GOCA121 (Downtown Colorado Springs)
Saturday, June 13, 2015; 6pm dinner, 8pm 'til midnight Art Party
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs Galleries of Contemporary Art presents BRILLIANT on June 13, the fourth annual art party extravaganza taking place at 121 S. Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs.
BRILLIANT combines art, technology, mixology, performance, and music to completely transform GOCA 121 and the Nosh patio into the ultimate party. In the words of Daisy McConnell, GOCA director, the experience is “brilliant.” A five-course dinner with five cocktail pairings kicks off the evening of arts celebration, raising funds for GOCA in the process.
This year, GOCA’s BRILLIANT will feature new works and original performances by Grupo Folkloric de Pueblo, Pikes Peak Trickers Acrobatic parkour-style dance, Denver-based VJ’s Mario Zoots and Jerromie Dorrance, drummer Motown, UCCS-connected visual artists Matt Barton and Aaron Smith. Award-winning hip-hop artist, playwright, and educator Idris Goodwin will emcee the evening’s program. A live(ly) auction includes original artwork by Quebec City-based Jose Luis Torres and Denver-based Donald Fodness, tickets to Philharmonic concerts, Bearded Lady tattooing services, and more. Party-goers will also be treated to samples of local artisan spirits, like Distillery 291’s whiskey. BRILLIANT is a creative extravaganza that raises critical financial support needed to realize future gallery programs, exhibits, and innovative collaborations. Money raised at BRILLIANT pays for 2015-2016 exhibits and programs in both GOCA spaces and to the community.
Advance tickets are now available at http://www.brilliantgoca.com. Tickets for the BRILLIANT dinner + art party start at $99, and tickets for just the art party start at $25. Students tickets are $20 with ID. Discounted dinner + art party 4-packs and party only 10-packs are available; prices increase after June 8, 2015. Free parking will be provided in the Plaza of the Rockies garage.
Idris Goodwin, MC, hip-hop artist + playwright Grupo Folklorico del Pueblo Samba dancers Pikes Peak Trickers, parkour + breakdancing Desmond ‘Motown' Washington, percussionist Mario Zoots and Jeromie Dorrance, djs + digital collage artists
CRAFT SPIRITS + COCKTAIL ARTISTS
Axe and the Oak Distillery
Lee Spirits Co.
The Principal's Office
THEATREWORKS Season Passes / Original art by Plus Gallery artist Donald Fodness & Quebec City-based Jose Luis Torres / much more!
DINNER + COCKTAIL MENU
FIRST COURSE | Gazpacho with Brut Spanish Cava
SECOND COURSE | Citrus Ginger salad -- artisan green, pickled shiitake mushrooms, orange segments, sugar snap peas, cracked almonds, Asian ginger vinaigrette Watermelon infused sake Sangria
THIRD COURSE | Noodle nest -- cold rice noodles, sauteed citrus jumbo shrimp, jalapeno sauce with cilantro Spiced Pinche Colada
FOURTH COURSE | Airline Rainbow Chicken -- carrot purree with muti-color baby carrot glaze Kentuky bourbon with mint and ginger beer
FIFTH COURSE | Chocolate dessert medley Raspberry infused Vodka rimmed with Pop Rocks
GOCA is a contemporary arts organization with two galleries - one founded on the UCCS campus in 1981 and a satellite downtown location opened in 2010 in the Plaza of the Rockies building.
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The University offers 37 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 10,500 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.