Arts and Culture

10:44 am
Wed March 5, 2014

The itchy-O Marching Band

Denver's itchy-O Marching Band is a 36-piece collective and one of the city's most compelling musical acts.
Imagine this: It's late on a weekend night and Denverites are out and about. Maybe they're hanging out at the latest hipster bar along South Broadway or enjoying an adult beverage at a popular downtown watering hole. There's a rumble in the crowd and the mood shifts.
Arts and Culture
12:52 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Tomorrow in the Battle: Bows review

"Tomorrow in the Battle" is set in London, and KUVO drama critic Bob Bows calls the Kieron Barry play "a riveting mix of compelling drama and sublime lyricism."

The production stars Rachel Fowler, Bill Hahn and Gabra Zackman, through March 7 at the Grant-Humphries Mansion, an extremely intimate setting.  Proceeds benefit History Colorado.  

Read Bob's full review of this play and other productions at his website,

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Arts and Culture
2:50 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Paul Robeson Goes on Singing: Aurora debut on stage

Paul Robeson. Artist, scholar, lawyer, linguist, humanist, revolutionary, Phi Beta Kappa, All-American - Rutgers Univ. 1919.  All that and more are played out on stage this weekend and next in the Aurora debut production of "I Go On Singing - Paul Robeson's Life in His Words & Songs," starring Anthony Brown.

Brown visited First Take with his impressions of the life and legacy of Paul Robeson, Brown says, "spoke up for, and identified with the common man."

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Jazz on Film
1:58 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Johnny Mandel: pre-eminent jazz composer for film

Johnny Mandel is one of the rarest of musicians who could write and arrange for almost any setting or purpose; 35 film scores, TV (movies and show themes), Broadway, big band, combo, vocalist. His credits include Woody Herman, Count Basie, Sinatra, Mae West, Michael Jackson, Shirley Horn and Diane Krall.   (We like the online biography at, on the occasion of Mandel winning the 1997 ASCAP Mancini Award.)

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Arts District
11:46 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Denver Silent Film Festival: making noise

Silent film has a long history in Colorado. The popularity of Wild West themed films meant many were shot here in the late 1800s and early 1900s. But the advent of so-called talkies saw the once popular movie genre, with its characteristic piano accompaniment, silenced. Today the Denver Silent Film Festival aims to bright these films back into the spotlight. 

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