JANUARY 8 – 20: A Bronx Tale – Buell Theatre Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s — where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast — Alan Menken — A Bronx Tale is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family. Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and Tony® winner Jerry Zaks direct this streetwise musical based on Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri’s story that The New York Times hails as “Critics’ Pick.”
JANUARY 15: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Awards & Concert – Boettcher Concert Hall “Why should there be hunger and starvation in any land, in any city, at any table, when man has the resources and the scientific know-how to provide all mankind with the basic necessities of life? There is no deficit in human resources. The deficit is in human will.” – Martin Luther King 6:00 pm Doors open and reception begins 7:30 pm Awards Presentation, Colorado Symphony Orchestra Performance. This year’s theme is “We Cry Freedom.” Please invite your friends to attend this (no cost) awards ceremony concert held to celebrate Dr. King’s life and work.
JANUARY 15 & 16: Chris D’Elia – Boulder Theatre Chris D’Elia is known for leading the cast of NBC’s Undateable, starring as Danny, a guy with some pretty serious commitment issues, but stand-up comedy remains his first love.
JANUARY 16: Wild Child – Bluebird Theater Wild Child won’t settle. For seven years now the Austin-based ensemble has carried its infectious blend of indie-pop and infectious melodies across the international music scene, charting viral hits and wrapping their arms around a diverse and dedicated fan base.
JANUARY 18: Stan & Ollie – Mayan Theatre Affectionately known as Laurel & Hardy, skinny Englishman Stan Laurel and portly American Oliver Hardy are widely regarded as the greatest comedy partnership in movie history, defining the notion of the double act with infectious chemistry and hilarious routines that seemed effortless but were honed down to the finest detail. In Stan & Ollie, set in the twilight of their career together, the duo are magnificently embodied by Steve Coogan (The Trip, Philomena)as Stan and John C. Reilly (The Sisters Brothers, Chicago) as Ollie. In 1953, unable to get work in Hollywood, they set out on a tour of seedy British variety halls. Despite their waning powers the charm and beauty of their performances shine through, and they reconnect with their adoring fans, turning the tour into a surprise hit. But the pair can’t shake the specter of Laurel & Hardy’s past; the long-buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver’s failing health, start to threaten their precious partnership. Co-starring Nina Arianda, Shirley Henderson, Danny Huston and Rufus Jones. Written by Jeff Pope (Philomena) and directed by Jon S. Baird.
JANUARY 19: Women’s March on Denver – Civic Center Park LISTEN. UNITE. ACT. Listen to those who have been silenced. | Unite under the banner of anti-oppression. | Act with intention. “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” —MAYA ANGELOU Intersectionality is not just the word of the day; it is our path forward. We know this because this movement, including the Womxn’s March, has struggled for so long to build meaningful coalitions. Today, we step into the work. The Womxn’s March name has been updated to reflect the State of Colorado’s recent gender recognition rights by a welcoming and inclusive community. At the center of the U.S., Colorado is the crossroads of culture, unity, and democracy. The Womxn’s March Denver team is committed to being as inclusive as possible. The ‘x’ in ‘Womxn’ promotes inclusion of cis, transgender and non-binary individuals. 9:30am-2:30pm.
