Events

The 21 Best Events in Denver, February 13-19

Follow America's Musical Journey at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
Follow America's Musical Journey at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman
Love is in the air, and whether you're in a relationship or riding the singles train, there's something for everyone to do on Valentine's Day this year. If you'd rather ignore it, feel free to entertain yourself at any number of events going on around Denver this week, from a dog show to a tour of one of Denver's most esteemed dispensaries. Keep reading for more of the best events of the week.

Tuesday, February 13

The Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design’s Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer program is back for 2018 with Michael Jones McKean, the fifth guest speaker in its ongoing Collapsing Time lecture series. Explore the nature of the inanimate across the temporal plane — and how that relates to art-making — with McKean, when he speaks on Objects, Time and the Fallacy of Scale on Tuesday, February 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Mary Harris Auditorium at RMCAD, 1600 Pierce Street in Lakewood. Admission is free, but registration in advance is suggested at rmcad.edu/vasdp/rsvp.

Wednesday, February 14

For chronically single, underpaid or merely bitter Denverites, the programmatic romancing of Valentine's Day can feel more like an obligation than a holiday. Luckily, readers have the opportunity to either celebrate or ignore the day while enjoying some of the funniest Valentine counter-programming this city has to offer. Todd Glass, a comic's comic who's appeared on Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central Presents and The Sarah Silverman Program, kicks off his headlining engagement at Comedy Works Downtown, 1226 15th Street, on Wednesday, February 14, at 8 p.m. Guests have a number of package options that include appropriately loverly gifts such as roses and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. Can't make the Valentine's show? Glass will be headlining at the Downtown club through Sunday, February 18. Visit Comedy Works box-office page or call 303-595-3637 for tickets, $25 to $119, and details.

The City of Denver supports free love, at least on Valentine's Day. Last year the Denver Clerk and Recorder's Office registered a record number of weddings, and 2018's numbers could get a big bump on Wednesday, February 14, when the city will offer free Valentine's Day wedding ceremonies, courtesy of Mayor Michael Hancock, several retired judges, and officiants with Amazing Weddings and Ceremonies. A special room at the Wellington Webb Building, 201 West Colfax Avenue, will be set aside for the ceremonies — whether Christian, secular or simply romantic — which will be offered from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and happily hitched couples will also get some special gifts. (Fair warning: You'll still need to ante up $30 for a license.) Learn more at amazingweddingsandceremonies.net.


Sure, Valentine’s Day is all about love — at least that’s how it’s branded. But we all know that V-Day is also one of the year’s biggest breakup days, so why hide it? On Wednesday, February 14, Femme Left will host Dump Him — an open-mic night focused on the all-too-relatable theme of relationship trauma — at Deer Pile, 206 East 13th Avenue. Comedians, musicians, poets and performers of all stripes are welcome to perform; women, trans and non-binary people will have the first chance at slots. A request from the hosts: “Artists: Please avoid transphobia, classism, racism, and ableism.” For more information, go to Femme Left’s Facebook page.

click to enlarge Pooches strive for perfection at the Colorado Kennel Club Dog Show. - BRANDON MARSHALL
Pooches strive for perfection at the Colorado Kennel Club Dog Show.
Brandon Marshall
Thursday, February 15

Sassy struts, shiny locks and attitude to spare — and, no, we're not talking baby beauty queens. Over 150 breeds of dogs from across the U.S. will compete at the Colorado Kennel Club Dog Show, a four-day spectacle on four legs. The Colorado Kennel Club has been teaching agility and obedience to pooches and owners alike since 1901, and every year, the club's dog show opens its doors to spectators, who can attend classes on everything from grooming to pet first aid, roam the grooming areas and chat with handlers of the dogs competing for the top prize. (Just don't touch the pooches without permission!) The fur fest kicks off on Thursday, February 15, at the National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt Street; admission is $5 for adults and free for children under twelve. Learn more at coloradokennelclub.org.

First-aid training is practically a necessity for anyone living in Colorado. After all, even a quick jaunt into the wilderness here can end with a bad scrape or broken bone. Challenging the traditional notion of first-aid classes is Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, an eight-hour education program that instructs participants in identifying mental-health crises in young people — because just as important as knowing how to administer CPR is possessing the knowledge and resources to help your teen or employee through a crisis. The Denver Police Department's District 2 will host the free training for individuals eighteen and up on Thursday, February 15, from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 3921 Holly Street; register at eventbrite.com and get more information at mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs.

Friday, February 16

Artist Anna Kaye set out to curate a huge, themed group art show to celebrate the solidarity nurtured at international women’s marches in 2017 and 2018, and the project is finally coming to fruition. Three different iterations of the exhibit, called Pink Progression, will unfold in Denver and Boulder over the coming months, bringing pink-themed artworks by more than forty Colorado artists to the Front Range. While works by women make up the majority of the shows, contributors include men and transgender artists, as well as writers and comic artists, all in support of human rights, women’s causes and that good feeling of being in sync with your peers. Pink Progression launches Friday, February 16, and runs through March 24 at the Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Avenue; the official BPL reception is on Friday, March 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. Subsequent shows open March 2 at the Denver Central Library and May 31 at the MSU Denver Center for Visual Art; for a complete schedule and more information, go to pinkprogression.wordpress.com or visit @pinkprogression on Instagram.

Don’t expect EDM when you show up to the Joseph and Loretta Law Institute of Arts and Technology’s Denver International Electronic Music Festival, the first of what the University of Denver is billing as an annual tradition. What’s on the bill is fringe, highbrow...and fascinating. War and Peace, an immersive theatrical experience and concert, is set for Friday, February 16, the first night of the festival; Kung Fu Organ will spotlight a Yamaha Electones organ, which allows a solo musician to produce the sound of a full orchestra, on February 17 and 18. All performances will take place at the Newman Center for the Arts, 2344 East Iliff Avenue; for showtimes and tickets — $10 to $29 for War and Peace, $10 to $15 for Kung Fu Organ — go to newmantix.com or call 303-871-7720.

click to enlarge COURTESY OF VALKARIE GALLERY, ART BY VALERIE SAVARIE AND TOM SARMO
Courtesy of Valkarie Gallery, art by Valerie Savarie and Tom Sarmo
Valkarie Gallery’s annual Chinese New Year invitational is back for a third year, just in time to welcome the Year of the Dog — which is great, because who doesn’t love dogs? More than fifty artists contributed eight-inch-square canine-themed panels for Every Dog Has Its Day, the gallery’s most popular show of the year and, possibly, one of its most affordable. Celebrate the lunar New Year on Friday, February 16, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Valkarie, 445 South Saulsbury Street at Belmar in Lakewood, for the best pickings. The exhibit runs through March 11; get more information on the gallery’s Facebook page.

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