THURSDAY|5.22 [ TALK ] GREAT ESCAPE “We have the biggest prison population in human history here in the United States,” says Piper Kerman, author of the bittersweet prison memoir Orange Is the New Black. “In a relatively short time — in basically one generation — we have invested so deeply in incarceration that our prison population has grown from 500,000 in 1980 to 2.4 million today.” Tonight, in advance of season two of the Peabody Award-winning Netflix adaptation of her book, Kerman will discuss her time in prison as a low-level drug offender, the web series and reform of the criminal-justice system. “What the show does that is so important is the same thing I set out to do in the book,” she says. “It declares that the 2.4 million people in jail are still people, not just convicts, criminals or felons. They are people, and human. They have these fascinating histories and still have value and meaning.” Kerman’s presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons Street in Lone Tree. Tickets are $40 to $50 for general admission, and $75 for premium seating and a meet-andgreet with the author; purchase yours by calling 720-509-1000. For more information, go to lonetreeartscenter.org. — KYLE HARRIS Piper Kerman talks about prison and TV at showandtelldenver.com. [ PERFORMANCE ] STARRY NIGHT Space is the place for the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra’s interactive season finale, New Frontiers, which will explore the final frontier through intergalactically themed pieces tonight. The first stop is the fictional planet Krypton, where a violent percussion piece from Michael Daugherty’s Man of Steel-themed Metropolis Symphony will depict the demise of Superman’s home planet. Then Alan Hovhaness’s ethereal “Celestial Fantasy” will offer some string-orchestra serenity before the landing of the main event: Gustav Holst’s The Planets. In addition, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s Dave Cuomo will take audiences through a video presentation that gives the illusion of flying around each celestial body. “He uses actual imagery taken from various spacecrafts to render the planets,” explains conductor Lawrence Golan. “As we play a movement for Mars, the bringer of war, there will be this video simulation of flying over and around the planet.” The last movement of The Planets, “Neptune, the Mystic,” will feature the women of the Colorado Repertory Singers as an otherworldly chorus portraying the planet farthest from the sun. “The women’s chorus is actually played backstage so you just hear this faint, distant sound that gives that spacious effect,” says Golan. Meanwhile, program notes and interesting facts will be posted on Twitter with a live Q&A through the hashtag #dpotweets, and there will be a space-themed selfie corner where attendees can document the evening. Blast off to New Frontiers tonight at 7:30 p.m. at KPOF Hall, 1340 Sherman Street. Information and tickets — $10 to $20 and free for children ages twelve and under — are available at denverphilharmonic.org. — ROBIN EDWARDS FRIDAY|5.23 [ FILM ] DUNE BUGGY Some things are just too good to be true, like a Dune film starring Mick Jagger, Salvador Dalí, Orson Welles and David Carradine, directed by cult-film legend Alejandro Jodorowsky, with effects and art by Moebius, H.R. Giger and Dan O’Bannon. Such a thing is clearly too awesome to exist, but in reality, this adaptation of Frank Herbert’s cult novel almost made it to the screen, thanks to the incredible talent and will of Jodorowsky. “Only Jodorowsky could have gotten all those people together, to follow him like a sort of pied piper, a mad piper at the gates of Hell,” says Ernie Quiroz, programming manager for the Denver Film Society. The near-miss at what would have been one of the most insane sci-fi epics of all time is the subject of Jodorowsky’s Dune, a new documentary that delves deep into what’s possibly the greatest movie never made. In-depth interviews with Jodorowsky, his producers, Giger, and a variety of film critics and historians bring the failed project to life, weaving a bittersweet tale of squandered potential and missed opportunity. “It just shows how delicate making a movie is,” Quiroz says. “It’s just one of those things that will only exist in our imagination.” Catch Jodorowsky’s Dune starting tonight at the Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue. Tickets are $10, or $7 for DFS members. For more info, including showtimes, visit denverfilm.org. — CORY CASCIATO Learn more about Jodorowsky’s Dune at showandtelldenver.com. [ ART ] PAINTING OUTSIDE THE LINES Stephen Batura is known for his largescale canvases depicting mountain train wrecks and other moments snatched from history, which he normally shows at Robischon Gallery. But when Jill Hadley Hooper invited him for a solo at Ironton Gallery, he