Take yourself on a tour of the city: On August 4, the Denver Architecture Foundation is releasing two audio-tour journeys, free and accessible at denveraudiotours.org, featuring 24 locations that highlight more than a century of the city's architecture and cultural history. You can choose between “Downtown Denver: A Game of City and Empire Builders” or “Civic Center Park: A Speerian Play”; both tours can be taken at your own pace — all while following social distancing protocols.
That's just the start of the free events in Denver today; here are other options that you can enjoy in the privacy of your own home...or in person.
Anti-Racism for White Allies Community Discussion
Tuesday, August 4, 5:30 p.m.
Raices Brewing, 2060 West Colfax Avenue
Councilwoman Jamie Torres is joining forces with Raices Brewing Co. to host this panel with Regina Jackson, Race 2 Dinner; Jenn Piper, American Friends Service Committee; community leader Tania Valenzuela; and Roberto Montoya, RaceForward, Government Alliance for Racial Equity. Register for in-person attendance here; or watch on Facebook live starting at 6 p.m. Find out more at facebook.com/RaicesBrewing/.
Vail Dance Festival NOW: Premieres
Tuesday, August 4, 6 p.m.
The Vail Dance Festival is virtual this year, with many free programs you can watch online. NOW: Premieres includes a world premiere choreographed by Bobbi Jene Smith with dancers Melissa Toogood, Calvin Royal III and Smith herself joining in the dance made in and for the virtual space; the program also features "Rise Wait Climb Through," a 2018 world premiere choreographed by Justin Peck, with a commission scored by Caroline Shaw. See the full festival schedule at vaildance.org; register for this free program here.
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Hyphen-American: A Conversation Series With YaSi
Tuesday, August 4, 6 p.m.
Musician YaSi will be joined by local musician smallboifunk to discuss the movie No One Knows About Persian Cats during this free program, part of a series of conversations highlighting the first- and second-generation immigrant experience and representations of it in American media, inspired by Nari Ward: We the People, now at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Reserve your ticket here.
Womxn's March Denver Virtual Panel Discussion With Denver Black Leaders
Tuesday, August 4, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
The Womxn's March hosts a virtual kickoff to its #Vote2Vent Digital Toolkit with a panel discussion moderated by Genene Duran, the new Dean of Health at the Emily Griffith Opportunity School, with Apryl Alexander, associate professor at the University of Denver; Tamra DeBrady, president of Colorado Black Women for Political Action; Kim Desmond, director of the Mayor's Office of Social Equity and Innovation; Abria Duran, co-chair of the Mayor’s Youth Commission; Ashle Mirahzh Mygat of 100 Women in Black; Barry Overton, a former Denver police officer who's co-chair of the Denver African American Commission; and Sondra Young, president of the NAACP's Denver branch. “Our commitment to doing this work means educating our constituents and offering resources to develop stronger allies to support the movement,” says Angela Astle, boardmember of the Womxn's March. Register here.
Acoustic Tuesdays: Songs and Spoken Word
Tuesday, August 4, 7 to 8 p.m.
Lu Murray Park, 9211 Dorothy Boulevard, Thornton
Red Feather Woman will perform at this installment of the weekly series; you can see her in person at the park, or watch the performance online. Find out more at artsthornton.com.
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