Does thinking about the holidays this year make you feel a bit like a Scrooge? We understand the feeling. It can be hard to stay merry when there’s so much going on in the world. For the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the inability to produce our annual tradition of A Christmas Carol this year came as a disappointment. The Wolf Theatre renovations are nearly complete, but with current CDC and city guidelines in place for slowing the spread of COVID-19, it simply wasn’t possible to make it happen this year. We found ourselves saying, “Bah, humbug,” more times than we care to admit.
Since 1952, the day after Thanksgiving has been considered the official start of the holiday shopping season, although the term “Black Friday” didn’t come into popular use for several decades. In 2005, the phrase “Cyber Monday” was first used to describe the increase in online shopping just days later.
Earlier this week, PHI Studio, Legendary Entertainment, and Emerson Collective announced an ongoing partnership to take acclaimed director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s virtual reality exhibition CARNE y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible) on a multi-year, international tour, set to debut in Aurora, Colorado.
Hassan Salem is a mile-high banker who loves the great outdoors, enjoys golf, is an accomplished skier (not to mention one of the top bankers in the skiing industry), and an avid football fan who never misses a Broncos game if he can help it. He’s also engaged in the theater, predominantly behind the stage, where he is intent on keeping the arts alive and healthy – even in the middle of a global pandemic.
This year has come with many challenges, including the postponement of Phamaly’s summer musical and corresponding fundraiser featuring Alice in Wonderland, leading to a significant loss of revenue for the organization.
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is one of a select group of national nonprofit arts organizations participating in a three-part virtual concert series, Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway featuring two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone on October 24, Tony Award winner Laura Benanti on November 14, and critically acclaimed actress and singer Vanessa Williams on December 5.
On March 13, 2000, the world as we in nonprofit theatre knew it, stopped. In response to COVID-19 and a subsequent City mandate, our theatres were forced to close.
While numerous national reports note that the live events industry was the first to close and likely to be the last to reopen, the impact hits even closer to home.
Popular immersive experience will now feature both mail delivery and gamified virtual content with activities for all ages.
After six months and three days of theatre closures, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts finally had an audience. It felt good.
But more than that, it felt extremely timely, relevant and important. The DCPA held a small, socially-distanced film screening of the documentary, John Lewis: Good Trouble. An invited audience of nearly 50 community leaders gathered in the spacious Seawell Ballroom for the 96-minute film about the late civil rights activist and Congressional Representative.
As the anniversary of 9/11 approaches, Come From Away revamped its “I Am an Islander” program so that students — whether attending school in person or remotely — can use the prompts and tools to investigate current challenges facing communities including COVID-19.