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    Take Note - The Music Man brings a town, and audience, to life.

    I'm sitting at a small table at Boulder's Dinner Theatre with my friend Robin Haig. A one-time dancer with the Royal Ballet, Robin has just retired from the University of Colorado Dance Department and is talking about Margot Fonteyn and the Bumptious...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 11, 2006
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    Now Playing - Brief reviews of current shows

    Chess. The Cold War serves as a frame for Chess, the musical account of a match between a Russian champion, Anatoly, and his petulant American counterpart, Freddie. The action takes place in 1989, in the weeks before and after the fall of the Berlin ...

    on May 11, 2006
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    Beat Down - This DJ simulator is nothing to rave about.

    If you've gazed at a record player and imagined you could scratch as well as the next guy, you're not alone. Guitars, drums, bass -- all these instruments appear to require real skill or at least blisters. But who can't drop a needle? The problem i...

    by CHRIS WARD on May 11, 2006
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    Beauty at Buchenwald

    Fateless (THINKFilm) I've no patience for the Holocaust docudrama -- didn't even see Schindler's List till years after its 1993 release, to my parents' everlasting shame. And so it was I avoided Lajos Koltai's acclaimed adaptation of Imre Kertsz'...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 11, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of May 11, 2006.

    The Barbie Diaries Gift Set (Family Home Entertainment) Battle in Heaven (Tartan) The Best of Rocky and Bullwinkle: Volume 1 (Sony Wonder) Big Momma's House 2 (Fox) Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist: Season One (Paramount) The Facts of ...

    on May 11, 2006
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    Smart and Pretty - Ideas and visuals combine in shows at +, Victoria Myhren and Robischon.

    Among the standard features of the visual arts, two attributes rise above the others: what something looks like, and what it means. The rise of modernism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was, to a great extent, all about appearanc...

    by Michael Paglia on May 4, 2006
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    URBAN ORGANICA - + Gallery

    Ivar Zeile, director of + Gallery (2350 Lawrence Street, 303-296-0927), went to college in Utah and during his student days became friends with painter Jean Arnold. As so often happens, the two friends drifted apart after school. When Zeile recently ...

    by Michael Paglia on May 4, 2006
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    Sketches - Brief reviews of current shows

    Apparition. The brand-new Gallery Severn, which is owned by art collector and retired executive Andy Dodd, aims to be what he has called a "launch pad" for emerging artists. This specialty in fresh faces instantly makes the place interesting. Also i...

    on May 4, 2006
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    Held in Check - Chess uses music to play with our emotions.

    There was a moment in Chess that undid me completely. It occurred when the heroine, Florence, met the man she believed to be her father -- the father she had last seen in 1956 when, as a terrified little girl, she'd been torn from his arms by the Hun...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 4, 2006
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    The Hard Cell - The truth may not set you free, but it illuminates The Exonerated.

    The death penalty is an obscenity in itself, and the ways in which it's applied are equally vile: the endless waiting on death row, where prisoners can sometimes see fellow inmates led to slaughter or hear the readying of the death equipment; the cap...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 4, 2006
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    Now Playing - Brief reviews of current shows

    After Ashley. We first meet Ashley while she's watching one of those smarmy television shrinks with her teenage son, Justin. The shrink, Dr. Bob, is giving advice to a sexually incompatible couple, and this leads Ashley to reveal far more than Justi...

    on May 4, 2006
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    Embarrassment of Riches

    Tennessee Williams Film Collection (Warner Bros.) All that's missing from this boxed set -- six movies, one doc, eight discs -- is a jar of sweat; even Williams is here, in a 1973 documentary. Then there's Brando, Beatty, Newman, Taylor, Burton, Ga...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 4, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of May 4, 2006.

    BTK Killer (Lions Gate) Chubby Hubby Workout (On Air Video) Dinosaurs: The Complete First and Second Seasons (Disney) The Family Stone (Fox) Flight 93: The Movie (UAV) Jargo (Picture This!) King of Thieves (Picture This!) Last Ho...

    on May 4, 2006
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    Hero With a Thousand Faces - The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion earns our highest score.

    The biggest innovation videogaming saw in the past decade or so was the invention of the "sandbox": Programmers create settings and consequences, but give you, the user, free license to do with them what you want. Grand Theft Auto is certainly the...

    by GARY HODGES on May 4, 2006
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    Round Up - Denver is buzzing with interesting, worthwhile shows.

    Having people from both inside and outside the art world come to me and plug a show is a standard feature of my life as an art critic. What's funny about it, though, is how many of them think they're doing me a favor. You see, in their fantasies ...

    by Michael Paglia on April 27, 2006
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    Mel Strawn: Coins & Medals + - Sandra Phillips Gallery

    The Sandra Phillips Gallery (744 Santa Fe Drive, 303-573-5969) has stumbled on a niche in the art market: featuring the work of well-known Colorado artists from yesteryear. Last month it was Ruth Todd, who is in her nineties, and now it's Mel Strawn,...

    by Michael Paglia on April 27, 2006
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    Sketches - Brief reviews of current shows

    Apparition. The brand-new Gallery Severn, which is owned by art collector and retired executive Andy Dodd, aims to be what he has called a "launch pad" for emerging artists. This specialty in fresh faces instantly makes the place interesting. Also i...

    on April 27, 2006
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    Signifying Something - Insignifance is more than entertaining.

    The United States could recover from an all-out nuclear war with the Soviet Union in just two to four years.... Nuclear war is not nearly as devastating as we have been led to believe. If there are enough shovels to go around, everybody's going to ma...

    by Juliet Wittman on April 27, 2006
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    Good Grief - Long after the play ends, you'll be thinking about After Ashley.

    The most interesting character in After Ashley disappears after the first scene. This is Ashley herself, whom we meet while she's watching one of those smarmy television shrinks with her teenage son, Justin. The shrink, Dr. Bob, is giving advice to a...

    by Juliet Wittman on April 27, 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 April 27, 2006
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