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    Dots, Blobs and Angels. Denver's Museum of Contemporary Art is presenting an enormous solo that is dedicated to the late David Rigsby, an artist who played a big part in the local art scene in the '70s and '80s. The exhibit was organized by director...

    on September 2, 2004
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    Audience Pleasers - Miners Alley acts up with its One-Act Festival.

    For its 2nd Annual Summer One-Act Festival, Miners Alley has put together two one-acts about the dramatic process itself. They're witty, playful and fun to watch, and they work well with each other. The first, Hidden in This Picture, is by Aaron ...

    by Juliet Wittman on September 2, 2004
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    The adage about too many artists spoiling the installation is exemplified by a collaborative piece -- done by several of the co-op's members and by faculty from Metro -- on view in the front space at Edge Gallery (3658 Navajo Street, 303-477-7173). T...

    by Michael Paglia on September 2, 2004
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    Almost There - Musty The Play's the Thing lacks zing.

    OpenStage Theatre & Company in Fort Collins always walks a thin line between professional and community theater, and this production of The Play's the Thing falls definitively on the community side. The script is by Ferenc Molnar, a Hungarian aut...

    by Juliet Wittman on September 2, 2004
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    Encore

    Cabaret. Cabaret is grim and distressing, and there's not a hint of redemption anywhere in it. Quite the contrary. But this is a bloody good production, the kind of production that could -- and should -- attract all kinds of people who might never t...

    on September 2, 2004
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    There's a show at Andenken Gallery (2110 Market Street, 303-332-5582) with the cutesy title of Peachy Keen. Though the phrase has a retro '50s feel, the show itself has more of a '60s thing going on. You can't really blame this confusion on Morgan Ba...

    by Michael Paglia on August 26, 2004
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    Common Ground. The Sandra Phillips Gallery specializes in abstraction, as is shown off in the current show, Common Ground, which combines neo-abstract-expressionist paintings by Jennifer Scott McLaughlin with neo-constructivist sculptures by William...

    on August 26, 2004
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    Reality Shows - Contemporary representational art is on tap at both Robischon and Havu.

    It's amazing how vast the contemporary art world is, including as it does a full array of expressions -- from the most edgy forms, such as video, to the most conservative, such as landscapes, still-life scenes and portraits. Within the realm of repre...

    by Michael Paglia on August 26, 2004
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    A Critic's View - Denver's theater scene struggles to reach critical mass.

    I was sorry when I heard that Denver actor Brett Aune was leaving his home town to try his fortune in Los Angeles. Aune, who departed last week, has featured prominently in some of the most memorable theater experiences I've had in this town. I remem...

    by Juliet Wittman on August 26, 2004
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    Encore

    Cabaret. Cabaret is grim and distressing, and there's not a hint of redemption anywhere in it. Quite the contrary. But this is a bloody good production, the kind of production that could -- and should -- attract all kinds of people who might never t...

    on August 26, 2004
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    Industrial Strength - Unhurried pace makes The Weir worth visiting.

    A year or two ago, the Industrial Arts Theatre Company took over an old movie house on Federal Boulevard. It's always a good thing when artists move into a funky neighborhood, and the Industrial group is no exception. But the company needs to put mor...

    by Juliet Wittman on August 19, 2004
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    Encore

    Cabaret. Cabaret is grim and distressing, and there's not a hint of redemption anywhere in it. Quite the contrary. But this is a bloody good production, the kind of production that could -- and should -- attract all kinds of people who might never t...

    on August 19, 2004
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    Still and All - A planned Clyfford Still museum is the latest thing in Denver's current culture boom.

    On the morning of August 9, Mayor John Hickenlooper stood on the front steps of the City and County Building and made a stunning announcement: The City of Denver had formally committed to building a museum to house the work of abstract-expressionist ...

    by Michael Paglia on August 19, 2004
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    Walking into the front space at Pirate: a contemporary art oasis (3659 Navajo Street, 303-458-6058) is like stepping back into the early '90s when half the shows at the alternative galleries were installations of questionable quality. There's a rea...

    by Michael Paglia on August 19, 2004
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    Colorado Clay. Colorado has been a regional center for ceramics for just over a century. The reason is obvious, at least to gardeners and structural engineers: It's all that darned clay. This sets up Colorado Clay, which has been held at Golden's Fo...

    on August 19, 2004
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    Wrong Direction - Bovine hits some false notes in The Mammas & the Papparazzis.

    Bovine Metropolis is a fine, cozy venue, the people who run it are lively and friendly, and I've seen good comedy there. But The Mammas & the Papparazzis is simply not ready for prime time, either in terms of material or performance quality. Each and...

    by Juliet Wittman on August 19, 2004
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    No Hot Flash in the Pan - Menopause The Musical provides some fluffy comedy about female changes.

    Menopause The Musical is as much a phenomenon as a piece of theater. As my friend and I entered the New Denver Civic Theatre, we walked into a wall of laughter and chatter. There were women everywhere -- in twos and threes, in throngs, elderly women,...

    by Juliet Wittman on August 12, 2004
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    Encore

    Antony and Cleopatra. Director Robert Benedetti states in the program notes that he has brought a Hollywood sensibility to this text, but the CU production remains stagnant and difficult to follow, perhaps because so many of the actors garble their ...

    on August 12, 2004
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    Earth, Hand and Fire - Foothills throws the state's best-known ceramics fest.

    Colorado has been a regional center for ceramics for just over a century. The reason is obvious, at least to gardeners and structural engineers: It's all that darned clay. This readily available natural product led to what I call a "clay rush" beg...

    by Michael Paglia on August 12, 2004
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    The Sandra Phillips Gallery (744 Santa Fe Drive, 303-573-5969) has kept a pretty low profile since it opened last summer. Though I'd heard of it, I didn't have any idea where it was. In retrospect, this is strange because it's right across the street...

    by Michael Paglia on August 12, 2004
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Representational imagery shines at Havu

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The Arvada Center takes a leap with Unbound

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