It's just the start of a whole spool of fiber-art exhibits about to unwind along the Front Range this month in conjunction with the upcoming Handweavers Guild of America conference in Denver, but it's an auspicious beginning. The Metro State Center for the Visual Arts, 1734 Wazee Street, has approached its theme of choice with stunning and magnificently displayed work from front-runners in the fiber field. Grand Fiber -- a convergence of three diverse but complementary exhibitions, including The American Tapestry Biennial IV, a fresh look at an old art organized by the American Tapestry Alliance; Small Expressions, an HGA-sponsored collection of intricate, small-scale works no larger than sixteen inches in any direction; and I Can See for Miles, a yardage show focusing on unique fabric design and also coordinated by the HGA -- opens at the center today and continues through August 7. There's a free reception from 7 to 9 p.m. on June 10, and Bhakti Ziek, curator of I Can See for Miles, will offer a gallery talk at 1 p.m. on July 3; for details, call 303-294-5207. For news of other regional fiber exhibits opening this week, see the Night & Day gallery listings at www.westword.com.
Friday, June 4
Don't forget the fiber-free galleries, which kick off the summer season with this evening's First Friday events. The spunky new DC Gallery, 125 Broadway, champions lowbrow art-cult figure Shag, aka Josh Agle, a Los Angeleno illustrator whose prints and paintings steal liberally from the '60s shape and color palettes, repackaging those elements with modern appeal. Monkeys and wolves lace themselves into Shag's cartoonish view of popular culture for Pick of the Litter, which opens with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. tonight at DC; Shag and his limited-edition serigraph, "The Melancholy Wolfman," will both be there. The show runs through July 1; call 303-733-4401 or go to www.dc-gallery.com. This is also opening night for another newcomer: The Construct Creative Arts Collective is a combined gallery, performance space, screening room and studio space at 3517 Brighton Boulevard, and absolutely every part of the place will be in motion at an official celebration beginning at 7 p.m. An $8 donation is requested at the door; for information, log on to www.theconstruct.org. And the recently reconfigured + Zeile/Judish, at 2350 Lawrence Street, will be making its State of the Union address. The so-named group display by gallery artists is both a barn-raising for Zeile/Judish's official stable and an affirmation of the co-directors' decision to remain in the area. That exhibit and The Sociable Anchorite, a companion show featuring new works by Gabriel Liston, open with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. and continue through July 3; call 303-296-0927 or go to www.zeilejudish.com.
Clear Purple Productions, the Denver creators of the comedy pilot So Dope, are making a lot of big promises about tonight's So Dope Comedy Night at the Bluebird Theater. Not only will audience members be treated to a pilot screening, live comedy by locals Josh Blue, Andrew Ovredahl, Larry Killingworth and Hooked on Ebonics, freestyle dancers and music by Felisia, but folks will also leave the venue with increased chances of meeting hot chicks or boyfriends with improved listening skills and having kinky sex. That's what they say; you do the math. The least you can expect, though, is a freakin' good time. Shows are at 8 and 10 p.m. at the Bluebird, 3317 East Colfax Avenue; for tickets, $13 to $15, call 303-322-2308 or log on to www.ticketweb.com.
Saturday, June 5
Grab your hats, shades and sunscreen: The Capitol Hill People's Fair is back, filling Civic Center Park with music, art, food and billions of groovy people partying under the sun this weekend. This is Denver's biggest and, some would insist, best festival, a tradition fair-goers couldn't live without. Here's what makes it so addictive: More than seventy of the region's best bands and musicians will perform on five stages, while zoot-suiters dance all day around the KEZW Swing Stage; arts-and-crafts vendors from across the nation will sell and demonstrate their wares; food booths will dish out turkey legs, gyros, cheese steaks and lemonade; the Yellow Design Bicycle Stunt Team will wow crowds with stunts. And that's just for starters. Walk, jump on your bike, or hop on a bus or light-rail train and hightail it down to Broadway and Colfax Avenue. The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow; call 303-830-1651 or log on to www.peoplesfair.com.
Over at Invesco Field at Mile High, football fanatics in withdrawal can enjoy a festival of a different color. The annual Broncos Fan Fair puts fans right where they like to be: up-close and personal with their heroes, including every Broncos team member and coach, and even with team heroines (that's cheerleaders, guys). There will be plenty of hands-on activities (but hands off the ravishing rah-rah girls), including informational "huddles" with Broncos staffers, panel discussions, Broncos Bingo, contests and more, today and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ticket prices range from $7 to $30; call 303-830-TIXS or go to www.denverbroncos.com.
Sunday, June 6
The parrot-pushing Gabriel Foundation is anything but birdbrained. The Denver-based parrot-welfare organization is dedicated to protecting the brightly colored and rapidly disappearing avians, whether they live in captivity or in the wild. To raise awareness, the national nonprofit will host its first annual Gabriel Foundation Parrot Promenade, with a lunch buffet (catering to both parrots and people), a silent auction, a parrot/owner look-alike contest, an Ask the Vet information table, parrot photo sessions and more, today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hudson Gardens, 6115 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. This is something to squawk about! The all-inclusive admission fee is a $45 donation ($5 for children twelve and under; those under six admitted free). Call 303-629-5900 or log on to www.thegabrielfoundation.org.
Monday, June 7
The talk should be lively at the Colorado Theatre Guild Critics Forum, an annual discussion with a panel of local critics on the state of regional theater. Avenue Theater poobah and Denver theater veteran John Ashton moderates, and Lisa Bornstein (Rocky Mountain News), Mark Collins (Boulder Daily Camera), David Marlow (Out Front), John Moore (Denver Post) and Juliet Wittman (Westword) will all have their say on who's who and what's what tonight at 7 p.m. at the Acoma Center, 1080 Acoma Street. Tickets are $5 (free for guild members); call 720-936-8761 or go to www.coloradotheatreguild.org.
Tuesday, June 8
Author Chip Ward, whose previous book, Canaries on the Rim: Living Downwind in the West, recounted the grim repercussions of unchecked toxic-waste dumping in Utah's Great Basin, returns to similar subject matter in Hope's Horizon: Three Visions for Healing the American Land -- but from a more positive angle. Ward will introduce his book, a look at grassroots environmental campaigns, as part of the Tattered Cover's ongoing Rocky Mountain Land Series, tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street. Call 303-436-1070 for details.
Wednesday, June 9
A classy actor who's stretched himself in more than a few suspenseful roles, Gene Hackman has taken to writing novels in the same vein. His second book, Justice for None, co-authored by journalist Daniel Lenihan, is set in the Depression-era Midwest and ends with a bang. Both authors will read from the novel and sign copies at 5:30 p.m. today at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street. Free tickets for a place in the autograph line will be handed out starting at 4:30 p.m.; call 303-436-1070.