#49: Tariana Navas-Nieves As Director of Cultural Affairs for Denver Arts & Venues, Tariana Navas-Nieves puts her background as a museum curator to work in a million different ways. As she notes in detail below, Navas-Nieves oversees every aspect of the city's cultural face, from its highly visible ... More >>
Since January, Lighthouse Writers Workshop has been celebrating literature, keying off The Big Read , a National Endowment for the Arts program designed to encourage people to read for pleasure -- not because they have to -- and this year highlighting Marilynne Robinson's novel Housekeeping. Denver ... More >>
Doors Open Denver will be back for its tenth-anniversary edition this weekend. "We've got everything the same and more of it," says event organizer Jane Potts. But one thing is different: Denver Arts & Venues has cut way back on its involvement. "The City is a sponsor again this year, but we're work ... More >>
With the exception of players like Thelonius Monk or Art Tatum, piano players don't quite have the name recognition of their horn playing counterparts. All the same, these ivory ticklers play an equally integral role in jazz. As such just like our lists of the ten best sax players and ten best trump ... More >>
For his students at the University of Colorado Denver, where he was an associate professor of English, Jake Adam York had a reputation for being a hardass. You got the feeling it was a reputation he enjoyed. We feared him or we loved him -- often both -- and the reputation preceded him; everyone kne ... More >>
The ninth time's the charm. After years of serving up the literary equivalent of a Happy Meal for the One Book, One Denver program, the city finally has three great choices for 2012: Through June 22, you can vote for Denver, Enrique's Journey or The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan's book on the Dust B ... More >>
Thornton High School senior Samuel Opoku, a two-time Colorado Poetry Out Loud champion, has made it to the final round in Washington, D.C. -- again -- and will be aiming for bardic glory as the national recitation contest concludes tonight. And not just glory. The winner of the event, sponsored by ... More >>
Just over a year ago, you might remember we posted a bit about the Western States Arts Federation's (WESTAF) TourWest program. We misunderstood the impetus of the program and mistakenly noted that the funds were earmarked specifically for helping local musicians finance their tour endeavors. While w ... More >>
Two very public downtown places will introduce new art exhibits today, and both are inviting the public to join in the party. The Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse at 901 19th Street is hosting the work of three contemporary Colorado artists -- Gifford Ewing, John Boak and Rick Dula -- in a show put toget ... More >>
Attention struggling musicians, those who have more talent than money: You know that sugar daddy you've been waiting for, the one with deep pockets and vested interest in helping you live out your dreams? Yeah, not sure if you got the memo or not, but that dude's like Santa. He doesn't exist. ... More >>
Van Gogh's "Starry Night" in extreme close-up.Say what you will about Google's increasingly alarming ability to document everything with its all-seeing eye, but there's no denying that the corporation is doing some wicked cool stuff with its Big Brother-ish technology. It's latest, which it r ... More >>
It's a common complaint about art: "I don't get it." The French theorist Nicolas Bourriaud explored that idea back in 1996 -- how art can often be so removed from the everyday human experience, cordoned off in museums and behind velvet ropes, that it becomes something obscure, something elite ... More >>
Recently, there have been a slew of ill-advised memoirs from people far too young and inexperienced to share their stories with the world. Steve Katz doesn't have that problem. The 75-year-old Denver author started writing his memoir five years ago, and it has since become a collection of ove ... More >>
For a city that embraces reading, Denver has never really embraced the One Book, One Denver program -- not even after last year's votingpalooza for the fifth edition, tied to a secret National Endowment for the Arts grant from the Big Read program, which resulted in the pick of To Kill a Moc ... More >>
One Book, One Denver makes a killer comeback.
"Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read," Scout, the young tomboy narrator, confides in To Kill a Mockingbird. "One does not love breathing." Now, To Kill a Mockingbird has been called on to breathe new life into One Book, One Denver, the program that promotes reading by havin ... More >>
Read between the lines: The rationale behind the city's vote for the next One Book, One Denver selection became clear yesterday, when the Department of Cultural Affairs revealed that the city had received a $20,000 Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. That NEA program is desig ... More >>
Today's the last chance to vote for the next selection in the city's sixth One Book, One Denver reading program -- and no, despite the wacky weather lately, not to mention yesterday's funnel clouds over downtown Denver, the Wizard of Oz is not one of the possibilities. The 27 eligible books (which ... More >>
With data compiled in the interim census of 2005, the National Endowment for the Arts recently released information on working artists in the United States called “Artists in the Workforce.” The sample revealed that almost two million people in this country earn their principle income as artis ... More >>
Cruising the scenery.
Karen Finley doesn't beat around the Bush.
Colorado Authors Day seeks to rev up reading in the state.
Billy Nayer launches rock-and-roll stories
Contemporary representational art is on tap at both Robischon and Havu.
More than ten years after his death, David Rigsby still rules.
Karen Finley finds power in Make Love.
Pangs of loss are dissected in the story of a teacher and her protegé.
Works by John Hull and Philip-Lorca diCorcia are among the pleasures at Ron Judish Fine Arts.
Denver bids a bittersweet farewell to a local-music innovator.
Realism from three centuries takes hold at the DAM and at Carson-Masuoka.
Ron Judish Fine Arts serves up some beefcake in Horse.
Side Man is music for the soul.
The Water Children wades through the emotional complexities of abortion.
Two shows bring the best of both worlds to Denver.
Performance artist Cristofer Lix talks and sings about living with AIDS.