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The 21 Best Events in Denver, June 17-23, 2019

The 21 Best Events in Denver, June 17-23, 2019
Photo by Gary Isaacs, courtesy of Cult Legacy
Here comes summer! Denver's hottest season starts this week, and the calendar's packed with cool events to enjoy in the months ahead. But don't wait for the solstice to get out and about. The Outdoor Retailer Summer Market returns to the Mile High City June 17 through 20, bringing movies, demos, concerts and other activities; no sooner does it leave than SeriesFest begins. And there's plenty more to do in and around Denver; here are the 21 best events in the week ahead.

Monday, June 17

If history is told by the victors, what happens to the stories of the marginalized, the oppressed? State Historian and author Tom "Dr. Colorado" Noel will attempt to answer that question during "Rethinking Colorado's Native American Heritage," a lecture he'll deliver at 1 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 17, at the History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway. Not only will Noel take on historians' accounts of Native American history, but he'll also look at the way the community has chosen to portray its own past. Find tickets, $9 to $11, and more information at historycolorado.org.

click to enlarge Join the club at the Center for Visual Art. - CVA FACEBOOK
Join the club at the Center for Visual Art.
CVA Facebook
Tuesday, June 18


There are book clubs for devoted readers, so why not art clubs? Find fellow art lovers at Culture Club, a new, 21+ monthly series kicking off at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at the Center for Visual Art MSU Denver, 965 Santa Fe Drive. For this inaugural session, club members will mingle over noshes and participate in a collaborative surrealist exquisite corpse lino print workshop (you'll also learn what that means, if you don't already know). Show up, have fun and help shape future club meetings. Admission is $10, free for gallery members; find details and sign up at eventbrite.com.

click to enlarge Return to Earth screens on Wednesday. - PHOTO BY STERLING LORENCE FOR ANTHILL FARMS
Return to Earth screens on Wednesday.
Photo by Sterling Lorence for Anthill Farms
Wednesday, June 19

If you're looking for a reason to dust off your bike and head out on an adventure, Return to Earth, the ninth full-length film from the adventure filmmakers at Anthill Farms, promises to take you on a two-wheeled journey through the jungles of Oahu, the dusty landscapes of Utah and the remote mountains of Patagonia. The movie, which screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at the Oriental Theater, will inspire you to wring the most from all of life's moments. The Oriental is at 4335 West 44th Avenue; find tickets, $10, for the all-ages screening at theorientaltheater.com.

Thursday, June 20

Take to the skies on fabulous wings of fancy when the Science Lounge series at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science continues with Science Is a Drag. Dixie Krystals, a queen of the local drag scene, will serve up an entertaining and educational seminar on the physics of flight at a queer- and nerd-friendly edition of the ongoing learning lounge, offered in partnership with the Center on Colfax as part of PrideFest. Get bewitched and bedazzled from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at the museum, 2001 Colorado Boulevard. Buy tickets, $13 to $15, and learn more at dmns.org.

Youthful follies transform into grownup jollies at My Misspent Youth, an evening dedicated to recalling the travails of adolescence through the comfortably ironic lens of adulthood. The spoken-word soirée — part of the Lighthouse Writers Workshop's ongoing LitFest — harvests the bathetic fruit of a collaboration with storytelling group the Narrators for an event guaranteed to make you grateful to have survived your teenage years with your dignity intact (if you did). Join panelists Alexander Chee, Amitava Kumar, Elissa Bassist and Amanda Rea from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, at Lighthouse, 1515 Race Street, for a night full of the embarrassing anecdotes of yesteryear. Arrive early to avail yourself of a cash bar and complimentary slices courtesy of Sexy Pizza. Find tickets, $20 to $30, and further details at lighthousewriters.org.

Pack your tote bags and adjust your spectacles, die-hard NPR listeners, for Jeff Martin of the Museum Confidential podcast will alight upon the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver on Thursday, June 20, for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at one of the Queen City's most forward-looking art houses. Audience questions are enthusiastically encouraged during Martin's "exit interview" with departing director Adam Lerner, which will offer a de facto retrospective on his iconoclastic stewardship over the groundbreaking galleries of the MCA. That conversation will become an episode of the podcast; bear witness to the changing of an arty guard starting at 7 p.m. at the museum,1485 Delgany Street. Admission is $10 for students and MCA members and $15 for everyone else; visit eventbrite.com for more info.

click to enlarge Welcome back to the Colorado Tiny House Festival. - MICHAEL EMERY HECKER
Welcome back to the Colorado Tiny House Festival.
Michael Emery Hecker
Friday, June 21

Whether you're seeking to connect with your own heritage or immerse yourself in another culture, expect democratic servings of charm at the 54th annual Denver Greek Festival. Wash down mouthfuls of saganaki, keftedes, thiples and sundry treats with imported Greek beer, wine and ouzo when the lively three-day gathering returns for another party beneath the glittering gold dome of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral, at 4610 East Alameda Avenue. Live music from Etho Ellas and performances from some of the city's finest Greek dance troupes are just part of the entertainment you'll encounter at the festival, which kicks off at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 21, and continues through Sunday, June 23. Admission is free for children twelve and under, $4 for seniors and $5 for the general public. Visit thegreekfestival.com to find out more.

