Monthly Archives: February 2011

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"The Love Project" attempts to capture that intangible evidence of connection. (Photo: Lucia De Giovanni)

What/Where This Weekend? The “Love Project” debuts, and Sunder plays at the Larimer Lounge

"The Love Project" attempts to capture that intangible evidence of connection. (Photo: Lucia De Giovanni)

"The Love Project" attempts to capture that intangible evidence of connection. (Photo: Lucia De Giovanni)

As usual, with as many choices as there are any weekend in our burgh – and this weekend is V-Day, to boot – it helps to have a few choices pointed out by a friend or two.  So here’s our latest “Who’s Playin’ What, Where!?” for this weekend, and into next week. Trust us – neither of these events will be less than awesome. It’d be terrible of us to steer you wrong, right?

But seriously, these two events promise to be unforgettable, and we think you should be at both of them. . . .

The Love Project: A Denver photographer looks into spiritual, physical, intimate connections for a few seconds, and shows incalculable depth, passion, and truth.

The Love Project portrays something we can all see, but often only in and from ourselves

The Love Project portrays something we can all see, but often only in and from ourselves. (Photo: Lucia De Giovanni)

Lucia De Giovanni is a native of Italy, and was married at 19 when she began her search for love – too early, perhaps, but her vision was marred in just the right way by the seven-year experience. This Sunday, her years-long project (still in progress) to capture something from couples in love by taking a mere 60 seconds of photographs, meets the public at the Flobots’ Community Space on 27th & Larimer, for one night only.

De Giovanni  is a stalwart of the Denver community, having shot hundreds of bands for Denver Post Reverb over recent years, and running her own freelance photographer position successfully enough to be able to focus on some major projects to feed her own artist’s soul, as well as all of ours. Besides “The Love Project,” De Giovanni has also undertaken – and completely financed – the “My Life” project, which endeavors to photograph people in hospices as they ready for their exit from life. The “My Life” project spanned three years before she had to put it on hold (due to the fact that her own funding was running out), and she photographed hundreds of people in some of the most beautiful, terrifying, peaceful and dignified moments in their lives.

Lucia De Giovanni is the creative force that has offered us a look into the bond between lovers. (Photo: Lucia De Giovanni)

Lucia De Giovanni is the creative force that has offered us a look into the bond between lovers. (Photo: Lucia De Giovanni)

This weekend’s one night stand will feature all 75 of De Giovanni’s photos from “The Love Project.” As the Denver Post’s John Moore reported recently, “The Love Project” came out of De Giovanni’s deep desire to “… figure out how to recognize real love,” as a result of her last breakup. The methodology of each shoot is to open the shutter quickly, again and again and again, for one minute, and one minute only, as the couple in question attempts to show her their love. One and only one photograph is chosen to represent the couple, and becomes a vision of their connection.

"The Love Project" does an inspirationally beautiful job at uncovering the natures of love, throughout all ages, between every couple. (Photo: Lucia De Giovanni)

"The Love Project" does an inspirationally beautiful job at uncovering the natures of love, throughout all ages, between every couple. (Photo: Lucia De Giovanni)

In all cases, these impressions are intense, real, emotional and deeply soulful pictures of a truly intangible thing. As do the pictures from her “My Life” project.

“If I had to describe a commonality with the couples,” De Giovanni pointed out in an interview with DenverThread, “I would say that they’re all linked by the same colored thread – that’s why the logo is simply perfect.  Love is such an abstract concept, but I see a bond, a strength that comes from knowing that someone loves you, someone has your back.  There is serenity, joy and peace in each photo.” And you can see it in every one of De Giovanni’s choices.

All 75 photographs are featured in a self-published book that De Giovanni is selling, and it can be ordered online. “…the book is a fine art photo book, 13×11, hardcover, premium paper with luster finish,  and will be sold in limited editions while self-published,” she explained. While there are talks with a few publishers to pick the book up, nothing is final yet. The book can be purchased here.

As for the future of these two, massive projects, De Giovanni had this to say:

The Love Project can be ordered and revisited in book form. (Photo: Lucia De Giovanni)

The Love Project can be ordered and revisited in book form. (Photo: Lucia De Giovanni)

“The LOVE Project continues – the couples are Phase I, all under the same umbrella of LOVE…. I am taking some time to design  the right approach and schedule – love comes in many different forms, I want to try and capture as many as I can!!!”

“The “My Life” project is on hold – it has pretty much exhausted my savings, as I funded it on my own for three years.  If I can find a hospice or sponsor to back me up, I’d love to see it reinstated – and my goal would be to set up chapters all around the world, training photographers to provide this service free of charge, doing it the “right” way.  I stay hopeful.  Maybe a grant, something… So many people want to see it grow ….”

