Denver Talks: Mayor Michael B. Hancock in Conversation with Author Claudia Rankine
Nov
15
6:30 PM18:30

Denver Talks: Mayor Michael B. Hancock in Conversation with Author Claudia Rankine

Mayor Michael B. Hancock will join Claudia Rankine for an on-stage conversation about race, social justice, and community, followed by an audience Q&A. Rankine will also sign copies of the book afterward. 

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EVENT DETAILS: 

Seating: The event will start at 6:30 PM, with lobby doors opening at 5:00 PM. We will have artwork from Denver Talks participants on display and writing activities available in the lobby. Seating will open at 6:00 PM. All seating is general admission. 

Audience Q&A: The mayor and Rankine will answer a limited number of audience questions following their conversation. Before the event, there will be a table in the lobby where audience members can submit their questions for consideration.

Book Signing: Rankine will sign copies of her books in the Boettcher Concert Hall lobby immediately following the event. If you need to purchase copies, Tattered Cover Bookstore will be selling Rankine's books in the lobby before and after the event. 

Getting There: Boettcher Concert Hall is located at 1000 14th St., in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. For driving directions, click here

We encourage the use of public transportation when possible. Boettcher Concert Hall is located across the street from the Theatre District/Convention Center light rail stop, which is served by the D, F, and H lines. Visit the RTD website to plan your trip. 

Parking: The Denver Performing Arts Complex has an attached parking garage; event parking is $12. There are also surface lots and metered parking spots nearby. 

If you have any additional questions about this event, please feel free to contact us at info@lighthousewriters.org

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Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
Nov
13
1:00 PM13:00

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

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Join us at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance studio for a duet performance of Uncle, a reaction to the Trayvon Martin murder, where a nephew discusses with his uncle his concerns about being attacked by a police officer. The duet will be paired with sections of Citizen read aloud by Lighthouse instructor Adrian Molina. Adrian will then lead a writing exercise and discussion with the group incorporating both Uncle and Citizen."

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Curious Theatre Company Performance of Citizen + Talkback
Nov
12
7:00 PM19:00

Curious Theatre Company Performance of Citizen + Talkback

Join Curious and Lighthouse Writers Workshop in a free staged reading adaptation of Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric as part of the Denver Talks project. Please RSVP as tickets are limited. Adapted for the stage by Stephen Sacks.

The play takes Rankine’s text and marries it to the theatrical art form. Using images and a blend of storytelling styles, six actors interpret Rankine’s work into a powerful evening of exploring racism today.

SOLD OUT - Call the Curious Theatre box office at 303-623-0524 to get on the waitlist.

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Make/Shift Monday: Poem Boxes + Assemblage
Nov
6
6:00 PM18:00

Make/Shift Monday: Poem Boxes + Assemblage

Join us at RedLine as we create poem boxes using text from Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric as inspiration. Poem boxes are sculptural interpretations of text, like a literary diorama; they are whatever you want them to be. Supplies will be provided, including found objects, though participants are encouraged to bring small items that inspire you, as well as a box you want to use (for example: an old shoebox). At the end we'll discuss how Rankine's text affected us, and how we transformed words and objects into art. Feel free to BYOB ("B" stands for beer and/or box!) Led by Jesica Carson Davis - poet/artist

 

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Book Talk at Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library
Nov
5
1:00 PM13:00

Book Talk at Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library

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Join us for a community discussion about Citizen: An American Lyric. Lighthouse instructor Assetou Xango will lead a free-ranging talk about the book, its messages and themes, and what we can take away from the work, as individuals and a community.

Free and open to the public.

Please note--there are two sessions scheduled:
Adult Discussion: 1:00 to 2:30 PM
Young Readers: 3:00 to 4:30 PM

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Book Talk at Spring Cafe
Nov
3
2:00 PM14:00

Book Talk at Spring Cafe

Join us for a community discussion about Citizen: An American Lyric. Assétou Xango will lead a free-ranging talk about the book, its messages and themes, and what we can take away from the work, as individuals and a community.

Free and open to the public. Held at the Spring Cafe. For more about the cafe and their mission, visit their website: http://thespringcafe.org/.

 

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Book Talk with Wine Women Wednesdays & Women Behaving Badly
Nov
1
6:30 PM18:30

Book Talk with Wine Women Wednesdays & Women Behaving Badly

Join us for a community discussion about Citizen: An American Lyric at Coffee at the Point in the historic Five Points neighborhood. Tayana Hardin will lead a free-ranging talk about the book, its messages and themes, and what we can take away from the work, as individuals and a community.

Free and open to the public.

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Drop -in Writing at Museo De Las Americas - Citizen and Las (H)adas
Oct
28
3:00 PM15:00

Drop -in Writing at Museo De Las Americas - Citizen and Las (H)adas

Join us for a Citizen-inspired drop-in writing at Museo De Las Americas. Museo de las Americas current exhibit, Las (H)adas explores cultural connections linked to the idea of identity and bicultural influences. Exploring this process unveils for us how far our postcolonial, consumerized mind has distanced itself from our humanity: sacred, magical, and divine. 

