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    Monday Jan 22 @ 12:00 AM
Coors Field Stadium Tours
Coors Field – Sale Dates and Times:
 
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    Monday Jan 22 - Jan 24 @ 6:00 AM
Focus On Fitness
Movement Climbing + Fitness Denver – We take the "+ fitness" part of our name seriously. That's why we offer over 60 expertly led fitness, cycle, and yoga classes every week — in addition to world-class climbing! We believe that cross-training in all of these disciplines improves performance and cultivates balance. This January, discover the advantages of each training method offered at Movement and expand your fitness experience! General Schedule: Monday, 1/22: Yoga Focus Tuesday, 1/23: Fitness Focus Wednesday, 1/24: Cycle Focus + More about the Event: • Play our fitness bingo game by attending as many classes as possible for a chance to win one-month memberships and other valuable prizes. • Meet our extended network of partners who will offer community talks, product demos, samples, and services. • Injury prevention specialists will help you understand how to get fit safely—excellent for athletes and climbers who are pushing their limits. • Non-Members may participate and receive full access to Movement for $10–a reduced day pass! In every class, you are part of a supportive community that celebrates your accomplishments. • Enjoy our everyday, awesome classes (with a little something extra) led by our motivating trainers. All Movement classes are adaptable to any level. You will receive training tips from expert instructors and gain confidence in yourself. • Live music from DJ Roger + MORE! For more information or questions email info@movementdenver.com or info@movementboulder.com
 
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    Monday Jan 22 - Mar 19 @ 8:00 AM
The Leadership Academy
Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado – ALCC has partnered with Coltivar Institute to offer a pair of executive-level courses for business leaders and those seeking a path to business leadership. If you are looking to strengthen your financial skills and become a dynamic and effective leader, these programs are for YOU. Depending on your current career status, choose from two programs: The Strategic Leadership Program is aimed at innovative career-driven individuals who are seeking to enhance their business operations. These individuals include vice presidents as well as experienced owners, managers, estimators/sales professionals, or designers. Cost for the entire program is $1,250 for ALCC members, $1,450 for non-members. o Myers-Briggs Assessment o Crafting a Winning Strategy o Fundamentals of Finance o Pricing & Estimating Strategies o Leadership o Business Development & Marketing Tactics o Innovation & Transformation The Emerging Leadership Program will benefit those who seek to advance their career and transition into leadership roles within their organization. These participants should be foremen or administrative staff, plus managers, designers or estimators/sales professionals who are new to the position. Cost for this program is $850 for members and $950 for non-members. o Myers-Briggs Assessment o Fundamentals of Finance o Presentation Skills o Communication Skills o Networking Tactics o Personal Brand Development o Innovation & Transformation Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado and Coltivar Institute have teamed up to offer these exciting programs. Applications are being accepted now through November 3 for the 2018 sessions. See course topics and download an application at www.alcc.com/leaders. Sessions will take place monthly: four course hours followed by a lunch-and learn program on January 22, February 19, and March 19. Participants will be accepted based on a wide variety of criteria including function, background, and firm direction. Learn more at www.alcc.com/leaders and apply today!
 
