July Featured Events


Courtesy of Mirus Gallery

When an art gallery is named for the Latin word meaning “astonishing, extraordinary and strange,” we can’t help but be intrigued. Mirus Gallery, 1144 Broadway, the second concept from Zen Compound, the 25,000-square-foot complex that launched in the Golden Triangle last fall with Temple Nightclub, is now open. With a sister gallery in San Francisco, Denver’s Mirus will feature edgy artwork under the curatorial direction of owner Paul Hemming. A solo exhibition from Berlin-based artist Jaybo Monk will be on display July 6–28.

A two-day juried fest with more than 125 artists from across the nation, pop-up art all along Main Street and “yarn bombing” of statues are all part of the first Artsweek Golden. The weeklong events, July 16-22, are orchestrated by Foothills Art Center, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Local jurors include sculptural jewelry artist Jesse Mathes, fine artist Pam Fortner and Mai Wyn, who paints on stainless steel.

Too much summer TV numbing the kids’ noggins? Head to “Mindbender Mansion,” a new exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science July 20 to Jan. 6, 2019, for brainteasers, interactive challenges and puzzles galore (free with museum admission). Visitors will enter a quirky mansion where they’ll gather clues and secret passwords to complete the course.

The Colorado Symphony, conducted by Christopher Dragon and featuring vocalists Alli Mauzey and Nicole Parker, heads to the Dillon Amphitheater July 29 for a concert filled with showstoppers from Broadway hits including “Wicked,” “Gypsy,” “Ragtime” and “Titanic,” plus opera selections from Georges Bizet’s “Carmen.” The amphitheater recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation “to match our million-dollar views,” says Dillon events manager Matt Miano. Tickets: $45, adults; $15, children 15 and younger.

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