Monthly Archives: September 2012

STOMP for Rhythm Lovers

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At the Buell Theater, September 25 – 30, 2012. Opening night proved that STOMP is loved in Denver. It’s a fast paced show that literally starts with a toe tap and ends with uproarious finger snapping, foot stomping, tapping on cans, match boxes, brooms and hilarious and talented actors who hilariously interact with the audience a la mime. Adults and children alike, were compelled to interact with yelps and laughs as the actors pointed to the audience and engaged the crowd in this very creative and rhythmical beloved Broadway show.

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Gullah Sensibilities & African American Spirituals

http://thewaterbroughtus.wix.com/africainamerica

“Frogmore Crossing”
Artist: Jonathan Green

Spirituals Project founder Dr. Arthur C. Jones, along with members of Sankofa: An Ensemble of The Spirituals Project will present “Gullah Sensibilities & African American Spirituals” on Friday, September 21, 2012 as part of Johnson Legacy, Inc. and RedLine’s Gullah/Geechee Cultural Celebration & Exhibition,The Water Brought Us: Passport to Africa in America.

This series of events runs from September 7 – 22, and celebrates the unique culture of the Gullah/Geechee people with art, music and workshops. Click here for a full list of programs and events in the series.

Included in the series is an exhibition of the work of Jonathan Green, considered one of the most important painters of the southern experience and Gullah culture.

Join us for this one-of-a kind celebration of Gullah/Geechee Culture. Full Passports for all events in the series are available at Early Bird pricing.

Johnson Legacy, Inc.  720.301.1883 | RedLine  303.296.4448

The RedLine Gallery is at the top of Denver gallery stops. By hosting The Jonathan Green exhibit in Denver they bring a rare glimpse into an obscure southern history far removed from say, Atlanta, Chicago or New York City. The language, the traditions, the food of the Gullah culture represent an important segment of American history, not just for Southerners.

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I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is closing October 14

 I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE playing the Garner Galleria Theatre will close on October 14 with Denver’s favorite fast-talking Tupperware lady returning just in time for the holidays. DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY plays the Garner Galleria Theatre November 7-December 30Tickets are now on sale for both shows at denvercenter.org or by calling 303.893.4100.

 

Four actors take on the lives of more than 20 characters as they face the trials and tribulations of dealing with the opposite sex.  I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE is the perfect date-night comedy for adults.  Everything you’ve secretly wanted to know about dating, mating and marriage but were afraid to ask!  Parents who talk baby talk, men who talk and women who pretend to listen, infidelity, and the injustice of long lines at the ladies room are just some of the issues that are hilariously skewed in Joe DiPietro’s hugely successful chamber musical.

 I saw this on opening night and it was refreshing and genuinely funny and relevant. If you haven’t seen this show this time around, trust me, it is fabulous and worth the time and effort. Male and females laugh out loud through out this smart and clever look at men & women looking for love.  DAM (Jan)

 

 

DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY stars Dixie Longate, who has packed up her catalogues and left her children in an Alabama trailer park to journey across America. Critics and audiences have howled with laughter as Dixie throws a good ol’ fashioned Tupperware Party filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, FREE giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theatre stage. Loaded with the most up-to-date products available for purchase, Ms. Longate will share how she became the number one Tupperware seller in the world as she educates her guests on the many alternative uses she has discovered for her plastic products.

Written by Kris Andersson, DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY turned off-Broadway into a Tupperware-mania celebration and garnered the prestigious 2008 Drama Desk Award Nomination. Produced by Down South LLC and directed by Patrick Richwood, DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY features costumes designed by Dixie Longate and lighting designed by Richard Winkler. dixiestupperwareparty.com.

Tickets may be purchased at the Denver Center Ticket Office, located in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex lobby. Buy and print online at denvercenter.org.

