04/2015

Friday, April 17, 2015
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StarFest

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 12:55pm

Find yourself among the stars in more ways than one at this sci-fi fest. Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver and Stargate: SG1) and Armin Shimerman (Star Trek: Deep Space 9’s Quark) are among the actors, producers, and illustrators who will participate in meet-and-greets to celebrate 50 years of Lost in Space and 20 years of Star Trek Voyager. Activities include drawing sessions, model-making tips, and even the opportunity to pitch video game ideas to Arcane Wonders’ vice president of business development, Scott Morris. Fri 10 a.m.-Sun 6 p.m. 

Othello: A Khorus Line

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 8:58pm

set in Greece and dedicated to the evolution of Broadway musical.You may be familiar with Othello—the tragic Shakespeare masterpiece full of death, betrayal, and unrequited love—but you likely haven't seen it as a musical. Narrated by a Greek chorus, the original adaptation of this classic play plays with the evolution of the Broadway musical format but still follows the cunning trials of demigod Iago as he enacts his revenge on Mt. Olympus. Fri-Sat 2 p.m. 

—Photo courtesy of Betsy Stage

The American_tier

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 04/14/2015 - 11:30am

Denver painter Shawn Huckins recreates well-known American paintings and images—with a humorous twist. Using superimposed satirical text from Facebook posts, tweets, and text messages, his acrylic paintings examine the idea of duplication as well as the evolution of the English language. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Designs and Drinks

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:33am

Find artistic inspiration, enjoy a few adult beverages, and make new friends at this social event. Pre-register online and you'll get to paint a birdhouse to take home, all while enjoying complimentary beer, wine, or soda and light appetizers, including meat, cheese, crackers, and fruit.  Fri 5:30-8 p.m.

Denver Flea's Spring Flea

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 8:15pm

Colorado’s crafty folks converge at this trendy pop-up flea market. Peruse more than 100 local vendors showcasing everything from clothing and jewelry to preserves and pastries. Between your buys, sip New Belgium brews or craft cocktails (developed by veteran local bartender Ryan Conklin) and then check out the diverse lineup of food trucks scheduled to appear outside. Bonus: Friday’s Kick Off Party features live music and grants you first access to the goods. Can’t make it? Denver Flea has additional markets slated for June, September, and December. Fri 6-10 p.m.; Sat noon-7 p.m.

Bisco Inferno: The Disco Biscuits

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Wed, 02/04/2015 - 10:24am

The Disco Biscuits have garnered a loyal fan base and a reputation for psychedelic tunes by blending several genres to produce their electronic soundThis show will span three sets and include Grateful Dead percussionists Billy Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart—a solid indication of the quartet's place in the upper echelons of the jam band scene. Fri 6 p.m.

Prologue

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:50am

Enter an alternate universe with this surreal exhibition. Local artist Larry Franklin, who goes simply by Bug, brings together six-foot-tall “walking vessels” (think giant, four-legged spiders with crescent moons for bodies), life-size figures, and video projections to create a site-specific installation that’s not quite of this world. Each element contributes to the theme of transformation, exploring everything from the physical (living to dead) to the metaphysical (good to evil) to the spiritual (innocent to enlightened). Fri 6-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.

Rodeo All-Star Weekend

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:16am

Step into the Wild West for a weekend of traditional rodeo competitions like barrels, bucking broncos, and mutton bustin’. Husband and wife duo Thompson Square will perform at the rodeo’s first All-Star concert Friday to round out the first day of events, which includes a Western-wear fashion show. Grab lunch with some of the competitors Saturday in between trying your hand at bull riding and cheering on your favorites for the finals. Fri-Sat, times vary.

Pret-a-Porter

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 12:48pm

This fashion show presents a real-life version of Project Runway, pairing designers and manufacturers at random to create couture looks. Judges include Colorado Fashion Week executive creative director Justice Kwesi Kwarteng and Denver Art Museum’s Darrin Alfred, associate curator of architecture, design, and graphics.

Mile High Sci-Fi Vs. The Goonies

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 1:03pm

True to the gang’s “Goonies never say die” mantra, you can check out this flick nearly 30 years after its original release. Local comedian Harrison Rains (who co-created monthly Alamo Drafthouse science screening "Mile High Sci-Fi") and his fellow comics will provide humorous commentary over the movie’s sound, adding fresh laughs to the film folks know and love.

Boomtown

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Wed, 02/11/2015 - 3:45pm

This collaboration tells a heroic tale of adventure, love, and self-discovery right here in Denver. Join Wonderbound Dance Company and local folk rock band Chimney Choir as they explore our city’s gilded past, present, and future through dance numbers accompanied by 25 new musical compositions. Appetizers and libations are included. Fri-Sun, times vary.

Yellowjackets

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:38am

Jazz-fusion quartet Yellowjackets has taken home two Grammys and recorded 25 albums over three decades. (2013's A Rise in the Road is the latest.) Although the group’s lineup has evolved over the years, the band’s current instrumentation includes drums, saxophone, bass, and keyboards. With the exception of some early tunes, Yellowjackets shuns vocals, combining elements of the blues, R&B, and funk to create its distinct style. Fri 8 p.m.

Twin Shadow

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:09am

Singer-songwriter George Lewis Jr. has recorded and performed under the name Twin Shadow since he started laying down indie-pop tracks in his Brooklyn bedroom several years ago. His latest album, Eclipse, was released in March and continues to reinvent the synth-heavy sounds of the ’80s. Although his music is at times introspective and moody, Twin Shadow's tunes can always be categorized as chill dance music. Fri 9 p.m.

Symphonic Firsts and Yumi Hwang-Williams

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:13am

Only six years after emigrating from South Korea, Yumi Hwang-Williams made her debut as a violin soloist at the age of 15. Now in her 40s, Hwang-Williams has served as concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony since 2000, and teaches at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music. Celebrated for her grasp of classical material—as well as her ability to transcend it—Hwang-Williams will perform Beethoven’s "Violin Concerto" alongside conductor Cristian Macelaru during these three shows. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.