||We should all be concerned with water...especially in the West. Tomorrow (December 5th), the Center of the American West screens a film about water and hosts a panel discussion of water experts.
Here's the story: Executive produced and narrated by Robert Redford, Watershed tells the story of the threats to the once-mighty Colorado River and offers solutions for the future of the American West. As the most dammed and diverted river in the world struggles to support thirty million people and the peace-keeping agreement known as the Colorado River Pact reaches its limits, this film introduces hope for the future.
Join Watershed’s producer, James Redford, and award-winning filmmaker and director, Mark Decena, as they chat about the film. Following a screening of the film, Patty Limerick, Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West, Justice Gregory Hobbs of the Colorado Supreme Court, Jim Lochhead, CEO and Manager of Denver Water, and Bart Miller, Water Program Director of Western Resource Advocates, will be joined by the filmmakers to discuss Watershed and the Colorado River.
December 5th, 6:30PM, Duane Physics Building (G1B30) on the University of Colorado/Boulder Campus. For more information: www.centerwest.org or 303-492-4879.
Today is Colorado Gives Day—so you can make your charitable donations in your bathrobe and furry slippers—and lasts for 24-hours (until midnight on Tuesday, December 4th). It all takes place online at www.GivingFirst.org.
The motto is "Give Where you Live." You can give to any (or many) of more than 1,000 Colorado charities. The goal is to inspire and unite Coloradoans in supporting a whole host of local nonprofits—ranging from dance, education and the arts to autism, healthcare, and adoptions. You can follow your passion by donating to nonprofits working on issues that you care most about.
You can donate $10 (or more, depending on your circumstances). And you’ll be assured that 100% of your donation will go to your favorite charity. More good news: Your donation will be boosted by a special FirstBank Incentive Fund that leverages donations to the tune of $300,000.
All donations made to the 501(c)(3) charities featured on www.GivingFirst.org are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law. After making a donation, you will automatically receive an on-screen acknowledgment letter. A copy of that letter will also be e-mailed to you.
In 2011, a jaw-dropping $12.8 million was raised on Colorado Gives Day, mostly from small donations.
Let’s see what we can do in 2012! We make such a big impact when we band together, no?
"Irving Berlin’s White Christmas" is grand and glittery, lush and lovely in the way that only a 1950s-vintage stage play can be. Lots of splashy dance numbers, elaborate set changes and, of course, the classic, nostalgic songs—"Happy Holiday," "Sisters," "Blue Skies," and the ever-popular title number, "White Christmas."
Spoiler alert!!! Stop reading if you don't want to know the ending. There's a big snow storm—on stage and even in the audience. Fun!
There are performances nearly every day between now and Christmas—matinees, evening performances, family nights, military nights and an ASL Interpretive/Audio Described performance (December 16th).
For more information about the performances and to buy tickets, www.denvercenter.org or 303-893-4100.
The Ritz-Carlton partners with special rates and Holiday-inspired amenities. For more information about the hotel package, www.ritzcarlton.com/denver and click on the "offerings" tab.
||After you visit the Becoming Van Gogh exhibit at the Denver Art Museum (DAM), stop by the Rackhouse Pub to sample some DAM Gogh de Garde beer. A traditional French farmhouse ale--coppery blonde with a hint of anise. This brewski is a collaboration between the Dillon Dam Brewery and the Denver Art Museum.
Brewmaster Cory Forster (who created this traditional ale) speculates that while Van Gogh traveled the French countryside documenting peasants he probably quaffed his share of biere de garde. Learn more about this collaboration on Dillon Dam’s website.
Aside from the Dillon Dam Brewery's taproom, the Rackhouse Pub in Denver is the only other spot where you can drink a DAM Gogh beer.
About Becoming Van Gogh: The Denver Art Museum has put together a retrospective on Vincent Van Gogh, and this particular showing of his work will only be seen in Denver. It's your basic one-city tour. And it is good to know that Van Gogh was basically a nobody while he was alive (he sold just one painting in his lifetime), but within 30 years of his death he became one of the most influential painters of the 19th century. Go figure. And, while you're figuring, have a DAM beer.
||Thordis Niela Simonsen lived in Colorado...until she fell in love with a little Greek farmhouse. Actually it was more of a stone ruin that had once been a little Greek farmhouse. She rebuilt it stone by stone with the help of local farmers, stone masons and carpenters. She became part of the community. Now she divides her time between Colorado and Greece.
This weekend, she's at the Denver Women's Press Club doing a one-woman, multi-media presentation called "Building on Memory."
Saturday, November 10 November at 7:00 pm (door opens 6:30 pm)
Sunday, November 11 November at 4:00 pm (door opens 3:30 pm)
Denver Woman's Press Club
1325 Logan Street
Denver CO 80203
You can park in the lot just north of Denver Women's Press Club.
$15 (or $35 includes a copy of Thordis' book "Dances in Two Worlds")
Please use this link to see program trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFKqtISXLpQ
Please visit astragreece.com/programs.html for program description.
|Denver Arts Week starts with TONIGHT with First Fridays celebrations at all of the Arts Districts across town—Santa Fe, Navajo Street, Tennyson Street, the Golden Triangle, Old South Gaylord, Old South Pearl and River North (RiNo). For more information: http://www.denver.org/denverartsweek/firstfriday.
And on Saturday (tomorrow) don’t miss Night at the Museums. Denver's museums are open late and admission is FREE between 5 and 10 p.m.
At the Denver Art Museum—art comes alive when actors representing Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec stroll the museum, mixing and mingling with the crowd. At the Byers-Evans House--get a glimpse of life in Denver in 1912 in this beautiful historic home and see An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe at 7:30 pm. At the Children’s Museum--the littlest artists in the community will create sculptures out of recycled materials. The Clyfford Still Museum offers documentary screenings of STILL, gallery talks and more to learn about this groundbreaking abstract expressionist. The Molly Brown House rocks out to the local band, I Sank Molly Brown, and celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Titanic. Museo de las Americas celebrates Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Make sugar skulls from 5-7 p.m.
FREE shuttles make it easy to explore all evening. Shuttle buses will stop at or near museums, beginning at 5 p.m. from the Denver Art Museum (parking available in the Cultural Complex Garage) and also from shuttle stop between the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Denver Zoo.
For more information and a complete list of participating museums: http://www.denver.org/denverartsweek/NightAtTheMuseum