MCA Denver selects finalists for Twelve & a Half Days of Xmas LIVE!

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The results are in, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver's Twelve and a Half Days of Xmas LIVE! has selected the dozen performers who will rock the museum's modernist atrium throughout the holiday season. The performers each earn a $50 honorarium as they compete for the winning prize of $500, and with acts ranging from the holiday-inspired burlesque of Gigi D'Lovely to the self-explanatory Crazy Gorilla Drummer, the dozen days of Christmas should be filled with all sorts of appealing weirdness. We spoke with MCA director of programming Sarah Kate Baie to hear about how the museum found the acts in Denver's very diverse arts scene.

See also: MCA Denver seeking entries for holiday performance contest (no explosives, please)


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Photos: Comic Con pops up at the Colorado Symphony

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For Saturday night's performance at the Colorado Symphony, the scene wasn't the classic crowd. In place of stuffed shirts and pearls, there were Star Wars stormtroopers and Star Trek crew members wandering the lobby of Boettcher Concert Hall, along with a whole zoo of other comics, sci-fi and gaming characters. And that was just the beginning of "The Hero's Journey -- A Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con," a full evening of Denver Comic Con-approved compositions, with a guest spot by DeVotchKa's Nick Urata on theremin. Photographer Danielle Lirette caught it all for Westword, bringing back these images and more.

See also: Austin Wintory to bring award-winning Journey video game score to CSO's Comic Con tribute

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Austin Wintory to bring award-winning Journey video game score to CSO's Comic Con tribute

Categories: Concerts

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Composer Austin Wintory will guest-conduct "Apotheosis," from his award-winning score for the PlayStation 3 video game Journey on Saturday with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
Denver native Austin Wintory says attending frequent Colorado Symphony Orchestra concerts and nerding out on video games and comic books inspired him just about equally as a kid, so Saturday's special concert "The Hero's Journey: A Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con" at 7:30 p.m. at Boettcher Concert Hall is "nothing short of the fulfillment of a lifelong dream." Westword caught up with the composer, who will be guest-conducting a piece from his award-winning and Grammy-nominated video game score for Journey and helped curate the rest of the program for the concert.

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Adam Stone will have you screaming at Ice Cream Bloodbath Saturday

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The Indestructible North at Lion's Lair last March.
"I am bullet stopping building crashing weapon," sings Adam Stone in his song Steel. "I don't feel anger panic envy or aggression, yes I could fly and could withstand the fires of hell."

Yes, Stone has formed his own theater production company, Screw Tooth, but he also sings. And at 8 p.m. this Saturday, September 21, you can watch him perform Ice Cream Bloodbath at Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan Street. Stone's company is working with Buntport, and this is a benefit for Screw Tooth.

See also:Screw Tooth's Some Kind of Fun isn't much fun

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Blind Pilot, DR. Dog and The Antlers will be at CU Denver's LYNXAPALOOZA Saturday

Categories: Concerts, Events

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Dr. Dog at Boulder Theater in 2011.
Forgot to read the syllabus? Forgot to do the homework? Showed up hungover? Well, at the Auraria campus this Saturday, none of that matters.

On September 14, the University of Colorado Denver is holding its first annual LYNXAPALOOZA, an all-day music festival sponsored by CU Denver Live!, the school's arts programming committee. The festival will feature nationally acclaimed acts Blind Pilot, DR. Dog and The Antlers. Local indie and folk bands Shady Elders, Eldren, The Yawpers and The Congress will also also perform sets.

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Billy Bono of U2 tribute band Under a Blood Red Sky

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Get down to the Jewgrass at Swallow Hill's Shady Grove Picnic Series

Categories: Concerts, Family

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It might seem like a joke, but it doesn't sound like a joke: Denver's string-picking foursome Rocky Mountain Jewgrass really plays bluegrass, though it does so with a side of klezmer and an extra helping of humor. Eat. Eat!

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- Pick That Ban-Jew: Rocky Mountain Jewgrass
- Swallow Hill hosts a hoedown at Four Mile Historic Park
- Eat, Sing and Be Jewish


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The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will tear up the Newman Center on Thursday. Really!

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The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain doesn't have a flashy name or even a flashy look. But don't let that fool you. While the ensemble takes its collective picking skills quite seriously and its vocals are better than average, its real strength is in doing exactly what the audience doesn't expect.

See also:
- Ukulele player Aldrine Guerrero performs "Schizophrenic Snowflake" for us at Ukefest
- The Denver UkeFest: Pluck You!
- The Colorado Ukulele Festival: Ukes and You

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The ten best comedy shows in April

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As we inch our way toward the glory of summer comedy festivals, Denver has already begun heating up with a variety of shows featuring whip-smart young comics and world-wise icons of days past. We've got a DIY music and comedy festival (with a bouncy castle!), two feature players from Chelsea Lately, some foody-humor at Deer Pile, and some Missed Connection weirdness at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse. Click ahead to see what spring has in store for the Denver comedy fans emerging from a six-month hibernation of Kids in the Hall DVD's and classic Nintendo games.

See also:
- Kickstarter campaign for Denver comedy documentary, Joke Life, now live
- Fred Savage: Horrible romantic advice from Wonder Years to Ladies Night
- When Obama appears as Satan, where's Stephen Colbert?


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Demetri Martin on Woody Guthrie, prop-comedy and not being a hipster

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Demetri Martin is headed for Denver
Demetri Martin's polished micro-jokes, nervous stare and intense appreciation of aesthetics have made him a welcome antidote to the wave of loud and sloppy comedians who have dominated the scene over the last decade. In advance of Martin's visit to Comedy Works South this Sunday for two shows (one is sold-out), we caught up with the floppy-haired emodian (emo + comedian = emodian) to get his thoughts on music in standup, whether hipsters will die out, and what it was like being a 34-year-old "Senior Youth Correspondent" for The Daily Show.

See also:
- When Obama appears as Satan, where's Stephen Colbert?
- Comedian Adam Cayton-Holland debuts new podcast with Ben Roy interview
- Kickstarter campaign for Denver comedy documentary Joke Life now live

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Regis student Zoe Vlastos and friends throw a Concert for a Cause tonight

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Regis University's Concert for a Cause series is dishing up a whopper tonight, all in the name of the Eating Disorder Foundation, which will benefit from performances by more than twenty acts, including professionals and students alike. Organized by student Zoe Vlastos, a psychology major who turns about to be a piano phenom on the side, the event features renowned Denver trumpeter Ron Miles, who will spread his instrumental love around in some unique duets.

See also:
- 10 things to do for $10 this weekend (7 free!), February 22-24
- A Q&A with Time, aka Chris Steele
- Free jazz: Ron Miles performs at the Mercury Cafe tonight -- for free


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