Denver is all about both the new and the old right now. Celebrate time-honored artists like Rembrandt and Bach, or help Denver usher in a brand-new music festival at Grandoozy. All that and more are included on our list of this week's 21 best events!
Tuesday, September 11
It's been nearly twenty years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but wounds from that day still feel fresh, especially for immigrants, who have become even more demonized under the Trump administration. To mark the anniversary of the attacks and launch a dialogue in Denver about immigration policies, GoodCinema, a brand-new programming effort that "shows thought-provoking films as a vehicle for discussion around social issues with a clear call to action towards social change," and the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition will co-host Immigrant Detention Short Films on Tuesday, September 11, starting at 6:45 p.m. at the Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue. The program will include four short films that explore the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy at the U.S./Mexico border and the practice of detaining undocumented immigrants; after the screening, a panel of experts will lead the audience in a discussion about immigration policy. Tickets are $15 at eventbrite.com (search "GoodCinema"); find out more on GoodCinema's Facebook page.
Wednesday, September 12
The excellent and incisive series The Wire, which ran for five seasons beginning in 2002 on HBO, could be a primer for Americans navigating racial politics and the criminal justice system in the here and now. Looking back at the show, the folks at Denver civic health club Warm Cookies of the Revolution are kicking off a weekly event, Watch The Wire on Wednesdays, at the Sie FilmCenter as an educational opportunity to get people in the community talking about tough issues. The screenings start with episode one at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, at the Sie, 2510 East Colfax Avenue; each week, different community media voices and leaders will facilitate nitty-gritty discussions. Admission is $5; find more info on the event's Facebook page.
Friends of Chamber Music are soaring to new sonic heights with a season-opening concert that includes the Juno Award-winning St. Lawrence String Quartet, one of Canada's premier ensembles, on Wednesday, September 12, at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 East Iliff Avenue. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. with a stirring interpretation of Franz Joseph Haydn's "The Bird" — a highlight of the "Russian Quartets" series that the composer dedicated to Grand Duke of Russia Paul Alexandrovich and a staple of the St. Lawrence repertoire. Then pianist Inon Barnatan will join the quartet on stage for Dmitri Shostakovich's Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57, performed in its entirety for the first time in the group's 64-year history. In order to encourage younger listeners to experience the joy of live chamber music, the cover charge is $10 for guests under the age of thirty and $40 for everyone else. Visit friendsofchambermusic.com for tickets and details.
Thursday, September 13
Political and personal undercurrents flow in the traveling exhibit Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., which just arrived at the University of Denver's Vicki Myhren Gallery. Beginning with the work of Latinx artist Edmundo “Mundo” Meza, who mixed painting, installation and performance into a potent blend of activism and aesthetics, the show goes on to examine, with archival precision, a hidden cultural movement and the dozens of artists it supported over more than two decades. Axis Mundo opens on Thursday, September 13, with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. at the gallery, 2121 East Asbury Avenue, and runs through December 2. Learn more at vicki-myhren-gallery.du.edu.