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    Sketches - Brief reviews of current shows

    Emilio Lobato and Martha Daniels. The solos that open the season at William Havu Gallery combine the disparate work of two of the area's best-known and well-regarded artists. On the walls is Emilio Lobato: Desde Siempre (Since Forever), which compri...

    on September 7, 2006
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    Past Imperfect - I Am My Own Wife shows history in the making.

    The subject of I Am My Own Wife is German transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, born Lothar Berfelde in 1928 Berlin, a collector of antiques who survived both World War II and the Communist years in East Germany. But the play is as much about author ...

    by Juliet Wittman on September 7, 2006
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    The Mystery of Love - There's no tidy ending to this Reconciliation.

    Aldo and Huey are friends. Huey is divorced, and Aldo -- who never gained his father's affection and is unable to sever the link with his overpowering mother -- is unmarried. Huey has been behaving oddly since the divorce, wearing poetic, frill-sleev...

    by Juliet Wittman on September 7, 2006
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    Grateful Dead - Dead Rising's zombies will eat your brain -- and your free time.

    The mall in Dead Rising is pretty much like any other you've visited. There's a bunch of women's clothing stores, a movie theater, and of course the obligatory food court. The only real difference is that it's teeming with enough zombies to fill a...

    by GARY HODGES on September 7, 2006
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    Necessary Evil

    United 93 (Universal) A suggestion to those who've put off watching the year's most wrenching and essential film: Before rolling the feature, first watch the documentary in which the families of those who died on the plane give the filmmakers their...

    by Robert Wilonsky on September 7, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of September 7, 2006

    The Abbott and Costello Show: 100th Anniversary Collection, Season One (Passport) Ace Ventura Deluxe Double Feature (Warner Bros.) Amarcord: The Criterion Collection (Criterion) Anne of Avonlea (Koch Vision) Blade Runner: Director's Cut (...

    on September 7, 2006
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    TOM JUDD: Degrees of Perception, Jerry Kunkel: new paintings and Jack Balas - Robischon Gallery

    August is typically a dead time in the Denver art world, so the Denver Art Dealers Association came up with DADA INTRODUCTIONS, a way for members to present shows by artists whose work has not previously been shown in town. Robischon Gallery (1740 Wa...

    by Michael Paglia on August 31, 2006
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    Sketches - Brief reviews of current shows

    Colorado Modernism: 1930-1970. Though some believe that Colorado art doesn't stand up to scrutiny because it's so far behind the times, they're wrong. Take modernist abstraction, for example: Local artists, especially those in Colorado Springs, were...

    on August 31, 2006
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    The Shlock of the New - The New Play Festival offers one hit, two misses.

    Making theater where there has been little or no theater before -- the small towns east of Boulder, for example -- is an exemplary activity, and finding new plays to produce is doubly so. But the process is also highly risky. It takes thousands of sc...

    by Juliet Wittman on August 31, 2006
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    Now Playing - Brief reviews of current shows

    Impulse Theater. Basements and comedy go together like beer and nuts or toddlers and sandboxes. The basement of the Wynkoop Brewing Co., where Impulse Theater performs, is crowded, loud and energetic. Impulse does no prepared skits, nothing but pure...

    on August 31, 2006
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    Road Rage - In FlatOut 2, life is a highway strewn with carnage.

    Have you ever looked into onrushing traffic and imagined how much damage you would cause with a simple crank of the steering wheel? If so, FlatOut 2 is the racing game for you. The latest entry in a genre best described as Evel Knievel meets NASCAR...

    by LUKE O'BRIEN on August 31, 2006
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    The Short Goodbye

    Arrested Development: Season Three (Fox) The final collection of Arrested Development discs feels sadly incomplete: only 13 episodes this time, the result of Fox's inability to attract viewers to one of TV's greatest comedies and the network's unwi...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 31, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of August 31, 2006

    Akeelah and the Bee (Lions Gate) American Gun (IFC) The Castle of Cagliostro (Manga) Desperate Housewives: Season Two (Buena Vista) Stephen King's Desperation (Lions Gate) Friends With Money (Sony) Iron Island (Kino) Let's Scare ...

    on August 31, 2006
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    Against the Grain - BMoCA has wood carvings and wood blocks, while the SCFD is being run by blockheads.

    In a few weeks, the fall art season will get under way, and as I look into my crystal ball, I see an unprecedented tsunami of exhibitions and events. (I feel like I'm drowning already.) The October opening of the Frederic C. Hamilton Building at the ...

    by Michael Paglia on August 24, 2006
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    UNDERGO - Stay Gallery

    The Stay Gallery (3519 Brighton Boulevard, 303-408-3057), run by the husband-and-wife team of John and Amy Bodin, only recently opened; in fact, the current exhibition, UNDERGO, is only the third show to be presented there. UNDERGO is a solo featurin...

    by Michael Paglia on August 24, 2006
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    Sketches - Brief reviews of current shows

    CHAIN REACTION. For the third time in two years, there's a major show in town addressing how traditional Chicano art has progressed into what's been dubbed post-Chicano art. This latest effort is CHAIN REACTION: Chicano/a and Latino/a Art in Colorado...

    on August 24, 2006
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    Glacial Profiling - Slow-paced Valkyrie Profile offers dull apocalypse.

    For most people, the words "role-playing game" conjure images of sweaty Dungeons & Dragons-obsessed weirdos, wearing cloaks and screaming "Lightning bolt!" at each other. But even non-RPG players gave the genre a try when Final Fantasy VII debuted...

    by CHRIS WARD on August 24, 2006
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    Get a Clue

    Veronica Mars: The Complete Second Season (Warner Bros.) Any concept along the lines of "high school hottie solves crimes" is bound to make for watchable TV, but who would have expected this? Equal parts 90210 teen soap, murder mystery, and comedy...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 24, 2006
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    Westword's top DVD picks for the week of August 22:

    The Apartment (Lions Gate) The Bill Cosby Show: Season One (Shout! Factory) The Blue Light (Pathfinder) Conviction: The Complete Series (Universal) Dances With Wolves: Extended Cut (MGM) Film Geek (First Run) House, M.D.: Season Two...

    on August 24, 2006
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    The Long Goodbye - Dianne Vanderlip is stepping down from the DAM after nearly thirty years.

    In January 2007, Dianne Perry Vanderlip, the founding curator of the Modern and Contemporary Art department at the Denver Art Museum, will retire, giving up the job she's held since 1978. Vanderlip has been the most important and influential person i...

    by Michael Paglia on August 17, 2006
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