JANUARY 21: Martin Luther King Jr. African-American Rodeo of Champions – National Western Stock Show Coinciding with the National Western Stock Show, the Martin Luther King Jr. African-American Rodeo of Champions aims to show how black cowboys and cowgirls impacted the West throughout history. 6-9pm
JANUARY 23: Colorado Coalition for the Homeless-Can We Fix the Affordable Housing Crisis? – Stout Street Health Center In response to the housing crisis impacting Colorado, this panel will address the widening gap between affordable and available housing options in our state. This discussion will look at who is struggling to afford housing, who remains unhoused, and bright ideas to remedy the most critical need of our time. Let’s IGNITE THOUGHT and INCITE CHANGE through thoughtful conversations with leaders in the field of housing, homelessness and poverty. FREE and open to the public. For questions, please email Meredith Ritchie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JANUARY 24: Daniel Libeskind: “Edge of Order” Talk & Book Signing – Denver Art Museum Daniel Libeskind is an international figure in architecture and urban design. World renowned for his provocative proposals, he has emerged as the creative force behind innovative landmarks such as the Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton Building, the Jewish Museum Berlin, the Royal Ontario Museum’s Michael Lee-Chin Crystal and New York’s World Trade Center master plan. Libeskind has also become one of architecture’s most public ambassadors, guided by a simple yet radical belief: that with an open mind, everyone is capable not only of understanding architecture but also designing it. Libeskind opens the door to his unique creative process and his methods for discovering new directions in his work. He will share the stories behind his most important projects and how his unlikely rise—from a child born to Holocaust survivors in a Polish homeless shelter, to a teenager in the Bronx, to an avant-garde academic—still shapes his boundary-pushing work. Doors at 5:30 pm, talk at 6 pm. Book signing will be held in the El Pomar atrium. 6pm-8pm
JANUARY 24: Wild & Scenic Film Festival – Mayan Theatre The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is on tour again, and will be making a stop in Denver! This film festival is made by activists for activists and sits apart from the hundreds of festivals around the world by leaving you inspired and motivated to go out and make a difference. The films start promptly at 7 pm, but before that, join us for an opening reception, starting at 5:30 pm. For a complete list of films, along with descriptions, visit Rocky Mountain Wild’s WSFF webpage at: http://rockymountainwild.org/wsff2019
JANUARY 24: Wild & Scenic Film Festival – Mayan Theatre The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is on tour again, and will be making a stop in Denver! The evening will include award-winning environmental and outdoor adventure films from around the world that have been selected not only for their great visual stories, but also to inspire and motivate us to continue the cause to keep the Rocky Mountains wild. This film festival is made by activists for activists and sits apart from the hundreds of festivals around the world by leaving you inspired and motivated to go out and make a difference in your community and the world. The films start promptly at 7 pm, but before that, join us for an opening reception, starting at 5:30 pm. During the reception, you can take part in direct actions in our Citizens Action Hub! The Hub will feature a myriad of direct actions you can take from local non-profits. For a complete list of films, along with descriptions, visit Rocky Mountain Wild’s WSFF webpage at: http://rockymountainwild.org/wsff2019
JANUARY 25: Movie at the Symphony: Amadeus Live – Boettcher Concert Hall Winner of 8 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, Actor, Director and Adapted Screenplay, Amadeus tells the story of Vienna court composer, Antonio Salieri and the envy that consumes him upon discovering that the divine musical gifts he has so longed for all his life, have been bestowed on a bawdy, vulgar and impish young composer, Mozart. See the iconic film projected on the big screen while your Colorado Symphony & Colorado Symphony Chorus perform the score live. 7:30pm
JANUARY 25 – 30: Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships-Viewing Week – Museo De Las Americas 861 Santa Fe Dr. Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships-Viewing Week. 16 teams from around the world descend on Breckenridge, Colo. to hand-carve 25-ton blocks of snow into enormous works of art. From blocks of snow, into intricate snow sculptures. Artists are only allowed to use hand tools, creativity, and inspiration to bring their ideas to life. No power tools allowed! Sculpting begins at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 21st with a shotgun start, and sculpting ends on Friday, January 25th at 9:00 a.m. The awards ceremony will be on Friday, January 25, 2019, at 6:00 p.m at the Riverwalk Center. Teams sculpt countless hours across five days –the result is a temporary outdoor art gallery in historic downtown Breckenridge. Sculptures will remain on display until 7pm on January 30th at which point hey will be taken down.
JANUARY 26: Futurebirds – Globe Hall From their humble acoustic beginnings in 2014, to their current status as a full time touring genre-bending indie-psych band, the 4pc Denver based Augustus continues to push the boundaries while delivering honest, original songs.
