One thing's for sure: You can pretty much always count on Denver Chicano Renaissance man Gwylym Cano to come up with something completely different. His reputation as a filmmaker is built on the funny 1995 yarn El Corrido de Cherry Creek, but he's also made a name locally as a spoken-word poet and actor, as well as editor of the late comedian Don Becker's yet-to-be-released autobiography, One Hand Clapping. And through it all, a couple of things linger: a strong sense of place and a wild, black streak of humor. Originally from East L.A., Cano ended up in the Denver arts community after doing some time at Yale, where he must have picked up an affinity for the sophicated thinking that regularly crosses paths with the power of culture in his works. Cano's new play, the dark comedy Flowers of Evil, billed as a combination of the "philosophy of Baudelaire, with film noir and Aztec legend," clearly takes a similar route. In it, an assassin and a serial killer play chase through Colorado -- and an unseen terrain of mixed metaphors.
See Flowers of Evil at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, through July 3, at the Crossroads Theater at Five Points, 2590 Washington Street; admission is $15 in advnce or $19 at the door. Make reservations and get information at Crossroads online or call 303-832-0929.
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