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Six Things to Do In and Around Denver Today

Artist Cal Duran, "Anti-Klan Protests of Jose Hilario Cortez."
Artist Cal Duran, "Anti-Klan Protests of Jose Hilario Cortez."
Cal Duran, Firehouse Art Center

Have an arty day in the Mile High City. November 8 is the last day of Denver Arts Week(end), with both online and in-person activities; see the entire lineup on the Denver Arts Week(end) website. The Denver Film Festival ends today, too; get those details here.

Here are six more things to do in and around Denver today:

Founding Our Future: An Arts Declaration of What’s Possible
Extended through 5 p.m. Monday, November 9

Through the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Arts Across America series, Youth on Record and other members of Colorado’s creative community created the presentation Founding Our Future: An Arts Declaration of What’s Possible. This collaborative performance shares the voices of the nation’s youth while amplifying the untold and unseen histories of the Colorado West through poetry, dance, music, video, sound art and storytelling. By popular demand, the free program is available through 5 p.m. November 9; sign up here.

Día de los Muertos 2020: Our Past and Present
Through Sunday, November 8, noon to 5 p.m. (by appointment only)
Firehouse Art Center, 667 Fourth Avenue, Longmont

Every year, Firehouse observes Día de los Muertos with an art show, but for this year’s exhibition, curator Grace Gutierrez tasked Colorado artists Cal Duran, Javier Flores, Adrian Raya and Ramon Trujillo with creating a trio of altars honoring political Latinx heroes and activists in Colorado who stood up for Chicano rights, fought the Ku Klux Klan and lost their lives to police brutality and profiling. Find out more here.

Cherry Creek Gift Festival
Open November 8, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with select weekend dates through December 13; December 18 through 24, daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cherry Creek Shopping Center, 3000 East First Avenue

Halloween’s over. Hello, happy holidays. This is a tough year to work up a merry mood for shopping, but the holiday markets, both live and virtual, are starting to line up on the calendar, right up to Christmas Eve. The Cherry Creek Gift Festival, one of the first, is a new indoor market that will pop up this week with 75 vendors on weekends (and daily for the week before Christmas) in a sizable vacant first-floor space at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. RSVP for the free fest in advance at Eventbrite.

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Colorado Day of the Dead 2020
Weekends through November 22, 4 to 9 p.m.
2020 La Plaza Colorado,15200 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora

Colorado Latin Fashion Week and its founder, Norberto Mojardin, might have come up with the most comprehensive and COVID-conscious Día de los Muertos celebration yet: It’s spread out over three weekends, by thirty-minute timed-entry slots from 4 to 9 p.m. on each date, centered around an enormous altar created by at-risk children and teens, with help from guest artists who take the lead while the young folks learn new art skills. “The purpose of Day of the Dead 2020 is to bring the community together in this hard time. It is now more important than ever to remember our loved ones who passed away during the COVID-19 pandemic,” say the organizers. Vendors and food trucks will be on hand, too. Admission: $5 to $10, with timed-entry reservations at Eventbrite.

Zoom Kink-a-Thon Fundraiser for the Denver Sanctuary
Sunday, November 8, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

These are rough times for Denver’s BDSM scene, and if you want to lend a hand to the people whose hands are jonesing to spank you, head online for this Zoom-based telethon raising funds for the Denver Sanctuary. One of the city’s best dungeons, the Sanctuary has been shut down and tied up with COVID concerns, and it needs your help to catch up on rent. There will be workshops in bootblacking, bondage and fireplay, theatrical performances and so much more. Donations encouraged; get details at denversanctuary.com.

Women in Horror
Sunday, November 8, 4 p.m.

BookBar hosts a conversation with female horror writers Alma Katsu, Jo Kaplan, Kathleen Kaufman and Lisa Morton. The roundtable discussion with the authors will include a Q&A. RSVP to events@bookbardenver.com to receive the Zoom link.

And a plan-ahead bonus:

Virtual Tour of the Universe, Family Edition
Wednesday, November 11, 6:30 p.m.; Adults Only 8 p.m.
Stop twiddling your thumbs in front of the boob tube and educate yourselves: The Denver Museum of Nature & Science chose a subject that everyone loves — the geography of the infinite universe — for this online tour separated into one session for families and a racier show for grownups only that blends in some comedy and sexy mythological references. Both virtual events have plenty of seating; adults pay an $8 fee in advance for either version. Find details and register here.

Know of a great event around town? Send information to editorial@westword.com.

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