JULY 12 – AUGUST 5: Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man – Garner Galleria Theatre This romantic comedy takes the audience on a hilarious and wild ride where no topic is taboo and the insider ‘tips’ come straight from the source: a gay man. The play is set at a local university auditorium where the English department holds its monthly meet the author’s event. Robyn is the shy and studious moderator of the event and this month’s featured author is Dan Anderson of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man. With the help of a hunky staged assistant named Stefan, Dan aims to turn this meet the author’s event upside down with a highly theatrical, audience interactive sex tip seminar. Will Stefan’s muscles be used for more than moving more than heavy scenery? Will the power of Dan’s tips prove too titillating for even Robyn to resist? As with everything at this event … that is for Dan to know, and you to find out.
OPENS JULY 13: He Won’t Get Far on Foot – Esquire Theatre The last day Portland slacker John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix) is able to walk, he wakes up without a hangover—because he’s still drunk from the night before. That night at a wild party he meets a wisecracking drinking buddy (Jack Black), who insists they leave for an even better party he knows about. But when his new friend dozes off at the wheel, John wakes up confined to a wheelchair with only partial use of his arms. Though he initially has no intention of getting sober, he reluctantly attends a 12-step meeting run by a charismatic and dedicated sponsor named Donnie (Jonah Hill) and reconnects with Annu (Rooney Mara), a therapist he met at the hospital. With their encouragement, John finds that love is not beyond his reach and discovers a hidden talent for drawing, channeling his playful personality into crude, politically incorrect—and often hilarious—cartoons, which develop a national following. Based on a true story, this poignant, insightful, funny drama about redemption, forgiveness and the healing power of art is adapted from Callahan’s autobiography and directed by two-time Oscar nominee Gus Van Sant (Milk, Good Will Hunting).
JULY 21: Street Art Scavenger Hunt – RiNo Spend an afternoon in one of Denver’s trendiest neighborhoods, discovering new art while bringing awareness to the struggles Coloradoans are facing. Volunteers of America Colorado and Denver Graffiti Tour are hosting a FREE scavenger hunt to find the colorful masterpieces hidden throughout the streets and alleyways of the River North Art District (RiNo). Each team will have two hours to find as many of the art pieces on the scavenger hunt list as they can, with varying point amounts allotted to each piece dependent on how difficult it is to locate. 10am-noon
JULY 25: Golden Triangle Public Art Tour – McNichols Building 144 West Colfax This tour covers a broad array of contemporary public artworks near the Denver Art Museum, Denver Public Library, and History Colorado. The tour will focus on the contemporary works in the Golden Triangle Creative District, from an oversized broom to abstract sculpture. Tour will be led by Public Art Docents Esther Varney or Djamila Ricciardi. 5:30pm
JULY 25: Bat Chat & Hike – Shanihan Ridge Trail, Boulder Christine Avena, RMW and 100 Women for the Wild member and bat biologist, will lead us on a bat hike, Christine studies the White Nose Syndrome disease in bats and is a PhD candidate of CU Boulder. Christine will start the evening with a chat about bat ecology and behavior, followed by a short hike at dusk to watch the bats as they get active! The trailhead is located close to street parking – since it’s a school night, you may come and go as you please – the bats won’t start getting active until about 8:15, with full blown activity around 9 or even 10! Participants have the opportunity to go home with their own bat house for a small donation! This event is FREE and open to the public in support of our 100 Women for the Wild (http://rockymountainwild.org/100_wfw) initiative, reducing gender bias in STEM fields. 7-9:30pm
OPENS IN JULY: Boundaries – Esquire Theatre Laura (Vera Farmiga) is a single mother living in Seattle who has a constant need to put others and animals before herself. When her estranged, criminally-minded father Jack (Christopher Plummer) is kicked out of his retirement home, Laura agrees to drive him down the coast to live with her sister JoJo (Kristen Schaal) in Los Angeles. Along for the ride is her bright but troubled son Henry (Lewis MacDougall) and an assortment of animal charity cases. Without telling Laura, Jack convinces Henry to help him sell off his copious supply of marijuana at every stop of their journey, resulting in unexpected reunions with old friends and family. Writer/director Shana Feste’s unabashedly autobiographical portrait of her charming grifter of a dad takes the West Coast road trip places it’s never before been, leading to comedy, tragedy, and all the stuff in between.
