Friday, July 31, 2015

Denver County Fair

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 3:33pm

This summertime celebration puts a quirky twist on the traditional county fair. The fair’s multitude of themed areas, or pavilions, will still include traditional fair activities such as 4H and stock shows, fair rides and food, and, of course, the best in homemade goods like pies. Yet you can modernize your visit with a trip to the Green Pavilion (focused on sustainability), or meet Lil Bub, one of the Internet’s most recognizable cats, at the Kitten Pavilion, where local cat rescues coexist alongside screenings of online cat videos.

Paper Work

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 3:43pm

View landscapes, the atmosphere, portraiture, abstraction, and more in this display of seven artists linked only by their material: paper. For many, it's their first time branching out of their typical substrates. The comprehensive exhibit is also a good opportunity to see several artists new to the gallery, such as Samuel Gomez, who first entered the national spotlight in 2013 with incredibly detailed, dystopian, ink-on-paper works. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Blue Moon 20th Anniversary

Submitted by Jamie Hyndman on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 8:08am

A blue moon occurs on average every 2.7 years, but the Blue Moon 20th anniversary celebration only happens once. Brew fans can help the brewing company celebrate by attending any one of four rooftop concerts featuring local talent at LoDo establishments such as Jackson’s, LoDo’s, Hayter’s, and Sports Column. After the shows, fans will head to the Sandlot Brewery at Coors Field for headliners Big Data and special guest Robert DeLong.

Jennyfer Stratman and Javier Lopez Barbosa

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 5:28pm

Australian-based artist Jennyfer Stratman’s sculptures unite human and natural visages, visually linking slim tree branches with the willowy human figure. Combined with Mexican-born painter Javier Lopez Barbosa’s colorful abstract expressionist pieces, this show reveals how different cultural perspectives shape connections to natural landscapes. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun noon-4 p.m.

F@!#ing Fabulous Fiction Fest

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 9:42am

Local bookstore BookBar and Denver indie band High Fiction unite for an erudite evening of wordy entertainment. Join authors Greg Hill, Jenny Shank, Matthew Taylor, Ian D, and Tuyet Nguyen signature scribbling with a backdrop of circus performers as well as an adult spelling bee, a literary costume contest, book-related music, food trucks, and beer from Grimm Brothers Brewing and Fiction Beer Company. Featured fiction and comedy shows include the Narrators, Stories on Stage, The Novelistas, and Bar Choir. Fri 7 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Bookbar

John Mellencamp

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Fri, 05/08/2015 - 11:09am

Heartland rock is John Mellencamp’s specialty, and he’s been bringing it to the masses for more than four decades now. A contemporary of Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty, Mellencamp is best known for his hits “Hurts So Good” and “Jack and Diane,” although his later work incorporates more country notes as well as social commentary. This tour promotes the Rock ’N’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s 2014 release, Plain Spoken. Fri 7:30 p.m.

Arrested Development

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 12:42pm

Conscious hip-hop collective Arrested Development has been celebrating African-American culture since 1991, although the band’s music appeals to all demographics. The Grammy Award-winning members officially parted ways in 1996, but reunited a decade later and have been making new music ever since, including 2010’s Strong. Soulful with elements of funk and the blues, the septet will appeal to fans of Sly & the Family Stone and De La Soul. Fri-Sat 8:30 p.m.

Denver Vintage Jazz Festival

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 10:19am

The second incarnation of this three-day festival celebrates 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s jazz, featuring top artists from the vintage jazz genre such as pre-swing jazz troupe Gordon Au & His Hot 5 and Denver-based trumpet player Joe Smith. The music of jazz legends—such as Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Ella Fitzgerald, to name only a few—will be honored throughout the celebration. Fri 9 p.m.