One of the best holidays of the year is coming up on February 11: National Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day. To help you get in the spirit, we've rounded up a few free events that should help you celebrate things big and small. For more event listings, check out the online Westword calendar -- and if you know of other great free activities, share information in the comments section below.
Share Your Bike Love at BikeDenver (Tuesday, free) Denver might be on pace with Amsterdam when it comes to pot, but it's not quite as bike-friendly. In an effort to make Broadsterdam more accommodating, many local peddlers are getting together to convince Mayor Michael Hancock to extend a protected bike lane from I-70 and Brighton Boulevard down Broadway to I-25. Wheel your way to the BikeDenver headquarters tonight to send some valentines to Denver's mayor. Later this week, there will be an organized bike ride and love-in rally at the City and County Building. Learn all the details at tonight's gathering.Dare Not Walk Alone screening at Dikeou (Wednesday, free)
If you haven't yet observed Black History Month, tonight would be an amazing time to start. New York-based artist Jeremy Dean will be at this screening of his documentaryDare Not Walk Alone
, to discuss this untold chapter of the civil rights movement. In 1964, the town of St. Augustine, Florida was one of the most violent hotbeds of segregation; some forty years later, the town is still in racial despair. The film is a wake-up call for every American, so don't miss this special opportunity to see it for free and hear from its creator.
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Chicano Exhibit Opening Reception at Museo de las Americas (Thursday, free) The newest exhibit at Museo de las Americas, opening tonight, not only provides insight into the Chicano Movimiento, but also the social climate of 1970s Denver. Artists including Carlos Fresquez, Delilah Montoya, Daniel Salazar and Francisco Zamora have produced audio, film, photography and paintings paying homage to the Chicano crusade in our city. RSVP here if you want to attend the opening.