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.

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The Artsmyths costume shop is puttin' on the ritz at the Mercury Cafe

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Valerie Photogoddess
Some of last year's costumes.

Halloween is long gone, but costume fiends don't care: they're always on the hunt for the next party. Which is why the Denver mask shop ArtSmyths is presenting Puttin' On The Ritz at the Mercury Café this Saturday, November 30.

ArtSmyth's owner, Tiffany Smyth, is throwing Jazz-era dead-celebrities funeral party, to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the shop. It's the third time that the store has celebrated its birthday in this way.

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Kim Robards jumpstarts the weekend with an evening of dance

Categories: Dance

Dance concerts might not be the hottest tickets in town, but the metro area has plenty of companies with stamina, including the long-lived Kim Robards Dance, which is experiencing a growth spurt since relocating to the Aurora Cultural Art District on East Colfax Avenue. And Robards will demonstrate what leaps and bounds her ensemble has taken this weekend with Dance Gallery, a showcase of new choreography for the 2013-2014 season.

See also: People, Get Ready: Tracy Weil rebrands the Aurora Cultural Art District


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Photo by Rene Atchison for Kim Robards Dance.
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MCA Denver seeking entries for holiday performance contest (no explosives, please)

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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.

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Karole Armitage's Fables on Global Warming uses dance to talk about climate change

Categories: Dance, Interviews

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World-renowned choreographer Karole Armitage is recognized for bringing non-traditional elements to the stage with her radical modern dance pieces. The performance tonight at Macky Auditorium will be no exception, as the dancer and her company, Armitage Gone! Dance, present Fables on Global Warming.

Using costumes, puppetry in the traditions of Asian theater, and live lyrical interpretations of stories from Aesop to American Indian culture to talk about climate change, Armitage's one-hour show will give the audience plenty to think about. In advance of tonight's performance, she spoke with Westword about how Fables came about, and why it is important to make art that is accessible to all ages.

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Now Showing: Nancy Smith and Patrick Mueller

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For this year's Now Showing, Westword's fall arts guide (you'll find it tucked into our September 26 issue), we asked artistic movers and shakers to answer a few questions about the state of the arts, both locally and around the world. We'll be rolling out their answers over the next few weeks in pairs that combine both veterans and newcomers in similar disciplines. Today, we hear from aerial dance maven Nancy Smith and avant garde dancer/choreographer Patrick Mueller.

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Now Showing: Garrett Ammon and Laura Ann Samuelson on dance and the arts

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Garrett Ammon of Wonderbound.
For this year's Now Showing, Westword's fall arts guide (you'll find it tucked into our September 26 issue), we asked artistic movers and shakers to answer a few questions about the state of the arts, both locally and around the world. We'll be rolling out their answers over the next few weeks in pairs that combine both veterans and newcomers in similar disciplines. First up? Garrett Ammon and Laura Ann Samuelson discussing dance.

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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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THE GREAT GREEN helicopters in to the Boulder Fringe Festival

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Joanna Rotkin in THE GREAT GREEN
The show must go on, and for Laura Ann Samuelson and Joanna Rotkin, a helicopter rescue was the only way to keep their production THE GREAT GREEN on track for the Boulder International Fringe Festival, which starts today.

Rotkin, creator and star of THE GREAT GREEN, resides in Jamestown, which was just about destroyed by the flood. The town was completely cut off, and many in the town were evacuated by helicopter and taken to Niwot High School. I spoke with Samuelson just after she'd picked up Rotkin at the high school so that they could rehearse.

See also:Comedian Kelsie Huff is alive and kicking and at the Boulder Fringe Festival

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Celebrate culture with these Mexican Independence Day events

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Kim Robards Dance.
Mexican Independence Day might take a lower profile than Cinco de Mayo here in Denver, but that doesn't mean our Latino community -- and the rest of the town -- doesn't kick up its heels for El Grito de la Independencia: Mexico's real independence day (as opposed to Cinco), which is traditionally celebrated on September 16. Here are a few ways to weigh in on the party.

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