Make your weekend infinitely more twee at the Altoids Box Dioramas seminar at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys, 1880 Gaylord Street. Fostering an appreciation of both painstaking precision and the innate beauty of tiny things, the museum invites guests to create their own little worlds that fit in tin mints boxes out of on-hand supplies. Sweet! Tickets are $10 for museum members and $15 for non-members, and include all the supplies you’ll need; visit the SmallTalk Facebook events page to learn more. Only a few spots remain, though, so snag your seat now from Eventbrite.
Head to the shadows of Mile High Stadium for the EarthLinks Garden Fest, a good time for a good cause. Ukulele Loki is presenting this celebration from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, at an urban farm at 2746 West 13th Avenue in the heart of Denver's Sun Valley, with performances by the Milk Blossoms, Wesley Watkins, Danette Hollowell, Niyankor and more. There will be local beer, cider and food trucks on hand, along with some surprise guest appearances. Tickets are $15 or $20 for a VIP ticket, which includes two cans of the new products from Colorado Cider Company. Get tickets here; gind out more about Earthlinks here.
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Every week, it seems like someone’s trying to tame or transform the 16th Street Mall. But this time it’s serious: From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday from July 8 through August 26, the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District will host the My 16th Street: 2017 Meet in the Street Community Prototyping Series, which will include community-designed installations, outdoor cafes, concerts, exercise classes, impromptu performances and more. The concept behind the project is that the public can actively create what the 16th Street Mall is evolving into — even on a day-to-day basis. Enjoying this exercise in participatory planning is free; find out more at downtowndenver.com.
While there’s never a bad reason to bring your dogs to scenic Sloan’s Lake Park (at Sheridan Boulevard and West 17th Avenue), few events offer the same blend of fun and altruism as the Walk, Run & Wag 5K that starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 8. Featuring over twenty different vendors as well as food trucks and a digital goodie bag for guests, there’s entertainment aplenty even for people who don’t care to participate in the officially-timed footrace or the dog-friendly yoga. All proceeds from ticket sales, $20 to $35, go to benefit International Hearing Dog Inc., a service dedicated to training rescued shelter dogs to assist people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Visit hearingdog.org to learn more, register and buy tickets.
Celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, Central City Opera will open its 86th season at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 8, with Georges Bizet’s tragic opera Carmen, about a gypsy who longs for love and freedom. “It’s a blockbuster opera and certainly has a bigger selection of hummable tunes than any other opera I can think of,” says conductor Adam Turner, who will be bringing the classic to life in the historic opera house at 124 Eureka Street in Central City. Carmen runs through August 6; also on the bill are Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte, The Burning Fiery Furnace, Cabildo and Gallantry. Buy tickets, $31 to $108, for Carmen, and find out more at centralcityopera.org.
Sunday, July 9
Though the weather outside is sweltering, winter has finally arrived in Westeros. Season seven of HBO’s zeitgeist-seizing fantasy series Game of Thrones premieres on Sunday, July 16, after an interminable hiatus, and beforehand Stoney’s Bar & Grill, 1111 Lincoln Street, is celebrating by resurrecting its Sunday night watch parties, starting with a pre-party, Melisandre-style, from 6 to 9 p.m. Featuring all the jokes, trivia and blood shots that Stoney’s regulars have come to expect, the Game of Thrones pre-party also heralds the return of house band Daenerys and the Targaryens. The festivities continue every Sunday throughout the bifurcated seventh season. Admission is free, so there’s really no excuse not to show up and party like a Wildling. Visit the Facebook events page to learn more.
For children of all ages, the heroics of firefighters will always hold a certain fascination. Before now, however, very few children ever had the opportunity to experience the allure of the firehouse for themselves. That all changes with the Junior Firefighters Summer Day Camp at the Denver Firefighters Museum, 1326 Tremont Place. Children will learn the ins and outs of Denver’s finest, culminating with a fun and informative visit to a working fire station. Classes for children ages five to seven begin on Monday, July 10, and run through Friday, July 14, with another series for children eight to twelve starting on July 17. Registration is $55 for the first series and $65 for the second series; visit denverfirefightersmuseum.org to learn more.
Louisiana poet Kim Vodicka kicks the door wide open with her sex talk and spoken word, and then puts it all to music in the guise of the duo Psychic Privates, with performance partner Josh Stevens providing the soundscapes. The whole multimedia melange, aka the Psychic Privates Buckwild West Tour, lands in Colorado this week, bringing fellow poets from everywhere to share the stage and promising an “all-encompassing experience designed to leave the listener feeling somewhere between post-coital and post-human.” Oh, yeah! Catch Vodicka and Stevens at 7 p.m. Monday, July 10, at Syntax Physic Opera, 554 South Broadway, with help from Lisa A. Flowers, Elwin Michael Cotman and Stina French, or at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe, 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue in Boulder, with Anna Elizabeth Wilson. Visit the Facebook event page for information.
Tuesday, July 11
While aging hipsters may find this hard to believe, it’s been over twenty years since DJ Shadow changed electronic music forever with his groundbreaking debut album Endtroducing, a masterpiece of the genre that still sounds like the future despite its age. A forward-looking pioneer with an old-school turntablist’s skills and a hoarder’s record collection, DJ Shadow — born Joshua Davis — is currently in the midst of the Mountain Will Fall Tour, named for his acclaimed recent album that manages to be a return to form while still breaking new ground. Catch the tour when it lands at the Ogden Theatre, 935 East Colfax Avenue, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 11. Tickets, $29.95, are available here.
Find more events around town in the Westword calendar.