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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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    Encore

    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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    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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    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 museum...

    on March 4, 2004
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    Brilliant Beckett - The Bug's Waiting for Godot cuts to the funny bone.

    Critic and scholar Vivian Mercier once described Waiting for Godot as "a play in which nothing happens. Twice." I went to the Bug Theatre's production of Godot with no particular expectations. The days when the play puzzled and infuriated the thea...

    by Juliet Wittman 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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    Encore

    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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    Clay Pride - The state of the art in contemporary ceramics is on display at the CU Art Museum.

    These days, it's hard to mention the University of Colorado at Boulder and keep a straight face. I'm referring, of course, to the involuntary smirks, cringes and eye-rolling that are among the most common responses to hearing all the juicy dirt about...

    by Michael Paglia on February 26, 2004
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    Artyard - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    The current show at Denver's modest but highly regarded Artyard Sculpture Gallery (1251 South Pearl Street, 303-777-3219) features the latest body of work by Carley Warren, a famous name in local sculpture circles. The exhibit, Burdens, highlights th...

    by Michael Paglia on February 26, 2004
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    Art Attack

    Full Frontal: Contemporary Asian Art from the Logan Collection. The normal stock in trade for the Denver Art Museum's Asian-art curator, Ron Otsuka, is traditional styles, but he's been drafted into doing contemporary duty by a gift that includes mo...

    on February 26, 2004
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    Brotherly Hate - Denver Repertory's True West succeeds with actors' intensity.

    The Denver Repertory Theatre is a new company inhabiting an old railroad station hard by Denver's light rail. It's a terrific building that houses a collection of artists' studios and boasts shining wood, interesting rooms and crannies, bits of antiq...

    by Juliet Wittman on February 26, 2004
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    The Wild West - Flaming Guns colors the stage a raucous red.

    Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage is a manic, farcical take on the myth of the West, mixed with a large dollop of gothic horror. Best of all, it's a genuinely clever, funny and outrageous script. Bits and pieces of things you've seen before float to th...

    by Juliet Wittman on February 26, 2004
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    On Stage

    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 February 26, 2004
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    Great Walls - Expectations are high for the MCA's new digs, and its Chinese photo show is terrific.

    It would be an understatement to say that there's a lot of excitement surrounding the marvelous idea of constructing a new building to house Denver's Museum of Contemporary Art. And even if the MCA hasn't yet mounted a campaign to raise the $3 millio...

    by Michael Paglia on February 19, 2004
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    Artbeat - Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

    Shots of mountains, cowboys and horses, and other subjects evocative of the American West make up most of Photographs by Barbara Van Cleve, the solo at the Camera Obscura Gallery (1309 Bannock Street, 303-623-4059). Born in Montana and living today i...

    by Michael Paglia on February 19, 2004
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