When most people come across creatures like a spider or a centipede, they probably don’t pause to appreciate the tools that enabled these animals to survive for millions of years.
But spend a little time at the Butterfly Pavilion’s new survival exhibit, and one will be able to learn all about the adaptability of these surprising animals. The Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W. 104th Ave. in Westminster, unveiled its new “Survival” exhibit in March, and it will be on display for about a year.
“These animals have developed some amazing survival methods over countless years,” said pavilion entomologist Mario Padilla. “Instead of being stuck in a box, we want to give visitors a chance to see how our animals move, feed and interact with their environment.”
The exhibit provides an intimate look at how a variety of invertebrates have developed survival skills in a variety of areas, focusing on moving, hiding, feeding and fighting, all in pursuit of a simple goal — staying alive.
The interactive exhibit shows how creatures like bees, beetles, spiders and more use camouflage, venom and other skills to eat, evade predators and attract mates. Visitors will get to use a dragonfly launch pad, fight in a simulated beetle battle, and get hands-on with Rosie the Tarantula.
“We think it’s really important to provide those hands-on experiences to visitors,” Padilla explained. “We work to ensure there’s a touch component to all of our exhibits.”
As is the case with everything the Butterfly Pavilion does, the hope is that visitors will come away with a greater appreciation for animals that so many people are afraid of or don’t understand.
“It’s taken millions of years for these animals to become what we recognize now,” Padilla said. “Not only do we hope our visitors appreciate these insects, but they also will want to do what they can to protect them.”
For tickets and additional information visit www.Butterflies.org/Survival.
Tackling the housing crisis through art
Housing is an issue that people all over the metro area are affected by, especially with rising rents and a growing homeless population.
Golden’s Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St., is tackling the issue with the help of artists in its new summer exhibition — “Finding Home.” The exhibit features installations by three Denver artists whose artwork occupies three different rooms at the museum.
On display through July 8, the conceptual exhibition was created with the intent of starting a community dialogue about the ever-present and often tragic situation involving affordable housing in the region. The museum partnered with local governments to add depth and insight into the housing issue.
For more information, head to www.foothillsartcenter.org.
Clarke’s Concert of the Week — Taylor Swift at Sports Authority Field
Colorado is a hot stop for touring musicians during the summer, which means concert goers are spoiled for choice when it comes to their evening plans. This week alone, you couldn’t go wrong with James Taylor at Fiddler’s Green on May 27, The Wonder Years with Tigers Jaw and Tiny Moving Parts at the Ogden on May 30, or Gang of Youths at the Globe Hall on the same day.
But for my money, the best way to kick off the summer concert season is with one of pop’s reigning queens — Taylor Swift, who will be stopping by Sports Authority Field At Mile High, 1701 Bryant St., at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 25.
As if it wasn’t enough to have Swift, is who is undeniably a pop master of the highest order, she is bringing along Charli XCX and Camila Cabello. Last year, Charli XCX released two of pop’s best albums, by adding electronics and Swedish pop to her already insightful writing.
And this year Cabello stepped out of Fifth Harmony’s shadow, and her solo debut is one of my favorite albums of the year.
The concert is a guaranteed good time for all ages. Tickets are still available, so go to www.ticketmaster.com.
The Mile High City plays Van the Man
For me, Van Morrison is at the very top of the rock troubadour pile, secondly only to Bob Dylan.
If his take on Irish folk wasn’t beautiful enough, his addition of jazz and soul sounds into everything he does adds a whole new layer of depth to his sound.
Unfortunately, he’s getting up there in years, and hasn’t really toured in a decade or more. And when he does, it costs an arm and a leg to score a ticket.
Thankfully, the Hi-Dive at 7 S. Broadway in Denver, is providing an alternative option with its Denver Plays Van Morrison concert at 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 26.
The music of Van the Man will be performed that night by members of numerous local bands, including King Cardinal, Strange Americans, The Guestlist, Bud Bronson and the Good Timers, Sawmill Joe, Kid Reverie, Bison Bone, Bluebook, Robby Peoples, David Burchfield, Hunter James, and more.
Anyone who loves “Brown Eyed Girl,” “Have I Told You Lately?” and “Astral Weeks” won’t want to miss the show.
To grab tickets, go to www.hi-dive.com/event/1689350-denver-plays-van-morrison-denver.
Run to the Trails In Motion Film Festival
The warm spring and summer weather is perfect for all the trail runners in the metro area. But for those who want a taste of the trail running world without all the sweat and, you know, exercise, Golden is the place to go.
The 2018 Ledlenser Trails In Motion Film Festival will be making a stop at the American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St., from 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30.
The festival will feature eight films that tell some very inspiring stories, like that of Adam Campbell, who recovered from a life-threatening rock climbing fall and 10 months later completed in the Hardrock 100.
Some of the featured athletes will be on hand to speak and answer questions after their films.
For tickets, visit www.trailsinmotion.com/films-on-tour/item/472-golden-co.
Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. A community editor with Colorado Community Media, he can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org.
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