Four Charged With Theft of Dale Chihuly Art From Denver Botanic Gardens

Photo by Scott Dressel-Martin, Denver Botanic Gardens
Dale Chihuly's "Colorado" is now part of the permanent collection at the Denver Botanic Gardens.
The Denver Botanic Gardens has a permanent reminder of last year's blockbuster Chihuly exhibit: "Colorado," a piece by artist Dale Chihuly that was made possible through funds provided by donors Robert and Judi Newman and the Kemper family, and installed a few weeks ago. And now four more Coloradans have something to remember the show by: theft charges.

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Salon Romantik: CREATION (re-creation): The final opus in the Salon works series

Categories: Dance, Events

RJ Hooker

Everything in this world is alive. Nature lays a path from birth to death, one that's impossible to predict. And now the final part of Patrick Mueller's series, Salon Romantik: CREATION (re-creation), will bring his project full circle from its previous four performances, "exploring the romantic philosophy and ramifications into the modern world," Mueller promises.

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Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh Will Perform Thursday Courtesy of MCA Denver

MCA Denver
Mark Mothersbaugh performs.

MCA Denver director Adam Lerner has promoted the idea that Mark Mothersbaugh -- co-founder of the '70s- and '80s-era New Wave group Devo -- is much more than simply a former rock star but is actually one of the major creative forces of our time.

Lerner lays out this powerful claim in a pretty convincing way in Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, an over-the-top exhibit that fills all three floors at the MCA with a dizzying array of material ranging in date over the last forty-years.

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Podcast Profiles: Whiskey & Cigarettes, a Podcast About Podcasts

Categories: Comedy, Interviews

Ryan Brackin
(from left) Jake Becker, Jake Browne and Zac Maas
Podcasts are in tune with the democratized spirit of Internet media; anyone with a microphone and a computer can offer their listeners unlimited hours of recordings, usually for free. Limited only by their imaginations, podcasters have a freedom of expression unrestricted by commerce, censorship or geography. Several great podcasts have blossomed in Denver's flourishing arts community; here to celebrate them is Podcast Profiles, a series documenting the efforts of local podcasters and spotlighting the peculiar personalities behind them.

Whiskey & Cigarettes is a podcast about podcasts, and much funnier than that glib description would suggest. Hosted by the local brain trust behind the Comics Against Civility comedy game show -- Jake Becker, Zac Maas and Jake Browne -- the podcast has evolved over the years. What began as an unfocused, booze-soaked marathon of podcast clips and quips has sharpened into a more purposeful format boasting funnier episodes and attracting some high-profile guests. In advance of the Comics Against Civility round with Browne and Maas at Spruce Tap House at 7 p.m. Saturday, January 24, we caught up with the Whiskey & Cigarettes crew to discuss how the show has changed and their favorite guests.

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Edith Weiss on 5 Lesbians Eating Quiche, Charlie Hebdo and the Terrors of Standup

Categories: Comedy, Theater

Emily Paton Davies and Lindsey Pierce in 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche.
"It's one of the funniest things I've ever read. It's joyous, a little outrageous." Edith Weiss is talking about 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, the play she's directing that will open Friday January 23 at the Avenue Theater -- and she knows all about funny: She made her living as a standup comic for years.

Her career began in the late '80s at George McKelvey's Comedy Club, where she was part of an improv group. "George wanted us to open the show, which means you also do standup, so I got a lot of stage time," Weiss remembers. "That's really important for a comic. I ended up going on Star Search; I did military tours to the Balkans, Japan and Korea in the '90s. Standup is the scariest thing I've ever done, really terrifying. You wrote it. You performed it. When you work for the military you're not supposed to do religion, sex or politics, which doesn't really leave much."

