THRU MAY 27: Cleon Peterson Shadow of Men– MCA Denver This winter, MCA Denver will dedicate its second floor to the work of Cleon Peterson. The installations will introduce Peterson’s murals, paintings, and sculptures to a new audience and will transform the museum inside and out. With his boldly graphic style, Peterson’s work is newly meaningful in the current political climate, given its frequent depiction of violence. The exhibition, titled Cleon Peterson: Shadow of Men, focuses on this current in Peterson’s work and showcases the artist’s aesthetic mastery, long under-recognized by the museum field. This solo presentation also demonstrates the importance of representing violence to highlight a disturbing though fundamental element of society. The exhibition squarely addresses the nature of violence at a time when this subject seems increasingly uncomfortable, yet urgent.
THRU MAY 13: Diego Rodriguez-Warner, Honestly Lying – MCA Denver MCA Denver is excited to announce the first solo museum presentation of work by painter Diego Rodriguez-Warner. Trained as a printmaker in Havana, Cuba and at the Rhode Island School of Design, Rodriguez-Warner has developed a manner of painting that is informed by woodblock printing and characterized by tromp l’oeil, collage, and art historical references. The exhibition aims to help viewers disentangle these complex images and understand the illusionistic devices Rodriguez-Warner employs in composing them. Diego Rodriguez-Warner was born in Managua, Nicaragua in 1986 and moved to Denver, Colorado in 1990. He holds fine arts degrees from Hampshire College and the Rhode Island School of Design, and he has studied under the Cuban Minister of Fine Arts, Lesbia Dumois, in Havana.
THRU MARCH 31: Eriko Tsogo “Wrong Women; Myths From Sky” – Leon Tsogo explores the conflicting psycho-spiritual, cultural and disjointed effects/emotional middle space of globalization on marginalized identities with attention to woman’s issues; one who perpetually lives both in war and peace within two worlds, in both of which more or less a stranger. Visit Leon at 1112 E. 17th Avenue to celebrate this brilliant visual artist and filmmaker’s show.
MARCH – MAY 3: Arthur Jafa: Love is the Message, The Message is Death – MCA Denver MCA Denver is excited to announce that Arthur Jafa’s video Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death (2016) will be on view in its Whole Room Gallery this winter. A montage of footage sourced primarily from the internet and set to Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam,” the video expresses the fraught reality of black life in contemporary America. An innovator of black cinema, Jafa is adept at capturing moving images of black America and, in many cases, pairing them with music for greater impact. Love Is The Message epitomizes this effect. Syncopated YouTube and World Star clips alternately depict black celebrities and anonymous figures in moments of joy and pain: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. waves from the back of a convertible; Walter Scott runs from a police officer and falls to his knees when he is shot in the back; young men and women juke in clubs and at house parties; Mahalia Jackson belts a gospel solo; and, at his father’s direction, a little boy practices being held up by police. The artist’s montage envelopes the viewer in a visual and aural spectacle—a moving exaltation of achievement and resilience.
MARCH 1 – APRIL 7: INFORMED – PRINT AS AN INFLUENCE – Space Gallery Featuring new work by Sue Oehme, Pattie Lee Becker, Diane Cionni, Wendy Kowynia, Patricia Aaron, Taiko Chandler, Monroe Hodder and Connie Saddlemire. Artist reception March 1st, 5-8pm. Space Gallery – 400 Santa Fe Drive. 303-993-3321 www.spacegallery.org
MARCH 5 – APRIL 23: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill – Garner Galleria Theatre Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill tells jazz legend Billie Holiday’s troubled life story through the songs that made her famous, including “God Bless the Child,” “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Strange Fruit” and “Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness.” Set in Philadelphia in 1959, Holiday’s performance at Emerson’s Bar & Grill was one of her last, and Lady Day is not just a memorable tribute to the singer, but also a moving portrait of her struggles with addiction, racism, and loss.
