All month long The 610 Arts Collective hosts Denver-based artist, Leah Diament’s, “I Have Words” exhibition. This show deftly blends pattern, poetry, and portraiture in a collection. (610arts.com)
Tuesday, January 7, adults are invited to the Sherbino to participate in an evening of “ARTbar: Impressionist Landscapes.” This WCA program invites adult students of all abilities for a casual night of art and cheer under the instruction of Montrose artist Anne Hockenberry. The event will run from 6 to 8 P.M. and the $40 tuition includes an adult beverage. (weehawkenarts.org)
Film lovers are sure to enjoy the “Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour” at the Sherbino on Thursday, January 9. The 96-minute theatrical program includes seven short films selected from this year’s festival, widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for more than 30 years. Showings begin at 6:30 P.M. and the cost is $11 for adults. (sherbino.org)
If creative writing is your thing, be sure to check out the “Ekphrastic Writing Workshop” on January 13 in Ridgway. For just $10, students will join creative writing instructor, Tessa Cheek, for an hour-long generative writing workshop in response to 610 Arts’ latest exhibition. This fun and inspiring class is open to writers of every level from beginner to pro. The class will discuss the ancient art of ekphrastic writing (writing in response to a work of art). Bring a notebook, writing utensil, and a sense of wonder. (weehawkenarts.org)
Frank H.Coons, a Lithic Press poet, shares his work on Tuesday, January 14. Coons’ work has appeared in The Eleventh Muse, Fruita Pulp, Malpais Review, The Santa Fe Literary Review, and elsewhere. He was a finalist for the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize in 2011 and 2014. After Coons’ presentation at 6 P.M., area poets will be invited to the stage to share their works (3-minute maximum) in an open reading. $5 to $10 donation suggested at the door. (sherbino.org)
Music lovers can dance the night away at the Sherbino with The AJ Fullerton Band on Thursday, January 16. Fullerton, a Montrose native, plays 200 to 250 shows each year. He is often hailed as “The Real Deal” and is frequently called one of the hardest-working young musicians on the scene. Music begins at 7:30 P.M. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. (sherbino.org)
Comedy rounds out the month at the Sherbino. First, there will be an “Evening of Comedy with Monte Montepare” on Thursday, January 23. Montepare is a mountain guide, comedian, and storyteller originally from Breckenridge, Colo. This is his second time playing the Sherbino. On the following Wednesday, January 29, the Sherb hosts the Comedy Zone’s professional touring comedians, Brandt Tobler and Louis Beck. Details on both shows are at sherbino.org.
Lastly, on January 31 and February 1, UpStART Theater will host two readers’ theater performances of Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things with professional guest actors from all over the state and region. This event will be held on Friday in Ridgway at the Sherbino and on Saturday in Ouray at the Wright Opera House. (sherbino.org)