This week’s roundup of What’s In Good Taste has a select few events that we found to be particularly interesting and worth attending. Go on, have some fun.
What's In Good Taste

Tuesday, Dec. 12
Be part of an interesting human and artistic experience now through December 24. The Blue Chipped public art installation at Understudy is a direct-to-public kiosk operated by artist Jonathan Saiz where hundreds of tiny, original oil paintings are displayed for inexpensive sale ($20). The subject matter of the miniature paintings is whimsically random, including portraits of celebrities, micro-reproductions of famous artworks, words, shapes and even abstract brushwork; the only thing they all have in common is the color blue. The $20 price for each painting is not paid in a normal transactional exchange. The buyers may visit Understudy and take the painting with them, leaving only their handwritten email address. At a later date, the artist will send an email with easy payment options, including PayPal, Venmo or the option to mail a $20 bill in a birthday card signed “happy birthday, love grandma.” Thus, the “value” of the works is measured in the expression of trust between the artist and the unseen buyers. Blue Chipped is a response to the expensive, investment-oriented Blue Chip art market, which uses the emotional concepts of rarity, VIP treatment, exclusivity and celebrity to transform physical artworks, big and small, into billions of dollars, often stripping the artwork itself of its intimate emotional energy. With Saiz’s Blue Chipped installation, the question is not whether the art holds any inherent physical value but if the trust-based transaction activates the artwork with more emotional energy based on the buyer’s choice to pay, to conveniently forget or to willfully steal. The month-long output of paintings will be displayed on Instagram at @bluechipped. 

Thursday, Dec. 14
James Beard award-winning chef, restaurateur and Top Chef Judge, Hugh Acheson, will be at Punch Bowl Social for his slow cooker book tour.  The event is from noon-2pm and includes an interactive taco cooking demonstration, book signing of The Chef and the Slow Cooker, and a slow cooker giveaway. Tacos from the demonstration will be sold to benefit Seed Life Skills, a non-profit that Acheson started to help get kids cooking and connect science to real life problems. Attendees of the book tour event can pick Hugh’s brain about slow cooker questions, purchase books and also get them personalized. Additionally, attendees can enter to win an All-Clad Slow Cooker, signed cookbook and Cholula Hot Sauce. A winner will be chosen from a random drawing and the prizes will be shipped. Hugh’s tacos will be available at Punch Bowl Social Broadway throughout the weekend of Dec. 14-17 as a daily special.

Feel the force at  Harkins Theatre’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi Opening Night Fan eventsThe Opening Night Star Wars Fan Event package includes limited edition Star Wars collector cards, behind-the-scenes footage, a medium popcorn and a ticket to the premiere showing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. For guests who want even more, Harkins will also host a Star Wars Double Feature Fan Event including tickets to both a special screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, behind-the-scenes footage, limited edition Star Wars collector cards and a medium popcorn. Space is limited and expected to sell out. 

What's In Good Taste
The Denver Beer Festivus is this Saturday. Photo by Alyson McClaran.

Saturday, Dec. 16
Drink local! More than fifty breweries will be pouring one of their core beers and a specialty beer at the sixth annual Denver [only] Beer Festivus. The holiday-themed festival has become widely known as the premier event that showcases Denver’s vibrant beer community. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample some of the most unique beers from the city.  There will be plenty of holiday cheer and entertainment including a fresh welcome pour of Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company upon entering the festival, a silent disco party, an ugly sweater contest (winner will be able to boast true bragging rights), Bad Santa, and a prize blimp dropping gift cards from your favorite local shops and restaurants. Oh, by the way, have you wondered what “Festivus” is all about? According to the Beer Festivus’ website, it all started with Seinfeld.



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