Playbill: Three shows to see in Denver this weekend

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

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

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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

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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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Gallery Sketches: Three shows for the weekend of July 25-27

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Jen Burdess installing Phenomena at Ice Cube Gallery.
It's summer, when the co-ops chug along with regularly scheduled member shows -- and sometimes, the art spills outdoors. Here are some new-show picks to help get you artfully through the weekend.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Matt Barton

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All images courtesy of Matt Barton.
#66: Matt Barton

Artist Matt Barton hails from Colorado Springs, where he teaches at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and creates fantasy worlds in video and installation, in which animals talk and strange landscapes shimmer and people walk through prismatic lights. In these playgrounds for adults, Barton invites viewers to suspend reality, experience their inner children and just have fun. What goes on in the mind of an artist whose alternative worlds defy grown-up gravity with an open-minded smile? Read Barton's 100CC questionnaire for answers.

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Photos: The colors and cultures of Asia at the 2014 Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

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Lions and dragons and boats took over Sloan's Lake Park this past weekend as thousands braved the heat to eat, shop and play at the 2014 Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. The culture of the Philippines was showcased this year, but entertainment included everything from Japanese taiko drumming and martial arts to a wide, pan-Asian slice of traditional dances -- and, as always, the food courts were a major draw. Photographer Jake Shane caught the sheer variety of the fest in these photos and more.

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Gallery Sketches: Four shows in Denver for the weekend of July 18-20

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Jaime Molina at Super Ordinary.
This weekend's openings are in a range of venues, everything from project spaces in living rooms and storefronts to boutiques to tried-and-true co-ops. And just as the galleries themselves scream variety, so do the shows.

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Join the Processus "artist social club" at the Temple in Curtis Park tonight

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Christopher R. Perez
Recently there have been signs of life in the old Temple Emmanuel building at 24th and Curtis streets, a Frank Edbrooke structure that's stood vacant and boarded-up for years after serving as home to three consecutive Jewish congregations. And while the Temple, as it's now called, is already being occupied by artists in newly created studio spaces, as well as such organizations as the Denver Zine Library and Dylan Scholinski's Sent(a)Mental Studios, it's also still a work-in-progress, bringing vitality to the Curtis Park neighborhood.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Andrea Moore

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Jumping for joy with the Uganda Project.
#67: Andrea Moore

As a creative, Andrea Moore can't be categorized: She works in words and action, embracing poetry, performance, photography, visual art and the less definable art of self-discovery -- not just as a form of expression, but as a way of helping others. Working with the Wayfaring Band, the organization she co-founded, Moore animates self-actualization among members of the special-needs community and other marginalized groups through experiential voyages; she also works with at-risk youth through programs like PlatteForum. What propels this proactive, people-friendly dynamo? Read her 100CC questionnaire below to learn more.

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