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    Big Splash - Colorado's Ocean Journey is swimming with artistic success.

    When Colorado's Ocean Journey co-founders Bill Fleming and Judy Petersen-Fleming moved to town in 1992 with an idea for an aquarium in the Platte Valley, they appeared to be a couple of pipe-dreaming flakes. The very idea of a facility devoted to m...

    by Michael Paglia on August 26, 1999
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    Art Beat

    ILK, at 554 Santa Fe Drive, is a raggedy, upstart co-op that nonetheless frequently displays some of the most original art around. It is currently presenting a pair of intriguing solo shows. In ILK's south gallery is New Works by Victoria del Carmen ...

    by Michael Paglia on August 26, 1999
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    Straight Shooter - Ansel Adams goes to town in Building Forms.

    The Center for the Visual Arts is celebrating its first anniversary this summer in an expanded space on Wazee Street. The CVA, which operates under the auspices of Metropolitan State College of Denver, was originally located around the corner on 17th...

    by Michael Paglia on August 19, 1999
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    Art Beat

    Big-time local ceramics talent Rodger Lang is currently the subject of Lines & Space & Time at Artists on Santa Fe, 747 Santa Fe Drive. Though it's economical for a solo exhibit, with only a few groupings of pieces, the show does lay out examples of ...

    by Michael Paglia on August 19, 1999
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    Seasonal Winds

    Well, it's that time of year again--late summer, when the art world, which is centered in New York, essentially shuts down, with many galleries actually closing for the entire month of August. This hiatus is a response to the stifling heat and high h...

    by Michael Paglia on August 12, 1999
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    All in the Family

    If you're tired of being bombarded by wall-to-wall news coverage of heinous crimes, tragic accidents and inane controversies, or of slogging through the nightly prime-time lineup of hospital dramas (in which half of the characters die), crime movies ...

    by Jim Lillie on August 12, 1999
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    Kiss of Death

    Larry Kramer is perhaps best known as a pugnacious sort who regularly vilifies the editors of the New York Times and intimidates genteel talk-show hosts like Charlie Rose. In 1985, though, the gay activist and co-founder of ACT-UP (the AIDS Coalition...

    by Jim Lillie on August 12, 1999
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    Real to Real

    The Singer Gallery's mid-summer offering, the absolutely fabulous John DeAndrea: Fragments, provides local viewers a rare opportunity to see the work of one of the greatest artists in Colorado, ever. DeAndrea was born in Denver in 1941 and raise...

    by Michael Paglia on August 5, 1999
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    Bard Games

    The rising tide of William Shakespeare's popularity reached its high-water mark recently with the hit movie Shakespeare in Love, a delightful tale that reshaped the Bard's image from that of a paunchy though brilliant literary lion to one of a hot-bl...

    by Jim Lillie on August 5, 1999
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    Flash Point

    The Spark Gallery has reached a milestone: It has two decades' worth of history under its belt. To mark this momentous event, the current members of the city's oldest extant art cooperative invited back its founders, none of whom are still involved w...

    by Michael Paglia on July 29, 1999
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    They Feel Pretty

    Although it's been more than forty years since West Side Story opened on Broadway, the landmark musical still has the power to transport theatergoers to unparalleled heights. Its combination of soaring melodies and frenetic dance sequences makes Leon...

    by Jim Lillie on July 29, 1999
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    Poetic License

    The ever-malleable topics of love, artistic creation and the end of the world are tempered by various forms of poetic justice in Summerplay, The Changing Scene's annual festival of new works written and performed by artists with a Colorado connection...

    by Jim Lillie on July 29, 1999
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    Coming of Age

    The Denver Art Museum has gotten good at attracting crowds. The blockbuster Toulouse-Lautrec, which just closed, brought in more than 100,000 visitors. And last year, the Berger Collection had similar success with a comparable attendance. Thousands o...

    by Michael Paglia on July 22, 1999
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    Give My Regards

    These days, musical blockbusters are marked by their star-studded casts, syrupy storylines and truckloads of extravagant scenery. That's why a fifty-year-old ensemble piece like Kurt Weill's Street Scene seems destined to remain mothballed under...

    by Jim Lillie on July 22, 1999
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    Step Right Up

    Unlike their previous efforts, which have blurred the boundaries between the disabled and the rest of society, the Physically Handicapped Amateur Musical Actors League's latest endeavor emphasizes those differences to the point of utterly transcendin...

    by Jim Lillie on July 15, 1999
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    The Mouse That Roars

    Consistently mixing amateur fervor with professional polish, the Central City Opera has long championed traditions that are as practical as they are sentimental. This summer marks the return of a trio of former apprentices, who have since performed w...

    by Jim Lillie on July 15, 1999
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    Sit on It

    The title of the current exhibit at the Metro State Center for the Visual Arts, Chairs! Chairs! Chairs!, may suggest to some that what we're in for is a design show--or perhaps a display of artist-made furniture. But it's neither. Instead, C...

    by Michael Paglia on July 8, 1999
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    Comedy and Errors

    There's not much point in staging a stodgily reverential, doublet-and-hose version of William Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors. The slapstick piece about two sets of twins separated at birth is patterned after a Roman-comedy model that was hackneye...

    by Jim Lillie on July 8, 1999
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    Critical Exclaim

    A college professor turned full-time party host purses his lips to mitigate his simpering enthusiasm. He declares that in Denver, throwing the bash of the season requires more than just careful planning, flawless execution and a politically correct g...

    by Jim Lillie on July 1, 1999
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    Ride 'Em, Cowgirl

    Brimming with the ingratiating sentiment of a John Ford movie and radiating with the honeyed elegance of an Albert Bierstadt painting, The Girl of the Golden West works its charms gradually, culminating in a touching finale that lends a heartwarming ...

    by Jim Lillie on July 1, 1999
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