Smooth Talking

It was a sad day last July when Eric Matelski put his First Monday Art Talks series to bed at Dazzle. But while Matelski was ready then to move on, he always hoped to bring back the talks — which featured a different local artist and a mélange of related entertainment each month -- somewhere, sometime, perhaps in a slightly different format. The good news is that it's happening tonight at 7 p.m. at the city-owned Crossroads Theater.

“All I want for Christmas is my art talk back," Matelski says of its holiday-season debut as the new Denver Art Talk, which basically follows the same format as the Dazzle soirees. On the down side, there's now a $10 cover charge, and, at least until the city can iron out a deal-in-the-works with Aramark and open a bar in the theater, the event is alcohol-free. “I guess they're worried about me doing the show sober,” quips Matelski, who predicts that status will change sooner than later.

But there's an upside, too: Because Crossroads is now run by the city, it also means new collaborations for Matelski, including one with DOCA Public Art Administrator Rudi Cerri, who will be concurrently curating installations by local artists at the venue. “We can be like a launching pad for some of the things he's doing,” Matelski says. “It's an opportunity to cross-promote with the city on some of the artists we book.” Cerri, for instance, plans a show at Crossroads by the Denver letterpress printer Rick Griffith; Matelski hopes to feature Griffith in a coinciding art talk.

Tonight's talk features live painter Don Callarman, who's also known for his music-poster work for the Bianchi Brothers; Truth the Poet, live artists Scramble Campbell and Lauri Keener, and city councilwoman Carla Madison will also be on hand. Crossroads is at 2590 Washington Street in Five Points; go to for details.
Tue., Dec. 7, 7 p.m., 2010

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