Discover Denver’s Arts and Culture this Fall

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The Mile High City’s cultural calendar is packed with a diverse collection of must-sees during the fall of 2013, ranging from an illuminating journey through centuries of French art at the Denver Art Museum to a (literally) explosive exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

 Fall is the perfect time to visit Denver, thanks to great hotel deals starting as low as $52.80. And the savings don’t end there. The new Mile High Culture Pass is the most wallet-friendly way to experience Denver’s thriving arts and cultural world. With the Culture Pass in hand, you’ll receive admission to seven of the city’s most fascinating attractions, all for the bargain, “Mile High” price of $52.80 (a savings of more than $25) or three attractions of your choice for $25 (a savings of $12).

Below is a sampling of 10 exhibits, events and activities that you need to see this fall in Denver.

1.            Take a Trip to Paris’ Art World, Without Leaving The Mile High City

When: October 27, 2013-February 9, 2014

Where: Denver Art Museum

Passport to Paris will transport visitors on a journey through the French art world from the late 1600s to early 1900s. The exhibit includes works by Degas, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec and other “rock stars” of the art world, including the most Monet works ever exhibited in Denver. Passport To Paris is really three shows for the price of one, including:

-        Court to Café: Three Centuries of French Masterworks: See 50 masterpieces that highlight the richness of French painting, ranging from the 17th through the early 20th century, including pieces by Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Claude Monet.

-        Nature as Muse: French Impressionist Landscapes: Focusing on landscape paintings, the exhibition will feature pastoral works from the late 19th century, including gorgeous pieces by Cézanne, Monet, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, and Alfred Sisley.

-        Drawing Room: An Intimate Look at French Drawings: Offering an up-close-and-personal look at the creative mind at work, this exhibition features approximately 39 works-on-paper, from rapid sketches to finished pastels by François Boucher, Jacques-Louis David, Théodore Géricault, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Toulouse-Lautrec, Monet, and Sisley.

2.            Uncover the Truth with the MythBusters!

When: October 11, 2013-January 5, 2014

Where:  Denver Museum of Nature & Science

MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition comes with a virtual warning sticker: “Don’t Try This At Home!” But you’ll try it all this fall at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, as you uncover the truth behind some of science’s popular myths, via a dozen interactive experiences. Can you really blow down a house by huffing and puffing? Will running in the rain keep you drier than walking? Can you really hang off a ledge like an action hero? Just like the dynamic TV series, Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition mixes scientific method with gleeful curiosity and old-fashioned ingenuity to create a hands-on, interactive experience for all ages.

3.            Experience The Cultural Cornucopia of Denver Arts Week

When: November 1-9

Where: Various locations

Denver celebrates all of the arts from performing to visual during this annual event, as locals and visitors explore the city’s neighborhood studios, theaters and galleries, as well as its world-class museums. Highlights include:

-        Know Your Arts First Friday: On Friday, November 1, Denver Arts Week kicks off with this citywide street party: dozens of art galleries in the city’s vibrant art districts stay open late, offering live music, art demonstrations, food and drink, and a chance to interact with artists.

-        Night At The Museums: On Saturday, November 3, nearly two dozen of the city’s top museums and attractions, including the Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Zoo, The Clyfford Still Museum, the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), The CELL, and the Molly Brown House Museum will stay open until 10 p.m. for free, offering special programs, music and events.

-        Denver’s On Stage: Denver’s performing arts world struts its stuff all week long during Denver’s On Stage, featuring special deals and discounts for theater, dance, music and more.

DenverArtsWeek.com is a one-stop shop for all events and information, including hidden gems, family friendly events, and great hotel deals.

 

4.            Quench Your Thirst for Knowledge at Living West

When: Opening November 23

Where: History Colorado Center

Learn how water (or a lack thereof) has defined the spirit, inspired the imaginations, and impacted the lives of Colorado residents in sometimes-unexpected ways. This latest and greatest permanent exhibit at the History Colorado Center explores how Coloradoans have made their homes on this state’s fierce yet fragile land.

5.            Get Irreverent at The Book of Mormon

When: October 22-November 24

Where: Denver Center for the Performing Arts

From the creators of South Park, The Book of Mormon returns to Denver! This cheeky – and oddly uplifting – musical is back by popular demand after a sold-out run in 2012. The winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, do not miss the show the New York Times called “the best musical of this century.”

6.            Walk the Red Carpet at the Starz Denver Film Festival

When: November 6-17

Where: SIE FilmCenter and The Denver Performing Arts Complex

A feast for lovers of adventurous and independent cinema, the Starz Denver Film Festival features more than 200 films from around the world. Indiewire recently named this event one of the top 50 film festivals in the world. The full schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

7.            Sketch With Still at Drawing/Painting/Process

When: October 4, 2013-February 9, 2014

Where: Clyfford Still Museum

Get a previously unseen glimpse at famed abstract expressionist painter Clyfford Still’s marvelous drawings and sketches. These were sometimes made in preparation for Still’s paintings, but as this fascinating exhibition at The Clyfford Still Museum shows, they are incredible works of art all on their own.

