ART

NOVEMBER 6 – DECEMBER 5: FRAY – ALTO GALLERY Untrimmed threads, unfinished seams, and undisciplined drape are valuable parts of the visual stories told through Fray, a collection of textile-based works by 13 Colorado artists. Fray aims to soften the traditional and institutionalized framework that separates art from craft and design into a more fluid continuum by blurring the line between creators who share processes and have aesthetic commonalities. The works are displayed away from the gallery’s walls, exposing some of the intricacies of working with fiber and celebrating the beauty of both the finished and the unfinished. Thank you for joining our exploration into what divides and unites us in the Fray. We look forward to hearing your reactions and insights. #inthefray2020 A​ ltoGallery​openedin​February2016intheBerkleyneighborhood of Denver, CO. “Alto” means “high” in Spanish, and it’s a reference not only to our “Mile High” locale, but to the heights for which we strive. Alto Gallery shows a wide range of contemporary art from local and national artists, aiming to bring a little bit of the RiNo vibe to the Tennyson Street Cultural District.

THRU FEBRUARY 14: CITIZENSHIP: A PRACTICE OF SOCIETY – MCA Denver Citizenship: A Practice of Society is a survey of politically engaged art made since 2016. In response to political events and the current climate, as well as recent art world trends, the exhibition posits art making as a critical civic act. The works in the exhibition exemplify how artists act as citizens. Many of them facilitate viewers’ participation, demonstrating how we, too, can engage in civic life. Works included address specific political crises, such as the opioid epidemic and Flint, Michigan’s battle for a clean water supply. Others highlight specific legal issues that shape the American citizenry and society. And others simulate civic engagement in ways that distill it to its essence, transcending partisan politics. The exhibition features recent work and several new commissions by more than 30 artists and organizations: Nicole Awai, Alexandra Bell, Tania Bruguera, the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), Alex Da Corte, Creative Time, Jeremy Deller, Shannon Finnegan, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Nan Goldin, Ann Hamilton, Adelita Husni-Bey, Ekene Ijeoma, the Institute of Sociometry, Ariel René Jackson, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Titus Kaphar, Kenya (Robinson), Robert Longo, Alan Michelson, Marilyn Minter, Vik Muniz, Jayson Musson, Ahmet Öğüt, Yoko Ono, Trevor Paglen, Pope.L, Pedro Reyes, Yumi Janairo Roth, Dread Scott, Laura Shill, Aram Han Sifuentes, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Nari Ward.

THRU DECEMBER 6: Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection – Denver Art Museum Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection showcases about 60 paintings gifted to the museum by the Berger Collection Educational Trust (BCET) in 2018. The BCET’s gift is the largest gift of European old masters to the DAM since the museum received the Kress Collection in the 1950s. The exhibition presents a chronological selection of works ranging from the 1400s through the late 1800s, telling the story of Britain’s rich cultural history. The exhibition invites visitors to immerse themselves in the places, personalities, and events that shaped a nation over the course of five centuries. Treasures of British Art presents 500 years of British cultural history through the stories of its people, captured by the enduring brilliance of artists of the time. The exhibition features devotional images, portraits, landscapes, and sporting scenes by the greatest artists of the British School, including Thomas Gainsborough, Thomas Lawrence and John Constable and many more.

NOVEMBER 13 – DECEMBER 31: NEW EXHIBITION! – Space Gallery Featuring new works by Robert Szot, Sangeeta Reddy and Jodie Roth Cooper. Artist reception November 13th, 6-9pm. RSVP for a reception viewing time at www.spacegallery.org. Space Gallery – 400 Santa Fe Drive. 303-993-3321 www.spacegallery.org

MUSIC

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Matt Berninger  Serpentine Prison Serpentine Prison is not quite the “safe and happy” album that he had planned, but rather one he’s described as being about “s*** I’m dealing with, or that people I know are dealing with”. The mood is sober, and the sound more aligned to the band’s earlier folk-rock ballads. Yet there’s a looseness here in the downbeat tempos and half-spoken vocals.