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Best Director 2012 -- Edith Weiss

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Ari Shaffir on His New Show, Death Threats, Shroomfest 2015 and Colorado Bro-Dudes

To the untrained eye, Ari Shaffir looks like an overnight success. Hot off the heels of his latest one-hour special Paid Regular, which aired January 16 on Comedy Central, Shaffir has a new series, This Is Not Happening, premiering on the January 22. The taste-making network will also be distributing and showing reruns of Shaffir's first hour, Passive Aggressive. Despite the confluence of successes, Shaffir has been quietly plugging away at his act for years, generating web content like his video series "The Amazing Racist" and steadfastly recording the popular podcast The Skeptic Tank week after week. With all that, Shaffir will be in town at the end of the month to headline at the downtown Comedy Works, his favorite club. We recently caught up with Shaffir to discuss his new special, offending audiences and his love of psilocybin mushrooms.

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The Diva Dozen: Denver's Top Twelve Drag Performers

Categories: LGBTQ, Longform

Koko B Studio
Nina Flowers helped Denver's drag scene bloom.
The runaway success of Logo TV's RuPaul's Drag Race has brought the subculture of drag performance into the spotlight, creating a global platform for the fabulous personalities who can blur gender lines into a fine and ferocious powder, polish their faces with it and then command a stage. The year before the show debuted in 2009, Puerto Rican transplant Nina Flowers had moved to Colorado and immediately began shaking up the Denver scene -- where the "classic" style of drag, a pageant-based look, had endured for decades -- by busting through the norms of drag and recreating it with a true artist's brush. So it seemed like kismet that Flowers was cast on that first season of Drag Race (the only Denver contestant so far), and the blooming of both Flowers and America's newest obsession laid the groundwork for Denver's drag community to take its art to the next level.

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Adam Cayton-Holland a Big Winner at the 2014 Denver Comedy Awards

Categories: Comedy

Scott Lentz
2014 Denver Comedy Awards at 3 Kings Tavern
Sexpot Comedy honored the Mile High City's funniest people at the 2014 Denver Comedy Awards at 3 Kings Tavern on January 17. The big winner? Former Westword staffer Adam Cayton-Holland, who was honored not just as the Comic of the Year, but for his podcast, his website, the comedy festival he co-founded and the comedy night he's part of. Keep reading for the rest of the awards.

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Podcast Profile of Adam Cayton-Holland and My Dining Room Table

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The Mayday Experiment: As an Artist, I Am Both Gentrifier and Gentrified

Categories: Visual Arts

Lauri Lynnxe Murphy
Denver, back in the day.
I have lived and worked in over thirty spaces in Denver. Most of them have been in Five Points, City Park and Northside if you're old school, Highland if you're new. But notably, I was also involved in founding the third gallery on Santa Fe Drive back when it was a vaguely industrial strip filled with dilapidated storefronts, soon to be the home of the nascent "Olde Towne Santa Fe Arts District". I have very rarely moved of my own accord; rather, I was forced out when buildings were sold to make condos, lofts or parking lots, to make room for all the new people who wanted to be close to the arts without realizing that their proximity destroys the very communities they seek to be near. In my senior year of undergrad at what was then Metro State, I moved three times, and had the almost attained goal of cum laude snatched out of my grasp as I struggled to manage both moving and senioritis.

As an artist, I am both gentrifier and gentrified, and it has never been a comfortable place to be.

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Literacy Squared Will Discuss Bilingual Education at Chautauqua Wednesday

Categories: Events, Family

Photo courtesy of Literacy Squared
Ten years ago, bilingual educator Kathy Escamilla noticed that schools weren't tailoring education to the population of bilingual children who were entering the system. So she founded Literacy Squared, a research-based biliteracy program. "We created Literacy Squared specifically for kids who were coming to school with the potential of having two languages developed well, and with the idea that a good bilingual education program at the school level could develop both of those skill sets in kids," she says.

On January 21, Escamilla and fellow University of Colorado at Boulder professors Sue Hopewell and Lucinda Soltero-González will be discuss the program at "Literacy Squared: Valuing Bilingualism", hosted by Chautauqua.

See also: Dear Mexican: Who's Bilingual in the U.S.?

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