April is here and Denver is primed and ready with some great events. Start your week off by learning how to code at Intro to Coding and end it by finding the perfect record at a Record Swap. Whatever you make of the week, make sure to take a peek at this roundup of events in Denver.

Monday, April 2

Intro to Coding

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When: April 2, 6 – 8 p.m. 

Where: Industry RiNo Station, 3858 Walnut St., Denver 

Cost: Free get tickets here

The Lowdown: Learn to code at an intro to coding class. The class covers the basics of HTML + CSS. You will learn how to start coding and leave the class with a webpage that you created and coded yourself. You do not need any prior experience to attend the class. Spaces are limited, so make sure to get a ticket fast.

Beginning Watercolor

Photo Courtesy of Lisa Garrison on Facebook

When: April 2, 6:30 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Globeville Riverfront Art Center (GRACe), 888 E 50th Ave., Denver 

Cost: $100 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Lift up your brush and learn how to paint with watercolors at a beginning watercolor workshop. Lisa Garrison instructs the class featuring a look into techniques of watercolor painting and allowing you to experiment with the brush and paints. The $100 ticket covers a four-week class where you will create two small paintings and start an original piece using your newly acquired knowledge. If you need paints you can pay an extra $15 for provided supplies.

Tuesday, April 3

Imagining Absence

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When: April 3, 5 – 8 p.m. 

Where: CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning, 1250 14th St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission 

The Lowdown: The University of Colorado (CU) Denver College of Architecture and Planning welcome Kiyoshi Takeyama for a lecture titled “Imagining Absence”. Takeyama teaches as a professor at Kyoto University and is the founder of Amorphe — a Japanese architectural firm. You can learn about his techniques and build your imagination in architectural aspects.

Our Land

Hikers and scenery on the trail up to the summit of 14,065 foot Mount Bierstadt via Thinkstock

When: April 3, 7:15 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Patagonia, 1431 15th St., Denver 

Cost: Free register here

The Lowdown: Patagonia presents Our Land, a community discussion about protecting public lands in Colorado. Senator Kerry Donovan speaks about the value that our public land has, Dr. Gregroy Simon of the Geography and Environmental Sciences department at CU Denver speaks about the educational value that Colorado’s public land offers to students and Dr. Ashley Rust from the Hydrology department at Metropolitan State University talks about the importance of preserving the ecology of Browns Canyon.

Private Tour

Photo Courtesy of Fashion Group International of Denver on Facebook

When: April 3, 5:30 – 7 p.m. 

Where: Denver Art Museum, 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy., Denver 

Cost: $25 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Stop into the Denver Art Museum of a Private Tour of Drawn to Glamour: Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard. If you are a member of the Fashion Group International you can attend the tour led by the fashion curator of the DAM, Florence Muller and the senior curatorial assistant of fashion, Jane Burke. Jim Howard joins for the event featuring more than 100 of his pieces spanning his career.

Discover Arts

Photo Courtesy of Landmark’s Chez Artiste Theatre on Facebook

When: April 3, 7 – 8:30 p.m. 

Where: Landmark’s Chez Artiste Theatre, 2800 S Colorado Blvd., Denver 

Cost: $15 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Watch a viewing of Discover Arts: Hitler vs Picasso and the Others. The film features a story about the Nazi regime and Hitler’s obsession with arts. The story follows exhibitions held in 1937 by the Nazi regime, one to bash “degenerate art” and the other to glorify a collection curated by Hitler of “classic art”. The film shows stories of the systematic destruction of art and the removal of condemned works.

Lose Hate, Not Weight

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When: April 3, 6 – 8 p.m. 

Where: Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver, 2148 S High St., Denver 

Cost: Free register here

The Lowdown: Listen in on a discussion about diet culture and fatphobia at Lose Hate, Not Weight. Virgie Tovar, author and one of the leading experts on fat discrimination and body image in America, talks about the destructive nature of diet culture and how it affects fatphobia with the intersections of race, class and gender.

Wednesday, April 4

Denver Auto Show

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When: April 4 – 8, 5 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver

Cost: $13 tickets available here

The Lowdown: If you’re a car enthusiast you need to make a pitstop at the Denver Auto Show. You can see an antique road show with classy vintage automobiles, explore military vehicles and more. You can get a taste of imported and domestic vehicles, the newest models and tons of car-centered events.

Ajamu Baraka

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When: April 4, 6 – 7:30 p.m. 

Where: Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library welcomes Ajamu Baraka for a presentation to reflect on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassination. Baraka also speaks on the reasoning that people, planet and peace over profit is an elusive dream that has not been realized. Donations are welcome and will benefit the Black Alliance for Peace.

