I can vouch for Rawlitix because I was a guest last month, and I had the time of my life. The Denver-centric live talk show conceived and hosted by local funny man and comedy promoter Onus Spears is still finding its legs, but it's a grand idea. Spears focuses on people -- writers, musicians, comics, artists, poets -- who don't necessarily spend time in the spotlight (for instance,moi
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For my own Rawlitix experience, I shared the stage with keytarist Luke Leavitt and comedian Jason Keyes (Spears says comedy will be a facet of every show). Street artist Frank Kwiatkowski, who uses orange traffic cones to create politicized linoleum-style prints, sold work on the sidelines. And, in spite of how unusual it is for me to take any stage in the first place, I was also gently coerced by Spears to -- even more unusually -- read some poems. I never do that, so you get the idea.
This relaxed host, who is a self-proclaimed booster of D-town and its artists and creatives, intends for his show to be a love-fest, and that it is. It's Spears's way of sharing his own people passions with new audiences.
This month's show, tonight at 9 p.m., showcases another Westword personality, music writer Tom Murphy, along with guitar-and-bass duo Tongue Mountain, poet Max Rommerdahl, comedian Connor Marshall and Kwiatkowski; as a bonus, Leavitt, who's signed on as the Rawlitix house band, will perform via Skype from Washington, D.C.
Admission to Rawlitix is a $5 donation at the door, and beer and wine will be available for further donations. Visit the Facebook event page for more information.
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