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Arvada Center Voted “Best Local Theater”

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Best Local Theater

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is far and away the winner by voters. The center has produced memorable plays for years and continues to raise the bar with difficult productions that require advanced staging such as “Miss Saigon” (complete with the iconic helicopter scene). READ MORE HERE

King of rock ‘n’ roll painting… (Associated Press)

King of rock ‘n’ roll painting gets own exhibit
By CATHERINE TSAI, Associated Press Writer

Friday, July 16, 2010 at 2:46 a.m.

ARVADA, Colo. — Billed as the two-fisted art attack, painter Denny Dent made his name creating quick-draw portraits to live music, sometimes before thousands of concertgoers.

Using as many as three brushes in each hand, Dent splashed paint over sprawling canvases and himself, with subjects ranging from Jimi Hendrix to John Lennon to President Bill Clinton.

Dent was more a performance artist than studio painter…

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“All Shook Up” is a hunka summertime fun

By John Moore – Denver Post Theater Critic
Posted: 07/15/2010 01:00:00 PM MDT

For the sake of civility and expediency, what say we dispense with (most of) the many reasons recycled tripe like the Elvis knockoff “All Shook Up” is the scourge of the contemporary American musical.

It’s also fun. Maddeningly and begrudgingly. And, as they say in both theater and youth soccer: “If you had fun, you won.”

Even though exploiting existing song catalogs from the Four Seasons to Green Day is the most bottom-feeding, laziest form of artistic creation, there’s nothing lazy — not a single thing —

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Elvis lives again in Arvada’s ‘All Shook Up’
July 14th, 2010, 4:38 pm · Post a Comment · posted by twallinger

Grade: B+

The press release describes it as “Twelfth Night” meets “Music Man” meets “Pleasantville.” As I was watching it, I was thinking “Footloose” meets “As You Like It” with some “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” mixed in.

No, the show is not exactly original. But it is a whole lot of fun. And that makes it the perfect musical for these lazy, laid-back days of summer.

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Takashi Nakazato coming to Arvada Center

For all you Takashi Nakazato fans… Takashi will arrive in Denver on July 16th, and will probably come to the Arvada Center late that day. He will be working in the ceramics studio for a week, starting on July 17th. We will not be offering a workshop from Takashi this year, BUT he is always open to having people come to the studio to watch him work. (And if you have not seen the man work his magic, it truly is a must see!)

Arvada Center Presents Figurative Sculptor Esther Shimazu, July 20
Esther Shimazu, a figurative sculptor from Hawaii, will present a lecture and visual presentation on her work at the Arvada Center on Tuesday, July 20, at 7:00 p.m. in studio 24B. There is no charge and the public is welcome.

For information on the artist:

“Most of the imagery is of bald, nude chunky Asian women, unconcerned about clothing and hairdo, comfortable in their own skins. There is the occasional male figure or companion animal. All invite the viewer to play, but underneath, there’s a hint that they might bite.” – John Natsoulas, Center for the Arts

Channel 12

In Focus with Eden Lane
Sunday, June 27 at 11:00 pm on Channel 12.1
Eden Lane gets all the details on the Arvada Center’s “Centerfest” part of Summer at the Center. Mark Arnold gives us the rundown on the local artists, and a glimpse of the national acts coming to the amphitheater. (READ MORE HERE)