02/2013

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

Submitted by Paige DePaolis on Fri, 02/15/2013 - 9:56am

If you think Colorado is snowy, wait until you see the snow-covered vistas in this film. The taiga, rough terrain that surrounds the remote village where the movie was filmed, hosts some the harshest conditions in the world. Director Werner Herzog, known for his other nature documentaries Grizzly Man and Cave of Forgotten Dreams, provides an authentic glimpse into the ultimately triumphant endeavours of the film’s Happy People—fur trappers living in the Siberian wilderness.

Bless Me Ultima

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 9:48am

Rudolfo Anaya’s critically acclaimed novel is adapted to the big screen for this coming-of-age film focused on young Antonio Marez and his relationship with the mysterious curandera (traditional Latino healer), Ultima. Through a series of mysterious events, Ultima helps Marez navigate questions surrounding good, evil, and spirituality. Daily, times vary. 

 

Untitled #54 (Turf)

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 9:21am

Where else can you dance, play golf, and see great modern art? Experience the latest event from the Denver Art Museum's Untitled series, a mixed media night for the art-inclined adventurer. Show off your dance skills, hit the Astroturf for art-inspired mini golf, or explore the new Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition. Fri 6-8 p.m.

Church Basement Ladies

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 10:31am

Sometimes you have to tackle problems one bake sale at a time. From fancy Christmas dinners to Hawaiian-style Easter fundraisers, four women in a Minnesotan church organize holidays, funerals, festivals, and all sorts of comedic events in between. Braced with spatulas and crucifixes, the women are dedicated to doing God’s work down in the basement. Wed 5:30 p.m.; Thu-Sat 6:15 p.m.; Sun noon, 6:15 p.m.

 

Todd Oliver and Friends

Submitted by Jacqueline Wakeen on Wed, 12/12/2012 - 5:03pm

What if your dog could talk? Experience ventriloquist Todd Oliver’s take on the K-9 mind. He’s so good, it's hard to believe the dogs aren’t actually talking. As seen on America’s Got Talent, Oliver and his four-legged friends will have you rolling over, as they turn a dog’s everyday experience into abundant opportunity for hilarity. Fri-Sat 7:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m.; Sun 4 p.m.

 

Ballet MasterWorks

Submitted by Davina Van Buren on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 9:48pm

The Colorado Ballet presents a trio of performances in their latest production. The lineup: George Balanchine's classic ballet Theme and Variations; San Francisco Ballet choreographer Val Caniparoli's neo-classical work In Pieces; and a special 100th anniversary performance of Glen Tetley’s Le Sacre du Printemps. When Tetley's piece premiered in Paris in 1913, the music and choreography were so groundbreaking that a riot almost ensued.

CultureHaus Banner Art of the Street

Submitted by Chelsea Long on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 7:42pm

Denver is growing up—and so is the city's street art scene. Get a glimpse of what the urban environment has to offer at this CultureHaus (an offshoot of the Denver Art Museum) event. Experience live graffiti demonstrations, local tattoo artists, inspired visual arts, and delicious street food, all tuned to live music. Fri 7:30-10 p.m. 

Ballet MasterWorks: Colorado Ballet

Submitted by Jacqueline Wakeen on Wed, 12/12/2012 - 4:32pm

Passion, movement, and the human body are on display in this ode to the masters of ballet. This compilation is composed of classic ballets coupled with timeless classical songs. Glen Tetley’s Le Sacre du Printemps is followed by George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations. The performance also includes an exciting contemporary piece by Val Caniparoli, whose visionary work has made him one of the most sought after American choreographers in the world. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

 

Shen Yun

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:04pm

The Shen Yun stage performance is a virtual journey that spans 5,000 years of Chinese history. Sharing the culture and heritage of past dynasties, the show displays ethnic, folk, and athletic dance; battle drums; and an orchestra of Western and Chinese instruments. Nearly 100 artists—and 400 colorful costumes—come together on stage to create this vibrant production. Fri-Sat 7:30-9:45 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2-4:45 p.m.

 

9 to 5: The Musical

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 2:14pm

After being neglected, insulted, and harassed by their chauvinistic boss, three women working in a male-dominated office finally get fed up. This spunky musical—lyrics and music were written by Dolly Parton—harnesses pent-up anger and frustration and funnels it into a clever tale about women who construct a plot to overthrow the patronizing hierarchy. Based on the 1980s film, the musical received 15 Drama Desk awards as well as four Tony Award nominations. Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

 

 

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 10:34am

Since honing his chops playing backup for Lenny Kravitz, this prolific jazz-funk musician has appeared at festivals worldwide—from Australia to Switzerland to Japan—always carrying his trusted saxophone. Now with his own backup band—which includes trumpet, drums, bass, and keyboard—he blends genres such as rock, R&B, and hip-hop on releases like Brother’s Keeper and The Bridge. Singer Kim Dawson and jazz troupe the Cosmic Horns round out the stage, while opening act is local rock band Juno What?! Fri 9 p.m.

 

Maceo Parker

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 10:20am

With a storied musical history—his mentor was none other than the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown—this accomplished saxophonist is among the funk world’s most beloved icons. During his more than three-decade career, Maceo Parker has spread his signature sound across genre lines to work with diverse bands such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ani DiFranco. His most recent album, last year’s Soul Classics, was recorded live with a 15-member orchestra from Cologne, Germany. Opening for Parker is the Fort Collins-based jam band Euforquestra. Fri 9 p.m.