Denver Arts Week continues through November 11, adding to the already abundant number of entertaining options around town. The calendar is overflowing with opportunities to see films, catch art shows and eat cereal; here are the 21 best events this week, in chronological order.
Tuesday, November 7
Since the 1980s, writer and experimental filmmaker Abigail Child has been pushing the boundaries of cinematic representation, tackling subjects as diverse as gender politics, public space and childhood. She’ll bring her multi-screen installation MirrorWorld to Counterpath Gallery, 7935 East 14th Avenue, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 7, for a show that will stay up through November 28; using split screens that mirror each other, Child uses the piece to explore women’s bodies through Bollywood iconography and more. At the opening reception, Child will read from her latest book, Mouth to Mouth, and will be joined by writers Carolina Ebeid and Serena Chopra. For more information, go to counterpathpress.org.
Wednesday, November 8
Fundraisers with art perks are the best, if you prefer ending up with something to take home that you really love instead of another “fireplace date basket” or dry-cleaning gift certificate. The Colorado Photographic Arts Center’s Walk Away With Art benefit, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8, is just that kind of animal. Ten professional local photographers have provided fifty original signed works for the event, and added excitement lies in how the order of art-grabbing partiers is chosen: by drawing numbers. Take your chances, meet the artists and enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres; the price of a ticket, of which there are only fifty, is $125 per individual or $150 per couple. CPAC is at 1070 Bannock Street; learn more at cpacphoto.org/wawa or call 303-837-1341.
Whatever happened to sitting at the kitchen table, reading printed materials while you slurp up coffee and a bowl of cereal? Relive a domestic slice of the not-so-distant past at the Denver Zine Library’s Zines and Cereal, an informal zine market and cereal party at Europa Coffeehouse with comfort food so cheap that you’ll be able to add to your own zine library without wasting your wallet. Eat and read on Thursday, November 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Europa, 76 South Pennsylvania Street; admission is free, and coffee and cereal (gluten-free with vegan milk is an option, hipsters!) are both available for $2 each. Visit the event’s Facebook page for details.
Hip-hop dance takes flight in a rare collaboration between the aerial dancers of Frequent Flyers Productions and the breakdancers of Block 1750, two Boulder companies as different as night and day. The resulting culture clash, Aerial Street View, pairs dancers simultaneously spinning on the floor and hanging from the ceiling, all to the sounds of Denver freak-folkers Chimney Choir. “To our knowledge, this is the first mashup of aerial dance and breaking,” notes Frequent Flyers artistic director Nancy Smith. “Both art forms trace their birth to the 1970s, and Boulder is home to some of the best in the world in both art forms.” Snatch up tickets while you can for one of six performances over two weekends, beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, November 10, and running through November 18 at the Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder; tickets are $24 to $28 at tickets.thedairy.org.
Colorado-based Hex Publishers, long out to prove to the world that our state is home to some of the best crime, horror and sci-fi authors around, takes that stand with its latest release, Blood Business: Crime Stories From This World and Beyond, a stellar all-Colorado crime collection in two parts, pulled together by Hex publisher Josh Viola and Denver author Mario Acevedo. Meet the editors and several of the authors, including Carter Wilson, Jeanne C. Stein, Manuel Ramos and Jason Heller, from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, November 10, at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2526 East Colfax Avenue; admission is free, but the book will set you back $27.99. Learn more at tatteredcover.com and hexpublishers.com.
Most Americans are embarrassingly ignorant about what our kindly neighbors in the Great White North get up to, which is a shame, because cities such as Toronto are fostering a diverse coalition of creatives who’ve come together to create one of the most vibrant arts scenes in the entire world. Denverites can enjoy a sampling of artists, filmmakers and other creatives from The 6 at What a Place to Be Alive: Moving Images From Toronto, hosted by the Dikeou Pop-Up Gallery at 312 East Colfax Avenue, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 10. Works include Weeda Azim’s Herat in My Head in My Heart, which explores how the realities of war complicate homesickness via a long distance call between Canada and Afghanistan; a deeply personal travelogue from Nicholas Kovats; Super 8 films documenting Toronto’s occult scene by Sue Johnson; and much more. Admission is $10 or pay what you can; no one will be turned away. Curious minds can learn more at collectivemisnomer.com.
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If you think the Junior League is old-fashioned, consider all that it’s done. It played a key role in starting the ongoing Red Rocks concert series and published every Colorado mom’s go-to culinary guide, the Colorado Cache Cookbook. One of its long-running traditions, the annual Mile High Holiday Mart, boasts over 100 vendors — everything from bangles to beef to baubles to bedclothes will be for sale — and is many a holiday shopper’s first and only destination. This year’s installment takes place over three days starting Friday, November 10, at the University of Denver’s Gates Field House, 2201 East Asbury Avenue; hours are noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For just $10, you’re sure to find the perfect gift for your great-aunt Dorothy in the warren of booths. Want a sneak peek at the goods? VIP tickets, $40, include parking and get you in the door at 10 a.m. on Friday; they’re only available in advance, at jld.org.
Forget First Friday. Who likes wandering between galleries in the cold and fighting doorway bottlenecks with nothing to sustain your weary body but a bowl of pretzel crumbs set up on a card table in the corner? Second Friday is where it’s at — specifically, the second Friday in November, when the Pancakes & Booze Art Show returns to Denver. Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton Street, is hosting the traveling underground-art soirée on Friday, November 10, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. There will be flapjacks (carbs to keep your energy up!) and libations (for hydration, of course). There will also be tons of emerging artists selling work in all mediums, body painters employing living canvases for their art, DJs and more. Tickets to the 21+ event are just $10; get yours at ticketfly.com, and come hungry.
With storms — both literal and metaphorical — ravaging the world, it’s hard to have a good time without feeling a little guilty. Fortunately, Fort Greene’s new monthly party, The Prelude, lets you dance the night away while championing social change. Each month, DJ Neon Brown will spin a mix of hip-hop, soul and funk at the bar while raising money for and/or bringing awareness to various issues. October’s event was a fundraiser for hurricane victims; this month, Prelude attendees can sign a petition to abolish private prisons in Colorado, all while enjoying happy-hour drink specials. Party the pain away from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, November 10, at Fort Greene, 321 East 45th Avenue. Get more information on the Fort Greene Facebook page.