Seven Days 

click to enlarge Senior Show 2013, now at GOCA 1420

1 Wednesday


Heard of the game "Consequences"? Or "Exquisite Corpse"? You have. You and your surrealist friends have folded a piece of paper into segments, and you've each drawn part of a figure, without seeing what everyone else has done. Then you've unfolded it and admired your weird creation. (And probably ate/drank/smoked something mysterious.) No? Well, that game is the conceit behind Senior Show 2013 now at GOCA 1420 (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., galleryuccs.org), wherein upcoming University of Colorado at Colorado Springs graduates (including new Business of Art Center curator/gallery manager Patrick Bohnen) show their stuff. It's free to visit, and up through May 25, Wednesdays through Saturdays. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge film art by Phil Solomon

2 Thursday


He may masquerade as a professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder, but Phil Solomon is known internationally for 30-plus years of gorgeous and haunting avant-garde films and installations — many of which reside in the permanent collections of such places as New York City's Museum of Modern Art and the Chicago Art Institute. If you don't follow the esoteric film realm, you still might recognize his name as connected to Grand Theft Auto; he's composed pieces entirely from the video game's images. And if that doesn't ring a bell, well, you probably do know one of his students, South Park's Trey Parker. Hear Solomon talk and see one of his films from 6 to 9 tonight, for free, at Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). — Kirsten Akens

click to enlarge A Tempestuous Noise

3 Friday


Take Shakespeare's The Tempest and music by Johann Sebastian Bach and you have the muses needed to craft A Tempestuous Noise, playing at 8 and 9 p.m., today, Saturday and Sunday at THEATREdART (128 N. Nevada Ave., theatredart.org). The collaborative original performance, billed as an "imaginative collage," takes audiences to Prospero's magical island while drawing creative inspiration from the German composer's works. Provided the improvisational and rather quick manner under which the whole show came to development (inside a month), the spirit of a masterfully controlled chaos reigns. Tickets are $10 ($5 for students). — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Temu Wicara Bali: A Celebration of Balinese Performing Arts

4 Saturday


The islands of Bali and Java may seem remote, but their musical traditions have profoundly influenced Western composers from Claude Debussy and Erik Satie to Philip Glass and Sonic Youth. Indonesian gamelan music is typically performed by ensembles of a dozen or more musicians using mallets to play repeating patterns on tuned percussion instruments. Together, they combine to create the subtly shifting, beautifully transcendent sound you'll be hearing during Temu Wicara Bali: A Celebration of Balinese Performing Arts. Commemorating the 20th anniversary of Colorado College's gamelan music program, the free day-long event will feature 16 Balinese musicians and dancers, five gamelan orchestras and one bowed piano ensemble, along with several guest lecturers. Events run from 1:30 to 9:30 p.m. today at CC's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St.); full schedule and information at tinyurl.com/ccgamelan. — Bill Forman

click to enlarge Cinco de Mayo and the flag of Mexico

5 Sunday


Cinco de Mayo's significance has been tucked away neatly under the cushions of history's worn sofa. But I offer you a quick knowledge drop: In 1862 a small Mexican resistance defeated an invading French regime twice its size in the town of Puebla (only to force the French upcoast to wallop a waiting Mexican army, which started three years of French rule — but never mind that!). Today, celebrate this historic event at the 30th annual Fiesta and Car Show at the Freedom Financial Services Expo Center (3650 N. Nevada Ave., elcincodemayo.org), with autos, food, music etc. Festivities begin at 9:30 and run until 5. — Miguel Bustamante

click to enlarge World Organ Day

6 Monday


There's no greater honor for an organist than to play the 7,374 pipes emanating from the keys and pedals inside the famous French cathedral Notre Dame de Paris, and Colorado College's Frank Shelton has done it three times. Because of this, he's been chosen to participate in the first-ever celebration of World Organ Day, when five continents will host some 850 concerts (in a nod to the 850th anniversary of Notre Dame). Shelton will play a variety of organistic selections at CC's Shove Memorial Chapel (1010 N. Nevada Ave., coloradocollege.edu) at 7:30 tonight; admission is free. — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Catalyst: Colorado Sculpture

7 Tuesday


Emmett Culligan is a pretty busy guy. When not visiting orphans in Myanmar, he's building sculpture that makes you feel the hardness of the earth in your muscles. And along with 11 other Colorado artists (including Pard Morrison, Robert Mangold and Patrick Marold), he's outfitting the Denver Botanic Gardens (1007 York St., Denver, botanicgardens.org) with 3-D outdoor work as part of Catalyst: Colorado Sculpture, which debuted this week and will be up into next January. Go online for a schedule of artist-led tours, studio visits, demonstration talks and more. Admission is free for members, $9 to $12.50 for nonmembers. — Matthew Grieson


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