I was very sad to hear that we might be losinglast year's Best of Denver winner for Best Non-Conventional Venue
. Laura Goldhamer, hyper-creative mastermind behind the diverse programming that happens in the basement of Brooks Center for Spirituality, sent an e-mail last week to her mailing list, explaining that, due to funding and liability concerns, the Board has decided to decommissionthe Underground Tea House
, an art gallery and performance venue. If things move forward as planned, the Tea House will close (and Goldhamer will be out of a place to live) next month.
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For the past two years, under Goldhamer's watchful and innovative eye, the venue has hosted live music - both local and touring -- as well as art shows, fundraisers for worthy causes, classes and a hodgepodge of other spiritually- and artistically-charged events and people. It is a unique, exciting and proudly weird space that says a lot about the vitality and viability of Denver's arts community. Though beneath the mainstream radar, this basement haven will be sadly missed.