Get out there and discover Denver … even if you never leave home. Both personal and virtual programs cover everything from youth violence to Denver architecture.
Check out six events in and around the city this weekend.
Breckenridge Film Festival
Until October 4th
As film festivals figure out how to continue amid a global pandemic, the Breckenridge Film Festival takes a unique approach: first a drive-in option, then an online option through October 4th. Adds to the festival’s usual list of world-class films. Programmers launched the Black Lives Matter Initiative to celebrate films by black directors and hold discussions about race and cinema. Find out what’s still going on at breckfilmfest.org.
Doors open Denver
Until October 15th
Building on the success of past events, the annual Doors Open Denver 2020 also went virtual. While the timing, duration, and scope of this facility have changed, nothing has changed about offering insider tours that provide exclusive access to these facilities – and unique information about – historic buildings, new buildings, and everything in between. This year’s tours show a dozen spaces ranging from cultural to commercial to civic structures. One tour per day is offered four days a week, each with a question-and-answer phase with experts. Tours are $ 7 for members of the Denver Architecture Foundation and $ 9 for non-members. All details can be found at denverarchitecture.org.
Live From Boulder: A snapshot of Boulder’s musical history
Until December 1st
Boulder Museum, 2205 Broadway, Boulder
COVID-19 may keep you away from live music venues, but the Museum of Boulder has opened a vault of boulder music memorabilia. Travel back in time at this new exhibit filled with memorabilia, posters, community stories, and other memories of past shows. The museum limits the number of people in the gallery, but there is no timed ticketing. Admission ranges from free to $ 10. Find out more here.
Boo in the Zoo: Storybook Safari
Until October 31st
Denver Zoo, 2900 East 23rd Avenue
Boo im Zoo will be marching with masks and modifications this year, but also with lots of fun things scattered around the zoo: fantasy characters and mythical beasts, animal experiences, food and a LEGO Nature Connects art exhibition. (The candy leaflets are missing, however.) Boo im Zoo is free with entry to the gate; Get all the details and reserve your timed tickets online.
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Until October 14th
Theater 29 and the Lulubird Project have created a new kind of theater experience for these virus-ridden times: the event comes to you in a box and you can interact with three local playwrights: Lisa Wagner Erickson, Ellen K. Graham and Tami Canaday. This is how it works: You register and receive graphics and instructions in your mailbox. This is followed by an email with audio and / or video files. Graham’s Against Sand features an animated story that is complemented by the cut out renderings of the characters that you received in the mail. For A Shiny Quest, Wagner Erickson created a fantasy game: set up the pieces at home, turn on their sound and let the challenge begin. Printed art for backgrounds and character renders comes with Canadays Art of a Guest. The project is not just DIY and immersive; It’s also testament to the creative ways theater performers find to connect with the community. Tickets are $ 12 and are available at theater29denver.com.
Chamber music in the Galleria
Sunday, October 4th, 11pm and 2pm
Denver Performing Arts Complex Galleria
The Colorado Symphony presents a series of open air chamber music concerts in the open air with a variety of musicians. A violin duo will perform at 11 am; at 2 p.m. the performance will be a harp, horn and flute trio. Seats are sold as socially distant tables with two or four seats. There will also be a bar and limited take-away snacks. Find out more and get tickets here.
Ofrendas de Esperanza / Offerings of Hope
Sunday, October 4, 3pm, Huston Lake Park, 850 South Bryant Street, West Side
The Latino Cultural Arts Center, D3 Arts in Westwood, Lifeline, and Denver RNOs are partnering for a weekend of community events in response to the recent surge in youth homicides in Denver. After yesterday’s group altar and a candlelight vigil, there will be a peace march from Huston Lake Park to Kepner Park, where there will be live performances and the unveiling of a new mural. The events are free of charge; Find out more here.
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