Monday, December 3, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Party down in arty town at the #DenverPublicArt30 Opening Reception, a thirtieth-anniversary celebration for a program dedicated to beautifying the Mile High City. Founded in response to a 1988 executive order by Mayor Federico Peña, Denver’s Public Art program subsequently fostered the creation of some of the city's most Instagram-able icons, including Lawrence Argent's "I See What You Mean," aka "the Big Blue Bear." In preparation for this municipal milestone, Denver Arts & Venues issued a challenge to local photographers to share their favorite arty snaps under the #DenverPublicArt30 hashtag for the chance to be put on display in a staff-selected exhibit of the best thirty shots. Visit Denver Arts & Venues' Eventbrite page to register for this free reception and find out more.
Monday, December 3, 7 to 9 p.m.
A veritable menagerie of lovingly sketched cryptids awaits at Conduit, an exhibition of the pyrography and illustrations of local artist and tattooist Melanie Steinway. Distinguished by her fondness for obscure mythological beasts as well as a mastery of sharp lines and spooky shading that evoke her tattoo parlor-hewn precision, Steinway's work befits the animal-loving whimsy of Watercourse Foods, a vegetarian eatery and reliable patron of the arts. Marvel at Steinway's latest creations, shop for take-home prints or merely nosh, sip and mingle through an opening reception for an installation that remains on display throughout December. Visit Watercourse Foods' Facebook events page for more details.
Tuesday, December 4, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center
Feeling philanthropic? Contribute to one of your most cherished local institutions in honor of Colorado Gives Day, an annual orgy of charitable giving. While the full list of participating nonprofit organizations is too large to supply here, only Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center is plying donors with a steady supply of toothsome tacos. Showing support for Su Teatro's theater season as well as popular annual events like the Chicano Music Festival and the XIcanIndie Film Festival never tasted so good. Admission is free, but the whole mission of the day is giving. Visit Su Teatro's Facebook events page to learn more.