Friday, May 06, 2016

Mother's Day Tea with the Jolly Nanny and the Scottish Princess

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 3:16pm

You and your little ones are cordially invited to a proper tea to celebrate Mother’s Day. Your hosts are the quirky jolly nanny and the fiery Scottish princess, both of whom know all about the value of family. Tea, light refreshments, archery lessons, photo opportunities, and sing-a-longs will combine for a magical holiday fit for any princess or queen. Fri 10 a.m.

Transitional Landscapes

Submitted by Haley Gray on Fri, 04/29/2016 - 3:08pm

Innovative landscape photography by more than 50 artists from around the globe has been chosen by juror Natasha Egan, the executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago, for this sprawling photography exhibit. Make sure to find Richard Giles’ hauntingly lonely image of a derelict structure in wide-open plains, Carolyn Doucette’s shot of a bright geometric figure superimposed on a sepia tone desert-scape, and Todd Forsgren’s serene field of floating orbs. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

First Friday at BookBar

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Mon, 05/02/2016 - 11:32am

Celebrate the balmy spring weather at the official opening of BookBar’s patio. Refreshing drink samples will complement the featured summer reads and the end-of-winter sale on winter tales. A pop-up art gallery featuring the work of Denver artist Erin Walrath Ralston, readings from Colorado Book Award finalists, and a coloring hour will round out this charming springtime event. Fri 10 a.m.

Making Muses: A Flash Powder Projects Exhibition

Submitted by Haley Gray on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 9:30am

Each of the 27 photographers featured in this show embody a unique dynamic between subject and artist, highlighting the ambiguous process of muse-making. While Aaron Blum, for instance, uses stark portraiture to capture his hometown, Liz Arenberg turns a piercing lens on her sister to create a visual discussion on anxiety and body image. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.

RSC Shorts Fest

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 05/03/2016 - 9:34am

A film festival doesn't have to be an all-day affair; in fact, you can see seven films in less than the runtime of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at this rapidfire fest. These critically acclaimed shorts are in tall order: Opening night features flicks such as Bendito Machine V, a crowd-funded movie about man versus machine, and Saturday highlights include Collective: Unconscious, a collaborative horror film (a still from it is pictured) set within semi-conscious experiences.

Derby Season: Off to the Races

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:43pm

When it comes to the Kentucky Derby, your race day attire is as important as the race itself. At this stylish party, local hat-makers the Goorin Bros. will help you get ready for the big event. With a complimentary mint julep in hand, browse through fedoras and boaters in the shop's new Derby-inspired collection to find the perfect accessory for your springtime look. Fri 6-9 p.m.

First Friday Art Party

Submitted by Haley Gray on Fri, 04/29/2016 - 11:03am

Get excited for summer storm season with this exhibit featuring four local photographers' shots of Colorado’s extreme weather. David Mayhew’s and Caryn Hill’s dramatic skies complement Eric Treece’s apocalyptic tornado and lightning shots, while Roger Hill’s photos that balance natural terrain with cloudscape will put any viewer at ease. The show is a collaboration with Pollinate: Biennial Arts Festival, which explores the theme of energy in southern Colorado. May 6 party, 6-9 p.m.; on view April 1-May 29; Mon-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

St. Jude Glamour & Giving

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Fri, 04/29/2016 - 11:51am

Pamper your mom with an evening of beauty at this ladies-only charity gala. Sip on a signature cocktail from the Ritz-Carlton's bar as you watch a spring runway show featuring styles from local boutiques, including Cry Baby Ranch and the Goorin Bros., then treat yourselves to facials provided by Matthew Morris Salon and Skincare. Proceeds benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Fri 6 p.m.

JJ Grey & Mofro and the Infamous Stringdusters

Submitted by Sophie Goodman on Mon, 05/02/2016 - 2:30pm

These Northern Florida soulful swamp rockers join the ambassadors of New Grass for an early season show. Equal parts dusty-road bluegrass musicians and modern innovators, the acoustic Stringduster quintet thrives on live performances that showcase the agile harmonies and expert instrumentation that propelled the group to its 2011 Grammy Award nomination. Fri 6:30 p.m.

How to Build a Lie: Apocryphal Technologies and Works by Jamie Allen

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Mon, 05/02/2016 - 11:36am

Take a trip to consider humanity's reliance on technology during the opening of Canadian-Swiss media artist Jamie Allen’s first Colorado exhibition. Allen’s reimaginings of common items like laptops and typewriters aim to expose how technology dictates our desires. Allen’s work will appear alongside three works from Pablo Picasso’s 1969 lithographic series, Imaginary Portraits, that share Allen’s theme. Fri 7 p.m.

Doctor Dolittle Jr.

Submitted by Gina Gresko on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 9:30am

Featuring the junior company of Stage Door Theatre, this light-hearted musical follows the quirky doctor who can speak to animals. When he attempts to help Sophie the seal, Dolittle becomes wrapped up in a murder trial, a quest for an illusive sea snail, and an adventure that takes him around the world. Fri 7 p.m.; Sat 3, 7 p.m.

Barry Manilow

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 05/03/2016 - 9:37am

Barry Manilow recorded "Mandy," his first Billboard No. 1 hit, 41 years ago—and it's on the setlist for the 72-year-old's final tour. Fanilows rest assured, the three-time American Music Award–winning, two-time Emmy Award–winning, Grammy Award–winning vocalist will perform all the classics, including "Copacabana" and "Weekend in New England." He writes the songs that make the whole world sing, and Denverites in attendance will likely be no exception. Fri 7:30 p.m.

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