For many people, winter is a time to stay inside and burrow into one’s blanket and couch. But for those looking to share a love of the arts with fellow appreciators, the Highlands Ranch Community …
For many people, winter is a time to stay inside and burrow into one’s blanket and couch. But for those looking to share a love of the arts with fellow appreciators, the Highlands Ranch Community Association has you covered.
The 17th annual Winter Cultural Series kicks off tonight, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m. at Cherry Hills Community Church, 3900 Grace Blvd.
“We want to offer the same caliber of performances you’d find in downtown Denver,” said Amanda Arnce, community events manager with the community association. “But if you come to us, we get rid of the high cost and hassle of going downtown.”
The first show of this year’s season is the award-winning Lamont Jazz Orchestra, a premier large jazz ensemble, performing original music by students and faculty as well as the standard canon of modern jazz literature, followed by Ballet Ariel performing “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi,” an original ballet based on the short story in Rudyard Kipling’s classic “Jungle Book,” on Jan. 25. On Feb. 8, the Denver and District Pipe Band will be performing, along with Irish and Highlands Dancers.
“It’s a beautiful evening of music and dance,” Arnce said.
The final show of the season will be on Feb. 22, with Opera Colorado performing “Cinderella,” inspired by the traditional fairytale and Rossini’s take on the story.
“Our audiences love these seasons, and we’re always looking for new kinds off performers for them,” Arnce said. “Every show is a great night of music, and the chapel is a beautiful venue.”
Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, and can do so by calling 303-471-8859 or www.HRCAonline.org/tickets.
Magnolia blooms in winter
Commerce City is getting a little more artsy with the grand opening celebration of the Magnolia Street Art Space, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12.
The new space is finished, and a pop-up exhibited called Emerge will be opening in the space to celebrate the achievement. Emerge will display diverse work from more than 20 artists, and is being curated by former Ice Cube Gallery members Karen Roehl and Ron Gerbrandt. Some of the exhibited artists include Kevin Weckbach, Vanessa Garcia, Susie Hyer, and Josh Frye. There will also be food and music.
For more information, check out www.derbyartdistrict.com.
Visit Colony 933
Most people are familiar with the concept of mystery dinner theater, but Colony 933 creates a mystery dance-theater experience for audiences.
Colony 933 will be performing at Novo Coffee, 1700 E. 6th Ave., at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11, Friday, Jan. 12, and Saturday, Jan. 13, and Thursday, Jan. 18, and Friday, Jan. 19.
Produced by Control Group Productions and directed by Kate Speer with a plot written by Frankie Toan, the show takes audiences to a post-apocalyptic world, where the sun hasn’t risen for years.
The performance is an immersive, interactive work where the audience uncovers the clues and decides the outcome.
For more information, and tickets, check out www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3183298?ref=349591.
Learning art with alcohol
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to discover a new hobby, why not try your hand at a little art? And fortunately, Golden’s Drink and Draw provides a little liquid courage for the hesitant.
Held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 909 11th Street, the event is the first in a series that examines the principles of design, including shape, form, texture, pattern, scale and balance. Teacher Laura Herb will cover examples of architecture and fashion to give students a full understanding of, and an ability to properly use, this vocabulary.
The theme for the evening is line, and attendees will use ink and conte crayon to make their own version of a female figure by Honore’ Daumier.
And yes, there is a complimentary cocktail included in the evening.
For tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/drink-and-draw-elements-and-principles-of-design-color-tickets-40787515557.
Clarke’s concert of the week - St. Vincent at the Fillmore
Annie Clark, better known under her performing name, St. Vincent, is one of the most eclectically dynamic artists in modern music. You need only know that she made an album with the Talking Heads’ David Byrne to get a sense of the approach she takes to music.
In 2017, she released “Masseducation,” which was one of her most critically acclaimed albums, and highlighted her electronic-influenced side. But she can still wring tears out of listeners like nobody’s business, as she shows on “New York.”
And so, fans of one of our generation’s best musicians shouldn’t miss St. Vincent at the Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson St., beginning at 8 p.m. on Jan. 15.
Go to www.livenation.com/venues/14664/fillmore-auditorium-denver to get your tickets.
Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. A community editor with Colorado Community Media, he can be reached email@example.com.