Empirical Imperatives - Jared David Paul Anderson - The Primordial Playground
May
25
7:00 PM19:00

Empirical Imperatives - Jared David Paul Anderson - The Primordial Playground

he Primordial Playground has been experienced in a cave, in the alley and in the next episode, in a gallery.  This is a concept where the observers of art become the creators of art through means of spontaneous actions while invoking a deep dig into the marrow of primal psyche. We will be better off after this primitive art performance as it will ready us all to prepare for when the gadgetry goes dark.  If the world had lost its’ vessels of technology that shackle today, we still, as a race of beings, must create art, with anti-technology.   

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Empirical Imperatives - Esther Hernandez - née trance
Jun
1
7:00 PM19:00

Empirical Imperatives - Esther Hernandez - née trance

The nature of the audience will be renegotiated through a series of movements, sounds and instructions in a three part performance that revisits and reworks an old fluxus score from the fluxus performance workbook. The performance, titled née trance is about being entranced by the past, and inspired by the work of the family of artists who came before!

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The Gathering Place & Art Restart
Jun
13
to Jun 22

The Gathering Place & Art Restart

The Gathering Place + Art Restart

Pop-Up Exhibition to support women and children experiencing homelessness and poverty

Exhibition: June 13th - June 22nd
Opening Reception: June 13th 5-9pm

Leon Gallery is teaming up with Art Restart, a social enterprise of The Gathering Place to host a pop-up exhibition. The Gathering Place + Art Restart provides Denver women experiencing poverty with the materials and safe space needed to create art. Art Restart then reproduces artworks on a variety of products, and the sale provides each artist with royalty checks and a path to self sufficiency. These women will be working with instructors at Arts Student League of Denver to create paintings and drawings over a 9 week course. 

Founded in 1986, The Gathering Place is the only daytime drop-in center in metropolitan Denver that serves women, their children, and transgender individuals who are experiencing poverty, many of whom are also experiencing homelessness. While we refer to those we serve as "members", no fees are ever charged for programs or services.

We believe deeply in the power of our community and continually work to make it stronger. Our key values include recognizing individual strengths, building respect and trust, and offering unconditional acceptance. 

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The Tumbling Wheels with special guest The Patient Zeros
Jun
15
8:00 PM20:00

The Tumbling Wheels with special guest The Patient Zeros

Join us as Denver locals, The Patient Zeros, perform a rare, stripped down set with New Orleans American folk artists, The Tumbling Wheels.

The Tumbling Wheels
The Tumbling Wheels draw heavily from American folk, country, and soul traditions. With influences as disparate as Bessie Smith, Hoyt Axton, and the Smothers Brothers, the band brings a peculiar blend of genres together for a sound that abounds in rich vocal harmony, dynamic instrumentation, and colorful storytelling. The Tumbling Wheels are emotive performers that will have you weeping into your gin one minute and spilling it on the dance floor the next. Either way, you'll leave feeling shaken and stirred.


The Patient Zeros
A product of Denver, Colorado, The Patient Zeros are an experimental rock three-piece, built on crafty, striking lyrics, compelling chorus lines and a signature style ranging from indie-folk to high energy grunge. Formed by life long friends and first time musical collaborators CJ Kjolhede and Joe Schramm, the band came together to create music built on strong songwriting and rooted in experimentation, and familiar to listeners of FM radio. Shortly after releasing "Sirens Calling" in 2016, Joe and CJ were joined by bassist Michael Raymond. The group has played their brand of rock n roll in over 20 states, covering both coasts and most of middle America en route to or from their home of Denver. The group's latest release, "Born Again", captures the band's signature tense and dynamic style.

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Empirical Imperatives - Charles Livingston - Catalyst 1,542,384
May
18
7:00 PM19:00

Empirical Imperatives - Charles Livingston - Catalyst 1,542,384

Catalyst 1,542,384 is a performance/installation whereby Charles hand cut over 1,500,000 slices of bicycle inner tubes. Viewers are encouraged at any time to sit and take pieces of the tube, count how many they remove, record the number, sign, and date the ledger. Charles counts every slice and keeps a separate ledger. The number of slices changes with each performance as viewers take pieces and he adds. Catalyst 1,542,384 can be viewed as a catalyst for change and evolution through a process. A transformation from one state to a different state of being. From a micro to a macro scale through accretion and accumulation similar to how nature constructs. It is a metaphor for the interconnection between all things. A shared experience that allows for an awakening to our place and potential in the world. Living with manufactured plastics and synthetics is part of our everyday experience. Plastics and synthetics have been co-opted into the landscape, an undesired evolution of our nature. Using discard rubber addresses this chemically induced nature and environmental problem. This synthetic landscape is also represent in the synthesized sounds used to enhance a meditative state during the performance. 

