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The 21 Best Events in Denver, February 14-20, 2017

The 21 Best Events in Denver, February 14-20, 2017
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click to enlarge Eat like a president with Adrian Miller. - COURTESY ADRIAN MILLER
Eat like a president with Adrian Miller.
Courtesy Adrian Miller
Saturday, February 18

Author, food historian and Denverite Adrian Miller just penned his second book, The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families From the Washingtons to the Obamas. Join Miller and a few special guests for a book-launch party on Saturday, February 18, at the History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway. A free reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. will include food and drinks and an opportunity to have your copy of the book signed by the author, who is also bringing in past presidential culinary notables as well as presidential reenactors for a meet-and-greet. VIP tickets are also available, which will get you in the door at 4 p.m. for more intimate mingling and a wider range of refreshments that include White House recipes from the book, along with an autographed copy of the book itself. Visit Miller’s website, adrianemiller.com, to purchase tickets or to make a donation to help cover the expenses of the party.

Plan to spend the day at Civic Center Park on Saturday, February 18, where a pair of protests should attract the crowds. At 11 a.m., Denver’s chapter of One Billion Rising — a global movement to end violence against women — will host a rally to support “our indigenous sisters, especially our sister Red Fawn Fallis, who is currently a political prisoner in North Dakota,” according to the organizers. The date for this event was moved from February 14 because that has long been a day to “raise awareness for missing and murdered indigenous women,” they note; the schedule change places the One Billion Rising rally right before the Defend Our Constitution March, which starts at 1:30 p.m. “Since November, Denver has been a platform for peaceful protesting that has gained notoriety across the globe,” says the Facebook page for the event, which was organized by Queen Phoenix. “Let’s continue to unite in solidarity, forming a force too big to ignore. These policies are affecting our reputation as an entire country. These policies are affecting people worldwide and creating new dangers. Let’s defend our Constitution. Let’s defend our rights. Let’s march. Let’s make bold signs. Let’s make noise. Let’s create change.” Find more information on the One Billion Rising Facebook page and the Defend Our Constitution Facebook page.

Two big shows open on Saturday, February 18, at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 West Dale Street. Photographer Larry Hulst started shooting rock concerts in the late ’60s so that he could come away from a show “with something more original than a T-shirt,” he says. His photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including Rolling Stone, as well as on Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton and Grateful Dead album covers and the walls of the Los Angeles International Airport. In Front Row Center, he’ll display 58 of his photographs that showcase music legends from the past fifty years. Painter Don Coen, who grew up on a farm in Lamar, began his art career painting abstract works — but he has spent the past two decades working on a series of fifteen paintings of migrant workers, based on photographs he captured across the rural United States. He says this work depicts a part of the country most people never bother to look at, and he hopes it will bring much-needed attention to farmworkers nationwide. Both shows run through May 21 and are included with the museum’s $15 admission; for more information, go to
csfineartscenter.org. 

Sunday, February 19


If you’ve been to the Denver Art Museum over the past few weeks, you’ve seen the first several of thirteen site-specific installations going up, all part of Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place. The show includes paintings, sculptures, large-scale fiber works, animation and video installations, all taking up questions of Mexican-American identity, memory, history and displacement. Each of the artists is a mid-career or emerging Latino artist of Mexican heritage, addressing life in the western United States. The complete exhibition opens Sunday, February 19, and runs through October 22, at the DAM’s Hamilton Building, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway. The exhibit is included in the price of museum admission; for more information, go to denverartmuseum.org.

Love weed — and in love yourself? The Cannabis Wedding Expo, hosted by marijuana industry veterans, allows couples to engage in the newest progressive wedding trend: incorporating marijuana into their special day. The show features more than sixty vendors that offer a variety of ways to include your love of cannabis in the wedding nuptials in a classy and tasteful way — from a bud bar or live glass-blowing at the reception to cannabis boutonnieres for your groomsmen. The expo runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 19, at the Falls Event Center, 8199 Southpark Court in Littleton; admission is $10. Get tickets here.
click to enlarge Camp Amache internees waiting for a train. - COLORADO.GOV
Camp Amache internees waiting for a train.
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At 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 19, the History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, will host the Day of Remembrance, commemorating the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which led to the wartime incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent in the United States. Many of them wound up at Camp Amache, the concentration camp outside Granada in southeastern Colorado. Adele Arakawa will emcee a free program that includes a speech by Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, a professor in the Department of Asian American Studies at UCLA who has extensively researched the post-war resettlement of Japanese Americans, particularly in Colorado, and an audience discussion. After the program, you’re free to tour the center. But don’t be fooled by the Camp Amache exhibit that boasts a barrack that would fit in at a nice summer camp: The reality was much grimmer for the 9,000 people who spent the war years there, a stark reminder today of the dangers of painting immigrants with a broad brush.  Find out more on historycolorado.org.

With Dinner, Ideas ’N Exchange (DINE), Colorado Humanities is bringing history to life in a way that you can hear, touch and, most important, taste. Join a throng of lifelong learners hungry for knowledge and Tuscan cuisine at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 19, for a performance by Becky Stone, a Chautauqua scholar who gives a magnetic portrayal of Harriet Tubman, the revered abolitionist, Union Spy and humanitarian who helped people escape the horrors of slavery through the Underground Railroad. The event is at Brio Tuscan Grille, 2500 East First Avenue; the cost is $50, and reservations are required because of limited seating. Call 303-894-7951 or visit coloradohumanities.org to learn more and buy tickets.

Last month, following a campaign of tweeted exhortations from the show’s loyal fans, TruTV announced that it had ordered a third season of Those Who Can’t. While fans who’ve followed the career of Ben Roy — from his debauched Los Comicos Hilariosos days all the way through to the season premiere of the sitcom he co-created — rejoice in his success, many lament the scarcity of opportunities to see him perform live these days. Fortunately, Roy’s back in Denver for a special one-night-only headlining engagement at his home club, the Comedy Works Downtown, 1226 15th Street, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, February 19. Admission is $12; call 303-595-3637 or visit comedyworks.com to buy tickets for this rare treat. 


Monday, February 20

While he might currently be stuck broiling in the Las Vegas heat like a Christmas ham, Sam Tallent is a Denverite through and through. With a growing list of TV credits that includes Viceland’s Flophouse and Comedy Central’s Road to Roast Battle (where he claimed victory), Tallent is finally gaining a fitting platform for his quick-witted riffs and cultish charisma. Welcome the big lummox home to a pair of headlining engagements at each branch of his home club, Comedy Works, starting at 8 p.m. Monday, February 20, at the downtown location, 1226 15th Street, and following up on Tuesday, February 21, at the Landmark club, 5345 Landmark Place in Greenwood Village. Admission to either show is $12; call 303-595-3637 or visit comedyworks.com to learn more and buy tickets. 

Remember the “W” days, when George Bush the younger was in office and we thought it was the worst thing ever? Who knew that we’d now recall that time with a certain nostalgia? Looking back, Buntport Theater saw renewed relevance in its play The 30th of Baydak, originally staged in 2003 in response to the policies of the second Bush administration, and decided to resurrect it for one night as a reading. “The 30th of Baydak is a small, sweet, gentle play about a large, ragged and ugly topic: dictatorship,” wrote Juliet Wittman in Westword in 2003. Get the picture? Join the audience and ponder the mess we’re all in together at 8 p.m. Monday, February 20, at Buntport, 717 Lipan Street. For tickets, $8, go to
buntport.com.
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