Film For All Seasons

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When: April 4, 2 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Landmark’s Chez Artiste Theatre, 2800 S Colorado Blvd., Denver 

Cost: $8.50 get tickets here

The Lowdown: See an adorable comedy at Film For All Seasons. The event features the 1959 Japanese film GOOD MORNING, following the story of two little boys in Tokyo who make a pact to take a vow of silence in protest of their parent’s refusal to buy a television set. The film was directed and written by Yasujiro Ozu and still holds an 88% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Logan Lecture

Denver Art Museum. Photo by Brittany Werges.

When: April 4, 6 – 7 p.m. 

Where: Denver Art Museum, Frederic C. Hamilton Building, Sharp Auditorium, 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy., Denver 

Cost: $20 get tickets here

The Lowdown: The Denver Art Museum presents a Logan Lecture. The lecture features artist Devon Dikeou and a glimpse into her work. Dikeou is the creator, editor and publisher of zingmagazine and is co-creating Denver’s Dikeou Collection alongside her brother, Pany Dikeou. A reception is held in the El Pomar Atrium after the lecture with appetizers, a cash bar and a DJ.

Paint Like Pollock

Jackson Pollock painting. Photo by Thomas Hawk on Flickr

When: April 4, 5 – 6 p.m. 

Where: Landt Creative Space, 802 Santa Fe Dr. #1, Denver 

Cost: $48 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Slap some colors on a canvas and Paint Like Pollock. Landt Creative Space supplies the canvas, paint and tools to let your imagination run wild. You can listen to smooth jazz as you bring your creations to life. Make sure to wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting paint on — because it is going to get messy. Bring a shallow box bigger than 16×20 if you want to bring your painting home.

Thursday, April 5

2018 Vail Film Festival

When: April 5 – 8, 6 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Vail, 1300 Westhaven Drive, Vail

Cost: $50-$749 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Head out to Vail for the Vail Film Festival. This year’s 15th annual festival has a special focus on female filmmakers, writers and creators. The festival features film screenings of short films, documentaries and student films all created by women, including the Colorado premiere of Mary Goes Round (trailer above) written and directed by Molly McGlynn. You can also stop in for panel discussions with producers and filmmaker masterclass and a Q&A with filmmakers and actors.

Skincare Summit

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When: April 5, 5 – 8 p.m. 

Where: Glamour Bar Denver, 955 Lincoln St. #E, Denver 

Cost: $25 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Glamour Bar Denver presents a Skincare Summit. The summit features a PCA SKIN representative giving consultations on your current skincare routines and how to improve them. You can experience live demos, test new products and use the $25 ticket toward any of Glamour Bar Denver’s skincare products.

Artist Lecture

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When: April 5, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. 

Where: Emmanuel Gallery, 10th and Lawrence St. Mall, Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Emmanuel Gallery welcomes Oliver Herring for an artist lecture. Herring will discuss his works in the Emmanuel Gallery and give an outline of his career. Herring lives and works in Brooklyn and creates stop-motion videos and performances with strangers “off the street”. He often recycles his sets into new artworks.


Photo courtesy of Pandemic Collective on Facebook

When: April 5, 8 – 9:30 p.m. 

Where: Spectra Art Space, 1836 S Broadway

Cost: $18 get tickets here

The Lowdown: If you love horror you need to see Yūrei. Spectra Art Space presents a horrifying play from the Pandemic Collective, a Denver-based horror theatre company. The play follows Amira as she discovers a piece of parchment in a mirror — gifted to her by a stranger. A spirit from her past then begins to haunt her, getting revenge for misdoings.

Friday, April 6

First Friday Art Walk

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When: April 6, 6 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Art District on Santa Fe, Santa Fe Dr., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: The first Friday of every month brings First Friday Art Walk. You can venture down the Art District on Santa Fe to experience all of the amazing galleries and creative businesses. The walk features 30 participating locations on Santa Fe and a whole slew of food trucks to fuel your art adventures. You can see sculptures, prints and more at the participating businesses.

READ: The Definitive Guide to Denver Art Galleries 

’80s Deluxe

When: April 6 – June 6, 6 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Visual Interest, 3444 Brighton Blvd., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Attend the opening reception of ’80s Deluxe, an exhibition exploring a color palette and concept that we still live with the operating systems or ideas of that offbeat decade. The Royal We Is Us delve deeper into the idea that we have met our deluxe state during this operating system. The exhibition features paper sculptures, wood panel works and prints. To get into the exhibition you must agree that ideas can be operating systems.

A Vulnerable Paradigm of Wonder and Animalia: New Works

Art by Crystal Morey.

When: April 6, 6-9 p.m. 

