Many of us don’t know exactly what makes a piece of architecture or interior design attractive. There is only something we react to.
Fortunately, there are organizations like that Denver Architecture Foundation and its annual Doors open Denver Event that not only offers the opportunity to take a look inside some exclusive spaces, but also to show why we like a piece of design so much.
“This year, we examine how large institutions have influenced Denver’s architecture and design,” Pauline Herrera, the foundation’s president and CEO, said in a provided statement. “Participants will get insider access to some incredible spaces and will be encouraged to ask big questions about some of our most significant educational and cultural campuses.”
Doors Open Denver returns Monday, September 26 through Sunday, October 26, featuring both new features personal and virtual tours as well as archives with virtual tours from previous years.
The 2022 event features 24 in-person tours highlighting Denver’s cultural and educational hubs, including the Denver Zoo (presented with tours for the first time), the University of Denver, the Auraria Higher Education Center and the Denver Center of the Complex of the performing arts.
In addition to the in-person options, curious visitors can use eight new virtual free experiences to explore locations in the metro area and Colorado Springs – including the Historic Elitch Theatre, Red Rocks and the United States Air Force Academy.
In addition to the tours, there is the annual Y/OUR Denver Photo Contest hosted by the Architectural Foundation and the Colorado Photographic Arts Center. It is open to all photographers and participants are invited to submit their photos of architectural spaces in the subway area that capture their imagination. According to the information provided, all forms of architectural images are welcome: black and white, colour, exterior, interior and detail images. 30 pictures will be selected from the submissions and presented in an online exhibition in December.
No matter what type of space appeals to you, you’re bound to learn something and get a healthy dose of inspiration. You can find all the necessary information at denverarchitecture.org.
Dance the night away with Miners Alley Playhouse
If you have been paying attention to the tremendous work done by Golden’s Miners Alley Playhouse If you’ve done anything over the past few years, then you know how innovative and welcoming a true community theater company can be. And that was just the first act.
Kicking off the company’s next act to celebrate all that has been accomplished and honor the current production of “Hair,” Miners Alley is throwing his “Let the Sun In” Gala Fundraiser at the Colorado School of Mines Green Center (Freidhoff Hall)924 16th St. in Golden, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, September 30.
Attendees will be treated to live entertainment from the cast of Hair, dancing, a full buffet dinner, cocktail reception and more. Visit https://minersalley.com/ for full details.
Walker Fine Art examines the natural world
It only takes a casual news reader to realize that there’s a reason so many people are concerned about the state of the climate and environment. Mixed with all the beauty the world has to offer is danger and fear for the future of the planet.
“Environmental Reflections”, the latest exhibit walker art300 West 11th Ave., no. A, in Denver, gives six artists—Theresa Clowes, Elaine Coombs, George Kozman, Bryan Leister, Heather Patterson, and Zelda Zinn—an opportunity to explore their understanding and appreciation of landscape, climate, and habitat.
The exhibition runs at the gallery until Saturday 18th November. All information can be found at www.walkerfineart.com.
Clarke’s Concert of the Week – Jackson Browne at the Red Rocks
I think that if you write a song as good as “These Days” you should basically be able to float along for the rest of your life. The fact that Jackson Browne Wrote that song when he was 16 and then had a decade-long career filled with other stunning songs just isn’t fair – I mean, “For A Dancer?” “Runs on empty?” “The hypocrite?” Just bulletproof.
It’s a treat that will feature one of rock’s greatest songwriters Red Rocks18300 W. Alameda Parkway in Morrison at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 25. Don’t miss the opportunity to see one of the best concerts around – buy tickets at axs.com.
Clarke Reader’s culture column appears weekly. He can be reached at Clarke.Reader@hotmail.com.