8.            See Unforgettable Photos at Heimrad Bäcker: Landscape M

When: Opens September 27

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA)

The photographer and poet Heimrad Bäcker (1925-2003) dedicated his life to documenting the remnants of Nazism and the Holocaust. These photographs look away from the scenes usually associated with the Shoah – barracks, gates, train tracks – and focus on tiny details that speak volumes: indentations in stone, twisted steel rods, and concrete foundations. MCA Denver’s exhibition is the first of Bäcker’s work in the U.S., and it is the first to show the body of work left behind after his death.

9.            Discover A Vast Collection of International Design Treasures

When: Through December 31

Where: Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Explore Denver’s most fascinating small museum. Their latest exhibit, New Explorations in International Design 1878-2000 highlights the museum’s international design collection, recognized as one of the most important displays in North America, from the last quarter of the 19th century through the 20th century. Styles represented include Arts & Crafts, Aesthetic, Art Nouveau, Glasgow Style, Wiener Werkstätte, De Stijl, Bauhaus, Art Deco, Modern, Pop Art and Post-Modern.

10.         Enjoy the Great Outdoors and Great Art

When: Through January 12, 2013

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens’s Catalyst: Colorado Sculpture celebrates the achievements and vision of Colorado sculptors, as 12 artists have transformed the lush, outdoor landscape with stunning, 3-D work. Perspectives of space are altered as visitors experience the Gardens’ grounds in a new way. The artwork introduces a variety of color, texture, and form into an already rich environment.

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Glenwood Springs Couple Fully Restores 1962 Shasta Travel Trailer

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A lover of all things vintage, Vicky Nash’s gears started turning when she saw a 1962 Shasta Airflyte headed to the landfill in Denver. Seeing past rusted and chipped paint, she brought the trailer home where it would be souped up her husband, Richard. “He can fix and build anything,” says Vicky. Equipped with a background of building multi-million dollar homes, Richard fully restored and modernized the trailer with electricity, plumbing and running water. It’s hauled by a 1961 Ford Galaxie, also restored by Richard, which was found in a field in Carbondale.

Fully Restored 1962 Shasta AirFlyte

Fully Restored 1962 Shasta AirFlyte

Paired with Vicky’s design work, the travel trailer is an absolute red shining beauty that hauls this couple on road trips throughout Colorado.   “It sparks memories for so many people,” says Vicky. “On our first road trip through western Colorado a gentlemen came over and said ‘This is like rolling art’ and that was such a compliment to us. We have never though of ourselves as artists but it really is art,” smiles Vicky.

Carri Wilbanks with Richard & Vicky Nash inside a fully Restored 1962 Shasta AirFlyte

Carri Wilbanks with Richard & Vicky Nash inside a fully Restored 1962 Shasta AirFlyte

For more on the Nashes or to check out the 1968 Scotty For Sale: Click Here 

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10 Things To Do In Denver During Memorial Day Weekend

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Denver celebrates the start of the summer season with a long weekend packed with events, including a free, day-long music festival in downtown Denver, thrilling pro sports and outdoor adventure.  This is just the beginning of summer in The Mile High City.

1.    Honor our military heroes at the Memorial Day Parade and Tribute Ceremony, May 25

Denver will commemorate those who lost their lives while serving our country during this event, starting at 11:30 a.m. in Civic Center Park. The Veterans Memorial Day Tribute at the Veterans Monument follows the parade.

2. Encounter Mammoths & Mastodons at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, through May 27

It’s the last weekend to experience this exhibit, where you will encounter some of Earth’s most awe-inspiring mammals and see the fossils discovered at the Snowmass Dig in Colorado.

Mammoths & Mastodons at DMNS

Mammoths & Mastodons at DMNS

3. See Thomas Jefferson’s Bible at the History Colorado Center, through May 27

Don’t miss this rare showing of Jefferson’s Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth, which Thomas Jefferson assembled in 1820.

4.    Rock out all day long at Denver Day of Rock,  May 25

For the fifth year in a row, downtown Denver’s 16th Street pedestrian mall will be transformed into a massive block party with 25 free rock concerts performed on five stages throughout the day.

5.    Shake things up at ArtStir, May 24-27

Local creatives get crafty at the first ArtStir Denver, a weekend-long market at the Denver Pavilions showcasing Colorado art, music and fashion.

6.    Wander through Colorado’s best art at The Downtown Denver Arts Festival, May 24-26

Mix and mingle with thousands of fellow fine art lovers at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, during the 15th Annual event that features more than 150 of Colorado’s best artists.

7.    Experience major league soccer with the Colorado Rapids, May 25

At Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, the Rapids take on Chivas USA

8.    Take a date to Sense and Sensibility The Musical, through May 26

It’s your last chance to see this musical in Denver at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

9.    Sing along with Les Misérables, May 22-26

Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Misérables returns to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts for one week along with the songs you know you can’t help but sing along to.

10.    Catch a concert under the stars at Red Rock Park and Amphitheatre with the Randy Rogers Band and the Casey Donahew Band, May 26

Enjoy an Americana-filled evening with two country bands at one of the world’s most famous outdoor venues.

