TIO DENVER: IN LIKE A LION

It’s not the snow or the basketball that makes March Madness. Denver’s sweet list of social to-dos is sure to put a – ahem – Spring in your step.

We start the month out right with a First Friday Art Walk through the  Santa Fe Arts District or if you like your gallery stroll a bit more intimate, try Tennyson Street Artwalk on the north side. And while you’re stretching your legs, strut on over to the Denver Fashion Week at the Exdo Events Center Thursday through Sunday. Local designers and stylists bust out the spring colors in a catwalk extravaganza featuring a 1920’s traveling circus theme. And Danny B Harvey returns to town with his amazing rockabilly trio Saturday night at the Skylark and Sunday afternoon at Rockabillies in Arvada. Saw him here last month and danced the night away.

Whew. That’s just the first weekend!

Monday night, drop by Dazzle for an evening of energetic Latin music by “Los Bohemios.” Just like Buena Vista Social Club, but right on Broadway!

Theatrically speaking, Pulitzer Prize winner, “Proof,”  opens tonight at the Cherry Creek Theatre. Three of my favorite actors, Kate Avalone, Erik Sandvold & Emily Paton Davies, take us through David Auborn’s masterful exploration of the genius/madness connection. And I can’t wait for the 10th and, Curious Theatre opens the Regional Premiere of Gina Gionfriddo’s wickedly dark comedy, “Becky Shaw,”on the 10th. Denver Center brings Lloyd Suh’s “Great Wall Story” to the Ricketson for its World Premiere. A Colorado New Play Summit 2011 selection, “Great Wall” is a fast-paced and spirited Denver story, based on actual events of a “slow news day.”

For your visual stimulation, may I suggest “More American Photographs?” Running March 1 and running through June 3, this exhibit documents the Great Depression’s effects on the American landscape, the people, and the ways it colors our lives today. Plus Gallery (Denver’s premiere art space) hosts an artist reception March 8 to welcome Xi Zhang and his exciting exhibition of 11 Ceremonies. The gallery also hosts a discussion with the artist in a March 28 reception. Named one of the “Top Artists Under 35” by The Denver Post, Zhang is not only one to watch, but one to hear (and collect) as well.

Tickets are on sale for the Yves Saint Laurent Retrospective at the Denver Art Museum, as well as for the March 23rd Opening Gala. Word on the runway is that several special invites have been sent to international A-list celebs and fashionistas directly from YSL headquarters in Paris. Denver will be the only United States venue for the exhibition, so merci beaucoup to our very own DAM Director Christoph Heinrich for securing this event.

If you’re looking for more of a jeans and t-shirt outing don’t miss the talent show /contest at the Hard Rock Café. Fresh Denver talent works it out, March 7th, competing for a slot at the Global Battle of the Bands. Finals are on March 16th, and sure to be a woot, woot, hoot. (Personally, I’m rooting for Queen of the Ukulele, Miss Misha.)

March events continue to spring up like crocuses, but the above is what tops my no-miss  list.

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Tracy Shaffer

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