When exercising, location makes a big difference when it comes to how enjoyable the experience can be. Denver Arts & Venues knows this extremely well, as the department organizes the annual Yoga on the Rocks series at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Now they’re bringing exercise to another iconic location with its new Sculpture Park Fitness Series.
“As an agency, we try to activate all our venues. We wanted to host something at the arts complex because it’s so accessible and has all these cool spaces,” said Brian Kitts, Arts & Venues spokesman. “We started kicking around what we might do, and we thought fitness would be an easy one to do and access for people.”
Running from Aug. 4 to Sept.29, Denver Arts & Venues is partnering with 10 local fitness studios and cultural arts organizations to host a variety of 60-minute classes, including dance, cardio, boot camp, high-intensity interval training, meditation and sound healing, barre, yoga and more at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Sculpture Park, located at Champa Street between 13th Street and Speer Boulevard.
The partner organizations include Barre3, BLOCK21, Bodies by Perseverance, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, CM Dance, Edgar L. Page: Feel the Movement, Endorphin, Hot Mamas, Luna Vibrations and Palango! Fitness.
“When we do exercise events at other locations it’s usually yoga or boot camps, and while this series has elements of that, the partnerships with these groups allows us to present something new,” Kitts said. “Many of these are groups we work with regularly, but not in this capacity. People are used to seeing them on stage, but here they get to participate with them.”
Classes will be every Tuesday and Thursday, with multiple sessions per day. And to maintain safety, staff will have marked 10-foot circles, six feet apart, throughout the park to provide attendees with ample space to safely exercise together. According to provided information, City and State mandates are being followed regarding audience size and all participants are being asked to adhere to physical distancing guidelines, use of face coverings, sanitary functions and other safety protocols.
“One of our goals is to give people a chance to gather, and if they have to do so in smaller groups, it’s worth it to try,” Kitts said. “During this time, we’ve had to put the tried and true things to the side and figure out how to put on a show with the new set of rules. We hope people come out and give it a shot, because it really is a fun way to be outside and be with people.”
Tickets can be purchased at www.AXS.com and visit www.artscomplex.com/sculptureparkfitness for more information.
Go on an audio tour with the Denver Architecture Foundation
If you miss spending time wandering around downtown Denver during the summertime, the Denver Architecture Foundation has released two new free audio tour journeys that provide listeners with information on 24 historically-significant locations, as well as the city’s architecture and history.
Paid for in part by the History Colorado State Historical Fund, “Downtown Denver: A Game of City and Empire Builders” and “Civic Center Park: A Speerian Play,” not only delve into the past, but contextualizes the present and looks to the future. Tours can be taken on location or remotely
Stops on the tours include Civic Center Park, The Denver Mint, the Clyfford Still Museum, the Scottish Masonic Center, the Oxford Hotel, Sugar Building and more.
For more information, visit www.denverarchitecture.org.
Clarke’s Concert of the Week - Guster With The Omaha Symphony
Boston’s Guster make perfectly lowkey alt-rock, not unlike musicians like Pete Yorn, Weezer and Jimmy Eat World. The group remains capable of solid and enjoyable albums while maintaining a charming sense of humor.
Guster’s nearly 30 years of existence are beautifully on display on their new release, “OMAGAH! Guster With The Omaha Symphony.” Recorded on Feb. 8, 2019, at the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha, Nebraska, the album features 11 tracks from the performance. It features some of the group’s best-known tracks, like “Fa Fa” and “Satellite,” and with the strings it’s the perfect soundtrack for late-summer afternoons and evenings on the porch, patio or peristyle (Google it).
Learn more about the group and the album at www.guster.com.
Streaming style - Warner Bros.’ film history
Warner Bros. studios is one of the most historic Hollywood production companies of all time, and during its near-century of existence it has churned out some absolute classic films: “The Exorcist,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf” are just a few from a top-notch catalogue.
Every Tuesday on Warner Bros.’ YouTube channel, the studio is releasing a kind of visual mixtape that examines each decade of its existence. Each video is about an hour long and highlights some of the best and most famous films that were produced during the era. So far videos covering the 50s, 60s and 70s have been released, and not only are they entertaining offerings in their own right, but they’re a great way to get some recommendations for what you’d like to watch next.
Visit www.youtube.com/c/WarnerBrosOnline to watch the videos.
Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. He can be reached at Clarke.Reader@hotmail.com.
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