Many of us have spent most of the past six months in our homes, which means that at some point we had to reckon with the design choices we made. There’s a reason so many people have embarked on projects around the home during this time.

So if we go into the colder months (when we probably spend a lot more time indoors) this year Doors open Denver In addition to being inspired by some of the metro’s most fascinating buildings, attendees will also have the opportunity to safely and virtually explore some new places.

“This year is all about access,” said Pauline Herrera, executive director of the Denver Architecture Foundation, which showcases the annual event. “Having the virtual experience is a new approach for us, but we had a lot of fun with it. On personal tours we were limited to the number of participants, but in practice we can give more people the opportunity to see these places. “

Doors Open Denver runs from Monday, September 28th to Thursday, October 15th. Virtual tours are offered from Monday to Thursday from 4.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.. Some of the tours have already been recorded, others will be live. And each tour ends with a live question-and-answer session.

“It is important that we offer this continuous collaboration with people, so we look forward to the question-and-answer sessions,” said Herrera. “And with our three week run, someone could do all of the tours, which is difficult on the one weekend we normally do.”

For the past 16 years, locations of all kinds have been explored by attendees, but Herrera said it was important that new properties be explored every year. This goal was particularly important this year and resulted in some exclusive experiences for the participants.

One of the highlights is the Freyer-Newman Center in the Denver Botanic Gardens, which is not yet open to the public. Virtual visitors get a glimpse of the Helen Fowler Library, art galleries, herbariums, classrooms, and the School of Botanical Illustration. And people get a look behind the scenes of the Museo de las Américas and its exhibition “Rhythm and Ritual: Music of Ancient America”. Curator Jared Katz will appear on this tour.

Other tours available include Lumina, Quality Hill Neighborhood mansions, the Denver International Airport Public Art Collection, and the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library.

“We have a really good balance between historical and modern / contemporary locations and a mix of cultural offerings,” said Herrera. “This event truly embodies the foundation and our mission: to inspire people to explore our dynamic city, to experience the importance of design to our quality of life and to envision an extraordinary future for Denver.”

More information and book a tour can be found at

Hear stories of incarceration, hope

The McNichols Civic Center Building in Denver offers unique stories to audiences Hear virtual experienceand by September 30th, people can get a window into a world many don’t want to see – life in prison.

This first series features stories from men who spent more than 20 years in prison. Participants share honest stories about their childhood, crimes, prison survival and trying to create a “normal” life after returning to society.

The series was created by sociologist and ex-counselor Maureen Hearty and explores the sanctity of life, forgiveness and redemption. Visit—a-virtual-experience to listen.

Clarke’s Concert of the Week – Whitney from Evanston SPACE

Whitney – an indie rock / folk group led by Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich – specialize in music that sounds best when the leaves change color and the coats come out of the closets. The folk side of their music carries just enough warmth and familiarity to pair perfectly with the alt-rock side of the equation.

Her latest album, Candid, is a collection of covers from a variety of sources – big names like John Denver and SWV and more idiosyncratic artists like Moondog and the Roches. Instead of a tour, the group becomes a Livestream show from Evanston SPACE on Wednesday September 30th at 7pm.

Information and a livestream seat can be found at

Streaming Style – “John Lewis: Good Trouble”

When Rep. John Lewis died on July 17th, the land and the world lost one of the last deeply decent men. The story of his life is not easy to sum up – his civil rights struggles, his government work and his role as the “conscience of Congress” deserve thorough and careful study.

But the new documentary “John Lewis: Good Problems” at least begins to address the implications of his lie. And the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, along with more than 60 arts and cultural institutions, is participating in a statewide clock. In addition to the film, there are two additional features: an interview Lewis Oprah Winfrey gave shortly before his death, and a panel discussion between the director of the documentary and some actual Freedom Riders.

The film’s $ 12 rental fee includes a $ 5 donation to the DCPA. Rent it at

Clarke Reader’s column on culture is weekly. He can be reached at [email protected]