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Though famous for mainstream roles in films like “Back To The Future” and “Charlie’s Angels,” Crispin Glover always radiated an eccentric strangeness. Glover lets this strangeness run wild on his directorial projects, which he finances with money from his Hollywood films. His best-known film is “What Is It?”, which stars an almost entirely Down-syndrome cast though it’s not actually about Down syndrome. Glover himself will lead audiences through a screening of the movie as well as a multimedia presentation and question and answer session. It’s sure to be a bizarrely awesome night, but because of the film’s adult subject matter, no one under 18 will be admitted.
What: An Evening with Crispin Glover, featuring films and multimedia art.
Where: Starz FilmCenter.
When: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Info: 303-820-3456 or http://www.denverfilm.org.
The Denver Botanic Gardens already bring a slash of nature’s art into an urban environment, but CEO Brian Vogt and exhibitions director Lisa Eldred decided to add human-made art into the equation with their new show “Urban Nature,” which will feature 10 giant-scale, environmentally friendly murals mingling with exotic plant displays. Local and international street-style and mural artists were commissioned to create the exclusive new works of art, including well-known muralists Lady Pink, Mac and Siloette. The show kicks off the garden’s spring- and summer-long educational series on urban gardening.
What: “Urban Nature” art and botanical showcase.
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens.
When: Daily beginning Saturday.
Cost: $7.50 for adults, $4.50 for seniors 65+ and military, $4 for children over 3.
Info: http://www.botanicgardens.org or call 720-865-3500.
Seattle’s Minus The Bear have deep progressive roots, in several genres ” metal, art rock, even electronic music. But despite their technical pasts, Minus The Bear’s art pop goes down nice and smooth thanks to gentle hooks and atmospheric touches. Those looking to see virtuoso guitarist Dave Knudsen go off on spacey fingertapping tangents will likely be disappointed, a MTB have moved away from such showy displays of musical prowess. Instead, expect plenty of keyboard/sample ambiance, propulsive drumming, and tons of young ‘uns who’ve warmed up to the natural charms of this big-ticket indie band.
What: Minus The Bear performs.
Where: Boulder Theatre.
When: Monday, 8:30 p.m.
You could sit on your duff for this Tuesday’s Earth Day ” or you can get out and learn something. This year’s expanded Earth Day Fair 2008 will show you things you can do immediately to save energy and create less waste, including demonstrations on topics such as composting, water conservation and boosting home efficiency. Reps from the city, RTD, the governor’s office and the Environmental Protection Agency will be on hand to explain how local and state government are getting greener. If nothing else, the free fair also has free food and entertainment ” a key component to the green learning process.
What: Earth Day Fair 2008.
Where: Greek Amphitheater, Denver.
When: Tuesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
While the Moldy Peaches clever anti-folk enjoyed a streak of popularity in the early 2000s, but no one could’ve predicted their meteoric rise to the top of the charts via the “Juno” soundtrack. I suppose getting nominated for Oscars will do that. Dawson will likely perform Peaches music featured in the film, as well as her own pieces (the Moldy Peaches have been on hiatus since 2004). Expect the entire audience to know all the words and sing along to “Anyone Else But You,” which “Juno”‘s main characters sing together at the end of the film.
What: Kimya Dawson of The Moldy Peaches and “Juno” perform.
Where: Bluebird Theatre.
When: Tuesday, 8 p.m.
Info: 303-322-2308 or http://www.bluebirdtheater.net
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