The metro area's new Documentary Cinema Institute is still a young venture, but founder Carol Beeby's hopes are high. She envisions the organization as a lifeline to local documentary filmmakers, eventually encompassing a study center complete with a film library, screening room and low-cost editing facility. For now, though, the green nonprofit is focusing on building community by offering workshops, screenings, filmmaker talks and (soon) critique sessions for aspiring documentarians.
You don't have to be a filmmaker to enjoy the institute's Documentary Cinema Classics Series, a monthly event occurring on first Tuesdays at the Fox Street House, an old home at 714 Fox Street that was converted into a screening room and meeting place. Without giving anything away, Beeby promises a variety of offerings that could range from some of the earliest documentaries ever made -- such as Victorian-age you-are-there films of train stations and city streets by the pioneering Lumière Brothers -- to the cold-eyed, cutting-edge contemporary works of such filmmakers as Errol Morris. Admission is free, although Beeby suggests a $5 donation to help cover venue costs; refreshments are potluck.
On September 27 at 7 p.m., DCI will host filmmaker Don Downey, who will introduce his film, Time in the Barrel,at the Fox Street House. In October, a series of monthly workshops starts up in Boulder. For more information, or to sign up for proposed critique sessions, call 303-444-1351 or go to www.documentaryinstitute.org. -- Susan Froyd
A Rosy Picture An insider offers advice on making money in art. TUES, 9/6
In Rodney Wallace's world, artists don't have to starve. Shocking, we know, but he says it's true.
"I do well. In fact, I am I'm doing very well in Denver, Colorado," says the pop-art painter who worked in New York City during the '80s. "My business model was to open my own gallery and do twenty showings a year, and it's worked. I've sold more since November, when I opened KOUBOU a Deux, than I had since I moved to Denver."
But Wallace isn't hogging all of his financial know-how. He's teaching a class, Making Money in the Art Business, tonight at Mario's Double Daughter's Salotto, 1632 Market Street, as part of "self-made," the bar's weekly art-education workshops started by local art phenom, Katie Taft. "If you're in the art world and don't know Katie Taft, you're not in the art world," Wallace says. "She's excellent. She's doing promotions, works with Double Daughter's to do self-made, and takes the advice I preach to all of the artists I teach."
The sermon begins at 5:30 p.m., when Wallace says he'll let burgeoning artists in on the secret of not only making -- but saving -- money.
Hips will be swaying all across town this weekend as the best tango dancers in North America fine-tune their sacadas and ochos during Denver's Sixth Annual Labor Day Milonguero Festival. The dance party gets swinging tonight at 10:30 p.m. at the Denver Doubletree Hotel, 3203 Quebec Street, with the first of seven milongas. The Argentinean social dances begin with lessons for novices, include complicated rules to encourage constant partner swapping, and last until dawn. The capstone of the classes and competitions is Sunday night's "Outdoor Milonga and BBQ" at Cheesman Park, where tango-philes will be dancing in tight abrazos as the last rays of the sun pour across the pavilion. For a full schedule, tickets or information, visit www.tango.org. -- Michelle Baldwin
Homecoming Welcome pH10 back to its roots. FRI, 9/2
Tours of Europe? Tons of records? Appearances on commercials, Xbox game soundtracks and Much Music? Since moving to Brooklyn seven years ago, pH10 has done it all. But now partners Recone Helmut and SyBO have relocated to Denver, where the electronica outfit formed in 1997. To celebrate, the Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut Street, is hosting an epic blowout to welcome back pH10 and its brand of funky, kaleidoscopic drum and bass. The party starts tonight at 10 p.m.; the Dojo and DJs Ivy and Iron Feather will also perform. Call 303-292-1700 or go to www.thewalnutroom.com for info. -- Jason Heller