Taking over City Hall for one night only this Friday, the Pancakes & Booze art show is exactly that -- a showing of work by local artists combined with a smorgasbord of sweet treats and liquor. The traveling party originated in Los Angeles in 2009 and now makes a circuit of cities across the U.S. a couple of times a year, adding live local music and painting to the mix at each stop.
Creator Tom Kirlin says that after living in Denver more than a decade ago, he recognized that this city's thriving art scene was a prime location for his conceptual party. "Denver isn't a huge city, but the amount of artists working here is amazing," he notes.
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Kirlin initially came up with the Pancakes & Booze idea while attending college in Tucson, but he soon moved to Los Angeles to become a filmmaker. Still, he never dropped the idea.
The first Pancakes & Booze became reality after Kirlin realized he had a warehouse in L.A. that was virtually empty at night. During the day, the space was used to shoot music videos and movies -- but the rest of the time, it was free. So he decided to utilize the blank canvas of the room to curate regular art shows.
The once-a-month gatherings attracted hundreds of people, and Kirlin soon decided it was time to take the popularity of his Pancakes & Booze art shows to other cities. Now in places like Minneapolis, San Francisco, Miami, Atlanta and Austin, the semi-annual live performance and pancake party showcases artists and musicians specifically from the area. Eventually, Kirlin hopes it to take the concept to an international level.
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This Denver edition of Pancakes & Booze kicks off at 8 p.m. Friday, November 30 at City Hall, with hundreds of pieces by local artists for sale, along with live DJs, music from The Outfit and Abandin Pictures and on-site body painting. Just five bucks gets anyone 21 and up in the door; the all-you-can-eat pancake bar runs until 2 a.m. for an additional fee. For more information on Denver's Pancakes & Booze art show, visit the Facebook event page.