Enjoy paintings from around the country with Gallery 1261's exhibition of their six newest artists. The familiar western vistas of plains and mountains by artists Ulrich Gleiter and Marc Hanson will have you looking forward to summer. The show also includes portraits by Hollis Dunlap and Aaron Westerberg and still lifes by Jeff Legg and Derek Penix. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
In the constant push for consumer spending, advertising is both absurd and funny. In his newest exhibition, Denver artist Colin Livingston pushes back against the information overload, poking fun at advertizing with his colorful and tongue-in-cheek pop art. Resembling advertisements themselves, the bright paintings point out the absurdity of a world papered with products. Wed-Sat 12-5 p.m.
Contrary to its single-hued title, Patricia Aaron’s display contains a wide spectrum of color. Inspired by the hidden alleys, underpasses, and street art of Key West, Aaron’s paintings are brimming with vivid swipes of turquoise and streaks of red. Don't miss Ohio for its play on texture with cutouts and layers of paint. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Not everyone is fluent in the language of love. Emmy Award-winner Rocky Powell directs this romantic comedy about one man’s quest for affection. The story follows Nick Brown, a best selling author and hopeless—or as he puts it, hopeful—romantic whose writing imparts wisdom about love despite his inability to keep any relationship together. The charming tale shows him through breakups and makeups on his journey to find his match. The film stars newcomer Juddy Talt as Nick and features familiar faces Julie White and Oscar Nuñez.
Have a diverse musical palette? The annual Fort Collins Music eXperiment covers the full sonic spectrum. This year’s lineup touts nearly 250 local acts—covering genres such as electronica, hip-hop, pop-rock, jazz, bluegrass, and beyond—sure to sate your musical cravings. The throng of musicians will take the stage at more than 20 venues across town, from the 650-person Aggie Theater to the more intimate Lyric Cinema Cafe. Fri-Sat, times vary.
Snakes on a Train. The 18-Year-Old Virgin. Titanic II: The classics you never realized were missing from your video collection. The Asylum, a slightly offbeat film production company, has been creating low-budget knockoffs since 1997. In an artistic interpretation of those flicks, highly regarded screen printers are creating posters based on classic Asylum titles. Funny and off-kilter, this exhibition will also include live music and beer from Oskar Blues. Days, times vary.
Step into the role of a superhero at this black tie event, an evening that benefits abused and neglected children who are involved in open Colorado Department of Human Services cases. Dance to the live music of Raising Cain, a local band, and enjoy silent and live auctions with a pool of items such as wine, gift cards, spa treatments, and international vacations.
From abstract paintings with bold color-blocking to kinetic sculptors with mechanical, movable parts, the art featured in this contemporary exhibit is sure to intrigue. Highlighting sculptors by Roger Hubbard, paintings by Brigan Gresh, and additional work—paintings, sculptors, and stainless steel wall reliefs—by Don Quade, Angela Beloian, Mark Castator, and others, this modern exhibit displays a wide range of techniques and media making for a robust artistic experience. Tue-Thu 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 6-8 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Nina Storey's roof may be on the West Coast, but Colorado is still home. Storey's self-stamped her style "Future Retro," has influences ranging from Diana Ross to pop artist Bruno Mars. The singer-songwriter is in the Mile High City for a full-band release of Think Twice—her new album combines more than a decade's worth of work into a soulful and honest package. You may recognize her voice from her bouncy hit "I Wear You Well," which has been featured on TLC's Say Yes to the Dress. Fri 8 p.m.
This acclaimed singer-songwriter’s classic country stylings are picking up steam outside his native—and much beloved—Texas. In 2011, his album KMAG YOYO graced best-of lists and critics’ choice circles of Rolling Stone, SPIN, and the New York Times. Expect unabashed Americana: acoustic strumming underlining lyrics about being on the road, bleak heartbreak, and politics. Opening for Carll is fiddle-friendly bluegrass troupe Warren Hood and the Goods. Fri 8 p.m.
Real connections spark regardless of one’s notoriety. In this theatrical ode to late country music star Patsy Cline, a deeper (and true) story of unpredictable friendship and devotion is revealed. Set to live music, Louise Seger—a housewife and ultra-fan of the beloved musician—narrates the story of her chance encounter with Cline. The women met in 1961 and corresponded through letter writing for two years—until the star’s tragic death. The audience is given a glimpse into Cline’s life and the unforeseen friendship between the famous performer and the homemaker.
Music meets movement in this modern ballet. Dancers from Ballet Nouveau Colorado will perform side-by-side with a handpicked ensemble from the Colorado Symphony as they play music by acclaimed Israeli composer, Ofer Ben-Amots. The classically-trained dancers explore the complexities of human emotion while performing in styles that display the evolution of ballet—from formal, classical movements into a freer, more contemporary style. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
This 10-piece ensemble got a boost early on, kicking off its career with a highly sought-after spot at the annual showcase of Heavy Rotation Records (the in-house label at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston). This Brooklyn-based, funk/groove troupe delivers spirited, lightning-speed performances with its myriad of members—who come equipped with guitar, bass, trumpet, saxophone, percussion, and keyboard. Head to the show on Saturday at 4:20 p.m. for a free set; the band returns to the stage at 11:30 p.m.
Hip-hop DJ and producer AraabMuzik started drumming at age three and then added the keyboard. Now, blending the two skills, he harnesses the frenetic dexterity of an ace percussionist as he furiously pounds the buttons of his MPC (an electronic music production device). His pulsating beats ignite dance floors on their own, but they’ve also been heard under the rhymes of big-name rappers, like Ludacris and 50 Cent. Fri 9 p.m.