Gorinto Wednesdays at the Merc

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Posted Mon, Oct 18, 2010

By Aaron Skoglund

DENVER – The Mercury Café, 2199 California St., prides itself on diversity. On Wednesday nights they host Gorinto, which celebrates the distinctions that exemplify why the café attracts people and encourages self-expression.

    Gornito is the brainchild of Merc cook Corey Elbin, and if there’s one thing consistent about the Wednesday night’s shindig, it’s that each Wednesday is completely different.

     “Gorinto is the epicenter of culture and tradition in this city,” Elbin says. “The difference between each week is what brings it all together. Anybody can come, any given week, and expect something different and fresh.”

     Activities run the gamut, but each week has a theme, which is complimented by the delicious smells of vegetarian fare. There could be movies, native music, poetry, cake walks or even comedy acts. Gorinto exemplifies free-form, encouraging ideas from anyone who wants to participate.

     It’s something you don’t get to see every day,” says Merc patron Eric Jalving. “I like the free-form atmosphere about it. It’s not super structured.”

     At a previous Gorinto, East African band members helped to infuse their native dishes into the celebration.

    “It’s certainly unlike any food I’ve had before,” Jalving says. “It was really good.”

    On this particular Wednesday night, the crowd was entertained by the sounds of Ships In Fog.  Band members Charles Ballas and David Mead have a syncopated, industrial-type sound, provoking thought and creativity. Mead says that the venue is a unique opportunity to showcase their talent and was excited to be in the house.

    Sunday nights are popular for slam poetry at the Merc, Artists perform to their works, in dramatic fashion.

     “Just like any great musician, they have the audience,” Jalving says. “You can feel the energy.”

 IF You Go:

What: Gorinto

Where: The Mercury Café, 2199 California St.

When: 5:30 p.m. -2 a.m. Wednesdays

Cost: $5 Cover

Phone: (303) 294-9258

Parking: Free

Website:  mercurycafe.com for more details and to see a calendar of events.

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