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click to enlarge Steve Gianakos "I Said, "Youre Short"
  • Steve Gianakos "I Said, "Youre Short"

Gems from the Colorado Collection at GCA

Well, it's more of the same at CUColorado Springs' Gallery of Contemporary Art: brilliant paintings, prints and photographs from a lot of big players and some lesser-knowns of the latter half of the 20th century. Culled from the "Colorado Collection," a state-owned collection housed at CUBoulder, by collection manager Bridget Carlin, the show is composed of 75 pieces by 53 artists, several of whom were featured in the GCA's last show, Shark's Ink. CU received many of these pieces as donations from artists who came to Boulder for the university's Visiting Artists Program.

Notable in this survey from the CU collection is its range of style. The exhibit would be perfect for teaching an art history class, providing examples of work from almost every major movement in the last 50 years.

Greeting you in the foyer are the life-size, "outsider art" wood cut-outs of Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson by Georgia's famed, late Reverend Howard Finster, the creator of Paradise Gardens and the artist of both R.E.M. and Talking Heads album covers.

A gorgeous, drippy cornflower ring surrounds a flat, black pupil in Robert Motherwell's abstract "Untitled."

Representing the op-art movement of the 1960s are a few of the hypnotizing color experiments of Annie Albers, Josef Albers, Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly and Gene Gill.

Steve Gianakos' black-and-white silkscreen print "I Said, 'You're Short'," Carlos Fresquez's silkscreened Virgin of Guadalupe tortilla, Mark Bennett's architectural design of the "Home of: Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson" (Batman and Robin) and Yasumasa Morimura's untitled self-portrait are all great examples of latter-day mutations of pop, its loyalty to graphics, and its moves toward conceptual absurdity and revisionism.

Photos by Nan Goldin, Phillip Lorca DiCorcia, Richard Prince and Larry Clark (director of Kids and Bully) show the trash-portrait face of photography in the late '80s. And Glenn Ligon's untitled ("I Feel Most Colored When I Am Thrown Against A Sharp White Background") gives a quick peek into political/poetic minimalism.

click to enlarge Nan Goldins "Siobhan Sleeping with a Cat, NYC. 1993"
  • Nan Goldins "Siobhan Sleeping with a Cat, NYC. 1993"

Beyond their historical "categories," many of these works are irreducibly wonderful to look at, technically instructive, and moving. My favorites: The perfect lines of Louise Bourgeois' "Ste. Sebastienne," and Felix Gonzalez-Torres' untitled snapshot of Snoopy and Bam Bam all tucked up in bed.

-- Noel Black

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Highlights from the Colorado Collection

Gallery of Contemporary Art, CUColorado Springs

1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 262-3567

Opening reception: Fri., March 1, 5-7 p.m.

On exhibit through April 12.

Hours: Mondays Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

click to enlarge See the painting, be the painting. Friday at CC.
  • See the painting, be the painting. Friday at CC.

Saturdays, 1-4 p.m.

28 Thursday

And then the Lord sent down upon the land many musicians and said unto them, "Jam." From numerous bands came players -- the Old Dog Band begat Jason and Josh, Friendly Neighbor begat Christian and Jonathan, Purple Buddha begat Ted and from the West came the trumpeter whom the people called Bruce.

And the stars of the heavens guided the musicians to the heart of the city to a place near the park called The Utopia Caf, 116 E. Bijou St., where the Lord said, "Thy name is now The Project." In scores the people gathered to hear the music brought forth by the players, and held great dances from 9 p.m. onto closing. And the people were admitted for free, and those who sought wisdom called 633-1080. Salaam.

01 Friday

Like Jackson Pollock, only mellow. And not drunk. Kazuaki Tanahashi throws his whole body into his work, creating the world's largest one-stroke paintings with a human-sized brush. Meditation of the grandest form. The Japanese artist and author presents A Brush with Our Time: Art for Peace and the Environment, a talk in Colorado College's Slocum Commons Room, tonight at 7. Admission is free. Call 322-9263 to find out more.

Opening today: The Lady of Camellias, TheatreWorks' and Opera Theatre of the Rockies' take on Alexandre Dumas' play La Dame aux Camellias and Verdi's opera La Traviata. The two productions were both based on the story of Marie Duplessis, a Parisian beauty and famous courtesan who died of tuberculosis after a two-year-long affair with Dumas (Moulin Rouge was also loosely based on this story). The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in Dwire Theater on the UCCS Campus, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. Tickets are $20 for Thursday performances and $25 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances; call 262-3232. Camellias runs through March 24.

click to enlarge Zappa comes alive at the Music Hall, Saturday night.
  • Zappa comes alive at the Music Hall, Saturday night.