MARCH 9: An Evening with The Newcomers featuring author Helen Thorpe – Denver South High School Please join the Denver South High School PTSA and Youth Celebrate Diversity for an evening with Helen Thorpe, author of The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom. 7-8pm. ALL PROCEEDS FROM TICKET SALES WILL BENEFIT THE NEWCOMERS PROGRAM AT DENVER SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL **If you would like to attend and are unable to pay the $10.00 ticket fee please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Book sales on site made possible by the Tattered Cover Bookstore.
MARCH 9: Jim Jefferies – Bellco Theatre Regarded as one of the fastest rising stars in the comedy world, Australian Jim Jefferies shockingly charming style has made him one of the most sought after comics on the world stage.
OPENS MARCH 9: Thoroughbreds – TBD Two upper-class teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. Together, they hatch a plan to solve both of their problems-no matter what the cost. This new dark comedy is being described as “American Psycho” meets “Heathers.”
MARCH 11: Spirettes w/ Porlolo – Lost Lake The Spirettes power trio churns out a torrent of sound that will no doubt earn them the ever popular “shoegaze” label. You can hear it in the feedback-fueled wall of sound that opens the EP in Old Friend. The wall shifts and bends, but never breaks under an assault of overdrive guitar stabs and hauntingly infectious vocal melodies.
OPENS MARCH 16: Flower – Landmark Theatres Rebellious, quick-witted Erica Vandross (Zoey Deutch) is a 17-year-old firecracker living with her single mom (Kathryn Hahn), Laurie, and her mom’s new boyfriend, Bob, in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley. When Bob’s mentally unbalanced son, Luke, arrives from rehab to live with the family, Erica finds her domestic and personal life overwhelmed. With Luke and her sidekicks Kala and Claudine in tow, Erica acts out by exposing a high school teacher’s (Adam Scott) dark secret.
OPENS IN MARCH: Thoroughbreds – Landmark Theatres Two upper-class teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. Together, they hatch a plan to solve both of their problems -— no matter what the cost. This new dark comedy is being described as “American Psycho” meets “Heathers.”
MARCH 22 – APRIL 15: This is Modern Art – The Jones Theatre Graffiti crews are willing to risk anything for their art. Called vandals, criminals, even creative terrorists, Chicago graffiti artists set out night after night to make their voices heard and alter the way people view the world. But when one crew finishes the biggest graffiti bomb of their careers, the consequences get serious and spark a public debate asking, where does art belong? This Is Modern Art gives a glimpse into the lives of anonymous graffiti artists and asks us to question the true purpose of art.
OPENS MARCH 23: Final Portrait – Landmark Theatres Paris, 1964. Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush), the famous artist, bumps into his old friend, the American critic, James Lord (Armie Hammer), and begs that he sits for a portrait because he has an interesting face. It’ll just take a couple of days in his studio. Lord is flattered by the request and as the days go by and turn into weeks and weeks seemingly with no end in sight he realizes his entire life has been hijacked by this erratic genius. The portrait continues to ebb and flow. Veering between frustration and joy, Lord ultimately sees logic in the artist’s chaotic mind and together we witness a genius complete one of his last masterpieces. Directed by Stanley Tucci.
MARCH 23: Native Fashion in the City 2018 – RiNo Art District Native Fashion in the City is an annual event set in Denver, Colorado where Native American artisans, fashion designers, models, and photographers are showcased in a series of events such as pop-up shops, networking opportunities, and an interactive runway show in the evening. For the 5th annual Native Fashion in the City, the guests will be able to visit the Pop-Up Shops starting at 2 pm. Finally, doors open and seating for the highly-anticipated runway show will start at 4 pm and the runway show will start at 5:30 pm. Check out http://nativefashioninthecity.com for the schedule, tickets and more info about the event. 5:30pm-8:30pm
MARCH 24: March For Our Lives – Denver Civic Center Park In light of the recent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, survivors are calling for a nationwide protest to the sale of assault weapons. Let’s protest with them. 2-5pm
OPENS EARLY MARCH: The Cured – TBD “A gloriously terrifying yet thought-provoking horror thriller…Like any great zombie flick, The Cured works on several levels.”—Kerri Craddock, TORONTO INT’L FILM FESTIVAL “Impressive and compelling…A fresh take on zombie terrain…Lends the dimension of political allegory that recently deceased subgenre king George Romero brought to his many Dead films, albeit in a somewhat subtler fashion”—Dennis Harvey, VARIETY. What happens when the undead return to life? In a world ravaged for years by a plague that turned the infected into zombie-like cannibals, a cure has been at last found. The wrenching process of reintegrating the survivors back into society begins, but the ex-zombies are hated, feared and distrusted by the general population. Among the formerly afflicted, known as the Cured, is Senan (Sam Keeley), a sensitive young man haunted by the memory of the horrific acts he committed while infected. Welcomed back into the family of his widowed sister-in-law (Ellen Page, FLATLINERS, JUNO), whose husband was killed by zombies, and her young son, Senan obeys the government’s restrictive regulations and attempts to rebuild his life—but is society ready to forgive him and those like him? Or will fear and prejudice once again tear the world apart? Pulsing with provocative parallels to our troubled times, THE CURED is a smart, scary and hauntingly human tale of guilt and redemption.
