Free Colorado Day showing of the original True Grit, made in Colorado

Categories: Colorado Film

John Wayne shows true grit.
It takes grit to make a movie in Colorado -- sometimes True Grit. This state's film industry has gotten mixed reviews over the years, but there's no question that producer Hal Wallis created a classic when he made True Grit, based on the book by Charles Portis, in Colorado in 1969. The San Juan Mountains provide the stunning background for a performance by John Wayne, playing U.S. marshal "Rooster" Cogburn, a "one-eyed fat man," that wound up winning the icon his first Academy Award. And on Friday, August 1, you can be a winner, too, because there will be a free showing of the original True Grit in Civic Center Park in honor of Colorado Day.

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Playbill: Three shows to see in Denver this weekend

Photo by Kira Horvath
The Central City Opera brings The Sound of Music to the Ellie in Denver.
In addition to Adam Stone's experimental work at Buntport, a cat circus and square product theatre's multidisciplinary work in Boulder (see below), this weekend yields a unique playwriting festival, a classic musical and a one-night ode to old-time radio. Check out these onstage diversions.

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Urban Nights will celebrate Denver fashion -- and raise money for Urban Peak

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The second Urban Nights Fashion Show is a "runway with a reason." The event promises to not only be a great fashion celebration featuring some of Denver's best boutiques and designers (including Project Runway's Mondo Guerra) but to raise a lot of money for Urban Peak, a non-profit organization that provides a wide range of services for youth who are homeless or at risk. In advance of Friday night's festivities, we spoke with both creative director Dahlia Weinstein and Kim Easton, the executive director of Urban Peak, about how fashion can play a role in helping homeless youth.

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Ten can't-miss attractions at this year's Denver County Fair

Rolling into Denver's National Western Complex August 1 through August 3, the Denver County Fair will prove once again that it is like no other fair in the country. Celebrating the many cultures and traditions that make Colorado special, the weekend gathering combines silly games with smart lectures, fun dances with freaky food competitions and endless chances to get to know the farmers, merchants, musicians, fashionistas, performers and artists who make the Mile High City great. With hundreds of things to see and do at this year's fair, we've compiled a list of ten of the best -- but be sure to go to the Denver County Fair's website for a full schedule.

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Catherine Opie talks selfies, AIDS and her shift from representation to abstraction

Categories: GLBTQ, Photography

Catherine Opie
"Untitled #5 (Inauguration Portrait), 2009"
Catherine Opie began shooting photographs at the height of the AIDS crisis. Her portraits of LGBTQ people were born from the urgency of the moment: She was watching her friends die. Over the years, her work has evolved from documentary portraiture and landscapes toward greater abstraction and a study of her internal self. In advance of her artists' talk at Anderson Ranch, Opie spoke with Westword about shifts in her work and the LGBTQ community, and the purpose of photography in the age of the selfie.

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Review: The Gildar Gallery makes a power play with Takeover

Categories: Art review

Adam Milner's "Torsos." Check out more pictures from Gildar Gallery's latest exhibition.

The Gildar Gallery is housed in an anonymous-looking storefront on South Broadway, barely marked by a sign. That unassuming presence continues inside -- but modest circumstances haven't deterred owner Adam Gildar from presenting thoughtful programs not unlike those found at contemporary art museums.

In this spirit, Gildar invited a guest curator, Charlie James, to organize the current show, which is appropriately titled Takeover.

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Sue Scott on women artists, getting into museums, feminism and her new book

Production photograph by Marcin Oliva Soto.
Katarzyna Kozyra, Cheerleader, 2006

For decades, feminists have challenged the art world to open up galleries and museums to women artists. While nominal progress has been made, many major institutions still show a disproportionate amount of work by male artists. This disparity is one of many reasons critics Eleanor Heartney and Nancy Princenthal and curators Helaine Posner and Sue Scott co-authored The Reckoning: Women Artists of the New Millennium, a profile of 24 artists that some have described as a new canon -- a term the writers resist.

In advance of their appearance at Anderson Ranch, Westword talked with Scott about the book, the state of feminism and the struggles and successes of women in the art world.

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Code Black director on creating a narrative amidst chaos

Categories: Film and TV

Dr. Ryan McGarry, director of Code Black.
Code Black -- which opens Friday, August 1, at the Sie FilmCenter -- reminds viewers of an astonishing reality of the health-care industry: In emergencies, seconds count. The documentary follows Ryan McGarry, a physician who trained in the trauma bay at Los Angeles County Hospital and brought cameras along for the journey, so you can see exactly what it's like to be a twenty-something suddenly responsible for a human life. Many human lives, in fact.

In advance of the Denver run, we talked to McGarry about the process of making Code Black, some of the biggest issues in health care and more.

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A failure to communicate: Debra Fine on why small talk is tough for teens

Debra Fine
Debra Fine had already written two books that teach adults how to make conversation.
If you publish a book for teens, will they get off their phones long enough to read it? That's the question Colorado author and small-talk expert Debra Fine had to ask when she wrote her newest book, Beyond Texting: The Fine Art of Face-to-Face Communication for Teenagers. Ironically, the book is about getting teenagers to tear themselves away from the screens in order to have successful face-to-face interactions with other people.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Joseph Coniff

Joseph Coniff studio, 2014.
#64: Joseph Coniff

Like many of Denver's notable emerging artists, Joey Coniff got off to a fast start after leaving the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design and the mentorship of Clark Richert, climbing aboard with Rule Gallery right out of the chute. It's not hard to see why: His utilitarian and unironic works can appear starkly simple, but that's just an artifice for all the busy thinking and subtle jokes going on underneath the surface. As in his works, Coniff says a lot using few words, as evidenced by his 100CC questionnaire, which follows.

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