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Harmonic Infinity Loops - Neel Murgai and Seema Pandya
Mar
31
6:30 PM18:30

Harmonic Infinity Loops - Neel Murgai and Seema Pandya

Suggested Donation: $15

Discount Pre-Sale Tickets Available: https://harmonicinfinityloops.brownpapertickets.com/

This performance of Brooklyn, NY based artists pairs the sitar, polyphonic overtone singing, electronic live looping, and Persian frame drumming of Neel Murgai with the video projections of animated bio-morphic inspired artwork of Seema Lisa Pandya. Beginning with an evening raga on sitar, Neel moves on to lush, droning vocal soundscapes and primal rhythms while subtly shifting chords, ragas and textures are deconstructed and reassembled in improvisational flights of fancy. A former Denver resident and co-owner of Revoluciones Collective Art Space, Seema’s projections use stills of her paintings and sculptures, slowly animated into new abstract forms that complete the psychedelic experience as listeners are washed in an ocean of overtones.



BIO’s

Neel Murgai is a sitarist, daf player, overtone singer, composer and teacher. He is a co-founder of Brooklyn Raga Massive, a collective of musicians steeped in Indian classical music. Neel has studied sitar for 23 years, currently with his guru Pundit Krishna Bhatt. Overtone singing he learned from Batuvshin of the Buriyat performance group Uragsha and from Timothy Hill of the Harmonic Choir. He is a graduate of Goddard College's MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program. Neel has performed around the world with numerous artists from varying disciplines including, Bill T. Jones, Cyndi Lauper, Wyclef Jean, Andre DeShields, Karsh Kale, Vijay Iyer, Daniel Bernard Romain, Dana Leong, Ellen Stewart, Laraaji, Yuerba Buena, Baba Israel, Raz Mesinai, Mission on Mars, Akim Funk Buddha, Loren Conners, Louis Bellogenis and Cosmo Vinyl. He has performed at venues ranging from the Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center to Late Night with David Letterman to jazz clubs such as the Blue Note and at festivals around the U.S including Art Wallah, Arts Plosure, Masala! Mehndi! Masti! and many others. Neel played in the orchestra for Disney’s musical theater adaptation of “The Jungle Book” directed by Mary Zimmerman. Hel has composed music for many film, TV, video, theater and dance projects including the features, “The Yes Men Fix the World", which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and "A Decent Arrangement" starring Shabana Azmi. His music has been featured in the BBC series, “Holiday’s in the Danger Zone", and TBS programs, “Women of the Ink", and “Spotlights".


Seema Lisa Pandya is a multidisciplinary artist, an accomplished sustainability consultant, an adjunct professor of sustainable design, and community builder. As an artist, she explores the intersections of sustainability, art, cultural, and the built-environment. Her work tends to focus on two predominant themes, universal principles of biology and physics, and environmental sustainability. Sacred geometry, gravity, the push-pull balance of things in relation to one another, biological fractals, and the boundaries between negative and positive space are all inform her art. This has inspired her to create of a variety of work over the years ranging from public art sculptures, interactive kinetic sculptures, slatted light sculptures, site-specific installations, public guerilla street art, amoeba shaped fractal paintings, and her current series of large sculptures made from discarded played tabla (classical Indian percussion instrument) drum heads. Additionally, Seema has devoted almost two decades of leadership work forming community and cultural organizations such as Denver’s Revoluciones Collective Art Space, and the Brooklyn Raga Massive.

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Jeff Davenport - Nights
Mar
9
7:00 PM19:00

Jeff Davenport - Nights

Join us on the evening of Saturday, March 9th, from 7pm - 11pm for an opening reception of “Nights” an exhibition of new photographs by Jeff Davenport. This exhibition is part of Denver’s Month of Photography.


Jeff Davenport is a Los Angeles based photographer. After graduating the from University of Colorado at Boulder with Film and Art History degrees, he focused most of his creative output as a musician in Denver. Inspired by the vivid terrain and its expanding arts scene, Jeff moved to Los Angeles in 2016 to concentrate on his photography. Jeff works primarily in urban landscape and portraiture, often emphasizing the plasticity of color and perception.


Nights is a collection of street photographs shot over the last four years during late night walks through the neighborhoods of Los Angeles and beyond. These photographs explore the sublime in the nondescript corners of the everyday.


Working only with the predetermined light of city planners, business and home owners, the work reveals how the transactional light of security and safety can transcend into the fantastic and the extraordinary. Influenced by directors like Michael Mann, the painters of the Ashcan School, Richard Estes’ photorealism and the filmic mega-productions of Gregory Crewdson, Nights is a homage to our inner lives and imaginations — stills of the films playing in our heads.