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Bizarre Art: Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels

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Fueled by her imagination, Dana Schutz creates art that is beyond the border of uncomfortable and even absurd. Her bold and colorful brushstrokes take us places that most imaginations don’t explore. Her show, Dana Schutz: If The Face Had Wheels, opens tomorrow (11/11) at the Denver Art Museum. The show explores ten years of art Schutz first created in her mind.  ”This is even beyond a scope of abstract art. Dana creates her art based on imagination alone,” says curator Gwen Chantzi.

Catch Carri with Dana Schutz at "Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels" preview

Catch Carri with Dana Schutz at “Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels” preview

Expect her art to make you feel uneasy. When I came face to face with the Self Eaters series I shied away. But I toughened up and allowed myself to think along the same lines of Schutz. She often explores what she refers to as “what ifs.” In the case, she thought about people having the ability to digest themselves and then produce parts to reconstruct themselves. Bizarre? Absolutely. She enters territory many artists don’t explore. “She is open to the outlandish and unthinkable. That’s part of the magic,” says Chantzi. “This is one of the most fun shows I have hung. You have sights lines and surprises.”

Schutz's distinctive visual style is characterized by vibrant color and raw and tactile brushwork.

Schutz’s distinctive visual style is characterized by vibrant color and raw and tactile brushwork.

Schutz admits her paintings are outrageous and even odd but hopes they are equally witty and humorous. “You have to let yourself go places you normally wouldn’t allow yourself to go,” says Schutz. When she is thinking of what to paint, Schutz often uses words as a springboard. In her verb series, Schutz places words together like Swimming Smoking Breathing. “I like putting things together that you wouldn’t think go together.”

This first 10-year survey features 31 paintings and 9 drawings created since 2001

This first 10-year survey features 31 paintings and 9 drawings created since 2001

Schutz’s paintings are absolutely bizarre, but she isn’t afraid to break boundaries and norms to make herself stand out as an innovative artist. “There’s a certain braveness about what she does,” says Chantzi. “Dana has an incredible, free, unbridled imagination,”

Schutz’s subjects spring from an absurdist sensibility as she invents imaginary stories or hypothetical situations

Schutz’s subjects spring from an absurdist sensibility as she invents imaginary stories or hypothetical situations

Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels will be on view through January 13, 2013.

Denver Art Museum
100 W 14th Ave Parkway
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 865-5000

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Win Tickets: “Becoming Van Gogh” at Denver Art Museum

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One Person Will Win Two Tickets to Becoming Van Gogh at the Denver Art Museum 

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1. Like Catch Carri on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/CatchCarri

2. Email carri@firsttakefeatures.com and tell her your favorite Van Gogh Painting (Emails kept private and are used so we can notify the winners)

More than 70 paintings are displayed in "Becoming Van Gogh" Exhibit runs through January 20, 2013

More than 70 paintings are displayed in “Becoming Van Gogh” Exhibit runs through January 20, 2013

It’s been seven years in the making. “Becoming Van Gogh,” an exhibit that willonly be showcased in the Mile High, opened at the Denver Art Museum today.  Explore 70 Van Gogh paintings on loan from 40 international museums and collections. Curator Timothy Stranding took on the Titanic size challenge and stopped at nothing to make it happen..  Museum director, Christoph Heinrich, applauds the effort.  “You want curators with big dreams.”

“Isn’t this terrific?” grins Stranding as he points to a painting filled with flowers

bursting with color. “You can see Van Gogh discovered the world of color while living in the South of France.” With sights set on specific paintings, Stranding wanted to tell a story. Each painting and sketch was targeted for a specific reason. You will explore the different styles and techniques Van Gogh experimented with over his 10 year career.

In response to the question of all celebrated artists why did Stranding lock his focus on Van Gogh? Painting a proud smile on his face and adjusting his signature orange bow tie Stranding stood up taller. “He was an underdog with four failed careers. He worked hard enough and became disciplined enough to become one of the most famous artists of all time.”

 

You quickly learn success didn’t quickly fall onto the painter’s palette. Rough but accurate paintings show a unique style that is adding a vibrant new energy to the DAM. Van Gogh quotes accent each of the four rooms of the exhibit. “And the great isn’t something accidental. It must be willed.” As is clear with each of his spontaneous but deliberate brush strokes.

Search for Van Gogh's Signature Painted Bow-Ties

Search for Van Gogh’s Signature Painted Bow-Ties

“Becoming Van Gogh”  October 21-January 20, $13-$25
720-865-5000 or denverartmuseum.org.
Denver Art Museum
100 W 14th Ave. Pkwy.
Denver, CO 80204

Museum Curator, Timothy Stranding, speaks about the progression of self taught Artist, Vincent Van Gogh

Museum Curator, Timothy Stranding, speaks about the progression of self taught Artist, Vincent Van Gogh

Self Portrait. 1887. "It is difficult to know one self, but it isn't easy to paint onself eaither." Vincent Van Gogh

Self Portrait. 1887. “It is difficult to know one self, but it isn’t easy to paint onself eaither.” Vincent Van Gogh

 

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