Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture
3:05 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

CSO and Boettcher - it's complicated

Credit www.denverpost.com, Jamie Cotten

Maybe it's like that Facebook relationships status option, "it's complicated."  But when the Colorado Symphony Orchestra has to vacate Boettcher Concert Hall for badly-needed renovations, the long-term home of the Denver's music flagship is very much in question.  So writes Denver Post fine arts critic Ray Mark Rinaldi, who joined "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to elaborate.

Read Rinaldi's article on the CSO and Boettcher here.

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Arts and Culture
4:43 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

The New Black Takes Viewers into the Pews...

A film by Yoruba Richen

  Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland. The New Black takes viewers into the pews, onto the streets, and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issues. RSVP at Rocky Mountain PBS's website to attend the Community Cinema. RMPBS/cinema.

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Arts and Culture
2:37 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

International Jazz Day from Osaka and Denver

Herbie Hancock

In the shadow of Osaka Castle, many of the world's greatest jazz musicians performed for the 3rd annual International Jazz Day concert.  (Osaka was known as Japan's "jazz mecca" in the mid-1920s.)  Sponsored by UNESCO and chaired by UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, the event opened with the haunting and raw sound of Steve Turre's trademark conch shells and Japanese drumming led by master Taiko drummer Shuichi Hidano.

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Arts and Culture
1:50 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Manuel Ramos remembers Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez died on April 17, 2014 at age 87.  His legacy bounded beyond Latin America, and while other works were made into films, he never permitted his landmark One Hundred Years of Solitude to be handled by Hollywood.  Denver-based crime novelist Manuel Ramos reflected on his contributions with Carlos Lando and Cynthia Hessin.

An interesting English-language website on Gabriel Marquez works operated by TheModernWorld.com. 

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Theatre Review
3:16 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Denver Center Theatre: Animal Crackers

Jim Ferris as Captain Jeffrey T. Spaulding (Groucho)
Credit Jennifer M. Koskinen / www.ColoradoDrama.com

Let's go back to the public stage in the late '20's and early '30's, during the transition between Vaudeville and musical theatre, when a variety of great acts were woven together with a comedic premise, providing evenings of great hilarity, virtuosity, and social commentary.  No one had more fun with this form than the Marx brothers—Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo—on stage and then on film.  In the Denver Center Theatre Company's current production of Animal Crackers—a 1928 stage musical and 1930 film—we have the pleasure of experiencing the charm and zaniness that made this bunch of goof

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