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Arts

Imagination knows no age

Joan Mir exhibition focuses on artist’s accelerating creativity late in life

By Elizabeth Miller

At an age when surrealist painter Joan Miró might have considered retirement, or at least allowing age to excise the demands on his speed and productivity it seems to necessitate for most of us, he didn’t back off or slow down.

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Arts | Week of April 23, 2015

Calling all Photgraphers for 2015 Land Through the Lens Exhibit..

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Grabbing the pie in the sky

The Office of Arts and Culture details plan for cultural improvement

By Amanda Moutinho

Cohen is one of the consultants from the Cultural Planning Group that is working alongside the Office of Arts and Culture to assess the cultural needs of Boulder and how to address them. In the fall, they took to the streets to find out what Boulderites wanted with a series of community outreach events called the Culture Kitchen.

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While most kids spend high school algebra class doodling in their notebooks, some have bigger aspirations for their art than just the margin of their notebook. On April 17, The Dairy is holding its opening ceremony for this year’s exhibit of high school students and art teachers throughout Boulder Valley School District.

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Arts | Week of April 16, 2015

First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection..

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Arts | Week of April 9, 2015

First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection..

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Recycled Reincarnation

‘Ecocreations’ brings new life to ‘trash’

By Amanda Moutinho

When a mirror breaks, some worry about seven years of bad luck, but Jane Glotzer just sees an opportunity for a new art project. Glotzer is a mosaic artist, but instead of shelling out pretty pennies for pricey new materials, she visits second-hand shops, finds discarded items on the side of the road or even looks in dumpsters in search of anything she can work with. Used, not used up, she says.

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Inspiration and location

Catching up with Boulder artist Caitlin Buck

By Adam Perry

The fascinating acrylic-onwood paintings of Caitlin Buck, a Boulder native who graduated from Naropa University in 2012, will see their three-month appearance on the walls of the Laughing Goat Coffeehouse end this month.

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Arts | Week of April 2, 2015

First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection..

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Arts | Week of March 26, 2015

First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection..

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Words | Week of April 23, 2015

Stephen Graham Jones with the Center for Native- American and Indigenous Studies..

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Poetry

the one who loves poetry, carries Mary Oliver in her backpack, the one whom poets can’t help loving, the spreading young ivy’s luxuriant growth that clings to the wall of our imagining,.

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Words | Week of April 16, 2015

The Lost World of the Old Ones — David Roberts..

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Poetry

(Wind Publications, 2011). Poem reprinted by permission of Pauletta Hansel and the publisher. Introduction copyright © 2015 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction’s author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006.

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Words | Week of April 9, 2015

Exposed: Tragedy & Triumph in Mountain Climbing — by Brad and Melissa McQueen..

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Poetry

You’ve asked me so i’ll tell you: i’m thousands of years old. I have connections in my brain, thoughts that drain, thoughts I wish to eradicate. I no longer want to hear I no longer want to see I want something else. When spring starts the snow likes to hide in corners.

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Words | Week of April 2, 2015

Exposed: Tragedy & Triumph in Mountain Climbing — by Brad and Melissa McQueen..

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Poetry

april’s rotting teeth open up like pinwheels on bike tires in the wind before breaking over wooden nickels in a field of abandoned styrofoam cups and plastic flowers that smell like spilled vodka and dish soap — where half buried infants finally...

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Words | Week of March 26, 2015

“Walt Whitman Sings” A Spirit Revival in Story and Song..

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Poetry

Lost in The Middle of Now Here

Dank P.h.a.r.t. The Pirate Poet (Matt Bovard), is the poetry coordinator for StarWater Magick Productions. Every Wednesday at 303 Vodka Distillery he hosts StarWater Wednesday, a free art event that brings together the best of Boulder’s local art scene..

Music

Her turn

Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops on going solo and working on The New Basement Tapes

By Dave Gil de Rubio

If there’s one word Rhiannon Giddens detests, it’s genres. Classically trained in opera at Oberlin University, she moved on to a whole different style of music in becoming the leader of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, the Grammy-winning old-time string band from North Carolina — whose members all happen to be African- American.

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Zappa on Zappa

Dweezil Zappa channels his father’s legacy through the guitar strings

By Kyle Eustice

There’s a common misconception that Frank Zappa’s music was closer to Weird Al Yankovic’s than Beethoven’s, but those really in the know understand there’s more sophistication in Zappa’s body of work than one might imagine. Granted, with album titles like Burnt Weeny Sandwich and Weasels Ripped My Flesh, there was a comedic element, but that wasn’t what Frank was entirely about.

