Tuesday, January 8, 6 p.m.
Syntax Physic Opera
Gather with chamber-music-loving chums when the Music With Friends concert series returns to Syntax Physic Opera with an intimate performance by Ensemble Faucheux. January's concert pays tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a program consisting of such evocative compositions as Chen Yi's "Romance and Dance," Gabriela Lena Frank's "Sueños de Chambi," Jessie Montgomery's Rhapsody No. 1 and Lukas Foss's "Three American Pieces." Admission is free, but seating is limited, so arrive early to secure a seat and take advantage of happy-hour food and drink specials. Visit the Friends of Chamber Music events calendar for more details.
Tuesday, January 8, 7 p.m.
Fill your brain to the brim at Astronomy on Tap, an informal lecture series dedicated to explaining the mysteries of the cosmos in terms that everyday bar patrons can understand. Join January's roster of sky-gazing experts, which includes Dr. Brian Keeney, Vicky Sahami and Dr. John Bally from the University of Colorado, for an informative yet entertaining discussion of eclipse chasing, cosmic explosions and NASA's recent images of Ultima Thule. Visit BarFly's Facebook events page to find out more.
Wednesday, January 9, noon
Anna & John J. Sie International Relations Complex
After surmounting a troubled history plagued by dictatorial rule, experts fear that Latin American governments are backsliding toward authoritarianism, a disturbing trend confirmed by the recent election of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. The University of Denver's Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy examines the deepening political crisis in the region and looks at how citizens can insist upon their own freedoms with meaningful civil resistance. The seminar is followed by a complimentary luncheon. Visit the Josef Korbel School Latin America Center's Facebook events page for more information, and RSVP via Google docs.