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The Talent Show II - Valentine's Edition
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

The Talent Show II - Valentine's Edition

The Talent Show - Valentines Edition

Thursday, February 21st, 2019
7-11pm

We are oh so excited to team up with the dynamic duo of Kalindi DeFrances + Hayley Dixon to bring you our second edition of Denver’s finest performances for the Talent Show, but this time with the added glow of the Valentine’s day spirit! Join us on February 21st for the night of your life where you will enjoy a variety of magical acts. Doors are at 7pm, show begins at 7:30. $5 is the suggested donation but no one will be turned away from the magic. Valentine’s libations and snacks will be available for purchase and of course there will be the glorious awards ceremony. 

We will be accepting applications for talent performances in the near future, if you have some talent (or non-talent) you’d like to show the world, keep it in mind and be sure to watch out on Facebook to submit...and don’t forget to bring your Valentine!

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Michael Dowling at Wonderbound
Feb
15
to Feb 17

Michael Dowling at Wonderbound

for the world premiere of Cupid's Playground with the Colorado Symphony
at the Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter 

Tickets Available

For several years, Leon has been honored to collaborate with Wonderbound to curate the lobby at the Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School for each of their performances. We are excited to announce that we will bring the remarkable paintings of Michael Dowling for Cupid's Playground with the Colorado Symphony. 

February is the month of love, and who better to lead the charge than Cupid? This world premiere production will feature musicians from the remarkable Colorado Symphony and works by Wonderbound’s Garrett Ammon and Sarah Tallman that will take you on a rambunctious journey exploring love’s many nefarious facets.

Friday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 17 at 2:00 p.m.

Performing Arts Complex
at Pinnacle Charter School
1001 W. 84th Avenue
Denver, CO 80260

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1910 Opening Reception - "Cut From the Same Cloth"
Jan
31
7:00 PM19:00

1910 Opening Reception - "Cut From the Same Cloth"

a collaborative project by Schoph + Jamie Lynn

Exhibition: January 31st- March 2nd, 2019

"Cut From the Same Cloth” - (idiomatic, of two or more persons or things. Very similar; possessing many of the same fundamental characteristics)

An art show brought to you by 1910 - the collaborative works of Jamie M. Lynn and Schoph Schofield.

Working together under the name 1910, Schoph and Jamie bring a showcase selection of the past year's works .The collaborative work of the pair go hand in hand and together, or apart, they have one of the most recognizable styles in the snow industry today. 

Through all the creative material being forged on the daily, Jamie Lynn strikes a chord throughout the industry. His legendary status and decades working alongside Lib Tech, Vans, Volcom, and Dragon has produced some of the most iconic / famed artworks in the snow world, inspiring and laying down a path for generations to come. 

Over the past few years Jamie teamed up with close friend and renowned global artist Schoph (Yorkshire, UK born). Schoph, a polarizing figure in the snow and skate scene, is more influential for the snowboard art community than just about any other artist out there. Schoph has curated group shows bringing industry artists together, along with producing years of work for mutual long standing benefactors Lib Tech, Vans, Volcom, and Dragon to name a few.

Schoph's distinct bold style compliments Lynn’s as they go back and forth. The two are equal parts creative as they are elusive and mystifying, an unstoppable force where their works are concerned.

Together they are 1910, two mates having a good time all the time, showcasing creativity and having an opportunity to share the good times through artistic endeavors to like-minded individuals. They both welcome you to "Cut from the same cloth", a selection of works of originals and print debuting at Leon Gallery.

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NADINE + Brent Penny Live at Leon!
Jan
25
7:00 PM19:00

NADINE + Brent Penny Live at Leon!

Advanced Tickets on Sale

Here to remind us that music is not just an audible experience, Minneapolis / New York's NADINE make melodies that transcend acoustics. Their debut album, oh my,is a collection of sophisticated modern pop songs that resonate in the gaps, the space between deadlines and timelines.


Brent Penny (Pennington) is a Minneapolis based queer singer-songwriter and musician. His arrangements exhibit a wide range of influences including folk, psych, pop, and experimental moments. Combining melodies informed by youthful Mormon church choir melodies with the timbre of an effeminate Neil Young, Penny has found a unique niche in a songwriting style that bridges the gaps between the many genres his music draws on. 

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Blues Legend Cary Morin Live at Leon!
Jan
18
7:30 PM19:30

Blues Legend Cary Morin Live at Leon!

Leon is excited to welcome Blues Legend, Cary Morin to the stage at Leon for an intimate evening of stories and songs from one of Colorado's most treasured musicians.

