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    Heavy Petal - Steel Magnolias is in full bloom at Miners Playhouse.

    Somewhere in the 1970s, we learned that women could like each other, that female friendship was precious, and that society's insistence that women's concerns were inherently more trivial than the concerns of men was blind and stupid. Though she might...

    by Juliet Wittman on January 26, 2006
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    Now Playing - Brief reviews of current shows

    A Bright Room Called Day. Tony Kushner, author of the brilliant Angels in America, clearly wrote A Bright Room Called Day in a state of agitation. Kushner sensed the blot of fascism spreading across America, and he drew an analogy -- by no means ori...

    on January 26, 2006
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    Now Dirtier Than Ever

    The Aristocrats(Lions Gate) The single joke around which Paul Provenza's documentary revolves has a standard beginning and ending, like pieces of bread that make a sandwich stuffed with excrement, incest, and whatever other foulness the teller can ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 26, 2006
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    Exit the Matrix - The Matrix: Path of Neo is more chop suey than chopsocky.

    Pop-culture pundits generally fall into two camps: those who think entertainment encourages a nation of knuckle-draggers, and those who say it's actually making us smarter. In the case of Atari's The Matrix: Path of Neo, both sides have a point. L...

    on January 26, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of January 26.

    Address Unknown (Tartan) Anyone Can Dance: Nightclub Freestyle (Delta) National Lampoon's Barely Legal (MGM) Dallas: The Complete Fourth Season (Warner Bros.) Educating Rita(Sony) Flightplan(Touchstone) The Fog (2005) (Sony) God ...

    on January 26, 2006
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    Magic Mountains - Tracy Felix provides an idiosyncratic take on the scenery out West.

    During the '20s and '30s, artists in Colorado and New Mexico began doing abstractions based on landscape paintings. They took the formal components of a mountain, mesa or rock formation, then simplified the compositions into non-realistic versions of...

    by Michael Paglia on January 19, 2006
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    Denise Montgomery and John Grant - Denver Office of Cultural Affairs

    The Denver Office of Cultural Affairs is facing some changes. On January 3, Denise Montgomery spent her last day as the agency's director; she's leaving to head up the marketing department of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. When Montgomery ...

    by Michael Paglia on January 19, 2006
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    Sketches - Brief reviews of current shows

    Auditioning Gods, et al. Arvada Center curator Jerry Gilmore has organized a quartet of shows devoted to recent work by Colorado artists. In the lower galleries, Bryan Andrews presents Auditioning Gods, which continues the "fetem" sculpture series h...

    on January 19, 2006
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    Murder, She Wrote - Frozen makes for a chilling night of theater.

    It's hard to deal with murder -- particularly the rape, murder and dismemberment of a child -- without being exploitative. It's also hard to explore the issue of forgiveness without resorting to sentimentality. Bryony Lavery's play Frozen, currently ...

    by Juliet Wittman on January 19, 2006
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    Let There Be Light - A Bright Room Called Day illuminates dark times -- both past and present.

    Some people believe that artists are uniquely sensitive to their times and that their work can serve as a kind of canary in the coal mine, warning of danger. Tony Kushner, author of the brilliant and much-acclaimed Angels in America, clearly wrote A ...

    by Juliet Wittman on January 19, 2006
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    Menage Dix, The Honeymoon Period Is Officially Over and Leela's Wheel - Buntport Theater

    Gemma Wilcox is a terrific performer, with a soft, graceful, gentle quality that's very appealing. She wrote Menage Dix, The Honeymoon Period Is Officially Over and Leelas Wheel, the three pieces she's now starring in at Buntport Theater; she play...

    by Juliet Wittman on January 19, 2006
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    Now Playing - Brief reviews of current shows

    The King and I. Some of the problems with this production are inherent in the show itself. With its emphasis on strong women and abhorrence of anything resembling slavery, The King and I was progressive for its time, but no artist can entirely escap...

    on January 19, 2006
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    Swindled Art

    Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Magnolia) The best two hours you'll ever spend learning about accounting, Enron is one part civics lesson, one part Greek tragedy, and one part political cartoon. Director Alex Gibney makes no pretense of ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 19, 2006
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    Monkey Shines - Peter Jackson's King Kong earns its crown.

    Movie-based videogames have a well-deserved reputation for sucking. Ever since Atari's E.T. -- a game so ill-conceived that thousands of unsold cartridges were dumped en masse in the desert, creating the crappiest buried treasure of all time -- Ho...

    by CHRIS WARD on January 19, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of January 17.

    Adventures of Superman: The Complete Second Season (Warner Bros.) Asylum (Paramount) Casino (MCA) Celebrity Mix (TLA) Final Destination: Scared 2 Death Pack (New Line) Gendernauts (First Run) Ghost in the Machine (Anchor Bay) Ind...

    on January 19, 2006
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    Flash Back - Catch a rare glimpse of mid-century modernist photographs at Gallery Sink.

    Over the past ten years, the city's galleries, art centers and museums have done a number of exhibits charting out the region's art history -- a scholarly and aesthetic pursuit that's still in its infancy. Most of these shows have spotlighted vintage...

    by Michael Paglia on January 12, 2006
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    Ones, Twos and Threes - Sliding Door Gallery

    The Sliding Door Gallery (3563 Walnut Street, 720-979-4448) is a newish co-op that was launched this past summer. The members include a number of former Pirates and Edge-sters, along with a smattering of others who are new to the local art biz. There...

    by Michael Paglia on January 12, 2006
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    Sketches - Brief reviews of current shows

    Building Outside the Box. With the Denver Art Museum's outlandish Hamilton Building by Daniel Libeskind taking shape at West 13th Avenue and Acoma Plaza, there's a lot going on outside the place. Inside the gorgeous Gio Ponti tower, it's a different ...

    on January 12, 2006
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    A Capital Idea - Marx in Soho offers Denver a lesson in Marxism.

    When the Soviet Union fell on Christmas Day 1991, politicians and pundits in the West began insisting that Marxism was dead, that history had proved the theory was bankrupt and led inexorably to misery and oppression. From now on, they said, our worl...

    by Juliet Wittman on January 12, 2006
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    A Bounteous Bunch

    Sam Peckinpah's Legendary Westerns Collection (Warner Bros.) At a mere $42 through most websites, this four-film boxed set ranks among the best ever compiled; not only does it contain the restored version of one of the greatest movies of all t...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 12, 2006
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