JANUARY 31: Fleetwood Mac – Pepsi Center Legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac has added another Denver concert date to their farewell tour. Singer and songwriter Lindsey Buckingham will sit this final tour out. Instead, a modified lineup including Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell.
THRU JANUARY: DIOR: From Paris to the World – Denver Art Museum Dior: From Paris to the World surveys 70 years of the House of Dior’s enduring legacy and its global influence. A selection of more than 200 couture dresses, as well as accessories, costume jewelry, photographs, drawings, runway videos, and other archival material, will trace the history of the iconic haute couture fashion house, its founder, Christian Dior, and the subsequent artistic directors who carried Dior’s vision into the 21st century. Christian Dior, the art gallerist who became a celebrated couturier, generated a revolution in Paris and around the globe after World War II. Dior created haute couture expressing modern femininity, completely shedding the masculine silhouette that had been established during the war. He conceived sophisticated designs featuring soft shoulders, accentuated busts and nipped waists that marked the beginning of an epic movement in fashion history that would eventually lead to Dior successfully becoming the first worldwide couture house. The chronological presentation, showcasing pivotal themes in the House of Dior’s history, will focus on how Christian Dior cemented his fashion house’s reputation within a decade and will highlight how his successors, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri, incorporated their own design aesthetic. This exhibition is organized by the DAM and curated by Florence Müller, the DAM’s Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion.
THUR JANUARY 27: Tara Donovan: Fieldwork – MCA Denver Tara Donovan: Fieldwork celebrates American artist Tara Donovan’s distinct and varied practice, which includes sculpture, drawings, works on paper, and site-responsive installations. Often known for her transformation of neutral or mundane materials into elaborate, mind-bending objects that evoke the natural world or other organic material, Donovan’s work in many ways is about work. She manipulates a material over and over again, to see what it is capable of becoming, where it might lead, and how it will migrate from an object of practical use to something surreal or sublime. In some instances, she reworks a material into both two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms, engaging with space and light in nuanced and unexpected ways. This exhibition, occupying MCA Denver’s entire building, will be the first time that Donovan’s wall-based and freestanding objects will be installed together, in order to understand fully how the artist re-imagines everyday materials like plastic straws, index cards, rubber bands, Slinkys, and Mylar. A remix of older and recent works will open up new areas of dialogue within her practice and enable viewers to make connections across time and subject matter. The exhibition is about how, through labor (especially repetitive action), order and structure can give way to the unpredictable, where reason yields to faith, and the mundane cedes to the marvelous—truly employing the creative act to seduce visually and, in doing so, override what we know to be factual.
FEBRUARY 1: Broncho, Pinky Pinky – Globe Hall Heartland, Tulsa, Oklahoma’s BRONCHO have been churning out thoughtful, nuanced rock and roll with an art school spirit and a punk rock heart since 2010.
FEBRUARY 2: Denver Graffiti Tour – RiNo Arts district Join Denver Graffiti Tour for a 90 minute walking tour (or 5,000 steps if you keep track that way) through the RiNo Arts district. We’ll explore themes in the art and the neighborhood as Denver grows as a city. 30+ interviews with the artists | 100+ pieces | a Perfect way to see Denver. TOURS RUN ALL YEAR. 10am-noon
FEBRUARY 4: CPR’s OpenAir presents The Districts – Bluebird Theater Perhaps it’s a cliché to say so, but while listening to this Pennsylvania-borne band, you might find yourself wondering why people don’t make indie rock like this anymore.
FEBRUARY 5: Adam Sandler Live – Bellco Theatre Don’t miss a rare live sighting of the one and only Adam Sandler as he dusts off his wry observations for a solo comedy tour that’ll have you rolling in the aisles.
FEBRUARY 8 – MARCH 10: The Whistleblower – Space Theatre A World Premiere play by Itamar Moses, author of The Band’s Visit, which received ten 2018 Tony Awards including Best Musical. For screenwriter Eli, an offer to finally create his own TV show should be the ultimate culmination of his goals, but instead shocks him into wondering why he had those dreams in the first place. Armed with a new sense of spiritual clarity, he sets out on a quest to serve up some hard truths to his coworkers, family, exes and friends. What could possibly go wrong? A lively world premiere about the lies we tell to protect ourselves and how the tiniest gestures can have deep impact on those around us.