Adrian Molina will lead this writing session.

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Book Talk at Fiction Beer
Oct
25
6:30 PM18:30

Book Talk at Fiction Beer

Join us for a community discussion about Citizen: An American Lyric. A Lighthouse instructor will lead a free-ranging talk about the book, its messages and themes, and what we can take away from the work, as individuals and a community. Free and open to the public.

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Changing the Legacy of Race: A Community Conversation
Oct
21
2:30 PM14:30

Changing the Legacy of Race: A Community Conversation

In partnership with Colorado Humanities and the Center for the Book, this event is part of a series of facilitated conversations in Park Hill and Five Points designed to dive deeply into how we might change the legacy of race in our communities.

We will be looking at clips from the film I Am Not Your Negro, a recent Oscar-nominated film by the Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck. This film highlights how James Baldwin's words still speak to the American racial and cultural problems we are still trying to untangle 30 years after his death. James Baldwin (1924-1987) was a man of letters—novelist, essayist, social critic, playwright, journalist—whose work focused on the intricacies of the legacies and lived realities of race in 20th-century America. An erudite, engaged and engaging writer and public speaker, his worldview was shaped by his deeply humanistic values. Baldwin’s work gives us a wise, compassionate, but unflinching view of the racism that still plagues our society and determines the outcomes of black lives.

This conversation will be led by Hillary Potter, associate professor of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Potter holds a B.A. and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Colorado and an M.A. in criminal justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Free and open to the public.

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Part 2: Art-Making in Response to Citizen: A Collaboration with Art Students League Denver
Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

Part 2: Art-Making in Response to Citizen: A Collaboration with Art Students League Denver

Join ASLD instructor Holly-Kai Hurd in a “Collective-Conversation-While-Creating,” an art-making workshop to address the often challenging themes of race, social justice and community as presented in Claudia Rankine's book, Citizen using the language of visual art. 

Drop in anytime from 10am-2pm on Saturday, October 21 and contribute your artistic energy and voice to the creation of a multi-media piece representative of our interpretations of what it means to be a CITIZEN individually, making up a greater community.

We highly recommend (but it’s not mandatory) that you attend the Friday, Oct 13 creative writing session at Lighthouse Writers Workshop from 4:30-6:30pm; please bring your writing to the art-making session at ASLD to be included as part of the visual work.

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their contributions to the work as it relates to the book.  All citizens and creative voices welcome.  All supplies provided. 

Free and open to the public.

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 Changing the Legacy of Race: A Community Conversation
Oct
14
3:00 PM15:00

Changing the Legacy of Race: A Community Conversation

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In partnership with the Colorado Humanities and Center for the Book, this event is part of a series of facilitated conversations in Park Hill and Five Points designed to dive deeply into how we might change the legacy of race in our communities. 

We will be looking at clips from the film I Am Not Your Negro, a recent Oscar-nominated film by the Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck. This film highlights how James Baldwin's words speak to the American racial and cultural problems we are still trying to untangle 30 years after his death. James Baldwin (1924-1987) was a man of letters—novelist, essayist, social critic, playwright, journalist—whose work focused on the intricacies of the legacies and lived realities of race in 20th-century America. An erudite, engaged and engaging writer and public speaker, his worldview was shaped by his deeply humanistic values. 

This conversation will be facilitated by Roshan Bliss, a community organizer and trained mediator who has facilitated hundreds of hours of group processes and has an extensive background as a diversity and inclusiveness trainer.

Free and open to the public.

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Part 1: Art-Making in Response to Citizen: An American Lyric
Oct
13
4:30 PM16:30

Part 1: Art-Making in Response to Citizen: An American Lyric

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine is a rich and interesting mix of visual art, poetry, prose, and essay. According to a review in the New York Times, by using these forms, Rankine "creates an intentionally disorienting experience, one that mirrors the experience of racial micro-aggressions her subjects encounter."

In this generative writing workshop, using Citizen as a model, we'll try our hand at creating writing that mixes genre and style, in an attempt to mirror the the subject matter we want to explore.

This workshop is in conjunction with a visual art session at Art Student League on October 21. You don't have to attend both, but it's highly encouraged.

Free and open to the public.

 

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PhotoVox: Photography as a Storytelling Medium
Oct
11
6:00 PM18:00

PhotoVox: Photography as a Storytelling Medium

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Claudia Rankine's Citizen is a book that is a haunting combination of prose, poetry, essay, photography, and visual art. Using Citizen, as a model, we'll look at how images can tell their own story, and how combining image and text can serve as a powerful and effective mode for our own stories.

Free and open to the public.

 

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Make/Shift Monday—Artistic Response to Citizen
Sep
18
6:00 PM18:00

Make/Shift Monday—Artistic Response to Citizen

Join us at RedLine Gallery for a special Make/Shift Monday. We'll pair RedLine's exhibition, Latin America: Endless Transformation, with Citizen: An American Lyric to inspire original writing focused on the themes of race, justice, and collective identity. After, participants can submit their writing to be shared on the Denver Talks website. Free and open to the public.

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