The Museum of Outdoor Arts in Greenwood Village returns on June 12th with the newly renovated Marjorie Park. (Charles Pringle, provided by the Museum of Outdoor Arts)
May seems to be consistently good news for the ailing arts and culture scene in Denver, which finally has enough stability to be more than a few meters (or months) ahead.
The major venue operators have been reviewing viewership weekly under relaxed state and city guidelines, with some hoping to return to full pre-COVID capacities next month. The beacon is the Red Rocks Amphitheater, which will be increased from 6,300 to its typical 9,500 seats on June 21.
Yes, there are vaccinations, changing health regulations, and other annoying things to consider. But can we just acknowledge how beautiful this moment is? City Park Jazz is alive. Levitt Pavilion and Red Rocks are already home to thousands. Music bands and parks fill up with dance, opera and theater.
“We’re excited to see the state open up,” said Deborah Jordy, executive director of SCFD, the seven-county tax district that funds hundreds of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. “Cultural organizations in the seven counties (are) able to involve more of the community in personal events.”
Jordy and her cohorts hope to update their hugely popular day-off calendar soon. see the latest information at scfd.org/find-culture/free-days. Here’s a curated list of other encouraging cultural news this week, led by reopened venues and recurring (or new) events through September.
Swallow Hill Music
People’s Institution Swallow Hill Music is bringing its own shows back to its home location (71 E. Yale Ave.) this fall and producing the announced “Evenings al Fresco” at Denver Botanic Gardens this summer. Also encouraging: the return of the Shady Grove Picnic Series, a well thought-out music showcase Four Mile Historic Park (715 p. Waldstrasse). The park itself is a neat gem with Denver’s oldest building, a working farm, and one of the city’s best Independence Day celebrations. Shady Grove runs through August. After that, most of the Swallow Hill concerts return to the cozy Daniels Hall and Tuft Theater. fourmilepark.org or Swallowhillmusic.org for timetables and tickets.
Rosie the Tarantula is making her comeback at the Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, where she starred on the show. (Provided by the butterfly pavilion)
The butterfly pavilion
Westminster Butterfly pavilion – the world’s first recognized invertebrate zoo – is known for many little things, but its main attraction is Rosie the tarantula, a Chilean visitor from the Atacama Desert. Children and their freaky parents can cuddle them again from May 28th when “Rosie Returns” ticket packages with discounted admission and a Rosie plush toy are offered in the pavilion. (You don’t have to pet Rosie, though.) The Butterfly Pavilion is also extending its hours to 9 am-6pm and, although encouraged, to stop reservation requirements from May 28th. 6252 W. 104th Avenue Westminster. Butterflies.org
Lakewood Cultural Center
Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra offers one of the newest and best examples of the hybrid virtual live concert with its performance on March 6th. Lakewood Cultural Center. The “Basie, Blues and More!” The program, led by Art Bouton and Drew Zaremba, will be broadcast live along with a theatrical performance at 470 S. Allison Parkway in Lakewood. Visit lakewood.org/tickets for more events, including the jam-packed Sounds exciting! Series.
Silverthorne art walk
The City of Silverthornes yearly Art walk The series will return to the Blue River Trail on June 20, July 25, and August 22 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., city officials said. As with many art walks, it’s all about local artist vendors and fun perks – in this case, live music, food, and drinks. silverthorne.org
Silverthornes Art Stroll returns on June 20th along the Blue River Trail. (Provided by Betty Ashley PR)
The historical one 19th Street Bridge in Lower Downtown (on 19th and Platte Streets) is a popular spot for free concerts that mix downtown residents and visitors. It returns as an outdoor stage Summer sessions in Riverfront Park Series. The free, family-friendly, monthly events begin June 24th and last through September, with on-site dining, adult drinks, and art exhibits. Visit riverfrontparkevents.com for the unannounced listing.
