Kent Monkman's World Premier performance at Denver Art Museum will Examine Gender Roles and Cultural Oppression

Challenging art historical depictions of native peoples, Canadian artist Kent Monkman will transform into his drag-queen alter ego “Miss Chief” for the debut of a new performance art-piece at the Denver Art Museum.

Monkman’s performance draws on the artist’s Cree ancestry to illuminate the Native art communities’ celebration of the two-spirit identity in individuals with both male and female gender roles. Referencing Thomas Eakins The Gross Clinic (1875) and The Agnew Clinic (1889), Miss Chief will perform an operation on a sculpture that takes audiences through an abridged rendition of art history, peeling back the layers to expose the primary source of the Western art canon, an idealized version of the male body. 

Seeking to alter historical perceptions on issues such as cultural oppression, representation, gender, and sexuality, the performance will be accompanied by two recent paintings by the artist on view in DAM’s modern and contemporary art galleries: History is Painted by the Victors (2013) and Lot’s Wife (2012). Monkman’s presentation advances DAM’s institutional focus on Native American art, further enabling visitors to draw connections between contemporary issues facing the community and the Museum’s signature collection on display in the recently remodeled American Indian Art galleries.  

The performance is held in conjunction with the 2013 Native American Art Studies Association (NAASA) conference, which is hosted by DAM and will bring together hundreds of scholars, museum professionals, and artists interested in the study of American Indian art.

DATE: Oct 18, 2013 8:00 pm - Oct 18, 2013 10:00 pm
COST: $15-$20.
VENUE: Denver Art Museum

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I just got this email from Tom, a father who lost his son in the Columbine High School in Littleton Colorado 14 years ago, 
 I would like to share with all of you because he needs your help !
David Cohen

David --

My son, Daniel, was a smart, quiet kid.

He'd just become a straight-A student, and he was overcoming his shyness as a new member of the debate team.

On April 20th, 1999, my beautiful and bright 15-year-old son was killed by two teenagers with guns in the library of Columbine High School -- one of 12 innocent kids who lost their lives for no reason at all.

It's been 14 years since that horrible day -- 14 years of fighting so no family has to grieve like ours did.

These tragedies keep happening, and so far, Congress has failed to take common-sense action to stop them -- even though nine in 10 Americans have agreed that expanding background checks would help close the loopholes that put guns in the hands of dangerous people and prevent future violence.

Today, OFA and allied organizations are standing up for a national Day of Action to ask members of Congress: What will it take to finally act to prevent gun violence?

I hope you'll join in -- say you'll do one thing this week to show Congress you want action to prevent gun violence.

The evening of the shooting at Columbine High was the most hopeless I've ever felt.

Since Daniel's death, I've found a way to honor him: by trying to prevent other families from feeling this pain. I've advocated locally and nationally for smarter gun laws -- even helping achieve a statewide ballot victory here in Colorado.

In December, when I heard about the shooting in Newtown, I sat in my office and broke down. I was watching another community torn apart by guns -- more parents grieving, more kids who would never see graduation, or a wedding, or a family of their own.

And in the wake of another tragedy, nine in 10 Americans agreed that it was time to act -- expand background checks to close the loopholes that put guns in the hands of dangerous people.

But Congress disappointed us, putting politics above the safety of our kids.

That's why this week, we're asking: How many parents will have to go through what I did before we say "enough"?

You should be a part of this, too. Tell Congress you're going to keep asking until they act:

Thank you,

Tom Mauser
Littleton, Colorado
The career of multi-talented performer LILY TOMLIN spans comedy, stage, television, film, writing and producing.  Inspired by early comic pioneers like Lucille Ball, Bea Lillie, Imogene Coca, and Jean Carroll, Tomlin left college to pursue her dream and fine-tune her craft starting in local coffee houses, then moving on to New York landmark clubs, building along the way a strong following.  In 1966 she made her television debut on The Garry Moore Show, and The Merv Griffin Show, before joining, in 1969, the top-rated cast of Laugh-In where she rose to national prominence with her characterizations of Ernestine, the irascible telephone operator, and Edith Ann, the devilish six-year-old.  She went on to co-write and star in six comedy television specials, and has guest-starred in numerous television shows including Homicide, X-Files, Will and Grace, Murphy Brown, and The West Wing and her new show Malibu Country.  1977 brought Tomlin to Broadway with Appearing Nitely. In 1985, Tomlin appeared in Jane Wagner’s critically-acclaimed play, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.

 In 1975, Tomlin made her movie debut in Nashville.  She has also appeared in  9 to 5, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, All of Me,  Shadows and Fog, Short Cuts, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Player, Flirting With Disaster, Away with Murder, Krippendorf’s Tribe, Orange County, I Heart Huckabee’s, A Prairie Home Companion, and Pink Panther II.     Some of her numerous honors include: six Emmys, two Tony Awards, two Peabody Awards, a Grammy, and the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Saturday, April 13, at 8 P.M. (Doors open at 7 pm) • Paramount Theatre (16th & Glenarm, Denver)

ALL SEATS RESERVED:   $45, $65 & $85 Tickets are available at or by calling 1-866-461-6556. 

