Back to the Future

Don't utter the word "downsized" around Jim DeLutes: The new director of the troubled Downtown Denver Arts Festival has been working his tail off to rebuild the fest, which returned Friday to the Denver Pavilions in a fresh incarnation for its ninth Memorial Day Weekend run.

"There's not a lot of bells and whistles this year," DeLutes explains. "I just wanted to make sure that people see a lot of really good art." To that end, the pared-down but high-quality roster of 125 Colorado artists exhibiting at the fest includes many new faces, all of them working in the rainbow of mediums that has always been a show trademark. In a way, this is a trial run for DeLutes, who hopes to bring back more of the peripherals next year.

Today's your last chance to view his handiwork firsthand: Stroll the show at the Pavilions, 500 16th Street, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 303 330 8237 or visit
Fri., May 25, 4-8 p.m.; Sat., May 26, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., May 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Mon., May 28, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.