Inaugural 'Denver Arts Week' Kicks Off October 5-12, 2007

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The Mile High City has recently joined the ranks of America's premier Art Cities with a series of high-profile investments; in celebration of its diverse cultural scene, Denver has united arts organizations of all sizes and mediums in a week-long festival. The inaugural event includes free concerts, special discounts, art show openings, backstage tours, street parties, music, prizes and family entertainment.

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The first annual Denver Arts Week, a seven-day celebration of the city's visual and performing arts, is set to happen October 5-12, 2007. More than six neighborhood art districts, 10 museums, 20 performing arts groups and 100 art galleries are participating in the festival, which will include special discounts, free concerts, art show openings, backstage tours, street parties, music, prizes, entertainment and fun.

The event is being organized by the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau to help draw local and national attention to the cultural renaissance that Denver is experiencing. "Denver has an incredible array of cultural facilities. From the nation's second largest performing arts center to the new Ellie Caulkins Opera House, from the new Hamilton Building at the Denver Art Museum to the growing number of art galleries in neighborhoods like the ArtsDistrict on Santa Fe and the Golden Triangle Museum District, Denver's arts scene is changing dramatically," states Jayne Buck, the Bureau's vice president of tourism.

Sunset Magazine recently stated, "The Mile High City is remaking itself as a world capital of art and architecture," and Patricia Schultz in the 2007 edition of "1,000 Places to See Before You Die," wrote, "Denver has become the cultural beacon of the American West."

To capitalize on these changes, the Bureau is coordinating this week long festival that encourages residents to "be a tourist in your own town".

"All of our arts participants are offering discounts or special events during Arts Week to encourage local residents get out and experience Denver's arts scene," Buck said. "If people have never been to a First Friday art gallery walk, attended a production at a local theatre, seen the new Denver Art Museum or listened to an opera, this is the perfect week to do that," Buck said. Arts Week participants will be able to enter a drawing to win a variety of cultural prizes, including theatre tickets, attraction tickets and tickets on Southwest Airlines.

Presenting sponsors for the event are: KCNC CBS 4 and the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau; additional sponsors include: Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, City & County of Denver, 5280 Magazine, Southwest Airlines, Wells Fargo, King Soopers, KBCO, Wildlife Experience, DBS Outdoor, Sprint Press and RTD.

For a complete calendar of the week's events, visit http://www.DenverArtsWeek.com. Just some of the events will include:

SAMPLING OF DENVER ARTS WEEK EVENTS
Early Opening of the Louvre Exhibition -- Denver Art Museum
The new international exhibition, Artisans & Kings: Selected Treasures from the Louvre, officially opens October 6, but the Denver Art Museum will have a special Denver Arts Week preview on Friday, October 5 with extended evening hours from 5 to 10 p.m. The exhibition features more than 125 paintings, sculptures and decorative arts masterpieces from the Louvre's royal collections, including numerous works that have never traveled to the Western United States.

SUPER First Friday Art Walks -- Hundreds of galleries participating
Denver's arts districts are gearing up for a Super First Friday Arts Walk on Friday, October 5. The galleries in RiNo, ArtsDistrict on Santa Fe, Golden Triangle Museum District, Tennyson and Cherry Creek are planning special events that will kick off on Friday night. The ArtsDistrict on Santa Fe will have live music all weekend with street performers, a drum circle, fire dancers and wine/beer tents.

Rhythms of Nature -- Denver Botanic Gardens
The Denver Botanic Gardens will offer a massive drumming and dancing circle on October 7, featuring Takio drumming, a fashion show and a traditional lion dance. The events will take place around 56 monolithic stone sculptures by artists from Zimbabwe. A special reduced Arts Week admission price of $5.28 will be offered, with seniors and children under 17 free.

Pre and Post Theatre Night Out Parties -- Denver Performing Arts Complex
Come early and stay late. Enjoy food and entertainment during the pre-party on October 6 from 5:30-7:00 p.m., and music at the post-party from 9-midnight. Throughout the week, 90-minute backstage tours will be available offering a fascinating at dress rooms, props, costume shops, set decorating and more.

High Plein Air Arts Festival -- Golden Triangle Museum District
Plein Aire artists will be painting at various locations from October 6-12, in a festival of artists that originated in France. On Oct. 5, the district will have live music and dancers from the Colorado Ballet and Ballet Arts Theatre in the Denver Art Museum plaza.

$52.80 Special Tickets to the Opera.
During Arts Week, people will be able to buy special premium seat packages to LA TRAVIATA, the most popular opera of all time, which will kick off Opera Colorado's 25th Anniversary season. Packages sell for the special "mile high" price of $52.80.

Great to Be Green at Denver Zoo
Enjoy a fun family day at the zoo with special activities and programs on October 7 emphasizing wildlife conservation and environment.

Third Class Bash -- Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Anchored by the Titanic exhibit, DMNS, in collaboration with the Molly Brown House Museum, is throwing a party for all ages on October 11. In addition to live music from the local band, The Indulgers, there will be beer, pub food and other entertainment geared toward young professionals. $52.80 includes two admissions to the Titanic exhibition, two beers, food and live music.

Going Green at the Wildlife Experience
The Wildlife Experience will host a two-day event that includes environmental presentations as well as host several vendors that cover "green" topics, and offer educational crafts that represent the "green" theme.

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