Weekend Arts Roundup: Still through the war years, a dancing granny and more

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Photo: Clyfford Still: The War Begins
"PH-620" by Clyfford Still, painted in 1942

“The War Begins: Clyfford Still’s Path to Abstraction”
Oct. 10 - Jan. 18, 2015
Clyfford Still Museum, Denver
This exhibition of painter Clyfford Still’s early work offers a look into the artist’s personal and creative journey during the World War II years. Of the 65 works included in “The War Begins,” 40 are on public display for the first time, along with wartime photojournalism from Still’s library and blueprints from his shipyard job in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble presents “Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum”
Dec. 6 - 21
Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Denver

Celebrating the 23rd season of this Denver holiday tradition, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble blends dance, live music, spoken word and holiday celebrations from around the world.

Photo: The Familiars“The Familiars”
Dec. 5 - 28
The Edge Theatre, Lakewood

In this world premiere comedy, Denver playwright Ellen K. Graham asks what happens when a holiday-obsessed family matriarch is suddenly – on Christmas Eve – uninterested in continuing the family’s long-standing traditions.

“A Body in Fukushima”
Dec. 5 – Feb. 14, 2014
Galleries of Contemporary Art at University of Colorado Colorado Springs (GOCA)

A collaborative effort of MacArthur award-winning movement artist Eiko Otake (of the famed performance art duo Eiko & Koma) and Japanese historian and photographer William Johnston, this photo and video exhibition captures the evacuated areas surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors which exploded after the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeast Japanese coast in March, 2011.

Dec. 4 - 21
work | space at The Laundry, Denver

Developed with consultation from Colorado-based soldiers, trauma specialists, veterans, psychologists and other experts, this new play by Denver playwright Ami Dayan is about a Pentagon-funded attempt to use mindfulness training to treat post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among combatants, veterans and their affected families.

Dec. 5 and 6, 8:00 p.m.
Dairy Center for the Performing Arts, Boulder

Boulder nonprofit Art as Action presents the 12th performance created through their “Artivist Process,” featuring a collective of dancers, poets, musicians, visual artists and aerialists embracing and exploring the gray areas in peoples’ lives.

Hoppy Holidays
Dec. 6, 5:00 p.m.
Fillmore Auditorium, Denver

This combination beer and music festival features music from the Kyle Hollingsworth Band (headed up by keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth of the jam band The String Cheese Incident) and bluegrass group The Infamous Stringdusters, as well as more than 30 craft breweries.

Jonathon Hill-Jacquard and Joe Triscari Two-Person Show
Dec. 4 to Feb. 5, 2015
Sally Centigrade Art Gallery, Denver

This exhibition features the colorful graphic work of Oregon artist Jonathon Hill-Jacquard and vintage rock and roll-influenced prints from Denver screen print and concert poster artist Joe Triscari. It also marks the opening of Sally Centigrade Art Gallery, a new Larimer Square exhibition space that focuses on art influenced by underground comics, punk music and hot rod culture.

Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert
Dec. 4, 7:00 p.m.
Colorado School of Mines Green Center, Golden

This Golden-based symphony orchestra presents an evening of traditional holiday music, with a presentation of Russian composer Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” and guest vocal performances by lyric soprano Kara Guggenmos and tenor Brian Stinar.

Holiday ManCraft
Dec. 5, 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.
VFW Post 2461, Denver
Dec. 6, 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.
American Legion Post 10, Boulder

Event organizer Ink Lounge has invited craftsmen from along the Front Range – creators of everything from soap to letterpress artwork to knives - for this holiday market featuring items exclusively built by male hands.