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I Don’t Speak English Only

This play derives from the Mexican carpa, or “tent show” tradition – a traveling spectacle of politically driven street skits and comedy popular in border towns during the 1920s and 1930s. The show portrays a future world where all diversity is prohibited and any expression of the other has been forced underground. Expect lots of…

The Nutcracker

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Dancing snowflakes, exotic sweets, a fairy and a household tool coming to life … I mean, what’s not to like! The two-act ballet, based on the children’s tale "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King", by E.T.A. Hoffman, is one of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's most enchanting works. Hoffmann’s 1816 tale was dark and bizarre story that…

MSU Denver BFA Thesis Exhibitions

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Here is your chance to get a glimpse of Denver’s up and coming artists. Fine Arts students will showcase their artwork in two two-week long exhibitions as a culmination of their studies in studio art and communication design. Treat your eye to a variety of mediums and techniques (including painting, drawing, ceramics and photography) and…
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Tequila Taco & Cerveza Fest

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It doesn't have to be May 5 to celebrate Mexican eats. Tequila forms the core of the fest (your ticket gets you 10 quarter-ounce samples), but with taco trucks including Fiesta Fusion and Teal Taco and esteemed Mexican beermakers such as Dos Equiis and Tecate on hand selling their wares, you need not live on agave…
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The Rolling Revue

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This film festival proves that slide reels and analog film projections didn't stop being cool in the ’70s. Boston-born production company Auspicious Phoenix brings five inventive short works—expect old school 16mm projections and slide photo carousels—to the Mile High City for this touring indie film fest. Catch movies such as Japan travelogue The Literal Lens…

Las (H)adas

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Reflect upon Arlette Lucero’s vibrant paintings and Ana Maria Hernando’s floral-inspired fabric sculptures in this collection of work by five Chicana women living and working in Colorado. This exhibition will also attempt to bring attention to the lives and experiences of women of color with a live storytelling session with the artists and other women…

Core Member Show: Bruce Clark & Judy Horowitz

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For this joint exhibition, Colorado native Bruce Clark and Judy Horowitz will use the same artistic medium for vastly different results. Clark paints flurries of form and color that seamlessly fuse oil paint and digital photography, while Horowitz takes a more figural approach, using a dusky color palette depicting slice-of-life scenes of people with tattoos.

Summer HAHO Market

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HAHO stands for handmade homemade, and that’s exactly what you get at this monthly pop up market. The intimate space is bursting with boutique soaps, perfumes, clothes, fiber crafts and more that will leave you plenty satisfied.There will also be vendors selling scrumptious treats like Becca Bear’s chocolate chip cookies, so you can snack while…

Earl Chuvarsky & Donny Dixon

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Inspired by the political maelstrom that was 2016, Colorado artists Earl Chuvarsky and Donny Dixon present their own meditations on contemporary American culture in this dual exhibition. Chuvarsky’s paintings feature wind up toys, dollar bills and bald eagles on a stark white background, magnifying their symbolic power. Dixon burns chemical solvents on canvas—effectively painting with…

ConnectArte: Lucha Libre

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Indulge in a colorful Mexican tradition at this second annual event. Masked Lucha Libra professional wrestlers will display their powerful, high-flying moves in a traditional, open-air arena. Guests can cheer on luchadores like Red Viper and La Puma, sip on drinks from the cash donation bar (where donations of any amount can be paid for…

Stars and Rivers: Reflections of Nature, Hand Crafted Jewelry by Wilson Thomas

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In our sleek, stainless steel world it is easy to forget the earthly origins of metal. Wilson Thomas brings the forge back to nature, using unconventional techniques to create hand-crafted jewelry inspired by the environment. Marvel at the wood-grain patterns of mokume-gane metalwork and curving shapes inspired by flowing water in these wearable works of…
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The Denver Handmade Homemade Market

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The team behind HAHO craft fairs isn't new to Denver's indie market scene, but their venue this month is so new that it isn't even finished yet. This fair features the same premise as all of HAHO's shows—30+ of the city's best artists, artisans, and food makers plus a buffet brunch (this one "summer lovin'"…