What could possibly be better than French whores on a Friday night, you ask? Mahalia Jackson. Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe, Pueblo) presents Mahalia, a musical about the life of the greatest gospel singer who ever lived. Her songs fueled the civil rights movement, giving her music to the crowds who gathered to hear Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963. The production features over 20 musical numbers and begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18; call 719/542-1211. If you miss this performance you can catch the touring company at the Arvada Center in Denver tomorrow.

Third-rate romance, low rent rendezvous ... where else but our beloved Tres Hombres? The Amazing Rhythm Aces are back at the bar in Woodland Park. Tickets are $15. Call 687-0625. The Aces play both Friday and Saturday night at 9 p.m.

Today is the last day to catch one of the Mardi Gras Sunday Gospel Brunches up at the Gold Rush Casino in Cripple Creek. What do you get when you mix gambling, gospel, Mardi Gras, the Sabbath and a "make your own Bloody Mary" bar? Lord knows, but it can't be boring (or particularly holy). Call 689-2646 for details.


02 Saturday

Ah, the tribute band. Just a mere coattail rider until an original member of the band being hailed deems it worthy of mutual performance, as in the case of Project/Object. The Frank Zappa re-creation group has scored with vocalists Ike Willis and Napolean Murphy Brock, who reportedly have a stage rapport that, in and of itself, makes the show worth seeing. The all-ages show at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., costs $10. Call 800/965-4827. Starts at 9.

But if a celebration of women -- in all their beautiful shapes and sizes -- is more up your alley, then get your sassy self to The Unseen Woman, a fashion show designed to celebrate women's individuality. Models, ranging in age from 12 to 74 and in sizes from 4 to 28, will strut their stuff at The Warehouse, 25 W. Cimarron St., from 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door (with half-price tickets available to girls 18 and younger) and proceeds benefit the Omni House, a new transitional home for women with eating disorders,; TESSA, the local domestic abuse prevention center; and the Pikes Peak chapter of NOW. Call 635-3919.

The best of mountain and environmental film makes a stop tonight at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Mountainfilm in Telluride on Tour features ski and unicycle mountain biking films, a tribute to David Brower, animated shorts and much more. Tickets are $12, $5 for the pre-screening reception, and benefit the Pikes Peak Sierra Club. Purchase at REI, Mountain Chalet and Spice of Life. The screening begins at 7 p.m. Call 634-5583 for info.

03 Sunday

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Evensong performed by a real, live choir sounds peaceful, does it not? After singing Liszt's Via Crucis with organist Frank Shelton, the Taylor Memorial Choir offers Evensong at Grace Church, 601 N. Tejon St. There is no charge but free-will offerings will be accepted. Call 633-5529. The concert starts at 4:30 p.m.

A few blocks away, another church will be presenting something a little more, say, rollicking, as The Denver Brass and the Colorado Isle of Mull/St. Andrews Pipes and Drums with the Highland Dancers invade First United Methodist, 420 N. Nevada Ave. Tickets to the 5 p.m. concert are $15 general admission to $20 reserved seats. Call 471-4361.

-- Kristen Sherwood


capsule A Jewish Vedding by the Slightly Off-Broadway Temple Shalom Players

At the Sheraton Hotel, 2886 S. Circle Drive

Sunday, March 10, 5 p.m.

Tickets: $49.99; for reservations, call 634-5311 by March 1.

Oy Vey

Temple Shalom presents A Jewish Vedding

You'll need a Yiddish glossary to decipher all the kvetching at Temple Shalom's next fund raiser -- thank your lucky stars that one will be provided at your table.

All the aspects that have made every great Woody Allen film will be milked to the max as the Temple presents A Jewish Vedding, a dinner and musical comedy to be held next Sunday at the Sheraton Hotel. The overactive Jewish mother, the nervous bride and jittery groom, the stoic father and a riotous collection of friends and in-laws kibitz their way through the organizational mayhem of a marriage ceremony. There's a reason the champagne reception precedes the production ...

The original production -- written, composed and directed by Harriet Brooks -- is performed by the Slightly Off-Broadway Temple Shalom Players, all members of the congregation. The evening ends with wedding cake, and the ticket price is all-inclusive. So wear your best (but don't show up the bride), wish the happy couple kol tuv and kvell over the groom (but don't show up the schviggers (mothers-in-law)), and laugh, eat and drink until you're vashnukad and about to plotz.

Call the Temple at 634-5311 for reservations by March 1.

-- Kristen Sherwood

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