Love it or leave it, no one can deny that the inaugural Biennial of the Americas gave Denverites something to talk about. Now it's drawing to a close, but before we all move on to the next big thing, there are still a couple of days to take in the Biennial-curated art show The Nature of Things in the McNichols Building, 1460 Bannock Street, and enjoy the last of the Civic Center venue's daily programming for free.
If the admission price tag kept you away through most of July, now is your chance: Attend a musical panel discussion, Going Green, Living Bling: Redefining the Image of Wealth in Hip Hop Culture, today from 4 to 6 p.m., or another panel on Explorations of Borderlands Culture tomorrow from 3 to 5 p.m.; also tomorrow night, the McNichols building will wrap up its run with a celebration that includes a children's parade and an evening of Latin and tropical electronica with Ejival and Zizek. Get details at www.biennialoftheamericas.org.
In 2006, local artist Eric Matelski began a project for which he stepped in paint and walked across a canvas; he later cut the canvas into a series of smaller works of random art. He's bringing it all back tonight when he'll not only display the original collection and a video of its creation, but he'll also offer members of the public a chance to Step in It themselves, starting the process over again. Put your best foot forward: It all happens from 6 to 9 at Gallerski, 7866 West 78th Avenue in Lakewood. RSVPs are requested; e-mail Matelski at email@example.com with the title "Gallerski" in the subject line.
Boulder's Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet will present a world premiere performance of BACH 260, choreographed by Robert Sher-Machherndl in commemoration of the 260th anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach's death, tomorrow at 8 p.m. at Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder. Bach's distinctive music will share center stage with dance diva Minna Tervamaki of the Finnish National Ballet in the lead; for tickets, $28.75 to $43.75, visit www.chautauqua.com or call 303-440-7666.
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DIYers, get pumped: The YesPleaseMore temporary pop-up store in the Denver Pavilions, 500 16th Street, will offer a summery series of community-minded cultural events each week on Wednesday. To kick it off, attend a Summer Camp 2010: Launch Party at the store tomorrow from 5 to 10 p.m.; featuring a lemonade stand, Colorado-made goods, live in-store voting for YesPleaseMore's starter grant program, live wood-burning demo by Daniel Crosier and soundscapes by DJ Rafa Jenn and DJ Cache Flower. And the fun doesn't stop there: The after-party revs up at 10 p.m. at Beauty Bar. The launch party is free; go to www.yespleasemore.com.
Sunday night, Grind Haus, a coffee and tea emporium that's the latest addition to the EZE-Mop row on the 1200 block of East 17th Avenue, will host the summer's second Ground Up at Grind Haus outdoor movie screening, right on the front lawn of the homey Uptown hangout, which is decorated with Blaxploitation movie posters and the like. Outdoor "table service" will be provided; beginning at dusk, they'll screen an episode of Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, followed by the cult fave Heathers. Admission is free (but bring your own blanket); for more info, call 303-861-1750.
For more recommended events happening today and through the weekend, visit the Night & Day calendar page.