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    Monday Jan 22 - Jan 23 @ 9:00 AM
Clinical Supervision I (ACS Track)
Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute – Noeticus Center for Professional Development™ (NCPD) Clinical Supervision I: (ACS Track) Fundamental Principles and Theories for Mental Health Professionals “Helping to Transform Accidental Oversight into Strong Clinical Supervision” Training Information: - Instructor: Francisca Mix, MA, LPC, BC-DMT, NCC, ACS - Date: January 22 through January 23, 2018 (M/T) - Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm All Days (Check-In at 8:30 am) - Where: 190 E 9th Ave, Suite #310; Denver CO 80203 - Cost: $250 General; $200 Grad Student; $150 Staff/Alumni - Group Discount: $225 Three or More Registrations Together - Military Discount: $215 Military Personnel and Veterans - Contact Hours: 15.0 NAADAC/NBCC Approved Contact Hours - Size: Limited to 18 Participants; Please Register Early - Pre-Registration Required for Attendance - Registration: https://ncpd-cs1-acs-0118.eventbrite.com Related Clinical Supervision (ACS Track) Training Opportunities in 2018: - January 22-23, 2018: Clinical Supervision I Training (15 Hrs; M/T); with Francisca Mix, MA, LPC, ACS - February 26-27, 2018: Clinical Supervision I Training (15 Hrs; M/T); with Francisca Mix, MA, LPC, ACS - April 23-24, 2018: Clinical Supervision II Training (15 Hrs; M/T); with Francisca Mix, MA, LPC, ACS - May 29-30, 2018: Clinical Supervision III Training (15 Hrs; T/W); with Francisca Mix, MA, LPC, ACS - July 23-24, 2018: Clinical Supervision I Training (15 Hrs; M/T); with Francisca Mix, MA, LPC, ACS - August 27-28, 2018: Clinical Supervision I Training (15 Hrs; M/T); with Francisca Mix, MA, LPC, ACS - October 22-23, 2018: Clinical Supervision II Training (15 Hrs; M/T); with Francisca Mix, MA, LPC, ACS - November 26-27, 2018: Clinical Supervision III Training (15 Hrs; T/W); with Francisca Mix, MA, LPC, ACS Training Description: In Colorado (and many other states), the only legal requirement to provide clinical supervision is having an active mental health license. Because of that, many mental health practitioners become clinical supervisors immediately upon receiving their licenses without having any additional training in the specialized counseling practice of clinical supervision. Functionally, this often translates into new supervisors using counseling skills to work with new supervisees instead of supervision skills, a scenario that isn't always very effective or even helpful. For this reason, many states are now beginning to add an advanced practice credential to their mental health licensing regulations that only permits entry-level licensed professionals to practice their mental health discipline, but doesn't allow them to supervise within it until they have earned their advanced practice credential, which specifically assesses for competence in the counseling specialty of clinical supervision. This layering of clinical practice skills and competencies not only helps to protect the public, but also helps to prevent newly licensed mental health professionals from getting grieved or disciplined by failing to provide adequate clinical supervision. As an antidote to this serious problem within all of the mental health professions, the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE; An affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors [NBCC]) developed the voluntary Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) credential. In their own words, the CCE defines an Approved Clinical Supervisor as a mental health professional "who has met approved national professional supervision standards; promotes the professional identity, visibility, and accountability of Approved Clinical Supervisors; and encourages the professional growth of Approved Clinical Supervisors" (ACS Application Packet, p. 3). All of the clinical supervisors at Noeticus affirm this position and are either already Approved Clinical Supervisors through the CCE or are actively working toward it and we would like to see more licensed mental health professionals who are providing clinical supervision in Colorado adopt the same stance. Indeed, we are committed to helping transform "accidental oversight" into "strong clinical supervision" by offering both the training and the supervision of supervision necessary for licensed mental health professionals to earn the Approved Clinical Supervisors credential. Training Objectives: This training is the first part of a three-part series covering the theory and practice of clinical supervision, all of which (when taken together) meet the training requirements for the ACS through the CCE. During our Clinical Supervision I training, participants learn the following theoretical foundations: - Roles and functions of clinical supervisors - Models of clinical supervision - Methods and techniques in clinical supervision - Legal and ethical issues in clinical supervision - The basics of the Noeticus Counselor Training and Practice Triangle™ During our Clinical Supervision II training (see below for dates), participants build upon their theoretical foundations and add to them practical skills as they learn the following: - Mental health related professional development - Supervisory relationship issues - Cultural issues in clinical supervision - Group supervision themes and issues - Evaluation of supervisee competence and the supervision process - Integration of the Noeticus Counselor Training and Practice Triangle™ Finally, during our Clinical Supervision III training (see below for dates), participants integrate the principles and theory they learned in Clinical Supervision I with the advanced concepts and skills taught in Clinical Supervision II and apply them in an experiential format. This includes: - Live supervision demonstration - Videotaped observation and feedback of clinical supervision - Utilization of various models of supervision - Incorporation of ethical, legal, and professional practice concepts - Maintenance of socially-just, culturally sensitive perspective - Further integration of the Noeticus Counselor Training and Practice Triangle™ In addition, in the Clinical Supervision I training, attendees begin to work on their Professional Supervision/Consultation Disclosure Statements/Contracts and will have the information necessary to complete a version "ready to go" - and that meets the ACS requirements - by the end of their Clinical Supervision II training. This allows them time for feedback and editing so that they have a completed version ready for submission immediately after completing Clinical Supervision III. ACS Summary of Requirements: (Click HERE for details): - Master's degree or higher in a mental health field - NCC, License as a mental health provider or clinical supervisor - 45 clock hours of training in clinical supervision - Five years (4000 hours) post-master's experience - 1500 of 4000 hours in direct service to clients - 100 hours of providing clinical supervision - Endorsement from a mental health professional - Supervision self-assessment - Professional Supervision/Consultation Disclosure Statement/Contract Training Instructor: Francisca Mix, MA, LPC, BC-DMT, NCC, ACS, is the Clinical Director of the Center for Personal Wellness at Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). She has been a psychotherapist since 2005 and a counselor educator and clinical supervisor since 2007. Francisca is fluent in Spanish and has a clinical background that includes working with a wide range of individual and couple dynamics. She is particularly interested in using movement and the expressive arts as a therapeutic modality as well as generally incorporating the creative process into psychotherapy. Francisca also has a particular interest in working with families who are dealing with infertility and adoption themes in their lives. In her role as Clinical Director, Francisca has been instrumental in the articulation and development of the Noeticus Counselor Training and Practice Triangle™. Training Text: This training draws from the textbook, Clinical Supervision in the Helping Professions: A Practical Guide (2nd Edition), by Gerald Corey, Robert Haynes, Patrice Moulton, and Michelle Muratori. Training participants may benefit from purchasing and reading this book prior to the training and bringing it with them to the training as a resource. The text is available HERE: http://www.amazon.com/Clinical-Supervision-Helping-Professions-Counseling/dp/B00E27YO5Y To Register or For More Information: - Program: Noeticus Center for Professional Development (NCPD) - Contact: Ryan Kennedy, PsyD; Training/Education Program Director - Website: www.noeticus.org/ncpd.html - Email: ncpd@noeticus.org - Call: 303-399-9988 x 510 Cancellation and Refund Policy: We hope you will be able to attend your training after you register, but we also understand that life can present many complications and challenges that are sometimes unavoidable. If you register for a training and discover later that you will be unable to attend, please take a look at our Cancellation and Refund Policy to see what your options are, then let us know what you'd like to do. Here is a link to the policy: http://www.noeticus.org/Cancel_and_Refund_Policy.html Approved Continuing or Professional Education Provider Information: Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute has been approved by NAADAC as an Approved Education Provider, AEP, #151584 and NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #6704. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. All Noeticus Addiction Counselor Clinical Training Program (NACCTP) classes have been approved by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) for workforce development grants. All trainers affiliated with the NACCTP have been approved by the Colorado Department of Human Services' Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) to provide such training.
 
