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The 21 Best Events in Denver This Week, August 19-25

Step back in time at Denver Mod.
Step back in time at Denver Mod. Courtesy of Dana Cain Events
Reach for the last bits of summer at various outdoor events happening this week, like the Colorado State Fair, Open Streets Denver and a birthday bash for Lakewood, or keep cool inside at  or Denver ModDesign After Dark: Play at the Denver Art Museum. Find all that and more in our list of the 21 best events in Denver!

Monday, August 19

Dancer and CU Boulder educator Ondine Geary has developed Radius of Transmission, an ambitious immersive multimedia project that breaks down into three parts, two of which require driving a car to various sites. With a theme of grief inspired by Geary’s own experiences, Radius kicks off on Monday, August 19, with "Part I (Objects)," a free interactive installation in a secret Boulder County location (it’s a storage unit) that you can visit at reserved times through September 16. The performative segments, "Part II (Absent)" and "Part III (Abraded)," take place September 4 through 7, per instructions available at radius.dance, where you can also reserve a time to view the installation. Tickets are $55 at radius.brownpapertickets.com and includes the car tour and the performance.

Post-traumatic stress disorder affects all demographics, but military veterans have become an unfortunate face of the affliction. A qualifiable condition for medical marijuana in Colorado and several other states, PTSD is the center of the next 21st Century Cannabis chat on Monday, August 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at WorkAbility, 1576 Sherman Street. The free monthly educational series will host former United States Air Force staff sergeant Morgan Sneed, along with other veteran and disability advocates, to talk about alternative PTSD treatments and options, and where cannabis fits in (or doesn't), depending on the patient. Register to attend (21+) at eventbrite.com.


Tuesday, August 20

Sure, paintings in museums look nice, but how intimate do you really get with a piece as you stroll past it? The Denver Art Museum invites you to "slow down and spend time with a single work of art" during its Mindful Looking series. On the third Tuesday of every month — including August 20 — the DAM focuses on a piece of art, and someone with expertise in its subject area guides observers through the work's nuances. This month, the spotlight is on Colorado painter Don Stinson's High Beams and Starlight: Beyond Absence - Double Negative, July 2003 PM, an eerie desertscape that will get more context from Meg Erickson of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art. The program goes from 1 to 1:45 p.m. at the DAM, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, and is included in general museum admission, $8 to $13; get more information at denverartmuseum.org.

Wednesday, August 21

The sights and sounds of Mexican culture will come alive at México en el Corazón, a free concert hosted by Museo de las Americas, the Colorado Symphony Association and the Mexican Cultural Center on Wednesday, August 21, starting at 7 p.m. at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. A thirteen-piece band and more than a dozen dancers and singers will perform authentic Mexican song and dance, "reinforcing community recognition of the great contribution and presence Mexican art and culture has in the United States," event organizers say. Find more information, including how to reserve your seat, at tickets.coloradosymphony.org/5372.

Thursday, August 22

Take a trip into the future during Feral Assembly’s The Never Summer, a new play by Denver playwright Ellen K. Graham set in the Mile High City circa 2040, where working girl Lee roosts on an underground train platform while saving her pennies to rent an apartment. Learn what happens when a mysterious woman shakes up her routine with dreams of the uncharted wilderness. The show opens at 8 p.m. Thursday, August 22; performances continue through August 31 at Theatre 29, 5138 West 29th Avenue. Find a complete schedule and tickets, $20, at eventbrite.com.

click to enlarge Fly high at Zabiti: An Immersive Circus Adventure. - COURTESY OF AMBER BLAIS
Fly high at Zabiti: An Immersive Circus Adventure.
Courtesy of Amber Blais
One reason that immersive performance has taken off in the second decade of the 21st century is that it provides an antidote to the flat world of the Internet, where you can easily turn an experience on and off with the touch of a button. With that in mind, think of Zabiti: An Immersive Circus Adventure, a new Rainbow Militia production, as a three-dimensional fairy tale where you choose your own adventure among roaming forest creatures and aerial dancers swinging from trees. Get lost in your own imagination (and come dressed in your own costume, if you like) during a run of performances from Thursday, August 22, through September 8 at Denver Rock Drill, 1717 East 39th Avenue. Ticket options with varying levels of participatory perks range from $45 to $250; purchase yours and learn more at zabiti.com.

Want to climb a fourteener but don’t know where to begin? The 14er Mindset, a meetup of some of the state’s leaders in hiking the high peaks, will offer much of what you need to know at the group's next get-together, from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, August 22, at Arc’teryx Denver, 250 Columbine Street, Suite 110. Learn about CORTEX, a new free app from Colorado Parks and Wildlife that lays out 39,000 miles of public trails across the state, and the physical, mental and emotional skills you’ll need to make the climb. And don't miss tall tales from Gerry Roach, a Colorado fourteener expert who will highlight some of his favorite hikes. Find tickets, $10, at eventbrite.com.

Vintage Theatre has scared up a new play festival with a twist this year: All five offerings in what’s been dubbed the Mystery Suspense Thriller Play Festival bring the dark edge of ghost stories, whodunits and even mysterious comedies to the stage over four days. The fest, which is also a contest, opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 22, with Colin Speer Crowley’s Few Thy Voice, a thriller about an Alzheimer’s patient with a recurring memory of murder; it continues through August 25 with performances of Wake, Cross Words, The Snowmaker and Shady Manor. The best-received play will premiere next summer for a regular run. Vintage is at 1468 Dayton Street in Aurora, and tickets are $5 per show at vintagetheatre.com.

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