Temple Tantrum Coming to Denver

Denver artist and musician Lewis Neeff, acclaimed in the scene for his polyglot visual vocabulary, on Friday announced details of a new art-centric block party over Labor Day weekend called Temple Tantrum.

Centered around Neeff’s studio at the Temple Art Center in Curtis Park, the “experiential festival” differs from most eclectic, upstart events in its focus on DIY and underground artists, offering an “audacious smorgasbord of full sensory experiences,” according to a press statement.

That includes 20 musical acts on two stages and stand-up comics at the Sept. 1-2 event, but also visual artists, drag-queen wrestling, food trucks, a costume party, and beer, wine and cider.

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100 Colorado Creatives 3.0: Adam Gordon

As an artist, musician, former RedLine project manager and advocate for social change, Adam Gordon isn’t your typical landlord. But then again, the Temple — an artist haven that’s home to affordable studios, a gallery, the nonprofit arts-mentoring program PlatteForum, the Denver Zine Library, a bakery co-op and the shared art workshop Processus – isn’t a typical space. The story of how Gordon transformed the former Curtis Park synagogue, designed by architects Frank and Willoughby…

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Former Jewish temple now seeing success as art space in Curtis Park

All Adam Gordon had about 18 months ago was ownership of an old Jewish temple in disrepair and a big idea for a social venture.

Now, he is running a renovated building called the Temple, equipped with art-making spaces and a home for several small businesses that promote either artists or creative fields. The building will be full next month when the Temple Bakery opens up on the ground floor of the nearly 130-year-old building in …

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Recently there have been signs of life in the old Temple Emmanuel building at 24th and Curtis streets, a Frank Edbrooke structure that’s stood vacant and boarded-up for years after serving as home to three consecutive Jewish congregations. And while the Temple, as it’s now called, is already being occupied by artists in newly created studio spaces, as well as such organizations as the…

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Denver's Curtis Park pushes forward, with art and ag at the center

The old Temple Emanuel stands as a symbol of Curtis Park’s stumble on the way to gentrification. Eyed by developers, but stagnated by the Great Recession, the neighborhood today is a wild mix — from half-million-dollar townhomes to DHA projects. Curtis Park has some of the city’s most interesting residential architecture, but also its highest concentration of subsidized housing.

The temple, designed by Frank Edbrooke of Brown Palace fame, housed one of the city’s first Jewish congregations and was a gem in its day reflecting young Denver’s international outlook. It’s a mix of old world styles, a classic Victorian structure decorated with …

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