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    PIGMENTS OF THE IMAGINATION

    To many in the art world, painting is the center stage, the place where the aesthetic stakes are the highest. The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art's thought-provoking exhibition Pure Painting provides snapshot views of current events in the venerab...

    by Michael Paglia on September 6, 1995
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    BEACH CRAFT

    When you think of Edward Albee, the word "hopeful" does not readily leap to mind. The author of The Zoo Story, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and All Over, among many other dark dramas, lashes out at human cruelty, egotism and the inability to commu...

    on September 6, 1995
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    TAPPY DAYS

    The great movie and Broadway musicals of the 1930s seem both naive and extravagant in hindsight. Depression-era folk wanted to lose sight of their dreary poverty in visions of glittery gowns and lighthearted romances. The humor in these shows was usu...

    on September 6, 1995
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    PEEP SHOW

    The depiction of the nude figure in the fine arts isn't just ancient--it's genuinely age-old. In the Paleolithic cave paintings of France and Spain, usually seen as the oldest works of art on Earth, those famous bison and deer are being pursued by nu...

    by Michael Paglia on August 30, 1995
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    BEYOND BELIEF

    Sometimes you have to be beastly to be kind. And as beastly as Geniuses, Madmen, and Saints can be, all British playwright Peter Barnes's rage and wit is directed at what is most vicious and self-deceptive in human beings--particularly those who use ...

    on August 30, 1995
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    BIG TWANG THEORY

    You have to love country music--particularly country music from the early 1960s--to really get the most out of Always...Patsy Cline. It also helps if you like being part of the show, since the actors talk and sing directly to you and even draw indivi...

    on August 30, 1995
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    SPELL-BOUND

    A principal benefit of following the Denver art scene is the wealth of local artists who pursue their work oblivious to the shifting sands of contemporary trends. Sometimes, though, a solitary approach can lead an artist right into the middle of thos...

    by Michael Paglia on August 23, 1995
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    GOING UP

    For nearly twenty years, the Rocky Mountain Women's Institute has chosen a handful of writers, dancers, visual artists and others to receive "associateships"--essentially $1,000 stipends. Since the institute's founding in 1976, more than 100 individu...

    by Michael Paglia on August 23, 1995
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    CLASH DISMISSED

    Playwright David Mamet understands how people really converse. He articulates the rhythms of the inarticulate, because he grasps how hard it is sometimes to talk and think at once, even to finish sentences. The mind and the emotions race so far ahead...

    on August 23, 1995
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    POETRY IN MOTION

    "Poetry theater" as defined by the Denver troupe called the Open Rangers is part theater, part poetry, part dance, part music and part chutzpah. Sometimes exhilarating and sometimes embarrassing, the Open Rangers try for authentic and immediate artis...

    on August 23, 1995
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    PALL IN THE FAMILY

    A man lies dying, and his wife, his best friend, his grown children and his mistress gather in the next room to wait for his death. It soon becomes clear that the man was a public figure who made a lot of money and wielded a great deal of power. The ...

    on August 16, 1995
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    THE JOY OF SIX

    Short plays, like short stories, must be skillfully wrought to involve the audience instantly, delivering their substance with comparatively little development. So their goals tend to be more modest than those of longer works, and their action more o...

    on August 16, 1995
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    THE WRIGHT STUFF

    Buildings are among the most public of artifacts--they're really out there, literally. So it's a shame that most of Denver's built environment is so bad, more "narcotecture" than architecture. On the bright side, this sorry situation makes the go...

    by Michael Paglia on August 9, 1995
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    SHORT BUT SWEET

    The second series in The Changing Scene's annual festival of new plays called "Summerplay" opened last weekend with four short pieces as different from one another as fruit, vegetables, rocks and rice. Some of it is digestible, some of it isn't. But ...

    on August 9, 1995
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    THE MACK ATTACK

    When Bertolt Brecht first staged his scathing The Threepenny Opera in Berlin in 1928, it not only delighted his middle- and upper-class audiences, it made him money for the first time in his theater life. Maybe it was the sheer naughtiness of its wom...

    on August 9, 1995
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    GONE WITH THE WIND

    Between the First World War and the 1930s, the United States experienced an internal population shift unprecedented in its history. More than 1 million rural blacks left their sharecropper farms in the South and came north in search of factory jobs a...

    by Michael Paglia on August 2, 1995
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    HEART LAND

    Different people, different points of view: That's the modest message behind 10 Percent in Maple Grove--a collection of disconnected scenes about gay and straight interaction in a small Midwestern town. Playwright Mark Dunn's world-premiere show at J...

    on August 2, 1995
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    SAM'S CLUB

    Humphrey Bogart never actually said "Play it again, Sam" in Casablanca. But somehow the line has lived on and permeated the culture. It stands for the reckless, sophisticated tough guy Bogart usually played--the stuff of male role models for the last...

    on August 2, 1995
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    HIDE AND SEEK

    Abstract expressionism is the bane of the uninitiated. Paintings of this type have no discernable subject and typically look sloppy, covered with scribbles, drips and scratches. They're the kind of thing people are talking about when they say "My kid...

    by Michael Paglia on July 26, 1995
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    THIRTY-SOMETHINGS

    A major event in the local art world of the 1980s was the "21 Year Show," presented eleven years ago at the now-defunct Progresso Gallery. It displayed the works of a group of local artists 21 years after they came together at the University of Color...

    by Michael Paglia on July 26, 1995
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