The Cribs Night Network The Cribs are back and on blistering form, brandishing their brand new eighth album, Night Network. Night Network is as fresh, cathartic and vital as anything they’ve ever put out. There’s no weariness, no bitterness, just a clear desire to get back to doing what they do best – that unique blend of bittersweet melody, brutal lyrical honesty and riffs for days.

Frank Turner & Jon Snodgrass ‘Buddies II: Still Buddies’ Ten years ago, the two acclaimed musicians hung out, drank whiskey and wrote & recorded an album together called Buddies – a lighthearted hang between friends that became a hit with fans of both artists. Fast forward a decade and the pair are still buddies, so they decided to write a follow-up. As with the original, Buddies II: Still Buddies was written in just one day, although this time, however, Turner and Snodgrass had to do it over the Internet due to lockdown.

COMEDY

AVAILABLE NOW: Maria Bamford: Weakness Is the Brand – Amazon Prime Video She once again finds a way to make her personal issues feel not just universal but integrally tied into the moment that we’re all living through, depicting the sadness and lack of confidence of our time. 

FILM

OPENS NOVEMBER 13: Ammonite – Select Theatres Ammonite is a 2020 romantic drama film written and directed by Francis Lee. The film is loosely inspired by the life of British palaeontologist Mary Anning, played by Kate Winslet, and centres on a romantic relationship between Anning and Charlotte Murchison, played by Saoirse Ronan. In the 1840s, acclaimed self-taught palaeontologist Mary Anning works alone on the wild and brutal Southern English coastline of Lyme Regis. The days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now hunts for common fossils to sell to rich tourists to support herself and her ailing widowed mother. When one such tourist, Roderick Murchison, arrives in Lyme on the first leg of a European tour, he entrusts Mary with the care of his young wife Charlotte, who is recuperating from a personal tragedy. Yet despite the chasm between their social spheres and personalities, Mary and Charlotte discover they can each offer what the other has been searching for: the realization that they are not alone. 

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 13: Coming Home Again – Virtual Cinema at denverfilm.org Acclaimed director Wayne Wang’s (The Joy Luck Club, Chan Is Missing) moving new film, Coming Home Again, is based on a personal essay by award-winning Korean-American writer Chang-rae Lee that was published in The New Yorker. Chang-rae (the charismatic Justin Chon), a first generation Korean-American, returns to his family home in San Francisco to care for his ailing mother (powerful Jackie Chung). Wanting nothing more than to fulfill his role as the supportive son, he must come to terms with his own conflicted emotions. Memories become a doorway into a woman who was so much more than the mother he thought he knew. Now, Chang-rae is faced with the dilemma of living with the permanent scars of unresolved family sacrifice, or the risk of opening new wounds as cancer shadows their lives. 

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 13: Major Arcana – Virtual Cinema at denverfilm.org A carpenter (Ujon Tokarski) struggles to move beyond his troubled past when he returns to his hometown to mend relationships and finds solace in building a log cabin by hand. His plans are complicated when he reunites with Sierra (Tara Summers), a woman with whom he shares a difficult past, and he is forced to reconcile his old life with his new one.

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 13: Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack – Virtual Cinema at denverfilm.org At 88 years-old, Audrey Flack holds a unique place in the history of contemporary art in America. Feminist, rebel, mother, painter, sculptor and teacher, Audrey’s often controversial 40-year career evolved from abstract expressionism in the 1950s to photorealism in the 1970s. One of the first women ever included in the famed Janson’s History of Art, Audrey continues to create, explore, and inspire with her unique style and indomitable spirit. Queen of Hearts follows Flack as she takes her work in a brand new direction and reveals her long-term struggles as the mother of a child with autism. Flack has something deep and genuine to communicate to the world. She is a provocateur and a rebel, an example and an inspiration. Queen of Hearts is a moving portrait of an artist who is still testing, still experimenting, still searching.