Take note, all ye DIY downsizers, for the Colorado Tiny House Festival is back for a third year with another three-day celebration of stylishly small dwellings. Wander through forty abodes, ranging from yurts and shipping containers to school bus conversions, when the Adams County Fairgrounds, 9755 Henderson Road in Brighton, is transformed into a miniature neighborhood of homes united by their space-saving efficiency. With expert speakers and guided workshops throughout the weekend, you'll learn everything you need to know about financing, designing and building a tiny house of your own. Festival hours are from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, June 21, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23. Camping arrangements are available for guests who wish to stay overnight, and leashed, well-behaved pets are welcome on the premises. Buy tickets, $10 to $20, and find more information at coloradotinyhousefestival.com.

Tired of living in an uptight world beset by hate? Rosehouse, a Broadway boutique touting the healing and magical powers of plants, and the Secret Love Collective, a group of queer creatives inviting people, queer or otherwise, to loosen up and tear down the walls of discrimination, are teaming up for In Bed by Ten: Plantasia, an early-evening, alcohol-free, summer solstice dance party where you can safely be who you are among others doing the same. You’ll have to go just to see what role plants will play, but perhaps they’ll set a mood while the collective rolls out its trademark bag of tricks, including a hands-on costume closet and a selfie booth. Bring your good manners and party hearty on Friday, June 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Leon Gallery, 1112 East 17th Avenue. Learn more on the Secret Love Collective’s Facebook page.

Opera on Tap usually throws down its arias in bars, with a casual, drink-up vibe. But the company's production of Carl Maria von Weber's Der Freischutz will be full-scale and fully staged, sung in German with English dialogue and supertitles, and accompanied by piano. If you’re into high romance, deals with the Devil, magical bullets and the iconic tussle between good and evil, this is an opera for you. Based on a folktale, it’s a classic horror story complete with ghostly voices and a horrific denouement in the mysterious Wolf’s Glen. See it at 7 p.m. Friday, June 21, at the People's Building, 9995 East Colfax Avenue in Aurora, or at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 23, at the Hive in the East Simpson Coffee Company, 414 East Simpson Street in Lafayette. Admission to both performances is free, but registration is required in advance at eventbrite.com. Learn more at operaontap.org/colorado.

Ascending from a childhood bout of congenital glaucoma that rendered him blind to a singing career highlighted by an honorary star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a prestigious Grande Ufficiale Italian Order of Merit designation, Andrea Bocelli stands — and serenades — proudly among the pantheon of operatic tenors. Named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" and endorsed by no less an authority than Celine Dion, who claimed to hear "the singing voice of God" in his vocals, Bocelli preserves the Old World glamour of opera more than any other living performer. The Tuscan troubadour will sound off at the Pepsi Center on Friday, June 21; doors open at 7 for the 8 p.m. concert. Get tickets, $82 to $368, and more information at altitudetickets.com.

click to enlarge Reconnect with your colorful childhood at ReDefine: COLOR. - COURTESY OF LUCÍA RODRÍGUEZ
Reconnect with your colorful childhood at ReDefine: COLOR.
Courtesy of Lucía Rodríguez
Remember that delicious feeling of sinking your little hands into a mud puddle of finger paint and going for it on a white sheet of paper? ReDefine: COLOR, an evening of mini-workshops swirling around the subject of color, is a great way to recapture that intuitive joy as an adult. Choose from six hands-on activities in all, ranging from “Invent Your Own Color” with Laura Heck Hartman, to “Color Conversations” with Lucía Rodríguez of JuiceBox Denver. Join the arty party from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 21, at ReCreative Denver, 765 Santa Fe Drive; admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children (kids under five get in free). Buy tickets and learn more at recreativedenver.org.

Denver horror-movie aficionados, rejoice: Scream queen Theresa Mercado, known for her bloodcurdling costumery and Scream Screen film series at the Sie FilmCenter, is joining forces with friends Bryan Flanagan, Feni Hagman and Tristram Nelson to launch Cult Legacy, a new online store for cult-cinema-themed T-shirts and enamel pins. Get a first look and buy up your favorites at their Cult Legacy Launch Party, 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, June 21, at Fort Greene, 321 East 45th Avenue, where the Scream Screen concept got its start. Of course it’ll be a party, with music by Already Dead (featuring members of City Hunter, Weathered Statues and Cadaver Dog), French Kettle Station and DJ Sara Splatter, as well as “Kool-Aid and celestial wisdom.” Find details on the Cult Legacy Facebook page.

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