“July is a blind date with summer.” – Hal Borland
We don’t know about you, but we’re pretty excited about this month. There’s so much going on, it’s almost as if everywhere is a song and a celebration. The weather’s good and we survived a pandemic…what more could you ask for?
Here’s our monthly roundup of fun things to do in and around the mile high city. With so many fireworks shows being cancelled due to fire hazards, we’ve opted to skip those altogether and list some things a bit more off the beaten path.
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- MLB All-Star Week Schedule: There are all sorts of baseball related things going on!
- Space Odyssey Exhibition Hall: The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is proud to present its newly renovated “Space Odyssey” exhibition. Future astronauts and inquisitive humans now have a place to discover answers to out of this world questions like, “How do we know how many stars are in our galaxy when we can’t see them all?” “How do you put the brakes on in space?” And, “How do we know what the far side of the Moon looks like if it never faces Earth?”
- Toppled World: 2020 was a tipping point for the entire planet. In that mindset, Susan Murphy maximized her quarantine time chronicling many of the past years’ monumental events with brush and paint. The 65-piece exhibit “Portraits of a Toppled World” shifts from optimism to fear and anguish, from exhaustion and anger, to hope and promise. The project began in March 2020 as a way for Murphy to honor the pandemic’s front-line workers and evolved as the chaos that marked 2020 unfolded. From the despair of the hospital workers, the BLM protests, the raging Colorado wildfires, the dilemma of school openings, the presidential election, the insurrection, and the hope revealed in the poetry of Amanda Gorman at the inauguration, Murphy transferred it all to canvas.
- AbEx Olympics: Join us for an interactive night of games, with an Abstract Expressionist twist! To warm up for the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo, you can test your creativity and team up with fellow art-lovers to compete for bronze, silver, and gold medals. Denver-based artists Sarah Palmeri, Frankie Toan, and Derrick Velasquez will coach participants on the games and crown the winners. All games are designed for anyone with a love of Abstract Expressionism to play, no experience or knowledge required.
- SeriesFest: SeriesFest, a non-profit organization, champions and empowers artists at the forefront of episodic storytelling by providing year-round opportunities for creators and industry experts to connect, collaborate, and share stories, which inspire and impact global audiences. Our annual festival (SeriesFest: Season 7) will take place June 24-July 11, 2021 via our gated virtual platforms and will provide creators, industry and fans with an elevated virtual showcase of innovative independent content.
- Cooking Sans Fire: Outdoor Ceviche Demo: You have probably heard the phrase “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen,” but is heat always necessary to cook? Join Chef Sandoval for an evening in the Gardens and a hands-on ceviche-making demonstration to learn how to cook without fire. All the components needed to create a beautiful summer dish featuring Colorado bass are provided. Learn how to pair bright, citrusy and tropical flavors with contrasting piquant, spiced and herbaceous profiles. To bring forward a nice texture and crunch in each dish, included are a variety of pickled, preserved and fresh seasonal vegetable accoutrements. This class is the perfect pairing of science and art. Chef Sandoval teaches the basics of ceviche and cooking with acid, then guides a demonstration culminating in a delicious work of art.
- Colorado Renaissance Festival: Return to the magic and mystique of the Renaissance in Larkspur!