Go beyond spring cleaning this year and add fresh design to your home. Find new products, inspiration, and design advice in one trip. Show highlights include garden exhibits, Sogetsu Japanese flower arranging, an ask-a-designer booth, and a special section for products made right here in Colorado. Fri-Sun 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
The closer you get the more you'll see with these tiny works of art. This is important because Valerie Savarie’s newest solo show relies on the audience as much as the art itself. After viewing her dainty and playful creations, blank postcards are supplied for viewers to share their experience with the works. The collection ranges from abstract pieces like her "What Did I Forget?" figurine to realist miniature pieces that are often the size of the book covers that don the illustrations, such as "Short Hand Attention Span." The coolest part?
Take a group of professional actors, a set of three politically and socially charged plays, and a splash of wine, and you have yourself a theater-filled weekend to remember. During the Local Lab New American Play Festival, audiences are invited to watch a trio of plays over three days while participating in catered parties, playwriting classes, and analytical discussions. Using a minimalistic approach—little to no lighting, sound effects, or blocking—audiences will experience bare-bone performances at their best.
Displaying taboo subjects on the stage is a forte of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet. His newest production is no exception. Exploring the relationship between a group of racially-diverse lawyers working on a sensitive defense case, this play puts to light topics sometimes avoided including race, guilt, and shame. Days, times vary.
Clyfford Still is regarded as one of the most esteemed abstract expressionist painters of all time, and now the Colorado Symphony is bringing his works to life. Pieces by the mid-20th century artist—courtesy of Denver’s own Clyfford Still Museum—will be on display as musicians produce a score that reflects the paintings’ themes. Fri 7:30 p.m.
Dance to the beat of this 1970s two-tone revival band: A blend of ska, reggae, soul, and pop fused into a mellow rock performance. Don’t miss hit singles “Mirror in the Bathroom” and “Save it for Later” as you enjoy lead vocalist Dave Wakeling’s guitar strumming alongside Matt Morrish’s Saxophone notes and Roger Bueno on Bass. Fri 7:45 p.m.
Finally—a Bible sermon you can sit through without dozing off. Legendary composer Steven Schwartz has modernized his 1970 musical with revised arrangements of all the music, while still maintaining its common message of communal strength and joy. Based on the gospel of Matthew, popular songs such as “Day by Day” and “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord” will be performed, with a modern twist. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Rediscover the phrase “what’s mine is yours” in this experimental theater performance addressing topics such as territory and power through dance and various props (such as 1,400 plastic army men). Dancers Laura Ann Samuelson and Joanna Rotkin will perform separate solos in this contemporary exhibit that makes the audience contemplate various aspects of modern ownership and possession. Fri-Sat 8 p.m.
A word like “messy” usually carries a negative connotation, but not so when describing this hip-hop blues band. Playing a variety of instruments—from drums to guitars, harps to harmonicas—G. Love and Special Sauce embraces this sloppy-style-blues and creates mellow yet addictive songs like “Cold Beverage.” This socially conscious group—which frequently sings about war, poverty, and equality—will be part of the Boulder Theater’s Art that Feeds Food Drive. Donate ten non-perishable food items and receive a free, limited edition event poster. Fri 9 p.m.