Everyone's a dreamer at the non-profit Microbusiness Development Corporation in Five Points. People come with hopes of opening their own business, whether the service is bike repair or steel-drum lessons. They cook Laotian dishes and concoct and bottle kick-butt barbecue sauces. They are artists, candle makers, writers, seamstresses, gelato makers and Celtic historians. Some import handbags made by women in the Malagasy rainforest. They are all of us, in some tiny way, folks just trying to get ahead in a world that wants to keep everyone in little boxes, straight from the cookie cutter.
Somehow, these remarkable people have edged out of the mold. To celebrate their small successes, MDC is hosting the second annual Global Marketfrom 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Mestizo-Curtis Park, near 31st Avenue and Curtis Street, in the heart of a neighborhood as diverse as the non-profit organization's marvelously disparate clientele. "The mission's there, but don't come because of that," market organizer Jason Page says of the event. "Come to enjoy yourself."
And that won't be hard: Along with more than seventy booths staffed by local micro-businesses, the event will also include live entertainment -- from mariachi bands to gospel singers to hip-hop dancers -- plus a Denver Nuggets basketball clinic for kids and a battalion of resource information tables.
Samba SaturdaySAT, 8/27
Sambas and summer breezes -- what fortuitous entanglement could ever be more perfectly suited to a mellow August afternoon in Washington Park? It's a magical combination that clearly works, as evidenced by the return today of Brazilian Jazz in the Park, an al fresco fundraiser hosted by public-radio station KUVO, featuring Latin tastes from Piscos Restaurant and the delightful sounds of local Brazilian musician Dado Sá and friends. It's the Rio thing, all right. Tickets to the affair, which goes from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Boat House on Smith Lake, near Kentucky Avenue and Franklin Street, are $40; call 303-480-9272, ext. 37, or go to www.kuvo.org to make reservations. -- Susan Froyd
The Blues Brothers notches its 25th anniversary.
The scene was one that any moviemaker would relish: There, in the office of the mayor of Chicago, stood Elwood and Jake Blues, accepting the keys to the city -- after they had driven cars through a number of public buildings with the law in hot pursuit.
Twenty-five years ago, actors Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, aka Elwood and Jake in The Blues Brothers, embodied the kind of spirit that Chicagoans -- even then-mayor Jane Byrne -- loved. A few shattered panes of glass seemed a small price to pay for the windfall director John Landis provided by filming his comedic musical on location in the Windy City.
While Belushi is long gone, the Blues Brothers live on. And tonight at 7:30 p.m., to mark the quarter-century since the film's release, there will be a national 25th-anniversary celebration, featuring a live, pre-screening question-and-answer session with Landis and Aykroyd via satellite.
Prices vary according to location. At least three local outlets -- Greenwood Plaza 12 in Englewood, Colorado Mills in Lakewood and Thornton Town Center 10 in Thornton -- have scheduled the show. For more information, log on to www.BigScreenConcerts.com.
They're on a mission from God. -- Ernie Tucker
Aurora spices things up.
"People want opportunities to identify with their community and get away from MTV," says Marie Addleman, special-events coordinator for the City of Aurora (although she's apparently speaking for everyone except those of us whose only real source of community is MTV). To hasten the bonding, may we suggest today's World Fusion Festival: Asian-Pacific Event? Aurora has invested a lot of energy in revitalization -- from street lighting to public art -- and the Fusion Festivals are a way to celebrate the Colfax Art District while showcasing the city's diversity. Last June's Russian-flavored fusion drew nearly 300 people, and Addleman is confident that today's entertainment -- taking place at Fletcher Plaza, 9898 East Colfax Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- will attract even greater numbers.
Cultural connoisseurs can tune in to the sounds of Balinese instruments called "gender wayang," as well as Polynesian music and hula dancing, tunes from a Japanese harp, Indian songs and dances, and a show by a Korean performance troupe. If music's not your thing, you can check out exhibitors waxing poetic on feng shui, yoga and tai chi, or vendors hawking innumerable imported crafts. The festival will lay out a variety of lip-smacking Asian cuisine, though more traditional food will be available, too. ("It's not a festival without cotton candy," Addleman explains.) So come to original Aurora and get your gender wayang on.