Dairy happenings

Arts galore in store at the Dairy

You’re strapped for time or money or both, but the arts beckon your heart and soul. Heed the call. In the days ahead you simply can’t go wrong at the Dairy. Check some big events:

LIVE:  Dairy Comedy
Thursday, September 12, 8 PM | Performance Space
Emcee Roger Norquist hosts an evening of stand-up talent with comedians Sam Tallent (headliner), Timmi Lasley, Sean Cummings and James Gold. Tickets are just $10 for an evening of high-stakes live entertainment. Don’t miss it. Sponsored by Colorado favorite Twisted Pine Brewing Co. and the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District.

FILM:  20 Feet From Stardom
Tuesday, September 10, 4:30 PM | Boedecker Theater
Wednesday, September 11, 7:00 PM | Boedecker Theater
Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others. These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom. Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, 20 FEET FROM STARDOM boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few. However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film. 2013, USA, 1:29, PG-13 (film synopsis)

IMPROV:  One Act!
Friday, September 13, 8:00 PM | East Theater
ONE ACT is an ensemble of professional actors and musicians who surmount insurmountable obstacles to create an improv show – based on their whirlwind wit and audience suggestions – that mysteriously turns out alright. Amazing, even. Fringe Festival notables, One Act’s Friday show is the season kickoff to a once monthly series running specific Fridays through May. Come this Friday and discover it for all your friends and neighbors.

GALLERY:  New exhibit triple play
Opening Event Friday, September 13 | Artists’ Talks 4 – 5  and Reception 5 – 6:30
The Dairy has just wrapped up “Looking for the Light,” a juried show of luminescent paintings. This Friday, three exciting new exhibitions kick off (descriptions here from the Dairy website):

McMahon Gallery
“Kitsch Me if You Can” a delightful exhibit of works by four artists from around the country. Gail Simpson (WI) treats viewers to delightful sculptures built from seasonal lawn ornaments and toys from by-gone eras. Boulder’s Chinn Wang brings her folk-art-inspired heraldic installation works. “Mr. Mike,” Mike Giese of Louisville contributes “Celebrate America,” a 3-dimensional foam core work of flowers, American flags and rainbows. Finally, Kort Duce (ID) rounds out the fun with a poke at the nuclear industry in his installation, “Contaminated Chicken.” See also http://www.actualsizeartworks.com (Gail Simpson) | http://www.chinnwang.com (Chinn Wang) | http://www.cockeyedart.com (Kort Duce).

In-Focus Gallery
“Jim River” Boulderite Roddy MacInnes found a photo album in an antique mall years ago. With only the photographer’s signature (Nina Weiste), the date the photographs were taken (1917), and one geographical reference (Jim River) he embarked on an Internet search followed by a trip to North Dakota to develop a project in response to the photos. MacInnes’ exhibit explores our need to create photographic records of our lives and the role photographs play in the construction of identity. http://www.roddymacinnes.com

Polly Addison Exhibition Space
Substance and Shadow” by Krista Svalbonas (NJ) provides respite with ethereal mixed media works of wax, paper and pastel that integrate the experience of paintings with the gallery architecture. Svalbonas incorporates the architectural fragmentation of the paintings with the constructs of our lobby walls, considering ideas of indoor and outdoor space and our physical relationship to them. http://www.kristasvalbonas.net

There’s much more on the Dairy’s site – check it for a full list of happenings this week and beyond. The site is outstanding on many levels (clarity, big white spaces, gorgeous photos and navigation ease).  The ticketing utility works great.  Stay apprised of Boulder’s best events by simply subscribing to the Dairy’s e-newsletter.