jumped at the chance to stretch his artistic horizons. The resulting exhibit, Stream, consists of only one site-specific painting: actually, a 110-foot frieze of seventeen interrelated horizontal panels. As usual for Batura, the panels are based on images from History Colorado’s archived files of the century-old photographs of Charles Lillybridge, but lately he’s been focusing on smaller patches of imagery, which are sometimes blown up on the surface to the point of becoming unrecognizable. “I’ve used images from the archive as raw materials from the beginning, and I’ve tried to subject it to lots of different interpretations over time,” Batura says. “I started out being journalistically true to the original spirit of the photos; now I’m trying to push further away from that to depict something closer to current contemporary life.” And that’s the beauty of producing work for an alternative space: “It reinforces the idea that experimentation is a great thing to do at venues where you’re not aiming at sales. I’m still represented by Robischon, and they’re behind it; they like the idea. It takes away the pressures of commerce.” Stream opens tonight with an artist reception from 7 to 10 p.m. at Ironton and continues through June 28; call 303-297- 8626 or visit irontonstudios.com. — SUSAN FROYD [ FILM ] HOME ON THE RANGE Kirk Hanna was a cattle rancher, a conservationist and a Colorado legend before his untimely death at age 43. His pursuit of a utopian vision for the ranching way of life and his impact on open-space preservation and resource management are just part of the story told in Hanna Ranch, a new documentary from director Mitch Dickman. “It’s the story of one man’s fight to protect his family and his land,” Dickman explains. “It’s indicative of a lot of the challenges that have occurred in the West and that occur to this day. It delves into conservation, mental health, family and food.” Hanna’s vision for the future of ranching may be what makes his story worth sharing, but at its heart, it’s a tragedy worthy of Shakespeare, full of conflict and despair, with vivid characters and an inspirational view of a world that balances the needs of rural and urban populations for a better future for all. Hanna was a Colorado original, and the film offers a rich character study, an engaging narrative and a compelling argument for the importance of the man’s work and his legacy. See it starting tonight at the Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue. Tickets are $10, or $7 for DFS members. For more info, including showtimes, visit denverfilm.org. — CORY CASCIATO Hear more from director Mitch Dickman at showandtelldenver.com. SATURDAY|5.24 [ MARKET ] BUY COLORADO Traditions old and new will put on a fair face this weekend when ArtStir, an all-Colorado art and design market that debuted in 2013 at the Denver Pavilions, returns in a bigger and better version for Memorial Day weekend. Samuel Schimek of Pavilions shop I Heart Denver took over the festival’s directorship for 2014, and he’s infused this year’s ArtStir with same kind of magic he works year-round on a smaller scale at his Denver-centric boutique. More than 100 vendors will open up shop in and around the Pavilions today and tomorrow, with a loud-and-clear “buy local” message, a community-building component, and a blend of fine art and DIY and handmade wares. “We’ve gotten applicants from all over the state,” Schimek says. “And all our planning is on track. We’ve got the Denver Day of Rock’s Groove Automotive Stage, where we’ll have poetry, artist demos and fashion shows, and we’re making sure our vendors represent every Colorado Creative Industries-registered creative district.” In addition, RedLine’s Reach Program, which offers art experiences for the homeless and at-risk, will operate a double booth at the fest, and in the inner plazas of the Pavilions, the bARTer Collective social-art truck will offer two different interactive performances. Shop ArtStir from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 11 to 6 tomorrow at the Denver Pavilions, 500 16th Street on the 16th Street Mall; admission is free, and restaurants in the Pavilions will have open doors for hungry booth-browsers. Get more information at artstirdenver.com or denverpavilions.com. — SUSAN FROYD See our photos from ArtStir at showandtelldenver.com. [ MARKET ] A NEW FLEA IN TOWN Today’s inaugural Denver Flea is part market, part party, and all Colorado. Celebrating the locally owned and locally grown, this hip take on the traditional flea market will set up in City Park with an array of Denver merchants selling vintage and handmade goods alongside food trucks, outdoor games and plenty of hometown beers and coffee. “We love craft beer, we like the outdoors, we respect and appreciate well-made things, and I think a lot of us