Things to Do

Eight Things to Do for Free in Denver This Week

U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo hosts a reading Thursday.
U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo hosts a reading Thursday. Paul Abdoo/

This week is a real free-for-all, with virtual events bringing the world to you, from a film about dog-mushing to a conversation with Mexican artists who were at the first Biennial of the Americas in 2010.

Here are the ten best free things to do this week:

Jess T. Dugan Interview
Premiering Wednesday, October 14

Last month, the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art at Colorado State University opened the Jess T. Dugan: C.A.R.S. Online virtual exhibition, which runs until next September. Now you can hear from the artist, who visited CSU in 2019 and explores issues of identity through photographic portraiture. Watch the interview and find out more here.

Dave Logan: If These Walls Could Talk: Denver Broncos
Thursday, October 15, 5 p.m.

Tattered Cover welcomes Dave Logan for a live-stream program as he talks about his new book, If These Walls Could Talk: Denver Broncos. Watch the live stream here.

Our Songs Came Through: A Night of Indigenous Poetry
Thursday, October 15, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Indigenous poet Joy Harjo kicked off her second groundbreaking year as U.S. Poet Laureate with the release of When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry, a new collection she edited. The first dedicated anthology of its kind, the tome contains work by more than 160 poets, representing nearly 100 indigenous nations. Five of those notable poets will present work during a virtual reading celebrating Indigenous People’s Day. Register with a donation of $5 at Eventbrite; to receive access free of charge, email [email protected] to be added to the guest list.

Seasonal Poetry: Evan Lowe and Special Guest Poets
Thursday, October 15, 7 p.m.

And there's more poetry: The Loveland Museum moves its poet laureate poetry program to the Rialto Theater for a special, socially distanced performance, where concessions and bar will be open. Proceeds from ticket sales ($5 each) benefit the Loveland Cultural Services Department; however, a live-stream service will be provided for free to the community. Find out more here.

Stories From the Frontlines of the Criminal Justice System
Thursday, October 15, 7 p.m.

As part of Motus Theater’s JustUs, formerly incarcerated leaders Juaquin Mobley, Astro Allison, Dereck Bell and Daniel Guillory will tell autobiographical stories about the racism and injustice of the criminal justice system; Spirit of Grace (of Flobots fame) will offer a cappella accompaniment. After their online performance, state Representative Serena Gonzalez-Gutierrez will be part of a Q&A on Colorado's first-in-the-nation law enforcement reform bill that passed in June and includes such provisions as banning chokeholds, overhauling the use of force, and significantly expanding the use of body cameras. Sign up here.
click to enlarge Gonzalo Lebrija, "History of Suspended Time," from the  2010 Denver Biennial Festival. - BIENNIAL OF THE AMERICAS
Gonzalo Lebrija, "History of Suspended Time," from the 2010 Denver Biennial Festival.
Biennial of the Americas
Biennial CDMX Artists: Where Are They Now?
Friday, October 16, 9 a.m.

In the sixth and final installment of the Denver-portal programming, arts journalist Ray Rinaldi will interview two Mexico-based artists and one curator who participated in the 2010 Biennial of the Americas: Gonzalo Lebrija, Jeronimo Hagerman and Paola Santoscoy. Sign up here.

Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic
Friday, October 16, 7 p.m.

Someone You Love is a poignant, serious documentary about five women affected by HPV, the controversial virus that causes several types of cancer, including cervical. A moderated Q&A will follow the virtual viewing of the film. The free program is presented by Arts and Wellness; register here.

International Archaeology Day at Roxborough State Park
Saturday, October 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Roxborough State Park Visitor Center

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is sponsoring special programs for International Archaeology Day, starting with a lecture by Jack Warner at 9 a.m. and again at 10:30 a.m. on life in the Roxborough and Hogback area over the last 15,000 years; they'll be followed by an archaeological walk-and-talk program at 10:30 a.m. and again at noon. The programs are free, but you must sign up and pay $9 for a daily park pass or show a valid annual pass. Find out more here.

Know of other great free events around town? Send information to [email protected]
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