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Friday Night at the Lion’s Lair

June 22nd, 2019
Mechanize, via Facebook

I don’t know about you, but I love a little metal in my weekend. A cold beer and some face melting guitar solos just make everything seem right with the world. When I see a big bearded dude with a gauged septum ring happily headbanging away in his natural environment, there’s only one word for it: Zen. Lucky for me and everyone else, there’s no shortage of live music in Denver. And if you’re looking for your metal fix next weekend, check out the Lion’s Lair. With its very affordable drinks and authentic Colfax atmosphere, the Lion’s Lair is a go-to for local... Read More

Women in Abstraction

June 15th, 2019
Lola Montejo, System Shutdown. Courtesty of the William Havu Gallery

The William Havu Gallery is one of Denver’s oldest and most well-known contemporary galleries. Over the past four decades they’ve provided a space for creativity to thrive, curating exhibitions with a focus on realism and abstraction. Representing a long list of established and emerging artists, the Havu Gallery is a conduit for regional talent. Their latest series, titled Women in Abstraction, features works from six highly acclaimed artists. This is an all-women’s exhibition, showcasing recent additions to the roster including Lola Montejo, Sheryl Zacharia, and Margaret Pettee-Olsen,... Read More

5×5 at the Abend

June 8th, 2019
Hilary Clarcq, Arch. Courtesy of Abend

Abend Gallery has announced the latest iteration of one of its most popular recurring exhibitions, the 5×5 Project. It started four years ago with a simple idea: a mini show, with small scale paintings done on unframed 5×5 inch panels. Over the years, the idea blossomed into a showcase of epic proportions, with an ever-expanding collection of works. This year’s event features more than 75 participating artists and encompasses a dizzying array of genres, subjects, and techniques. It’s also a big year for debuts at Abend as they welcome 20 new artists. The 5×5 Project invites... Read More

2019 Westword Music Showcase

June 1st, 2019
Lovelytheband, image via instagram

Every year when I get my pass for the Westword Music Showcase, I have to take a deep breath and mentally prepare myself for the musical free-for-all I’m committing to. It’s a barrage of bands with a lineup that could easily last a weekend, unceremoniously crammed into a ten-hour window. The Showcase started in 1995 as a way to put Denver bands on the map, and for the last 25 years it’s been doing just that. The whole event is set up like a scavenger hunt for your favorite bands. Saturday June 29th, the Showcase hits the Golden Triangle with two giant outdoor stages and participating venues... Read More

Denver Chalk Art Festival

May 25th, 2019

The Denver Chalk Art festival returns to Larimer Square June 1st and 2nd. For the last 17 years, the annual event has flooded the streets with extravagant murals worthy of any gallery. This massive undertaking involves more than 200 artists of all ages and backgrounds. It has become a family favorite, and gives audiences a chance to see spectacular drawings, meet artists, and enjoy live music. Best of all, it’s free to the public. The participating artists come from all skill levels. While some are professionals, the majority are not.  Awards are given for best in show, best use of color, best... Read More

“Momentum” at Space ANNEX

May 18th, 2019
Siren, by Jeff Curry. Courtesy of Space Gallery

Space ANNEX has announced a gigantic art exhibition to accompany their grand opening later this month. The contemporary gallery and event space sits in the heart of the Baker neighborhood. Their first show, Momentum, brings together dozens of artists for an expansive, multi-disciplinary display. Space ANNEX encompasses 3,000 square feet of indoor gallery space, a large outdoor sculpture garden, a rooftop patio, and an outdoor bar. They’ll be hosting exhibitions on a rotating basis from artists represented by their sister location, Space Gallery. The space is also available for all types of... Read More

7th Annual Spread the Word Fest

May 10th, 2019
Rebirth Brass Band, courtesy of Spread The Word Fest

The 7th annual Spread the Word Fest is back again in Denver. The three day event is going down May 17th-19th and tickets are still available. This Colorado-born festival brings together huge names for a diverse lineup that never disappoints. Previous guests include Euforquestra, Tatanka, Everyone Orchestra, James and the Devil, Kyle Hollingsworth, the Jeff Austin Band, and many more. Next weekend, Spread the Word takes over the city with 3 venues, 8 stages, and more than 40 bands on the bill. Location is a big decision with these types of things. For 2019, organizers decided on a three-pronged... Read More

“Stickwork” at Chatfield Farms

May 4th, 2019

The Denver Botanic Gardens is one of the city’s most popular attractions, and for good reason. It holds thousands of regional species as well as exotic plants that can’t be seen anywhere else (like Stinky, the corpse flower). It’s known not just for the flora, but for art installations as well. Who could forget Dale Chihuly’s intricate glassworks, or Alexander Calder’s surreal sculptures? The installations chosen complement the natural beauty of the gardens without stealing the show. They have so much to offer that it can’t all be contained in one place. The... Read More

‘Graffuturism’ at Mirus

April 27th, 2019

Graffiti has always been a notorious type of art. Often raw, unpolished, unsolicited, and temporary, the word conjures up images of train cars, subway tunnels, and overpasses with kids in hoodies hopping fences with spray cans clanking around in their backpacks. Long misunderstood as mere vandalism and loathed by city mayors everywhere, this fully legitimate art form was developed underground. Its guerrilla nature led to a lack of representation in traditional gallery settings. An upcoming exhibition at Mirus aims to change that. Dubbed, L’Aviner, this showcase focuses on an evolution of... Read More

April Shows at the Marquis

April 20th, 2019

We have more than our fair share of concert venues, but only one with pizza that’s worth mentioning. Of course, I’m referring to the Marquis Theater off Larimer. Known for energetic shows and its high-quality sound system, this is a regular stop for local and touring bands of all genres. The Marquis books some pretty big names for a venue its size. Previous headliners include The Sword, The Slackers, Portugal the Man, People Under the Stairs, The Mad Caddies, Norma Jean, Swollen Members, and so many more. I saw the Dirty Heads there with Rome (who does vocals for Sublime now, RIP Bradley)... Read More