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    Encore

    Circe. "Circe" -- Chapter Fifteen evokes a stream of ideas and images that flow by faster than they can be absorbed, although on one level they're very familiar -- all that grotesque and hilarious stuff dealing with sex, shame, religion, transsexual...

    on July 8, 2004
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    In Stitches - Textile, fibers and more fill area galleries in honor of the Handweavers Guild of America.

    There's an unusual convergence of related art shows at many of the state's galleries, particularly those in Denver. Scores of venues have arranged their schedules to feature the topic of weaving (broadly speaking) in conjunction with the sixteenth bi...

    by Michael Paglia on July 1, 2004
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    In the front room of Pirate: A Contemporary Art Oasis (3659 Navajo Street, 303-458-6058) is the notable solo Telling Fantasies, which features recent paintings and drawings by Denver artist Irene Delka McCray. McCray's style is realistic, and she's t...

    by Michael Paglia on July 1, 2004
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    Encore

    Born to Be Loud. Born to Be Loud consists of a string of songs from the late '50s to the '80s. Some are sung straight, some satirized, some clearly intended as an homage to a particular band or performer; they're stitched together with all kinds of ...

    on July 1, 2004
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    Now Showing

    cadence. Here's a delicious irony: Many artists who explore the "cutting edge" are in their fifties, sixties and even seventies, while many of the twenty-somethings are into traditional art. Go figure. This youthful interest in traditional art is d...

    on July 1, 2004
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    Comic Retrospective - George Burns comes back to life in Say Goodnight Gracie.

    George Burns, having just died, finds himself in limbo. To enter heaven and reunite with his professional partner and beloved wife, Gracie Allen, he has to audition for God. The audition is a recounting of his life. Burns was born Nathan Birnbaum...

    by Juliet Wittman on July 1, 2004
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    Amazing Bloom - Germinal communicates a profound slice of Joyce's Ulysses.

    My reaction to Germinal Stage's "Circe" -- Chapter Fifteen was a lot like my reaction to James Joyce's Ulysses in general. It began with impatience and drifting attention. Then I found myself fascinated and riveted as the play evoked a stream of idea...

    by Juliet Wittman on July 1, 2004
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    Shades of Meaning - Thought-provoking Yellowman bravely explores racism within the black community.

    Racism is a common topic in theater, but before attending Dael Orlandersmith's lacerating Yellowman, I had never seen a play that explored racism within the black community itself -- that is, the contempt felt by some lighter-skinned African-American...

    by Juliet Wittman on June 24, 2004
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    Encore

    Alarms & Excursions. Alarms & Excursions is minor Michael Frayn, a series of comic finger pieces, but it can't help bearing the master's stamp. A group of eight playlets examines the role of technology in our lives and its impact on human communicat...

    on June 24, 2004
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    Intellect Connects - Manly comic bats one for two.

    Robert Dubac is currently workshopping Inside the Male Intellect (TV. 10.0) at Rattlebrain Theater because he's about to tape it for cable. This show is an updated version of The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron, an engaging monologue that began in Denver...

    by Juliet Wittman on June 24, 2004
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    Again and Again - The Mizel Center hosts Colorado artists who work in series.

    Repetition is a key to all human endeavors, from music to math to the sciences, from the spoken word to the written one. And don't forget history and the social sciences, which are all about repeating things. In the fine arts, too, repetition is basi...

    by Michael Paglia on June 24, 2004
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    Here's a delicious irony: Many of the artists exploring what's inaccurately called "the cutting edge" are in their fifties, sixties and even seventies, while many of the twenty-somethings are into traditional art. Go figure. This youthful interest...

    by Michael Paglia on June 24, 2004
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    Now Showing

    Abstractions on Paper. The current show at the city's coziest little art shop, the Emil Nelson Gallery, is a fascinating group endeavor put together by director Hugo Anderson. The exhibit combines historic and contemporary works in the forms of wate...

    on June 24, 2004
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    Contemporary in Colorado - The DAM presents an exhibit studded with the state's art stars.

    I think it's exciting to watch the Denver Art Museum's new Frederic C. Hamilton Building rise out of the ground, as it has been doing over the past few months just south of West 13th Avenue along the vacated axis of Acoma Street. Currently, the Danie...

    by Michael Paglia on June 17, 2004
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    Now Showing

    Abstractions on Paper. The current show at the city's coziest little art shop, the Emil Nelson Gallery, is a fascinating group endeavor put together by director Hugo Anderson. The exhibit combines historic and contemporary works in the forms of wate...

    on June 17, 2004
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    Earlier this season, Cordell Taylor Gallery and Ron Judish Fine Art merged into the new +Zeile/Judish Gallery (2350 Lawrence Street, 303-296-0927), and everyone must have known that some of the artists they each represented would have to go. There we...

    by Michael Paglia on June 17, 2004
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    Soar Points - Cirque du Soleil's Varekai overwhelms the senses.

    Again and again, Cirque du Soleil's Varekai puts you in that state of enjoyment where you're not even capable of thought; you're just watching, breath suspended, wanting what you're seeing to go on forever. Everything one associates with Cirque d...

    by Juliet Wittman on June 17, 2004
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    No Small Change - Avenue's Metamorphoses floats on the tides of myth.

    I used to evoke a lot of laughter and derision from erudite friends and from my writing students by telling them about my passion for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but there was a lot more to the show than met the eye. The ghouls, monsters and vampires B...

    by Juliet Wittman on June 17, 2004
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    Encore

    Alarms & Excursions. Alarms & Excursions is minor Michael Frayn, a series of comic finger pieces, but it can't help bearing the master's stamp. A group of eight playlets examines the role of technology in our lives and its impact on human communicat...

    on June 17, 2004
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    Mountain High - Gorgeous landscapes are absolutely captivating at David Cook Fine Art.

    For a long time, art done in the Western states during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was held in low regard. It suffered in comparison to both earlier Western art and art done in New York during the same time period. But things ha...

    by Michael Paglia on June 10, 2004
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