Where: Visions West Contemporary, 2605 Walnut St. Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Visions West Contemporary announces the opening of A Vulnerable Paradigm of Wonder and Animalia: New Works. The former exhibition, created by Crystal Morey, features handmade porcelain sculptures. Animalia: New Works by Nine Francois features recent photographs. The gallery also presents a special project called Social Media by Troy Abbot using technology-based sculptures. 

INFORMED-Print as Influence

Photo courtesy of Space Gallery

When: April 6, 5 – 9 p.m. 

Where: SPACE Gallery, 400 Santa Fe Dr., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: SPACE Gallery celebrates First Friday Art Walks and the closing reception of INFORMED-Print as an Influence. The exhibition features work from eight different artists and all of the artists who use printmaking as the main influence of their work. All artists are attending the closing reception, giving you a chance to meet them and explore the gallery.

ACT Human Rights Film Festival

When: April 6 – 8, 4:30 p.m. 

Where: Colorado State University’s Lory Student Center Theater, 1101 Center Ave Mall, Fort Collins

Cost: $10-$90 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Colorado State University (CSU) hosts the ACT Human Rights Film Festival. The festival features newly released international documentary films that explore human rights in immigration, war, gender rights and more. Six films premiere at the festival, as well as Q&As with directors and film subjects after the screenings.

“Spectrum” Fashion Show

Photo courtesy of CSU Department of Design and Merchandising on Facebook

When: April 6, 7:30 p.m. 

Where: Lincoln Center, 417 W Magnolia St., Fort Collins

Cost: $10-$50 get tickets here

The Lowdown: The CSU Department of Design and Merchandising presents the “Spectrum” Fashion Show. The show features the design collections of seniors majoring in apparel and merchandising. The show is created by the CSU students under the direction of Design and Merchandising instructor, Carol Engel-Enright.

Experiment First Fridays

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When: April 6, 7 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Cabal Gallery, 1875 S Broadway, Denver 

Cost: $10 suggested donation

The Lowdown: Cabal Gallery challenges you in Experiment First Fridays. Make a night of art, with a catch—unplugging from all electric devices. You cannot take pictures, post on social media, network (just make friends) or anything of the sort. Make some great art and at the end of the event you can plug back in (but maybe try not to). All mediums are welcome and you can bring your own snacks to munch on while you work.

Xi Zhang, Imagine

“Shelter of Desire” by Xi Zhang

When: April 6, 6 – 9 p.m. 

Where: ATC DEN, 3420 Larimer St., Denver 

Cost: Free register here

The Lowdown: ATC DEN and Plus Gallery join together to present Xi Zhang, Imagine. The exhibition features Xi Zhang’s emotionally charged large-scale paintings from his cultural point of view. The exhibition pushes you to imagine yourself in someone else’s shoes.

Phil Rader Opening

Photo Courtesy of EDGE Gallery on Facebook

When: April 6, 5 – 10 p.m. 

Where: EDGE Gallery, 7001 W Colfax Ave., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: EDGE Gallery presents a Phil Rader Opening. The exhibition, titled Unique Play features small works, each different and created with an experimental process in mind. Rader plays with bright colors and bold lines to make each work stand out.

First Friday at Helikon

Michael Reedy, Helikon Gallery, 303 Magazine, Cori Anderson

Photo by Cori Anderson

When: April 6, 6 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Helikon Gallery & Studios, 3675 Wynkoop St., Denver 

Cost: Free and open to the public

The Lowdown: Helikon Gallery takes part in First Friday. The event features the reception of Michael Reedy’s Dear Future Self and Other Worlds: Landscapes from the Mind’s Eye. You can explore the exhibition that looks deeper into aging with the fascination of living. You can sip and snack on complimentary food and drink while you explore the gallery.

READ: The New Exhibit at Helikon is a Love Letter to Our Dying Selves

KoKo Bayer Exhibit + Reception

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When: April 6, 6 – 9 p.m. 

Where: RiNo Made, 3501 Wazee St. #109, Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: RiNo Made hosts a KoKo Bayer Exhibit + Reception. The exhibit features Koko Bayer’s work, showing her grandfather, Herbert Bayer’s art. Bayer lives in the RiNo Art District and uses “wheatpasting” a technique to temporarily attach paper to walls to showcase her art. After photographing her installations, Bayer re-pastes the photos onto wood or other structures. The reception features free hors-d’oeuvres and drinks.

DelecTABLE Preview Party

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When: April 6, 6 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Art Students League Of Denver, 200 Grant St., Denver 

Cost: $10 get tickets here

The Lowdown: The Art Students League of Denver (ASLD) presents a DelecTABLE Preview Party. The party features a sneak peak of the soon to open DelecTABLE exhibition. The exhibition showcases ceramics inspired by fine dining. You can also get a chance to purchase some of the art as you peruse.

