Lauri Lynnxe Murphy is a Denver artist with a mission: to stop the commercialization of America. "You can drive across the entire country, and every place has an Applebee's and a Chili's," she says. "I just felt like local art was getting lost."
So earlier this summer, Murphy opened Pod, a store that specializes in local art and culture -- from handbags and framed sketches to comic books and literary journals.
Located inside Andenken Gallery, 2110 Market Street, Pod features glassworks by Zoe's Art Glass, pottery by Sumi Von Dassow and Dave Seiler, music from Velveteen Records, and purses by Tutela and Sugarpuss, Murphy's own label.
"I'm looking for things that aren't mass-produced," she says. And a little bit out of the ordinary -- for example, voodoo dolls adorned with likenesses of Donald Rumsfeld and W. "There is so much talent here. I think it's just under-recognized."
Pod is open Thursdays through Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. For further information, call 303-292-3281. -- Julie Dunn
Get Into a Jam
Music lovers of all types can party together at today's Coors Light Mountain Jam, a twelve-hour concert with performances by 50 Cent, the Doors of the 21st Century, Korn, Evanescence, P.O.D., the Roots, DMC, American Hi-Fi, Gov't Mule, Groove Armada, and Toots and the Maytals. "The vision was to really bring a lot of different types of music genres to the festival environment," says Coors spokeswoman Hilary Martin. "We've got a great merging of talents, from hip-hop to classic rock to reggae."
Held at Morrison's mountainous Valhalla, Red Rocks, the Jam starts at noon and will also feature a DJ stage and a "chill-out" lounge, where you might get a chance to snuggle up to one of the Coors Light twins.
The written West rides again
Mayor John Hickenlooper will settle into a Tattered Cover easy chair tonight to read aloud from Pam Houston's novels at the seventh annual Words to Stir the Soul: Readings From the American West, a celebration of our region's rich literary heritage. The evening is sponsored by the University of Colorado at Boulder's Center of the American West; participants -- including TC owner Joyce Meskis and local author Manuel Ramos -- will each have five minutes to share select Western-inspired writings.
"Everyone chooses their favorite passage, which gives you a good sense of the reader's character," says Patricia Nelson Limerick, the center's faculty director and a CU-Boulder history and environmental studies professor. The gathering, she adds, is "really something that people look forward to. It's my impression that people are quite sad that nobody reads aloud to them anymore."
The readin' rodeo will convene at the LoDo Tattered Cover, 1628 16th Street, at 7:30 p.m. For details, call 303-492-4879 or visit www.centerwest.org. -- Julie Dunn