Events

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

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Friday, January 19

If one picture paints a thousand words, Westword Civilization could fill a book. The show of Westword cover art, created by longtime Westword art director Jay Vollmar and photographer Anthony Camera (and, yes, that's his real name), uses our covers to explore Denver's political, economic, social and cultural development over the past two decades, showing how the weekly publication has evolved along with the city. See the rise of Westword Civilization for one night only, from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, January 19, at Vertigo Art Space, 960 Santa Fe Drive. Admission is free...like the paper! Find more information on the event's Facebook page.

According to (potentially wildly inaccurate) estimates, there are about 75,000 wild horses roaming the American West. They've been under federal protection since 1971, and the Bureau of Land Management is tasked with overseeing the herds. Part of its strategy has been to make surplus animals available for adoption, and on Friday, January 19, and Saturday, January 20, you can witness the process yourself at the Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Event at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 West 6th Avenue Frontage Road in Golden. Show up at 1 p.m. on Friday to adopt a halter-trained animal, then stick around until 4 p.m. for demonstrations of the saddle-trained horses, which will be going up for auction at 1 p.m. the next day. Adoption fees start at a mere $150, but may go higher during the auction. As with everything run by the government, the paperwork is formidable and the hoops to jump through are many, so if you're going with an eye toward adoption, be sure to visit blm.gov first to ensure that you have a handle on the requirements; apartment-dwelling horse lovers can just go for the show (and then check out David Phillipps's excellent book Wild Horse Country: The History, Myth, and Future of the Mustang to learn more about the country's wild equines).

Enjoy Denver's best comedians in one of the swankiest settings at Hold Please, Productions' Float Your Boat Comedy Showcase at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, January 19. Local comic and producer Terri Barton Gregg, aka the Hebrew Hairdresser, runs shows all over town, but she's seized upon something special at the Lake House at Cherry Creek, 4800 South Dayton Street in Greenwood Village, where the coziness of a mountain lodge meets the gentility of a yacht club. Join Gregg along with emcee Chuck Roy, openers Jack Barton, Mo Vida and Anthony Armstrong, and headliner John Tole for a laughter-filled evening set against a scenic marina backdrop. Call 303-220-5253 or visit themarinaatcherrycreek.com to buy tickets, $15, and learn more.

MCA Denver's final Black Sheep Friday of the season takes place on January 19, and it's sure to be a tuneful and tasty sendoff to one of the arts scene's most innovative events. At Hibachi Mariachi, guests can enjoy a live performance from a Colorado Youth Mariachi Program-trained band while perusing the MCA's collection and munching on grilled treats from strategically placed hibachis. The first hundred 21+ guests will also receive a complimentary brew from Ratio Beerworks, so we recommend arriving promptly at 5 p.m. at the museum, 1485 Delgany Street. The event also represents artsy Denverites' last opportunity to check out the Saber Acomodar exhibit. Museum admission is $5 (free for members), but there's no additional charge for Hibachi Mariachi. Visit mcadenver.org for more details.

Fake your bake at the Great Mini Fake Off: The Workshop. - DENVER MUSEUM OF MINIATURES, DOLLS AND TOYS
Fake your bake at the Great Mini Fake Off: The Workshop.
Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys
Saturday, January 20

Maybe you fancy yourself a great baker, but, alas, you don’t have the skills to match? Here’s a great cheat, where you can merely pretend to be one with the yeast and maybe even walk away with the grand prize: Great Mini Fake Off: The Workshop, a fake competition in miniature at the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys for which you’ll fashion dollhouse-sized pastries, pies and cakes from bread clay, then air-dry them and hope yours catches the judges’ eyes. Will you be the “Star Faker” and run off with the golden doll trophy or other prizes? Sign up for the workshop, which rolls out on Saturday, January 20, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the DMMDT, 1880 North Gaylord Street. Admission is $7 in advance at eventbrite.com; registration includes admission to the museum, materials, instruction, refreshments, judging and episodes of the Great British Baking Show, via Netflix. Learn more at dmmdt.org.

The Mile High Swappers ride again! No, it's not that kind of swap, you pervert — this endeavor is strictly a homemade, homegrown trade. The Denver Food Swap is scheduled for Saturday, January 20, and is the place for gardeners, bakers, homebrewers, avid cooks, chicken ranchers and mad food scientists of all kinds to exchange their creations with others who are interested in bartering for handcrafted goodies. Register for the swap at eventbrite.com, then show up at Huckleberry Roasters, 4301 Pecos Street, at 2 p.m. with at least five portions of your delicious victuals. You'll meet like-minded folk and head home with new foodstuffs to enjoy and spark your own creativity. Find out more about the Swappers' monthly get-togethers at milehighswappers.com.

An outmoded psychological term that reflects the chauvinism of men, "hysteria" was a catchall diagnosis too often employed in the subjugation of non-conforming women. A collective of female musicians are reclaiming the word with a series of rollicking concerts sure to inspire mass frenzy and blissful delirium. Join singer-songwriters Liat Sarah, Shelly Rollison, Jenny LaJoye and Jennifer Jane Niceley for Hysteria Vol. 2, as they defiantly raise their voices in song. It all gets started at 8 p.m. on Saturday, January 20, at Syntax Physic Opera, 554 South Broadway; admission is $10 at the door. Visit the event's Facebook page for more information.

