Ways to celebrate Black History Month in Denver

Here’s how you can celebrate Black culture and history and support Black businesses and creators all month long.

Kerrie Joy performs a slam poem to open a program celebrating the release of Black Panther on Feb. 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Kerrie Joy performs a slam poem to open a program celebrating the release of Black Panther on Feb. 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Black History Month is here and there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate Black culture from theater shows to book clubs, concerts and brunch. There are all sorts of events and gatherings across town for Denverites to immerse themselves in.

If supporting Black-owned businesses, artists, creatives, and thinkers across the city is a priority, we’ve put together this list of events and spaces where you can do this.

Is something missing that should be on this list? Email us at tips@denverite.com.

New Normal: A Celebration of People of Color

What: The Voices of Light, Chamber Choir-in-Residence at the Festival of Faith and the Arts in Denver, is hosting a concert showcasing music of BIPOC artists.

When: Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 4, 3:30 p.m.

Where: First Baptist Church of Denver, 1373 Grant St. Denver, CO. 80203 (Feb. 3)

Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 E. Alameda Ave. Denver, CO. 80246 (Feb. 4)

Tickets: Start at $15

 

Soleful: A Closing Celebration for the Dirty South at MCA Denver

What: To celebrate the closing of the current exhibition, The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse. The party will be in collaboration with THE DROP 104.7, a Colorado commercial free radio station for R&B and Hip Hop. Event will include light refreshments.

When: Feb. 4, 6-9 p.m.

Where: MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany St. Denver, CO. 80202

Tickets: $20 general admission, $15 MCA Denver Member

 

Well-Read Black Girl Book Club

What: This book club is dedicated to Black women writers and Black women readers, and its goal is to introduce a cohort of diverse writers to future generations.

When: Last Tuesday of each month, 6-8:30 p.m.

Where: Shop at MATTER, 2134 Market St., Denver, CO 80205

Tickets: To receive an invitation, contact maria@shopatmatter.com

 

 

Urban Sanctuary, a yoga + wellness studio in Five Points

What: To start 2023, Urban Sanctuary is offering 3 in-person or virtual classes for $23. This is a Black-owned yoga studio that first opened its doors in the historical Five Points neighborhood in 2016.

Where: 2745 Welton St. Denver, CO. 80205
Tickets: $23

 

Black History Month at Harkins

What: Harkins is honoring and celebrating films created by Black filmmakers and historic moments in Black history.  Starting Saturday, February 4 until Wednesday, February 15, see four major films honoring Black cinema for $5 with proceeds benefiting the Equal Justice Initiative.

When: Feb. 4 and Feb. 8

  • “Till” – PG-13 (2022)
  • “42” – PG-13 (2013)

Feb. 11 and Feb. 15

  • “Get Out” – R (2017)
  • “Malcolm X” – PG-13 (1992)

Where: Harkins Northfield 18, 8300 Northfield Blvd., Denver, CO. 80238

Tickets: $5 Tickets

 

Black History Month Brunch Party

What: Support local, Black-owned businesses across the city with music by DJ Squizzy Taylor, food and drinks from Smoke in the City, and other vendors.

When: Feb. 11, 1-5 p.m.

Where: 3444 Walnut St. Denver, CO. 80205 

Tickets: $15

Black History Tomorrow Poetry Slam – Kerrie Joy with Slam Nuba

What: Join Kerri Joy and Slam Nuba for a Poetry Slam/open mic at the Denver Art Museum. February 14 is a Free Day at the DAM, so no charge to attend the slam!

When: Feb. 14, 6-7 p.m.
Where: Denver Art Museum, Martin Building, Sturm Pavilion, 100 W. 14th Ave., Denver, CO. 80204

Tickets: Free

 

Celebrating Black Love, People, and Culture

What: Join the Black Community Initiatives team at the University of Denver as they honor the love, people, and cultures across the African Diaspora. The event will include a “Black Love” photo booth, quick activities, and dessert.

When: Feb. 14, 11:00-1:00 p.m.

Where: Community Commons, 2055 E. Evans Ave. Denver, CO. 80210

Tickets: Free

 

Off The Cuff at Meadowlark

What: Off The Cuff is a live performance show hosted by Enmanuel Alexander, also known as Name Backwards, dedicated to creating a space for BIPOC musicians, vocalists, instrumentalists, rappers, dancers, artists, poets and creatives to express themselves backed by a professional band.

When: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, 9:30 p.m. to close

Where: Meadowlark Bar, 2701 Larimer St.
Tickets: Free, 21+

A Love Letter to Black Liberation

What: Yonnas Abraham, a Black musical artist in Denver, is hosting a live performance for his new LP, FÉVEN, which will be visually curated and filmed by Blake Jackson, a multidisciplinary creative. The show will be held at Industrial Arts Denver, a Black-owned space that doubles as a venue and metal shop.

When: Feb. 17

Where: Industrial Arts Denver, 2165 S. Raritan St.

