Red Star Rising
In stark contrast to the bold propaganda artwork used by Mao and his followers to brainwash the masses during China’s Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), Li Zhensheng’s photography is a testimony to his courage in documenting the brutal reality of the Maoist power regime. Zhensheng, who’s work is showcased in the exhibit “The Politics of Power: Art and Images From China’s Cultural Revolution,” defied his government’s edict against documenting any “negative” scenes resulting from its rise to power and successfully captured the human cost of the sweeping political movement. His photographs are exhibited alongside his government’s “official” revolutionary art of the time. Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., through June 16. Museum of Outdoor Arts, 1000 Englewood Pkwy., Englewood. For more information, call 303-806-0444 or visit www.moaonline.org.
The Denver Film Society presents Sorry Haters, a psychological thriller that examines the emotional complexities of our post-9/11 world by tapping the racial tension, anxiety, and fear that often lie just under the placid surface of our lives. Robin Wright Penn stars as a successful executive who becomes interested in helping her Muslim cab driver free his brother from jail. The film examines current social undertones and the devastating consequences that result when people are driven to extremes by anger, perceived wrongs, and a biting need for retribution. Mar 24-30. Times Vary. Starz FilmCenter, 900 Auraria Pkwy. Tickets $6.50. For more information or tickets, call 303-820-FILM or visit www.denverfilm.org.
Head for the Hill
For nearly 30 years Swallow Hill has provided a stage for aspiring and established folk musicians alike. Rooted in the Denver Folklore Center, the Swallow Hill Music Association received non-profit status in 1979 and has since become an iconic music institution in the Rocky Mountain region. Celebrate that success during their 27th Birthday Bash and get your groove on with performances from the likes of Julie Davis, Harry Tuft, and the Stray Dogs. Fri 8:00 p.m. Swallow Hill, 71 East Yale. Tickets $3-$5. For more information or tickets, call 303-777-1003 or visit www.swallowhill.com.
Against The Wind
Known as the only man to ever pick a fight with a windmill, Don Quixote (Gary Lindemann) hits the stage with his companion Sancho Panza in Man of La Mancha. Adapted from the enduring Cervantes masterpiece, the story of this lovably innocent hero who struggles to keep chivalry alive in an increasingly non-chivalrous society has been called the world’s greatest work of fiction, and is more widely published than any other book worldwide, except the Bible. The hilarious and moving story resonates today as a testament to unflappable human spirit. Wed-Sun through May 14, times vary. Country Dinner Playhouse, 6875 South Clinton, Greenwood Village. Ticket prices vary. For more information or tickets, call 303-799-1410 or visit www.countrydinnerplayhouse.com.
It only takes one person to make you see life through different eyes. At the “Denver’s Most Inspirational People to Know” event this Saturday you can meet four such superstars all in one place. Catch the life stories and the talents of Chanda Hinton (quadriplegic, Miss Wheelchair Colorado), Jason Regier (quadriplegic, rugby player), Josh Blue (cerebral palsy, comedian), and Lucy Roucis (Parkinson’s disease, actress) as they share their personal triumphs to raise money for the Chanda Plan Foundation, which offers life-enabling alternative care to the disabled. Entertainment includes host Kevin Fitzgerald of Animal Planet and music by Something Underground. Sun 5-9 p.m. Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1101 13th St. Tickets $15-$30. For more information or tickets, call 303-755-8331 or 303-246-4290, or visit www.chandahinton.com.