Denver artist Jean Smith always had a knack for giving whimsy a three-dimensional shape, rolling slabs of clay into brightly glazed flowers and sweetly humorous wall plaques. But then her artistic career took an unexpected turn. "It all started when I bought this box full of bowling trophies at a yard sale," Smith recalls. "As soon as I saw it, I knew there was something going on there." She began collecting bowling-related objects and pairing them with specific trophies. Smith would display each trophy atop a tile-lined box, with the grouping of related items arranged beneath it. She was hooked. "Then I got on eBay," she says, with a tone of lament in her voice. She began collecting other kinds of trophies and developing new themes, from ballroom dancing to horse racing. Soon, her Trophy Shrines series came to life. A whole trophy case of them goes on display tonight at Zip 37, 3644 Navajo Street, with an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. For details, call 303-477-4525. -- Susan Froyd
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Remember that trio of sweet-faced bouncy brothers that bubblegum popped to the top of the charts? Well, Hanson is back, only this time the boys (now ages eighteen to 23) are strumming indie rock. Their latest single, "Penny & Me," just debuted at number two on the Billboard Singles Chart. See the new version for yourself when Regal CineMedia premieres the group's live-performance DVD Underneath: Acoustic Live tonight at 7 p.m. at the Denver Pavilions United Artists theater as part of its "One Night Only" series. The 128-minute film was recorded last November at Chicago's House of Blues. It's been nearly seven years since Hanson released "MMMBop," and Underneath is expected to launch the once-squeaky-clean trio back into orbit. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12.50 at the door, and can be purchased online at www.regalcm.com. The theater is at 500 16th Street; call 303-454-9032 for details. -- Kity Ironton
Colorado College displays the colorful legacy of its press
Art professor Jim Trissel founded the Press at Colorado College in 1977, not so much as a pretty showpiece, but as a teaching tool that combined a technical craft -- old-fashioned letterpress book-arts skills -- with the development of a fine artistic eye, while encouraging apprentice-mentor relationships with students. Until his death in 1999, Trissel's specialty, perfecting color definition in an inexact medium, was revealed in the numerous posters and more than forty limited-edition books produced by the press. A selection of those works will be on display in The Press at Colorado College: The Pressroom as Classroom, opening today at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 West Dale Street in Colorado Springs. The show continues through May 16; for details, call 1-719-634-5581 or log on to www.csfineartscenter.org. To see the press in action, attend an open house in the press room of the Fine Arts Center beginning at noon on April 24; call 1-719-389-6376. -- Susan Froyd