OPENS IN JULY: Three Identical Strangers – Chez Artiste The acclaimed documentary Three Identical Strangers is the most amazing, incredible, remarkable true story ever told. Three strangers are reunited by astonishing coincidence after being born identical triplets, separated at birth, and adopted by three different families. Their jaw-dropping, feel-good story instantly becomes a global sensation complete with fame and celebrity. However, the fairy-tale reunion sets in motion a series of events that unearth an unimaginable secret – a secret with radical repercussions for us all. Winner of Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award, Three Identical Strangers is an exuberant celebration of family that transforms into a thriller with colossal implications and proof that life is truly stranger than fiction.
OPENS IN JULY: Leave No Trace – Chez Artiste Leave No Trace is a powerful and moving drama from Debra Granik, the Academy Award-nominated writer and director of Winter’s Bone. Will (Ben Foster, Hell or High Water) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services and traditional housing. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland.
JULY 27-29: The Underground Music Showcase – South Broadway The Underground Music Showcase (The UMS) is Denver, Colorado’s premier indie festival, now in its 18th year. The UMS is known not only for its focus on local talent and the local community, but also for the diversity and crazy high energy of the performances you can see throughout its tenure.
JULY 28: Car Seat Headrest w/ Naked Giants – Gothic Theatre With his band Car Seat Headrest, Will Toledo has constructed the perfect vehicle for his obsessions. One of this generation’s most prolific rock acts, the night will prove to be a perfect celebration of one of indie rock’s brightest stars.
JULY 28: Full Moon Kundalini Yoga and Sound Healing – Denver Botanic Gardens This multifaceted sonic experience gently stretches the bodies with an all levels Kundalini Yoga set followed by meditation. Then lay down for a sound healing with the gong and Tibetan singing bowls to integrate harmonic sound oscillations through the body delivering a deep energetic reboot to the nervous system. Conclude the evening with a silent mindfulness walk through the Gardens. Please bring a yoga mat, blanket and any props or pillows needed to make yourself comfortable for meditation and a deep relaxation on the floor. Led by Chris Anne Coviello of The Healing Space Wellness Center. Price: $54, $50 member
AUGUST 2: The Psychedelic Furs, X – Ogden Theatre If you were to dissect today’s alternative rock music, you’ll find that much of it pays homage to The Psychedelic Furs. The Furs scored major hits with “Love My Way,” “Pretty In Pink,” “Heaven,” “The Ghost In You,” and “Heartbreak Beat.”
THUR AUGUST 4: The Future is Liquid – Space Gallery Featuring work by Michael Hedges, Monroe Hodder, Miguel Edwards. Opening reception June 29th. 5-8pm Space Gallery – 400 Santa Fe Drive. 303-993-3321 www.spacegallery.org
AUGUST 4: Wine on the Rocks – Red Rocks This is the day your summer was made for! Tastings of 180 incredible wines, music, food and shopping to cap off an event nestled in the heart of Morrison overlooking the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater. Join us August 4th from noon to five o’clock on the beautiful fields of Edelweiss T.EV. overlooking Red Rocks Park for Wine on the Rocks, benefitting nonprofits in our community
AUGUST 4 & 5: Firefly Handmade Summer Market – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Our NEW location for Summer Market is super exciting…we’ll be on the parking lot of the Main Library, in the heart of Downtown next to the Boulder Creek path and the newly renovated Civic Area, and two blocks from the Farmers Market, with plenty of free parking nearby! This is such a great spot and we can’t wait for you to join us with: 100+ curated indie artisans, Live music, Food trucks, The ShutterBus VW Photo Booth Bus mobile photo booth, Art activities, Free admission Firefly Handmade is the Front Range’s premier marketplace for exclusively handmade artisan goods. Each market is creatively curated to feature returning and new artisans with home goods & décor, jewelry & accessories, adult & children’s fashion, skin care, ceramics, art, artisanal food, paper goods, and more.
8-8 Portugal. The Man w/ Oh Sees Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8-9 Leon Bridges Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8-12 Blake Brown & the American Dust Choir Levitt Pavilion
AUGUST 24: David Cross “OH COME ON” Tour! – Paramount Theater His particular brand of comedy perpetuates the idea that sarcasm is in fact the highest form of wit, whilst also eschewing rambling speeches for performance-based scenarios (he is after all, a veteran actor). Don’t miss out on one of America’s most original comedy minds!