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    Monday Jan 22 @ 10:00 AM
Art Barn at the Park: All About Birds! Class
Four Mile Historic Park – In this class, participants will learn about a breadth of bird species native to Colorado including Robins, Hummingbirds, Finches, Owls, Prairie Hawks, Red Tail Hawks and more. Children will make bird mobiles or customized bird houses. $40, ages 4-13. Visit fourmilehistoricpark.eventbrite.com to register your child for this one-of-a-kind experience and to view a full lineup of Art Barn class times and topics. About the class series: The Art Barn is known for bringing art, exploration, and play to children across the Denver Metro Area. From mosaics and recycled sculpture to textiles and woodworking, the Art Barn’s experienced team of art instructors lead projects that encourage imagination and creative self-expression in developing minds. Four Mile's prairie homestead, so full of history and nature, promises to be a stirring setting for young artists to discover and create.
 
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    Monday Jan 22 @ 12:00 PM
TRX Strength and Stability
Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club – FOR OUR LUNCHTIME MEMBERS WHO NEED TO GET IN AND GET OUT, this class will focus on building lean muscle mass and burning fat! These full body workouts will include cardiovascular exercise, body-weight training and balance. with Nicholas Li Four-week Program January 22 - February 14 Mondays and Wednesdays 12:00-12:50pm Studio 2 $240 Member | $320 Non-Member Minimum of 3, maximum of 5
 
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    Monday Jan 22 @ 1:00 PM
MHA vs. Campion Pepsi Center Game
Mile High Adventist Academy – Come watch our Girls and Boys Basketball teams play on the Pepsi Center court! Stay for the Nuggets game after. Game Times: 1:15: MHA vs. CA - Girls Varsity 3:00: MHA vs. CA - Boys Varsity 7:00: Nuggets vs. Trail Blazers Tickets valid for both highs school games and Nuggets game!
 