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Hike

When in nature, if you listen very closely, you can hear the sounds of music arise from the picturesque view. The Boulder Philharmonic and City of Boulder Open Space is taking that a step further by pairing the two. On April 25, the Boulder Philharmonic will play a concert inspired by the imagery of lakes and ponds at Macky Auditorium.

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Rock Out

Get ready to be wooed. Join singer/songwriter Wendy Woo and her band at the Dickens Opera House on Saturday, April 18 for a CD release party. The new album, Tipping Point, was released by Woo’s independent record label Woo Music, and the independence has allowed her music to grow.

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OUT OF THE BOX

Communikey holds its final festival as it looks to the future

By Amanda Moutinho

The Communikey festival is not easily defined. Perhaps it could be loosely pinned down as a transcendental experience surpassing mediums and disciplines in a desire to explore the intersection of artistic and technological innovation, with a smattering of electronic music throughout.

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Channeling Fela

Motet founder Dave Watts talks Afrobeat

By Dave Kirby

Watts is long associated with these one-off (sometimes two or three-off — this is the third time he’s staged this gig) extravaganzas at home, sometimes with Motet, sometimes with fragments of Motet and other cats, but Felabration may be his crowning...

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Musical explorations

Ars Nova Singers map a new world of music in the New World

By Peter Alexander

More than 500 years later, the same song will open a concert by Boulder’s Ars Nova Singers, “New World Renaissance,” presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Boulder and Saturday in Englewood.

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Listen

Cygne is an attentiongrabbing powerhouse that pulls you in with her mystery. Her music is raw and instrumental with an underlying vulnerability. Ranging from high energy to soft and slow, Cygne offers a smorgasbord for different musical palates.

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Stepping stones

With her new album, Nora Jane Struthers talks new changes in her life and music

By Amanda Moutinho

While she grew up in New Jersey, Struthers developed a love for folk and bluegrass music, partly due to her banjo-playing dad. She picked up at the acoustic guitar at 14, and she and her dad would sing songs from bands like the Louvin Brothers and the Blue Sky Boys.

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Nathalie Merchant has spent the last three decades making music. She started in the folk rock band 10,000 Maniacs in the early ’80s, but she left to pursue a solo career in 1993. She continued to come into her own as an alternative pop artist, crafting powerful lyrics that perfectly match her melodic voice.

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New calendar service: Boulder County Events

Boulder Weekly is launching a new presentation of our calendar, now known as Boulder County Events.

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Events Calendar | Week of January 10, 2013

Surrealist painter Sky Black will exhibit his work at Trident Cafe and Bookstore in January.

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Arts | Week of January 10, 2013

Matt Smith's 'Guardians of Ediza' is among the paintings on the American West on view at Gallery 1261.

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Theater | Week of January 10, 2013

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) continues at Jesters Dinner Theatre.

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Words | Week of January 10, 2013

Jon Sands, author of The New Clean, reads at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore.

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Event Calendar | Week of January 3, 2013

Gipsy Moon plays Jan. 3 at the Pioneer Inn and Jan. 4 at Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids.

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Arts | Week of January 03, 2013

Loretta Young-Gautier´s photographs are on display at the Byers-Evans house.

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Theater | Week of January 03, 2013

Newark Violenta, a tribute to Italian crime cinema from the 1970s, premieres at The Edge Theater Company.

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Words | Week of January 03, 2013

Brian Gast, author of The Business of Wanting More, will appear at Tattered Cover Jan. 8.

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Event Calendar | Week of December 27, 2012

The Motet plays the Fox Theatre Dec. 30 and 31.

Reel To Reel

A force big enough to swallow us all

‘Leviathan’ and the plight of the little man

By Michael J. Casey

Located on a Russian peninsula, high in the Arctic Circle, the small seaside village of Leviathan used to be a fishing town, but those days are gone and only the skeletal remains of aquatic beasts reference the prosperous time that has passed.

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Not just a voice, a resounding roar

‘I Believe in Unicorns’ and Leah Meyerhoff

By Michael J. Casey

Meyerhoff achieves these moments by visualizing her story in three different forms, the first involving the cinematography and direction of the actors, which was shot over the course of three weeks on Super 16mm.

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Changing the face of cinema

The birth of neo-realism and ‘Rome Open City’

By Michael J. Casey

Did this fakery bother audiences back then? Not in the slightest. Back in the 1920s, ’30s and even into the ’40s, movies were about beautiful people living in fabulous mid-city apartments, dressing glamorously, saying the right thing at the right time and always finding a parking space.