Advance discount tickets available

Here is a select highlight of Cary's recent accolades:

- 2018 Independent Music Award Best Blues CD

- 2018 International Songwriting Competition Honorable Mention

- 2018 Native Arts & Cultures Fellow

- Nominated Best Acoustic Blues Album 2017 by Blues Blast Magazine

- Indigenous Music Award 2017 Best Blues CD

- Nominated Best Blues CD in the Aboriginal People's Choice Music Awards 2016

- Colorado Blues Challenge Solo Champion 2013 & 2014

- Lifetime Achievement Award Fort Collins Music Association (FoCoMA) 2013

Watch Cary Morin

Learn more about Cary Morin

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Cymon Padilla Artist Discussion
Jan
13
2:00 PM14:00

Cymon Padilla Artist Discussion

Join us on Sunday, January 13th, for an informal discussion with artist, Cymon Padilla, regarding his “re:mix” exhibition, on view through January 26th. We have extended the exhibition an additional week because of the wonderful response that Cymon’s work has received. To read up a little about the show before the artist discussion, feel free to check out these glowing reviews that have recently appeared in local publications.

Westword

The Denver Post

On Denver

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Matt Campbell + Joe Sampson with Special Guest. Live at Leon Music Series
Dec
15
7:30 PM19:30

Matt Campbell + Joe Sampson with Special Guest. Live at Leon Music Series

Matt Campbell + Joe Sampson plus a very special guest - Live at Leon Music Series

December 15th, 2018
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Leon Gallery is excited to welcome back long time friend Matt Campbell as he tours America to promote his new album "The Man With Everything". Matt was the first person to ever perform at Leon in August 2011, we are honored to continue to collaborate with this remarkable musician. Special guest to be announced soon. We have also invited our remarkable friend, Joe Sampson to perform, plus we have a very special guest we can't announce just yet... :)

Advanced Tickets on Sale: https://mattcambellatleon.brownpapertickets.com/

Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2230802400465370/

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Leon's first annual Kitschmas Party!
Dec
13
8:00 PM20:00

Leon's first annual Kitschmas Party!

Join us on Thursday, December 13th, 2018 at 8pm, for one hell of a Kitschy Christmas Party. Bring a very special and kitschy work of art for our Kitsch Art White Elephant Gift Exchange. We encourage hand-made and thrift store gems that are bawdy, camp, twee, gimcrack, and lascivious. Plus we will be decorating cookies, and we will have complimentary beverages of beer, wine, and a very special holiday cocktail!

Tickets $25 per person, available HERE

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re: mix  by Cymon Padilla - Opening Reception
Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

re: mix by Cymon Padilla - Opening Reception

re: mix

Paintings by Cymon Padilla

Opening Reception: December 1st, 2018 7pm-11pm

Exhibition: December 1st, 2018 - January 19th, 2019


Leon is excited to present the first solo exhibition of Cymon Padilla's paintings in Denver, CO. Cymon's work exudes an irreverent and giddy wit, through the sampling of iconic images that span multiple centuries, while also invoking modern day pop culture. Diverse and dissonant elements are distilled into lean, impactful compositions, which themselves reference various artistic movements such as Dada collage, AbEx formalism, Surrealism, or Pop Art illustration, then morphed by the technological tools of computerized manipulation.


Artist Statement

My current body of work aims to fuse disparate elements of our shared visual culture, whether seen through screens connected to vacuum tubes, the pixels on a phone, or the pages of an art history book. Using traditional oil painting techniques to represent collage, digital manipulation, and trompe l’oeil, I combine, collapse, and remix the imitated world onto the flat surface of the picture plane, mashing classical European figurative work with the golden age of Disney, Saturday morning cartoons, pop art, and vintage advertisement. 

Bio

Cymon Padilla was born in Colorado Springs in 1983. He received his Associate of Arts from Pikes Peak Community College in 2012, and has shown his work regionally ever since. When not at his day job or in the studio, Cymon spends much of his time wondering what his dog is thinking.

IG: @cymonpadilla

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Deca + Felix Fast4ward + Stay Tuned Live at Leon
Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

Deca + Felix Fast4ward + Stay Tuned Live at Leon

Join us as we welcome back Deca and Felix Fast4ward to the stage, with special guest Stay Tuned at Leon. 

Saturday, November 10th.

