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The city opens up for the summer with markets in the streets and parties in the parks. Civic Center Eats is back, with extended hours from 11 am to 7 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; During an online public workshop this week, you can help plan the future of Civic Center Park for the next century.
Read on for the dozen best Denver events this week, some online, many in person.
Small Changes, Big Results: Compassionate Responses to Addiction
Wednesday, June 9th, 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., online
Hosted by CHOW (Culinary Hospitality Outreach Wellness), this two-part, interactive workshop will discuss challenging behaviors, collaboration strategies, new communication skills, and self-compassion. This first session will discuss what it means to create safe spaces and to establish and live your values; the second (June 16) focuses on using the Force to communicate with kindness, and exploring boundaries, agreements, and self-compassion. Login here.
Wellness Wednesday: Piyo in the park
Wednesday, June 9th, 6:30 p.m.
Parfet Park 701 10th Street, Golden
Abundant Wellness organizes a summer series in the park with Pilates and yoga courses on all levels. Participation is free, but donations are welcome; part goes to mountainchild.org. Find out more here.
One two kazoo
Wednesday, June 9th, 7 p.m., online
The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver is hosting this virtual version of the One Two Kazoo game show where three storytellers compete against each other to see who can tell the wildest, craziest, funniest stories while doing wild chores, and that Audience votes to see who will take home the Golden Kazoo. This round will feature Denver storytelling legends Gifty Amponsem, Pete Bellande and Stephen Brackett and will be hosted by Amber Blais of Rainbow Militia. Expect lots of gimmicks! Find out more here.
Indigenous Film: Tlakimilolli: Voces del Telar (Voices of the Loom)
Wednesday, June 9th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., online
The film Tlakimilolli captures the traditional arts and the mothers who pass them on to daughters over centuries, even as the modern world invades the old ways. The documentary accompanies a community of indigenous weavers in Veracruz, Mexico, through every step of the weaving process, from shearing the sheep to spinning and dyeing the wool to designing patterns while weaving. The film will be streamed for free on Zoom as part of the ongoing Indigenous Film Series at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science; You can find more information here.
Citizen Center Next 100: Public Workshop # 2
Thursday, June 10, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., online
What do you envision for the next 100 years of the Civic Center? Civic Center Next 100 takes the 2005 Civic Center master plan and brings it to life for Denver today and generations to come. The design team received more than 1,000 feedbacks during the Civic Center Next 100 Public Workshop # 1 and will collect further feedback during this session. Find out more here.
Film / Still: “Non-verbal Secret Confession Booth”
Thursday, June 10th, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., live and online
Virtual film screening via YouTube Live at 7:30 p.m.
Live outdoor projection program at 8pm
Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock Street
Artist Jenna Maurice explores the unspoken words people keep to themselves and how people internalize their emotions around these secrets. With the camera running, Maurice films subjects who non-verbally wrestle with the idea of unmasking a secret that they have kept from a certain person. Her culminating short film “Non-Verbal Secret Confession Booth” is projected live outdoors at the Clyfford Still Museum, but can also be viewed online. Details can be found here.
Pearls, neon lights and hatred; a vision from SYC
Thursday June 10th to Sunday June 13th
Spectra Art Space, 1836 South Broadway
Get your Pride Month rolling at Spectra Art Space, where queer / trans designer Amayas Gonzalez offers a one-person performance that combines art, activism, and creative wild style in the form of reworked leather pieces, handcrafted patches, and large collaged handbags . Amayas encourages viewers to dress up to the nines in neon lights and layers of pearls, and bring some anti-hate mantras for the show, which is ultimately a search for respect and safe spaces in a friendlier, gentler, wider world. The opening performance on June 11th is already sold out, but you can still sign up for limited time entry slots on Eventbrite for performances on June 10th, 12th and 13th. Find out more here.
Leadership in a multicultural world
Thursday, June 10th, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., online
The second talk in this series of Fireside Chats at the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame includes newly inducted Juana Bordas, Founding President of the National Hispana Leadership Institute and author of Salsa, Soul, and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age, and Lily Nie, the Founded the Chinese Children Charity Fund in 1995 to raise money to feed and care for children in Chinese orphanages and later opened the Joyous Chinese Cultural School in Littleton. You are introduced by Lauren Casteel; find out more here.
RegiRama: Raya and the last dragon
Friday, June 11th, 6:30 p.m.
Boettcher Commons, Regis University
Regis University is bringing a free summer film series to its northwest Denver campus. The series starts with Raya and the Last Dragon (PG). Bring blankets and chairs and a picnic if you want, although food trucks are on hand. Dogs must be on a leash, alcohol is not allowed. Find out more here.
Front Range Maker Market
Saturday, June 12th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Outlets at Castle Rock, 5050 Factory Shops Boulevard, Castle Rock
Large craft markets come when the weather is warm. Here you will find more than sixty suppliers of handicrafts, jewelry, vintage goods, garden art, plants, art, food and more, but also the opportunity to go bargain hunting in the cooler climes of the adjacent outlet stores. Make your way to the east end of the outlets in Castle Rock Shopping Center to shop from local vendors at Maker’s Market. It’s free to browse and buy; find out more here.
Great reopening of Marjorie Park
Saturday, June 12th, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Marjorie Park, 6331 South Fiddlers Green Circle, Greenwood Village
Marjorie Park, the art park of the Museum of Outdoor Arts next to Fiddler’s Green, has seen a lot of improvement with some major renovations. MOA cuts the tape, revealing the beauty and functionality of the new park in a free public opening featuring art, live music, and food truck dishes; Register here for timed admission. Find out more about upcoming concerts and summer activities here.
Avalon arts festival
Saturday, June 12th, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Road, Boulder
When Boulders Avalon Arts Festival debuted last year amid the pandemic, it was cleverly designed as a drive-through experience. This year it will still go under in the open air in the Avalon Ballroom parking lot, but guests will instead take a stroll in the fresh air to enjoy the mix of art exhibits, music, and performances. Fest producers dream of making this a recurring monthly jump starter for creative small businesses, and a large crowd could help them make the plan a reality. Admission is free; you can find more information here.
Do you know of a great free event in Denver? We’ll update this list later this week; send information to [email protected]
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