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    Anything Goes. When the work of a knowing sophisticate like Cole Porter is staged at an old-fashioned venue like this, what it loses in nuance, it gains in good nature and high-octane -- if sometimes mindless -- energy. Not that there's much nuance t...

    on October 14, 2004
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    Ansel Adams Edwin Land and Persistence of Myth and Tragedy. At the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, two legendary figures from the history of photography have been brought together in Ansel Adams Edwin Land: Art, Science, and Invention: Photograph...

    on October 14, 2004
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    To Die For - Exquisite Egyptian funerary art graces the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

    Among the first chapters in the history of Western art is the one devoted to Egypt, with much of the subsequent story tracing its origins to the objects and buildings produced in the Nile Valley more than 3,000 years ago. This was long before -- mill...

    by Michael Paglia on October 7, 2004
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    Photographs by David Alexander Bjrkman make up the interesting exhibit The Maya Ballgame, now on display at the Museo de las Amricas (861 Santa Fe Drive, 303-571-4401) for the "Month of Photography." The Bjrkman shots, printed in black and whit...

    by Michael Paglia on October 7, 2004
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    Ansel Adams Edwin Land and Persistence of Myth and Tragedy. At the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, two legendary figures from the history of photography have been brought together in Ansel Adams Edwin Land: Art, Science, and Invention: Photograph...

    on October 7, 2004
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    Slight Comedy - An entertaining Allergist's Wife is anchored by several solid actors.

    When Sue Leiser trudges across the stage and thumps onto a chair, she's there. Really there. Solid. Present. Her face in a little moue of anger and disgust as she contemplates the malfunctioning of her bowels. The minute you see her enter in The Tale...

    by Juliet Wittman on October 7, 2004
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    Back-in-Time Travel - Country Dinner Playhouse serves the predictable with Anything Goes.

    Going to the Country Dinner Playhouse always feels like stepping back in time and into another America, the kind of place my in-laws would have recognized. They grew up on Colorado farmland, fell in love while they were in high school, even attended ...

    by Juliet Wittman on October 7, 2004
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    84, Charing Cross Road. A fascination with the life of old books provides a lot of the charm of this play, which is based on the correspondence between New York writer Helene Hanff and Frank Doel, a London bookseller. An anglophile and lover of lite...

    on October 7, 2004
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    Photo Play - Camera works are celebrated in shows at the William Havu, Walker and Sandy Carson galleries.

    You'd have to have been living under a rock for the past few weeks not to know that something's up in Denver's exhibition world. Everywhere you look, some gallery, museum or art center is hosting a show devoted to photography -- photojournalism, fash...

    by Michael Paglia on September 30, 2004
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    Though the main spaces at William Havu Gallery (1040 Cherokee Street, 303-893-2360) are dedicated to celebrating Denver's "Month of Photography" ("Photo Play" ), the intimate areas beneath and on the mezzanine are given over to Painting exhibition: J...

    by Michael Paglia on September 30, 2004
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    Ansel Adams Edwin Land and Persistence of Myth and Tragedy. At the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, two legendary figures from the history of photography have been brought together in Ansel Adams Edwin Land: Art, Science, and Invention: Photographs...

    on September 30, 2004
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    Passionless Christianity - The Chancellor's Tale pays lip service to the Church.

    Everything about The Chancellor's Tale screams Quality Production. Pay Attention. Serious Topic. And, indeed, it's a timely exploration of some of the issues currently tearing at the fabric of the Church: homosexuality, the Church's responsibility fo...

    by Juliet Wittman on September 30, 2004
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    Single-Minded - Young CU actors wrestle with the thirty-something yearning in Company.

