Reading is about more than following a narrative or learning facts; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book Club, a weekly feature celebrating the books that inspire Denver artists ... More >>
Nancy Stohlman can do it all. She can create new genres of literature, write operas and teach you how to do both. Someday she hopes to become a pirate, but in the meantime her new flash novel The Monster Opera will be transformed into an opera on Friday, October 4 at the Mercury Cafe. In the novel, ... More >>
It was the urgency of preserving art that inspired Anne Waldman's newest book. The visionary poet, activist, and co-founder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University was working on transferring the school's collection of fragile tapes of performances by artists like John ... More >>
The late Stan Brakhage, a Denver-born experimental filmmaker, was a pioneer in avant-garde cinema and a notable successor to Maya Deren and the film artists of the 1940s. A professor at the University of Colorado, he's remembered with an annual symposium and weekly film series -- and at least in par ... More >>
If you live or work downtown, you probably drive by Minoru Yasui every day. Not the man himself -- he died in 1986, after serving for over four decades as a lawyer and cultural leader in Denver -- but the spot bearing his name: the Minoru Yasui Plaza at 303 West Colfax Avenue, where there's a bronze ... More >>
Uselma Duncan is not a household name. He was not a world-famous artist or poet, and he wasn't abundantly wealthy. Uselma Duncan was a dry goods clerk who fought on the side of the North during the early months of the Civil War. He represents a faceless, nameless number -- one of the millions of ind ... More >>
Project Runway: All Stars winner Mondo Guerra has a new collaboration in the works, and it's slightly more utilitarian than the bold, fearless couture we came to expect from him on the show: a collection of funky and functional eyeglass frames for SEE Eyewear, a brand Mondo himself has been wearing ... More >>
Auraria has been around for a long time -- longer than Colorado has been an actual state -- but it's changed quite a bit since 1858. It started out as Auraria Township, a pioneer settlement that served as a popular destination during the gold rush; the root of the name comes from the Latin word for ... More >>
Crossover was a hallmark of early avant-garde art. Experimental music influenced experimental dance; experimental dance influenced experimental film; experimental film influenced experimental art. Tonight, with "Film/Still: The Short Films of Maya Deren" at Denver FilmCenter, the Denver Film Society ... More >>
Among the many avant-garde artists and writers with whom Donald Sutherland was friends were Gertrude Stein and her life partner, Alice B. Toklas. Sutherland's friendship with Stein began when she praised his 1937 book, Child with a Knife. In 1951, he wrote the first text dedicated to a stylistic stu ... More >>
It's ten at night, and the Jones Theatre is thronged with bodies, and smells of beer, wine and popcorn as the Playwrights' Slam -- a regular part of the Denver Center Theatre Company's Colorado New Play Summit -- is about to begin. "My woman wants your head to make a soup." This is from a play abo ... More >>
Thursday, May 5, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
For alumni of America's most prestigious film festival, winning is less than half the battle.
Poignant Irritations paints an intriguing portrait of Stein and Toklas.
A Denver playwright tackles the world of Gertrude Stein.
Rainbow Sugar receives a sweet embrace from French audiences. Ooh la la!
Leonard Peltier. Stephen Miles. Now the witness who might break the Ramsey case. Itís no wonder Lee Hill thinks he needs to pack a pistol.
Matisse comes to Denver -- via Baltimore.