Friday, September 04, 2015

Wet Hot American Summer

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 08/31/2015 - 1:53pm

Say goodbye to the final weeks of summer with this cult classic parody of summer camp. Janeane Garofalo stars as a camp director struggling to keep an eye on her counselors while they attempt to score last-minute hook-ups with one another. Meanwhile, the object of her affection, an astrophysics professor played by David Hyde Pierce, tries to save Camp Firewood from a falling piece of NASA's skylab. As you watch love lives and antics unravel, enjoy the comedy—but also the fact that your summer camp years are over. Fri midnight-Sat 2 a.m.

Dave Santillanes

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 1:15pm

Rather than striving to produce an exact replica of an outdoor scene, Fort Collins-based artist Dave Santillanes hopes to capture the essence of each landscape he paints. He still spends hours conducting plein air observations near remote mountains and rivers in order to translate the beauty and simplicity he glimpses to the dozens of works in this solo exhibit. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

For the Love of Trees

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 08/31/2015 - 10:47am

Take a step back from these vibrant paintings and see the forest for the trees (literally). Artist Deb Komitor turns her seasoned eye for nature-based art toward trees for this solo exhibition, her first at the gallery. Komitor's trees are characterized by vivid colors and can be described as photo-realism filtered through an abstract haze. The Colorado Springs-based artist chose a pixilated and pointilist-inspired way of depicting the trees on purpose; the viewer is forced to stand away from the paintings to get their full effect. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Jokes of Nature

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 08/31/2015 - 10:51am

The peaks and valleys of the Rocky Mountains aren't the only places in Colorado where high and low are found side by side. Curated by RedLine's Donald Fodness and Geoffrey Shamos, this exhibit features works from more than two dozen artists, including locals like Bill Amundson and Amber Cobb as well as internationally acclaimed greats like the late Louise Bourgeois. The exhibition reveals elements of human nature that are simultaneously comical and monstrous, juxtaposing high beauty with the art of the grotesque.

A Taste of Colorado

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 10:59am

This flavorful festival offers a healthy mix of entertainment (edible and otherwise) that the whole family can savor. Carnival rides and craft activities will thrill the little ones, while a fine dining area, a culinary showcase featuring demos from top chefs like Paul Reilly of Beast & Bottle and Matt Selby of Central Bistro, and meats from Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que are sure to please adults. A musical performance from rock band Kansas and an educational area featuring Navajo artisans (including a live blacksmithing exhibition) will keep everyone happy.

A Taste of Colorado

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 09/01/2015 - 9:30am

Come celebrate the Centennial State’s rich culture in this four-day event featuring live rock and country music, food and drink from more than 50 local establishments, and the company of fellow Coloradans. Festival-goers can enjoy a rattlesnake bratwurst from Barbed Wire Reef or a strawberry-lemon whoopie pie from the Dessert Stand while shopping in the arts and crafts marketplace. Don't miss performances by bands ranging from rock group Joan Jett and the Blackhearts to spoken word artist Mary Lambert. Fri 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Mon 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Zoppé Family Circus

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 2:50pm

Travel back in time and space to mid-1800s Italy with this family-owned circus act. Following an Old World tradition that dates back more than 160 years, this one-ring show is one of the last of its kind touring the United States. Kids can enjoy acrobatic feats, equestrian and canine showmanship, and clowning, all united by the central character, Nino the clown.


Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 08/31/2015 - 12:26pm

When you're on the hunt for a fun Friday night, the Athmar Park Neighborhood Association knows who to call. At this installment of the group's Movies in the Park series, Bill Murray and his buddies crack jokes, catch spooks, and save New York from unspeakable evil. This family-friendly event is not only an affordable alternative to the theater, but also a chance to enjoy the fleeting summer weather, lean back on your favorite blanket, and admire the stars. Fri 6-8 p.m.

Family Camp

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:22am

You've got Monday off for Labor Day, so it's time for one last getaway. What better way to celebrate than to head back to summer camp? Now's your chance to rekindle your love of homemade tie-dye, challenge the youngins to archery contests, explore in a canoe and roast some good old fashioned s'mores by the campfire. Opt for a "rustic cabin" and see if you and the family can unplug for a while. Fri-Mon, times vary.