THEATRE

DECEMBER 2-18: WINTERLAND: A Discotheque Cabaret – Wonderbound at 2535 E. 40th Ave. Leave your blankets by the fire and hot water bottles at the door, ‘cause the cold ain’t gettin’ under your skin in Winterland. With jaunty jingles and titillating tales, Wonderbound’s new take on the theatrical revue will be your antidote to the cold weather blues.

EVENTS

NOVEMBER 15: 16th Street Mall Holiday Festival – The 16th Street Mall Holiday Festival is the Holiday shopping event of the year taking place in the center of Downtown Denver on the historic 16th Street Mall.  This curated holiday shopping marketplace featuring an enormous array of fine arts, handmade crafts, delectable food, home décor, and unique holiday gifts.  This holiday shopping extravaganza features an awesome selection of one of-a-kind seasonal items, high quality handcrafted goods, fabulous holiday gift ideas, delicious specialty foods, and more.  Located in the center of the Denver Winter in the City festivities which include a 100 foot LED Christmas tree and floats from the Parade of Lights.  Admission is free.   Open on November 13, 14, 15, 22, 27, 28, 29 and December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20. 10am. Details at: www.giftfestivals.com

NOVEMBER 17: Dos Luces Brewery VEGAN Beer Dinner with Turtle Boat – Dos Luces Brewery We love our friends at Turtle Boat! Enjoy a 4 course dinner paired with our beers, courtesy of our friends at Turtle Boat. Chef Jeremy from Turtle Boat is going all out and high class! This will be a full four course dinner featuring a wide array of dishes. Menu and pairings coming soon! Discounts offered for groups of 4 or 6, so bring your friends and family! 6:30-8:30pm

NOVEMBER 21: Love in the Time of COVID – Online Event Hosted by Opera On Tap Colorado . This month’s theme is Here’s Hoping. It’s been a tough year – let’s hope for better to come! We will be accepting donations to keep our online shows going, to help out our singers through tough times, and to create projects that keep the music going These shows are short – less than an hour – and interactive – join in the chats during the show! Find us on our Facebook page at showtime or any time after until we can see your lovely faces in person again!  Facebook.com/ootco

NOVEMBER 28: Small Business Saturday – All Local Businesses A day to support local businesses that create jobs and boost the local economy. And their impact adds up: across the U.S., for every $1 spent at a small business, 67 cents stay in the local community. And since Small Business Saturday launched in 2010, $103 billion has been spent at small businesses on those nine Saturdays. See our Center Spread for a list of our favorite local businesses.

DECEMBER 5: Hot Chocolate with the Elves – Olde Town Homestead in Arvada Come wish our animals a Merry Christmas! Our farm will be decorated as a winter wonderland, complete with real live ELVES! You’ll walk through our farm and see Christmas ornaments, decorated trees, themed props, and multiple photo opportunity areas. Enjoy your farm visit at one of our fire pits, warm your hands under one of our outdoor heaters, and enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and Christmas treats – ALL WHILE SUPPORTING OUR RESCUE ANIMALS! 10am-3pm

DECEMBER 18: Aura Photography Weekend Pop-Up With Aura Weaver. Round 4! – Ritualcravt: 7700 W. 44th Ave. The Aura Weaver is returning! Using one of only 100 ever built AuraCam 6000s, The Aura Weaver {@theauraweaver} will photograph your aura via a hand-built device from the 1970’s. The Aura Camera uses electromagnetic hand sensors that translate your vibrational frequency (or bio feedback) into a color, and then, with a second exposure, displays that color on an instant polaroid photo. The Aura Weaver will be traveling back to Ritualcravt December 18, 19 & 20 from 12-5pm each day to photograph our local clientele again! Each appointment features a Polaroid print of your aura, a color interpretation guide, and an energetic reading of your aura and essence by Charlotte. We expect this event to sell out, so book your appointments ASAP. 

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