Back to the Future

Don't utter the word "downsized" around Jim DeLutes: The new director of the troubled Downtown Denver Arts Festival has been working his tail off to rebuild the fest, which returned Friday to the Denver Pavilions in a fresh incarnation for its ninth Memorial Day Weekend run.

"There's not a lot of bells and whistles this year," DeLutes explains. "I just wanted to make sure that people see a lot of really good art." To that end, the pared-down but high-quality roster of 125 Colorado artists exhibiting at the fest includes many new faces, all of them working in the rainbow of mediums that has always been a show trademark. In a way, this is a trial run for DeLutes, who hopes to bring back more of the peripherals next year.

Today's your last chance to view his handiwork firsthand: Stroll the show at the Pavilions, 500 16th Street, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 303 330 8237 or visit
Fri., May 25, 4-8 p.m.; Sat., May 26, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., May 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Mon., May 28, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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