There’s plenty to celebrate this week, including the 25th anniversary of a record show (remember?) And the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, which has been promoting talented youngsters for forty years. Also on the plan to celebrate: printmaking, costume and steampunk culture, the marijuana bosses and the Hindu festival to celebrate love and the arrival of spring (with many colors!). All that and more can be found in this week’s 21 best!
Tuesday February 27th
Get a taste of the upcoming 2018 Athena Project Arts Festival at a fun, food-focused Athena Fest kickoff fundraiser that will only take place on Tuesday, February 27, between 5pm and 9pm at Highland Tap and Burger, 2219, Must appear West 32nd Avenue. You can eat anything from pizza and burgers to fish tacos and truffle mac; 10 percent of the food sales and 100 percent of the sale of the signature drink of the Athena Festival, Fierce Lady, go straight to the event box office. The Athena Festival, which officially starts on March 3rd with a Girls Create Celebration showcasing writing, fashion design and art created by girls in grades 6-10 over the summer, encompasses a full month of multidisciplinary performances , Workshops and events. For more information about the fundraiser and the festival, visit athenaprojectarts.org.
Wednesday February 28th
Globeville and Elyria-Swansea are lacking dining options, but the Comal Heritage Food Incubator at 3455 Ringsby Court is trying to change that. Comal serves delicious Mexican and Syrian lunches during the week and trains local workers in hopes of helping them start their own grocery stores. See what it’s all about on Wednesday, February 28 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the restaurant’s Impact Dinner. For $ 75 each, guests can enjoy a five-course meal of fresh, local vegetables and traditional Mexican ingredients (you won’t want to miss Comal’s handmade tortillas). For $ 25 each, four lucky participants can sit at the chef’s counter, where chef Tim Bender and his special guest Raymunda “Nena” Carreon add to the excitement with margarita balls, bone marrow toast, and other modern flourishes. Buy tickets on eventbrite.com; Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Focus Points Family Resource Center (the nonprofit behind Comal) and the Globeville-Elyria-Swansea Community Land Trust.
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Chef Kevin Grossi’s The Regional at Avanti F&B on 3200 Pecos Street will go national on Wednesday February 28 as part of his Oyster, Farm and the Table Dinner to benefit No Kid Hungry. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the eatery serves local food from across the United States, with an emphasis (but not exclusively) on seafood: Cape Cod oysters, a hot mushroom dish from the northern Midwest, Washington Coast Dungeness Crab Salad, and Low Country Hoppin ‘John are just a few of the items on the menu. Your $ 65 ticket ($ 120 per couple) also includes two drinks from the bar; Get yours at universe.com.
“Fire Tent” by master printer Sean Caulfield.
Courtesy of Processus
Thursday March 1st
The biennial Denver Month of Printmaking, also known as Mo’Print 2018, is back, with an entire regional constellation of satellite exhibits showcasing everything from student prints to sophisticated lithographs and masters’ gravure works. While some exhibits have already opened – including the cornerstone exhibition, Master Printmakers and Print Educators in Colorado, hosted by Mo’Print and the Invisible Museum and up to the 8th do over printmaking will catch fire throughout March, starting with a rush of Openings that start on Thursday March 1st and last through the weekend. But Mo’Print is not just about passive viewing of art. In addition to the rush of exhibits, there are hands-on demos and workshops, artist mixers, reviews, studio tours, and parties that shouldn’t be missed. Fascinated? The best way to dive in is to search the events button on moprint.org, which is where you can fill in your calendar as you wish.
After recovering from the holidays, the Denver Bazaar is back in business as the Thursday Night Bazaar, starting March 1st from 5pm to 10pm. After trying many urban locations, the micro-retail curator dives into the Hanger at. on Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas Street in Aurora, where it returns every first Thursday in 2018, filling the space with dozen of the best local fashion, craft, home living and art dealers; For this opening event, the Something Vinyl Club will be shooting soul, funk and oldies from 6 p.m. Admission is free; Purchase a Shop & Sip ticket ($ 20-30) for tastings from numerous beer, wine, cider, and liquor makers, plus discounts at select retailers, and a wine glass to use year-round. Please visit denverbazaar.com for more information.
Jessica Loving-Campos and Julia Rymer are art bosses.
