The 21 Best Events in Denver, July 10-16

The Colorado Black Arts Festival returns!
The Colorado Black Arts Festival returns! Ken Hamblin
If the heat is getting to you, slow things down. Enjoy the Slow Food Nations festival, an international event celebrating the local-food movement, or the comedian-led tour at MCA called Shit Talk Tours. There's plenty to enjoy outside, too, including the Colorado Black Arts Festival, Artsweek Golden and a giant outdoor party for the end of the FIFA World Cup. They're all in our 21 best events of the week!

Tuesday, July 10

Tanaya Winder, an educator and major poetic voice of the West who is descended from Shoshone, Southern Ute, Pyramid Lake Paiute, Navajo and black heritages, will drop in at community-minded retailer Erika Righter’s Hope Tank boutique to share her own words and those of students from Denver’s Mardale Jay Writing Center for middle- and high-schoolers. Student anthologies will be available for purchase at the event, which runs from 7 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, at Hope Tank, 64 Broadway. While you’re there, browse the merchandise at the model small-business-boosting shop, where a portion of every sale becomes a charitable donation. The event is free; learn more at the Hope Tank Facebook page.

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City of Greeley Museums
Wednesday, July 11

Learning something new is a random process at MCA Denver’s long-lived Mixed Taste Tag Team Lectures, which return to the Seawell Ballroom in the Denver Performing Arts Complex this week for a Wednesday-night summertime series. As fans of Mixed Taste already know, each session teams up pairs of local personalities and experts, who offer twenty-minute talks on completely unrelated subjects. As an example, consider the opening session, which has Neyla Pekarek of the Lumineers dishing about historic snake-killer Rattlesnake Kate, and wine connoisseur Ken Theobald expounding on rosé. You get the picture. Catch Mixed Taste at 7 p.m. weekly through August 22; for information and tickets, $20 per event or $80.50 for a seven-pack bundle, visit's calendar page.

Did the Russians really steal the election? Is Kim Kardashian entering politics? How do you spot real fake news? Colorado Press Women will host Fighting Fake News With News Literacy, a free workshop at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, at the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Street. The guest speaker is Damaso Reyes, director of partnerships for the News Literacy Project, an education nonprofit offering programs that teach students how to sort fact from fiction in the digital age. Find out more about the project at and more on this workshop at the New Literacy Project Facebook page. We guarantee this event is real, not fake.

Films about minority communities are all too rare. To spotlight movies about the American Indian community, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science has partnered with the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management and the Denver American Indian Commission for a monthly film series called Indigenous Film. The first film in the series, 100 Years: One Woman's Fight for Justice, introduces audiences to Elouise Cobell, who fought for the rights of Native Americans whose land had been mismanaged by the U.S. government — a struggle that culminated in 1996 when Cobell filed the largest class action lawsuit ever against the federal government, which resulted in a $3.4 billion settlement. The screening begins at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, in the museum's Phipps Theater, 2001 Colorado Boulevard. Admission is free, and the program will wrap up with an audience discussion. Find more information at

Thursday, July 12

Denver painter Daisy Patton, who blows up found photographs and repurposes them into embellished works of art, is on a roll in 2018, with one show after another through the end of the year and beyond. The next, Would You Be Lonely Without Me?, is a bit of a departure for Patton: It will showcase a series of oil portraits with embroidery that depict women who sought illegal abortions and died as a result. In a time when Roe v. Wade sits precariously in the crosshairs, the exhibit is a reminder — and a warning — that abolishing abortion again could return us to the dark ages of women’s reproductive rights. Would You Be Lonely Without Me? opens on Thursday, July 12, with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. and runs through August 3 at the Art Gym, 1460 Leyden Street. Patton's paintings will be for sale, with proceeds going to reproductive-justice organizations. Learn more at

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Roy Wood Jr. brings the funny to Denver on July 12.
Nikol Bisek
The thing about Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr. is that he actually has journalistic cred: The Comedy Central comedian graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism from Florida A&M University and was originally drawn to comedy while working in radio. A straightforwardly gifted comic with a knack for sizing up the divide between black and white Americans without being mean about it, Wood wields his satire lightly, even when the punchlines are dead-on. See him live when he hits Denver this weekend for five standup shows over a three-night run at the downtown Comedy Works, 1226 15th Street. Wood’s stage time starts Thursday, July 12, at 8 p.m. and runs through July 14, with performances at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For information and tickets, $17 to $25, visit

For over a decade, Senior Housing Options, which provides residential communities and services for elderly Coloradans, has hosted one of the city's most innovative fundraisers: a theatrical run presented inside the Barth Hotel Assisted Living. This year, SHO will work with Vintage Theatre Company to present Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys at the Barth, 1514 17th Street. The show opens on Thursday, July 12, with performances through July 29 (the play will then reopen at Vintage Theatre in Aurora). And for a second act, SHO will work with Phamaly Theatre Company to present Harvey, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Denverite Mary Chase, at the Olin Hotel this fall. For information and tickets, go to

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