Doors at 8:00pm

Pre-sale tickets available: https://decafelixfast4ward.brownpapertickets.com/

Link love: 

DECA:
https://deca.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DecaMusic/

Felix Fast4ward:
https://soundcloud.com/felixfast4ward
https://www.facebook.com/Felixfast4ward/

Stay Tuned: 
https://manerok1.bandcamp.com/album/murder-he-wrote-a-love-story
https://www.facebook.com/AfterThisBreak/

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Brianna Straut Album Release Party featuring Paul DeHaven + Special Guest
Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

Brianna Straut Album Release Party featuring Paul DeHaven + Special Guest

Brianna Straut Album Relase Party

November 2nd, 7- 11pm

Brianna Straut (Bison Bone) is venturing into her own music and songwriting and will debut her first solo album, “La Mano” at Leon! Paul DeHaven will take the stage in support of Brianna, plus Whippoorwill will grace us with their experiential alt-folk stylings.

Advanced Tickets on Sale: https://briannastraut.brownpapertickets.com/

Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/265343550831218/

Brianna Straut is an Americana Singer Songwriter from Denver, CO by way of Texas. She tells stories about her songs including times in Texas, losing friends too soon and the good times in Colorado. Critics have swooned saying "If you have even one romantic nerve in your body, you will fall head over heels." Her songs dig deep into those Texas roots and her gypsy soul.


W: www.briannastraut.com

IG: @bstraut

FB: @briannastrautmusic

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Patrick Dethlefs + Heavy Diamond Ring Live at Leon
Oct
13
7:30 PM19:30

Patrick Dethlefs + Heavy Diamond Ring Live at Leon

Leon Gallery is excited to welcome back long time friend Patrick Dethlefs and the new project, Heavy Diamond Ring (Sarah Anderson + Paul DeHaven of Paper Bird) for an intimate evening of music. 

Doors: 7:30pm

Suggested Donation: $10

Advanced Tickets on Sale: https://patrickdethlefs.brownpapertickets.com/

Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2114189782233711/

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Multidim Records Launch Party
Oct
12
to Oct 13

Multidim Records Launch Party

Multidim Records Launch Party

October 12th, 2018

8pm - Midnight


Advanced Tickets on Sale: https://mulitidimlaunchparty.brownpapertickets.com/

Join the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/478402579328465/

Multidim Records announces its inaugural vinyl release, ‘Tangra’ by the Denver-based audiovisual electronic act Cities Of Earth. This release marks the first of several planned for the newly unveiled independent record label Multidim Records. Multidim will have an official launch event on Friday, October 12th at Leon Gallery in Denver, featuring live audio and video performances from Cities Of Earth, Glissline, Andre Cactus & Ah, River, and more.

citiesofearth.com
glissline.com

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Memories of Earth Opening Reception by BAGBAYSHA
Oct
6
to Nov 10

Memories of Earth Opening Reception by BAGBAYSHA

Memories of Earth
 

BAGBAYSHA

Opening Reception: October 6th 7pm-11pm

Exhibition: October 6th - November 10th, 2018

A collaborative project by Chris Bagley, Koko Bayer, and Thomas Scharfenberg
 

This fall, Leon Gallery will host a multi-sensory experience from Denver artists, BAGBAYSHA (Chris Bagley, Koko Bayer, Thomas Scharfenberg). Leon will be transformed in a site-specific installation, presenting viewers with souvenirs of earth, which remind the viewer of life's many small wonders. This will be the third site-specific installment for the artists, a group known for their nutritious visual flavor of color and patterns, utilizing sound-collage, wheat paste, video, found materials, projections, and murals.

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Howl - A String Quartet of Ginsberg's Poetic Opus by Lee Hyla
Sep
22
7:00 PM19:00

Howl - A String Quartet of Ginsberg's Poetic Opus by Lee Hyla

HOWL – by Lee Hyla for String Quartet and Narrator

Saturday, September 22nd, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

 

Lee Hyla’s Howl is based on beat poet Allen Ginsberg’s masterpiece. Because of its explicitly sexual passages, it was the subject of an obscenity trial in 1957, but was eventually deemed “of redeeming social importance,” and therefore not obscene. Lee Hyla’s angular and violent string quartet amplifies the intensity of the poem.

Lee Hyla’s string quartet was written in coordination with Ginsberg before his death. Originally performed with music played over a recording of Ginsberg reading the text, Playground performs narration live. The impact of the poem’s live narration is amplified by a harsh, haunting, and compelling accompaniment by string quartet.

 

About the Playground Ensemble

The Playground Ensemble, in Residence at Metro State University of Denver, is the Rocky Mountain Region’s premier new music group. We are professional musicians, composers, educators and fans dedicated to presenting chamber music as a living art form. In addition to an annual concert season that features the work of recognized composers, we work to cultivate a thriving local composition community. With exciting outreach programs like our innovative Young Composers Playground we are showing young people that classical music is vibrant, adventurous and relevant to the world they live in.