gravitate toward items that are made locally and are high-quality,” says Denver Flea’s Kate Miller. With more than seventy vendors participating — Vaux Vintage, the Real Dill and Wynkoop Brewing among them — visitors are free to imbibe and browse while enjoying live music or a game of cornhole. As an added twist, Matthew Morris Salon and Skincare will offer shaving services for gentlemen and a “braid bar” for on-site hair braiding. The Denver Flea goes down today from 2 to 8 p.m. at City Park. Admission is free; 10 percent of vendor proceeds will benefit the Mile High Business Alliance. For more information, including a list of participating merchants and sponsors, visit denverflea.com. — BREE DAVIES Find photos from the Denver Flea at showandtelldenver.com. [ VARIETY ] ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Jordan Wieleba is an old hand at creating captivating variety shows, and for her latest effort, Something Fabulous, she’s making the venue — Blush & Blu, Westword’s pick for Best Lesbian Bar in 2014 — one of the stars. “A big part of this show is the atmosphere,” Wieleba says. “Every event they have is just so much fun — you can’t go there and not have fun. I try to encompass the atmosphere of the venue into my shows, and it’s a small, intimate room, so you’ll get to see the performers up close.” Those performers will engage in a plethora of on-stage antics. “It’s a comedy and variety show that features standup, burlesque, poetry, music and dancing,” says Wieleba. “Any kind of act that wants to perform in a unique room that’s fun, chill and relaxed — and they make the best drinks!” Every show includes standup comedy from popular Denver comics, but Wieleba also takes submissions for new acts at firstname.lastname@example.org. Something Fabulous runs at 8 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month at Blush & Blu, 1526 East Colfax Avenue; tickets are $5. Call 303-725-1020 for information. — AMBER TAUFEN SUNDAY|5.25 [ BEER ] SLOPES & SUDS Although Arapahoe Basin typically closes its season with the Festival of the Brewpubs, sometimes — a few seasons ago, for instance, when a snow drought shortened everyone’s run — the skiing is already over. Not so in 2014, says A-Basin spokeswoman Adrienne Saia Isaac. “This year, the skiing is still going to be awesome beforehand,” she promises. “You can get your runs in in the morning and then enjoy the brewpubs in the afternoon.” Not only is the snow still great at A-Basin, but the slopes are tentatively open, at least until June 1. Also on tap is a free rail jam beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Treeline Terrain Park, with great prizes from sponsors Dragon and Muscle Milk. Then it’s on to the fest, which runs from noon to 4 p.m., featuring an unprecedented twelve Colorado breweries this year: Pug Ryan’s, Dillon Dam, AC Golden, Avery, Odell, Oskar Blues, Wynkoop, Tivoli, Twisted Pine, Breckenridge Brewery, Left Hand and Elevation. The afternoon also includes live bluegrass by Whitewater Ramble starting at 1 p.m. A cool $25 gets you beer samples and a commemorative mug at this 21-plus event; for more information, go to arapahoebasin.com. — SUSAN FROYD MONDAY|5.26 [ RUN ] RACE OF CHAMPIONS If you live in Boulder, it just wouldn’t be Memorial Day without the annual BolderBOULDER 10K, which has attracted not hundreds, but thousands of runners each May since 1979, making it one of the biggest road races anywhere in the U.S. If you run in Colorado, this is the place to do it, and here’s one big reason why: Everyone who crosses the finish line does so, Olympics style, before a cheering crowd of 50,000 strong at the University of Colorado’s Folsom Field. Nothing like it. And on your way to that finish, you’ll be treated to live music, belly dancing, slip ’n’ slide breaks and a requisite beerand- bacon detour to keep your mind off your aching muscles. The first waves of the 10K tip off at 7 a.m. at 30th and Walnut streets in Boulder and continue for the next four hours or so. The Race Day EXPO will keep runners and spectators alike busy outside the stadium until the big Memorial Day Tribute finale at noon with a military ceremony and celebration that includes flag-bearing skydivers and a jet flyover. Let your freak flag fly: To register before Memorial Day (prerace registration packages range from $45 to $90), visit bolderboulder.com or call 303-444-RACE; race-day registration ($50 to $95) will also be available beginning at 5:45 a.m. — SUSAN FROYD TUESDAY|5.27 [ BOOK SIGNING ] WORN OUT Historian Linda Przybyszewski’s interest in mid-century women’s fashion was piqued after she happened upon a home-economics textbook from the 1950s — and it further intensified when she discovered a pamphlet called “How to Buy Shoes” that was put out around the same time by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. What