Arts and Culture

Tenor saxophonist Paul Quinichette (pronounced KWIN-ih-shay) was born in Denver, Colorado 100 years ago today.  Denver's Jazz 89 KUVO Radio saluted Quinichette's understated style and his significant place in the local and New York jazz scene, beginning on the morning show "First Take with Lando and Chavis."

This month on Art Scene, we profile an art club for the very first time, the Park Hill Art Club.  Joyce Nielsen is the president.

"We have 85 artists registered for this show," said Nielsen. 

"For the past three or four shows we've asked one of our (abstract) instructors, Jennifer Bobola, and her partner to play (saxophone and guitar) at the reception Friday at 4:30 p.m.  Jazz music is perfect for the art show."

This year's event includes demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday, and a book signing on Saturday.

The Italian jazz website is holding it's first international online competition for jazz musicians.  It's open to professional and amateur groups, soloists and vocalists of all ages worldwide.  First prize is 4,000 euros and a web promotion package from 7VirtualJazzClub, which includes hosting up to a one-hour video. (Second prize is €2,000.  Third prize is €1,000.)

Dr. Robert Greer: Hedges' Empire undersold US dysfunction

May 10, 2016

In 2005 Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges penned "Empire of Illusion - the End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle," an enlightening yet somewhat depressing book about the American psyche and our future. When I first read the book almost nine years ago, I wondered whether Hedges' assessment of the American cultural rot he was witnessing was in fact real.

KUVO Arts District correspondent Carrie Saldo's cultural tip for the weekend is Cinco de Mayo at Denver's Civic Center Plaza, in it's 29th year.  

More than an excuse for a party, the day is rooted in an actual historic event (The Battle of Puebla) .  It's become a cultural marker and rite of spring for the Chicano Western U.S.