Urban Experience

Create Denver Week is growing by leaps and bounds: What started out several years ago as a folksy expo for creatives has turned into a full-fledged urban-art experience, casting a grown-up light on homegrown arts and culture. Not that the Create Denver Expo that started it all has gone away -- this year's event (which takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday) has grown, too, so much that it's moved to more spacious lodgings in the Colorado Convention Center. For an affordable $10 fee, artists and creative business owners of every stripe can sample more than twenty workshops or meet with eighty exhibitors.

But if you're just seeking art adventures, the rest of the week will be a boon for you. "Everybody is so excited about it," says Arts & Venues Denver spokeswoman Kristin Rust. "We have so many new people involved this year."

Create Denver Week begins tonight at 6 p.m. at Battery 621, 621 Kalamath Street, with "Ode to Denver," a kinetic installation by local filmmakers, a melange of live music ranging from Men in Burka to the Montbello High School drumline and other experiential side trips. And that's just the beginning. Tomorrow night's Urban Encounters follows a yellow brick road of events through downtown Denver, beginning at 6 p.m.: Stops include the Beta SideShop at 1600 Glenarm Street, where you can window-shop for locally designed goods using QR codes and your smartphone; interactive environments, interactive gaming followed by SightLine video works on display on the giant LED screen at 14th and Champa streets; and flash karaoke and visuals with Magic Cyclops, Karla Rodriguez and VJ CacheFlowe.

Get up-to-date info for Create Denver Week or register for the expo at www.denvergov.org/createdenver or download the interactive Create Denver app for the latest information.
May 10-13, 2012

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