Colorado College grad and former Denverite Thaddeus Phillips has done wonders for the curious and unexplored field of one-man tap-dancing as performance art. His imaginative, autobiographical signature piece, Lost Soles, has been thrilling avant-theater audiences across the nation since its debut four years ago in Philadelphia. Apparently a work in progress, the piece re-emerges in Denver today as Drive-In Lost Soles, sporting new props, scenes and choreography. Phillips will dazzle with furious dance moves and intriguing theatrical style at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, beginning tonight and continuing through July 11 (no shows June 24 -27 or July 4) at his local home away from home, the Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan Street. For tickets, $10 to $15, call 720-946-1388 or go to www.buntport.com.
Friday, June 11
World-music fans, get ready to dance in the streets. There will be plenty of reason to celebrate when Performance International's unique Global Groove World Music Festival debuts today in LoDo, in an ultra-hip setup behind Union Station at 16th and Wewatta streets. Brought to local audiences by the same folks who pull together the LoDo Music Festival and Buskerfest in downtown Denver each summer, the two-day Global Groove is all about music. Guests include Zimbabwe's Thomas Mapfumo, Congolese fusionists Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca, Algerian DJ Cheb i Sabbah (known as the master of "outernational DJ science"), British reggae-rapper Pato Banton and many others. But cultural immersion is on the roster, too: Along with the tunes, the fest offers lots of ethnic eats and an international marketplace. Music plays non-stop tonight from 5 p.m. to midnight and tomorrow from noon to midnight; for tickets, $20-$25, go to www.globalgroovefest.com.
Please don't swing from the chandelier at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, because it's way too precious. The center's brand-new light fixture is an exploding blown-glass confection designed by glass-art giant Dale Chihuly to permanently hang in the grand-entrance lobby. The high light will be unveiled at 7 p.m. this evening at the center, 30 West Dale Street in the Springs, following a members-only reception at 6 p.m. The public is then invited to hear Thomas Hoving, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, speak on "The Cool, Fiery Genius of Dale Chihuly," which elaborates on the artist's career using an arsenal of slide images. Tickets to the lecture/slide show are $17 to $20. Afterward, meet Hoving at a private reception (admission is $30 to $35). Tonight's gathering also marks the opening of several summer exhibits, including a Chihuly show focusing on glass "baskets" inspired by Navajo blankets. (If you're not hooked up with the center, a $10 one-day membership pass can be purchased at the door.) Call 1-719-634-5581 or log on to www.csfineartscenter.org for more information.
Saturday, June 12
Art doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Really. And besides, there's no open-air arts festival in town more rootsy and accessible than the Art Students League Summer Art Market, where art students, dabblers and established artists rub elbows each year, manning booths side by side while meeting and greeting the public. Along with the easy-to-navigate showcase of affordable works by more than 200 artists, live entertainment and kids' art activities are offered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow at the Art Students League of Denver, 200 Grant Street; for details, call 303-778-6990 or log on to www.asld.org. And while you're in the neighborhood, you might want to make your way over to the Baker Bargain Bonanza, an annual sidewalk sale in the historic Baker district that focuses on the funky Broadway retailers' row. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., today only. A map/directory is available at the corner of Broadway and Archer Place.
The seventeenth annual Art Against AIDS Auction, tonight at Invesco Field at Mile High, is a major fundraiser for the Colorado AIDS Project and also a great place to bid on something new and different for home collections. Over 400 items will be offered; along with a wealth of paintings, glass, sculpture, photography, jewelry and pottery, this year's works include some thirty artistic creations by employees of event sponsor Starbucks. There will also be a Let's Dish series of ceramic plates decorated by artists and celebrities. Bidders who want a sample can attend a preview party at 5 p.m. (admission is $60, by online reservation only); gates swing open to the public on Invesco's United Club Level at 6 p.m. for an admission price of $30 to $35. Call 303-837-0166 or go to www.coloradoaidsproject.org.
Sunday, June 13
Ferraris, Maseratis, Ducatis and Vespas are back: Italian automotive design is celebrated today at Automezzi XIV. For the annual gathering, fanatics drag their sleek Roman cars, motorcycles and scooters, new, old and seriously vintage, out of their garages for public viewing, parts trading and general shmoozing. Magnifico! Things rev up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, 1600 Pierce Street in Lakewood; a $3 donation to benefit Family Tree and the Cat Care Society is requested at the gate. Call 303-934-8679 or log on to www.automezzicolorado.org.
Monday, June 14
What better way to speed up your slow Monday than with a triple shot of screamin' virtuosity? The Eric McFadden Trio, a super-tight, jam-worthy ensemble led by P-Funk All-Stars guitarist McFadden and featuring Les Claypool cohort Paulo Baldi on drums and upright-bassist James Whiton, will tear it up tonight at 10 p.m. at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton Street. Tickets are $10; call 303-297-1772 or go to www.quixotes.com.