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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    There's an interesting sculpture show now at Pirate: a contemporary art oasis (3659 Navajo Street, 303-458-6058) called Sanctuaries. The abstract wall and floor works by Craig Robb are made of steel, wood and plastic. Some include recognizable things...

    by Michael Paglia on May 19, 2005
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    Now Showing

    Chihuly. Michael De Marsche, president of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, has orchestrated the extravaganza Chihuly, a sprawling survey of the career of glass master Dale Chihuly. Working near Seattle, Chihuly is among the best-known glass ar...

    on May 19, 2005
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    Soft Serve - Newsical the musical is light, spoofy fare.

    The few U.S. commentators who bothered to note the recent election in England marveled at the level of attack sustained in the run-up weeks by Prime Minister Tony Blair -- and not just in print. While George Bush's handlers make sure that anyone who ...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 19, 2005
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    Girls' Night Out - Playwright's cozy Shaking the Dew works despite some flaws.

    I found Shaking the Dew From the Lilies, now at the Playwright Theatre, enjoyable in the same way I found nights with girlfriends enjoyable in my twenties. Clad in pajamas or our underwear, we'd dissect each other's relationships amid peals of satiri...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 19, 2005
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    Encore

    Death of a Salesman. Written in 1949, Death of a Salesman electrified the theatrical world for several reasons. It tossed aside the conventions of the well-made, three-act play years before they were finally laid to rest in the rebellious mid-'50s. ...

    on May 19, 2005
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    The spare, monochrome paintings in Angela Larson's Seeking Harmony, at Spark Gallery (900 Santa Fe Drive, 720-889-2200), may look like neo-minimalist compositions, but they're not. In fact, these pieces have nothing to do with minimalism or any other...

    by Michael Paglia on May 12, 2005
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    Now Showing

    Chihuly. Michael De Marsche, president of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, has orchestrated the extravaganza Chihuly, a sprawling survey of the career of glass master Dale Chihuly. Working near Seattle, Chihuly is among the best-known glass art...

    on May 12, 2005
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    Coming of Age - Nomad's Kimberly Akimbo is a daring leap.

    Kimberly Akimbo, currently being staged at Nomad Theatre, begins with an elderly woman seated on a bench, huddled in her jacket against a surprising April snowstorm. (The first mention of the unseasonable weather got a big laugh on the snowy 30th of ...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 12, 2005
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    Formal Ware - New abstracts are brought together in great shows at + Gallery and Studio Aiello.

    It was two years ago that I first became aware of an unexpected curve in the art road. Despite all expectations, digital media was on the wane, and painting was waxing. The thought gave me a good laugh, because it was such an outrageous idea. Fast-fo...

    by Michael Paglia on May 12, 2005
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    Let Us Bray - One boisterous play-goer shatters the nuances of Take Me Out.

    Opening nights are a strange phenomenon, paper houses filled with critics and theater people. The latter are warmly supportive of their friends in the play, and many of them express their support by responding so passionately -- empathetic gasps, how...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 12, 2005
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    Critic's Notebook - Brandi Mathis

    Over the past few years, some of the most reliably interesting theater performances in this area have taken place on the small, square stage above the galleries at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, under the aegis of artistic director Brandi Ma...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 12, 2005
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    Encore

    The Crimson Thread. The first scene of this play is well-acted and somewhat promising, though it does have a bit of that golden-sunlight, Hallmark-card feeling about it. The year is 1869. Two sisters, Eilis and Bridget, are talking on the porch of a...

    on May 12, 2005
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    Now Showing

    Chihuly. Michael De Marsche, president of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, has orchestrated the extravaganza Chihuly, a sprawling survey of the career of glass master Dale Chihuly. Working near Seattle, Chihuly is among the best-known glass ar...

    on May 5, 2005
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    New Directions - Bill Burgess and Don Quade raise Walker's status, but the chips are down at the CVA.

    Bobbi Walker, owner and director of Walker Fine Art, has worked hard to break into the top ranks of Denver's contemporary galleries and, at the same time, make a profit. I can't comment on how it's possible to make money in the art business, but I ca...

    by Michael Paglia on May 5, 2005
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    Hard Luck of the Irish - The Crimson Thread falls a wee bit short in its epic presentation of immigrants.

    The first scene of The Crimson Thread, currently showing at the Arvada Center, is somewhat promising, though it does have a bit of that golden-sunlight, Hallmark-card feeling about it. Mary Hanes's writing is lyrical but rarely revelatory. The year i...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 5, 2005
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    t's amazing that in the current art world -- where it seems like everyone is searching for the next outrageous irony -- good, old-fashioned representational painters are still going strong, as evidenced by Contemporary Realism, at the William Havu Ga...

    by Michael Paglia on May 5, 2005
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    Blah Bas Bleu - The Fort Collins company fails to squeeze any juice from Death of a Salesman.

    In the last few years, Bas Bleu has become a beacon of theatrical inventiveness and energy in Fort Collins. Play selection is always intelligent and sometimes daring, and execution is usually exemplary. The company began this season with an ambitious...

    by Juliet Wittman on May 5, 2005
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    Encore

    Cyrano. The trouble with Heritage Square's Cyrano is that the company has abandoned the hybrid style that's all its own -- one that involves wild improvisation and lots of audience participation -- and decided instead to play the story of the long-n...

    on May 5, 2005
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    Firing Line - A salute to the late, great James McKinnell, a master of Colorado ceramics.

    It's hard to think of James McKinnell, whom everyone called Jim, without also thinking of his wife and artistic collaborator for more than fifty years, Nan McKinnell. Nonetheless, we are going to have to get used to the idea of one without the other,...

    by Michael Paglia on April 28, 2005
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    Currently, there are three shows at Pirate: a contemporary art oasis (3659 Navajo Street, 303-458-6058) that have an after-dark character. In two of them, it's because the galleries themselves have been shrouded in darkness, but in the third, which i...

    by Michael Paglia on April 28, 2005
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