05/2013

Something in the Air

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 05/07/2013 - 9:41am

It’s the early 1970s in Paris, and revolution is in the air. Gilles, a young painter and filmmaker, is trying to blend his artistic vision with political action which mixes political graffiti with street riots and Molotov cocktails. Olivier Assayas’s film captures the energy and essence of this period in French history. Mon-Thu 4 p.m.,7 p.m., 9:45 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:45 p.m.; Sun 4 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:45 p.m.


In the House

Submitted by Justine E. Hausheer on Tue, 05/07/2013 - 9:41am

Unlike most teenage tales, this 16-year-old’s stories about a weekend at his friend’s house are anything but ordinary. An alluring combination of fiction and reality, Claude's school essays captivate his tired literary teacher to the point of obsession. Written and directed by François Ozon, the film recently won the Toronto International Film Festival’s Critics Prize. Fri-Sun noon; 2:20 p.m.; 4:45 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.; 9:45 p.m.; Mon-Thu 4:45 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.; 9:45 p.m.

Fracking Trails

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Mon, 05/06/2013 - 1:33pm

Oil derricks, brazen lights, and ground-pumped chemicals: The reality of well sites is brought to life through expressionist oil paintings. This anthology, created by Colorado artist Rebecca Tolle, portrays the state’s altering landscape, and begs the public to examine drilling practices and the environmental impact of what humans leave behind. For a chance to meet Tolle and tap into her techniques, join the painting demonstration on Friday or Saturday's wine and cheese reception. Fri 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., 6-9 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Colorado Chocolate Festival

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Tue, 05/07/2013 - 10:21am

Indulge your inner chocoholic. This two-day festival, held on mother's day weekend (hint, hint: this is the ideal spot to find a hand-crafted gift, or to treat yourself), features more than 80 vendors from across the country selling chocolate candies, cakes, cookies, truffles, brownies, toffees, and more. Don't miss Friday's chocolate truffle demonstration led by award-winning Colorado pastry chef Dorian O'Connell. Fri-Sat, times vary.

Roth Sheppard Architects Exhibition Party

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Wed, 03/06/2013 - 3:33pm

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the potential architectural upcoming of the Denver’s River North TAXI Community. The décor of the exhibition includes configurable furnishings alongside a showcase of the micro-housing ideas competition—a contest to create cutting-edge regenerative designs for a multi-family housing complex—which includes physical models, images, and video projections.

My Summer Vacation

Submitted by Morgan Tilton on Mon, 05/06/2013 - 2:40pm

One of the greatest ways to recall or revive wanderlust is through art. This trio of artists encompasses their travels through painting and photography. Victoria Eubanks adopts an encaustic technique—using a mixture of heated beeswax, resin, and pigment applied to the canvas in layers—as she authors vibrant and abstract works. With an acrylic palette, Heidi Keyes uses exaggerated lines and formations to create experimental portrayals of urban and natural landscapes.

Jason Moran and the Bandwagon

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 05/06/2013 - 3:13pm

Thanks to his meticulously-honed, classical jazz piano talents, this skilled musician has earned rave reviews from the New York Times, Newsweek, and the Los Angeles Times. Moran and his backup band, the Bandwagon, combine blues and jazz to create smooth tunes that have been featured on a decades’ worth of albums. Let your toes tap to the piano-driven sounds, rounded out by drums and bass. Fri-Sat 7 p.m., 9 p.m.

 

DanceAfrica

Submitted by Kiki Turner on Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:59pm

Rhythmic drums and cultural dancing intertwine for this African dance festival. Members of the world-renowned Cleo Parker Robinson Dance troupe naturally transition from crisp staccato movements to fluid steps creating a versatile yet cohesive performance set to a percussion beat. A fusion of traditional and contemporary African dance, this production features special guests Umkhathi Theater Works from Zimbabwe and Bandan Koro from Texas. Live music, dance workshops, and an African market displaying local works will take place during both performance weekends.

The Black Angels

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 05/06/2013 - 12:11pm

This Austin-based quartet has been a staple on the psychedelic rock scene since 2004. Over the past nine years, the band has refined its formula for hazy tunes with intense guitar riffs and speaker-thumping reverb. The Black Angels’ newest album, Indigo Meadow, features the guitar-heavy, kick-drum-punctuated single “Don’t Play With Guns,” a commentary on the current gun-control debate. Fri 9 p.m.

 

The Hairy Ape

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 05/06/2013 - 12:58pm

Immigration, understanding, and acceptance—relevant modern-day themes that make a surprising appearance in an 80-year-old expressionist play. For its latest production, the innovative LIDA Project adapted playwright Eugene O’Neill’s classic 1922 commentary on the divide between the rich and the poor into a bilingual, one-man play that addresses contemporary issues such as alienation,while still staying true to the original text. Thu-Sat 8 p.m.

Kathy Griffin

Submitted by Jerilyn Forsythe on Fri, 05/03/2013 - 1:09pm

To those of the more wholesome spirit: You might want to put your earmuffs on. The queen of high-decibel raunchiness is landing in Denver as part of her national tour. Host of her own late night show, Kathy Griffin’s stand-up comedy routines address everything from celebrities to her mother, promising to leave no person (or their egos) unharmed with her biting—albeit humorous—critiques. Fri 8 p.m.