Weekend Arts Roundup: Exploring myth, a celebration of new plays and more

February 12, 2015

Off the Hook Winter Music Festival
Feb. 13 - 16
Various venues, Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins

Combining music, film, science and discussion, the second annual Off the Hook Winter Music Festival includes concerts, workshops and screenings of scenes from the upcoming film “Einstein’s Light” which explores the career of the great physicist.

Mandy Harvey performs with the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra
Feb. 13
KPOF Hall, Denver

Denver jazz vocalist Mandy Harvey – who is completely deaf – joins pianist Derek Amato and the Denver Philharmonic for a performance of her 2014 song “The Script.”

Photo: Ancient Spirit by Steve O'Bryan
Steve O'Bryan incorporates his own photos into his “Joseph Campbell: Stories, Myth and Meaning” presentation.

“Joseph Campbell: Stories, Myth and Meaning”
Sundays, Feb. 8 - 22
Dona Laurita Gallery, Louisville

Photographer and Metropolitan State University professor Steve O'Bryan presents a three-part series of multi-media presentations highlighting the ideas of 20th Century mythologist Joseph Campbell.

Colorado New Play Summit
Feb. 14 - 21
Ricketson Theatre & The Jones at the Denver Performing Arts Center, Denver

This annual celebration of contemporary theater features two weekends of new play readings, networking events and the world premiere productions of “Appoggiatura” by James Still and “Benediction” by Eric Schmiedl, a play based on a novel by Kent Haruf.

“Constructed Histories”
Feb. 13 - March 21
David B. Smith Gallery, Denver

Artists in this group exhibition challenge long-held views on world history through a range of sculpture, video, painting and traditional Vietnamese basket weaving pieces.
  
“Rabbit Hole”
Feb. 12 - 14
Moss Performing Arts Center, Mesa Experimental Theatre, Grand Junction

In David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, a couple has everything they could want until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down, causing them to drift apart.
 
“Converging Streams: Rethinking Colonial New Mexican Art”
Feb. 15
Denver Art Museum, Denver

Robin Farwell Gavin, Chief Curator at the Museum of Colonial Art in Santa Fe, reexamines traditional explanations for New Mexico's colonial artistic style. Gavin uses examples from Peru, Mexico and New Mexico to illustrate the connections between stylistic developments in New Mexican colonial art and those in other Spanish colonies. 
 
Photo: The AliensBoulder Ensemble Theatre Company presents “The Aliens”
Jan. 29 - Feb. 22
The Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder

In this drama by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker, two ageing dropouts and a high-schooler navigating the awkwardness of his teenage years hang out and talk behind a ramshackle Vermont coffee shop.
 
“Dispatches from Abend” & “From Ass to Skunk”
Feb. 13 - March 13
Abend Gallery, Denver

In this pair of “call-and-response” exhibitions, a group of artists create pieces inspired by the work of Colorado-based artist Nick Musaelian, who is well known for his highly detailed portraits and quirky situational paintings. Musaelian’s solo show “From Ass to Skunk” features paintings and woodcuts that spans the first five years of his career. The group show, “Dispatches from Abend,” includes artworks inspired by Musaelian’s output.

Mardi Gras with Joint Point
Feb. 13
The Sherbino Theater, Ridgway

This Telluride jam band celebrates Fat Tuesday on a Friday night in Ridgway with live music, glow sticks and hula hoops. 

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