ART

THUR MARCH 9: 8th Annual “No Show” Invitational Exhibition – Bitfactory Gallery Bitfactory Gallery’s Annual “No Show” Invitational exhibit has a tradition of starting each new year with a wild mix of genres and artists that don’t adhere to a particular theme or aesthetic. This year is no different, except that gallerist and curator Bill Thomason is using this year’s exhibition as a chance to introduce a seasoned group of Colorado artists that he has not shown before. Visitors will enjoy a wide range of styles from Clint Eccher, Meredith Fontana, Lance Green, Steven Morrell, Amanda Thurmon, Riah Urquhart. The public is invited to visit during regular business hours Tuesday through Sunday 11:30 to 3:00 pm. The run dates also coincide with two First Friday Art Walk events on February 2nd and March 1st, offering plenty of chances to catch this show. Clint Eccher’s “cultural graffiti” paintings contrast minimalistic, fluent lines with the ideation and development of cultural knowledge over the millenia. He is a Colorado Native currently living in Fort Collins. Working out of Colorado Springs, Lance Green’s paintings straddle the figurative and the abstract and are done with the intention to use symbolism, color and subject matter (and Spirit) to bring an elixir to the soul of the observer.  Steven Morrell is a realist oil painter working out of Boulder. He creates powerful images using a combination of dramatic lighting, unexpected poses, and expressive brushwork. Amanda Thurmon uses a narrative and illustrative approach to figures in her pieces. These works focus on the general conflict of the human psyche vs. society or the environment that we are influenced by. Riah Urquhart specializes in impasto & abstract mood painting. Her pieces explore nature, space, technology & the human condition. A former paleontologist and lifelong explorer Meredith Fontana uses photography as the artistic medium to express her worldview and deep connection to the natural world, creating work that captures an emotion or a fresh perspective. Bitfactory Gallery, located at 851 Santa Fe Drive in the heart of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, exhibits work by the best emerging and up-and-coming local, national and international visual artists, striving to showcase art that may not be a good fit for other galleries.

NOW ON VIEW: COWBOY – MCA Denver “This sweeping exhibition will explore the origins of the American cowboy and how the figure and its mythology persist today. Cowboy speaks to the museum’s ambition to challenge, revise, and reconceive how such a myth originated and might be probed in exciting, courageous and nuanced ways,” said Nora Burnett Abrams, Mark G. Falcone Director of MCA Denver. “The American cowboy is vividly and enduringly present in the popular mindset, as a character, a seductive ideal, and as a laborer, but most established narratives fail to acknowledge the wildly diverse histories and lived experiences surrounding this profession,” added Miranda Lash, Ellen Bruss Senior Curator at MCA Denver.

FEBRUARY 1-25: Material Connections – Artists on Santa Fe Artists on Santa Fe presents an exhibition of collage works and fiber art by gallery members Michelle Lundquist and Terise Harrington Phillips.These mediums are enjoying a resurgence of interest and awareness and are being taken more seriously by the art world as a celebration of their aesthetic value.Lundquist and Phillips work in different mediums but their commonality lies in the love of combining elements into an assemblage and in the texture and detail they bring into their art. 

THRU FEBRUARY 24: KALEIDOSCOPE – Space Gallery Featuring work by Sue Oehme. Artist reception January 19th, 6-8PM. Space Gallery – 400 Santa Fe Drive. 303-993-3321 www.spacegallery.org

MUSIC

FEBRUARY 16: Yo La Tengo – Boulder Theater Yo La Tengo has been releasing well-loved indie rock since the ’80s, and while the group’s albums are strikingly consistent, an interesting thing recently happened: The band dropped one of its best records ever. It’s easy to imagine most other groups on autopilot 17 full-lengths in, but the trio’s “This Stupid World” was a return to form that sharpened their craft to be more exciting than ever.

FEBRUARY 20: Jon Batiste – Paramount Theatre Drawing from the rich cultural lineage of Black music as well as personal history—not only does Batiste come from New Orleans musical royalty, his grandfather was a union organizer—We Are’s fist-pumping positivity sounded vital and essential.

FEBRUARY 22: Silversun Pickups – Ogden Theatre Blistering guitars, deep bass, and snappy drums are all felt throughout the night. Silversun Pickups are big on motifs, the in-song repetitions that get under your skin. The stone-cold classic, ‘Lazy Eye’, has that repeated little curlicue of guitar that portends the explosion to come.

COMEDY

AVAILABLE NOW: Pete Davidson: Turbo Fonzarelli – Netflix From his childhood crush on Leonardo DiCaprio to the disturbing gift he got from a stalker, comedian Pete Davidson cuts loose in this stand-up special.

FILM

OPENS FEBRUARY 9: Lisa Frankenstein – In Theatres A coming of RAGE love story from acclaimed writer Diablo Cody (Jennifer’s Body and Juno) about a misunderstood teenager (Kathryn Newton) and her high school crush, who happens to be a handsome corpse (Cole Sprouse). After a set of playfully horrific circumstances bring him back to life, the two embark on a murderous journey to find love, happiness… and a few missing body parts along the way.

OPENS FEBRUARY 16: Bleeding Love – In Theatres After a drastic incident in her life, a young woman (Clara McGregor) embarks on an impromptu road trip with her estranged father (Ewan McGregor). En route to their destination of Santa Fe, New Mexico, the two are forced to confront the issues of their past that have led to their frail relationship, while encountering an eccentric array of characters along the way, in order to bring them closer together again.

