Five Colorado arts nonprofits to donate to on Colorado Gives Day

KUVO/KVJZ, 303-480-9272.

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Jazz-based public radio station KUVO Jazz89 is also remarkable just for being there; after more than 25 years, it rates as one of the nation's quality jazz and eclectic music purveyors, sending beautiful strains of everything from Saturday blues to Sunday sambas into the airwaves. That's sublime enough for folks to notice, but KUVO also fills even smaller niches in the Denver music community. For instance, on the first Tuesday of every month, the station turns over the mike to its High School/Collegiate Series, which features student ensembles playing standards and original compositions live in KUVO's own Phyllis A. Greer Performance Studio. How awesome is that?

To drive in the point, KUVO is hosting a full day of live music by students from the Adams 12 School District (9:30 a.m.) and the Quincy Avenue Rhythm Band from Denver Kent School (5 p.m.); in between, the Fort Collins pro Adam Bodine Trio will also be heard (noon). Best of all, you're invited to drop in for any of the shows; if you can't listen live, the music will also be broadcast.

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts.

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DAVA is an after-school home away from home for Aurora's inner-city kids, who cross the gallery/workshop's jamb each day to work with local professional artists on self-transforming projects. The results are nothing short of amazing, and can be seen in ongoing exhibitions all year 'round. This is what alumnus Alberto Veronica, who went on to earn his BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute and now works for DAVA, says about his experience: "DAVA changed my life. When other kids were getting into trouble, I was making art. Now I have my own studio, I work at DAVA, and I'm giving back to my community." In a nutshell, that's what it's all about.

Art From Ashes, 303-837-1550.

Westword MasterMind Catherine O'Neill Thorn pretty much made Art Form Ashes happen all on her own in 2003, spurred by cuts to funding for the Colorado Council on the Arts after years of working with the most challenging of at-risk youths in detention and treatment centers through writing and poetry programs. As the organization's name implies, these kids were the ones who have been forgotten and seemingly have no hope; the bone O'Neill Thorn threw to them was formed from their own inner wills -- positive splinters lodged deep in their hearts, waiting to be unsheathed by one woman who was willing to look them in the eyes and listen. Art From Ashes is all about exposing the good in people who've been labeled incorrigibly bad by the establishment.

Join Thorn tonight at the Denver Press Club from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight, where she'll be pouring drinks at the bar while facilitating online donations. Drink and give!

Buntport Theater, 720-946-1388.

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Buntport's "Kafka on Ice."

Do they really need any introduction? The marvelous Gestalt that is Buntport, a member of Westword's original MasterMind class of 2005 is totally self-motivated and -funded; literally on a dime, the tight-knit crew of actor/collaborators grind out quirky performances, sometimes based on literary classics, sometimes funny, sometimes serious, but always original beyond the benefit of a doubt. And that's not all. The Buntporters also keep us busy with rotating monthly participatory games and presentations, serial theater for both kids and adults, and a million and one other one-of-a-kind entertainments.

It's too late to take part in last night's giving party at the Black Crown on South Broadway, but because Buntport's crew is so community-minded, you can shmooze with them, enter a raffle and donate from 7 to 10 a.m. this morning at Novo Coffee or join the troupe for a 4-6 p.m. happy hour at Interstate Kitchen. Stay for dinner tonight (or every third Tuesday, beginning in January) and Interstate will donate 15 percent of your ticket to Buntport.

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5 comments
Denise
Denise

Hey Westword - Thanks for the shout-out from KUVO. Our phone number is listed incorrectly - it's 303-480-9272. Thanks!

nysky1
nysky1

It's too bad, their website is down.  How disappointing.

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