Soundpaint with Walter Thompson and the Playground tonight at the Auraria campus

First rule of Soundpainting: You do not have to be a virtuoso. And from there, the sky's the limit: It doesn't matter how old you are, what you play -- if anything -- and whether or not you can even read music. Soundpainting is a kind of improvisational "Simon Says" with hand gestures as markers; the sign language, invented by musician Walter Thompson in the 1970s, results in a lovely game almost anyone can play.

You can Soundpaint in Denver with University of Denver artists-in-residence Conrad Kehn and his avant garde-leaning Playground Ensemble, who host periodic events at changing locations. But you can't often do it with Thompson himself at the controls, which makes all the difference at tonight's free Playground Soundpainting session.

The aural canvas stretches tight at 6:30 p.m. in room 293 of the Auraria campus Arts Building; bring your instrument -- your paintbrush, so to speak -- if you have one, and don't forget your open mind. Visit the Playground online for details.

Thompson will also perform a formal concert on Monday night in the King Center, also at Auraria; tickets range from $5 to $10. Go to the Metropolitan State College of Denver Department of Music website for more information.

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