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    Everyone Knows It's Windy

    Ever-admiring of her husband's pioneering spirit but increasingly contemptuous of his overriding ambition, a young wife reacts to one of her mate's first scientific discoveries by murmuring, "In these moments with you, I understand the allure. They s...

    by Jim Lillie on October 1, 1998
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    Blood on the Tracks

    It's hardly unexpected to find art shows at museums--unless the museum is that funky Platte Valley landmark the Forney Transportation Museum. It is this unlikely venue that well-known contemporary artist Stephen Batura chose for his most recent, unti...

    by Michael Paglia on September 24, 1998
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    Empty Nest

    By the time the two main characters in Horton Foote's The Young Man From Atlanta sit down to confront their nameless fears during the drama's riveting final scene, most theatergoers are likely to have either forsaken the playwright's meandering spiri...

    by Jim Lillie on September 24, 1998
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    Fools for Luv

    When Murray Schisgal's play Luv premiered on the Great White Way 34 years ago, the two-act comedy was an overnight hit with New Yorkers who had little trouble identifying with the Brooklyn-born playwright's incisive observations about metropolitan li...

    by Jim Lillie on September 24, 1998
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    One of the Righteous

    Denver's Mizel Museum of Judaica occupies only a small gallery and a couple of offices in the recesses of the large BMH-BJ synagogue. Despite these modest facilities, however, the institution often presents highly provocative art shows that easily ri...

    by Michael Paglia on September 17, 1998
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    Object Lessons

    Objects of Personal Significance is a loosely organized theme show that handsomely fills the recently relocated and expanded Center for the Visual Arts on Wazee Street, the LoDo gallery of Metropolitan State College of Denver. The exhibit, which has ...

    by Michael Paglia on September 10, 1998
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    Therapy Sessions

    Ever since one of the king's men stepped forward amid a sea of Elizabethan spectators and intoned Hamlet's famous "To be or not to be" soliloquy, playwrights have continually asked audience members to join them as silent partners in the commission of...

    by Jim Lillie on September 10, 1998
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    Artistic Democracy

    Denver's collection of art cooperatives--notably, Spark, Pirate, Edge, Core and ILK--are a boon to contemporary art here. Most major cities don't have anything close. The co-ops' great cultural value is that they provide opportunities for emerging ar...

    by Michael Paglia on September 3, 1998
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    Baby Blues

    In the opening moments of Emma's Child, a self-described "local nothing" of a teenage mother permits her unborn baby to be adopted at birth by a well-meaning, well-to-do childless couple. This might lead audiences to believe that playwright Kristine ...

    by Jim Lillie on September 3, 1998
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    Grapes of Rag

    Ten years ago, when the only marquee Ragtime graced was the imaginary one glimmering in the eyes of its creators, the musical's current director, Frank Galati, was earning a well-deserved reputation as one of this country's most innovative, if enigma...

    by Jim Lillie on September 3, 1998
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    Winds of Summer

    The art scene in Denver does not shut down during the summer as it does in the big cities on the east and west coasts. Even here, though, there is a point when everyone seems to be taking a break--and that hiatus is currently on. The last of the summ...

    by Michael Paglia on August 27, 1998
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    Come to Mama

    Celebrated warbler Sophie Tucker was the most famous of the Prohibition-era "naughty girls" who belted out honky-tonk melodies, jazz tunes and torch songs in vaudeville acts that also sometimes included trained animals, female impersonators and famou...

    by Jim Lillie on August 27, 1998
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    The Melting Pot

    Is it possible to save another human being from himself? Are the exhortations of politicians, sociologists and religious types the best answers to the problems plaguing the three downtrodden New Yorkers in William Hanley's play Slow Dance on the Kill...

    by Jim Lillie on August 27, 1998
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    Guilt by Association

    Despite recent events in Jasper, Texas, it's difficult to imagine a group of modern white men brazen enough to pose for a snapshot as they gather around a black man's mangled and lynched body swaying from a tree amid the tranquility of a Southern for...

    by Jim Lillie on August 20, 1998
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    Miller's Crossing

    A couple of years ago, playwright Arthur Miller sounded something of a death knell for commercial theater when he remarked, "The theater culture on Broadway is dead. You can't expect people to pay forty, fifty, sixty, a hundred dollars to sit down fo...

    by Jim Lillie on August 20, 1998
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    Inside, Outside

    In visual art, representations of the outside world have a formidable history--some 14,000 years' worth. Which, of course, creates a problem for contemporary artists: How can they record external reality and still do something new? To meet this chall...

    by Michael Paglia on August 13, 1998
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    Clothes Call

    People in the art world--artists, dealers and collectors alike--generally eschew dressing up. As renowned writer and art collector Gertrude Stein observed in the 1930s, if you don't have much money, you either buy clothes, or you buy art. Stein kept ...

    by Michael Paglia on August 6, 1998
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    Liquid Assets

    Back in the late Eighties, when a team of New York producers announced that a stage version of the classic 1952 film Singin' in the Rain was in the works, two questions crossed the minds of every prospective audience member: "How do you pull off the ...

    by Jim Lillie on August 6, 1998
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    Love Him Tender

    As strains of "Can't Help Falling in Love" waft through the smoke-tinged air of the Mercury Cafe, a young woman haltingly enters the local establishment's Jungle Room and takes up residence in one of its remote corners. Her oddly vacant eyes darting ...

    by Jim Lillie on August 6, 1998
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    Middle-Age Modern

    Oh, the America of the 1950s. In the nostalgic mind's eye, the era is all poodle-skirts and roller skates, malt shops furnished with chrome dinettes and jukeboxes filled with Elvis. It was a time when, according to the late career civil servant W. Av...

    by Michael Paglia on July 30, 1998
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Animal Crackers is a crack-up at the Denver Center

The musical Animal Crackers, starring the Marx Brothers, debuted on Broadway in 1928 and was filmed a couple of years later. It's a romp, a trifle — full of puns,… More >>

Lauri Lynnxe Murphy returns with Nest/Shed at Mai Wyn Fine Art

Lauri Lynnxe Murphy is well known here, having established her name as both an artist and an art advocate over the past two decades. But she fell off the radar… More >>

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Modern Masters at the DAM shines with star power

Denver Art Museum director Christoph Heinrich has a gift for understanding how to attract an audience. His secret is presenting exhibits that appeal not only to the art crowd, but… More >>

Judy Garland's singing is the pot of gold at The End of the Rainbow

I walked into the Arvada Center for the Judy Garland bio-play-musical End of the Rainbow thinking about the intense gay identification with such icons as Judy Garland, Edith Piaf and… More >>

Home is where the art is in The Road to Mecca

Athol Fugard's The Road to Mecca, currently playing at Miners Alley, explores huge and unanswerable questions: questions about age, death, love and trust, the meaning of home and the significance… More >>

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Critical Focus: Ian Fisher. This show, located in the informal Whole Room at MCA Denver, is made up of a group of mostly monumental paintings of the sky. It's the… More >>

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

Mo'Print, the Month of Printmaking, is winding down, and although the centerpiece is the Open Press show at the McNichols Building, there have been dozens of other events focused on… More >>

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