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    Sugar Substitute - Neither bittersweet nor truly fluffy, Sweet Charity fails to satisfy.

    Charity Hope Valentine is a loving and trusting soul, perpetually betrayed by the men she loves but always willing to give her heart again. She works at a dance hall, flirting and dancing for money. Sweet Charity, with a book by Neil Simon and songs ...

    by Juliet Wittman on September 21, 2006
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    Now Playing - Brief reviews of current shows

    I Am My Own Wife. The subject of I Am My Own Wife is German transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, born Lothar Berfelde in 1928 Berlin, a collector of antiques who survived both World War II and the Communist years in East Germany. But the play is as...

    on September 21, 2006
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    Puddle of Fun - LocoRoco is the perfect one-night stand.

    LocoRoco arrived with impossibly high expectations. This ridiculously cute new game for the PlayStation Portable debuted as a demo in April, and since then, the gaming press has tripped over itself to anoint it the successor to Katamari Damacy or G...

    by KEVIN HOFFMAN on September 21, 2006
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    Poetry and Puncture Wounds

    The Proposition (First Look) There's an old saying about Ginger Rogers, who did everything Fred Astaire did -- but backwards and in heels. This Australian western seems to be saying something similar about gritty American westerns: You think that's...

    by Robert Wilonsky on September 21, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of September 21, 2006

    After Sex (New Yorker) Bob & Tom Radio: The Comedy Tour (Image) The Boris Karloff Collection (Universal) Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (Strand) 8th & Ocean: The Complete First Season (Paramount) Fabulous! The Story of Quee...

    on September 21, 2006
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    Park and Wreck - Will defacing the Civic Center be the mayor's legacy?

    Last month I wrote a piece about the Civic Center Conservancy in which I implied that the group's members were a bunch of clowns ("Civic Circus," August 10). In the weeks since, I've really come to regret that metaphor and feel a little guilty. After...

    by Michael Paglia on September 14, 2006
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    Fantme Afrique - Laboratory of Art and Ideas at Belmar

    Daniel Libeskind's ideas for Denver's Civic Center are off the wall (see review,) but equally bizarre -- though in a positive way -- is the launching of the Laboratory of Art and Ideas at Belmar (404 South Upham, 303-742-1520) with an opening on Satu...

    by Michael Paglia on September 14, 2006
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    Sketches - Brief reviews of current shows

    Emilio Lobato and Martha Daniels. The solos that open the season at William Havu Gallery combine the disparate work of two of the area's best-known and well-regarded artists. On the walls is Emilio Lobato: Desde Siempre (Since Forever), which compri...

    on September 14, 2006
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    That's Entertainment - Buntport makes magic with Something Is Rotten.

    The action of Hamlet all hinges on an injunction by the ghost of Hamlet's father, who appears on a bitter cold night to tell the prince he must kill his murderous and usurping uncle. Everything that happens in Something Is Rotten is also set in motio...

    by Juliet Wittman on September 14, 2006
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    Space Case - The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow explores the world within -- and without.

    There's quite a bit wrong with Next Stage's production of The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, but what's wildly -- and exactly -- right is the group's choice of a play to open its season, as well as the casting of the protagonist. Author Rolin ...

    by Juliet Wittman on September 14, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of September 14, 2006.

    Ballets Russes (Zeitgeist) The Batman: The Complete Second Season (Warner Bros.) Beavis and Butt-head Do America: Special Collector's Edition (Paramount) Bottoms Up (Sony) Disney Princess Stories, Volume 1: A Gift From the Heart (Disney) ...

    on September 14, 2006
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    Monkey Trials - Super Monkey Ball Adventure takes a wrong turn.

    What could be more fun than monkeys trapped in plastic hamster balls? That's the strange philosophy of Super Monkey Ball, a puzzle series that debuted in 2001. Much as with Marble Madness, the goal here is to cross the finish line without falling o...

    by CHRIS WARD on September 14, 2006
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    Turning Tricks

    I Am a Sex Addict (IFC) Caveh Zahedi has made a movie of our times -- a strange mix of self-absorption, shamelessness in the pursuit of fame, and sex. Most shocking of all is that it works. Part fiction and documentary, confessional and comedy, the...

    by Robert Wilonsky on September 14, 2006
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    Introductions - Metro Frame Works

    44T ARTSPACE, the exhibition end of Metro Frame Works (4400 Tennyson Street, 303-433-0335), is a smart-looking miniature sales room with extensive show windows that open the place up to the street. The gallery is one of only a handful participating i...

    by Michael Paglia on September 7, 2006
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    Sketches - Brief reviews of current shows

    Emilio Lobato and Martha Daniels. The solos that open the season at William Havu Gallery combine the disparate work of two of the area's best-known and well-regarded artists. On the walls is Emilio Lobato: Desde Siempre (Since Forever), which compri...

    on September 7, 2006
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    Past Imperfect - I Am My Own Wife shows history in the making.

    The subject of I Am My Own Wife is German transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, born Lothar Berfelde in 1928 Berlin, a collector of antiques who survived both World War II and the Communist years in East Germany. But the play is as much about author ...

    by Juliet Wittman on September 7, 2006
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    The Mystery of Love - There's no tidy ending to this Reconciliation.

    Aldo and Huey are friends. Huey is divorced, and Aldo -- who never gained his father's affection and is unable to sever the link with his overpowering mother -- is unmarried. Huey has been behaving oddly since the divorce, wearing poetic, frill-sleev...

    by Juliet Wittman on September 7, 2006
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    Grateful Dead - Dead Rising's zombies will eat your brain -- and your free time.

    The mall in Dead Rising is pretty much like any other you've visited. There's a bunch of women's clothing stores, a movie theater, and of course the obligatory food court. The only real difference is that it's teeming with enough zombies to fill a...

    by GARY HODGES on September 7, 2006
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    Necessary Evil

    United 93 (Universal) A suggestion to those who've put off watching the year's most wrenching and essential film: Before rolling the feature, first watch the documentary in which the families of those who died on the plane give the filmmakers their...

    by Robert Wilonsky on September 7, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of September 7, 2006

    The Abbott and Costello Show: 100th Anniversary Collection, Season One (Passport) Ace Ventura Deluxe Double Feature (Warner Bros.) Amarcord: The Criterion Collection (Criterion) Anne of Avonlea (Koch Vision) Blade Runner: Director's Cut (...

    on September 7, 2006
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