OPENS FEBRUARY 23: Drive Away Dolls – In Theatres Written by Ethan Coen and Tricia Cooke, this comedy caper follows Jamie (Margaret Qualley), an uninhibited free spirit bemoaning yet another breakup with a girlfriend, and her demure friend Marian who desperately needs to loosen up. In search of a fresh start, the two embark on an impromptu road trip to Tallahassee, but things quickly go awry when they cross paths with a group of inept criminals along the way. Directed by Ethan Coen.

OPENS FEBRUARY 23: Io Capitano – In Theatres A journey toward hope, Io Capitano perambulates through the ravishing Saharan landscape encountering the most sublime and debased corners of humanity.  A Homeric fairy tale that tells the adventurous journey of two young boys, Seydou and Moussa, who leave Dakar to reach Europe. «Garrone’s film has a three-dimensional and devastatingly realized human soul at its core. The world could do with paying attention to Seydou’s story and the millions of other real ones like it.» Leila Latif Indie Wire

OPENS MARCH 8: Love Lies Bleeding – In Theatres From Director Rose Glass comes an electric new love story; reclusive gym manager Lou (Kristen Stewart) falls hard for Jackie, an ambitious bodybuilder headed through town to Vegas in pursuit of her dream. But their love ignites violence, pulling them deep into the web of Lou’s criminal family. A romance fueled by ego, desire and the American Dream.

THEATRE

FEBRUARY 13–25: Message in a Bottle – Buell Theatre Message In A Bottle is a spectacular new dance-theatre show from five-time Olivier Award nominee, Kate Prince, inspired by and set to the iconic hits of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting, including “Every Breath You Take,” “Roxanne,” “Walking On The Moon” and more. With a mix of exhilarating dance styles, high-energy footwork and breathtaking athleticism, Message In A Bottle tells a unifying and uplifting story of humanity and hope. The peaceful village of Bebko is alive with joyous celebrations. Suddenly, under attack, everything changes forever. Three siblings, Leto, Mati and Tana, must embark on perilous journeys in order to survive. Message In A Bottle is the latest masterpiece from the ground-breaking choreographer behind several West End hits including Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, and features the astonishing talents of dance storytelling powerhouse, ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company.

EVENTS

FEBRUARY 11 & 14: Love Potions from the Vine – Denver Botanic Gardens Celebrate the month of love with a captivating tour of exotic plants that have inspired myths and tease the senses. February brings Valentine’s Day with sweets and roses to entice our loved ones. Roses aren’t the only plants associated with love and romance, though – the steamy jungle has no shortage of plants thought to have powers to inspire, enamor or seduce. Escape the winter chill in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory with this tour of purported aphrodisiacs and learn about the secret romantic lives of tropical plants.

FEBRUARY 17-25: Cripple Creek Ice Fest – Downtown Cripple Creek Each year, the Cripple Creek community transforms blocks of ice into enchanting ice sculptures on Bennett Avenue. It attracts many locals and visitors and past ice sculpture themes have included beautiful works like Under the Sea, Story Time, Mountain Wonderland, and even a Mythological Wonderland. Those who are planning to attend shouldn’t forget to drop by the main tent where they can cast their vote for their favorite ice sculpture. Aside from the beautiful ice sculpture displays, patrons will also enjoy the tons of activities that await them. There will be ice slides and interactive ice sculptures that will make for plenty of Kodak picture-perfect moments perfect. There’s also an ice maze for all to explore.

FEBRUARY 24: Mile High Beer Festival – Stockyards Event Center There’s no better place to celebrate craft beer than Denver, which is exactly what you’ll be doing at this year’s Mile High Beer Festival. Sip on drafts from well-known giants in the Colorado beer scene as well as newer niche breweries waiting to make a splash. After you arrive, you’ll receive a commemorative glass and have 2.5 hours to taste all the unlimited samples you want. At the Mile High Beer Festival, you’ll enjoy live music from local bands, and culinary treats from participating food trucks, retail, and vendors. This is only for those 21+. 

FEBRUARY 29 – MARCH 4: Boulder International Film Festival – 1426 Pearl St Film fanatics won’t want to miss the 20th year of the Boulder International Film Festival, an annual winter event in Colorado. Quickly becoming an internationally acknowledged talent hub for theater, this yearly soiree is proof that the arts are alive and well in Colorado. The 2024 event offers big names and incredible films over 4 days. Sponsored by the Colorado Film Society, this quickly expanding celebration of all things motion picture draws cinephiles from all around the globe. In the past, this event has hosted celebrities like Chevy Chase, Oliver Stone, William H. Macy, James Franco, and Martin Sheen. 

MARCH 1-3: Winter Wondergrass – Steamboat Just when you’re about to pack your snow gear and wait another year for winter festivities to happen, realize that ski season isn’t over with WinterWonderGrass hitting Steamboat Springs in March. It’s one of several Colorado music festivals that takes place over the course of the ski season. The 11th annual WinterWonderGrass festival will spoil you with cool music and cold brews, leaving you chanting and chugging all weekend long. Every year, the event benefits several Colorado non-profit organizations that focus on music, community and disaster relief, and environmental protection. 

MARCH 8-10: Monte Vista Crane Festival – Monte Vista Witness thousands of cranes, ducks and geese fly sky-high in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Every March these magnificent birds migrate to the San Luis Valley just in time for the 41st Monte Vista Crane Festival.The festival is held from Friday to Sunday, March 8th to 10th, 2024 in the San Luis Valley. Festival-goers enjoy a range of activities, including photography workshops, sandhill crane tours, guest speakers, and guided visits to local parks and canyons. Events at the Monte Vista Crane Festival take place at a number of locations around the valley.