Louis van Amstel and Margaret Cho at the season 11 premiere of "Dancing with the Stars" in 2010. —Courtesy of Shutterstock
As the final quarter of the year begins, the winds of change will blow in a flurry of tremendous standup acts around Denver. As the temperature gets colder, gather around the hearth of great comedy and get in your last laughs of 2015 with the following killer shows:
Jim Breuer: The famed...
September 24 2015, 12:30 PM
—Courtesy of John Moore
Take away the costumes, the lighting design, and even the stage, and theater is still, well, theater. At least, that’s the premise of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ (DCPA) newest offering. Launched in September, Shakespeare in the Parking Lot is a pilot education program that brings six...
Hugo Juarez performs in "Do You Know Who I Am?" —Photo courtesy of Kirsten Wilson
When it comes to an issue as nuanced as immigration, there's much to be said that an academic paper or political debate simply can't cover. Immigration policy regularly makes the news and becomes the subject of classroom discussions and media coverage; the real stories of undocumented immigrants do...
September 9 2015, 11:30 AM
Live dancers perform before a 3-D LED screen. —Photo courtesy of Terracotta Warriors
If I could pick just one word to describe Terracotta Warriors 3D, it would be "imaginative." But this is a production that must be experienced first-hand to truly understand. The performance, which opened for its U.S. premiere in Denver on August 11, combines dance, music, Chinese history, and...
August 13 2015, 10:05 AM
Rehearsal in progress for "Polaroid Stories"; Courtesy of Avenue Theater
Denver has done a great job of supporting youth playwrights (see: Curious New Voices and Denver Center for the Performing Arts' High School Playwriting Competition), but the next Marianne Elliott or Sam Gold*? Not so much. Gavin Mayer, the new executive director/artistic director of Uptown's ...
June 25 2015, 12:45 PM
—A film still from "River Of Fundament"; Courtesy of Chris Winget
If interpreting the paintings of Clyfford Still is like deciphering geometry, Matthew Barney’s films may be more like trying to understand quantum mechanics. “Matthew Barney makes Clyfford Still seem easy,” says Dean Sobel, director of Denver’s Clyfford Still Museum, which, together with the Denver...
Kristen Adele and Steven Cole Hughes in "Faith" during last year's Local Lab. —Photo by Michael Ensminger
Though I'm glad to be done with the reading assignments and homework, there are some aspects of higher education—of the education part, I should clarify—that I miss. Besides the parties and summer vacations, I long for the professor-led, intelligent, focused discourse on any matter of subjects,...
February 9 2015, 11:45 AM
Beet farmers (image courtesy of Aurora Fox Arts Center)
Have the work to do. Have the equipment to do it with. Have the work laid out. Don't have the prisoner waiting on you.
You should not fraternize with Prisoners of War.
Keep your mouth shut.
Don't ever believe a Prisoner of War likes you. He doesn't.
These are real "Instructions For...
January 15 2015, 2:00 PM