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May 2008

Off-Broadway Breakup

After winning Broadway accolades and a Tony Award for his controversial 1998 musical Parade, about a Jewish factory owner wrongly accused of murder, composer Jason Robert Brown returned to the musical-theater scene with a more personal show. The Last Five Years—a one-act, two-character musical—tells the story of a young New York couple, Jamie and Cathy, falling in and out of love. Jamie's narration starts with the beginning of the relationship, and Cathy's works from the breakup back to the first sparks of romance. The musical's honest lyrics and a simple set make this couple's emotional tribulations particularly palpable, and Brown's complex, beautiful score lends an urgency and poignancy not often seen in standard Broadway fare. The Last Five Years: Through June 29, Garner Galleria Theatre

A Decade of Art

With 10 years under its belt, the Downtown Denver Arts Festival is no longer a preview to other summer arts festivals. Its 135 Colorado artists offer a considerable collection of nationally recognized works. Check out Tamera Seevers' carved ostrich eggs (think hummingbirds etched into delicate white shells) or J.D. Hillberry's charcoal and pencil drawings, which combine the sensibilities of photography and drawing. Rarely do you have such an opportunity to see the state's top artists display all in one place. Downtown Denver Arts Festival: May 23-26, Denver Pavilions

Violin Virtuoso

When Vladimir Spinakov's bow flies over his violin, the world stops, listens, and applauds. The music director and principal conductor of the Russian National Orchestra has received praise from orchestras in France, Switzerland, London, and Los Angeles. In his visit to Denver, he plays with the acclaimed Moscow Virtuosi Chamber in celebration of the orchestra's pearl anniversary. Thirty years ago, Spinakov founded the orchestra, but in recent years has only played with it sporadically. Enjoy as this master of Bach and Brahms returns to his roots. Vladimir Spinakov and the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber: May 6, Newman Center for the Performing Arts

Family Powwow

If Mesa Verde and the Navajo Nation are more of a road trip than your family can handle this spring, head to the Tesoro 8th Annual Indian Market and Powwow. Two days of colorful arts and crafts exhibitions, historic movies, and Western food by the Fort restaurant bring Native American culture to life. Powwow dancers and drummers will compete in the traditional Shawl, Fancy, Grass, and Jingle dances of the northern and southern Plains tribes. Tesoro 8th Annual Indian Market and Powwow: May 17-18, The Fort