The 21 Best Events in Denver This Week, January 6 through January 12

This is how the West was fun!
This is how the West was fun! National Western Stock Show
The holidays are behind us, and now we can get down to the serious business of having fun in this city, experiencing all that Denver and the state have to offer. For starters, the Denver Public Library's Winter of Reading is under way, opening up a world of words. And yeehaw! The National Western Stock Show rides into town later this week. Keep reading for more of the best events in and around town.

Monday, January 6

Swoon to sounds that evoke a timeless rural landscape without ever leaving metro Denver when the Sawicki-Shafer-Wisekal Trio invites you on a journey through music and time at Pastoral Past and Present. Curated by trio founders Joshua Sawicki (piano), Jason Shafer (clarinet) and Ian Wisekal (oboe), the concert program includes works from Franz Schubert, Camille Saint-Saëns, Loren Loiacono and more, transporting the audience to a simpler era with classical paens to natural splendor. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, January 6, at Dazzle, 1512 Curtis Street; for tickets, $10 to $25, and more info, go to

Tuesday, January 7

Have you heard the news? The journalism business faces big challenges, as outlined in a report released late in 2019 by PEN America. At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7, PEN will partner with the Colorado Media Project to host Local News in Colorado: Big Picture Solutions, a panel that includes Alan Prendergast, who wrote PEN's chapter on the Denver media; Nicole Ingui Davies, state librarian for Colorado; Melissa Milios Davis, vice president for Strategic Communications and Informed Communities at the Gates Family Foundation; Donna Bryson, Denverite’s housing and hunger reporter; and Laura Frank of Rocky Mountain PBS. The free program is at the Central Denver Public Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway; RSVP at

In January 2015, American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson captivated the world with their effort to climb the Dawn Wall, a seemingly impossible, 3,000-foot-high rock face in Yosemite National Park. The pair lived on the sheer vertical cliff for weeks, igniting a frenzy of global media attention. But for Caldwell, the Dawn Wall was much more than just a climb. He'll share his story following a screening of the documentary film The Dawn Wall at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 7, at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science's Phipps Theater, 2001 Colorado Boulevard. Tickets are $20 for DMNS members, $25 for non-members; find out more at

While the Denver Public Library inspires kids to read in the warmer months during the Summer of Reading, the DPL focuses on adults during the colder months of the year. For a very adult evening, head to Roxy Broadway, 554 South Broadway, for a Winter of Reading Kick Off Party: Night of Comedy With John "Hippieman" Novosad. As Hippieman, based out of Denver's Comedy Works, Novosad has performed in clubs, theaters and bars across the country for over thirty years. He'll perform from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7, in a free show pushing the Winter of Reading, which officially started January 2. Find out more about the program at

Wednesday, January 8

On March 15, the Denver Art Museum will open Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington; in anticipation of that show, the Petrie Institute of Western American Art's annual symposium — this year on Wednesday, January 8 — will consider the unlikely pairing of Winslow Homer, known for his depictions of rocky Eastern coastlines, and Frederic Remington, famous for his vision of the American West. Patty Limerick, head of the Center of the American West, will moderate a panel that includes Thomas Smith and Jennifer Henneman of the Denver Art Museum; Diana Greenwold of the Portland Museum of Art; Maggie Adler of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art; and Mark Thistlethwaite of Texas Christian University. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Sharp Auditorium on the lower level of the DAM, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway; tickets are $55 for museum members, $65 for non-members. Find more information at 720-913-0123 or

click to enlarge Outdoor enthusiasts have a lot on the line this week. - JOHN KIRK/INTERNATIONAL SPORTSMAN'S EXPO
Outdoor enthusiasts have a lot on the line this week.
John Kirk/International Sportsman's Expo
Thursday, January 9

The International Sportsmen's Expo returns to Denver for a 44th season with a lot more in its bag than just hunting and fishing info. When the show opens at noon on Thursday, January 9, in the vast Colorado Convention Center, it will debut the intimate Campfire Theater, where you'll get an insider's look at Colorado's non-hunting and -fishing recreational offerings. Sessions include the U.S. Forest Service’s Bryan Fons providing newbies with basics on this state's outdoor activities (2:30 p.m. January 9), and Chris Yuan-Farrell, a senior program officer with Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), and Jason Blevins, co-founder and reporter at the Colorado Sun, discussing protecting Colorado’s pristine wilderness while having fun (1:30 p.m. January 10). In between and all around, you can browse through hundreds of displays and demonstrations. The expo runs through Sunday, January 12, and daily admission is $16, with kids fifteen and under admitted free. Learn more at

As winter marches on through the new year, nothing shakes off the cold-weather doldrums like a walk through a tropical paradise. Can’t afford an island cruise? The annual Orchid Showcase, running Thursday, January 9, through February 15 at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, might be the next best thing. Wander through dozens of orchids in bloom in the Orangery and Marnie's Pavilion; if you’re a collector, you’ll want to hold out for a Saturday stroll, when Colorado orchid grower Fantasy Orchids will be in the house selling rare beauties from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (DBG members get a 10 percent discount). Admission is included in the regular gate fee; find information at

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