The performing arts get eclectic this weekend around Denver with a b-girl jam, a one-man tour de force that’s also a birthday celebration, and a smorgasbord of Asian-American arts. All are don't-miss events; here are the details: Queenz of Hip-Hop Seventh Annual Jam Performance by Cypher Adikts
The B-Boy Factory, 6401 Broadway
8 p.m. to midnight Friday, April 8
Jam Driscoll Student Center, University of Denver campus
Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 9
Entry by cash donation or one item for the Street’s Hope wish list.
Local b-girls will be in the spotlight this weekend during the Queenz of Hip-Hop, which warms up on April 8 with a raw break-dancing performance by the renowned Cypher Adikts team. The jam itself, a daylong b-girl throw-down with cash prizes, commences on Saturday, April 9, at the Driscoll Center, with host LadySpeech at the microphone and appearances by the Janes, Koo Qua, and Kalyn Heffernan and Wheelchair Sports Camp, as well as live art courtesy of Ill Pixy, Olivia Lucero and Karma. Want to improve your moves? Come back on Sunday, April 10, for a series of workshops capped by an open B-girl session. More info on Facebook. A Tale of a Tiger Nomad Playhouse
3 p.m. Saturdays, April 9 and 16 Tickets: $7.50 to $15
Boulder’s Ami Dayan helps celebrate Italian Nobel Laureate Dario Fo’s ninetieth birthday with a one-night performance of the playwright’s one-man storytelling tour de force, A Tale of a Tiger, a parable on the dangers of power that speaks on different levels to audiences of all ages. Catch this Tiger by the tail this weekend or next. Theatre Esprit Asia
ACE: Asian-American Cabaret Evening ACAD Gallery Classroom
7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 10
T.EA. invites audiences to an Asian-American performance salon of sorts, featuring poetry by Sueyeun Juliette Lee and Serena Chopra, and music and movement by master tai chi gung practitioner David Paul. A taste of scenes from T.E.A.'s upcoming May production Animals Out of Paper caps the evening; to reserve a seat in the intimate room, e-mail [email protected]
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