Drew Austin, a young dynamo of an artist, is starting the year by giving back to the community. His new installation, It’s What's Beneath / It's What's Inside, is designed to honor and raise funds for the Wayfaring Band, a Denver nonprofit that provides travel opportunities and adventures for adults who experience cognitive and developmental disabilities. Austin, who served as an artist/mentor on a Wayfaring Band hot springs tour last October, will pay back with a large-scale, multimedia hallway mural on the second floor of the Temple, 2400 Curtis Street; at the opening reception, on Saturday, January 20, from 6 to 10 p.m., you’ll also be able to mingle with Austin and members of the band and buy small prints of sketches and digital collages that Austin created during his Wayfaring Band residency to benefit the group. A suggested $5 donation is requested at the door; visit the event's Facebook page for information.

Fido gets his spotlight at the Bow Wow Film Festival. - BOW WOW FILM FESTIVAL
Fido gets his spotlight at the Bow Wow Film Festival.
Bow Wow Film Festival
As the entire Internet will attest, pet videos rule cyberspace, offering needed respite from political rants and selfies. If you’re a dog person, you can now take that fixation on canine antics to the next level at a one-night-only screening of the touring Bow Wow Film Fest at the Boedecker Theater in Boulder. This year’s collection ranges from reels about working dogs from every filmable era to Ask Frank advice columns hosted by the know-it-all French bulldog of Internet fame and a selection of international dog movies; stick around for giveaways and vendors galore. See the dogs in action on Saturday, January 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Boedecker, in the Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder; fetch tickets, $15 for adults and $10 for kids under twelve, in advance at thedairy.org, or pay $20 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. Learn more at the event's Facebook page.

In early 2017, women (and men) around the world marched in solidarity, calling on the Trump administration to defend a woman's right to choose, the environment and other causes. Denver's march drew over 100,000 people, far more than organizers expected. On Saturday, January 20, emboldened by a year of troublesome policy making and the #MeToo movement, women will again take to the streets for Denver's 2018 Women's March, which kicks off at 9:30 a.m. in Civic Center Park, at Colfax and Broadway. If it's anything like last year's, expect a long, raucous gathering that will inspire you and foster connections between you and your fellow (wo)man. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water; find more information at marchoncolorado.org.

While the rest of us were slowly coming back to life after another New Year’s Eve, artist Eric Dallimore quietly took over the Understudy arts incubator space with King Me, a hand-wrought installation of wood beams rising from the rubble that’s been taking shape ever since. It’s Dallimore’s response to living through 2017, a tough year for many, and he’s been camping out in the installation regularly, performance-style, adding new pillars to the work. Sensibly, King Me will formally meet the public with a closing reception on Saturday, January 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Understudy, 890 C 14th Street, in the Colorado Convention Center. Learn more at the Understudy Facebook page or at understudydenver.com.

It’s not enough to be an artist in 2018. You have to be an activist, too, as opportunities for the creative class dwindle and cheap studios become a thing of the past. In the interest of presenting a unified art community, a national group called the Federation, led by art superstar Laurie Anderson with co-organizers Laura Michalchyshyn and Tanya Selvaratnam, is calling for artists and organizations across the country to participate in A Day of Art Action on Saturday, January 20, by posting local actions on social media via the group’s website. In Denver, the Tilt West discussion forum encourages local artists to join in and participate in solidarity with other arts communities. Have something to share with the world? Visit wearethefederation.org for a free, downloadable, Day of Art Action tool kit with a submission link and ideas for actions.

click to enlarge Hear some of Denver's newest theatrical voices at Curious. - CURIOUS THEATRE COMPANY
Hear some of Denver's newest theatrical voices at Curious.
Curious Theatre Company
Sunday, January 21

Curious Theatre Company does a great job of mentoring talented youth playwrights throughout the year with summer intensive programs and in-school residencies. The fruits of such ventures will now come to life in public with Uprising!: 2018 Curious New Voices Companion Plays, a series of programs spotlighting ten-minute plays written by youth in response to the company’s current production of Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ’67. Hear from Denver’s next generation in theater arts at three separate programs, all beginning at 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 21, Monday, January 22, and Monday, January 29, at Curious, 1080 Acoma Street; admission is free, but you must register in advance at the event's Facebook page. Donations are gladly accepted.

Monday, January 22

Rarely would we encourage you to battle mountain traffic on I-70 if we didn't think it was absolutely worth it. But the 28th Annual International Snow Sculpture Championship in Breckenridge is something you don't want to miss. Technical Week kicked off on January 16, during which volunteers helped build giant blocks of snow meant for chainsaws. But have no fear: The real fun begins on Monday, January 22, with Sculpting Week, which lets visitors witness those blocks being turned into gorgeous sculptures (Viewing Week runs January 25 through 29). Head for the hills and learn the true power of frozen water; find more information at gobreck.com.
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