“Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance, and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun.”

Kent Nerburn

Well, this is awkward! Here we all were, thinking we were past this whole pandemic thing, and wouldn’t you know…it’s pulled us right back in. Let’s look to this wonderful quote from Kent Nerburn for some guidance, and remember to be gentle with yourself and others. 

Just to be on the safe side, our monthly roundup of fun things to do in and around the Mile High City is a mix of virtual and real life events this month.

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  1. Mixed Taste: The popular off-beat series returns this summer with two ways to tune in: streaming online or in person at the Seawell Ballroom. That’s right — we’re back, baby! Two speakers get 20 minutes each to enlighten you on unrelated topics, guest curated by Mixed Taste fan-favorite poet and lecturer Suzi Q. Smith. After the presentations, ideas start to blend when audience members ask questions and anything goes. Each event will conclude with an original poem by some of Denver’s best poets inspired by the evening’s topics.
  2. Meet the Climbing Smiths: Join the Climbing Smiths for a free online panel discussion as they introduce their father’s book, “The Bark of the Cony: Not If, But How–A Philosophy of Life.” Bark of the Cony follows the tale of the 1960s local legends, the Climbing Smiths—a father and four sons who together climbed all the Colorado 14ers, finishing while the youngest, Tyle, was just eight years old.
  3. Family Program: Chill Out, Make Art: Enjoy a hands-on art making adventure for children and their families. We will Chill Out, Make Art on the sidewalks in front of the Museum using ice-chalk (all supplies provided)! This activity will engage participants of all ages in a messy exploration of fun materials while sitting on the ground and learning about some of the supplies that Clyfford Still used in his own art-making. Join us in the forecourt outside the Clyfford Still Museum at 10:30 a.m. on August 14.
  4. Van Gogh Alive the experience: The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Stephen Lindsay & Brett Sirota and Andrew Kay Management in partnership with Grande Experiences present Van Gogh Alive, a large-scale, multi-sensory experience to entertain the whole family. Van Gogh’s works have been displayed and enjoyed around the world for over a century – but never like this. For a limited time only — July 9 through September 26 in The Hangar at Aurora’s Stanley Marketplace — audiences have the unique opportunity to experience Van Gogh’s artistry and truly venture into his world. Tickets are on sale now. Don’t just admire Van Gogh’s paintings – immerse yourself in them at the most visited multi-sensory experience in the world.
  5. Stonehenge: It’s captured our imagination for hundreds of years and puzzled scientists for generations. But now, with the help of modern technology, the ancient secrets hidden within this famous monument are revealed! Learn who built Stonehenge, how massive stones were moved amazing distances and what it was really used for. Buy your tickets today and unlock the secrets for yourself.
  6. Simphiwe Ndzube: In the first US solo museum exhibition for South African contemporary artist Simphiwe Ndzube, Oracles of the Pink Universe presents eight new works exploring the interplay between magical realism and history.
  7. Summer Bonsai Show: Featuring bonsai artist Paul Koenning and painter Jenna Koenning. Included with admission.