Denver Arts Week is 1 part advertising for the region’s ethnic offerings and also one area inspiration for civic-minded citizens to get out and make the most of all the great things going on here.
The simple fact that it includes a couple of excellent bargains on local attractions which makes it hard to resist. There are two-for-one ticket deals, membership discounts and free performances in the mix of events which stretch from Nov. 2-10 and span the entire area.
The biggest reduction in the stack, as usual, is that the Free Night at the Museums, this season on Nov. 3, if 17 major cultural associations will remain open and drop their entrance fees.
Arts Week pulls the town ’s varied personality together. It defines its mission widely — boosting everything in Denver Fashion week to the Denver Film Festival to the snazzy screen of 1970s automobiles at the Fourney Museum of Transportation. This ’s long list to check out online.
Is it all art? Let’s say it’s all artful in its own way, and it reminds us that the definition of imagination is rapidly expanding. Teenage week is a great chance to catch up with all the evolution.
Here are six standout offerings:
1 heavenly deal: But you, get two at the Museo de las Americas
Museo de las Americas is among the greatest attractions at the art district combined Denver’s Santa Fe Drive, however, visitors often opt out because the gallery fees entrance on a strip in which everything else is basically free. Arts Week cuts which bite in half using a two-for-one thing. Buy a $8 ticket and buy another at no cost. The present exhibition, “E Infinito,” is charming, religious and daring, connecting current satellite pictures of Earth with segments of the Codex Borgia, the early Aztec manuscript which contains its very own requirements of the skies and stars.
Museo de las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive. Info: 303-571-4401 or museo.org.
Little people, big art: Free classical for kids in Littleton
Even the Littleton Symphony Orchestra’s annual free kids ’s concert contrasts well with Denver Arts Week. This no-cost event additionally makes exposing youngsters to classical music somewhat less of a hazard. Fortunately, the app is time-tested in its ability to expand limited attention spans. On the bill: Henry Mancini’s & “Pink Panther” & “Baby Elephant Walk,” and Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals. ” Kids don’t need to behave perfectly at these occasions, because the atmosphere is more relaxed, fun and forgiving.
The concert is two p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura, Littleton. Info: 303-933-6824 or littletonsymphony.org.
Complex sounds: Jazz at a discount
The jazz club Nocturne is cutting costs a bit for Denver Arts Week, which ’s an opportunity to check out a hot town venue that sounds and looks sharp. Nocturne generally adds an $8 per individual “artist charge ” into its own food and beverage, but this week that really becomes a 2-for-1 deal making things slightly cheaper. The reduction is only good Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Make a reservation in advance if you can.
Nocturne, 1330 27th St., 303-295-3333 or nocturnejazz.com.
The biggest deal of Free museums
Denver Arts Week’s Free Night at the Museums has become an annual ritual for individuals who want to receive a lot of art and not pay anything. In other words, smart individuals. This season, you can find 17 cultural associations opening their doors free from 5 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. It’s a broad list of attractions ranging kind high art outposts (like the Denver Art Museum and the Kirkland Museum), to history centers (like the Black America West Museum and the Denver Firefighters Museum), to family enjoyment homes (like the Museum of Nature & Science and Dinosaur Ridge). You can’t reach them all, so make a battle plan beforehand and take the free shuttles waiting to whisk you around without any parking hassles at any of these stops.
There’s Info on each the museums, and a list of shuttle routes at denver.org/denver-arts-week.
International perspective: A deep dip into Cuba
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is offering a 10 percent reduction on new memberships during Arts Week, and also its own current exhibition is 1 reason to grab the chance. “& & iexcl;Cuba! ” is a multimedia appeal that ties together both biodiversity and cultural diversity of a nation very much at the center of global politics these days. The exhibit works hard to make clear connections — involving art, ecology, design and daily life, and involving the island nation of 11 million people and Cubans residing in Denver.
DMNS, 2001 Colorado Blvd., 303-370-6000 or dmns.org.
Dead conclusion: Diá de los Muertos on West Colfax
Even the 40 West Arts District is doing what it could to earn a name for itself. It deserves your attention. Not only has the fledgling district enticed top galleries and artists into its domain, in addition, it produces fun events which liven up the Colfax corridor between Sheridan and Kipling, also a section of the area that’s rich in history and personality. Expect the Nov. two Colfax Art Crawl and Diá de los Muertos party to be humble yet enjoyable, with a neighborhood bent and an global outlook. Yes, there will be piñatas, vibrant altars, Aztec dancers and art — plenty of it — in the district’s open galleries.
Info at 303-275-3430 or 40westarts. org.
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