    The auditorium at the University of Colorado is full of students for this performance of Company: The Musical. Not a parent or a professor in sight, no one who appears older than 25. I see a few young men wandering the aisles looking lost, couples se...

    by Juliet Wittman on September 30, 2004
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    Encore

    84, Charing Cross Road. A fascination with the life of old books provides a lot of the charm of this play, which is based on the correspondence between New York writer Helene Hanff and Frank Doel, a London bookseller. In the early letters, she simpl...

    on September 30, 2004
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    Home on the Range - The Gallery of Contemporary Art and Studio Aiello map out different parts of the local scene.

    Some of the best art shows around are those unwieldy wide-ranging group presentations -- though in truth, solos are the heart of the art-show business. What makes a group show interesting is its inconsistency and its multiplicity of visions, which, o...

    by Michael Paglia on September 23, 2004
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    There's an extremely coherent twosome at the + Gallery (2350 Lawrence Street, 303-296-0927) called Manifesto Abstractos, which features non-objective paintings that are influenced by Hispanic culture. To put this excellent show together, gallery dire...

    by Michael Paglia on September 23, 2004
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    digital.movement.04. Tracy Weil, owner of the weilworks gallery, has a passion for computer-aided art. That's why he organized digital.movement.04: Installations in video, sound & digital animation, the first in a planned series of annuals featuring...

    on September 23, 2004
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    Ring-a-Ding Dog - Heaven Help Us could use some help.

    When musicals come to Denver, they often come without the A-list Actors' Equity performers who made them successful in the first place. So we get the show that was lauded in London and New York, but with an inferior cast, and we're left wondering why...

    by Juliet Wittman on September 23, 2004
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    A Room With a Viewpoint - Nomad's The Fourth Wall opens to multiple levels.

    Playwright A.R. Gurney is angry. He considers the Bush administration a disaster; he condemns its boneheaded policies, its indifference to the plight of the poor, its preemptive war on Iraq. But Gurney is a kind-spirited, bourgeois, WASP kind of guy,...

    by Juliet Wittman on September 23, 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 attract all kinds of people who might never think of setting f...

    on September 23, 2004
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Mack & Mabel: The Script Bores, but the Music Soars

Mack & Mabel purports to tell the story of the confused and conflicted love between Mack Sennett, impresario of the early comic silent movies, and Mabel Normand, the young woman… More >>

The DAM's Tom Wesselmann Show Is a Lesson in Art History

Michael Paglia has been writing about the art scene in Denver and Front Range for twenty years, following the latest shows, trends and news at museums and galleries. Read his… More >>

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Angela Beloian and Roger Hubbard. For In Technicolor, her new exhibit at Walker Fine Art, Boulder artist Angela Beloian created a body of retro '60s and '70s paintings and screen… More >>

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On Golden Pond. As this play opens, Norman and Ethel Thayer are moving back into their summer house in Maine. Every summer for 48 years, he's come here to fish… More >>

Ignite Theatre's Rent Has Room to Grow

The audience for Ignite Theatre's Rent is large, boisterous, young, and deeply involved with the action. Throughout the evening, you hear hoots of appreciative laughter, empathetic breath intakes and murmurs,… More >>

Four Artists Explore the World of Codes at Sandra Phillips

Michael Paglia has been writing about the art scene in Denver and Front Range for twenty years, following the latest shows, trends and news at museums and galleries. See his… More >>

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Angela Beloian and Roger Hubbard.For In Technicolor, her new exhibit at Walker Fine Art, Boulder artist Angela Beloian created a body of retro '60s and '70s paintings and screen prints… More >>

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The Odd Couple. There's not a lot of nourishment in Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, which has been around since the mid-1960s, but the central pairing of two very different… More >>

Wonderful Voices Aren't Enough to Elevate Central City Opera's The Sound of Music

Though I generally love Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, The Sound of Music has never been one of my favorites. But continuing a tradition it started two years ago of bringing… More >>

Installations Fill the Lower Galleries at the Arvada Center

Last month, Michael Paglia reviewed Unbound: Sculpture in the Field, an over-the-top outdoor exhibit for which the prairie land south of the Arvada Center has been turned into an informal… More >>

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