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    Sketches - Brief reviews of current shows

    Colorado Classic Architects, et al. Many of the finest buildings in town were done by firms with offices right here in the Mile High City, and they're the subject of Colorado Classic Architects, a handsome and informative exhibit in the Western Art ...

    by Michael Paglia on November 23, 2006
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    Bad News With Al

    An Inconvenient Truth (Paramount) This isn't exactly the kind of DVD you buy to watch again and again; the ending doesn't get happier, and there are no twists to decipher with repeated viewings. The producers hope instead that you buy it and share...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 23, 2006
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    Encore Performance - Don't fret. Guitar Hero II kills the opening act.

    Guitar Hero gave party games a much-needed kick in the ass. No one expected this rhythm game -- sold with a miniature plastic guitar -- to play to sellout crowds. But it became the most addictive game of the year and one of the most attractive to n...

    by CHRIS WARD on November 23, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of November 21:

    American Slapstick (Image) Alias: The Complete Fifth Season (Buena Vista) Boston Legal: Season Two (Fox) The Cry Baby Killer (Buena Vista) Devil Times Five (Code Red) Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist: Season Two (Paramount) Fall Out...

    on November 23, 2006
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    tempOdyssey - Playwright Dan Dietz ponders the mysteries of life, death -- and chickens.

    The morning after I saw tempOdyssey, I was at the Boulder Farmers' Market buying chicken parts for stock. "These are probably still warm," said the poultry man, handing me a plastic bag of feet. "The chickens were running around on them yesterday." ...

    by Juliet Wittman on November 16, 2006
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    Now Playing - Brief reviews of current shows

    The Big Bang. Sometimes it's nice not to have to think too much, to just settle back and watch a couple of frenetically energetic guys working really hard to earn your good will -- and your entertainment dollars. Oh, and to make you laugh. The Big B...

    by Juliet Wittman on November 16, 2006
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    Under the Radar: Contemporary Chinese Art - The first wave of post-Mao contemporary Chinese artists settle in at Robischon.

    A generation ago, when you said "contemporary art," it was assumed you were talking about creations from New York City, south of 54th Street -- even if you were referring to internationally important material. In the 1980s, everything started to chan...

    by Michael Paglia on November 16, 2006
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    CONVERSATIONS REFLECTIONS - Sandra Phillips Gallery

    There's a charming little group show at Sandra Phillips Gallery (744 Santa Fe Drive, 303-573-5969) with the grammatically challenged title of CONVERSATIONS REFLECTIONS. (Shouldn't that be CONVERSATIONAL REFLECTIONS or CONVERSATIONS REFLECTED or even ...

    by Michael Paglia on November 16, 2006
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    Sketches - Brief reviews of current shows

    Breaking the Mold. In 2003, Connecticut collector Virginia Vogel Mattern donated some 300 pieces of contemporary American Indian art to the Denver Art Museum. For one of the special shows inaugurating the new Frederic C. Hamilton Building, Native Ar...

    on November 16, 2006
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    When the Stars Came Out - Forbidden Planet, The Da Vinci Code, Strangers With Candy, Homicide

    Forbidden Planet (Warner Bros.) Long available as faded discount product, Fred McLeod Wilcox's 1956 masterpiece -- the movie without which Star Trek, Star Wars, 2001, and, oh, Lost in Space wouldn't exist -- at last gets its proper due; this doubl...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 16, 2006
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    Hands Off - Final Fantasy XII: Role-playing on autopilot.

    Final Fantasy is to role-playing games as the Yankees are to baseball. The series -- now almost 20 years old -- practically redefined the genre with Final Fantasy VII on the original PlayStation, the first console RPG that captured a mainstream aud...

    on November 16, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of November 14:

    Brothers of the Head (IFC) Cary Grant: The Franchise Collection (Universal) CSI: The Complete Sixth Season (Paramount) Cream: Royal Albert Hall (Rhino) 49 Up (First Run) Friends: The Complete Series Collection (Warner Bros.) The Gre...

    on November 16, 2006
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    Visual Noise

    Fine-art videos have been playing a larger role in the contemporary realm in recent years, but I have a hard time understanding why. And a significant group exhibit with the clever title What Sound Does a Color Make? , on view through the weekend at...

    by Michael Paglia on November 9, 2006
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    JUDITH COHN: CONSTRUCTIONS John Matlack: Bridges, Fishes, and Boats

    Of the various alternative spaces in Denver, Spark Gallery (900 Santa Fe Drive, 720-889-2200) has more than its share of established artists as members. Surely this explains why Spark is a flagship of the Santa Fe Arts District. It is one of only a h...

    by Michael Paglia on November 9, 2006
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    Sketches - Brief reviews of current shows

    Breaking the Mold. In 2003, Connecticut collector Virginia Vogel Mattern donated some 300 pieces of contemporary American Indian art to the Denver Art Museum. For one of the special shows inaugurating the new Frederic C. Hamilton Building, Native Art...

    on November 9, 2006
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    Talk, Talk

    With its battered floors and bright galleries, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is an unusual venue for theater, but in some ways a very fitting one for Lee Kalcheim's Defiled, or the Convenience of a Short-Haired Dog. In the first gallery -- w...

    by Juliet Wittman on November 9, 2006
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    Now Playing - Brief reviews of current shows

    The Big Bang. Sometimes it's nice not to have to think too much, to just settle back and watch a couple of frenetically energetic guys working really hard to earn your good will -- and your entertainment dollars. Oh, and to make you laugh. The Big B...

    on November 9, 2006
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    Burning the Yule Log

    The Junky's Christmas (Koch) They just aren't cranking out claymation Christmas specials like they used to, which makes this a welcome one. Nicer still, it's got heroin! A mixture of stop motion with a little puppetry and live-action shots of Will...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 9, 2006
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    Coke Dreams - In Scarface, slinging yayo is the name of the game.

    In the gangsta pantheon, nobody gets more respect than Tony Montana. Consider all the homages: Not one, but two rappers have named themselves after Montana (Scarface of the Geto Boys and Tony Yayo of G-Unit), and Nas borrowed Montana's slogan for h...

    by LUKE O'BRIEN on November 9, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of November 7:

    Anna Karenina (Kino) Arrested Development: Seasons One-Three (Fox) The Best of the Scripps National Spelling Bee (ESPN) Beverly Hills 90210: The Complete First Season (Paramount) Cinema Paradiso (Weinstein) The Fallen Idol (Criterion) ...

    on November 9, 2006
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