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Think

This week the International Film Series is getting local with a screening of Losing the West. The documentary talks about the protection, or lack of thereof, for open space and agricultural lands. As the population and rate of development grow, ranchers and farmers struggle, which creates bigger problems for society.

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Requiem for a studio musician

Paying tribute to The Wrecking Crew

By Michael J. Casey

To be fair, Nancy Sinatra made “These Boots” famous, The Mamas and The Papas sang “California Dreamin’” and The Beach Boys (well, Brian Wilson) gave us “Good Vibrations,” but The Wrecking Crew played an integral part in every one of those records.

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Film-to-table

Mitch Dickman on localizing Colorado’s film scene

By Michael J. Casey

This might be a little naïve,” director Mitch Dickman tells Boulder Weekly. “But I’ve been... talking about this film-to-table idea. I think the food community has done a tremendous job of capitalizing on the farm-to-table movement. I don’t think film is all that dissimilar.”

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Diving into a sticky situation

‘Bethlehem’ stands out in the Boulder Jewish Film Festival lineup

By Michael J. Casey

Conflict is the heart of cinema. Conflict drives the plot and draws the audience and practically every movie revolves around it. Yet, only a select few have the audacity to dive into what fuels that conflict and, to borrow a line from The Rules of the Game, understand that “the awful thing about life is this: Everybody has their reasons.”

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Calling all audiences

Deciding the fate of ‘Patrick’s Day’

By Michael J. Casey

As one who attends several film festivals a year can attest, many quality movies play once and then are never to be heard from again. Not for reasons of quality and artistry (although they factor), but because movie distributors decide to pass on these movies, and often they disappear into the ether.

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Goodbye to all of that

Beyond the end with ‘Goodbye to Language’

By Michael J. Casey

In 1960, Jean-Luc Godard revolutionized cinema. Breathless wasn’t just a break from the old ways of filmmaking, it was as if cinema had cracked off and begun again. Seven years later, Godard concluded Weekend with the title card, “Fin... de cinema.” It was a cheeky moment, but for the French critic turned filmmaker, it had razor sharp teeth. Now the 84-yearold director is back with another entry into his ever-evolving theory of cinema and this time around he tackles the money-grubbing gimmick of 3-D. Only in the hands of Godard, it isn’t a gimmick, it’s just another arrow in his quiver.

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Fight

Climate change has been rippling through our world for the past few decades. Colorado is suffering from summer-like temperatures in winter to a severe fire season that’s destroying its forests. Firefighters are on the front line of this problem seeing the lasting damages and devastation.

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Locally-sourced cinema

Front Range Film Festival brings Colorado filmmakers from camera to screen

By Amanda Moutinho

Culture is homegrown in Boulder County — from breweries to art. In her latest documentary, Colorado Hopped — Bine to Brew, Longmont filmmaker Barbara Hau paired the two. A few years ago, while helping a friend harvest a hops field in Wisconsin, Hau became interested in local hop farming operations. Then, when Hau noticed a few fields popping up around Longmont, she knew she wanted to make a film about the farmers, who were selling their crops to breweries around town.

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Learn

Enjoy the red carpet premiere of the films Dalai Lama Awakening and Compassion in Action on Thursday, April 23 at the Boulder Theater. Dalai Lama Awakening is narrated by Harrison Ford and is the product of a cinematic dream that documents the journey of Western thinkers to India to meet with the Dalai Lama and discuss a variety of topics.

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Sexually transmitted ignorance

‘It Follows’ reminds you sex = death%u2028

By Ryan Syrek

David, I know it’s hard to find good actors and actresses, especially young ones. But there are local car commercials with more convincing performances than this. Like, it’s easier to believe Crazy Larry actually is losing his mind over those low, low prices than that Kelly (Lili Sepe) gives a shit about her sister’s vaginal possession.

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The bacon of blockbusters

‘Furious 7’ is gloriously unnecessary%u2028

By Ryan Syrek

The “plot” this time out, as if we need bother with such crap when there are cars to drive fast and people to punch, sees Deckard Shaw ( Jason Statham) looking to murder Dominic Toretto (Diesel) and his crew, including Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Brian (Paul Walker), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris) and Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson).

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Death of the handmade

‘Men of the Cloth’ and the art of the tailor

By Michael J. Casey

Clothes make the man. But who makes the clothes? Nowadays, most of us walk around wearing cookie-cutter shirts, pants and jackets, all produced en masse and for no one in particular. Sure, they come in a variety of standardized sizes, but very few bodies are standard.

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Unlucky harms

‘’71’ features a soldier with many troubles

By Ryan Syrek

Americans can barely be bothered to care about civil unrest and violence currently unfolding on their own soil, let alone on another continent… let alone a conflict that has since resolved years ago.