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    Monday Jan 22 - Feb 26 @ 1:15 PM
Yoga Basics
Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club – This Yoga for Beginner’s Program is just what you need to ignite your passion for yoga! Whether you are a complete beginner, or have tried yoga in the past and are ready to really get going, this program is here to show you the way. This course is designed for the complete beginner, so there’s no need to be wary if you have no previous yoga experience. It’s the right class for you if you want to learn the fundamentals of yoga: + breathing + basic yoga poses + meditation 6 session series: January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19 and 26 Mondays | 1:15-2:15pm Jade studio $60 MEMBERS $100 NON-MEMBERS
 
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    Monday Jan 22 @ 4:00 PM
Food Truck: Baja Berto's Beachside Burritos
Lone Tree Brewing Company – Burrito's inspired by the Beachside!
 
TODAY
    Monday Jan 22 @ 4:00 PM
COACtivateTheCommons
The Commons on Champa – Come to the opening reception of this Made In Colorado Outdoor Rec Equipment Exhibit.
 
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    Monday Jan 22 @ 6:00 PM
Spring Educators Night
Denver Museum of Nature & Science – Bring a guest and enjoy a free evening at the Museum planned just for you! Experiment, play, and solve mysteries when you try out our new At Your School experiences, Facilitated by Us and Delivered to You. This is your chance to play before you bring these experiences into your classroom and the students take over! During this special night you can also preview Jerusalem 3D in IMAX before it opens to the public, enjoy Space Tours Live in Gates Planetarium, and much more.
 
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    Monday Jan 22 @ 6:00 PM
Colfax Movie Night: Boston Documentary
Denver's Colfax Marathon – Wear your favorite race gear and join Colfax Marathon, the Ambassador Team, and a hundred new running friends! Your ticket includes the full length movie on the big screen of BOSTON. BOSTON: An American Running Story tells the story of the Boston Marathon from its first year of 15 runners, to its welcoming of women, to today’s event hosting the top athletes in the world. Following the tragic events of 2013, BOSTON records the preparations and running of the 2014 Boston Marathon, when runners and community gathered in support of one another. Narrated by Matt Damon, BOSTON is a timeless story about triumph over adversity. Your $15 ticket includes: • 6pm-7pm Social Happy Hour with cash bar • 7-7:30 Q&A with 2017 Women's Marathon Champion and Course Record holder Brittany Charboneau • BOSTON Movie at 7:30 See the BOSTON trailer: https://youtu.be/QwB4l2KiQ0c Only a few tickets remain: https://squareup.com/store/race-registration/item/colfax-movie-night-boston-the-documentary
 
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    Monday Jan 22 - Jan 23 @ 6:00 PM
Passion Pit
Electronic Colorado – PASSION PIT MON, 22 JAN 2018 at 08:00PM MST Ages: 16 & Over Doors Open: 07:00PM OnSale: Fri, 1 Dec 2017 at 10:00AM MST Announcement: Tue, 28 Nov 2017 at 10:00AM MST (Columbia Records; New York, NY – November 28, 2017) Passion Pit has announced plans for a 2018 North American headline tour to start the new year. The 18-date trek will kick off on January 10th at Washington DC’s 9:30 Club and extend into the first week of February, including shows in Boston (1/12), New York City (1/13), Chicago (1/17) and Seattle (1/27) before concluding in Los Angeles on February 3rd. The complete list of dates is included below. Fan presale tickets will be available at www.passionpitmusic.com beginning tomorrow, November 29th, at 10:00 AM local time, with tickets going on sale to the general public December 1, at 10:00 AM local time. VIP packages for all shows are available at https://www.cidentertainment.com/events/passion-pit-tour-2018 and include both an exclusive soundcheck performance and a Q+A with frontman Michael Angelakos. A portion of all proceeds from VIP packages will be donated to charities promoting mental health awareness. The four-week jaunt is Passion Pit’s first tour since 2016, and will span new songs and fan-favorites from the band’s diverse catalogue. Joining founder/songwriter/producer Michael Angelakos in the Passion Pit live band will be Chris Hartz, Aaron Harrison Folb and Giuliano Pizzulo. Passion Pit has cultivated one of music’s most devoted audiences in the past decade, with the L.A. Times hailing their live appeal as “transforming studio creations into human-centered performances.” Known for their evocatively calibrated electro-pop, Passion Pit’s albums include their 2009 debut effort Manners, and 2015’s Kindred, among others. 2018 Tour Dates: 1/10 - Washington D.C. (9:30 Club) 1/12 - Boston, MA (House of Blues) 1/13 - New York, NY (Terminal 5) 1/14 - Philadelphia, PA (The Fillmore) 1/16 - Royal Oak, MI (Royal Oak Music Theatre) 1/17 - Chicago, IL (Riviera Theater) 1/18 - Minneapolis, MN (First Avenue) 1/20 - Aspen, CO (Belly Up) 1/22 - Denver, CO (Ogden Theatre) 1/23 - Salt Lake City, UT (The Depot) 1/25 - Portland, OR (Roseland Ballroom) 1/26 - Vancouver, BC (Vogue Theatre) 1/27 - Seattle, WA (Showbox SoDo) 1/29 - Oakland, CA (Fox Theater) 1/30 - Santa Ana, CA (The Observatory) 2/1 - San Diego, CA (Observatory North Park) 2/2 - Tempe, AZ (The Marquee) 2/3 - Los Angeles, CA (Belasco Theater) A portion of all proceeds from VIP packages will be donated to charities promoting mental health awareness.
 