followed was a curiosity-driven investigation into why the USDA had produced something of that nature. Her study led to the discovery of the nowdefunct Bureau of Home Economics, which included a division specifically dedicated to textiles and clothing. The women there — whom Przybyszewski refers to as “dress doctors” — produced numerous publications instructing women on how to sew and dress. “They had created a very systematic way of teaching how you apply art principles to dress, how you can choose clothing for different occasions, and how you can do it all on a small budget,” the author says. Her findings make up The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish, which details the history of these fashion rules. Przybyszewski will read from and sign her book tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover, 2526 East Colfax Avenue. Go to tatteredcover.com for more information. — ROBIN EDWARDS Linda Przybyszewski talks more about the art of dressing at showandtelldenver.com. WEDNESDAY|5.28 [ VARIETY ] DRINK IT IN According to Kevin Hart, producer of the Drunken Bachelor Talk Show, “there’s a real paucity of drinking-driven shows.” So he and comedian hosts Michael Collins and Eric Mather decided to rectify that situation a few years back by launching their own retro-style variety show. Hart, Collins and Mather designed the show, which begins its fourth season tonight, specifically for Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret; it was inspired by the black-and-white talk shows of yesteryear featuring such notables as Johnny Carson and the Rat Pack. “Every show’s going to be different,” Hart explains. “Basically, we’re a variety show; we throw everything at you. We follow the format of a typical talk show — we have hosts, videos that we make for each show and different guests. It’s casual, but it’s tight — and there is drinking.” Comedy, music, dancing and booze: What more could a variety-show lover ask for? Drunken Bachelor runs at 7 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month through July; tickets are $15. For more information, call 303-293-0075 or visit lannies.com. — AMBER TAUFEN [ THURSDAY 5.22 ] ABSTRACT WORLD Painters just got to paint in Andy Berg’s world, and that’s how the Golden-based artist humbly goes about the business of making art. Materials — tubes of pigment, empty canvases and panels, well-worn brushes and even cans of house paint — all represent pure opportunities for Berg to plumb and channel his creative impulses into free yet well-organized abstracts that are more than a little pleasant to look at. When recently asked the question, “A mystery patron offers you unlimited funds for life. What will you do with it?” for Westword’s 100 Colorado Creatives blog series, Berg simply replied: “I realized around 44 years of age that my painting was supported, maybe not by the status quo, but by the bigger picture. So I did indeed receive the realization that I had been given unlimited funds for life, on the condition that I paint. So I paint.” Given the capitalistic tenor of the times in the modern art world, where some works of art are sold for millions, Berg’s attitude seems especially refreshing. Berg will re-emerge on the scene with an exhibit at a venue that’s new for him: the Metropolitan Frame Company, at 424 Broadway. The showcase of new works opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight and runs through June 21; for more information, go to metropolitanframe.com or andyberg.net. — SUSAN FROYD [ SATURDAY 5.24 ] MOVE IT Both the miniature and the colossal come alive today as the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center celebrates the opening of PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES, an interactive exhibition where modes of transit are the stars. Culled from a dozen private collections, more than a hundred models will be on display, from tiny re-creations of Colorado’s mining railways to monstrous radio-controlled airplane models with five-foot wingspans. “After the success of our Lego exhibition last year, we wanted to again shift to a familyfriendly summer exhibit,” says Erik Mason, the museum’s curator of research and information. “We did a lot of brainstorming when it came to the hands-on part.” That firsthand fun includes an expertly designed Hot Wheels racing track, a station for building wooden model cars, a paper-airplane launcher that uses compressed air, a flight simulator for model airplanes and more. Planes, Trains and Automobiles runs through September 14 at the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center, 400 Quail Road in Longmont. Admission is $5, or free for museum members. For more information, call 303-651- 8374 or visit ci.longmont.co.us. — BREE DAVIES
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