 

If you want to get involved, please write us at playground@playgroundensemble.org or visit www.PlaygroundEnsemble.org.

 

About our featured Visual Artist

Joshua Ware is a visual artist and writer who was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1977. He is the author of the books Unwanted Invention / Vargtimmen and Homage to Homage to Homage to Creeley, both published by Furniture Press Books. In addition to several chapbooks, his writing also has appeared in hundreds of national journals and magazines.

Ware’s paper collages and mixed media visual work have appeared in shows both nationally and internationally. His most recent work focuses on textured minimalism, inspired by the art of Robert Rauschenberg, Jay DeFeo, Donald Judd, and Mark Bradford.

Ware currently lives in Denver where he works as an art installer. He earned his doctorate in English Literature and Creative Writing from University of Nebraska, his MA from University of Colorado, and his BA from Ohio University. He also holds a BS in Management Information Systems from Miami University (OH).

 

About our Guest Poets - Serena Chopra and Jeffrey Pethybridge

Serena Chopra has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Denver and an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is the author of two full-length books of poems, This Human (Coconut 2013) and Ic (Horse Less Press 2017), as well as two chapbooks, Penumbra (Flying Guillotine Press 2012) and Livid Season (Free Poetry 2012). She was recently a featured artist in Harper’s Bazaar, India, as well as in Denver Westword’s 100 Colorado Creatives. She was a 2011-2013 resident artist at RedLine Denver, a Kundiman Fellow and a 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholar, for which she is composing hybrid writing informed by her research with queer women in Bangalore, India. She is a multidisciplinary artist, working as a professional dancer, theater/performance artist and visual artist. She is a co-founder and actor in the poet’s theater group, GASP and worked with Denver’s Splintered Light Theater on a full-length production of her book, Ic, for which she composed the soundscore. She has an ongoing text/image collaboration, Memory is a Future Tense, with artist Lu Cong. Serena currently teaches in the MFA program at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Find out more at SerenaChopra.com.

Jeffrey Pethybridge is the author of Striven, The Bright Treatise (Noemi Press 2013). His work appears widely in journals such as Chicago Review, Volt, Poor Claudia, The Iowa Review, LIT, New American Writing and others. He teaches in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University where he is the Managing Director of the Summer Writing Program. He is also the North American Editor for Likestarlings, a web-archive of collaborative poetry and poetics.

He lives in Denver with the poet Carolina Ebeid and their son Patrick; together the edit Visible Binary. He's currently at work on a documentary project centered on the recently released torture memos entitled "Force Drift, an Essay in the Epic." He grew up in Virginia.

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Para o Heroi
Aug
25
7:30 PM19:30

Para o Heroi

a one night performance art event with Paula Carneiro + Marcos Steuernagel

Performance: August 25th, 2018 7:30-9:00pm in conjunction with the opening reception of Outliers\


Para o Herói: Experimentos Sem Nenhum Caráter 
 This performance is dedicated to “Macunaíma, The Hero Without a Character”. A Brazilian anti-hero, Macunaíma is a profane trickster created by ethnographer and novelist Mário de Andrade in his seminal 1928 book. Macunaíma is a Brazilian archetype that embodies our cultural contradictions in a joker who takes on an amazing diversity of forms. A black-indigenous Brazilian born in the jungle, Macunaíma becomes white after bathing himself in an enchanted pond, and leaves for the cosmopolitan São Paulo, where he blurs the distinctions between animal, machine, god, and human, with a humorous and original style.
 
In this performance, Paula Carneiro Dias embodies Macunaíma in her skin, printing fragments of the book to her body as she walks through the different becomings of Macunaíma.

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OUTLIERS
Aug
25
to Sep 15

OUTLIERS

Featuring Works By:
Jared David Paul Anderson 
Tya Alisa Anthony
Jackie Barry
Eric Robert Dallimore
Michael Dowling 
David Freeman 
Jaimie Gershen 
Brittany Gould 
Impossible Winterbourne 
Matthew Harris
Travis Hetman
Gary Isaacs 
Jolt 
SDK
Jordan Knecht
Lauri Lynnxe Murphy
Brian Napier
Eric G. Nord
Barth Quenzer
Diego Rodriguez-Warner
Matt Scobey
Doug Spencer
Eriko Tsogo
Jess Webb
Patrick Wilkins

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Fun Isn't Fun Anymore - Closing Reception + Artist Talk
Jul
28
3:00 PM15:00

Fun Isn't Fun Anymore - Closing Reception + Artist Talk

Join us for a conversation with Patrick Wilkins at 3pm, then stick around from 5-10pm as we celebrate the Closing Reception for this remarkable exhibition.