OPENS IN MARCH: Leaning Into the Wind – Landmark Theatres Leaning Into the Wind is a vibrant journey through the diverse layers of Andy Goldsworthy’s world. From urban Edinburgh and London to the South of France and New England, each environment he encounters becomes a fresh kaleidoscopic canvas for his art. A lushly-visualized travelogue, Goldsworthy’s work and Thomas Riedelsheimer’s exquisite cinematography redefine landscape and inextricably tie human life to the natural world. (Documentary.)
MARCH 30 & 31: MEDESKI SCOFIELD MARTIN & WOOD – Ogden Theatre Whether embroiled in a fierce, knotted groove or talking history, literature, or music in the hours before and after shows, the bonhomie between these four committed improvisers fuels a musical dynamic that is at once foot-tappingly simple and deeply, powerfully resonant.
MARCH 30 & 31: Bob Saget – Comedy Works South Yes, Bob Saget has starred in many successful television shows, but he’s also an out of his mind, Grammy-nominated standup comedian who, for over thirty years, has embraced his dark side.
MARCH 30 & 31: Vintage Whites – National Western Complex The Market Beautiful (previously known as the Vintage Whites Market) is pleased to announce its 2nd annual market!! Join us for an unforgettable vintage shopping experience. At the Market Beautiful, attendees can enjoy 94,000 square feet full of vintage + trendy handmade shopping, excellent food, a vintage fashion show, on-stage demos and much more. Additionally, workshops will be held on both Friday and Saturday! There will be plenty of vendors to suit any style and taste! 5pm
MARCH 31: Shamrock Full Moon Hike – Bear Creek Lake Park The darkness of night provides a unique backdrop for a hiking adventure, so leave those flashlights at home and hone your night vision as a park naturalist guides you along the trails of Bear Creek Lake Park and the surrounding green spaces. Keep in mind each one will average an hour and a half of walking and observing. We will meet at the visitor center unless otherwise noted. Don’t forget to dress appropriately for Colorado’s ever-changing weather. No dogs please.
APRIL 3: Grieves w/ Mouse Powell – Fox Theatre In support of On Running Wild, Grieves’ fifth proper full-length, the Seattle based musician manages to balance the dueling impulses that fuel both his live shows and his previous releases: the need to cut loose and the need to vent.
4-4 Jake Bugg Bluebird Theater
4-5 Dan Auerbach Paramount Theatre
4-5 Built To Spill w/ Rituals Of Mine Gothic Theatre
4-5 CPR’s OpenAir presents Ty Segall Ogden Theatre
APRIL 14 & 15: DiNK Independent Comics & Art Expo – McNichols Building The artist-centric event of the year, DiNK is a celebration of independent artists, writers, creators, zine makers and publishers encompassing nearly three floors of entertainment, panel discussions, and serious craft sessions — showcasing nearly 200 internationally recognized artists from around the world. A fantastic place to rub elbows with creators from Brazil, Mexico, Chile, and London, DiNK has received rave reviews from local media and national names alike for its laser focus working to amplify the work and voices of underground creators from all corners of the earth.
OPENS APRIL 20: Tully – Landmark Theatres The film is about Marlo (Charlize Theron), a mother of three including a newborn, who is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully.