The 21 Best Events in Denver, May 8 Through May 14

Get bitchy with Backstitch Bitch, a vendor at this year's Horseshoe Market.
Get bitchy with Backstitch Bitch, a vendor at this year's Horseshoe Market. Courtesy of Stitch Bitch
As your allergies keep reminding you, spring is in full swing in Denver, which also kicks off event season. This week, get to know lowrider culture at Museo de las Americas, find gifts for loved ones at the Horseshoe Market, make tortillas for a good cause or catch a comedy or art show. It's all in the 21 best events of the week!

Tuesday, May 8

Between climate change, the threat of nuclear war and capitalism’s inequities, the future’s looking pretty bleak for the next generation. What’s the solution? Resistance, argue Noam Chomsky and legendary Alternative Radio host and progressive interviewer extraordinaire David Barsamian in their new book, Global Discontents. Barsamian will be speaking about the book he co-authored with the famed linguist and dean of anarchism (and frequent guest on Barsamian's show), how to resist the Trump administration, the cozy relationship between media and propaganda, and other topics at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at the Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street. For more information about this free event, go to

Wednesday, May 9

Alan Cumming, star of stage and both the big and little screens (and currently appearing as a gay detective in the new CBS series Instinct), turns out to be an erudite fellow who can carry a tune. Hear for yourself and learn about Cumming’s experiences as a Scotsman living in America along the way when the actor brings his stage show An Evening With Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant to town for a night of storytelling and old-fashioned cabaret that includes a mixed bag of musical numbers from across history and genre. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry: See Legal Immigrant on Wednesday, May 9, at 8 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place; get information and tickets, $39.50 to $79.50, at

The local short-film project All Mixed Up: Our Changing Racial Identities got its start when filmmaker Rebekah Henderson, who had always identified as black, began to look more critically at her mixed-race origins and seek out testimonies from others. With fellow filmmaker Trish Tolentino, she went on to formally capture new perspectives on the multiracial identity and turned those interviews into a film. All Mixed Up premieres on Wednesday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at the Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue, in part as a tribute to the late Dr. Gregory Diggs, whose input helped spark the project a year ago. The filmmakers and some of their interviewees will be there in person for a post-screening discussion. Tickets are $15 in advance at Learn more about All Mixed Up at

Thursday, May 10

Because they depend on the unexpected, you never know what you’re going to get when you walk into a performance-art venue. But pure in-the-moment is what you'll find when fine artist Drew Austin and composer Nathan Hall collaborate for Contact, a two-night event that pairs Austin’s live mural painting, facilitated by three nude male models, with the sounds Hall will make by mixing and remixing sonic reverberations from the performance. Austin describes Contact this way on Facebook: “We use the male form as a means to make marks, and mark-making as a means to make music.” Bet you’ve never seen that before. You can observe the action at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10, or Friday, May 11, at the nondescript building at 580 Gilpin Street; admission is $15 in advance at or $18 at the  door (seating is limited). Learn more at the event's Facebook page; search for Contact: A Visual/Sonic Live Performance.

The Harm Reduction Action Center has been doing good every day for fifteen years through its needle-exchange program and other services for drug users on the street — without judgment. Now HRAC is asking for the community to give back some of the good. The Harm Reduction Action Center Sweet 16 anniversary fundraiser promises information, food and an open bar for your buck. Get down with HRAC on Thursday, May 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at RedLine, 2350 Arapahoe Street. Hobnobbing with other do-gooders will only set you back $20 at Find more information on the Harm Reduction Action Center Facebook page.

An experiential mentorship program dedicated to nurturing aspiring filmmakers, Project DU FILM unites University of Denver students, alumni and faculty from the Media, Film and Journalism program with the goal of fostering locally made films from script to screen. Share in the creative triumph as Project DU FILM-affiliated screenwriter Marteene Diaz and screenwriter/producer Dr. Sheila E. Schroeder convene at the Landmark Mayan Theater, 110 Broadway, on Thursday, May 10, for a 6 p.m. screening of their short comedy Scary Lucy. Inspired by the true story of a particularly unflattering statue of Lucille Ball — and the hubbub its installation caused — the film stars local standups Christie Buchele and Janae Burris, aka the Pussy Bros., who will perform at the premiere following a post-screening talkback led by Schroeder. Admission is free; find more information and register for the screening at the Project DU FILM Facebook page.

click to enlarge Watch lowriders in action at Museo de las Americas. - MUSEO DE LAS AMERICAS
Watch lowriders in action at Museo de las Americas.
Museo de Las Americas
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