Courtesy of artboss
Artists make art, and they’re good at that. But many artists admittedly lack business acumen – the scourge of the creative mind. For this reason, marketing expert Jessica Loving-Campos and veteran artist Julia Rymer founded artboss, a new company that offers professional workshops and consulting services for artists who want to team up. Get to know Loving-Campos and Rymer and learn more about artboss at a free launch party on Thursday, March 1st from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in Studio SML | k, 430 Santa Fe Drive. If you like what you see, you can also take the opportunity to attend artboss’ first one-day workshop at the SML | . Register on April 21, when the art-biz duo will provide you with information on topics such as entrepreneurship, branding, time management and community building. Artboss also offers more comprehensive coaching services if that’s what you want. Learn more about these possibilities and more at artboss.co.
Experimental composer and musician Pamela Z, who works in the fields of digital looping, sampled sound, interactive video, and gesture-controlled instruments, graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in music ten years ago. This week she is back at her alma mater for a residency on Thursday, 1125 18th Street on the campus of CU Boulder. Entry to the concerts is free on a first-come-first-served basis; More information is available at cupresents.org.
Friday March 2nd
The Russian-American pianist Olga Kern is a child prodigy who has proudly stood at the forefront of the world of classical music since she won her first international competition, the renowned Concertino Praga Competition, at the tender age of eleven. In addition to maintaining a busy concert program, Kern is dedicated to nurturing the talents of subsequent generations of musicians, both by teaching master classes at prestigious institutions such as Yale University and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and by founding the Olga Kern International Competition in 2016 The Virtuoso Together with the conductor Brett Mitchell and the Colorado Symphony, a trio will be in the Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex on Friday and Saturday, 2. With a concert program that includes Wojciech Kilars “Orawa”, Witold Lutoslawski’s “Concerto for Orchestra” and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1”, the whole evening will be a homage to the high level of musicality. Visit coloradosymphony.org for tickets, $ 25 to $ 99, and more information.
Wild Hearts’ transformative new work The Last Land Before Sky launches March 2nd.
Courtesy Wild Heart
It goes without saying that a dance company called the Wild Heart will take a spiritually rich journey through free-floating places in the heart when its members take the stage. This is just a vague attempt to describe the indescribable – like what goes down in Wild Hearts’ transformative new work The Last Land Before Sky. See what your own heart makes of it: The original work for contemporary dance – conceived by artistic director Kat Gurley and the ensemble, with music by composer and multi-instrumentalist Kendall Perry – opens on Friday, March 2nd at 7:30 p.m. at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder, and runs for two more performances over the weekend. For information and tickets for $ 20-25, please visit bit.ly/lastland.
Unfortunately, last year AnomalyCon, once Denver’s premier steampunk fan convention, was the last and left the area’s sci-fi anachronists up and dry. The folks at Shiny Garden, the non-profit event planners behind Denver’s Myths and Legends Convention, saw an opportunity and launched WhimsyCon 2018, which will debut on the first weekend in March. The emphasis is on costumes and the steampunk culture; The Con includes panels, workshops, sales and artist booths, readings and book signing, a costume competition and special guests such as steampunk writer Milton Davis and costume designer Kitty Krell, as well as a Saturday afternoon tea party with Captain Craig Griswold in the WhimsyCon airship (steampunk plaster recommended). Take a journey through time to an alternative world from Friday, March 2nd, from 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. The con runs through March 4th at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, 7800 East Tufts Avenue. Purchase convention passes for $ 35 for adults and $ 17.50 for children ages seven to twelve, plus optional tea party admission for $ 25 at brownpapertickets.com. Learn more at whimsycon.org.
During the Art District on Santa Fes First Friday Art Walks, what is on offer for music and comedy lovers is often overshadowed by sculptures and paintings on gallery walls. But for years Denver Open Media, 700 Kalamath Street, has hosted a monthly party, Open Music Sessions, which showcases some of the best comedians and musicians in town in the shared TV studios. This month, comedians Allison Rose and Geoff Tice are hosting the free event, which takes place on Friday, March 2nd, from 7pm to 10pm. The energetic rockers from Colfax Speed Queen will be on stage from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit denveropenmedia.org or call 720-222-0160.