Saturday, April 7


Photo Courtesy of TheBigWonderful on Facebook

When: April 7, 12 p.m. 

Where: Winter Park Resort, 85 Parsenn Rd., Winter Park

Cost: Free-$35 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Take a day to travel to Winter Park Resort for TheBigWonderful. The event features a shop, dance and beerfest. You can listen to The Damn Sasquatch as you explore the bazaar showcasing local makers. The Bazaar and Bands portion of the event and general admission is free, the Beerfest is not, but you can sip on drink samples with a ticket all day long.

MCA Penny Admission

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When: April 7, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Where: Museum of Contemporary Arts Denver, 1485 Delgany St., Denver 

Cost: $.01

The Lowdown: Explore different exhibitions for just one cent during MCA Penny Admission. Once a month the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver lets you enter for only a penny and see all of the art you have always wanted to see, just didn’t want to pay for. You can go through exhibitions showcasing work from Cleon Peterson, Diego Rodriguez-Warner and Arthur Jafa.

READ: Three Artists Transformed the MCA Denver Inside and Out 

Femme in Public

Photo Courtesy of Alok Vaid-Menon on Facebook

When: April 7, 4 – 6 p.m. 

Where: Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver 

Cost: $13 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Explore the thoughts of femininity and pain at Femme in Public. Alok, a gender non-conforming performance artist, educator, writer and entertainer presents a night of comedy, performance and poetry. Alok was the youngest recipient of the prestigious Live Works Performance Act Award, only granted to 10 performance artists across the world, so you are in for a treat.

Spring Cleaning Indoor Yard Sale

Grandma's House the Brewery

Photo courtesy of Grandma’s House on Facebook

When: April 7, 12 – 5 p.m. 

Where: Grandma’s House, 1710 S Broadway, Denver 

Cost: $10 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Grandma’s House hosts a Spring Cleaning Indoor Yard Sale. The Sale features a collective yard sale to bring your junk that you don’t want and sell it to others. The ticket price buys you one beer and space to sell your unwanted stuff.

Disney’s Aladdin

When: April 7 – 28, 2 – 4:30 p.m. 

Where: Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1101 13th St. Denver 

Cost: $45-$175 get tickets here

The Lowdown: The Denver Center for the Performing Arts presents Disney’s Aladdin. From the producers of The Lion King comes the magical story of Aladdin and his journey to becoming a prince, while fighting evil forces. The Disney classic is sure to bring nostalgia and excitement.

“Sweet Asylum”

Photo Courtesy of K Contemporary on Facebook

When: April 7, 6 – 9 p.m.

Where: K Contemporary, 1412 Wazee St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: K Contemporary hosts a reception of “Sweet Asylum” created by Suchitra Mattai. Mattai presents multiple skills in her work, including drawing painting, collage and more. The exhibition features installation pieces that have gained a large popularity.


Sunday, April 8

Stay Humble Warrior

Photo courtesy of Big Booty Yoga on Facebook

When: April 8, 10 – 11 a.m. 

Where: The Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut St., Denver 

Cost: $15 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Stretch out and relax while listening to Kendrick Lamar at Stay Humble Warrior. Kady from Big Booty yoga leads the class to let go of stress and jam to some sweet beats. After class you can grab a free beer or mimosa to quench your thirst. Spaces are limited and tickets sell fast, so get your ticket quick.

 Record Swap

Photo Courtesy Ryan Dykstra Records on Facebook

When: April 8, 2 – 8 p.m. 

Where: Pon Pon, 2528 Walnut St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Pon Pon hosts their third Record Swap. You can snag some awesome records, listen to different jams by DJs and more. Expect records from Black and Read Recollect, Ryan Dykstra, Chain Reaction and other independent collectors. You can also munch on pizza and sip on beer while you find the perfect record for to bring home.


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Mark Your Calendar

14er Film Fest

When: April 13, 5:30 – 11 p.m. 

Where: 14er Brewing Company, 2801 Walnut St., Denver 

Cost: $35 tickets available here

March for Science

When: April 14, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Where:  Civic Center Park, Colfax Ave and Broadway, Denver

Cost: Free and open to the public

DINK Independent Comic & Art Expo

When: April 14 – 15, 10 a.m. 

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave., Denver 

Cost: $13-$44.50 tickets available here

Spring Flea

When: April 14 – 15, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: The Rock Drill, 1717 East 39th Ave., Denver

Cost: $5 tickets available here

6th Annual Whiskey Throwdown & Doughnut Showdown

When: May 19, 2 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Downtown Denver

Cost: $30-$65 tickets available here