THRU AUGUST 26: Derrick Adams: Transmission – MCA Denver The sculptures, installations, and works on paper included in this exhibition illustrate American artist Derrick Adams’ ongoing study of racial identity as it is both filtered through popular culture and also reimagined for the future. Each body of work featured in this exhibition highlights a particular strain of Adams’ sharp yet unexpectedly playful representations of figures both real and imagined, from the past and the future. Included in Transmission is his series of Boxhead sculptures depicting androgynous figures as viewed through an analog TV set. Held within these tight frames, the figures seem to burst forth from their boxes. Adams presents these faces as though from multiple viewpoints, toying with their flatness and suggesting that such portrayals on television might do better by endowing their characters with more dimensionality. His interactive sculptures invite viewers to perform their own infomercials, using generic objects as stand-ins for consumer products similarly pitched to a captive audience via television and the internet. Another interactive installation completes this survey of Adams’ work: Future People. A video projection transports viewers who are sitting in specially designed chairs on a platform into an imagined future. Passing through constellations of objects in a sci-fi setting, the viewer journeys to a particular future—one that is inspired by far-ranging sources related to AfroFuturism. Derrick Adams was born in 1970 in Baltimore, Maryland. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
THRU AUGUST 26: Lisa Oppenheim: Spine – MCA Denver For the exhibition Spine, Lisa Oppenheim repurposed photographs from Lewis Hine, a photojournalist from the early 20th century. Hine’s images dwell on the conditions of immigrant and child labor in American mills and factories from that time. Oppenheim appropriated specific works by Hine from the Library of Congress’ photographic archive that depict adolescent textile workers—primarily young women with physically misshapen backs. Hine originally documented these figures to illustrate the damaging effects of textile manufacturing on the spine. Oppenheim printed the images life-sized and bisected each image at the vertical points of the figure’s spine, effectively collapsing the subject and the photograph together. Two other series complete this survey of Oppenheim’s recent work: Remnants creates photographs from textile fragments the artist sourced from the same time period as Hine’s photographs; and Jacquard Weave, which features textile works woven from the same vintage fragments. With these two series, Oppenheim both borrows and translates troubling issues of the past into timely metaphors around labor, production, and craft today. Lisa Oppenheim (b. 1975, New York, NY) lives and works in Brooklyn. She received a BA in art and semiotics from Brown University in 1998 and an MFA in film and video from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, in 2001. Her work is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Israel Museum, Jerusalem, among others.
THRU AUGUST 26: KRISTEN HATGI SINK: HONEY – MCA Denver Honey is an exhibition of new work by Denver-based photographer Kristen Hatgi Sink. Sink has created a series of videos featuring the exhibition’s eponymous sticky substance—dripping and pouring over composed objects and human subjects. In them, flowers, fruit, and a young woman remain nearly motionless as honey runs over their respective delicate forms. Their inertia and Sink’s composition and use of a cold, bright light recall traditional styles of painting such as the portrait or the still-life. In the middle of the gallery, and in contrast to the videos’ delicate imagery, sits an austere glass vitrine containing honey. A simple, geometric basin resembling a minimalist sculpture, the tank will be the setting for multiple performances taking place throughout the duration of the exhibition.
Honey furthers Sink’s work with natural materials through the medium of photography. She uses butterflies, flowers, insects, fruit, and fish, in addition to human subjects, to create baroque scenes. With the videos, vitrine, and performances she created for MCA Denver, she explores honey’s cultural significance. The substance represents wealth, nutrition, sexuality and love, health and healing, and sacred love. Its chemical properties make it a natural preservative and as such it can also be associated with death. More recently, it has become a symbol of environmentalism, as the threats to bees’ existence have become better understood. Sink’s use of honey suggests many of these meanings and the contradictions that exist among them.
Kristen Hatgi Sink was born in 1984 in Denver, Colorado, where she currently lives and works. She earned a BFA at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her work has been exhibited at venues across the country and abroad, including at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Japanese Paper Museum Ino, and Cohju Contemporary Art.
THRU AUGUST 5: Opening Reception: Cyberscapes by Serenity Forge – Denver Botanic Gardens Experience landscapes both familiar and strange in the virtual worlds published and developed by video game production studio Serenity Forge. Through the colors of the autumnal countryside to the desolation of parched Martian-like deserts, explore the creation of narrative through the dream-like vistas of games designed for meaningful experience. Drawing from games including “Lifeless Planet,” “The King’s Bird” and “Once Upon a Coma.” The opening reception is free but please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org Artist talk is at 6:30 p.m.