Best Bets for Today, Tonight, and Beyond: StoryCorps, Improv Shakespeare, and Duke Beardsley

July 2008

FAMILY What: StoryCorps, the nonprofit dedicated to recording the stories of everyday people, brings its MobileBooth Airstream recording studio to Denver. Why: Here's a chance to share your personal histories. Grab a friend or family member, and head to the recording studio. If your conversation is particularly compelling, National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" may broadcast it across the country. Bonus: Thursday at Skyline Park (1 p.m.), StoryCorps hosts a kickoff party with the Rocky Mountain Storytellers' Guild and local story man Eric Patterson's Blue Turtle Tales. Details: July 17-Aug 8. Times vary. StoryCorps MobileBooth, 17th and Arapahoe streets. Free. For more information, call 800-850-4406 or visit www.storycorps.net. THEATER What: The local production company No Holds Bard presents Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth and his comedy Twelfth Night. Why: Since Shakespearean actors never rehearsed their plays, neither has this troupe. Instead, these actors learn only their lines and cues, and each performance they playfully improvise as they bring the two together. Bonus: It's outdoors and free. Details: Macbeth, Thu 6-8 p.m.; Sat 6-8 p.m. Twelfth Night, Fri 6-8 p.m.; Sun 6-8 p.m. Civic Center Park, 14th and Bannock streets. Free. For more information, call 303-949-2642 or visit www.noholdsbard.com. ART What: In one of his yearly open houses, Denver native and contemporary Western artist Duke Beardsley shares his warm oil paintings and realistic prints. Why: The Denver Art Museum recently acquired a couple of Beardsley's paintings of the expansive western U.S. And, in late 2007, the National Museum of China invited Beardsley to represent Western art in a pre-Olympics cultural exchange. Bonus: Forget the stuffy art gallery tonight. Beardsley's open houses are a real party. Details: Thu 5-9 p.m. Duke Beardsley Studio, 1626 Wazee St. Free. For more information, call 303-506-1831 or visit www.dukebeardsleystudio.com.