Discover Lone Tree

Submitted by Morgan Tilton 2 on Fri, 08/28/2015 - 11:58am

Explore a Denver suburb in the course of a weekend with this locally focused celebration. Kickstart Friday evening with live disco and funk-rock jams from Colorado-based ’70s cover band Boogie Machine, then bundle up under the stars in front of the big screen for the outdoor screening of Back to the Future.

A Walk in the Woods

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 08/31/2015 - 1:39pm

Since this film is set along the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail, its walk in the woods is more of a trek. Travel writer Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) leaves his comfortable life behind for the outdoor experience of a lifetime, and the only man willing to accompany him is his former friend Katz (Nick Nolte), a serial philanderer trying to escape his debts. Join this odd couple as they push each other to their limits and redefine adventure—maybe you'll find your own definition in the process. Fri 7-9 p.m.

Signs & Letters

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 09/01/2015 - 7:34am

It seemed that nothing good would come out of the Mile High City’s skyrocketing parking prices—until conceptual artist Peter Miles Bergman and his Institute of Sociometry turned the topic into an artistic think piece. The Denver artist’s typographic and word-based art attempts to address such issues as gentrification, code enforcement, land ownership, and the current population explosion through a five-piece exhibit. The installations span 20 years—from 1995 to 2015—and include a blend of street art, photography, and letterpress.

Historic Elitch Theatre Indoor Classic Film Series: The Miracle Worker

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Tue, 09/01/2015 - 3:17pm

Without Annie Sullivan, we would never know Helen Keller. In this 1962 film, a half-blind Yankee schoolgirl uses unconventional methods to help her pupil cope with deafness and blindness. Elitch alumna Patty Duke stars as the young Keller and Anne Bancroft plays her creative teacher, Annie Sullivan. Expect to be impressed by both of their Oscar-winning performances—and by the incredible power of human ingenuity. Fri 7-9:30 p.m.

Any Given Monday

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:01am

Does harboring hate for a football team make it easier to dislike your friends and family? That, according to reviewers, is one of the many questions raised in this dark comedy by Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham. A suburban dad's life is rocked when his wife leaves him for another man, and his best friend's plan to cheer him up via Monday Night Football becomes increasingly twisted over the span of two acts. A quartet of local actors star, under the direction of longtime Denver thespian Sam Gilstrap. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Sam Gilstrap

Miss Witherspoon

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 1:58pm

Known for his criticism of contemporary culture, acclaimed playwright Christopher Durang is back with the thoughtful story of Veronica, a woman who unintentionally launches herself into a loop of reincarnations after dying by suicide.

The Warriors: A Love Story

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Mon, 08/31/2015 - 3:36pm

Using dance, interactive video projections, authentic family heirlooms and video archives, this critically acclaimed piece walks the line between artistic expression and historical research. Sifting through his maternal grandmother's old trunk, Eliot discovers the history of his grandparents, German dance teacher Ursula Gray and former Colorado College philosophy professor J. Glenn Gray, as star-crossed lovers in the aftermath of World War II. The performance is directed and narrated by the late Grays' grandson, Eliot Gray Fisher. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.


Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Wed, 07/08/2015 - 5:14pm

Thousands of Phish fans will gather on Labor Day weekend for the fifth consecutive year of the band’s three-night residency. More than a jamband, Phish is among the most innovative and technically expert groups currently touring, combining elements of jazz, bluegrass, reggae, and pop to create original tunes and quirky covers. Three decades in and the quartet is as fun (and weird) as ever, still riding the wave of Fuego, released last year, and motivating thousands to travel for the chance to see them live. Fri-Sun 7:30 p.m.

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Mon, 08/31/2015 - 3:38pm

This Baltimore-based group delivers straightforward funk with an electronic twist, and like any good funk band, it doesn't seem to take itself too seriously. The foursome has instead carved out a niche as a quirky festival band with impressive chops. If you can't make Pigeons' September 4 date at the Bluebird, it's sandwiched in between two shows at Boulder's Fox Theater, September 3 and 5. Fri 10 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong