Arts and Culture

Seven Free Arts Events at Doors Open Denver This Weekend

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5. Grannie Does Graffiti: Art Pop-Up
Clyfford Still Museum lawn
1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 23
Corky Gonzales Branch Library
1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 24

Another pop-up project tailored to the AARP generation will be making two stops over the weekend, inviting folks to muse on the architecture of the Clyfford Still Museum or the Corky Gonzales Library in spray-painted freehand. The nonprofit VSA Colorado/Access Gallery, which provides arts experiences for  the disabled, will offer instruction for shy first-timers, proving that graffiti art is for everyone.
6. Alex Heffron Quintet and Davis Contemporary Dance Company
Union Station
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23
Doors Open Denver rubs elbows with opening-weekend festivities for RTD's new Train to the Plane at Union Station, which also serves as DOD's information hub. The talented youth jazz musicians of the Alex Heffron Quintet will entertain on the plaza, accompanied by art deco-inspired moves from the Davis Contemporary Dance Company. In an act of killing three birds with one stone, the concert also celebrates National Jazz Appreciation Month, along with Denver's architecture and its transit system.
7. Write Denver hosts The Big Lift: Salvaging the Milheim House
Lighthouse Writers Workshop
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24

The beautiful Victorian-era Denver Square known as the Milheim House is now home to Denver's Lighthouse Writers Workshop. But not everyone knows the structure's wild history and how it was transported down Colfax Avenue by trailer from its original location on Pennsylvania Street to its current home at Colfax and Race Street in 1989. Lighthouse's Write Denver project will provide writing prompts for visitors to muse over as they tour the house and try to determine which architectural elements are original and which are new. Spend some time getting to know the old mansion while paying homage to Denver's architectural past and present.

While free, a few other Bonfils-Stanton events are ticketed, and you'll have to check ahead online and see if reservations are still open before heading over. Free tickets are sold out for a fashion exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens, but anyone can still drop in and see it on Saturday and Sunday by paying the regular DBG gate admission. Find out what else is going on around the city – from tours to talks – this weekend at the Doors Open Denver website.
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