3 things to do for free in Denver this week, May 13-16
With May finally delivering the flowers that the old adage promises, you won't want to stay inside this week. Good news: When you're out and about enjoying the greening landscape, you won't need to drop a lot of green. From a booksigning with the former drummer for The Doors to a French artist's first-ever U.S. show to the opening of an exhibit devoted to Dr. Martin Luther King, it's all here -- and it's all free. For a full listing of goings-on around town, check out the Westword calendar -- and share suggestions for more bargain events in the comments section below.
- Westword Book Club: Jodee Champion on Candide, Catcher in the Rye and comedy
- The LIDA Project takes on barriers of class and language in O'Neill's The Hairy Ape
- Better Block Project sets its sights on Five Points -- and Sonny Lawson Park
The King Center Imaging Project Opening at the Denver Central Library (Tuesday)
Gain more insight into the life of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. at an exhibit opening today; the Denver Central Library will host over 200,000 digitized documents of the civil rights leader's correspondence, speeches and sermons through May 28. Mayor Michael B. Hancock will open the show at 1 p.m. today with Rev. Dr. James Peters sharing stories about Dr. King.
John Densmore Book Signing at Independent Records (Wednesday)
Rock and roll has a long and cringe-worthy history of bands replacing their deceased lead singers with young, new frontmen in order to cash in, a tradition followed by both The Germs and Sublime. John Densmore, former drummer for The Doors, confronts this issue in The Doors: Unhinged, which he'll be in town to sign today. The book details Densmore's lawsuit against his former bandmates when they wanted to tour as the Doors -- with Cult singer Ian Astbury standing in for the late Jim Morrison.
It Will Not Be the Same Without You at the Philip J. Steele Gallery (Thursday)
Amande In A New Perspective For Perspective, watercolor, variable dimensions
Helmed by curator Cortney Stell, the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design's Philip J. Steele Gallery consistently brings interesting, fresh exhibits to Colorado. It Will Not Be the Same Without You marks Parisian artist Amande In's first United States exhibition, featuring watercolor paints layered in vases among other new pieces created specifically for the space.