June tenth black pride
Teased a few weeks ago, Denver is the very first June tenth black pride Events take place next to Five Points Juniteenth Music Festival – and just a week before the centre’s Denver Pride 2021 events. Produced by Youth lakesIn support of the mental health and safety of LGBTQ youth, the free festival includes a “Gospel Brunch Drag Show” with original “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner Bebe Zahara Benet, a rooftop radio show at The Drop 104.7-FM that “ Strange Fruit of Black ”. Excellence Ball ”in the Denver Botanic Gardens, silent disco, club nights and more. All details about the events from June 17th to 20th on youngseen.org and blackpridedenver.com.
Boulder International Film Festival
As Denver Film’s always-sold-out Film on the Rocks franchise demonstrated, beautiful outdoor locations (in this case Red Rocks) make for magical screenings. The Boulder International Film Festival, which runs from June 24th to 27th, will officially take place on June 25th in one of them – the Boulders Chautauqua Auditorium – with the local premiere of director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s “Summer of Soul (… or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) “opened)” opened. “Before that there will be a Green Carpet Gala, followed by another outdoor cinema on the Boulder High soccer field (bring-your-own chair events), a virtual version of the 24. The lineup will be published on biff1.com.
The Boulder premiere of “Summer of Soul (… or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson will take over the Chautauqua Auditorium on June 25 as part of the Boulder International Film Festival. (Provided by BIFF)
Anythink Backyard concert series
Thorntons Anythink libraries offer free programming year round, but we’re glad we have it Backyard concert seriesForced to go virtual for 2020 remains intact. This year’s free, family-friendly program, which returns to Anythink Wright Farms next month, includes The Reminders (June 11th), SuperMagick (July 9th), and Bison Bone (August 13th). Concerts are also broadcast on Anythink’s Facebook and YouTube accounts. 5877 E. 120th Avenue in Thornton. anythinklibraries.org
Denver Children’s Museum on the Marsico campus
Extended playing times in Denver Children’s Museum on the Marsico campus Arrived regularly for the past few weeks – now updated Wednesday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Perhaps the best news though is the introduction of June Sunday opening hours, effectively doubling the popular spot’s weekend capacity. Reservations for the sessions from June 2 to 13 this week are possible at mychildsmuseum.org/safer-play
Outdoor art museum
Greenwood Villages Outdoor art museum opens its newly renovated Marjorie Park with a free, family-friendly celebration from 12pm to 4pm. June 12. The 2-acre park, with more than 40 works of art, has ongoing music, arts, and fitness events throughout the summer, where local groceries can be purchased. Registration is required at moaonline.org/events. Regular hours and a new membership program will return soon, officials said. The park is on the north side of Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater at 6331 S. Fiddlers Green Circle in Greenwood Village.
Denver drag queen Miss Zarah will perform at the city’s first Black Pride events June 17-20. (Provided by Lambe PR)
Denver pride The organizers had previously announced a limited return for June 26th and 27th in 2021, with individual “Pride Hubs” filling the postponed PrideFest of the Civic Center Park. But we only recently got details about the Pride 5K on June 26th at Cheeseman Park and the Coors Light-sponsored Virtual Denver Pride Parade (applications at denverpride.org/pridefest/parade). Event producer The Center on Colfax also offers music, food, movies, kids events, pool parties and more in places like JCC Denver, The Center on Colfax, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, You FilmCenter of Denver Film and Hamburger Marys. New this week: The center has lifted the reservation requirement for all events. More information is available at denverpride.org.
The driving festival
Tellurides Ride Festival follows the path of other events that have spread their appearances over a few days and several venues. This year’s mountain-friendly lineup includes Warren Haynes, Rival Sons, Citizen Cope, Matt Berninger (of The National), Donavon Frankenreiter, Big Something, Black Pistol Fire, and others. The festival will take place in seven venues in downtown Telluride from July 2nd to 11th, organizers said. Ridefestival.com
A touch of Colorado
Like Denver Pride, 2021 A touch of Colorado to be divided into smaller, geographically separated parts for reasons of safety and public comfort. This year’s 38th event, which typically draws hundreds of thousands to the Civic Center Park area, will be entirely focused on Denver food and local artists in various locations around the city center from September 4-6. The Downtown Denver Partnership has given restaurateurs, wall painters, and musicians a June 1 deadline to apply for the event. The schedule and participants will be published on atasteofcolorado.com.
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