Learn more about the focus of Wilkins’ work as the expression of stress and anxiety that comes from leading two very different lives: holding down blue collar jobs and being a painter. Wilkins utilizes a formal painting language and cartoon imagery to create and unstable cacophony of patterns, colors, and marks. Adding to the compositions, he collages found objects, drawings, and craft materials into his work. The results have a bright and playful façade that upon further inspection reveals a contradictory critical content. Although the final result may be seen as a compromise, there is both a clashing discordance and a unifying harmony to be found in his deft balancing act.

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Muscle Brain - Marathon Performance
Jul
14
9:00 AM09:00

Muscle Brain - Marathon Performance

Join us on Saturday, July 14th for an epic 13 hour marathon music performance by Muscle Brain, the creative endeavor of Jordan Knecht and James David Fitzpatrick, and a slew of many other Denver area musicians, as they come and go throughout the day. Everyone is welcome to drop in whenever they want, and stay as long as they want.

Muscle Brain has been performing for thirteen years, shifting forms as its evolved. Over Muscle Brain's history, the two members have at times been separated by thousands of miles. The distance has never halted the intense connection of these two musicians. Even when living in different states, the band released an album and toured the East Coast twice. 

Behind closed doors of the rehearsal room, Fitzpatrick and Knecht have spent thousands of hours honing ideas through expansive improvisation. The band's sense of compositional plasticity continues into live performances, allowing songs to morph as they unfold in front of audiences. 

Soon, Muscle Brain will be separated by thousands of miles once again. To celebrate thirteen years as a band, Muscle Brain will perform for thirteen hours straight, inviting a slew of artists to enter and exit throughout the day, sharing in fluid compositions and ecstatic improvisation."

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Tom Waits Tuesdays - A limited edition print release
Jun
5
to Jun 12

Tom Waits Tuesdays - A limited edition print release

The music that spans across the years of Tom Waits’ career creates a labyrinth that I’ve come to be pleasantly lost inside while making art. There is an almost bottomless well of little poetic moments that beg to be illustrated and expanded upon. For the pure joy of it I began posting drawings on the occasional Tuesday on my Instagram. The images were undoubtedly drenched in the stuff of particular Waits tunes, and it quickly became a tradition known as “Tom Waits Tuesday.” In a first-come-first-served style the original drawings were all posted, sold, and shipped to their various destinations. It only felt right to perhaps drop the needle on some vinyl, pack them all together into the proverbial station wagon, and head to Leon! And so now, the entire collection gathered together here, and on view as one big happy family, all of the thirty-five Tom Waits Tuesdays original drawings are now released as limited edition prints. Get them while you can. When these numbered and signed limited edition prints are gone, that’s it, you’re SOL. 

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Esme Patterson + Emily Ritz + Eleanor Perry-Smith Live at Leon!
May
11
7:00 PM19:00

Esme Patterson + Emily Ritz + Eleanor Perry-Smith Live at Leon!

Join us at Leon as Esme, Emily, and Eleanor take over the stage to celebrate their powerful and connected voices through music and poetry. Eric and Eric will also be here to complete the house full of E's. You can come too, even if your name doesn't start with an E.

Friday, May 11th, 7 - 11pm

$12 Suggested Donation

Doors: 7pm

Music:8pm til 11pm (ish)

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DECA w/ special guests: FelixFast4ward & DeeJay Tense
Apr
22
7:00 PM19:00

DECA w/ special guests: FelixFast4ward & DeeJay Tense

Deca is a NY based rapper, producer, and visual artist originally from Denver, CO. He mixes personal writing with urgent global themes revealing fundamental struggles with human existence. Catch Deca on Spotify, BandCamp, and YouTube

FelixFast4ward is a multi-Instrumentalist/vocalist/sound painter. Using various instruments and sample based loops Felix Fast4ward reinvents the "One-Man Band" format and creates uniquely lush and soulful compositions. His musical training is directly attributed to his tenure as a scratch dj in his early 20s, as equally from an eclectic record collection from his parents who immigrated to the United States from Nigeria. Grab a ticket into the musical mind and ears of FelixFast4ward ! Catch FelixFast4ward on SoundCloud and YouTube

Catch DeeJay Tense on Soundcloud

$10 Donation at the door

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Of The Moment
Apr
21
to May 26

Of The Moment

OF THE MOMENT

April 21st - May 26th, 2018

Leon is demonstrating its commitment to promoting performance art through an intensive five weeks series of events featuring some of the best and brightest performance artists of the Denver art community. 

