Friday, January 5, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Art District on Santa Fe
An artsy tradition held dear by many Denverites, the First Friday Art Walk in the Santa Fe Arts District remains one of the best ways to keep abreast of the city's thriving arts and culture scene. Galleries open their doors to the public, food trucks abound, and the mood is festive, whatever the climes. With more than 100 participating galleries, shops and restaurants, you could return to the First Friday Art Walk every month and still miss out on something worthy each time. Find more information on the Art District on Santa Fe's Facebook events page.
Friday, January 5, 6:30 p.m.
The fascinating story of "Butch Lesbian Freedom Fighter" Rita Bo Brown, The Gentleman Bank Robber is a new documentary from filmmaker Julie Perini. An anti-establishment activist whose affiliation with the militant George Jackson Brigade, Brown lived the wild life of a righteous outlaw, earning the titular nickname for her masculine style of dress and gentle manner with the employees of the banks she robbed to fund revolutionary efforts. The 45-minute screening will be followed by a discussion of the film conducted by Unstoppable Publication. Admission is free, but organizers will be raising funds for Brown's medical expenses. Visit Unstoppable's Facebook events page for more details.
15th Anniversary Celebration with Bud Bronson & the Good Timers
Friday, January 5, 8 p.m.
Fifteen years is a long damn time for a venue to survive in Denver's fickle and cutthroat market, but the Larimer Lounge has managed to endure all the same. Celebrate the longevity of one of the city's great concert halls on Friday, January 5, with a rousing free show spotlighting Chocolate Diamond, Panther Martin, and Bud Bronson & the Good Timers. Visit the Larimer Lounge's events calendar to find out more.
Saturday, January 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For Coloradans who love art but balk at admission fees, First Saturdays are a godsend. If your tastes skew modern, check out the Museum of Contemporary Art any time from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and see the entire collection all for one red American cent. With the Saber Acomodar exhibition, which highlights 25 different Jalisco artists, and Pose's street art installation "Sunshine and Its Shadow" currently on display, it's well worth paying MCA's modest admission fees. But if you're extra-thrifty and don't mind a crowd, a copper Lincoln is all you'll need to get in on Saturday. This deal is only available to Colorado residents, so pay up, tourists. Visit MCA Denver online to learn more.
SPELLS 7" Release Party
Saturday, January 6, 8:30 p.m.
Denver's music scene is fully under the spell of vacation rockers SPELLS, which is gearing up to release its new 7" record, Big Boring Meeting. The show also coincides with the release of another 7" from SPELLS's Snappy Little Numbers Quality Audio Recordings label mate Hooper, who'll be joining the lineup to celebrate the release of No Monument. With local favorites Lawsuit Models on opening duty, the evening promises to be a grand party for the whole Denver music scene. Learn more and buy tickets, $8, from Ticketfly.
Tuesday, January 9, 7:30 p.m.
Boettcher Concert Hall
Free with registration
Though Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day isn't officially until January 15, a number of tributes to the slain civil rights leader are happening throughout the month. The Colorado Symphony's is presenting an honorary concert poignantly titled "Sacrifice for Justice." Conducted by Scott O'Neil and offering the vocal talents of mezzo soprano Diana Tesh, the stirring program also includes guest performances by Michael Chipman, Stephanie Hancock, and Rajdulari. The ceremonies will also honor six recipients of Humanitarian Awards recognized by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Colorado Holiday Commission. Admission is free, but registering for tickets is required. Visit the Colorado Symphony's events calendar for more details.
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