 

DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY                                                                 Nov 7-Dec 30  

Wednesday – Saturday                                                                                      7:30pm

Saturday & Sunday                                                                                             2pm

*no performances December 4-9

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Denver’s Bunkport Theater, “A Happy Ending,” praise from Henry Lowenstein

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Dear Theatre Friends,
I rarely comment on currently running productions but will make an exception with “A Happy End” at the Buntport Theatre. Set in 1932 Berlin, it tells the story of a Jewish physicist and his family as they vacillate in face of the coming Nazi threat. Should they leave everything behind or might it all be a passing phase that will soon blow over?
I was seven years old in Berlin in 1932 when I heard the very same discussions as many family friends decided to leave Germany. It became my quick lesson in survival and the end of being a child.  My mother saw the coming danger whereas my father, who had been highly decorated for his service as an Army doctor during all four years of World War One, would not believe that his  beloved Germany could allow Hitler to rule for any length of time.
Iddo Netanyahu’s play brilliantly catches the conflicting emotions of the time, Ami Dayan’s direction is eerily reminiscent of Erwin Piscator’s 1920’s Epic Drama style and the cast is terrific.
Henry Lowenstein
“A Happy End” Thursdays –Sundays until Sept 16th, Buntport Theatre
Link to buy tickets: www.ahappyend.com

September 1-16
(previews Aug 30 and 31)
Thurs – Sat at 8pm
Sundays at 3pm

Buntport Theater
717 Lipan Street,
Denver Colorado
Directions


Tickets at
brownpapertickets

or at box office
1hr before the show

Box Office / Groups:
720-289-6451

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“Searching for Sugar Man”

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“Searching for Sugar Man,” is the movie to see this fall in art house theaters. It is a wonderful story about a little known ‘rock star’ who was hailed in the early 1970’s to be bigger than Dylan. Music producers predicted he’d be the next music star.

As Clarence Avant, former executive at Motown, said, “If I had to pick the top ten most talented artists I’ve worked with, Rodriguez would be in the top five.” He was that good. Avant also added, “Let me see, he sold, hmmm, about…..six (6), six albums and those were to me and my kids.”

As the albums were released, Rodriguez made no waves from Detroit, or any where in America for that matter, yet, during his 30 years of obscurity in America, he was completely revered in South Africa and quite literally was a bigger icon than Elvis. Rodriguez’s family had no idea of any of this until 1998, when two fans hunkered down to find out if any one in the world knew a thing about Sixto Rodriguez. The fabled story heard in South Africa was he had committed suicide on stage. For twenty five years his music was played and idolized, while the story of his death was the stuff of rock legends.

Websites were created in South Africa, requesting any sliver of information about Rodriguez, who remained the mysterious, genius song writer from America. Then it happened one early dawn in 1998. The two South African fans, one a music store owner and one a music journalist uncovered astonishing facts.

This story has caught the eyes and heart of every one who has heard the story or seen the newly released Music and Performing Arts Documentary, ‘Searching for Sugar Man,’released by Sony Pictures Classics. The movie/documentary was directed and written by Malik Bendjelloul. Its first screening was at The Sundance Film Festival. It left Utah with rave reviews.

Enough said. You should see it or read about it. I refuse to say another thing. This is a movie that digs deep into the American soul.  It resounds with every one who has ever lived and worked here. Rodriguez, like Woody Gutherie, is an American Hero. A legend and essential artist for lyrics that go beyond our every day struggles. Sixto Rodriguez’s words reached South Africa in a big way because he was talking about the struggles of people every where. His newly found, 34 year old, 2 1/2 albums have unleashed words that will last a lifetime, lyrics that come with a prolonged influence on the struggles of the working class every where in the world.

Debut album, Cold Fact, is not sold anywhere in the USA. Cuts “I Wonder” and “Sugarman,” are as fresh and intelligent today as they were in 1968. Soon, I’m guessing, his song ‘I Wonder,’ will be heard on radio stations around Denver.

It’s at the Mayan Theatre, on 1st & Broadway. www.landmarktheatres.com 

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