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    Monday Jan 22 - Apr 2 @ 6:00 PM
Volleyball Tournaments
ViewHouse Eatery, Bar & Rooftop – Update: We'll be starting volleyball tournaments on January 22nd & we'll be canceling the event on January 15th due to unforeseen circumstances. Thanks! We're Bringin' Spandex back... (in our Justin Timberlake Voice) Bring your best game to compete at ViewHouse Eatery, Bar & Rooftop's FREE Volleyball tournaments. We'll have teams of 4 competing under our full courtyard heated tent to win 1st & 2nd place prizes! Tournaments will take place from 6:00pm-8:00pm every Monday starting January 22th. Drop in any (or every) Monday with a group of four by 5:30pm to sign up for our competitive Volleyball Tournament! Each participant receives one free Sons of 1858 beer. Must be in teams of four, with at least one female per team. - Every Monday 1/22/18 - 3/26/18 - 1st Place: $100 ViewHouse Giftcard - 2nd Place: $50 ViewHouse Giftcard - One FREE Sons Of 1858 Beer per participant - Single elimination. Pre-registration is not required. This will be drop in style. Show up 30 minutes prior to the tournament to sign up for the tournament. If you would like to reserve a spot for your team on a specific date Email alexandriak@viewhouse.com with requested date to save your spot & to receive tournament rules & details. Fuel up before the tournament with Happy Hour starting at 3:00 pm! Enjoy $3, $5, and $7 food and drink specials! View Happy Hour Menu Here: http://www.viewhouse.com/eats/happy-hour/ *Gift card is the prize for the whole team, not individuals.
 
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    Monday Jan 22 - Mar 1 @ 6:30 PM
Elementary, Middle, and High School Open House
Denver Christian School – Come and experience the DC difference. Denver Christian is a college preparatory Christian school conveniently located in Lakewood, CO. Students thrive at Denver Christian School where we educate the whole child: mind, body, and spirit!
 
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    Monday Jan 22 @ 7:00 PM
Nuggets vs. Trail Blazers
Denver Nuggets – The Nuggets take on the Portland Trail Blazers in a matchup between division rivals.
 
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    Monday Jan 22 @ 7:00 PM
BookSocial: Sing, Unburied, Sing
BookBar – A fun gathering of people who've read (or want to read) the book. How does it work, you ask? + Join us and get a free drink! + Mingle with others who have maybe read the book, read the book, or are planning to read the book. + Make vague promises to see each other again... This month, were reading Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. For more info, visit: http://www.bookbardenver.com/event/booksocial-sing-unburied-sing
 
