Monday, September 23
Despite heroic efforts by some of the city's top Japanese restaurants, sake remains one of the more mysterious alcoholic beverages. We're not even sure whether to classify it as a beer or a wine, but we know where to find the finest pours — and some top-notch sake education to go with it. Izakaya Den, at 1487 South Pearl Street, sources rare and delicious brands at its bar on a regular basis, and on Monday, September 23, the younger sibling of the next-door Sushi Den will bring in a stunning range of artisan products from seven sake makers for its Fall Sake Tasting. You can choose a 6 or 7 p.m. start time; passes, which include six tasting tickets, appetizers from chef Toshi Kizaki and a take-home sake cup, are $70 at eventbrite.com.
In 2018, cities across Gaza erupted in what was dubbed “The Great March of Return.” Organizers demanded that Palestinian refugees be allowed to go back to their properties, which had been seized decades before, when the Israeli state was formed. During the conflict, the Israeli army battled with protesters, and a sniper killed Razan al-Najjar, a young Gaza medic who became a symbol of the violence. Empire Films collaborated with Palestinian videographers to tell the story of the demonstrations in the documentary Gaza Fights for Freedom, which will screen at the Esquire Theatre, 500 Downing Street, at 7 p.m. Monday, September 23. Filmmakers Abby Martin and Mike Prysner will present the film. Tickets are $15 at eventbrite.com, $20 at the door.
Tuesday, September 24
Cuban artist Carlos Martiel explores the ethics of how dominant societies have treated ethnic minorities throughout history in South Body, using rituals and ceremonies to examine politically motivated censorship, injustice and how social barriers are established. Martiel will perform the work in advance of the Biennial of the Americas; the free program, presented by K Contemporary, will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 24, at the Sterling Events Space, 1261 Delaware Street. Register for the show and find out more at biennialoftheamericas.org/2019.
Wednesday, September 25
The Biennial of the Americas will return to Denver on Wednesday, September 25, for another round of the pan-American dialogue, art and cultural activities that have marked this event since it debuted ten years ago. This year’s theme, “Empathy in Action," will steer the biennial’s subject matter and art installations through a slate of clinicas, symposiums and exhibitions, including the sharing experience of the Empathy Museum pop-up shoebox at Tail Tracks Plaza on 16th Street between Wynkoop and Wewatta streets, and Sir Richard Branson’s talk on “The Business of Empathy." It all wraps up at 4 p.m. Saturday, September 28, with the free Cósmico Americas community party in Civic Center Park with Jaguara, a spectacular art-car light show and performance stage created by a Colombian collective to spread the word about the plight of the disappearing jaguar and the rainforests it inhabits. Find the full Biennial schedule at biennialoftheamericas.org/2019.