In a 2005 interview, the front man of hip-hop group, Wu-Tang Clan, spoke openly about his interest in turning a corner in his career to film director. Seven years later, his debut feature The Man with the Iron Fists—a martial arts epic starring Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, and the former rapper himself—is a testament to RZA’s lifelong commitment to kung fu.
A deadly tornado in Kansas brings a new science teacher to the devastated town, where she remarks that religious explanations for the origin of life are don't make sense. The comment sparks heated debate in a largely Christian community. Playwright Catherine Trieschmann examines the cultural, religious, and ethical rifts in modern-day America in this intense but sensitive theatrical conversation. Days, times vary.
The longest continuous-running women's film festival in North America can make you laugh, cry, provoke personal growth, and global awareness. This year's lineup of sights and sounds from a woman's perspective includes Strangers No More, set in the heart of Tel Aviv, where students from every corner of the globe flee adversity, poverty, and even genocide, to pursue an education. Also on the schedule is Last Call at the Oasis, an illustration of the vital role water plays internationally.
Arthaus’s opening exhibit will feature Arthaus founder Michael Gadlin’s body of abstract paintings contemplating his upcoming residency at the La Napoule Arts Foundation in France. The dynamic paintings feature Picasso-esque figures and colors that explode across the canvas. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Leave the poses to the family photos. This exhibit displays photographs of the mundane, extraordinary, and ignored happenings of gritty, daily life. Gaze at the captured happenings that so often are unseen as people go about their busy lives. Film and digitial media combine as pieces ranges from 35mm film photographs to iPhone snapshots. Tue-Sat noon-5:30 p.m.
If you just realized you lost a glove on the mountain last year don’t fret, the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo will fill more than 20,000-square-feet with skis, snowboards, and all types of gear at severely discounted prices. Tired of trying on boots, wander over to the Rocky Mountain Brew Fest that is returning for a second year. Also enjoy demos like last year’s Trampoline Show by the Skyriders. Fri noon- 10 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Confined to an iron lung after surviving polio, a 38 year-old, California-based writer craves intimacy. With the help of therapists and the support of his priest, he hires a woman to quench his erotic thirst. So goes the true story of Mark O’Brien, now a two-time Sundance Film Festival award winner. Days, times vary.
With more than 100 events at a myriad of museums, art districts, and galleries, Denver Arts Week introduces the adventurous exploration of new art. Attendees can travel through town, heading into artists' studios to watch them work their craft and discuss art with professionals and fellow spectators. The kickoff event starts with Know Your Arts First Friday, held in six of the Mile High City's burgeoning neighborhood art districts—a city-wide First Friday Art Walk in celebration of local art and the individuals behind it. Days, times vary.
Phyllis Rider’s latest mixed-media work draws upon her experience as painter, printmaker, and sculptor to convey her travels and cultural experiences to viewers. Rider’s work is juxtaposed with Terry Decker’s latest installment of a continuous project based on a series of postcards depicting Western scenes published in 1929. Decker melds these snapshots of Western life with his digital photography effects and penchant for fantasy landscapes. Fri 6 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
Leave the posing for family photos. This exhibit displays photographs of mundane, extraordinary, and overlooked everyday occurrences. These are slice-of-life image: gritty, happy, sad, tumultuous. It's all here. Film and digital media combine, with work captured by 35mm cameras as well as iPhone snapshots. Tue-Sat noon-5:30 p.m.
—Pictured: Stacy Keck's Street Art Love
Spend a weekend mixing some of Denverites' favorite things: beer and ski and snowboard gear. Between trying on boots and goggles, head over to the beverage stands that will be serving different local beers such as Colorado Native Lager and a Pale Ale from Backcountry Brewery. Enjoy different samples from the 10 different breweries attending. Fri 6-9 p.m.; Sat 1-4 p.m., 5-8 p.m.: Sun 2-5 p.m.
Most of the students at Intermediate School 318 in Brooklyn, New York live in poverty—but that hasn't stopped them from cultivating the most successful and formidable junior high school chess team in the country. Brooklyn Castle follows five of I.S. 318's chess players as they deal with both personal and educational challenges (like budget cuts that threaten nearly all of the school's extracurricular activities). For these kids, chess mirrors life: When you're down, it can take just one move to put you back on top.
Another name for this show could have been Life, Death, and Liposuction. In this quirky comedy, five women gather to talk about these three of life's most important questions. Brought to you by playwright Wendy Kout—creator and producer of Anything But Love—this play is perfect for a girl's night out. Wed-Sat 7:30 p.m.
This duo will do anything for their music. Just watch their music video, “Lessons Learned” where they prove it by stripping down to nothing in Times Square. Matt & Kim have been making indie dance music since 2006 and their tracks have appeared in Barcardi commercials and episodes of “Community.” Hear songs from older albums such as Sidewalks and their recently released fourth album, Lightning. Fri 9 p.m.