Esther Hernandez
Lin Wen-Ben
Jeff Page
Jordan Knecht
Tobias Fike
Matthew Harris

Leon is proud to announce their upcoming performance art series, Of the Moment, an exploration of the immediacy and visceral nature of performance art, celebrating six artists who are actively engaging our community, challenging our notions of art viewing, and broadening our artistic experiences. The series will begin Saturday, April 21st and culminate in a closing performance on Friday, May 25th, 2018. Each week the gallery will become the stage for each of these unique and innovative artists from within our Denver scene, who are exploring a variety of performance art styles, and expressing authentic, individual statements. The artists presenting include Esther Hernandez, Lin Wen-Ben, Jeff Page, Jordan Knecht, and collaborative artists Tobias Fike and Matthew Harris. 

Saturday, April 21st, 7-10pm Esther Hernandez
Saturday, April 28th, 7-10pm Lin Wen Ben
Saturday, May 5th, 7-10pm Jeff Page
Saturday, May 12th, 7-10pm Jordan Knecht
Saturday, May 26th, 7-10pm Tobias Fike + Matthew Harris

All performances will take place at approximately 8pm each evening. Length of program varies with each artist. 

Of the Moment Exhibition Schedule: 

Saturday, April 21st - Esther Hernandez - "Tooth or Dare" is a series of relational aesthetic performances. Participants are set up on blind dates by the artist and instructed to play a special card game, allowing players to make choices that whimsically involve performance, intimacy and vulnerability, all the while challenging social norms and conventional dating routines and rituals. 

Saturday, April 28th - Lin Wen-Ben - "Please Punch" is a process investigation of experimental painting employing a suspended punching bag and floor mounted canvas, challenging visitors to step beyond the passivity of mere viewing, and instead becoming active participants in the energetic experiencing of gestural mark making. 

Saturday, May 5th - Jeff Page – The Blushing Bow - is a performative installation playing upon the effects of shame, exploring ways in which the heavy, negative emotion can be transformed and utilized in various ways as a transcendent poetic tool. 

Saturday, May 12th - Jordan Knecht - "Signal Noise" is an immersive, pluralistic exploration of signal-to-noise ratios amplified by the world of social media. “Please turn cellphones on before the beginning of the performance.” 

CLOSING Saturday, May 26th - Tobias Fike & Matthew Harris - "Pop" is an absurdist performative dueling match involving needle-tipped swords and inflated body parts. 

Every performance will be documented through video and still photography. Following each performance, the video and still images will be displayed on monitors, and the detritus of the performances will remain in the gallery, available for visitors to view during normal business hours.

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Impossible Winterbourne AlphaBots Book Release + Pop-up Exhibition
Apr
14
10:00 PM22:00

Impossible Winterbourne AlphaBots Book Release + Pop-up Exhibition

Leon is proud to announce the release of The Impossible Winterbourne's new book - The AlphaBots!

Exhibition: April 9th - April 16th, 2018

Reception & Book Reading: April 14th, 2018   |   7-10pm

We are celebrating the Denver Premiere of The AlphaBots with a one week pop-up exhibition from April 9th - April 16th with a Gallery Reception and Book Reading on April 14th from 7-10pm featuring the Impossible Winterbourne, himself! Come down and get your own autographed copy of The AlphaBots!

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Eriko Tsogo "Wrong Women; Myths From Sky"
Feb
17
to Mar 31

Eriko Tsogo "Wrong Women; Myths From Sky"

Wrong Women; Myths from Sky

E R I K O   T S O G O

Exhibition: 2.17.18 - 3.31.18

Opening Reception: 2.17.2018 7-11pm

Artist Talk + Book Signing: 3.10.18

Artist Workshop 3.24.18 10am - 4pm

Closing Reception:  3.31.2018 7pm - 11pm

 

My artistic process derives from a balance of intuitive and concept driven method of experimental creation. In my drawings, I seek to create visual tension through automatic and intended mark making. I like to fuse binary concepts and techniques of representation, from contrasting languages of wet and dry textures, precision and chaos, into stimulatory layers as to create conceptual proximity between forces of opposition and displacement.

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Bluebook + Porlolo + Whippoorwill
Jan
20
7:00 PM19:00

Bluebook + Porlolo + Whippoorwill

Join us for our first concert of 2018, featuring Bluebook, Porlolo, and Whippoorwill! Leon will be celebrating it's musical heritage with a return to our dreamy, vibed out roots. Join us this Saturday as we present the powerful, moddy, and mesmerizing sounds of Bluebook.  Special guest Porlolo will bring their melancholic melodies, folk pop hits, and creep rock to keep you all dreaming on a winter's night. At once, sad and joyful, yearning and fulfilled, Whippoorwill will take the stage with their cathartic, experiential alt-folk sounds. 

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