Homage to Heroes

Touching tribute launches new arts center

 WED, 9/17

The horrors of 9/11 left many Americans grasping for meaning. New York journalist Anne Nelson was one of them, and when she was asked to assist a fire captain in writing eulogies for eight of his finest who died, she composed a commemoration for each. In the process, she discovered a story of bravery that she titled simply The Guys. Originally presented by the Actors' Gang, whose artistic director is Tim Robbins, The Guys is a two-character play whose headliners have included Helen Hunt, Susan Sarandon and William H. Macy. The show stops here at 7:30 p.m. tonight and runs through September 21; performances will help launch the University of Denver's Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 East Iliff Avenue. The play's final act is an interactive "talk-back" with the actors, the audience and local first responders who traveled to New York to join in the rescue effort.

"It's a powerful piece, because we were all there in some sense," says Stephen Seifert, Newman executive director. "This is an artistic expression that honors the victims and those who responded." Tickets, $30, are available at www.ticketmaster.com or at the Newman Center box office. Call 303-871-7720 for more information. -- Kity Ironton

The Guys depicts heroes of the 9/11 tragedy.
The Guys depicts heroes of the 9/11 tragedy.
Fiesta Colorado celebrates Mexican Independence 
Day in Parker.
Fiesta Colorado celebrates Mexican Independence Day in Parker.

Pyle revisits traditional formula
THURS, 9/11

Chuck Pyle strongly believes in one of country music's bygone pastimes: the song circle. With his Writer's Round-Up series, which brings songwriter-musicians together on stage, he seeks to re-create the circle's exchange of ideas and good times. "It's a chance for really talented people to be with each other, which doesn't happen very often," says Pyle.

For the first performances of the series, Pyle will share the stage with Nashville's Tom Kimmel and local favorite Dave Zobl, two of the hundreds of artists he hopes to showcase with the series.

Tonight's 7:30 p.m. show is at Arvada's Olde Town Pickin' Parlor, 7515 Grandview Avenue. Tickets are $10; call 303-421-2304 to tune in. -- Jonelle Wilkinson Seitz

Fiesta Colorado Spreads Its Heritage
SAT, 9/13

Who says the suburbs have no culture? The Fiesta Colorado Dance Company swirls into Parker tonight to perform "Baila Baila" as part of the city's family-oriented "Eyes, Hearts and Hands" multicultural series. Tonight's event highlights Mexican Independence Day and includes Mexican craft-making activities for kids at 6:30 p.m., followed by the 7 p.m. show. Expect a kaleidoscope of color and authentic, impassioned rhythms from the locally based troupe. Jeanette Trujillo-Lucero has directed the company since she founded it in the 1970s, and many Fiesta Colorado dancers have trained since childhood in her school. The troupe, which has performed in Mexico, China and throughout the Southwest, will make its second public appearance in Parker tonight. Cady Dawson, cultural coordinator for the city, says she was eager to work with the group again after collaborating last year.

"They are avidly working to educate children throughout the area about Mexican culture," says Dawson.

The performance will be at the Mainstreet Center, 19650 East Mainstreet, Parker. Tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for kids and seniors, are available at the door or by calling 303-805-3263. -- Jonelle Wilkinson Seitz

 
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