The joy of the art and culture of Denver is that often times there is a complete mix of one dynamic energy into another forcing your mind and often times your toe to tap. This is the case with the Dikeou Collection as they combine artwork and music in their 11th  installment of the “Fresh Jazz and Crisp Vinyl Series” Friday, February 20, from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Giasco Bertoli - Photography - Photo Courtesy of Dikeou Collection

Giasco Bertoli – Photography – Photo Courtesy of Dikeou Collection

This series showcases the vinyl-themed artwork of Giasco Bertoli, titled “I went to see a friend of mine who turned thirty-three years old, in his room I found a pile of 33 lp’s with the word blue on each cover title, I compiled them in alphabetical order”. Musician John A. Dias-Cortes will compose a special DJ set inspired by the photography album artwork of Giasco Bertoli as he spins a set from the albums featured in the photo.

“The Fresh Jazz and Crisp Vinyl Series” focuses on jazz musicians living and working today, whose names are not yet embossed into history, but whose energy, wisdom, well worn instruments, and presence in the jazz scene are further defining our admiration for the life form, Jazz music. Selections from the vinyl archive will thus serve as a remembrance to all the jazz greats who came before the jazz musicians invited to play at this bi-monthly series.”

There will also be a performance by The Annie Booth Trio. This event will provide light refreshments and it is free and open to the public. Dikeou Collection is located at 1615 California Street, Suite 515, Downtown Denver. If you haven’t been to the Fresh Jazz Crisp Vinyl Series or to the Dikeou Collection, then there is no time like the present to experience an incredible artistic scene like this.

Annie Booth, Patrick McDevitt, Alejandro Castano

Annie Booth, Patrick McDevitt, Alejandro Castano – Photo Courtesy of Dikeou Collection

“The Dikeou Colletion is a Contemporary Art Collection in Downtown Denver that was established in 1998 by siblings, Devon Dikeou and Pany Dikeou. Operating as an extension of New York publication, zingmagazine, the Dikeou Collection features work of approximately 30 international artists. Devon Dikeou is an artist herself, the founder, editor and publisher of zingmagazine as well as a collector. Her interest in the platform of exchange between collector, artist, viewing context-museum, collection, gallery, magazine-and viewer engendered her artistic practice, zingmagazine, and the formation of the Dikeou Collection.”

One of the exciting things about the Dikeou Collection is while there are permanent collections, they also have rotating collections. Their events are often free, open to public and invite anyone interested to experience something unique to Colorado to come on by.

Dikeou Collection & Dikeou Pop-Up’s upcoming calendar of events include:

Nothing To See Here – Saturday, February 21, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. This is the “One-year Anniversary Screening, Inextinguishable Fire, a night of works by Harun Farocki.” Film starts at 7:30 p.m., snacks from BeetBox Bakery and Café will be provided.

Something for the entire family includes the “Family Saturday Workshop, Lee Stoetlzel’s “Accecental Tourism”, Saturday, March 7 at the Dikeou Collection, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Also mark your calendar for the next “Family Saturday Workshop, Sebastiaan Bremer’s “Schoener Goetterfunken”, Saturday, April 4 at the Dikeou Collection, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. All Ages are Always Welcome.

A special event will be held at the Dikeou Pop-Up, located at 312 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, Thursday, March 26 as they host “Hope and Thanks & Unforgiving Literary Series featuring Lance Olsen and Mona Awad, organized by Hanna Andrews”, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

So don’t think that there isn’t anything of interest out there in the artistic world, because there is, just be open to getting yourself, your friends and your family out and about. Thank you Dikeou Collection and Dikeou Pop-Up for mind opening and altering artistic events that are family friendly.

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