Dance might not be the first medium people think of when they think of politics on the stage, but that’s not how the minds behind 3rd Law Dance/Theater think about things.
The issues of migration, ethnicity, culture and spirituality are the focal point of the show “Lost in Place,” which is running for one night only at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd.
“About 10 years ago my co-director/husband Jim LaVita and I wanted to do an original evening of dance/theater that spoke to the issue of immigration,” said Katie Elliott. “As we investigated the material, the theme grew into a larger idea that revolved around the `loss of a sense of place.’”
The evening is split into three sections — a geographical loss as one moves from point A to B, a temporal loss of place as one moves from childhood to adulthood, and a spiritual loss of sense of place as one moves from life to death.
This production is particularly timely for several reasons — the first because of the importance of these issues in the current political climate, and because LaVita passed away in October
As choreographer, Elliott uses movement that focuses on the individual identity of each performer/character. Using the structure of a Social Security number as a framework, Elliott offers prompts to create these identities by using positive and negative personality traits and individual story expressed through gesture.
“Audiences will be taken on a journey. Because we are a modern/contemporary company we express ideas through a narrative theme rather than a story,” Elliott said. “So, our audience will experience humorous, dramatic, and poignant pieces that they can connect to through personal attachment.”
Get tickets by calling 720-898-7200 or visiting www.arvadacenter.org.
A peak behind Lakewood’s creative curtain
The creative process is a mysterious one for most people, but as part of Lakewood’s annual INSPIRE! Arts Week, the curious can get in a window into how local artists work.
The 40 West Arts District in Lakewood is hosting its second annual free Self-guided Artists In Residences Studio Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3.
The tour allows visitors the chance to see 10 working artists’ private home studios not usually open to the public. The self-guided driving tour includes artists working in acrylic, oil, watercolor, sculpture, ceramics, fused glass, flamework, photography and more.
Tour maps are available at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Belmar Block 7, 445 S Saulsbury St., or 40West Arts District, 1560 Teller St. For more info go to www.anamcarastudiogallery.com/artists-home-studio-tour.
Clarke’s Concert of the Week — Ravi Coltrane at Dazzle
It is entirely possible John and Alice Coltrane were the most talented married couple in modern American music — two jazz masters who were fearless in their exploration of their art and the spiritual world.
Their second son, Ravi, have followed in his parents’ legendary steps, playing with jazz giants like Elvin Jones, Terence Blanchard and McCoy Tyner. He also sees many of the reissues of his parents’ most important works.
Ravi Coltrane will be spending two evenings at Denver’s Dazzle jazz club, 1512 Curtis St., this week. He’ll be playing at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 and Thursday, June 7.
For tickets and more visit www.dazzledenver.com.
An interactive tribute to The Beatles
No two people’s lists of favorite Beatles songs are going to look the same — that’s what happen when a group has as many stone-cold classics as the Fab Four.
But that’s what Beatles tribute group Yesterday and Today thrive on. The band anchored by The McGuigan Brothers, provide audiences with an interactive listening experience.
Yesterday and Today are stopping by the Lone Tree Arts Center as part of its Tunes on the Terrace series at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 8.
Unlike many tribute bands, Yesterday and Today perform as themselves and leave the song choices completely to the audience. A set list is created five minutes before the show, based upon the songs selected by members of the crowd. As such, every show is a different experience.
Go to www.lonetreeartscenter.org to get tickets.
Hiwan Museum reaches an once-a-century milestone
Evergreen’s Hiwan Museum has been around longer than many cities in Jefferson County have been in existence, and in June the museum is celebrating its 100th birthday.
Completed in 1918, the main building of the Hiwan Museum was previously known as Camp Neosho. To mark the centennial occasion the museum, 28473 Meadow Drive, is debuting a new exhibit called “The Hand-Built Home: A Century of Camp Neosho.” The exhibit will explore the early history and construction of the camp.
The museum will also host a free day from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 23. This event will feature live music, woodworking demonstrations, live bird displays by Nature’s Educators, and other family-friendly activities. Food trucks currently scheduled include Peak Pops, Wheels on Fire and California Wrap Runners, with brews from Evergreen Brewery. Musical performances from Rex Rideout, Evergreen Players and Chris Doyle will add to the festivities.
For more information, visit www.jeffco.us/1251/Hiwan-Heritage-Park.
Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. A community editor with Colorado Community Media, he can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org.
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