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2007 Stories by Mark Dragotta

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  • New Year X 4

    published December 27, 2007

    If one New Year’s countdown just isn’t enough, or texting far-away friends at midnight never makes it through drunk-dialing airwaves, or... More >>

  • Mammoth Problems

    published December 27, 2007

    The Colorado Mammoth — along with the entire National Lacrosse League — was sent to the penalty box on October 16 when the NLL and the... More >>

  • Our Savior

    published December 20, 2007

    If you're anything like me — thousands of miles away from your family, with no money for airfare and a girlfriend who flies home every... More >>

  • Gather Around

    published December 20, 2007

    "It's like storytime for grownups," says Debbie Knapp, a performer for Colorado Homegrown Tales — a dramatic-reading series highlighting... More >>

  • All I Want for Christmas

    published December 20, 2007

    Would you rather share the holiday season with the cinematic likes of Francis Ford Coppola, or your overcritical in-laws? If all you want for... More >>

  • Forget Jingle Bells

    published December 13, 2007

    "By performing holiday pieces you haven't heard before mixed with more familiar pieces arranged in a way you haven't experienced, we're bringing a... More >>

  • The Irish Heart

    published December 13, 2007

    Like the classic Riverdance duality of a rigid upper body and fluid legs, the Irish heart embraces a love of life matched only by its... More >>

  • December to Remember

    published December 6, 2007

    Years and years ago, when I was a boy, when my family shared one telephone, when my grandfather snuck me tastes of beer, when my dad dressed as... More >>

  • Be a Superstar

    published November 29, 2007

    With an artistic legacy built around the Campbell's model of instant recognition, mass production and self-conscious kitsch, isn't a roomful of... More >>

  • Redemption Song

    published November 15, 2007

    Jacob Marley's afterlife really sucks. First he dies. Then he's assigned the most overzealous tormentor in all of limbo land. Now he has to... More >>

  • Cheers to Beers

    published November 8, 2007

    Can you think of a better way to spend the afternoon than soaking up more award-winning beer than you can drink? (That's a challenge,... More >>

  • Color 101

    published November 8, 2007

    Divide abstract expressionism into two camps, with one defined by explosive painters such as Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock, who famously... More >>

  • Musical Mentors

    published November 1, 2007

    Although a classic in its own right, Run-DMC's version of "Walk This Way" isn't the type of reimagining that the Marcus Roberts Trio has in mind.... More >>

  • Sucked In

    published October 25, 2007

    Even if you don't care for the acrobatics and artsy-fartsy interpretive dance that goes into something like Cirque du Soleil, you may be... More >>

  • Burning the Man

    published October 25, 2007

    From the psychedelic installation art, unusual costumes and hippie-dippy trade-and-barter mentality to the lunar-like panorama and oddly named... More >>

  • Changing Climates, Changing Minds

    published October 18, 2007

    Maybe it sounds like bad sci-fi, but I'm writing today because of an extraterrestrial alien. Forget mind-control beams or flying saucers: My alien... More >>

  • To Die For

    published October 4, 2007

    Fortune's son, anthropologist and entree are just some of the words you could use to describe Michael C. Rockefeller. No matter what you call him,... More >>

  • On the Backs of Great Men

    published October 4, 2007

    Imagine climbing in the shadow of George Mallory as he clings to the face of Everest or swimming with Robert Ballard as he discovers the... More >>

  • Think Globally

    published September 27, 2007

    Trust me: It's impossible to win an interview with Al Gore when your media credentials are ozone-thin. You'd think he was trying to save... More >>

  • A Whale of a Tale

    published September 27, 2007

    "The Farley Mowat was an 180-foot all-black North Sea trawler that had been converted into, basically, a pirate ship," says Colorado adventure... More >>

  • Bragging Rights

    published September 20, 2007

    What better validation of a life's work than to get an award for not just one thing, but all the things you've cumulatively accomplished? That's... More >>

  • A Simpler Time

    published September 20, 2007

    A trip to Pittsburgh last weekend made me realize what an eccentric and wonderful city I once inhabited. Sure, it's not high on the hipster scale,... More >>

  • Flawed Gold

    published September 20, 2007

    In my opinion, the mark of a good artist is the ability to turn the ugly or the offensive, or even the commonplace, into something greater. Look... More >>

  • A Different Time

    published September 13, 2007

    Isn't it unusual that war buddies can get together — with nary a paraplegic or alcoholic — and dance to show tunes under the radar of... More >>

  • Cowboy 101

    published September 6, 2007

    The only thing I've ever done that was remotely cowboy-like was ride a horse one terrifying afternoon in college. His name was Tank, and he tried... More >>

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