While Mirikitani was selling his drawings on the streets of New York, he met filmmaker Linda Hattendorf, who wound up taking him into her home and making a documentary, The Cats of Mirkitani, that covers his life and work. Both Hattendorf and the artist will be in town for a series of Mirikitani-themed events that kick off with the free First Friday opening of The Artwork of Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight at Access Gallery, 909 Santa Fe Drive. By purchasing a special $50 ticket at www.denverfilm.org, you can at-tend a reception at the gallery at 5 p.m. tomorrow, where you’ll be able to meet the artist, director and producer; that ticket is also good for a 2 p.m. screening on Sunday, July 8, of The Cats of Mirkitani at the Denver FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue. For more information, go to www.accessgallery.org or www.thecatsofmirikitani.org.
July 6-27, 2012