Take some time to see these incredible photographs this weekend, and make your Valentine’s day even more special. Meet up at the Flobots’ Community Space at 2705 Larimer St., from 8 – 11 PM.

Add some sacred time to the day – you’ll love it.

Saturday, February 12, Larimer Lounge: Sunder, opening for Casey James Prestwood & the Burning Angels

Sunder bring their pristine shoegaze country to the Larimer this weekend. (photo: Sunder)

Sunder bring their pristine shoegaze country to the Larimer this weekend. (photo: Sunder)

One of Denver’s newest foursomes, Sunder, could be described as one of the band’s friends pointed out on Facebook recently: “Shoe gaze country bastards.” Pigeonholing, to be sure – and with a certain expertise and grasp of both genres – but not too far off. From what I’ve heard of the band, a cold, hard winter-in-Wisconsin-soil  and a dusting of shoegaze noise are a core feature. If you remember Codeine (the band, not the pharmaceutical – well, maybe the drug as well …), or swoon to the heavy, quiet movements of Low, then you’re going to love Sunder.

Sunder includes members from other successful local bands (surprise – Denver seems so incestuous at times, but the results hold their own): Bryon parker (drums) also plays in Accordion Crimes, Mike Perfetti (vocals, guitar) plays in Ideal Fathers and Todd Spriggs (bass) also plays for Light Travels Faster. They’re joined by guitarist Danny White in making a desolate, lonely and almost frigid sort of Americana, steeped in quiet heartbreak.

Catch them before they take over, Saturday, February 12, at the Larimer Lounge $8 cover. Show up early!

Need proof? Check out this sample of their latest, “No Control”:

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Strings & Wood, local music and art non-profit, throws a 2-year anniversary tonight at the Oriental

If you’re unfamiliar with Strings & Wood Concerts, and your tastes run towards the more melodic and folksier side of acoustic rock, this weekend may be the perfect opportunity for you to get to know the local promoter and community advocate. Strings & Wood is celebrating their second anniversary in business with a concert and benefit that features a stellar lineup of local solo artists and musicians at the venerable Oriental Theater (44th and Tennyson in NW Denver) TONIGHT, Friday, February 4th. The show will feature some of Colorado’s best acoustic and vocal bands, singer/songwriters and collaborations, as well as visual and design artists, silent auctions and even a professional on site massage therapist.

Strings & Wood 2 year Anniversary, Friday, February 4, 2011

Strings 7 Wood COncerts has thrown many a prty featuring great art and music over the past two plus years. (Poster: Strings & Wood)

Founded by – and still run by – local professional photographer Art Heffron, Strings & Wood Concerts’ non-profit mission, according to their bio, is to promote “… live music, visual arts and social justice in the local Denver community.”

“Strings & Wood produces intimate, living-room style concerts at Denver’s top venues while striving to support the featured artists. Musicians take home 90% of the total ticket sales and 100% of merchandise sales,” the bio continues. Besides supporting the bands and musicians of Denver, the organization also arranges and provides free wall space for visual artists in the venues where S&W holds shows. The artists also receive 100% of commission for their art that sells – a practice that sets S&W apart from many other artist agencies and promoters. Of course, these guidelines also create need for the organization, if it’s to go on supporting the community in the ways it does. Hence the benefit part of this Friday night’s show. In order to add to the organization’s funding year round, S&W has aligned itself with NW Denver’s Highlands Church, and the Church helps in both maintaining S&W’s non-profit status and in some fund raising.

There is also a silent auction being presented during the evening to support the organization, wherein people can bid on items such as vintage furniture redesigned and renewed by Jeanne Connolly of Vintage Renewal (bidding starts at $25) and a photography session hosted by Heffron himself (for which bidding starts at $100).

The Anniversary Show will feature an impressive lineup of bands and musicians that vary in local influence and popularity across a really wide swath. Headlining will be Fort Collins’ vocal foursome S H E L, and Denver’s popular (and getting more so) Jen Korte and the Loss. There will also be a Songwriter Showcase that will feature eight singer/songwriters that have begun to dominate the local scene over the past eighteen months or so. That list includes Megan Burtt, Rob Drabkin, Mark Tidd, Dave Preston, Dave Tamkin, David Rynhart, Ayo Awosika. One newer artist on S&W’s roster, Justin Roth, will also make a introductory appearance.

Visual art will be provided by local artist Laurie Maves, and there will be more examples of renewed and redesigned vintage furniture on display redone by  Vintage Renewal.

If this sounds as entertaining and endearing to you as it does to us, you’ll want to show up at the Oriental at about 6:00, for a 7:00 start. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day-of-show, and can be purchased online.