COURTESTY OF ​WESTWORD STAFF | JULY 10, 2018 

 

If the heat is getting to you, slow things down. Enjoy the Slow Food Nations festival, an international event celebrating the local-food movement, or the comedian-led tour at MCA called Shit Talk Tours. There's plenty to enjoy outside, too, including the Colorado Black Arts Festival, Artsweek Golden and a giant outdoor party for the end of the FIFA World Cup. They're all in our best events of the week!

FRIDAY, JULY 13

THE COLORADO BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL BRINGS THE CULTURE, MUSIC, ART AND SOCIAL STRUCTURE OF AN AFRICAN VILLAGE TO CITY PARK THIS WEEKEND FOR ANOTHER GO, COMPLETE WITH ALL THE FEATURES THAT HAVE MADE IT A SUCCESS FOR MORE THAN THREE DECADES. THIS YEAR, IN ADDITION TO SUCH TRADITIONS AS THE SATURDAY MORNING BOOGALOO CELEBRATION PARADE, THE AFRO-CENTRIC MARKETPLACE, AN ARTISTS’ ROW, STORYTELLING AND LIVE MUSIC FROM HIP-HOP TO GOSPEL, THE FEST WILL DRESS UP THE PARK WITH AN ART GARDEN, BEDECKED WITH SCULPTURES AND BOTTLE TREES. AND THE FOOD COURT, A PAN-AFRICAN SMORGASBORD OF SOUL FOOD, CARIBBEAN AND AFRICAN DISHES, WILL FUEL YOU FOR A FULL DAY OF FUN. THE FEST BEGINS ON FRIDAY, JULY 13, FROM NOON TO 8 P.M., AND CONTINUES SATURDAY FROM 10 A.M. TO 8 P.M. AND SUNDAY FROM 10 A.M. TO 7 P.M. AT THE WEST END OF CITY PARK, 1700 YORK STREET. ADMISSION IS FREE. FIND A COMPLETE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AT COLBAF.ORG.

MCA DENVER ALWAYS SEEMS TO DO THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT’S EXPECTED OF AN ART MUSEUM, AND NOW THE SAME THING GOES FOR ITS TOURS. FORGET THE ARTSPEAK OF CURATORS AND THE MEMORIZED CONTEXTS SPOUTED BY DOCENTS WHEN MCA DISHES UP A ROUND OF TONGUE-IN-CHEEK SHIT TALK TOURS, LED IN TURNS BY SEASONED DENVER STANDUPS CHRISTIE BUCHELE, JANAE BURRIS AND RACHEL WEEKS OF THE PUSSY BROS. COMEDY TROUPE. TOURS ARE OFFERED AT 5 P.M. EVERY OTHER FRIDAY FROM JULY 13 THROUGH AUGUST 24 AT THE MCA, 1485 DELGANY STREET. YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR FAT WALLET AT HOME: ADMISSION IS FREE WITH MUSEUM ADMISSION, WHICH TRANSLATES TO $5 AFTER 5 P.M. FOR ADULTS AND FREE FOR MEMBERS AND YOUTH AGES EIGHTEEN AND UNDER. NO RESERVATIONS NECESSARY! LEARN MORE AT MCADENVER.ORG/SHIT-TALK-TOURS.

SATURDAY, JULY 14

SLOW FOOD NATIONS IS MORE THAN JUST A FESTIVAL; IT'S A MULTI-DAY DELUGE OF TASTINGS, CLASSES, LECTURES AND DEMOS FOCUSED ON SLOW FOOD USA'S MISSION OF RECOGNIZING AND SUPPORTING LOCAL FOOD CULTURES AND TRADITIONS. THE BIGGEST EVENTS ARE THE FREE AND FAMILY-FRIENDLY EDIBLE BEATS STREET AND TASTE MARKETPLACE FROM 10 A.M. TO 6 P.M. ON SATURDAY, JULY 14, AND 10 A.M. TO 4 P.M. ON SUNDAY, JULY 15, WHEN YOU CAN SAMPLE FROM MULTIPLE FOOD PRODUCERS SET UP ON LARIMER STREET BETWEEN 14TH AND 15TH STREETS. VISIT SLOWFOODNATIONS.ORG FOR A COMPLETE RUNDOWN AND TICKETS FOR MORE THAN 25 OTHER HAPPENINGS, FROM AW, SHUCKS! AN OYSTER TASTING TO THE ZERO WASTE FAMILY MEAL. SLOW DOWN AND SMELL WHAT'S COOKING.

BATONS WILL BE TWIRLING, SNARES WILL BE RAT-A-TAT-TATTING AND BRASS WILL BE BLASTING WHEN DRUMS ALONG THE ROCKIES BRINGS SOME OF THE NATION’S BEST MARCHING BANDS TO BRONCOS STADIUM AT MILE HIGH, 1701 BRYANT STREET, ON SATURDAY, JULY 14. DENVER’S OWN BLUE KNIGHTS WILL BE GOING HORN TO HORN AGAINST SALT LAKE CITY’S BATTALION; TEMPE, ARIZONA'S ACADEMY; AND PORTLAND’S OREGON CRUSADERS, AMONG MANY OTHERS. FESTIVITIES START WITH A WARM-UP AT 4 P.M., AND THE BRONCOS STAMPEDE, THE OFFICIAL DRUMLINE OF THE BRONCOS, AND ITS SUBSIDIARY GROUP, THE BRONCOS BRASS, WILL OFFER A JAM SESSION AT 5. THE OPENING CEREMONY IS AT 6:30 P.M., FOLLOWED BY THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS; SCORES WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT 10:30 P.M. FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS, $20 TO $40, GO TO ASCENDPERFORMINGARTS.ORG/EVENTS/DATR.

