The 21 Best Events in Denver, January 16-22

On January 20, marchers will try to recapture the energy of the 2017 Women's March.
On January 20, marchers will try to recapture the energy of the 2017 Women's March. Kate McKee Simmons
The week's best events run the gamut from fun to educational to inspirational. Don't miss a history lesson on Denver through the eyes of this newspaper at Westword Civilization, a one-night exhibit spotlighting covers from the last two decades organized by longtime Westword art director Jay Vollmar and photographer Anthony Camera. If you're getting the protest itch, scratch away at the 2018 Women's March. Keep reading for more of the best events of the week.

Tuesday, January 16

Denver loves great storytellers, and this city is full of them, as evidenced by the serial storytelling nights starring local celebs from the creative community. One of our favorites, Raconteur Denver, will start 2018 like a fitness-crazed New Year's resolutionist with Let's Get Physical, a rousing set of tales from roller derby athlete Meghan Dougherty, circus artist Staza Stone and contemporary ballet dancer Nayomi Van Brunt. After that, Raconteur turns the stage over to audience members in three-minute increments, should you be brave enough to tell a tale of your own. Get physical on Tuesday, January 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer Street; you’ll have to sign up when you arrive in order to participate in the amateur portion of the evening. Admission is free; get details at

The GLBT Community Center and the LGBTQ Student Resource Center will shine a spotlight on LGBTQ activists, artists and academics in the new Outspoken Speaker Series. First up: Terry DeCarlo, who served as the chief communications officer for the GLBT Center of Florida in the wake of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting. DeCarlo has been traveling around the world, lecturing about how to prepare for mass shootings and how communities can effectively respond. He will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 16, at the Tivoli Student Union, 900 Auraria Parkway. For more information, go to

Wednesday, January 17

Tethered by Letters, the brainchild of a ragtag team of editors, artists and writers, publishes F(r)iction, supports literature, and fights for literacy with efforts both fun and fashionable, as The Novel 2018 Gala Kickoff Party will show. While the gala will be a big fundraising bash, the kickoff party itself is free, running from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Andrew Clark Photography Studio, 1481 South Gaylord Street. Find out more at

Ganja Guru Yoga, 2745 Welton Street, and Stillwater Brands will host a private 420-friendly yoga session from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17, at Urban Sanctuary. Its "indica experience" Wednesday sessions incorporate relaxing strains with power, vinyasa, hatha and restorative yoga for "flow to slow" vibes. Attendance (21+) is invitation-only, but you can register on the Ganja Guru website for class invitations and updates.

click to enlarge Take a seat at In SITu. - ARVADA CENTER FOR ARTS AND HUMANITIES
Take a seat at In SITu.
Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities
Thursday, January 18

These days, it's easy to get caught up in the political chatter about who can enter the country, and from where; discussions about travel bans, extreme vetting and national security are fevered. There's a problem with these conversations, though: They are theoretical for most of us — an exercise in semantics, partisanship and political literacy. Put a human face on your concept of "refugee" at Refugee Voices: An Evening of Storytelling and Q&A on Thursday, January 18. Belong Church, at 1615 Ogden Street, is hosting three speakers who will tell their stories of coming to the U.S. to escape persecution in their own countries. These are people who have made a journey most of us can't even imagine, and we owe it to them to bear witness to their experiences. The free event runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; register at The church will also be accepting donations on behalf of Lutheran Family Services, which provides essential resettlement services (housing, employment, English classes and cultural orientation) to refugees; visit for a list of needed items.

Drop in at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities beginning Thursday, January 18, and pull up a chair, any chair. There will be more than enough seating available to view (even some to bid on) the three wings of In SITu, a new flight of exhibits centered around the most basic piece of furniture. The centerpiece is In SITu: From the Artist's Perspective, an immersive gallery where you can view each artist’s work from an actual studio chair; that's flanked by the In SITu: Art Chair Auction in the upper gallery, presenting fifty identical IKEA Ivar chairs transformed by an army of Colorado artists into one-of-a-kind artworks open to bidding, and In SITu: Chairs From Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, an excursion through the temporarily closed Kirkland’s style-heavy chair collection in the theater gallery. The auction starts at 9 a.m. Thursday, January 18, at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard in Arvada; get a closer look during an opening reception, from 6 to 9 p.m. that same evening. Bidding ends March 31, and the exhibits end the following day. All proceeds from the auction will go toward the center's exhibition programs; learn more at

Feeling pudgy from too many Christmas cookies and other holiday-season indulgences? You’re not alone. Meet the rest of your admittedly fat post-holiday community and burn a few calories together at the second annual McNichols Fit Fest, a concentrated three-day extravaganza of health and wellness workshops, complete with a separate kids’ camp and vendor village. Choose from an expansive schedule of workouts in fitness disciplines ranging from yoga to boxing, and sweat it off from Thursday, January 18, through Sunday, January 21, at the McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue. Full-weekend passes are $25 for adults and $10 for children ages five to eleven at; learn more and pick your favorite sessions in advance at

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