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    At Long Last, Beauty - Rex Ray's newest collages stop hearts at Rule.

    One of the weirdest twists in contemporary art over the last quarter-century -- other than increased interest in boring videos and self-indulgent performances -- is the way in which beauty has come to be denigrated. Today's art world is suspicious of...

    by Michael Paglia on October 21, 2004
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    There's an elegant little show with the possibly insulting name of Silence Nothingness at Sandra Phillips Gallery (744 Santa Fe Drive, 303-573-5969). The title is taken from a Samuel Beckett quote, but taken out of context, the words are robbed of th...

    by Michael Paglia on October 21, 2004
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    Now Showing

    Ansel Adams Edwin Land and The 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: Photog...

    on October 21, 2004
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    Encore

    The Fourth Wall. 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 pre-emptive war on Iraq. But Gurney is a kind-spirited, bourgeois,...

    on October 21, 2004
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    Saving Grace - Ambitious Angels in America lands at Bas Bleu.

    Starving through the leafless wood Trolls run scolding for their food; And the nightingale is dumb, And the angel will not come. Cold, impossible, ahead Lifts the mountain's lovely head Whose white waterfall could bless Travellers in ...

    by Juliet Wittman on October 21, 2004
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    Mind Games - Miners' Rose Garden adaptation feels aloof.

    Joanne Greenberg's I Never Promised You a Rose Garden was published in 1964 as fiction, but in fact described the author's own teenage struggle for sanity and the help she received from Dr. Frieda Fromm-Reichmann, herself a refugee from Nazi Germany....

    by Juliet Wittman on October 21, 2004
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    Camera Works - Denver's Month of Photography marches on at Gallery M, Mizel and Robischon.

    Photography includes so many different things, it's head-spinning. There are all the various styles, plus a wide array of categories, including, of course, fine-art photography. But over the past couple of decades, it's become all but impossible to s...

    by Michael Paglia on October 14, 2004
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    In the space once occupied by the now-gone and nearly forgotten ILK co-op, Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, who was once that group's director, has opened her own art business, Pod & Capsule (554 Santa Fe Drive, 303-623-3460). Pod is a funky boutique that offers...

    by Michael Paglia on October 14, 2004
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    Now Showing

    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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    Critical View - Marley's ghost may haunt the Denver Center Theatre Company.

    Donovan Marley has been the artistic director of the Denver Center Theatre Company for twenty years, but this season -- which just opened with John Patrick Shanley's Dirty Story -- is the last under his leadership. When he announced his pending depar...

    by Juliet Wittman on October 14, 2004
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    Cutting-Edge Comedy - Buntport's Kafka on Ice slices up the melancholy author's life.

    The parking lot is full, and cars line the curb on both sides of the street. Inside, people throng the lobby. A couple is being turned away at the front desk: "I'm sorry. We're all sold out." When I first visited this place a few years ago, there wer...

    by Juliet Wittman on October 14, 2004
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    Encore

    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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    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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    Now Showing

    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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    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. 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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