Tickets: $20

 

Cuff’d In Cabaret – a Live Dating Game Show hosted by Shanel Hughes & Uccchh

What: Shanel Hughes and Uche Ohaya are Denver creatives who host a live game show that includes one dater and three contenders at center stage. The show includes built in games, comedy, and drag performances in between rounds.

When: Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Town Hall Collaborative, 525 Santa Fe Dr. Denver, CO. 80204

Tickets: $12-25

 

Jazz Roots in Five Points

What: The culture of Five Points comes alive during Black history month. Explore the history of music in Five Points and its connection to some of the legendary Jazz musicians and performers.

When: Feb. 18 and 25

Where: 

Feb. 18:

Spangalang Brewery

2736 Welton St. Denver, CO. 80205

1-4 p.m.

Live conversations hosted by KUVO

Live Jazz music by Wil Alston Group

Jazz Poets

 

The Lydian

2590 Welton St. Denver, CO. 80205

4-6 p.m.

Cocktails and live jazz music by Gabriel Mervine Trio

 

Feb. 25th:

Goed Zuur

2801 Welton St. Denver, CO. 80205

4-6 p.m.

Live swing music by Jeremy Mohney

 

The Lydian

2590 Welton St. Denver, CO. 80205

4-6 p.m.

Cocktails and live jazz music by Danette Hollowell and The Old Souls

Tickets: Free

Valentine’s Dinner and Drag Show hosted by PlayHaus Bakery

What: Enjoy a four-course meal with PlayHaus Bakery, a Black and queer-owned establishment. The dinner is being held in collaboration with Shared Ground, a community center located in Denver’s Northside. The event will also include a drag show by Coco Bardot.

When: Feb. 18, 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Where: 3401 W. 29th Ave. Denver, CO. 80211

Tickets: $100

 

Spotlight: A ’90s-themed gathering of local artists, businesses and vendors hosted at Ant Life

What: Organized by Fronzo Dominique, a local Black artist in Denver, Spotlight is a night to engage with a variety of creative talent across the city. The event will be held at The Ant Life, a psychedelic art gallery and venue, and will include food, prizes, and cannabis.

When: Feb. 18, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Where: 2150 Market St. Denver, CO. 80205

Tickets: $20-40

 

Vibes In the Park: Black History Month Celebration

What: Hosted by Lawrence & Larimer, stop by for an afternoon of cocktails, music, community, and a discussion on Black mental health. The discussion panel will include locals Lesley Pace, Jalisa Williams, Chaz Mykl, Jevon Taylor, and Carolyn Taylor-Harris.

When: Feb. 18, 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Where: 3225 E. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO. 80206

Tickets: $30

 

Noname Book Club hosted by The Shop At MATTER

What: Noname Book Club highlights one or two books each month written by authors of color. In addition to building community with folks across the country, NNBC also sends their monthly book picks to incarcerated comrades through their Prison Program. Started in 2019 by award-winning, poetic, down-to-earth rapper, Noname.This month’s books include “The Stars and Blackness Between Them” by Junauda Petrus and “Of Water And Spirit” by Maildoma Patrice Somé.

When: Feb. 22, 6-8:30 p.m.

Where: Shop at MATTER, 2134 Market St. Denver, CO. 80205

Tickets: Free, RSVP Here

 

In the Pocket: The Ballad of Bobby Trombone

What: “In the Pocket: The Ballad of Bobby Trombone” is a play that imagines life at the historic Rossonian Hotel, located at the pinnacle of Five Points, Denver’s historic Black neighborhood in the 1950s. The former Rossonian Hotel was the beating heart of Five Points and one of the most famous jazz clubs in the West during the Jazz era. The characters in the story offer a glimpse into what it was like as a Black resident of Denver who lived, worked, struggled and thrived in Five Points during the Jazz era.

When: Feb. 9-25

Where: 2700 Arapahoe St. Denver, CO. 80205

Tickets: $28 General Admission

 

Same Cloth at Dazzle

What: Same Cloth is a Denver-based project led by prolific keyboardist Solomon J. Chapman Sr. and inventive vocalist JoFoKe. Performing original music and creative cover arrangements, Same Cloth’s musical vision is intensified and rounded out by Will Gaines on bass, Callum Bair and James Tré on guitar and Matt Campbell on drums. As a unit, Same Cloth combines the diverse traditions of Black American Music to create an energetically eclectic and emotionally elevating live music experience. See them in back-to-back performances for one night.

When: Feb. 25, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m.

Where: Dazzle, 1512 Curtis St. Denver, CO. 80202

Tickets: $25

 

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble: Inspiring Movement

What: The Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble is having a show, “Inspiring Movement,” which will use the universal language of dance to honor the African Diaspora. The show will be held at the Parsons Theatre and will explore the human condition, champion social justice, and celebrate the complexity of life through movement.

When: March 2, 11:00 a.m. and March 3, 7:30 p.m.

Where: 1 East Memorial Parkway, Northglenn, CO. 80233

Tickets: $22-25

The CPRD Ensemble will be on tour outside of Colorado most of the month, and their second company, Cleo II, will be hosting a number of private performances in schools.

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