The Next Stage NOW

What is The Next Stage NOW?

On March 10, 2016, Mayor Michael Hancock unveiled The Next Stage Vision Plan for the Denver Performing Arts Complex. This plan aims to re-energize the Arts Complex with new and updated venues, more public space and diverse and accessible programming. While construction will not begin immediately, The Next Stage NOW aims to start this exciting transformation with public performances, programming and placemaking initiatives today.


Upcoming Events:

The Gun Show
​by E. M. Lewis

A regional premiere production by And Toto too Theatre Company
Thursdays - Saturdays, April 13 - 29, 7:30 p.m.
The Commons on Champa (1245 Champa St), 3rd Floor Studio
Tickets or call 720-583-3975

Blues Music in the Galleria
          The Blue Trees is an ongoing environmental art installation by artist, Konstantin Dimopoulos. He transforms living trees into a surreal environment so that we stop and notice them. These trees speak for the swathes of Old Forests and Rainforests that are removed every year around the globe. The colorant is water-based and biologically-safe.
          How about some Blues Music to pair with all the Blue Trees? Enjoy FREE music from local blues acts, curated by Swallow Hill Music. The Glasstop Bar at 14th and Curtis streets will be selling beer, wine, and cocktails for you to enjoy along with the music. Fight the mid-week blues and join us under the glass of the Galleria! 

Dates: Every Wednesday, May 3-31
Time: 5-7 p.m. 
Location: 14th and Curtis Street entrance to the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Free, all-ages, and open to the public!
          May 10 - Al Chesis & the Delta Sonics
          May 17 - Felonius Smith Trio
          May 24 - Arthur Lee Land

Mixed Taste Garden Parties
          Stimulate your senses at the Mixed Taste Garden Party.  Join us for elevated eats and libations while listening to the sweet sounds of local musicians before heading up to the Mixed Taste lectures. Gourmet food concepts and bar provided by Centerplate and local music by Swallow Hill Music. Wednesdays, July 5 - Aug 23, starting at 5 p.m. in the Galleria at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

Sunset Cinema
Finish off your Summer movie season with Sunset Cinema at The Galleria at Denver Performing Arts Complex. Every Tuesday, Aug. 1 – 22, we will be celebrating dance in film with dance lessons, performances, live local music and a screening of an iconic dance film.  The best part?  All of this is free!  Join us from 6 – 8 p.m. for themed craft cocktails, creative bites, live music and dancing.  After the sun sets, the cinema opens.  Check back for this years lineup.


Next Stage Collaborative

Next Stage Collaborative is an interactive gallery presented by the University of Colorado Denver and Denver Arts & Venues. This space was recently reimagined from a vacant storefront into a flexible modern gallery by students from CU Denver’s College of Architecture and Planning’s design/build program.
The exhibition currently on view was produced by students and faculty from CU Denver’s College of Arts & Media digital design program. Installations featured include “How the Heart Works,” which uses virtual reality headsets to show the inner workings of the heart using 3D modeling, enhanced by computer-generated sounds, images and graphics.

Also on view are augmented reality artworks. While virtual reality projects use headsets and headphones to create immersive environments, augmented reality projects ask viewers to enhance two dimensional posters by viewing them through smartphones and tablets loaded with special software. These installations bring the posters to life with animation.

We invite you to explore this immersive gallery experience. This is a hands-on installation - please do not be shy to use the technology. Student docents are available to help.


Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays,  12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Please contact Peter Dearth, Operations Assistant, for additional information at or at 720-865-4303.