Thinkers, architects, artists to gather at Biennial of the Americas

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The 2013 Biennial of the Americas will bring together ideas, artists and culture, focusing on the Americas from Canada to Chile.

A four-day festival of ideas will launch the 2013 Biennial of the Americas with ticketed forums focused on “Unleashing Human Potential: Reinventing Communities, Business and Education.”

From July 16 to September 2, “Draft Urbanism” is an umbrella title that will bring free public events highlighting art, architecture, film and performances from across the Americas.

Readers will want to check for more information at: biennialoftheamericas.org, but we provide a sampler of the wealth of programming planned.

International leaders will interact with local thinkers in four ticket forums at the Buell Theatre on July 16-19. Tickets: $50 and $25.

• July 16, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — “Unleashing Human Potential” — Journalist Tina Brown will moderate a panel with John Malone, chairman of Liberty Global Inc. and Liberty Media Corporation; Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google; and career diplomat Arturo Sarukhan, chairman of Global Solutions.

• July 17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — “Reinventing Communities and How We Live,” moderated by Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post.

• July 18, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — “Reinventing Business as Usual,” moderated by Don Tapscott, authority on innovation.

• July 19, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — “Reinventing Education for the Global Market,” moderated by Patricia Janiot, senior anchor, CNN en Espanol and CNN Latino.

Free evening cultural festivals in the inaugural week:

• July 16 — Art Opening: Draft Urbanism, 7:30 p.m., McNichols Building, brings together international artists and architects.

• July 17 — Canada Night, 7 to 11 p.m. at Sustainability Park, 2500 Lawrence St., Denver. A block party with RedLine Gallery’s “Imagined Realities” exhibit and more.

• July 18 — Mexico Night, 6:30 p.m., presented by the Mexican Cultural Center and Denver Film Society, with music, dancing, traditional food and the film “Bajo la Misma Luna” (Under the Same Moon).

• July 19-- Denver Night, “Music for Animals,” 6:30 to 11 p.m. at Denver Civic Center Park with Nick Cave’s “HEARD-DAM,” dancing horse soundsuits, music, video art and dance, including an opera performance for dogs, accompanied by the Colorado Symphony and a performance by the Denver band Fray.

Draft Urbanism cultural events will be throughout Denver until Sept. 2, including an architectural installation at the 16th Street Mall with butterflies. Special art exhibits: Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver Art Museum, Museo de las Americas, Clyfford Still Museum, RedLine Gallery, Denver Botanic Gardens, Center for Visual Arts, the McNichols Building, Skyline Park and Denver Digerati — the electronic billboards in downtown’s theater district, Denver Film Society, DIA, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Su Teatro and Platte Forum.

See biennialoftheamericas.org website for details and, probably, more events.

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