The grand old classical McNichols Building in Civic Center Park has seen many incarnations and reincarnations since it was built as a public library by Andrew Carnegie more than 100 years ago. We last peered into its open spaces during the Denver Biennial of the Americas two summers ago, after which it was closed for renovations. Civic Center Conservancy spokeswoman Lindy Eichenbaum Lent says there’s room for further improvements as time and funds warrant, but for now, the structure will reopen to the public tonight with a bang — and a brilliant flash of LIGHT. Hosted by the conservancy and Arts & Venues Denver to show off what she calls its “raw and loft-like” redo, LIGHT will illuminate the building’s path to a new future as a cultural center for exhibitions and gatherings.
The main attraction is an incandescent show of light installations by Collin Parson, Ghost Pixel and Blazen Illuminations, but there will be plenty of distractions, too, from music by DJs Almighty I.Z. and Ginger Perry to a spread of gourmet flavors and libations from a trendy array of local restaurants and wine bars. “No one is going to want to miss this party,” says Eichenbaum Lent. “There’s only one chance to be at the first party in the reopened building, and this is it. And it’s going to be an incredible fusion of history and the future and art and culture and food — everything that Denver is about, all rolled up into one incredible event.”
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Step into the LIGHT from 6 to 10 p.m. at the McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue in Civic Center Park; for information and tickets, $50 to $75, visit www.civiccenterconservancy.org.Collin Parson’s installation will also be on view during Denver Arts Week in November, and continues through January.
Wed., Oct. 24, 6-10 p.m., 2012