Michael Paglia on July 6, 2006
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    Matt O'Neill - Back on the scene.

    It seems like everyone has their own list of who should be in Decades of Influence: Colorado 1985 -- Present at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Center for Visual Art, the Gates Sculpture Triangle and the Carol Keller Project Space. I've even done...

    by Michael Paglia on July 6, 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 July 6, 2006
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    The Art of History - The Ballad of Baby Doe brings an American era to life.

    Because I grew up in London, where the ghosts of Roman soldiers, Saxon traders, Renaissance poets, Victorian merchants, Cockney fishmongers, bishops and queens and kings and murdered princes whispered beneath the pavement, it took me a long time to a...

    by Juliet Wittman on July 6, 2006
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    Mad About You - Beyond Therapy shows how crazy love can, and should, be.

    Love is hard to find. If you find anything -- anything at all -- remotely resembling it, you should hang on for dear life. Or at least take a long, thoughtful second look, no matter how absurd the thing seems initially or how tempted you are to cut a...

    by Juliet Wittman on July 6, 2006
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