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‘But make it fashion’ at DFW

Recommended activities for the coming week

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For more than a decade, Denver Fashion Week has showcased some of the most exciting talents in the metro area's fashion and salon worlds, and it's back this year with plenty of style and imagination to spare.

This year's event runs from Saturday, Nov. 9 through Sunday, Nov. 17. It will feature more than 40 designers, runway shows and provide a showcase for new designers and collections.

“We have five nights of shows highlighting the work of venerable local designers like Mona Lucero and Rachel Marie Hurst to young upstarts such as Menez,” said Charlie Price, co-founder and creative director of Denver Fashion Week. “We will be once again devoting an entire night to the legendary Denver boutique Garbarini and we are very excited to present five designers from Mexico City who are part of the Made in The City pop-up shop at Zeppelin Station.”

The event starts off with Street Fashion x Art, which debuted last spring to a sold-out show. This show pairs some of Denver's youngest and most vibrant designers with talented artists to create a completely unique collection. Another highlight will be the Avant-garde Show, which groups designers, hairstylists and makeup artists together to create styles and designs that push the boundaries of its makers.

The focus on local talent is the keystone of the event, and that's what has kept it vital for so many years.

“Every city should do this, and more and more cities all over the world are beginning to have their own fashion week,” Price said. “I wish and hope that people knew… how much we love it - and how much we care about representing Denver as respectfully and affectionately as possible. It is a passion project for all of us because we are deeply proud of our city.”

There will also be more interactive offerings during the event, including workshops with Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design staff, discussions with a curator from the Denver Art Museum and a presentation from the US Patent Office on trademarks.

As Price explained, whether or not you're a fashion fan, there's plenty of talent to appreciate and people from all walks of life to get to know.

“What I love about our designers is the rebelliousness and anything-goes pioneer spirit of the people who live in Colorado,” he said. “We don't subscribe to any mandate other than a desire for artistic expression and to fulfill our creativity.”

For tickets and information, visit www.denverfashionweek.com.

What art lovers want in Denver

Every week I write about just a few of the many, many cultural happenings in Denver and the surrounding areas that I think are worth your time. But with the area's ever-burgeoning population changing things, cultural needs are also changing.

To that end, the Colorado Media Project has spent the last five months working with Colorado Public Radio/Denverite and Rocky Mountain Public Media to explore what residents need in their arts and culture and how they learn about it.

To get a sense of what people are prioritizing when it comes to arts and culture, attend the Arts and culture: What do Coloradans want to know? at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 8 at the History Colorado Center, 1200 N. Broadway in Denver.

Details and registration can be found at www.eventbrite.com.

Clarke's Concert of the Week - Ray LaMontagne at Paramount Theatre

Over the last 15 years, Ray LaMontagne has established himself as one of the best (and most underrated) writers of love songs in this century. He writes love songs that overflow with yearning, celebrate the joyous moments and exalt the deep connection between two people. Songs like “You Are the Best Thing,” have become the song for so many couples, and it's easy to see why.

LaMontagne's warm, acoustic folk tunes are made for intimate spaces and old theaters, which means they will sound fantastic at the Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place in Denver, when he takes the stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 and Sunday, Nov. 10.

Get tickets at www.altitudetickets.com.

Take a walk down 'Abbey Road'

One of The Beatles' final albums, “Abbey Road” has some absolutely monster hits on it. “Come Together,” “Something” and “Here Comes the Sun,” will all live on as long as people have ears to hear them. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the seminal album's release, Beatleologist Scott Freiman will host a multimedia lecture on the album, providing audiences with an in-depth examination of the album

Deconstructing Abbey Road will be hosted at Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Place in Greenwood Vilalge, in two parts. Side A will get deconstructed at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10 and Side B will be at 6 p.m.

Information and tickets can be secured at www.comedyworks.com/comedians/abbey-road.

Clarke Reader's column on culture appears on a weekly basis. He can be reached at Clarke.Reader@hotmail.com.

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