Once a week, Susan Froyd muses on five things about Denver worth celebrating. Don't let them slip through the cracks.
The artists and kids who collaborate year in and year out atPlatteForum
get a huge outspilling of warmth from this local-arts observer: They're living proof of the cultivating power of nurture over nature and, well, just plain cool, hence the appearance in this blog.I. Am. Here.
, the latest effort from PlatteForum's ArtLab mentoring program, follows suit. The original play created and performed by Denver youth, with help from mentors José Mercado and Craig Volk and CU-Denver theater students, is a step inside the reality of a modern-day high school student, written straight from the heart. The play premieres in full glory at the King Center in the Auraria campus, beginning September 24. Admission is $12 and stunningly worth it;get information at the website
It's always a good thing for Denver when the retooled poetry showcase (and brainchild of Westword Mastermind Ashara Ekundayo) Café Nuba breaks the silence. Step aside, quietude, for the Café Nuba Doc/Fest, three nights of film screenings and live spoken-word performances by the likes of Last Poets founding member Abiodun Oyewole, beginning October 1 at the Starz Filmcenter. And the crystal ball also reveals another Café Nuba appearance on October 10, when the one and only Gil Scott-Heron performs at the b.side in Boulder. We are surely blessed.
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Three more things to go.
On the retail front, here's one thing that's not so cool, but at least it's poignant: Belmar will lose yet another little chunk of individuality when the Japanese pop culture emporium Gimme Gimme Pillow Toast closes its corporeal doors after this weekend for a go in the world of cyber-shopping. But as co-owner Andrew Novick reveals, the sassy temple of cuteness won't disappear without appreciating friends of the shop. Stop by on Saturday afternoon for bargains, a web store kickoff and -- omigod! -- Thai iced coffee cupcakes. After that, Novick promises, GGPT (the only store in the area I know of that, in a quandary of epic proportions, is not only named after an actual dish, but that actually once had a menu item named after it at an actual local restaurant) will also reappear in physical form at occasional pop-up store engagements. Gimme gimme more!
Also bittersweet: Friday marks the last Untitled event of the season at the Denver Art Museum. Herd, with an instantly fun theme of creative collaboration, takes the series -- which promises to return at a later date -- out with a bang. That would include a guided viewing of Sandy Skoglund's Fox Games installation, the chance of a stint with the People's Kazoo Orchestra, a video scavenger hunt hosted by the Denver production studio Lockerpartners and a collaborative art making project with local artist/gadabout Lauri Lynnxe Murphy ("We're creating a 'herd' of magnetic mutant animals," she explains), to name a few of the event's more fetching activities. What a sendoff: Go here for details.
Do you bike? Here's one more thing you can do on yours, tonight, assuming it's not snowing: The "all bikes for all people" Salvagetti Bicycle Workshop, settling nicely into its new LoHi location, is hosting a free bike-in movie at 8 p.m., featuring a program of short films. What else? Also at 8 p.m., the ongoing Tuesday-night Loops bike ride commences, also from Salvagetti, and Salvagetti's second-to-last Sunday Morning Bike Ride is skedded for October 4 at 8 a.m. Pedal on.