Weekend Arts Roundup: Denver celebrates the arts, robots in Aurora and more

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Denver Arts Week
Nov. 7 - 15
Various venues, Denver

The Mile High City celebrates its arts and culture scene with a week-long program of visual arts, theater, music, film, museums, dance, opera, comedy, history and heritage events, including many free or discounted show tickets and museum admissions.

Photo: ArtBots
DAVA youth pose with an "ArtBot," a robot made entirely out of recycled materials.

Sept. 12 – Nov. 18
Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA), Aurora
Exploring the relationship between art and technology, this exhibition features a variety of robots made entirely out of recycled materials by members of DAVA’s youth program as well as 24 robot-centric short films, and robot drawings created by younger students.

Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado presents “Elements”
Nov. 7 and 8
Bethany Lutheran Church, Cherry Hills Village (Nov. 7), Claver Recital Hall, Regis University, Denver (Nov. 8)

A multi-media depiction of the creation of the world and its four elements – earth, water, fire and air – with chamber music played on Baroque era instruments and original large-scale puppet creations by Robin Walsh.

Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival
Nov. 7 - 9
Various locations, Colorado Springs

One of the longest, continuous-running women’s film festivals in North America, this three-day event showcases documentary, feature, short and animated films, mostly directed, produced and edited by women. This year’s titles include “The Optimists,” a documentary about a volleyball team made up of female players aged between 66 and 98.

Photo: Mummenschanz
Swiss theater troupe Mummenschanz performs three times along the Front Range this weekend.

Nov. 7 - 9
University of Colorado Boulder Macky Auditorium, Boulder (Nov. 7), Newman Center, Denver (Nov. 8 and 9)

The famed Swiss surrealist theater troupe plays with silence, illusion, light and shadow - along with masks and props made from everyday objects – to explore the human condition in this 40th anniversary show.

“Speakeasy: Modern Dance Concert & Poetry Reading”
Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m.
La Puerta Ballroom, Grand Junction

This combination modern dance and poetry reading event features dance from eight choreographers and the poetry of Colorado Mesa University English Professor Carol Christ.

Piano Legends: The Music of Billy Joel & Elton John
Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Macky Auditorium, CU Campus, Boulder

The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes guest artists Jean Meilleur and John Regan as they perform the biggest hits of the two famous singer-songwriters, including “Piano Man,” “Only the Good Die Young” and “Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me.”

“Denver: Under Construction”
Nov. 7 - 29
Abend Gallery Fine Art, Denver

Presenting eight artists' take on the aesthetics of urban construction sites, this group exhibition features the works of Jim Beckner, Jennifer Bobola, Dianne L. Massey Dunbar, Stephanie Hartshorn, Chris Alan Serr, David Shingler, Robert Spooner, and Tracy Wall.

Veterans Speak at The Dairy
Nov. 7 - 21
Dairy Center for the Performing Arts, Boulder

This two-week recognition of Veterans Day features presentations, performances, discussions, art, and movies. The program includes a screening of “The Best Years of Our Lives,” a film about three World War II soldiers’ re-adjustment to society as they return home, and “Veterans’ Prose and Poetry,” involving readings by ex-soldiers of their own literary work that reflects on their experiences before, during or after their service.

Jonathan Powell Performs “Sequentia Cyclica super ‘Dies irae’”
Nov. 8, 1:00 p.m.,
Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, Denver

This British pianist presents the Colorado premiere of the late Anglo-Indian composer Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji’s seven-hour piano epic. The performance marks only the fourth time the piece will have been heard live in its entirety.

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