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    Jersey Gurgle - Kevin Smith is Silent Bob? Dude, my butt he is.

    Full disclosure: I like precisely one and a half Kevin Smith movies. There's the one everyone else hates, the John Hughes homage Mallrats, and the first hour of the one everyone else loves, Chasing Amy, which dries up around the time Ben Affleck dump...

    on April 1, 2004
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    Don Stinson, Chuck Forsman and Eric Paddock/Jim Colbert. The Western landscape's natural beauty has taken hold of the imagination of generations of artists, but during the last twenty years, some have chosen to examine the stickier topic of civiliza...

    on March 25, 2004
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    Art. Art begins and ends with an all-white painting -- or an empty canvas, depending on how you look at it. Serge, a wealthy dermatologist, has just invested 200,000 francs (about $40,000) in this painting, which features diagonal white lines on a w...

    on March 25, 2004
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    No More Wussies - Or, why Tom Hanks isn't Steve Guttenberg

    Tom Hanks is who Tom Hanks is today because of something he did about 14 years ago. One afternoon, Hanks walked into his agent's office and told the man who takes 10 percent, "I don't want to play pussies anymore." He had spent the better part of the...

    by Robert Wilonsky on March 25, 2004
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    Beauty, Strength and Weirdness - Lyrical paintings, bold sculptures and bad behavior are all on display.

    Bill Havu, director of his namesake William Havu Gallery, has taken an interesting observation and turned it into an excellent show. After noticing that many mid-career artists across the country were creating paintings inspired by abstract expressio...

    by Michael Paglia on March 18, 2004
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    Dorothea Dunlop was a notable Denver-born sculptor whose long career spanned the past forty years. She died on February 19 at age ninety, of complications from a stroke. Reflecting the mores of the era in which she lived, Dunlop had been a full-time ...

    by Michael Paglia on March 18, 2004
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    BECAUSE THE EARTH IS 1/3 DIRT. The CU Art Museum on the University of Colorado's Boulder campus is an unlikely setting for a blockbuster contemporary ceramics exhibit -- but here it is, anyway. The show was curated by a committee that included museum...

    on March 18, 2004
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    Light but Right - Boulder's Dinner Theatre puts on a vibrant Dreamcoat.

    Boulder's Dinner Theatre changed hands last fall. It was sold by founder-director Ross Haley to local neurosurgeon Dr. Gene Bolles and his wife, Judy; they hired a new artistic director, Michael J. Duran -- who, just coincidentally, starred in the BD...

    by Juliet Wittman on March 18, 2004
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    Winged Victory - Bat Boy: The Musical is ready for takeoff.

    Bat Boy: The Musical ends like a Shakespearean tragedy, with bodies dropping all over the stage, while horrified onlookers shudder and weep. It's just that in Shakespeare, the bodies don't rise up again to sing the finale. The character of Bat Boy...

    by Juliet Wittman on March 18, 2004
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    Encore

    Art. Art begins and ends with an all-white painting -- or an empty canvas, depending on how you look at it. Serge, a wealthy dermatologist, has just invested 200,000 francs (about $40,000) in this painting, which features diagonal white lines on a w...

    on March 18, 2004
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    Serious Fun - New minimalism is championed at Rule, while it's new pop at + Zeile/Judish.

    Rule Gallery director Robin Rule has a taste for art with a less-is-more aesthetic, and she has made her place on Broadway Denver's "minimalist central." Over the years, she's showcased first-generation minimalists from New York, including Carl Andre...

    by Michael Paglia on March 11, 2004
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    The many spaces on the ground floor at Denver's Museum of Contemporary Art (1275 19th Street, 303-298-7554) are dedicated to an expansive survey of contemporary Chinese photography. But on the mezzanine is a quiet solo, Hidden Images, dedicated to re...

    by Michael Paglia on March 11, 2004
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    Now Showing

    BECAUSE THE EARTH IS 1/3 DIRT. The CU Art Museum on the University of Colorado's Boulder campus is an unlikely setting for a blockbuster contemporary ceramics exhibit -- but here it is, anyway. The show was curated by a committee that included museu...

    on March 11, 2004
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    Different Strokes - The levels of friendship become the framework for Art.

    Yasmina Reza's Art begins and ends with an all-white painting. Or an empty canvas, depending on how you look at it. Serge, a wealthy dermatologist, has just invested 200,000 francs (about $40,000) in the painting, which features diagonal white lines ...

    by Juliet Wittman on March 11, 2004
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    High Notes - The music rings true in the sanitized Hi-Hat Hattie.

    There's no question: Larry Parr's script for Hi-Hat Hattie is two-dimensional and sentimental, open to all the shortcomings of the form -- a one-woman show that tells the story of a famed historical figure. You can be sure the subject will be prettie...

    by Juliet Wittman on March 11, 2004
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    Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage. Flaming Guns is a manic, farcical take on the myth of the West mixed with a large dollop of gothic horror. It's also a genuinely clever, funny and outrageous script. Bits and pieces of things you've seen before float...

    on March 11, 2004
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    Western Nights - Remington's dark scenes light up the Denver Art Museum.

    It's amazing how readily recognizable the imagery associated with the American West is, especially considering how quickly the whole cowboy-and-Indian thing came and went. In less than a century, the Western states were transformed from a huge, unkno...

    by Michael Paglia on March 4, 2004
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    Unhappy History - A look back at the tawdry minstrel-show era.

    With Carlyle Brown's The Little Tommy Parker Celebrated Colored Minstrel Show, Jeffrey Nickelson's Shadow Theatre Company continues its mission of education and enlightenment. The play deals with a musical form that many of us would rather forget. Ac...

    by Juliet Wittman on March 4, 2004
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    The unusual group offering in the main gallery at Pirate: A Contemporary Art Oasis (3659 Navajo Street, 303-458-6058) includes pieces by artists from around the world. Mapas y Espejos (Maps and Mirrors) showcases the Matrix Art Project, a loose colle...

    by Michael Paglia on March 4, 2004
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    Cookin' at the Cookery. Singer Alberta Hunter had an extraordinary life. She left her Memphis home at the age of twelve for Chicago, where she got her start at a rough club called Dago Frank's. Eventually, she moved to New York City, becoming part o...

    on March 4, 2004
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