Events

The 21 Best Events in Denver, November 6-12

Cosplay the weekend away at Daku Con.
Cosplay the weekend away at Daku Con. Courtesy of Cosplay Is Fun

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Saturday, November 10

Since Meow Wolf announced that it would open its second facility in Denver, the Mile High City’s been immersed in immersive events, with everything from art shows to performance pieces billing themselves as “immersive.” And on Saturday, November 10, you can immerse yourself in exactly what this all means at the inaugural Denver Immersive Summit, a one-day gathering of creatives, educators and aficionados from across the field of immersive art, design and entertainment. The talks and workshops run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and include a keynote by Jenny Weinbloom, executive producer of Meow Wolf Denver, and Denver artist Lonnie Hanzon, who was doing immersive work before it was cool. All programming is at the University of Colorado Denver Science Building on the Auraria campus, and tickets are $25; find them and more information at denverimmersivesummit.com.

If cavorting with cosplayers is your cup of tea, look no further than the Rocky Mountain Con, which returns to Embassy Suites Stapleton, 4444 Havana Street, for another two-day gauntlet of geekery. Bask in panels with ink-slinging luminaries such as Larry Hama (Wolverine) and Bob Hall (Batman), wander through Artist Alley in search of new discoveries, or merely people-watch the parade of costumed characters. After all, there's no wrong way to get your con on. A festive gathering for comics-reading, anime-watching and toy-collecting fangirls and -boys of all ages, Rocky Mountain Con was founded as an effort to raise funds for victims of the Aurora theater shooting and continues to donate a portion of its proceeds to a worthy cause each year. This year's recipient is the suitably heroic Cap for Kids, a nonprofit that provides financial support and superhero encounters for children fighting cancer. The con runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, November 10, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, November 11; buy tickets, $10, and learn more at rockymountaincon.com.

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Children's Day Film Festival returns to the Historic Elitch Theatre after a hiatus.
Historic Elitch Theatre/Elitch Theatre Academy
Postponed last summer because of extreme structural wind damage at the Historic Elitch Theatre, the nonprofit’s Children’s Day International Film Festival is back on track, though this year it runs in conjunction with Denver Arts Week at the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo Street, where the show will go on from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, and Sunday, November 11. Different Kid Flix film blocks will screen each day; highlights include screenings of Coco and Beauty and the Beast, as well as the premiere of Steampunk Cowboy, a locally made silent film produced by Elitch Theatre and Bliss Productions, with a live appearance by Airship Iron Opal, a Loveland steampunk social group. Admission ranges from $10 per block to $50 for a two-day pass for adults at filmfreeway.com/ChildrensFilmFestival; kids ages eighteen and under get in free.

In the 25 years since the company hosted its first-ever mixed martial arts tournament in Denver, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has bulked up into one of the bloodsporting world's most successful entertainment organizations; it's also completely innovated hand-to-hand (not to mention foot-to-face and knee-to-groin) combat and accrued an estimated value of $1.5 billion. In honor of its silver anniversary, UFC Fight Night returns to the Pepsi Center from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, with a title card full of high-flying featherweights, ripped and ready to compete for glory in the octagon. Behold a barrage of fists, feet and fury in an opening match pitting Mike Perry against Donald Cerrone, followed by a bout between Yair Rodriguez and "Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung. To quote Sir Elton John, Saturday night's alright for fighting — and it's exponentially more enjoyable when someone else is taking the punches. Hurry over to altitudetickets.com to buy tickets, $25 to $150.

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Margaret Neumann gets her own spotlight at What Lies Between.
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Painter Margaret Neumann has cast an aura over Denver’s art scene for decades, first with Colorado’s counterculture Armory Group in the ’60s — some of whose members helped found the Drop City artist commune in southern Colorado — and later as a co-op stalwart at Spark and Pirate galleries. Long represented by Rule Gallery through its many phases, Neumann also had a role as a resident resource artist in the early days of RedLine. As the nonprofit art center continues to celebrate its tenth anniversary, Neumann returns with a major retrospective, What Lies Between, curated by Simon Zalkind. A fitting tribute to an artist whose mysterious and masterful paintings dig deep into the human experience, What Lies Between opens with a reception on Saturday, November 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. at RedLine, 2350 Arapahoe Street, and runs through January 6; an artist talk is scheduled for December 14. Learn more at redlineart.org.

Small independent dance companies compete with thousands of performing-arts groups for funding and sometimes have to settle for the dregs; regardless of how qualified they are, dance can be a forgotten art. Led by choreographer and Naropa dance faculty member Kat Gurley, Boulder’s Wild Heart Dance is fighting back with The Gift: An Evening of Dance, Food and Good Company, a benefit of its own making designed to raise awareness of the group’s fine work while also raising some dough. Attend and you’ll get a sneak peek at The Gift, a new work from the troupe, followed by a party with food and drink. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, November 10, at Block 1750, 1750 30th Street in Boulder, and the performance starts at 7. Search for Wild Heart Dance at eventbrite.com to get tickets, $35, and more information.

Get ready for your close-up: The Phone It In Film Festival returns on Saturday, November 10, sounding another call to action for local creatives. Founded at Philadelphia's Good Good Comedy Theater and franchised by Denver-based comedian Zac Maas, the festival challenges budding filmmakers to create two-to-three-minute shorts shot entirely on smartphones (though participants have plenty of leeway in the post-production process). The results are then screened for a crowd that gets larger and more enthusiastic each year. The 2018 version includes live jazz from Dizzy and the Dame, and seating is no longer arranged on a bring-your-own-chair basis, so nobody will have to sit on the ground at LFX Filmworks, 1701 31st Street. The screenings start at 8 p.m., and admission is a suggested $10 donation; visit phoneitincomedy.com to learn more.

Get ready for pointe shoes, pirouettes and pianistic prowess when Joyce Yang joins the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company to bring choreographer Jorma Elo's adaptation of Carnaval, Op. 9 to balletic life. Only the most nimble-fingered virtuosos would dare to attempt the perpetually underrated composer Robert Schumann's piece, but the Grammy-nominated Van Cliburn medalist is more than up to the ivory-tickling task. Yang will provide a soundtrack for dancers to embody Schumann's musical evocation of masked Holy Week revelers. Compositions from Philip Glass and Leos Janacek round out the concert program at a pair of performances at the University of Denver's Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 East Iliff Avenue. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, November 11; find tickets, $27 to $69, and more information at newmancenterpresents.com.

Sunday, November 11

Denver author Jeff Miller has collected an army of fans for his nonfiction books, and more will undoubtedly enlist when they read his latest, WWI Crusaders, which details the efforts to feed the starving masses in Europe during the Great War. Among the many heroes you’ll meet in its pages is Denverite Maurice Pate. Appropriately enough, Miller will launch his book this Veterans Day — which happens to be the 100th anniversary of the end of the war — at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 11, at the Tattered Cover at 2526 East Colfax Avenue. Admission is free; find out more about the book at WWICrusaders.com.

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British milliner and Dior collaborator Stephen Jones will speak at the DAM.
Frederic Aranda
Monday, November 12

The Denver Art Museum’s Dior fashion blockbuster is still a week away from opening, but here’s a prep event that will keep you covered until then: Londoner Stephen Jones — hat historian, fashion-house collaborator and milliner to Princess Diana, Mick Jagger and a raft of other stars on both sides of the Atlantic — will give a talk, "The History of Dior Hats," focusing on his work designing hats for the hallowed couturier. Jones speaks on Monday, November 12, at 6 p.m. in Sharp Auditorium at the Denver Art Museum; admission is $15 to $20 at denverartmuseum.org.

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