Lily Tomlin Ticket Link
Any Day Now  at Cinema Q in Denver

Queer voices. Queer visions. Queer lives. Experience the best in films that cover every angle of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer rainbow through our Cinema Q program. These stories reveal the loves and losses of individuals who have been coloring the edges of cinema since its inception.  35th Starz Denver Film Festival - November 1st-11th

My pick for the movie you have to see is Any Day Now  with Alan Cumming in the leading role of Rudy.
Any Day Now 
DIRECTOR: Travis Fine 
Producer: Travis Fine, Kristine Hostetter Fine, Chip Houirihan
Editor: Tom Cross
Screenwriter: Travis Fine, George Bloom
Cinematographer: Rachel Morrison
Principal Cast: Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, Frances Fisher, Isaac Leyva, Gregg Henry, Jamie Allman, Kelli Williams, Chris Mulkey

Rudy Donatello is a flamboyant drag queen, lip-syncing hit tunes at a gay bar in Southern California in 1979 when he meets Paul, a divorced district attorney. What might have been just a one-night stand turns serious when Rudy finds that his drug-addicted neighbor has abandoned her teenage son, Marco, who has Down syndrome. Though he is broke, Rudy decides to take the child under his wing, and he goes to Paul for legal help. The two men secure temporary custody of Marco, moving in together to prove they can supply a stable environment. What started as a flirtation has suddenly become a family: Marco has brought Rudy and Paul together in a way that brings out the heart in both men. They give the boy the kind of parental attention and guidance he’s never had, and he thrives. But, knowing the prejudice they’d be up against, they lied about the true nature of their relationship at the court hearing, and when authorities discover the two men are lovers, Marco is forcibly taken from them. They must mount an unprecedented legal offensive to try to protect Marco from his mother, Family Services, and the world. 

Reworking a 30-year-old script by George Arthur Bloom, director Travis Fine (The Space Between) has created a moving, sometimes funny period piece driven by character, not cause. A strong script and a talented cast provide a platform for a standout performance by Alan Cumming as Rudy, including his poignant renditions of songs that speak to the couple’s struggles. 

This year selection are below. 
  • Beyond the Walls (Hors les murs) – DIRECTOR David Lambert
  • Call Me Kuchu – DIRECTORS Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall
  • Gayby – DIRECTOR Jonathan Lisecki
  • Intersexion – DIRECTOR Grant Lahood
  • North Sea Texas – DIRECTOR Bavo Defurne
  • Struck By Lightning – DIRECTOR Brian Dannelly

To learn more about Cinema Q at the Starz Denver Film Festival: click here.
One-Man Show Debuts at Wheeler Opera House on January 17

Aspen Gay Ski Week, the nation’s largest and oldest gay ski event, announces that  legendary film director, John Waters, will be performing a one-man “vaudeville” act celebrating his career and obsessions on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Wheeler Opera House (320 East Hyman Avenue).  The show begins at 7:00 p.m.

“Known for his cult classics Hairspray and Pink Flamingos, John Waters’ one-man show will focus on his early negative artistic influences and his fascination with true crime, exploitation films, physical transformation through fashion, and the extremes of the contemporary art world,” said Todd Heimel, board president of Roaring Fork Gay and Lesbian Community Fund.

Reserved seating tickets for this show are $48, which includes a $3 contribution to the Roaring Fork Gay & Lesbian Community Fund. Special limited seats at $100 include a meet and greet with Waters.

Proceeds from the 36th Annual Aspen Gay Ski Week, an event from Roaring Fork Gay & Lesbian Community Fund, will benefit GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network), the Trevor Project, the Point Foundation, and the local program TEACH (Teachers Empowering Agents of Change), the Western Colorado AIDS Project, the Gender Identity Center of Colorado, as well as local schools of the Roaring Fork Valley.

“There is something for everyone at Aspen Gay Ski Week, even for the non-skier—from nightly parties to the downhill costume contest,” said Heimel.  “Aspen offers visitors world renowned restaurants, indulgent spas and first class shopping. We are pulling out all the stops for 2013, continuing to be the premiere GLBT winter travel event.”

To learn more about Aspen Gay Ski Week and to purchase event passes,


DENVER  – The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) in collaboration with Audiovore, a music documentation project, proudly announces “Don’t Look Down,” a new concert series on the rooftop deck of MCA Denver Sunday nights from July 8 to September 2, 2012. “Don’t Look Down” will feature concerts by eight Colorado-based bands, as well as the museum’s drinks, snacks and, of course, breathtaking city views.

“The ‘Don’t Look Down’ series is not only a great way to spend a Sunday summer night in Denver, it supports the museum’s mission by broadening the relationship between the museum and our audiences,” said Sarah Baie, director of programming and chief of fictions, MCA Denver.  “Audiovore has put together a wonderfully diverse lineup of Colorado’s most interesting musical acts, while at the same time, we’re extending our hours and vamping up our food and beverage offerings.”   

Documented live by Audiovore, each of the hand-picked rooftop concerts will be captured, produced and delivered online at and  The series will highlight Colorado’s incredibly rich and diverse music scene as it contributes to the state’s contemporary arts landscape.

“We are thrilled to be working with MCA Denver to bring great musicians to the museum’s enchanting rooftop cafe and make videos of those performances available to everyone,” says Erin Roberts, curator of the program for Audiovore.

At 5:30–7PM, on July 8, 15, 29; August 5, 12, 19, 26; and September 2. Initial lineup includes Sweet Tooth Meat Tooth (featuring members of Snake Rattle Rattle Snake), Ending People, In the Whale, Zebroids, Bad Weather California, Yawpers and Varlet. Full schedule TBA.

Tickets at $5 will be available for purchase at or by calling 303 298 7554 x200 • 1485 Delgany Street on the corner of 15th and Delgany. Parking is available across 15th Street from MCA Denver for just $3 after 5PM.    Closed on Monday.  Admission is $10, $5 for senior sand students. $5 after 5PM every day.  MCA Denver offers $1 off admission to visitors who come to the museum via public transportation. Children under the age of 6 are admitted free.

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