This year, more than 150 events are being staged at 7 arts districts in and around Denver, including dozens of museums, galleries and theaters, with the 31st Starz Denver Film Festival leading off the week and the City of Denver’s 150th Birthday Celebration closing things out. Denver Arts Week encourages locals and visitors to discover why Sunset Magazine proclaimed: “The Mile High City is remaking itself as a world capital of art and architecture.”
FEAR NO ARTS FIRST FRIDAY
Denver Arts Week kicks off early this year, with a SNEAK PREVIEW Fear No Art First Friday, 6-9 p.m. on November 7. This special edition of the monthly First Friday Art Walks is designed to please both the art world newcomer and the connoisseur. The event will let visitors go from gallery to gallery or from art district to art district throughout the night. Galleries are staying open late, offering a chance to learn more about buying art, meet the artists and experience Denver’s unique and creative neighborhoods, all in a fun, festive atmosphere.
The ArtDistrict on Santa Fe (www.artdistrictonsantafe.com) is featuring Botticelli Is Not a Pasta workshops throughout Arts Week as well, with several galleries offering special free lectures on topics such as how to collect art as a beginner and art history. The Golden Triangle Museum District (www.gtmd.org) is offering their FREE “art bus,” which visits more than a dozen galleries and museums. At Cherry Creek North (www.cherrycreeknorth.com), galleries and restaurants will offer a family evening with dining specials, extended gallery hours and art in action (creative art making project for all attendees). The Tennyson Street Cultural District ) will be inviting families to explore their neighborhood on Fear No Art First Friday November 7 and will also have a special interactive evening with classes on the art of buying, collecting, framing, hanging and lighting art on Friday, November 21. Belmar Arts District is offering exhibits and special programs at Block 7 and The Lab.
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUMS
Arts Week opens with Night at the Museums on Friday, November 14th. Denver’s museums are offering FREE admission from 5-10 pm with special programming, including jazz, modern dance, lantern tours and a wide array of family-friendly activities. Park FREE at Cherry Creek Shopping Center. Shuttle service from Cherry Creek Shopping Center and the Denver Art Museum runs from 5 to10 p.m., offering hourly service to all eleven museums. All riders will receive the valuable Cherry Creek Passport to Shopping Discount Coupon booklet.
The Colorado History Museum (www.coloradohistory.org) invites you to talk to Denver artist Barbara Froula, who will be on hand for Night at the Museum to preview her watercolor commissioned by the museum for the upcoming exhibit, Denver at 150: Imagine a Great City.
At the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (www.dmns.org), hang out with some of the world's cutting-edge polar scientists and explorers at POLAR-PALOOZA! This multimedia road show will present Earth's iciest, most remote regions. See a 130,000-year-old piece of ice, try on extreme cold weather gear, and learn an Alaskan Native dance.
The Kirkland Museum of Decorative & Fine Art (www.kirkland.org) is partnering with Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge (www.dazzlejazz.com) to offer an evening of cool jazz and modern art. From 5 to 10 p.m., guests can explore the museum's renowned collection of decorative art -- with over 3,300 pieces from Arts and Crafts through Modern and to Pop Art -- and its Colorado Modernist collection, while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and live jazz from Dazzle.
See the Forney Museum of Transportation (www.forneymuseum.org) as never before, by lamp and headlight, as historic vehicles shine into the night. A cross-section of 200 years of transportation will be lit for this night only.
Colorado's past comes to life at the Black American West Museum (www.blackamericanwestmuseum.com) and at the Byers-Evans House Museum (www.coloradohistory.org/be) with stories read by Colorado Homegrown Tales in the library of this historic Denver landmark.
Ballet Ariel and the Hannah Kahn Dance Company will present Contemporary Forms in Space and Time at the Denver Art Museum (www.denverartmuseum.org) in the lobby of the Hamilton Wing, at 6:30 p.m. and again at 8:00 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art | Denver (www.mcadenver.org) will host a musical performance during Night at the Museums at 6:30 pm, featuring the Denver Contemporary Chamber Players. Museo de las Americas (www.museo.org) features their new exhibit, Fine Line. The Molly Brown House Museum (www.mollybrown.org) celebrates with special tours and live Irish music. Blast to the past at the Children's Museum of Denver (www.cmdenver.org) with silent movies about the Old West.
NIGHT ON THE RED CARPET
Denver Arts Week presents “Night on the Red Carpet” on Saturday evening, November 15, focusing on Denver’s wide array of performing arts options. More than a dozen Denver theaters and performing arts groups are also “rolling out the red carpet” with special discounts.
Starz Denver Film Festival’s Big Night (www.denverfilm.org) is a glitzy red carpet event with stars, filmmakers and an exciting new feature film at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The featured film this evening is Slumdog Millionaire, directed by British auteur Danny Boyle, best known for his groundbreaking Trainspotting and 28 Days Later. The film follows the adventures of Jamal (Dev Patel), a teenager who was orphaned as a young boy and left to fend for himself in the slums of Mumbai.
Also at the Ellie Caulkins (in the lobby), don’t miss a book signing by Tom Noel, a Mile High City historian better known as Dr. Colorado. From 6:30 to 8 p.m., you can meet Tom and hear about his new book, Showtime, which traces Denver’s love affair with theatre, dance, opera, music and conventions back to its gold-rush origins.
A favorite among comedy/improv fans, The Bovine Metropolis Theatre is offering two- for-one tickets for Friday and Saturday improv comedy shows. Denver Centre Theatre Company is offering two tickets for $52.80 throughout Arts Week for Girls Only; Buntport Theatre has two-for-one pricing for performances this week; and Denver Brass is at the bargain price of four tickets for $52.80, Friday and Saturday.
DENVER’S 150th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Mile High City, on November 22, Denver is throwing itself a big party. Savor a slice of birthday cake at select cultural facilities, including the Colorado History Museum, Denver Zoo, Denver Botanic Gardens, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, all of which are offering FREE admission. Tour the Colorado History Museum’s all-new exhibit, Denver at 150: Imagine a Great City. Just in time for the holidays, get greeting cards postmarked with a unique commemorative cancellation at select locations! Treat the kids to a free movie screening at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at 11 a.m. Get more info on Denver’s 150th Birthday Celebration at www.Denver150.com.
Denver Arts Week is organized by the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau to help draw local and national attention to the cultural renaissance that Denver is experiencing. Arts Week takes full advantage of Denver’s rapidly expanding roster of incredible cultural facilities, from the nation’s second largest performing arts center to the new Ellie Caulkins Opera House, from the new Hamilton Building at the Denver Art Museum to the growing number of art galleries in neighborhoods like the ArtDistrict on Santa Fe and the Golden Triangle Museum District.
Get more info on Fear No Art First Friday and Denver Arts Week (along with a full list of events and discounts) at www.DenverArtsWeek.com.
About VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau
Celebrating 100 years of promoting the Mile High City, VISIT DENVER is a nonprofit trade association that contracts with the City of Denver to market Denver as a convention and leisure destination, increasing economic development in the city, creating jobs and generating taxes. Tourism is the second largest industry in Denver, generating $2.9 billion in annual spending in 2007, while supporting 65,000 jobs. For more information on Denver call 800-2-DENVER or visit Denver’s official Web site at VISITDENVER.com.
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