Off-Center at the Jones, curated by Emily Tarquin and Charlie Miller, began last year like a beautiful little secret, and, tucked away in the Denver Performing Arts Complex's well-hidden and intimate Jones Theatre, the kick-off-your-shoes-and-have-fun improv series that always ends in a party can only go up from there. But the second season has been vaguely hush-hush to date; if you really want to know what's going to be happening there in 2012-2013, you'll have to show up for tonight's Off-Center Season Release Party, which features short, live previews -- in a movie-trailer format -- and other apropos hijinks.
"Last year, we had an awesome kickoff for our first season, so we hope it will become a tradition to start every season like this: Admission is free, there's going to be unlimited free beer, and it's a chance for us to show off each of the four shows," says Tarquin, who isn't willing to give much more information. "Cult Following -- our movie-moment improv show -- is coming back, but it will have a new twist, and then there will be three other completely new shows involving things like bikes, drag queens and photography."
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And she's more than optimistic that you'll love what she and Miller have pulled together: "Season One was so awesome, it's hard to top. So we’ve been brainstorming some crazy ideas, and Charlie and I feel like Season Two will go one step further in terms of the Off-Center vision. We have some new collaborators, and the format feels fluid; they're definite concepts that have been started, but they're also spontaneous in a good way." We'll drink to that.
And so can you: Check out the release party from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Jones, 1101 13th Street. For more information, visit Off-Center online at www.denveroffcenter.org or call 303-893-6090.
Thu., Sept. 13, 8-11 p.m., 2012