Katrina evacuees continue to be showered with relief, but Indigena Gallery owner Sandra Renteria wants to know where the art supplies are. Her Art Creation Foundation for Children has already been on the scene for victims of political turmoil in Haiti and tsunami survivors in Thailand. Her art-therapy team members will soon leave Denver in a caravan to visit hurricane evacuation centers and administer their special grassroots brand of art and relief, but they'll be accepting donations of art supplies and money for the trip through Saturday. Donations can be dropped off at Indigena, 846 Santa Fe Drive, or at other arts-district neighbors, including Urban Patio and the Neo, Hamilton and Habitat galleries. For details, call 720-855-8282 or visit www.indigenagallery.com.
Friday, September 23
Belmar's glorious Festival Italiano continues to tout the wonders of Italy this week, beginning with Cinema Italiano. A free screening of Nanni Moretti's Caro Diario (Dear Diary) will be presented in collaboration with the Denver Film Society tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Starz FilmCenter, 900 Auraria Parkway. Then it's back to Belmar, Wadsworth Boulevard and Alameda Avenue in Lakewood, tomorrow and Sunday for the Fellini-esque Italian Food and Wine Festival, with a spaghetti feast, a celebrity red-sauce cook-off, screenings of The Godfather, a bocce-ball tournament and more. Also on Sunday, from 6 to 9 p.m., aficionados with deeper pockets can indulge in the festival finale, Banchetto Italiano, a five-course banquet served under the stars that doubles as a benefit for the Central City Opera. Culinary contributors to the feast include chefs from eighteen fabulous local eateries, and the $175 price tag includes a custom-made Deruta ceramic platter to take home. Now, that's Italian! Make reservations at 303-742-1500 or go to www.belmarcolorado.com.
Saturday, September 24
The Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, marking its 35th anniversary, leaps out with its fall concert, Roots to Fame, featuring "Spiritual Suite," one of the director's early works, tonight at 8 p.m. at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 East Iliff Avenue; the program repeats tomorrow at 2 p.m. Tickets are $38; a portion of the proceeds will benefit Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Call 303-357-2787 or go to www.cleoparkerdance.org.
The corn is high at the Denver Botanic Gardens-hosted Chatfield Corn Maze, where folks are losing themselves left and right as fall descends. This year's five-acre labyrinth, in the shape of a trio of columbines, is in full swing every Friday, Saturday and Sunday (and Halloween Day) through the end of October. This weekend is especially family-friendly: Frontier Days at the Corn Maze is an educational look back for kids at the long-ago days when Chatfield was a working farm, and for moms, it's MELT Treasure Hunt Weekend, a plant-finding scavenger hunt featuring native botanicals used in a new line of bath and body products carried by the Denver-based MELT skincare chain. Hunt them down and you may be eligible to win a year's supply of products from MELT. Admission to the maze, at 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road in Littleton, ranges from $5 to $8; tickets are available at the gate until one hour before closing. For more information, call 303-973-3705 or visit www.botanicgardens.org.
A harvest of another ilk will be celebrated today at, well, Harvest, a fashion market hosted quarterly by Brandi Shigley of Fashiondenver.com as a showcase for Colorado designers. More than thirty regional purveyors of bangles, bags and trendy attire will hawk their singular fall fashion wares and participate in a pair of runway shows, while DJs Segue and Japadapta provide the spins, today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Walnut Foundry Event Center, 3002 Walnut Street. The models walk the line at noon and 2 p.m.; admission is $5. Log on to www.fashiondenver.com for details.
Sunday, September 25
A host of local actors and theater companies will reprise some of their finest stage moments for a cause at When the Saints Go Marching In, a unique Hurricane Katrina benefit hosted by the Colorado Theatre Guild tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Denver Civic Theatre, 721 Santa Fe Drive. The hodgepodge of hits includes excerpts from Jamie Horton's performance in Trumbo and Karen Slack's in The Syringa Tree; hilarious moments from Buntport Theater's serial soap Magnets on the Fridge; a taste of North High School's all-original one love, and more. Tickets are $50 to $75, and every cent of the proceeds will go directly to the American Red Cross. For reservations, call the Aurora Fox box office at 303-739-1970.
Denver native, author, ringleader and self-described hobo Eddy Joe Cotton is back in town with his gypsy vaudeville throwback, the Yard Dogs Road Show, for an evening's entertainment that could include -- along local bands Oakhurst and the Reals -- street musicians, jug-band tunes, the twelve-toed man, live disco poetry, fire-eating, burlesque girls and Cotton himself, a fast-talking tramp with an artful agenda. Doors open at 8 for the 9 p.m. show at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 East Colfax Avenue; for tickets, $10, call 303-322-2308 or visit www.nipp.com.
Monday, September 26
Time's running out: The Georgetown Loop Railroad is going down in a blaze of fall color, and the last day of the narrow-gauge line's crowd-pleasing season is October 2. If the weather's glorious in the Front Range, as it often is this time of year, it might be worth your while to play hooky and drive up I-70 to climb aboard for one last round-trip ride between Georgetown and Silver Plume. What could be better, with a nip in the air and the aspens aglow? Trips leave the Georgetown Devil's Gate Station several times daily; for information and tickets, $11.25 to $16.50, call 1-888-456-6777 or go to www.georgetownlooprr.com.