Whether you’re an aficionado or an occasional dabbler in Denver’s arts scene, Denver Arts Week is a fabulous chance to take a look at what our great city has to offer. November 3-11 is packed with events showcasing art, theatre, dance, music, comedy, history and heritage at over 300 venues city-wide, including Denver Public Library. And even after Denver Arts Week is over, you can rely on DPL for arts and performance programming all year round.
If you’re inspired to make your own art, check out our ideaLABs where you can create your own videos, record music, make digital art, use a 3D printer and much more!
Take a peek at these library events during Denver Arts Week and beyond.
Buffalo Bill in Dime Novels and Comic Books
On display September 30-December 30
@ Central Library, Floor 5, Gates Western History Reading Room
Buffalo Bill Cody contributed to the mythic West through his Wild West Show, Dime Novels and Comic Books. On display are selections of these published items from the Western History collection to celebrate the centennial of Buffalo Bill's death. Learn more about DPL’s Western Art collection and how to access it.
History, Heritage and Honor in the Essence of the West Exhibit - Part 3
On display November 1-30 @ Blair-Caldwell
Local artist Lesa R. Webb is back to display the third and final segment of her Black American West series. She specializes in the production of high quality fine art paintings of people and cultures of color. She works in a variety of mediums, including oil, acrylic, and watercolor paints.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) - 50th Anniversary
Sunday, Nov. 5, 1:30-4 p.m. @ Central Library, Conference Center
Director Stanley Kramer’s film, featuring a universally beloved cast, brought the discussion of race to the family dinner table. It was released during nationwide civil unrest the year the Supreme Court struck down state bans on interracial marriage and Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.
The Great Divide, Documentary and Discussion
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2:30-5 p.m. @ Park Hill
The Great Divide raises public understanding and appreciation of Colorado’s water heritage while inspiring personal responsibility and informed discussion concerning the vital challenge confronting the state and region with increasing urgency—forging collaborative solutions for managing this most precious resource for a prosperous and sustainable future. Stay for the discussion following the film.
Cherry Creek Theater: Behind the Scenes
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 6-7 p.m. @ Ross-Cherry Creek
Cherry Creek Theatre co-founders Mark & Maxine Rossman will discuss Beau Jest, the final production of the 2017 Cherry Creek Theatre season. In addition, a representative from the Denver Film Society will discuss cultural happenings at the SIE Center.
Shelvis is in the Building!
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m. @ Park Hill
Lori Muha "Shelvis" transforms into the rock and roll superstar Elvis. Her tribute performance of Elvis gets the audience dancing and singing, and you are guaranteed to leave with a smile.
Chamber Music Concert
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2-3 p.m. @ Decker
Get swept away by a wide range of classical works performed by amateur musicians from the Colorado Chamber Music Society.
Kol Nashim: Jewish Melodies From Around the World
Sunday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m. @ Central Library, Floor 1, Movies & Music Room
Colorado Hebrew Chorale presents their women's ensemble for a rich sampling of traditional and popular Jewish music.
Lowry Community Singers
Monday, Nov. 20, 6:15-7:45 p.m. @ Schlessman Family
The Lowry Community Singers is about tapping into the joyful part of ourselves that is the essence of singing in a group. We are inclusive, diverse and memory friendly. Sponsored by the Lowry Foundation.
Voice of the Wood Chamber Players
Saturday, Nov. 25, 3 p.m. @ Hampden
Enjoy the Voice of the Wood Chamber Players as they perform pieces on cellos and violins by Dvorak, Shostakovich and Telemann.