Monday, August 7, 6 to 6:50 p.m.
The Denver Turnverein
The Denver Turnverein is both a historic local institution and a bustling dance hall constantly bursting with life. While its schedule is packed with balls, concerts, special functions and professional classes, curious Denverites can get a taste of all the Turnverein has to offer on Monday, August 7, at a free introductory ballroom-dancing class. Join instructor Leonard Thurman (with musical accompaniment from a DJ) to learn the basics of the waltz, a twirling and fancy-free Viennese art form. The class runs from 6 p.m until 6:50 p.m., and participants are welcome to stay on for the regular 7 p.m. ballroom class after returning to the foyer and paying the regular rate. Whether you're fleet of foot or learning for the first time, the Turnverein's free ballroom classes offer a bit of old-world elegance as well as a grand time. Visit the Denver Turnverein events calendar to learn more.
Wednesday, August 9, 7 p.m.
For the easily distracted reader, nothing beats the fellowship and accountability of a book club. BookBar, an independent bookstore and wine bar nestled in the heart of the Tennyson Arts District, hosts a lively reading group that meets once a month for an in-depth and wine-soaked discussion of literature. This month, the group will be discussing The Book of Joan, by Lidia Yuknavitch, a genre-shattering dystopian novel that's as provocative as it is thrilling. Enjoy BookBar's menu of small plates, including charcuterie, pizzetas, crostini and sweets, while sampling its selection of fine wines. Facilitated by BookBar regular Kelly Thompson, the monthly meetings provide an ideal opportunity to share the joys of reading. Guests can also shop for next month's book, Marked Men, a collection of poems by Joseph Hutchinson. Visit BookBar's events page to learn more.