DON’T TELL COMEDY, A LOS ANGELES-BASED TRAVELING SHOWCASE WITH A TWIST, IS LOOKING FOR AUDIENCES WILLING TO TAKE A CHANCE BY PONYING UP FOR TICKETS TO SHOWS WITH SECRET HEADLINERS AT SECRET LOCATIONS. ARE YOU UP FOR THE GAMBLE? DON’T TELL DENVER WILL GO DOWN SOMEWHERE IN THE BERKELEY NEIGHBORHOOD ON SATURDAY, JULY 14, AT 7:30 P.M., PROMISING “SOME OF THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST COMEDIANS IN THE UNITED STATES,” BUT THE LOCATION WILL ONLY BE REVEALED BY EMAIL AT NOON ON THE DAY OF THE SHOW. CROSS YOUR FINGERS! TICKETS ARE $20 TO $30 AT DONTTELLCOMEDY.COM, AND BE FOREWARNED: DON’T TELL COMEDY IS A BYOB EVENT.

SUNDAY, JULY 15

BECAUSE WORLD CUP DEVOTEES TEND TO LIKE CHEERING ON THEIR FAVORITES IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS, DICK’S SPORTING GOODS PARK, HOME OF THE COLORADO RAPIDS, WILL HOST A FREE WORLD CUP FINALS WATCH PARTY FOR THOUSANDS, AIRING THE 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP RUSSIA’S BIGGEST SHOWDOWN ON THE BIG SCREEN. WEAR YOUR COLORS AND BE IN LINE AT DICK’S, 6000 VICTORY WAY IN COMMERCE CITY, WHEN THE GATE OPENS ON SUNDAY, JULY 15, AT 8:45 A.M. FOR THE FIRST KICK AT 9 A.M.; AFTER THE GAME, WIN OR LOSE, FANS CAN HANG AROUND AND TEST THEIR SKILLS IN THE FAN FEST’S SKILL ZONE. EARLY BIRDS WITH ENERGY TO SPARE CAN ALSO OPT TO START THEIR MORNING WITH THE WORLD SOCCER CELEBRATION 5K AT 8 A.M. FOR A $50 ENTRY FEE; FOR WATCH PARTY INFORMATION AND RACE REGISTRATION, VISIT DICKSSPORTINGGOODSPARK.COM.

GET YOUR SWING ON AT THE SUMMER SOIREE, A PATIO PARTY FROM 4:45 TO 8:45 P.M. ON SUNDAY, JULY 15, THAT WILL BENEFIT YOUTH ON RECORD. HOSTED BY EVENT ORGANIZER SPEAKEASY SOIREE LLC (THE NAME ALONE SOUNDS FUN!), THE PARTY WILL INCLUDE PERFORMANCES BY SOME OF DENVER'S BEST SWING BANDS, INCLUDING LA POMPE JAZZ AND BANSHEE TREE, AS WELL AS FOOD AND DRINKS. BUT THE ORGANIZERS WOULDN'T SEND YOU ONTO THE DANCE FLOOR WITHOUT A LITTLE TUTELAGE: ON TOP OF A COMPLIMENTARY COCKTAIL, CATERED FOOD AND ACCESS TO THE MUSICAL PERFORMANCES, A $50 GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET GETS YOU A SWING-DANCE LESSON (AN EXTRA $50 FOR A DONOR TICKET WILL BENEFIT YOUTH ON RECORD, WITH A PROMISE FROM TITO'S HANDMADE VODKA TO MATCH THOSE CONTRIBUTIONS.) GET DOWN AND SWING AROUND AT ROOM & BOARD, 222 DETROIT STREET. FIND MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS AT SPEAKEASYSOIREE.COM

MONDAY, JULY 16

THE CHARMING LITTLE CITY OF GOLDEN MIGHT COME OFF AS A TOURIST TOWN AT FIRST GLANCE, BUT FOOTHILLS ART CENTER, MINERS ALLEY PLAYHOUSE, AND OTHER LOCAL ARTS ORGANIZATIONS POLISH UP THAT DESIGNATION. TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE TOWN’S CULTURAL LEGACY, ARTSWEEK GOLDEN WILL EXPLORE THEM ALL FROM MONDAY, JULY 16, THROUGH SUNDAY, JULY 22, BEGINNING WITH FAC, 809 15TH STREET IN GOLDEN, WHICH KICKS OFF THE WEEK WITH A FREE DAY AND THEN HOSTS AERIALISTS AND ART IN THE GARDEN ON JULY 19. OTHER EVENTS, INCLUDING A MINERS ALLEY PLAYHOUSE MEDLEY AND FOOD DEMOS WITH PLEIN-AIR PAINTING ON SITE AT GOFARM ON JULY 18, LEAD UP TO NEXT WEEKEND’S ARTSWEEK GOLDEN FESTIVAL, A JURIED ART FAIR HELD AT THE COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES, 500 ILLINOIS STREET, ON JULY 21 AND 22. FIND A COMPLETE LIST OF EVENTS AT ARTSWEEKGOLDEN.ORG.