Tuesday, October 2
History buffs will have a ball at the Center of the American West’s An Evening With Ken Burns, an on-stage interview with the celebrated documentarian by the center’s main brain, Patty Limerick. Burns, this year’s CAW Wallace Stegner awardee, will discuss his contributions to the American canon through series exploring such historical subjects as the explorations of Lewis and Clark, the genesis of our national parks system and the hardships of the Dust Bowl. Learn from a master on Tuesday, October 2, at 7 p.m. in Macky Auditorium on the University of Colorado Boulder campus. Tickets are $6 to $12 at centerwest.org.
Wednesday, October 3
Start your morning with Mozart at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, where the Coffee Concerts series with pianist Jeffrey Siegel continues on Wednesday, October 3, with a program of sonatas that demonstrate Siegel’s expertise on the keys. A knowledgeable lecturer as well as a piano virtuoso, Siegel offers brief but informative introductions, giving listeners valuable context for the performances. Tickets for the 11 a.m. show are $17 and include complimentary refreshments. Aficionados can also join Siegel at 7:30 p.m. for Keyboard Conversations: Music From the Time of War 1914-1918, when he’ll perform works by Ravel, Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev (tickets are $29 to $35). Visit arvadacenter.org for tickets and more information.
If the recent publication of his heartbreaking (and heartwarming) memoir, Tragedy + Time, or the full season of Those Who Can’t episodes in the can are any indication, it’s safe to say that nearly all of comedian Adam Cayton-Holland’s considerable successes have been hard won. A former Westword scribe who went on to appear on Conan, The Late Late Show With James Corden and Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents, record three standup albums and start the High Plains Comedy Festival, Cayton-Holland has been a steadfast supporter of the local comedy scene throughout his career. Support the comic who helped put Denver comedy on the map while laughing the night away when ACH headlines the Comedy Works Downtown, 1226 15th Street, on Wednesday, October 3, at 8 p.m. Visit comedyworks.com to buy tickets, $15, and learn more.
Thursday, October 4
Eager for some civilized discussion of the issues in next month's election? Head to Our Lady Mother of the Church, 6690 East 72nd Avenue in Commerce City, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 4, for the 2018 Election Colorado IAF Assembly.The Industrial Areas Foundation, a network of congregations, unions, schools and nonprofits, is hosting the non-partisan gathering to discuss education funding, affordable housing, humane immigration, refugee policies and more; candidates for governor and attorney general have been invited and will be asked to support the CO-IAF agenda — if they appear, that is. But there's no excuse for you not to show up and get ready for November 6: Register at tinyurl.com/COIAF-Oct4Reg.
In a fast-growing city like Denver, developers might focus more on their bottom dollar than on the good of the community. But the team behind S*PARK — Sustainability Park, a new residential development at 25th and Lawrence streets — is forging ahead with a plan that pays homage to the plot’s original purpose as a testing ground for sustainable practices by including green amenities, with a solar community garden and a working urban farm integrated into the project. In the same vein, S*PARK will host Local Home Colorado, a showcase of local makers and businesses offering home wares, furniture, art, clothing and food products, on Thursday, October 4, through Monday, October 7, inside one of the development’s condo units. Times vary and admission is free; learn more at the Local Home Colorado Facebook page.