You don't need to venture out into the cold to find entertainment and education opportunities this week. Online options range from an opera premiere to lectures on Denver's diverse communities and Colorado cemeteries. And here's the heartwarming news: You won't have to pay a penny to experience any of these.
Keep reading for the ten best free things to do in Denver this week.
Wednesday, October 28, and Thursday, October 29
See the Wine Dog Pictures short film "Remembering Us," based on the true story of Denver actor Scott Takeda, who suffered a traumatic brain injury and spending most of 2016 in bed, unable to find a solution...until he discovered MMJ. “At first I didn’t want to try cannabis because I grew up in the Reagan ‘Just Say No’ era,” says Takeda. “When I did, I saw dramatic results. That inspired me to co-write and co-direct a film with my wife Lori Allred, who was my caretaker.” The film is showing as part of the virtual edition of the ME Film Festival; find out more here.
Justice for Raverro Screening and Discussion
Wednesday, October 28, 5 p.m.
On April 20, 2018, artist Raverro Stinnett survived a near-fatal assault at Union Station, at the hands of Allied Security guards. Emancipation Theater Company and the Armory, along with MCA Denver, will present I Am Raverro: The Story of Raverro Stinnett, a multimedia performance-art piece written by Jeff Campbell and produced by Jeannene Bragg; Playground Ensemble will accompany the work. A discussion will follow with RTD boardmember Shontel Lewis. Sign up here.
Voces en Arte:Emanuel Martinez & Victor Escobedo
Wednesday, October 28, 6 p.m.
History Colorado continues its series of discussions with artists celebrated in Hecho en Colorado. This round features Emanual Martinez and Victor Escobedo in conversation with exhibit curator and Latino Cultural Arts Center founder Adrianna Abarca. Sign up here.
29th Annual Civil Rights Awards
Wednesday, October 28, 6 p.m.
NEWSED Community Development Corporation will hand out the awards virtually in this 29th annual ceremony celebrating civil-rights achievements and anniversaries of the past. The speakers will include previous honorees: Brother Jeff Fard (2005); Anthony Garcia (2001); Qusair Mohamedbhai (2017) and Lisa Calderón (2013). Find out more and watch the awards here.
The Archaeology and Demography of Colorado Cemeteries
Wednesday, October 28, 7 p.m.
In the latest Museum Unlocked program, Dr. Erin Baxter will explore the origins, art, history, demographics and archaeology of Colorado cemeteries, and share findings of University of Colorado Boulder student-led research at Boulder’s Columbia Cemetery. The history of funerary grounds, tombstones, graveyards, mausoleums and other post-colonial burial practices will be explored, too, as will the origins of death practices themselves. Sign up here.
Understanding Our City's History: Downtown Denver's Diverse Neighborhoods
Thursday, October 29, 8 to 9:30 a.m.
Many diverse neighborhoods make up downtown Denver. In this free, online program hosted by Historic Denver and the Downtown Denver Partnership, hear from a panel of experts on three of them: Terri Gentry on the Five Points neighborhood; Gregorio Alcaro on the Auraria neighborhood; and Gil Asakawa on the Sakura Square neighborhood. Dr. Nicki Gonzales, vice provost for Diversity and Inclusion at Regis University, will moderate. Sign up here.
Monster Movie Madness
Thursday, October 29, 7 to 8:20 p.m.; Friday, October 30, 7 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, October 31, 7 to 8:40 p.m.
ARTAOS, 2822 East 17th Avenue
ARTAOS Gallery wants to put you in the Halloween mood with a three-night series of outdoor film screenings, beginning on October 29 with the campy 1959 Vincent Price classic, The House on Haunted Hill. The 1925 silent version of Phantom of the Opera set to the music of Daft Punk follows on October 30, and on October 31, the original 1922 silent version of Nosferatu with music by Radiohead wraps things up. Admission is free, but you must reserve one of eight seats available for each screening in advance here.
Date Night: Supernatural
Thursday, October 29, 8 p.m.
Grab your drink and your date and cozy up for an online journey to autumnal other worlds. Commune with animals, hear from Dr. Erin Baxter, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science curator of Muggle Studies and the Dark Arts, and feel the pull of the moon while getting familiar with the way ancient people around the world celebrated the turning of the seasons. Free, but donations welcome; find out more here.
Boo-tiful Northside Mural Challenge
Through October 31
Hundreds of expressive murals can be seen throughout nearly every neighborhood in north Denver. Some are bold and proudly adorn buildings, community gardens, school buses and campers. Others are hidden in alleys, on benches, shipping containers, utility boxes and mailboxes, or garage doors. All are a testament to the creative juices flowing through the area. And you could win a valuable prize just for finding one and taking a selfie.The Denver North Star Newspaper just hit its one-year anniversary and is hosting a mural selfie challenge to celebrate. Participants should put on a costume and find amazing murals to take a selfie with, then post the photo on Instagram @denvernorthstar or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight October 31. A panel of celebrity muralist judges, including north Denver's own Jolt, will select the winners. Find all the details here.
The Trial of Susan B. Anthony
Through November 8
Although the digital world premiere of The Trial of Susan B. Anthony, written and composed by Steven Mark Kohn and performed by Adriana Zabala and Myra Huang, was October 26, you can still catch the show and a panel hosted by tenor Lawrence Brownlee, joined by the composer; Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote; and Deborah L. Hughes, president and CEO of the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House. Opera Colorado is a sponsor; sign up here for access.
Know of any great free events around town? Send information to email@example.com, and watch for updates through the week.
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