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2008 Stories by Mark Dragotta

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  • A Very Scantily Clad Holiday

    published December 25, 2008

    Turkey, family and Guitar Hero — although maybe not in that order — are the things I’ll miss most about not going home for... More >>

  • All I Want for Christmas

    published December 25, 2008

    Dear Santa: This year I’d really, really, REALLY like some belly dancers, strip teasers, magicians and a comedian. P.S.: Can you also... More >>

  • Ice Men

    published December 18, 2008

    Anyone who thinks ice is merely frozen water should spend some time with the Rock on Ice team based in Columbus, Ohio. A particular type of ice is... More >>

  • Oscar Sneak Peek

    published December 18, 2008

    “This year’s Academy Screenings has a powerhouse lineup, not only in terms of directors, but also in terms of actors,” says Aspen... More >>

  • Oldie but Goodie

    published December 11, 2008

    As a kid, I hated that Frankie Valli-type music my parents loved so much. After growing up with Hendrix and the Beatles, how could they choose... More >>

  • Lost Innocence

    published December 4, 2008

    Every fifteen seconds, a kid is forced into prostitution. Child sex trafficking is a $26 million-a-day industry -- that’s $18,000 a minute,... More >>

  • Musical Medicine

    published December 4, 2008

    Music cuts to the core of what makes us similar — and human. “It’s a direct channel to the heart,” says Shaul Gabbay, director... More >>

  • Living Canvas

    published November 27, 2008

    Yes, you could go to the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver or Santa Fe Drive for your fine-art fix. But wouldn’t you... More >>

  • Family Ties

    published November 20, 2008

    Although Los Lonely Boys were heavily influenced by growing up in a family of musicians, they’re no Partridge Family. Moving with... More >>

  • On A Roll

    published November 20, 2008

    When self-pity is easier than humor, laughter is suddenly invested with a courageous strength of character. That’s what makes VOX... More >>

  • Road Trip!

    published November 13, 2008

    Buntport Theater’s latest example of its consistently original performances is a timeless road trip set somewhere between ancient Rome and... More >>

  • Blind Courage

    published November 13, 2008

    The Miracle Worker is the familiar story of Annie Sullivan’s attempt to teach Helen Keller how to communicate in her silent,... More >>

  • Art Sampler

    published November 6, 2008

    "I’ve lived everywhere from the Middle East to Europe to Canada, and what’s special about Denver is they have no attitude problem,”... More >>

  • A Long, Strange Trip

    published November 6, 2008

    In what seems like an entirely different life, a half-dozen of us headed north — in a wood-paneled, gas-guzzling station wagon — from... More >>

  • Culture of Fear

    published October 30, 2008

    Although Halloween is all about being something you’re not, a little authenticity is always appreciated. For example, would you rather spend... More >>

  • From Geek to Chic

    published October 23, 2008

    What, exactly, would you wear to a prom on Mars or to change a bad energy pod as you cruise through the galaxy? Most sane people don’t put... More >>

  • Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!

    published October 23, 2008

    Fortunately for you and me out here in TV Land, The Brady Bunch was just a sunny place to visit. For Maureen McCormick (aka Marcia),... More >>

  • The End Is Near

    published October 16, 2008

    In six billion years, the sun will swell into a red giant and toast Earth. In two billion years, the Milky Way will collide with another galaxy.... More >>

  • Mr. President

    published October 16, 2008

    Just when you thought there couldn’t be a bigger creep in the White House, along comes Charles H.P. Smith. “He’s a horrible... More >>

  • It's a Crime

    published October 2, 2008

    "It looks as if all of Colorado is burning today,” said then-governor Bill Owens after catching an aerial view of the Hayman arson fire in... More >>

  • Entertain Me

    published October 2, 2008

    In the 1930s and ’40s, screwball comedy was an often-manic remedy to the Depression-era problems surrounding people on a day-to-day basis.... More >>

  • Dirt into Diamonds

    published October 2, 2008

    “It’s not every day you can buy tickets to see Jimmy Fallon or George Lopez,” says Comedy Works media contact Eva... More >>

  • 20:20

    published September 25, 2008

    Although Pecha Kucha Night is another Japanese export being embraced from Seattle to Sydney, it’s also quickly becoming a Denver... More >>

  • Do the Dinosaur

    published September 25, 2008

    If you think dinosaurs are just for kids, think again. Recent discoveries such as the Liaoning Forest site plus advances in computational science... More >>

  • Alter Ego

    published September 25, 2008

    Tony Clifton & the Katrina Kiss My Ass Orchestra is a revival of deceased comedian Andy Kaufman’s classic alter ego: the obnoxious,... More >>

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