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.
Last month we asked readers to send us suggestions for the Denver arts scene's best representatives on social media for our 2013 Denver Web Awards. We compiled our list of finalists from those suggestions, and now it's your turn to pick who wins top honors.
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Calling all aspiring auteurs: Here's your chance to get your six seconds of fame. We want you to submit your best arts-and-culture-related Vine videos by uploading them with the hashtag #DenWeb2013. We'll pick our favorites to play at the annual Westword Web Awards party at Galvanize on December 5, where the audience and our panel of judges will help us pick the year's top video.
The Denver Museum of Contemporary Art Denver will celebrate the holiday season by hosting twelve and a half days of artistic performances in its sleek atrium. What sets the Twelve and a Half Days of Xmas Live! series apart from the MCA's other programs is that the performers will be chosen from an open call for entry and the applicants will be competing for a $500 prize. To learn more about the concept, Westword caught up with Sarah Kate Baie, MCA Denver's director of programming and chief of fictions, to discuss the contest rules, reaching out to the local creative community and Denver's puppeteering scene.
After six grueling months of weekly competition that whittled 140 comics down to one, the 2013 Comedy Works New Faces Competition has a winner in Jordan Doll. He'd delivered heavily talked-about performances at UMS and High Plains, and there had been a lot of hype in the comedy scene that Doll would come out on top even before last night's finals began. But strong performances were also delivered by Arguments and Grievances host Kevin O'Brien and local mic-rat Christie Buchele, who earned second and third place rankings, respectively, in this major comedy contest.
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It's been a long ride since last spring, when the Comedy Works New Faces Competition 2013 began. And now, with 130 comics eliminated, we're down to the final ten, who will compete tomorrow night for a cash prize and the prestige of joining the ranks of previous winners, including Ben Kronberg, Josh Blue and Adam Cayton-Holland. The finalists: Aaron Urist, Christie Buchele, Derrick Rush, Jordan Doll, Kevin O'Brien, Mike Hammock, Nichole Mccormack, Patrick Hesse, Tim Messenger and Zachary Maas.
Comedy Works New Talent coordinator Deacon Gray.
Comedy Works New Talent Coordinator Deacon Gray has been documenting the Denver comedy scene since 2004, keeping stats on each comic's every move within the walls of this legendary comedy club, as well as producing the New Faces Competition. We recently sat down with this 27-year veteran of the standup industry, chatting about the boom and bust of the '80s club circuit, how the Internet has changed comedy, and why New Faces became a measuring stick for ambitious young comics.More »
From Facebook to Vine, social media is changing the way we follow the arts. At the 2013 Westword Web Awards, we'll celebrate the artists, organizations and personalities that use it best -- and we want your help finding them.
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Party! Party! On Thursday, September 12, many of the town's movers and shakers will gather on the 19th Street Bridge in Riverfront Park for the Greenway Foundation's annual Gala on the Bridge. But that's just the start of the fun. From 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, September 13, the inaugural After Party on the Bridge in Riverfront Park will celebrate the river that runs through town with a party that includes street food, cocktails and a concert, with special performances by Born in the Flood (with Nathaniel Rateliff) and FLASH/LIGHTS, along with DJ Chuck Lepley and Wonderbound.
Tickets are $75 and support the Greenway Foundation -- but we're giving away a pair to the After Party right here. To enter, all you have to do is post a comment below on why you love the South Platte by midnight tonight; we'll pick a winner tomorrow morning.
See also: After ignoring the South Platte River for decades, Denver is again panning for gold.
Happily wedded Hollywood sweethearts Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman make beautiful music together -- and comedy, too! And -- lucky Denver! -- Mullally will be singing her heart out with Stephanie Hunt as "Nancy and Beth," while Offerman offers a sneak peek of his American Ham solo show when they share their charismatic acts during a benefit performance on Saturday, September 7 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
We're giving away a pair of tickets so that you can catch this creative crew live -- and to enter, all you need to do is offer your favorite memory of Karen in Will and Grace. To prod your memory (and tickle your funny bone), keep reading for our ten favorite memories of Mullally in the show.More »