Rough 2

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The phrase “everyone’s a critic” has negative connotations, however these artists used 200 opinions on their works in progress to inform and shape their finished products. This eclectic show of pots, paintings, quilts, and stories reveals the transformative power of feedback in a collaborative exhibition that invites the spectator in on the process.
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Fever Dream Festival

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You can find fantasy at the bookstore, sci-fi on TV, and horror at the movies, but when's the last time you saw works in any of the three genres on stage? This new festival from the equally new Benchmark Theatre, which debuted in March, features staged readings of 13 plays, each focused on the fantastic or bizarre.…

Cookies and the Cosmos

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Thought-provoking abstract artist Sue Simon combines both her passions—science and painting—for this quirky show. To show that both small and large objects are part of the same solar system, the Denver creative depicts Oreos and fortune cookies in orbit alongside numerical formulas for astrological events in her oils and collages.
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528.0 Regional Juried Printmaking Exhibition

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Denver's most famous number is used in a new context for this exhibition of pieces by Colorado printmakers. The works on display were all created by artists within a 528-mile radius of the Mile High City, from Boulder's Roberta Restaino to Buena Vista's Jude Silva. The resulting collection includes lithographs, silkscreens, and intaglio prints (made by cutting designs…

7th Anniversary Backyard BBQ

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Barbecues aren’t complete without a brew in hand, and at this backyard soiree, you can choose from more than 20. Load up on barbecued pork from Frank’s Bar-B-Que and starchy sides from Spudz food truck, then  sample unlimited pours from 10 Colorado breweries. (We recommend the new Mezcal Pale from Denver-based Strange Craft Beer Company.) Proceeds benefit the National Sports Center for…
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IPA Throwdown Finale & Auction

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For 12 days, Strange Craft Beer Company's Breakfast Grapefruit IPA and Living the Dream Brewing Company's Empty Trophy Case IPA have been locked in a battle—and that battle ends here. As a friendly fundraiser for the National Sports Center for the Disabled, the two breweries are competing to see which  location can sell more of its signature IPA.…

Hip-Hop Yoga: Drake vs. Lil Wayne

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Both yogis and music lovers have a reason to break a sweat during this high-energy fitness session. The 50-minute vinyasa flow class will kick off with a live performance by Denver hip-hop duo Komorebi & Zoe. Then tune into music from Lil Wayne and Drake as you move between warrior poses.

26 Miles of Awesome

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Celebrate the longest street in America at this showcase by young Picassos. ArtWorks Artists, a group of 12 low-income teens, created a collection of 26 paintings, drawings, and photographs to represent each mile of Colfax Avenue. See if you can spot landmarks in their work—in one painting, for example, a dragon eats the classic restaurant…

Making Her Mark

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Like other open-air painters, Coloradan Beverly Thomas takes her sketch pad and easel outside. Unlike other outdoor artists, however, she uses broad brush strokes and bold primary colors to capture abstract impressions of nature instead of hyper-representational images. For this solo exhibition, she’ll show off her takes on natural vistas from around the Centennial State,…

Siren Song: A Pirate Odyssey

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In this play inspired by Homer’s The Odyssey, castaway Neville Cumberthwack wants to find his way home, but the god of daydreams encourages him to become a hero instead. Along the way, Cumberthwack clashes with the greedy Captain Cruelboots, who will not change course until she finds Ancient Shmeece’s legendary treasure.

Penitents: World End Rituals of Faith

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By photographing religious rituals, Brazilian artist Guy Veloso strives to capture moments of true faith. His moving images of women praying the rosary and Candomblé followers participating in an African-Brazilian dance for the gods encourage viewers to empathize with others regardless of their religious backgrounds.

The Molecule Effect

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This hip art gallery and cafe offers something for every time of day. Start your morning off with a bulletproof coffee and a breakfast burrito or stop by in the evening for specialty cocktails, cheese plates, and panini.

Arada

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Get a taste of authentic Ethiopian cuisine at this cozy restaurant. Try the Doro Wot—a traditional dish of spicy, stewed chicken.

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