Review: Buried Child Still Packs a Creepy Wallop

Categories: Theater

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The cast of Buried Child
Buried Child
Edge Theatre Company

Sam Shepard's Buried Child which won a Pulitzer in 1979, still carries a creepy wallop. The story of a violently dysfunctional family -- a drunken, abusive father who has destroyed his sons and is now being destroyed in return -- it was hailed as a depiction of the dark side of the American Dream. But while some of the themes are universal, this family is unique.

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The Mayday Experiment: Of Trailers and Hardware

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My friend Philip Spangler has been here almost three months and is staying one more week, sleeping on a futon in my living room and working on the house every day. By the end of the week the goal is to have a fully-clad, Tyvek-wrapped box with a loft and stairs - and I'll have to do the rest on my own without him, a scary proposition! This summer's rain -- something I told my Ohio born-and-bred friend was a rarity here in the high desert -- has impacted us again and again, making our progress forward halting and slow. However, bad decisions have held us back, too: most notably our choice of a trailer.

Stupidly, I figured I would just find a trailer on Craigslist or go to the trailer store -- that's a thing, right? Even though I had made cursory explorations through Craigslist's reams of purple links (and found many trailers that in hindsight I should have bought), I somehow had the idea in my head that this part was easy, and I'd just wait until Phil was here and grab a trailer. Big mistake.


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The Mayday Experiment: A Tiny House Inspires Big Conversations


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The Night Dial Live Radio Play Brings Classic Halloween Horror to the Bug Theatre

Categories: Playbill

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Courtesy of Richard Karpala
Gone are the days when families would gather around the radio to listen to their favorite serials together. But starting tonight, The Night Dial will bring some of that old-time entertainment back to Denver with a Halloween-themed horror radio play at the Bug Theatre.

The Night Dial is the brainchild of Denver filmmaker Richard Karpala and comic Ryan Mattingly, each of whom wrote one of the two stories on the bill. Karpala's tale, "Them Walkin' Shoes," began as an idea for a short film before morphing into its current form.

See also: Twenty of the Best Adults-Only Halloween Parties

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Christmastime (The Movie) Comes Early to Park Hill

Categories: Film and TV

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Candy canes in October? It's all movie magic.
Some folks are always jumping the gun when it comes to holiday decorations. Still, the idea of trotting out the Christmas ornaments before Halloween arrives is so bizarre that it's just not done -- particularly in oh-so-stylish Park Hill.

Unless, of course, you happen to be shooting a movie. A family-friendly, warm-the-cockles venture called Christmastime, with a script set in Boulder. And currently shooting, at the height of sunny Indian summer, in the heart of east Denver.

See also: Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight Officially Approved to Film in Colorado

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Ten Top Day of the Dead Celebrations in Denver This Week

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Kyle Huninghake for Westword.
The Día de los Muertos celebration at Pirate: Contemporary Art is a Denver tradition.
History, art, culture and tradition come together in Día de los Muertos, which will go down throughout the upcoming weekend. From gallery gatherings and family-friendly celebrations to cultural workshops and cocktail parties, Day of the Dead attracts city-wide attention across multiple days of great events and celebrations. You can find them all in our online Westword calendar, but here are our top ten ways to celebrate this spirited holiday.

See also: Twenty of the Best Adults-Only Halloween Parties; Twenty of the Best Kid-Friendly Halloween Celebrations

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Photos: Sci-Fi and Steampunk Cosplay at MileHiCon 46

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Costumed geeks roamed the city as MileHiCon blasted off at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center for its 42nd year this past weekend. Cosplay specialist and photographer Danielle Lirette was there to document some of the sci-fi con's best-dressed; keep reading for a sampler.

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It's Election Season and Girls Just Wanna Have Fundamental Human Rights

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I didn't want to start this conversation with what could be construed as the opening of a screaming match. Even if it is on a virtual page, when a woman is perceived as raising her Internet voice, she is accused of being hysterical, overreactive, agitating, bitchy, bossy, pushy, too assertive, too much or, gasp, un-ladylike. But here we are in 2014 in Colorado, doing battle with people who think women should not have body autonomy -- and it makes me want to scream.

Yup, it's election season and the latest incarnation of that cockroach of a concept that will never die, "personhood," is back, this time in the form of Amendment 67. Amendment 67 wants to criminalize women (and the health-care providers who currently offer safe, legal health care to those women) for making choices about their own bodies.

To echo the many female-identified folks who have fought this fight before me, all I can say is this: I cannot believe I still have to protest this shit.

See also: How not to talk to a woman at a music festival (or anywhere else)

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Jill Hadley Hooper

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Mariko Jesse
Jill Hadley Hooper at the Brown Palace Hotel. Children provided by someone else.
#48: Jill Hadley Hooper

The work of artist/illlustrator Jill Hadley Hooper can be seen nationally in the pages of the New Yorker and the New York Times, but here in Denver, she's just one of us. Hard-working and community-minded, the 2007 Westword MasterMind in the fine arts category helped found the thriving River North Arts District (aka RiNo) with fellow artist and neighbor Tracy Weil in 2006 and runs the gallery and gardens at Ironton Studios. How does she manage a stellar solo career while promoting solidarity in the arts community at large? Read Hooper's 100CC questionnaire for answers.

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On Trend: Sweater Weather Brings Out Layers and Earth Tones

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All photos by Mauricio O. Rocha
With fall in full swing and temperatures changing by the hour, it's prime time for cardigans. We noticed retailer Mario Charleston sporting a layered look in an all-natural palette at the Denver Pavilions and Lindsey Jackson sporting her layered look near the State Capital building. Read on to learn where Charleston and Jackson shop and what inspires them to wear earth-tone layers.

See also:On Trend: Flannel Is a Hit in LoDo and on Campus

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Photos: A Zombie Apocalypse Descends on Exdo for the Roll Skate Party

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Zombies -- and other random costumed skaters -- took to the rink Friday at the Exdo Event Center for a Halloween edition of the monthly Roll skate-dancing party. Photographer Scott Lenz dared to shoot these Zombie Apocalypse photos; keep reading for a sneak peek at the slide show.

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