The days are getting shorter, but that doesn't mean your social calendar has to. From artsy parties that keep you out of the cold to beer and food events to keep your belly warm, we've got it all in this week's edition of the best events in Denver.
Tuesday, November 14
International art superstar Ai Weiwei’s magnificent sculpture series “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads” has found its way into Civic Center Park for a year, where twelve bronze heads representing the animals of the Chinese zodiac stand in a circle around the park’s Sea Lions Fountain in a public-art installation sponsored by Denver Arts & Venues. It’s free to see anytime through October 17, 2018, but on Tuesday, November 14, from 4 to 6 p.m., you can also watch how such works of art are forged from molten metal at a live bronze-pour demonstration and mold casting, courtesy of artist/instructor Rian Kerrane and the University of Colorado Denver sculpture program. The Bronze Pour Demo
, staged in conjunction with Ai Weiwei: Art & Social Change
, a companion exhibit inside the McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue, is free, but it’s recommended that you RSVP for the pour at eventbrite.com. Learn more about the sculpture display at artsandvenuesdenver.com
Wednesday, November 15
Though they’ve cycled through a few different venues and formats over the years, Roger Norquist and Jay Gillespie’s Videogames
showcases have always combined the competitive spirit of a gaming tournament with the expert trash talk of comedians out for blood. They’ve got a real corker planned from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15, when a gaggle of giggling gamers will descend upon Mutiny Information Cafe, 2 South Broadway, to square off in the outlandishly violent PlayStation 4 brawler Mortal Kombat X
. Contestants will fight head to head as Norquist and Gillespie heckle the players for the audience, both in the book store and watching via live stream. After a lengthy and persistent Twitter campaign, Videogames finally won the proud sponsorship of Shasta Beverages, so the $5 admission fee grants contestants a free Shasta along with a raffle door prize and entry into both the main competition and a side tournament. Visit Mutiny’s Facebook page
You don’t even have to possess a library card to reap the benefits of Denver Public Library (though you should have one anyway, because literacy is a fantastic thing), at least not from Wednesday, November 15, through Saturday, November 18, when Denver Central Library, 10 West Fourteenth Avenue, holds its Winter Used Book Sale
. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, you’ll be able to browse more than 60,000 books, CDs and DVDs that have been donated or retired from circulation. Do you need The Silver Surfer, Vol. 4: Citizen of the Earth
to complete your comic collection? Perhaps you’re looking for a coffee-table book filled with photos from Bunny Yeager, known for her collaboration with Bettie Page? What about a first edition of The Bell Jar
? All of these — and more — will be stacked on row upon row of tables, just waiting to be picked up, leafed through and ultimately added to a place of honor on your bookshelf. It’s the best deal in town for lit lovers. Find more information at denverlibrary.org
Thursday, November 16
Denver poet Mathias Svalina makes dreams come true at the Denver Dream-In.
Courtesy of Understudy, Denver Theatre District
It seems that Christmas decorations are on the shelves earlier and earlier, and now the National Western Stock Show is getting in on the early-bird game. This year you don’t have to wait until January to start planning your Stock Show experience. The First Annual Meat and Greet
, benefiting Future Farmers of America, will bring a real farmer-to-table feast to the National Western Stadium Arena, 4655 Humboldt Street, at 6 p.m. Thursday, November 16. For $75, guests will enjoy twelve courses celebrating Colorado beef, pork, lamb, goat and other products prepared by four top chefs; an open bar; live music by Loose Change; and the chance to bid on a behind-the-scenes one-on-one package with a Stock Show exhibitor. Get tickets and more details at eventbrite.com
Denver poet Mathias Svalina’s Dream Delivery Service actually drops dreams on your doorstep in the middle of the night: For the price of a month’s subscription, Svalina writes down dreams and, if you live within a four-mile radius, delivers them to you daily by bike (for mail delivery outside the radius, postage is added to the fee). And dreams can come true: Svalina is currently a resident artist at Understudy, the new incubator/artist residency created by the Denver Theatre District in an unused corner of the Colorado Convention Center. On Thursday, November 16, Svalina will host the Denver Dream-In
, a free open-mic dream forum from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., when you can drop in and share your dreamy experiences with the audience; future events include Dreameaning: A Night of Collaborative Dream Divination (November 21), and the Dream Feast, a shared dream potluck and closing party (November 30). Find Understudy at 890 C 14th Street; learn more about this and other residencies at denvertheatredistrict.com
. To sign up for Svalina’s delivery service, go to
Anyone who paid even a modicum of attention during 2016’s presidential race remembers how many times political pundits deemed it “historic” — and while Hillary Clinton wasn’t the first female to run for president (that distinction belongs to Victoria Woodhull in 1872), she was the first woman nominated by a major political party. And definitely the first to lose to a six-time bankrupt real estate developer who had never previously held public office. Now Clinton is touring in support of her new book, What Happened
(a question many Americans are asking to this day). Her stop at the Bellco Theatre, 700 14th Street, at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 16, may answer that question. And while Clinton didn’t achieve truly groundbreaking status as the country’s first female president, those who admire her tenacity — even if they don’t agree with her politics — are sure to hear some historic details. Tickets, $60 to $150, are available at axs.com
New music, always a hard sell, has found a champion in Denver, thanks to Conrad Kehn and the Playground Ensemble, a local group that gives voice to contemporary composers not just in Colorado, but around the world. For the Graphic Scores Concert
, Playground put out an international call to composers working in a niche pioneered by musician/artists from George Crumb to Karlheinz Stockhausen and beyond whose notation jumps out of the traditional staff and into a new sonic universe. After paring eighty entries from sixty composers down to nine, Playground will perform the winning pieces at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 16, in the cozy confines of Mutiny Information Cafe, 2 South Broadway. Pull up a chair and lend an ear to something new and different; visit playgroundensemble.org
for more information.
The national nonprofit To Write Love on Her Arms grew out of founder Jamie Tworkowski’s personal story of a friend racked by depression to the point of self-injury and thoughts of suicide. SCARS: a fashion show of hope
will push TWLOHA’s positive message by putting women battling similar stigmas on a candlelit runway to let their inner beauty shine through. Along with the fashion show, the benefit includes constructive body painting and free mental-health counseling, as well as a silent auction; semi-colon tattoos, the signature symbol of recovery from depression and cutting, will also be offered for a minimum $30 donation. Models hit the runway on Thursday, November 16, from 8 to 10:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) at Space Gallery, 400 Santa Fe Drive; for tickets, $30 in advance, visit divinity-productions.ticketleap.com
. Learn more at the event’s Facebook page
Catch Katie Caron's exhibit Simulations at Georgia Art Space.
Georgia Art Space