Phil Bender: The 1/2 Xmas Show


1/2 Xmas Eve Party: Saturday June 24th from 6-11pm

1/2 Xmas Day White Elephant in the Room Party: Sunday June 25th 6-10pm

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DATELINE is pleased to announce Phil Bender: The ½ Xmas Show. This quirky solo exhibition delivers Xmas cheer six months early (or late). The Denver based Pop artists collection of offbeat grid and stacked pieces feature hundreds of (you guessed it) Santa Clauses. By transforming these vintage objects into works of art, Bender urges viewers to reconsider nostalgia and the role it plays in our memories of the holidays.

½ Xmas Eve Party: Saturday June 24th 6 -11pm
  • Artist’s Reception with holiday fun!
  • Ugly sweater contest (judged by the artist)
  • Christmas cookie baking
  • Caroling around the neighborhood
  • Egg Nog (if we can find some)
½ Xmas Day White Elephant in the Room Party: Sunday June 25th 6-10pm
  • Cookie decorating contest (judged by the artist)
  • White elephant gift exchange (bring a piece of art to exchange)
"Since it's Summertime no hot chocolate will be served" -Phil Bender

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Denver, CO 80205
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The Aurora Arts Festival: Arts on the Block

Fletcher Plaza (9898 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, CO)

Saturday, June 24th & Sunday, June 25th from Noon - 8pm

  • FREE and open to the public

The Aurora Cultural Arts District (ACAD) is pleased to announce its annual Aurora Arts Festival. “We’re throwing a party and everyone is invited! It’s just thrilling to have the opportunity to increase our diverse showcase of the arts right in here in A-Town!” says Satya Wimbish, ACAD Vice President.

The Aurora Art Festival is celebrating what’s great about Aurora and focusing on an “Arts on the Block” theme. There has been an increase in outreach to embrace the immediate community and empower them be an integral part of the planning and organizational process of the festivities. The location will have multiple live performance areas for music and theatre, along with pop-up performances throughout the event. Other highlights include art activities and games provided by the Aurora Cultural Arts District, delicious food from vendors and local brew at the beer garden. We will also have rides this year!

Derrick Velasquez Artist Talk at the MCA

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 at 7pm

Reception at 6pm with beer and whiskey (21+); $5 admission

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On Wednesday, June 28th, join Derrick Velasquez and Peter Miles Bergman at MCA Denver for a discussion about Velasquez's current exhibition, Obstructed View. Velasquez will talk with Bergman about the work in the exhibition and how it fits within the scope of his practice, as well as the political ideas behind some of the work.

Peter Miles Bergman is an Assistant Professor of Art in Communication Design at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He is the Creative Director and Publisher of the Institute of Sociometry (is), co-editor of Raw Fury, and the President of the Board of the Letterpress Depot. He holds a BFA from the University of California at San Diego and an MFA in Visual Communication from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
1485 Delgany
Denver, CO 80202


Three Things, Any Three Things

MCA Denver

Thursdays in June, 2017 from 7-8:30pm; $10 Member Tickets


Three Things, Any Three Things, is an experiment in performance, lecture, and music. We bring you three experiences. We smash them together. We make no connections. Let's see what happens.

June 8
  • Boy Movies, an Experimental Film, and a Strange Wooden Instrument
  • With Nancy Wadsworth, Jeremy Couillard and Farrell Lowe plus David Willey
June 15
  • Star Wars, Electronic Guitar Loops, and a Big Pom Pom
  • With Seth Masket, Roger Green, and the Ladies Fancywork Society
June 22
  • Coffee, Beer, and Ice Cream
  • With Alexis Madrigal, Nicky Beer, and Sweet Action
June 29
  • White House Chefs, Robots, and Something Surreal
  • With Adrian Miller, Laura Goldhammer, and Mathias Svalina
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
1485 Delgany
Denver, CO 80202


B-Side Music Fridays at the MCA

Every Friday 5-10PM | Happy Hour 5-7PM | Music 7-9PM

  • Free with museum admission. Only $5 after 5PM. Members always free.
  • B-Side Music Fridays is a rooftop summer music series focused on presenting the best emerging Denver bands.
June 2 Levi Dal Nodar

Shady Elders
June 9 Me Me Monster

The First Timers
June 16 Venus Cruz & Big Wheel

ft. Greg Tanner Harris
June 23 Wesley Watkins

Particle Parade
June 30 Anna Shoemaker

High Plains Honky
July 14 Pink Hawks
July 21 YaSi
July 28 Kitty Crimes & Jay Triiiple
August 4 Golden Hour

The Raven and the Writing Desk
August 11 Anthony Ruptak
August 18 The Get Together

Space in Time
August 25 Vules Jerne

MCA Denver & DCPA'S Off-Center Present Mixed Taste 2017

Mixed Taste: Tag Team Lectures on unrelated topics

Seawell Grand Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Every Wednesday at 6:30 pm from July 5 - August 23, 2017

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Even mismatched subjects find common ground in a lecture series that can go almost anywhere. Two speakers get twenty minutes to enlighten you on two unrelated topics, but can’t make any connections to each other. Ideas start to blend afterward when audience members ask questions to both speakers at the same time, and anything goes.