FEBRUARY 10: Pedro The Lion – Bluebird Theater Last year saw David Bazan reform his long-dormant Pedro the Lion for a string of North American reunion shows. He unveiled some new material during the trek, and now they’re touring the new album from Pedro the Lion called Phoenix, due out January 18th on Polyvinyl.
OPENS FEBRUARY 14: Andrew Jensdotter: Flak – MCA Denver MCA Denver is excited to announce Andrew Jensdotter: Flak, which will open in the museum’s Whole Room Gallery on February 14, 2019. This marks the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. Since completing his MFA at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2014, Jensdotter has honed a process that synthesizes abstraction and figuration: over a period of months, he paints layers of representational imagery, each layer successively obscuring the others, then meticulously cuts into the built-up surface to create a variegated field of color. It is his singular process that defines these “carved paintings.” In addition to several of these carved works, Flak features a group of new paintings that further Jensdotter’s experimentation with figuration and abstraction and additive and subtractive methods. He makes these new works by building up layers of paint via a repetitive transfer technique, using large sheets of inexpensive plastic and canvas. The results of the new process are jagged, violent, and emotional abstractions that contrast the painstakingly composed, pseudo-organic carved works. Andrew Jensdotter was born in Logan, Utah, in 1976. He holds a BFA from Utah State University, and an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His work has been exhibited at venues around the US and has been reviewed Frieze, Hyperallergic and Westword. He lives and works in Denver and Vail.
THUR FEBRUARY 16: MORPHOGENESIS – Space Gallery Space Gallery is pleased to present this exhibition featuring Julia Sanders and William Stoehr. Artist reception January 10th. 6-9PM Space Gallery – 400 Santa Fe Drive. 303-993-3321 www.spacegallery.org
FEBRUARY 23: Alpaca Extravaganza – Boulder County Fairgrounds Free
Weekend of the softer side of life. Everything alpaca. Vendors, demonstrations, garments, yarns and alpaca kisses, traditional equestrian units and vibrant cultural entries. 9am-4pm
COMING SOON: Mapplethorpe – Landmark Theatres Robert Mapplethorpe’s portraits, images of calla lilies, and chronicles of New York City’s underground BDSM scene remain touchstones of 20th-century photography even now, nearly three decades after his death from complications of HIV/AIDS in 1989. Mapplethorpe revisits the titular photographer’s legacy, beginning at the moment just before he takes up residence in the Chelsea Hotel. There, Mapplethorpe begins to amass a portfolio of images – and, at the same time, to explore his formerly suppressed attraction to men. But Mapplethorpe’s relentless ambition-as he says in one early scene, “I can’t just be Mapplethorpe the photographer,” fancying himself a “modern Michelangelo” – threatens to tear apart the relationships he cherishes the most. From the early ‘70s until his untimely death at age 42, the film explores the intersection of his art and his sexuality, his struggle for mainstream recognition, and, looming above it all, the specter of the emerging AIDS crisis. Featuring Matt Smith (Doctor Who, The Crown) and Marianne Rendón, the biopic offers a nuanced portrait of an artist at the height of his craft and of the self-destructive impulses that threaten to undermine it all.
COMING SOON: Birds of Passage – Landmark Theatres The origins of the Colombian drug trade, as seen through eyes of an indigenous Wayuu family that becomes involved in the booming business of selling marijuana to American youth in the 1970s. When greed, passion and honor collide, a fratricidal war breaks out and puts their lives, culture and ancestral traditions at stake.
COMING SOON: Everybody Knows – Landmark Theatres Laura (Penélope Cruz) and her children travel from Buenos Aires to the village where she was born, on a Spanish vineyard, to attend her sister’s wedding, but unexpected events lead this gathering toward a crisis that exposes the family’s hidden past. Starring Javier Bardem.