Advanced Improv

Denver actor/comedian/poet Matt Zambrano is the free spirit behind 10 x 10: Deviations on a Theme, a new variation on the open-mike concept at the BINDERY | space, 770 22nd Street, home of the Lida Project and other left-of-kilter visiting performance groups. But in the hope of setting it apart from other open-mike events in town, such as the Bug's Freak Train, Zambrano and Lida's Julie Rada determined that this one would be themed and would feature ten performers or teams — some invited and some who sign up on a lark — for ten minutes each session.

“The idea is to let people who've given a lot to us artistically a chance to take a night and run with it, but we want it to happen in a more controlled way,” Rada says. “The goal is to be as 'cross-genrefied' as possible, with more of a cross-section of artists in the Denver area coming in to hang out, have some beers and share some work.” That, she adds, might include poetry, visual art, film or other disciplines.

For a sense of where things might go in the coming months, the inaugural theme was “Sex, Drugs and Bossa Nova”. The performers can interpret that however they like,” notes Rada. “It could be about what happens in the shadows and underneath things. Or it could be more of a film noir thing – detective novels, Mickey Spillane, those sorts of things. It could be about cover tunes or cover artists.” The only way to find out, of course, is to be there when the cabaret-style fun starts at 8 p.m.

10 X 10 continues every first and third Wednesday night at the Bindery; admission is $5 at the door, and the performer sign-up begins at 7:30 p.m. See for details.
Third and First Wednesday of every month, 8 p.m., 2010