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Five Things to Do in Denver When It's (Almost) Dead This Weekend

Last day for the Black Love Mural Festival art.
Last day for the Black Love Mural Festival art.
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If you haven't seen the Black Love Mural Festival art in Civic Center Park, today is your last chance. You can also shop in Cherry Creek, support the trans community, explore art by federal prison inmates and listen to stories.

Explore your world today — even if you don't want to leave your home. Here are five ways to do it.

Cherry Creek North Sidewalk Sale
Through Sunday, August 9
Cherry Creek North
A pandemic isn't stopping Cherry Creek North's fiftieth annual sidewalk sale, when dozens of local businesses will offer sales and discounts on service and merchandise (all while observing social distancing rules). Follow the red balloons to look for deals. And on Saturday, many of the stores will be hosting live music, too. Find out more here.

Brokenhood: The Art of Healing Through Community
Through August 29
Fremont Center for the Arts, Cañon City

The Create Arts Platform, a program teaching and encouraging art at the federal prison in Cañon City, unveiled The Color of Hope: Diminishing Darkness Through Creation in 2019 at the Fremont Center for the Arts. A second show, The Color of Hope: Humanity Rising, this spring at the Denver Seminary displayed more work by inmates serving life sentences. Now the final installment of the Color of Hope, Brokenhood: The Art of Healing Through Community, showcases art produced during the struggle that people in the program took together as they explored art and themselves. Beyond the works by artists featured in the show, there are over 100 supplementary pieces on display and for sale that have been created by CAP participants and inmates in the Administrative Maximum Penitentiary. The show runs through August 29, and admission is free (on opening night, too); go to fremontarts.org for more information.

Black Arts Festival
Sunday, August 9, 7 p.m.

After 33 years, the Colorado Black Arts Festival made the difficult decision to cancel its 34th annual live festival dedicated to developing, promoting and celebrating African arts and culture in Colorado. Initially scheduled for July 10 to 12 in City Park, it's now been replaced with a free, virtual festival on YouTube. And there's still plenty to see and do: Organizers reached out to some of the best African Diaspora performers to present jazz, blues, R&B, gospel, dance, theater and more; visual artists will also showcase their work. Learn more at colbaf.org.

March for Trans Rights
Sunday, August 9, noon to 5 p.m.

Meet at the State Capitol at noon on Sunday to join hundreds of transgender people and their allies for a rally with speeches and a march through downtown Denver. Find out more here.

Story Slam Presents: Family Reunion
Sunday, August 9, 6 p.m.

This virtual program will feature five-minute stories with the theme of "race"; the ten storytellers participated in a seven-week workshop during which they developed personal narratives presented through the lens of anti-racism work. The workshop was co-led by Johanna Walker, speaker, trainer and host of Boulder's Story Slam, and Darryl Piggott, L.A.-based educator, with mixed-race groups of people from all over the country, spanning six decades in age. Register here; donations are requested of at least $5, which will go to Black Lives Matter.

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Boulder Fringe Festival
Wednesday, August 12, through August 23

The 2020 Boulder Fringe Festival has a new look, with a mix of virtual and live, socially distanced performances and some live, socially distanced shows, beginning on August 12 with the annual “All You Can Eat Artist Buffet” preview night. All kinds of madness will ensue over the next twelve days, so we’re giving you extra time to chart a course through the schedule of indie entertainment; tickets range from $3 to $15 per show in advance here.

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