The Rhythm of Andalusia

Multimedia flamenco show captures gitano spirit

SAT, 5/1

Lola/Sings saetas/The little bullfighters/Circle around her/And the little barber/From his doorway/Follows the rhythms/With his head. These words from famed Andalusian poet Federico García Lorca will echo during The Spanish Muse, a two-day celebration of Spanish poetry, music, art and dance.

Flamenco group Ojaleo will provide the música, along with Sherefe, a band known for its Middle Eastern influence, and ethnic-fusion ensemble Laughing Hands. Flamenco dancers will accompany the music, and Lorca-inspired artwork will be projected onto the walls during the performances.

"We based the event around fifteen or so poems by García Lorca," explains Steve Mullins, Muse's producer and co-author of the musical score. "We asked all of the artists participating to draw influence from the poetry, and we based the music off the same. The result is pretty amazing." Collaboration among the various arts serves to enhance each form.

Mullins hopes the production will be successful enough to allow organizers to stage a large-scale flamenco show every year. The goal is to expand the troupe and generate interest throughout the Rocky Mountain region.

"It will be a powerful and beautiful experience totally unique to this area," he promises.

Musetakes place at Silver Creek High School, 4901 Nelson Road in Longmont, at 7 p.m. this evening and 2 p.m. tomorrow. A silent auction at Small Circle Imports and Coffeehouse, 1139 Francis Street in Longmont, begins at 5 p.m. today. Performance tickets, $8 to $12, are available at Small Circle or by calling 303-682-5080. -- Adam Cayton-Holland

Home Brewed
Triple Espresso has the right comedic blend
TUES, 5/4

Nearly a decade ago, three Minnesotans joined forces in a basement with the goal of writing the funniest show in America. Pooling talents from the music and magic worlds, they createdTriple Espresso, an ensemble piece about three characters celebrating the 25-year anniversary of their "big break" at a Kiwanis club. The trio of coffeehouse flops -- Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean -- must get over the memories of a disastrous appearance on The Mike Douglas Show and tell their stories, with a little help from the audience. From its humble beginning at a church, the vaudeville-style performance has gone on to gross more than $27 million from 5,000-plus performances in four different countries. And starting today, Denverites can get a taste of what has been described as a corny but feel-good, all-ages comedy, at the Ricketson Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets.

Triple Espresso spouts off at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturdays and Sundays, through September. Tickets, $34 to $39, are available at 303-893-4100, www.denvercenter.org, or the Denver Center box office. -- Adam Cayton-Holland

African Voices
FRI, 4/30

Enjoy uplifting voices tonight at a performance by the African Children's Choir, a group of 26 children who range in age from seven to twelve and hail from five African countries: Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Nigeria and Ghana. The mission of the traveling choir is to raise awareness of Africa's destitute and orphaned youth. The concert, which will feature African and contemporary spiritual music and dance, begins at 7:30 p.m. at First Plymouth Congregational Church, 3501 South Colorado Boulevard in Englewood.

The performance is free, but donations to the African Children's Choir Program will be accepted. For information, call 303-762-0616; for more on the choir, visit www.africanchildrenschoir.com. -- Julie Dunn

Westward Ho!
Stimulating stories from women with a past
THURS, 4/29

Lusty ladies of the 1880s gold rush will tell their stories during the premiere performance of Hallelujah House. Based on Soiled Doves of Colorado and the Westby local author Carolyn Evans Campbell, Hallelujah House is a musical collage of poems, monologues and ballads performed by the Evergreen Players.

"It's not just a story about prostitutes; it's a story about survival," says Campbell. "These were independent women who came out West with hope, and those hopes were dashed. It's a story of contrasts -- joy and sorrow, love and despair."

Directed by Marta Barnard, the historical play opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Center/Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive in Evergreen, and continues through May 2. A second staging runs May 6 through 8 at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder.

Tickets, $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors, can be purchased at 303-674-4934 or at www.evergreenplayers.org. -- Julie Dunn

 
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