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    Monday Jan 22 @ 8:00 PM
Passion Pit
The Ogden Theatre – PASSION PIT with courtship. MON, 22 JAN 2018 at 08:00PM MST Ages: 16 & Over Doors Open: 07:00PM OnSale: Fri, 1 Dec 2017 at 10:00AM MST Announcement: Tue, 28 Nov 2017 at 10:00AM MST (Columbia Records; New York, NY – November 28, 2017) Passion Pit has announced plans for a 2018 North American headline tour to start the new year. The 18-date trek will kick off on January 10th at Washington DC’s 9:30 Club and extend into the first week of February, including shows in Boston (1/12), New York City (1/13), Chicago (1/17) and Seattle (1/27) before concluding in Los Angeles on February 3rd. The complete list of dates is included below. Fan presale tickets will be available at www.passionpitmusic.com beginning tomorrow, November 29th, at 10:00 AM local time, with tickets going on sale to the general public December 1, at 10:00 AM local time. VIP packages for all shows are available at https://www.cidentertainment.com/events/passion-pit-tour-2018 and include both an exclusive soundcheck performance and a Q+A with frontman Michael Angelakos. A portion of all proceeds from VIP packages will be donated to charities promoting mental health awareness. The four-week jaunt is Passion Pit’s first tour since 2016, and will span new songs and fan-favorites from the band’s diverse catalogue. Joining founder/songwriter/producer Michael Angelakos in the Passion Pit live band will be Chris Hartz, Aaron Harrison Folb and Giuliano Pizzulo. Passion Pit has cultivated one of music’s most devoted audiences in the past decade, with the L.A. Times hailing their live appeal as “transforming studio creations into human-centered performances.” Known for their evocatively calibrated electro-pop, Passion Pit’s albums include their 2009 debut effort Manners, and 2015’s Kindred, among others. 2018 Tour Dates: 1/10 - Washington D.C. (9:30 Club) 1/12 - Boston, MA (House of Blues) 1/13 - New York, NY (Terminal 5) 1/14 - Philadelphia, PA (The Fillmore) 1/16 - Royal Oak, MI (Royal Oak Music Theatre) 1/17 - Chicago, IL (Riviera Theater) 1/18 - Minneapolis, MN (First Avenue) 1/20 - Aspen, CO (Belly Up) 1/22 - Denver, CO (Ogden Theatre) 1/23 - Salt Lake City, UT (The Depot) 1/25 - Portland, OR (Roseland Ballroom) 1/26 - Vancouver, BC (Vogue Theatre) 1/27 - Seattle, WA (Showbox SoDo) 1/29 - Oakland, CA (Fox Theater) 1/30 - Santa Ana, CA (The Observatory) 2/1 - San Diego, CA (Observatory North Park) 2/2 - Tempe, AZ (The Marquee) 2/3 - Los Angeles, CA (Belasco Theater) #### A portion of all proceeds from VIP packages will be donated to charities promoting mental health awareness.
 
