Start: 12:00 pm
Historic LoDo: Crumpet may be one cynical elf, but Colorado’s own Matt Zambrano is a joyful sprite of a guy. Come meet the ebullient young man who will perform David Sedaris’ The SantaLand Diaries at the Garner-Galleria Theatre this holiday season. Hear how he grew up in Wheat Ridge, earned a spot at the Denver Center’s National Theatre Conservatory and went on to become a National Poetry Slam semi-finalist. Unlike poets who speak from a place of anger or rage, Matt is known for his thoughtful, heart-rending wordplay. You may even hear a sample for yourself when Matt joins host John Moore for a fun-filled hour during Page to the Stage, an ongoing series of free lunchtime conversations. Page to Stage, brought to you by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, is designed to enrich your theatre experience and spark a conversation. John Moore is the former theater critic for The Denver Post, and is now an associate director for the Denver Center. The SantaLand Diaries, a co-production with the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, opens November 22.
Start: 12:30 pm
Colfax Avenue: The Kurds are an ethnic group of approximately 30 million with origins in a part of the Middle East that has been surrounded by the historic powers of the region. Today, the traditional lands of the Kurds are divided into parts of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. As a minority in each of these countries, the Kurds have long sought their own sovereign nation or at least more autonomy, with mixed results. As some of these nations have become increasingly unstable, many Kurds see an opportunity for greater control over their own destiny. Join Active Minds as we explore this complicated dynamic and seek to understand the Kurdish people and their struggle. PDF of the Active Minds Lecture Series.
Start: 7:00 pm
Historic LoDo: An art collector with a rhinoceros ranch in Kenya? Impressionist masterworks right in our own backyard? Angelica Daneo, Associate Curator for Painting and Sculpture of the Denver Art Museum, will share these and other behind-the-scenes stories of Passport to Paris, on view at the DAM October 27 through February 9. Guests are invited to join us for coffee and cookies beginning at 7:00 pm, followed by a unique view of this new installation.
Start: 7:30 pm
Colfax Avenue: Young Buddhist teacher Lodro Rinzler, author of the bestselling book The Buddha Walks into a Bar, writes a popular advice column for the Huffington Post called “What Would Sid Do?” (“Sid” being Lodro’s nickname for Siddhartha Gautama—the prince who became the Buddha). Rinzler will discuss and sign his new book Walk Like a Buddha: Even if Your Boss Sucks, Your Ex Is Torturing You, & You’re Hungover Again ($14.95 Shambhala), a collection of his best tips for living with integrity, compassion, and happiness from his column. Can’t make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here: firstname.lastname@example.org Lodro Rinzler’s website
Start: 7:30 pm
Highlands Ranch: Bestselling novelist Richard Paul Evans, author of The Christmas Box, has met thousands of people and heard many of their stories in his travels over the past two decades. Most of the people he meets are hungry for inspiration; they love his novels because his characters are also searching for meaning and understanding. Evans will discuss and sign his new book The Four Doors: A Guide to Joy, Freedom, and a Meaningful Life (Simon & Schuster), a compilation of what he has learned from others, and his own life struggles, and his message to those who seek inspiration in their lives. Can’t make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here: email@example.com