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Home is wherever I’m with you

Tim Johnson brings families together at ‘Home’

By Michael J. Casey

I’ve just always been fascinated by what happens when you take a doodle and breathe life into it,” animation director Tim Johnson says, describing his career and passion. Ever since the birth of the flickering image, writers, directors, animators and viewers have been enamored by the simple act of watching an idea come to life and move.

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Define ‘run’

‘Run All Night’ has old men slowly shuffling

By Ryan Syrek

At this point, there is just one Liam Neeson movie: Taken a Non-Stop Run All Night to Walk Among the Tombstones 3. Neeson isn’t in the midst of some Nicolas Cage supernova, in which an actor’s need to perpetually work and “get dat paper” creates an acting black hole more realistic than anything in Interstellar. It’s worse. Sadder somehow. Neeson is still trying, still making a genuine effort in each of these rote, clichéd, repetitive “old man” action movies.

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Chap-hazard

‘Chappie’ is too weird or not weird enough

By Ryan Syrek

Instead, the plot is nothing but a tired reworking of artificial intelligence clichés. Deon (Dev Patel) is a programmer who helped bring an automated robotic police force to Johannesburg. He wants to take the tech even further, much like the real-world scientists who are undoubtedly hastening our demise at the hands of our future robot overlords.

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What happens when a son sets out to profile his father?

Documentary reveals the history of far more than a record store

By Elizabeth Miller

The documentary film Old Man is as much a story of a troubled, perhaps marginally dysfunctional family as it is the story of a troubled record store — and, in many ways, a dysfunctional town. The portrait of Boulder is not graceful. It’s a critique of the town’s ability to win both for greatest number of advanced degrees per capita and for high incidence of teen suicide and drug use. That’s the context the film’s director Dan Schneidkraut leans on to make a far more personal story make sense — one that’s about his father, Andy, owner of the Boulder institution Albums on the Hill.

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Hypnotize

The subconscious mind is a scary thing. You never know what can happen if someone says the right words and snaps their fingers at the correct moment. If you want to find out, comedian and hypnotist Rusty Z is coming to The Dairy on April 23. As seen on Comedy Central and A&E, Rusty Z has also performed his show all over the country.

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Watch

Fringe festivals are essential for theater. They push the boundaries and allow for experimentation that’s not always possible with everyday theater. They also give a voice to creative people with a message to share.

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Theater | Week of April 23, 2015

Jester’s Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St., Longmont, 303-682- 9980. Through April 26..

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Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’ inspires CU production of a Baroque masterpiece

Poppea wants to be empress, and the emperor wants Poppea.

By Peter Alexander

Nero and Poppea were the amoral power couple of 60s A.D. imperial Rome, and they didn’t care who got in their way. They are the subjects of Claudio Monteverdi’s final operatic masterpiece, The Coronation of Poppea, based on Roman history and written in 1653 for the carnival season in Venice.

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Fighters in the ring

‘One Night in Miami’ invokes a heavyweight conversation on race relations

By Elizabeth Miller

How best do we whittle ourselves into instruments for change? Is it by sharpening our tongues, hardening our fists or sweetening our songs? That’s the question at the heart of One Night in Miami..., which posits the conversations that might have unfolded while boxer Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali, activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke and football player Jim Brown spent the evening of Feb. 25, 1964 together in a hotel room debating the merits of how, or if, the others addressed the issues at hand in the simmering civil rights movement.

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Theater | Week of April 16, 2015

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory..

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The anatomy of a woman

‘The Vagina Monologues’ isn’t about genitals

By Caitlin Rockett

Nearly 20 years ago, a woman from New York City decided the world needed to talk about vaginas. Since 1996, Eve Ensler’s celebrated play The Vagina Monologues has made its way around the globe, inviting audiences to laugh, weep, seethe and rejoice at the real stories of women — from the bliss of sexual awakenings to the embarrassment of trips to the gynecologist to the terror of sexual assault.

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Think

“Together at Last” pairs up the seemingly unlikely pair of Rob Bell and Pete Holmes. Bell is an author, filmmaker and pastor who was featured on Time’s list of the Most Influential People in the World in 2011. Holmes is a comedian, actor, writer and producer who featured Bell on his talk show The Pete Holmes Show.

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Fly

As aerial dancers, the Frequent Flyers troupe spends most of its time off the ground, making it no surprise that their latest show is space themed. In their show, “Star Sailors,” the group works with the ideas of “afloat” and “far from shore.

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Theater | Week of April 9, 2015

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory..

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