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    To the Max

    The Rule Modern and Contemporary Gallery is currently featuring the compelling show Carl Andre and Melissa Kretschmer, which pairs a handful of Andre's recent sculptures with Kretschmer's hard-edged tar-on-glass paintings. Both artists share basic ae...

    by Michael Paglia on June 3, 1999
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    The Mother Load

    Although this year's Colorado Women Playwrights' Festival explores unsettling and disturbing subjects, the first of two festival programs marks a significant improvement over last season's feeble offerings. Despite a few logistical headaches (like st...

    by Jim Lillie on June 3, 1999
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    Pride of Place

    Since relocating to the Golden Triangle from LoDo last fall, the William Havu Gallery (formerly the 1/1 Gallery) has greatly expanded its stable of artists. Among the recently snagged talents are those of husband-and-wife painting team Tracy and Sush...

    by Michael Paglia on May 27, 1999
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    Mind Over Manor

    The Morrison Theatre's unflinching production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest starts the minute theatergoers enter the cozy town hall that serves as the community group's performing space. As Lawrence Welk-like tunes play in the background, the pa...

    by Jim Lillie on May 27, 1999
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    Don't Flinch

    Much of the public discussion concerning the Columbine High School massacre has swirled about in a cauldron of controversy. The memorial service was too secular, too religious or too political. Howard Stern's incendiary (and stupid) remarks were seen...

    by Jim Lillie on May 27, 1999
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    Mixed Doubles

    Dave Yust: Diptychs 1968-99, which closes this weekend at the Curfman Gallery on the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins, is a stunning examination of the work of one of the state's most important contemporary artists. Yust, who teaches ...

    by Michael Paglia on May 20, 1999
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    A Day at the Scheme Park

    Midway through Act One of Kingdom, it becomes clear that Richard Hellensen's play about a corrupt theme-park company is as much an indictment of popular taste as it is a rebuke of the soulless purveyors of mass-merchandised shlock. Bringing to mind t...

    by Jim Lillie on May 20, 1999
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    They Have His Number

    Guido Contini's inability to separate his art from his personal life is what both tortures and inspires him--at least that's what he maintains throughout the musical Nine. The brilliant Italian filmmaker freely admits that his insatiable appetite for...

    by Jim Lillie on May 20, 1999
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    Crossed Borders

    The normally staid Museo de las Americas, on Santa Fe Drive, is now hosting Los Supersonicos: Two Chicanos Zoom Into the New Millennium, a raucous contemporary exhibit filled with humorous political commentary in the form of irreverent paintings, pri...

    by Michael Paglia on May 13, 1999
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    The Hollywood Shuffle

    Oozing with oily arrogance, a cutthroat movie executive explains to a budding screenwriter that his script about two gay men dying of AIDS isn't likely to play well in middle America. Like Tootsie and Terms of Endearment, he says, such fare can be di...

    by Jim Lillie on May 13, 1999
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    Star-Crossed Blunders

    Despite an ominous, foreboding prologue, a powerful final scene and several impressive performances, Opera Colorado's production of Gounod's Romeo and Juliet is plagued by the same sort of clumsy staging, static crowd scenes and uninspired acting tha...

    by Jim Lillie on May 13, 1999
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    Mud and Guts

    More than any other medium, ceramics has achieved a high level of artistic development in Colorado. The glorious early history of ceramics here was partly determined by the availability of high-quality clay. Beginning in the 1890s, potters from ...

    by Michael Paglia on May 6, 1999
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    Sins of the Mother

    Many contemporary adaptations of Greek tragedies, such as Jean Anouilh's Antigone, effectively use ancient myths to address modern problems. In fact, when it was first produced in 1944, the French dramatist's modern-dress tale about a woman who defie...

    by Jim Lillie on May 6, 1999
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    A Sad Song

    "I may be eccentric," Alma Winemiller tells the man she has always loved from afar, "but not so eccentric that I don't have the ordinary human need for love." A few moments later, John Buchanan Jr., who has known Alma since they were children in Glor...

    by Jim Lillie on May 6, 1999
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    One-Stop Viewing

    Cydney Payton, the director of the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, has little trouble filling the place with exciting exhibits. In fact, she's crammed so much into BMoCA that one of the four current shows, Housed, begins not in the museum, but on...

    by Michael Paglia on April 29, 1999
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    Flesh Wounds

    A black-and-white-striped uniform draping his stooped frame, a bespectacled prisoner wavers between capitulation and defiance as he impersonates Shylock in a production of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice that's being presented before a group of ...

    by Jim Lillie on April 29, 1999
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    Real Life Drama

    If, like the ancient Greeks who started the world's first dramatic festivals, you're a firm believer in the healing power of art, then the musical Blood Brothers might serve as something of a cathartic experience in the aftermath of last week's calam...

    by Jim Lillie on April 29, 1999
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    Short Subject

    Over the past twenty years, blockbuster shows have become a necessary evil at museums. When they succeed--and they usually do, at least financially--they increase attendance, and that's the bottom line in the exhibition business. But while they may a...

    by Michael Paglia on April 22, 1999
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    Criticize This!

    Playwrights have been turning the tables on their critics ever since Athenian dramatists parodied one another's efforts 2,500 years ago. Whether being skewered by eighteenth-century British wit Richard Brinsley Sheridan (The Critic), lampooned by con...

    by Jim Lillie on April 22, 1999
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    Love Will Keep Them Together

    When Bernard Slade's Same Time, Next Year debuted on Broadway in 1975, the play about a man and a woman who rendezvous once a year at a California inn was praised for its "genuinely funny" look at how attitudes toward marriage had changed between the...

    by Jim Lillie on April 22, 1999
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Dava Sobel's And the Sun Stood Still shines at BETC

The shining strength of Dava Sobel's And the Sun Stood Still — which is currently receiving its world premiere in Boulder — is that, at a time when the sciences… More >>

Print works take center stage at Goodwin Fine Art

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