Arts and Culture

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 www.ascap.com, 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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Arts and Culture
2:35 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Sundays with Sullivan - a cultural force

Ed Sullivan never stopped writing his column for the N.Y. Daily News, but his transition to "showman" treated the nation to an unmatched cultural panoply.  On "First Take with Lando and Chavis," Sullivan's press agent (1963 - 1971) Bernie Ilson tells the story behind Sullivan's genius in the book Sundays with Sullivan - How the Ed Sullivan Show brought Elvis, The Beatles and Culture to America, now in paperback.

   

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Arts and Culture
3:22 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Cleo on Cleo: new works, and Cleo dances!

Cleo Parker Robinson takes to the stage herself this weekend (and next) in her company's 4th annual winter production "Cleo on Cleo."  Seasoned members of the company will dance newly choreographed pieces, and the youngest dancers will re-interpret her repertory works.

"I'll be dancing 'Motherless Child' with (singers) Arthur Jones and LaTanya Hutchins from the Spirituals Project ," exclaimed Denver's world famous dance diva.  "There are a lot of men dancing too, and I love that."  A new piece will honor Nelson Mandela, including music from John Coltrane and Art Blakey.

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