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    Sketches - Brief reviews of current shows

    Abstract Symbols. No sooner had Tracy Felix taken down his show at the William Havu Gallery than Sushe Felix, his wife, put up her own, a major exhibit with some three dozen paintings. The show has an epic-length title -- Abstract Symbols From Natur...

    on February 16, 2006
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    Nothing to Forgive - This Measure for Measure is beyond measure.

    The rift between those who believe in a punitive God -- a God who insists on absolute obedience and condemns sensual delight -- and those who see God as the apotheosis of love, joy and freedom runs through hundreds of years of history. It also shapes...

    by Juliet Wittman on February 16, 2006
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    Hit and Miss - Red Scare is no fright night.

    In some of the skits, the material is funnier than the execution; in others, the execution is better than the material. Overall, Red Scare is a hit-and-miss proposition -- with mildly amusing moments alternating with laugh-yourself-silly scenes and a...

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

    Frozen. It's hard to deal with murder -- particularly the rape, murder and dismemberment of a child -- without being exploitative. It's hard to explore the issue of forgiveness without sentimentality. But Bryony Lavery's Frozen succeeds on both coun...

    on February 16, 2006
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    Grind It Out With Pam

    Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson: Uncensored! (Paramount) This sucker's vulgar -- duh -- but not shocking in the least bit; Sarah Silverman swears, and Courtney Love drinks and smokes . . . who knew? That said, this roast ranks among the...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 16, 2006
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    Torino It Off - This horrible Winter Olympics game doesn't even medal.

    Ah, the Winter Olympics. The nip of drama in the Alpine air. The purity of amateur competition. Swedish women in full-body spandex. These are all things we enjoy about the winter games. Now for some things we don't: losing to Canada in hockey, male...

    on February 16, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of February 16.

    Disney Princess Sing Along Songs, Vol. Three: Perfectly Princess (Buena Vista) Emmanuel's Gift (First Look) The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: The Complete First Three Seasons (Warner Bros.) The Frisco Kid (Warner Bros.) Gimme a Break!: Seaso...

    on February 16, 2006
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    Men at Work - The Arvada Center hosts complementary solos by Bryan Andrews and Joe Rich.

    Colorado has never been much of a place for sculpture; the three-dimensional medium has always come in a distant second behind painting in the state's art history. Anyone interested in the art scene could readily reel off a long list of interesting p...

    by Michael Paglia on February 9, 2006
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    Testify and Memento Mori (remember death) - Arvada Center

    The entire set of Upper Galleries at the Arvada Center (6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, 720-898-7200) are given over to Testify, a solo featuring recent pieces by Colorado artist Riva Sweetrocket. Arvada Center curator and director of exhibitions Jerry Gil...

    by Michael Paglia on February 9, 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 February 9, 2006
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    In the Beginning - With Gem of the Ocean, August Wilson completes the cycle.

    When critics review the work of August Wilson, the same words tend to recur. Rich. Musical. Textured. Multi-layered. And here are a few phrases that apply both to his entire output and specifically to Gem of the Ocean, now playing at the Denver Cente...

    by Juliet Wittman on February 9, 2006
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    That Sinking Feeling - The Raft goes overboard.

    Okay, it's a world premiere of a play by a local writer, but the question remains: Why is a company like Modern Muse, which in the past has demonstrated a certain level of integrity and artistic ambition, presenting a work as weak as The Raft? The...

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

    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 origi...

    on February 9, 2006
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    Clay's the Thing

    Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (DreamWorks) Not since Finding Nemo has there been a movie so easy to recommend for all ages and tastes. But despite having crafted a near-perfect film, directors Nick Park and Steve Box second-guess ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 9, 2006
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    X-Man Reunited - There's nothing rusty about Mega Man X's old-school 'bots.

    Maybe it's because we're hung up on our past more than ever -- riding a wave of giddy, nonstop nostalgia and absorbing anything that will help recapture the bliss of the good ol' days -- but Capcom's Mega Man X Collection feels more fun than ever. ...

    by CHRIS WARD on February 9, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of February 7

    Bambi II (Disney) The Batman: The Complete First Season (Warner Bros.) The Best of the Electric Company (Shout!) The Best of Youth (Miramax) The Cary Grant Box Set (Sony) Cote D'Azur (Strand) Daltry Calhoun (Miramax) Doom: Unrate...

    on February 9, 2006
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    Final Exit - The Changing Scene opened a new act for local theater.

    During intermission at Germinal Stage Denver a couple of years ago, Ed Baierlein was keeping watch over the lobby. "Look who's here," he said, his voice gentle. I turned and found Al Brooks standing behind me. Al smiled hugely, took my hand in both o...

    by Juliet Wittman on February 2, 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 February 2, 2006
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    The Holdup - Denver Victorian Playhouse

    Written by Pulitzer-winning playwright Marsha Norman, The Holdup is a small, charming piece about the myth of the Old West -- or rather, the passing of that myth -- that comprises equal parts humor and melancholy. The play is set in 1914, in the high...

    by Juliet Wittman on February 2, 2006
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    Like Star Trek With Worms

    Dune: Extended Edition (Universal) On paper it sounds insane: A mammoth sci-fi epic directed by David Lynch, based on an intensely weird Frank Herbert novel about ecology and giant worms. What resulted was a flop that has yet to be remedied by mul...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 2, 2006
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