What's Buzzing in the Culture-Sphere This Week

January 16 2014, 10:00 AM

Been busy this week? Here, some tidbits to get you back in the know.

Western Designs: The largest Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale is currently underway (through January 26) as part of the National Western Stock Show. More than 60 artists are exhibiting—and selling—their contemporary realism depictions of the West. All of the works are worthy of your time, but these award winners deserve some special attention:

Best of Show: Scott Fraser, “Animal Farm”
Artists’ Choice: Scott Fraser
Southwest Art Award of Excellence: Don Coen (whose work is pictured above)
Gold Patron Purchase Award: Dan Chen, "Peacocks II"


Aren't You Impressed? Big news from the Denver Art Museum this week: Denver philanthropist Frederic C. Hamilton donated 22 Impressionist masterworks from his private collection—the largest-ever gift to the DAM. It nearly triples the museum's Impressionist holdings and adds the first Van Goghs, Cézannes, Caillebottes, Boudins, and Hassams to the museum's collection. All of the pieces are currently on display (through February 9) as part of Passport to Paris.


Them's Fighting Words: Vintage Theatre will host Denver theater group One Night Stand Productions for One Night Stand Goes to War. The one-night-only (February 9, 7 p.m.) event will feature dramatic readings of short stories and plays by local writers exploring the theme of war. 


Join a (Not Creepy) Cult: Alamo Drafthouse Littleton announced the creation of Channel Z, a late-night neo-cult film program curated, in part, by Keith Garcia, the mastermind behind Denver Film Society's Watching Hour. The films (Demons will show on night one) will screen the last and first Saturday of every month at 10 p.m., starting at the end of January.

—Images, from top: Don Coen's "Gracie at Daybreak;" courtesy of Denver Art Museum: Paul Cézanne, "A Painter at Work," about 1874-75, bequest of Frederic C. Hamilton. 

Follow associate editor Daliah Singer on Twitter at @daliahsinger.