This year, Mixed Taste is bigger and weirder than ever, as we partner with DCPA's Off Center and the event moves to the Seawell Grand Ballroom.
  • July 5: Wild West Mail Delivery & Post-Conceptual Art
  • July 12: Esperanto & Trial by Jury
  • July 19: Telekinesis & Sauerkraut
  • July 26: Giant Flutes & Celestial Navigation
  • August 2: Asparagus & Money Laundering
  • August 9: Prohibition & Bob Ross
  • August 16: P.T. Barnum & Infinity
  • August 23: Air Traffic Control & Drag Queen Activism

Final Fridays at the DAM: Untitled

Denver Art Museum

Last Friday of Each Month, 6-10pm, from January through October, 2017

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Image credits (left to right): Drag queens lead detour at Untitled: Glory Days; Colorado Ballet dancers perform at Untitled: Center Stage; visitors at Untitled: Homegrown; Robert Louis Cole in-gallery performance at Untitled: Flip Side.

On the final Friday evening of the month, January through October, the DAM offers a unique after-hours museum experience with unconventional art encounters, new insights into the DAM collections, a cash bar and more. At each mixed-media Untitled Final Friday event, the museum highlights a specific theme with exhibition and collection inspired activities and local creative collaborations across the museum campus from 6 to 10 p.m.

“Untitled Final Fridays is a collaborative program designed to give visitors a non-traditional museum experience and connect the museum with the local artists that make Denver a thriving national art scene,” said Lauren Hegge, adult programs coordinator. “Untitled is created hand-in-hand with members of Denver’s creative community, and diversified every month to activate our collections, while offering off-beat art experiences and a fun night out.”

During Untitled, visitors are encouraged to curate their own night by choosing from the full menu of activities ranging from hands-on projects to tours with a twist to unexpected performances and expert chats. Each year, the DAM hosts Meet Here for discussion and brainstorming with community creatives of all disciplines—including designers, filmmakers, musicians, chefs, dancers and crafters. Their feedback and ideas help develop the upcoming season’s programs.

The 2017 Untitled Final Friday season line up follows:

Untitled: Empire
Jan. 27, 6–10 p.m.
Rule the roost and live the fantasy of a season kick-off dedicated to power and prestige.

Untitled: Power Suit
Feb. 24, 6–10 p.m.
Roll up your sleeves and dress to impress at a costume-themed party that’s suited for stars.

Untitled: Roots
March 31, 6–10 p.m.
Uncover new ground as we dig in and explore tierra and home.

Untitled: Talk Back
April 28, 6–10 p.m.
Get the conversation going with an action-packed look at speaking up and getting shady.

Untitled: True Grit
May 26, 6–10 p.m.
Saddle up to save the day with a night of tumbleweeds, tough guys and 10-gallon hats.

Untitled: Action!
June 30, 6–10 p.m.
Zoom in for a screening of Western stories, main attractions and epically moving pictures.

Untitled: Summer Camp
July 28, 6–10 p.m.
Catch the sun and capture the flag to toast the season and cheer reasons to play.

Untitled: Truth & Dare
Aug. 25, 6–10 p.m.
Face the facts and take a risk as we get up close and personal with bravery in black and white.

Untitled: Stories
Sept. 29, 6–10 p.m.
Tell your tales in a night dedicated to powerful voices and new constructions.

Untitled: Homewrecker
Oct. 27, 6–10 p.m.
Question house rules and shake things up for the mother of all season finales.

Reoccurring Untitled Final Friday Programming:

Detour: Non-art experts lead tours through the DAM’s collections from their point of expertise. Past examples include drag queens, geologists, comedians, historians and fashion designers.

Joan and Charlie Discuss Tonight’s Theme: At each Untitled Final Friday event, visitors can watch Buntport Theater perform their sitcom, Joan and Charlie Discuss Tonight’s Theme, based on a painting found in the modern and contemporary art collection.

MakeARTtalk: An ongoing series where local creatives produce a new work inspired by the museum collections, exhibitions or the space itself. MakeARTtalk participants share their ideas with the audience while discussing their inspiration, process, successes and failures, as well as the final work.

Off the Record: DAM staff dish on behind-the-scenes stories about the collections

Untitled Final Friday events are included in general museum admission and are free for DAM members. Students presenting a valid ID receive 2-for-1 admission when tickets are purchased on-site. Youth 18 and under receive free general admission.

Untitled is presented by Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores and made possible by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Catering is provided by Kevin Taylor Restaurant Group. For more information, visit

Denver Art Museum
100 W 14th Ave
Denver, CO 80204


adsflogoFirst Friday at the Art District on Santa Fe

Santa Fe Drive between 6th and 10th Ave

Every First Friday from approximately 5-10pm

  • Check gallery websites and for details on individual gallery exhibits
  • Parking information:
  • Adco General — 801 Kalamath St — Park any day of the week after 5pm
  • The Bolt Factory at 2nd and Kalamath St.
  • Alliance Francaise — 6th and Galapago: Just East of Santa Fe Dr. — First Friday Art Walk Only
  • West High School — 10th Avenue and Galapago St. — First Friday Art Walk only. Cost is $5 which funds students’ cultural programs
  • Kitchens at the Denver — 8th and Kalamath: 1 block west of Santa Fe Dr. — First Friday Art Walk Only
  • The Knife Guys at 11 Kalamath St. and W. Ellsworth Ave. — after 6pm
  • Image Complete Lighting Gallery, Kalamath and 2nd Avenue — after 5pm
  • Su Teatro lot at Santa Fe Drive and 2nd Avenue
  • Street parking along Santa Fe Drive, 5th, 7th, 9th and 10th Avenues


Belmar Block 7 First Friday Gallery Art Walk

Every First Friday from 6-9pm at Belmar's Block 7 Arts


Block 7 Arts is conveniently located just south east of Alameda & Wadsworth at 445 S Saulsbury St in Lakewood's Belmar Shopping District. There is free parking in the garage with entrances on both the north and south end of the block as well as paid parking on the street.



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