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    Monday Jan 22 @ 8:00 PM
The Wombats
Gothic Theatre – Channel 93.3 Presents THE WOMBATS with Nation of Language, Future Feats MON, 22 JAN 2018 at 08:00PM MST Ages: 16 & Over Doors Open: 07:00PM OnSale: Fri, 10 Nov 2017 at 10:00AM MST Announcement: Wed, 8 Nov 2017 at 10:00AM MST Los Angeles: a city of contrasts. On one hand, a metropolis of aspirations, a place which offers the transient a tantalising glimpse of glamour and permanence. On the other, many dreams drift away, deserted within an urban personification of unfulfilled ambitions. It might not seem like the most obvious place around which to theme an album for a band rooted in Liverpool (albeit via Norway in the case of bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen, or onto London for frontman Matthew 'Murph' Murphy), but that's precisely what The Wombats have done with their third set "Glitterbug," a collection which follows their top five hit "This Modern Glitch." Completed by drummer Dan Haggis, The Wombats have a long association with Los Angeles. They've played in and around the city numerous times since the release of their debut "A Guide To Love, Loss and Desperation," and even recorded their second album "This Modern Glitch" there too. For the band's core songwriter Murph it also proved to be a fount of inspiration, which gradually mutated into a magnetic attraction. "Along with Liverpool and London, Los Angeles is my favourite place in the world, but I used to hate it," admits Murph. Part of the appeal was its versatility: the ability to experience "the opulence and anxiety" of the city or the rejuvenating qualities of the easily accessible countryside that lies just outside its borders. As the process of working on a new album drifted over the horizon, Murph's internal dialogue took on a questioning tone, notably: what was it that inspired him to write in the first place? He soon realised that his greatest strength was writing about both the romance and the failings of modern relationships. The first new song, "Isabelle," placed those issues within the realm of a seductive new location. "That was based on an idea of going through tumultuous times with a fictional woman from L.A.," he explains. "That became the main inspiration for most of the songs, this false world that I'd created for myself. As time progressed, I'd go to L.A. more and more, and the idea kept on building. The album's about the envy and the struggle and the pretence and the worry and the fear that L.A. -- and every major city in the world -- encompasses." Instrumentally, most of the songs took one of two directions: back in Liverpool, Tord and Dan's rush of creativity would result in them delivering backing tracks as a foundation for Murph to then build upon in L.A. or London; alternatively Murph would develop the essence of a song on guitar or piano for the band to collectively flesh out -- a process that had served them so well in the past. The slick Eighties synth grooves of "Headspace," for example, originated as an initial idea from Tord before Murph expanded it into one of the album's strongest moments: "I wanted that whole song to feel like you were driving a Cadillac, coming down or hungover. Like an antidote to 'The Boys of Summer.'" In January 2014, approximately halfway through the writing process, events conspired to curve full-circle from fiction into fact when Murph started dating a seemingly unattainable woman from the city. It was, he admits almost gleefully, a decidedly creepy coincidence. And so imaginary stories evolved into real life concerns: the fading embers of his relationship back in London and the challenges of maintaining a long distance relationship. "Be Your Shadow" is a prime example of a lyric about the reality of that person, and "Give Me A Try" was written after she returned home from visiting Murph in London. "I was distraught. I just felt like a part of me was missing," he shudders. "I really love that song. It's special to me because it has a far more positive outlook than what you've heard from us in the past." When it came to recording, The Wombats changed course from the plan which dictated "This Modern Glitch." Instead of collaborating with an army of star names, the majority of the album was recorded at Bastille producer Mark Crew's studio in Battersea. Vitally, Crew exuded a calming influence to counteract the band's shared collection of irrational neuroses. "Glitterbug" certainly demonstrates that their efforts have resulted in the band's finest album to date. "Your Body is a Weapon" -- inspired by the sight of a disinterested pap snapping Harry Styles after an awards party -- was first to emerge when it was released as a stop-gap sweetener to the band's devoted fanbase. The rest of the album is just as compelling. Excitingly for the band, "Emoticons" is a track which is often met with a "is that you guys?" reaction when played to outsiders; the elastic bass that permeates "Be Your Shadow" imbues the track with a pulsating disco rhythm; while "Greek Tragedy" floats an East Asian-infused synth riff over booming, distorted drum beats. Collectively it snakes subconsciously into the leftfield but it's recognisably The Wombats. Another of the album's key moments comes with "This is Not a Party." Although The Wombats had previously been renowned as a band who could party as hard as anyone, some "fairly sizeable" nights out in the summer of 2013 saw Murph seesaw from celebratory hedonism to a borderline existential crisis -- all of which he has documented here. "Those nights were a lot of fun, but they came with a hefty price," he summarises. "They led me to question what the hell we were all doing and, more importantly, why we were doing it? This song was one of the easiest to write and most challenging to record. I also decided to name-drop everyone involved, and no one has complained yet. Apart from Charlie." Despite the album's focus on L.A. and the band's growing geographical displacement, The Wombats remain a Liverpudlian band at heart. Tord and Dan still live there, with the band's rehearsal room also in the locality. Similarly Murph is proud of his roots, despite plotting a move to Los Angeles in the longer term. "I'm actually excited about how much of an awful struggle I'm going to have to make it a reality," he laughs. "It's going to be great." For now, though, all thoughts are focused on the band's return with "Glitterbug." It's taken a while due to the recording schedule, two solid years of touring as well as 2014 delivering yet another hectic summer schedule of European festival dates, but The Wombats are truly thrilled by the prospect of the wider world finally hearing it. "This album is the reconciliation," affirms Murph defiantly. "They say your first album is luck, your second is a rebellion and your third is what defines you. As proud as I am of the first two albums, I think 'Glitterbug' will be what defines The Wombats."
 
TODAY
    Monday Jan 22 @ 8:00 PM
Magic Monday with Dave
Black Sky Brewery – Come hang out with Dave and play Magic the Gathering. Occurring every Monday.