A crowd of people admire art during the last BFA Thesis Exhibition at MSU. Credit: Jenna Miles

Fall is in full swing throughout Denver and November brings many exciting and interesting things to do. From the 2023 Veterans Day parade at City Park to an undergraduate student art exhibition, there are plenty of reasons to get social, thoughtful or just have some fun.

Denver Veterans Day Parade & Festival

Runners gather at the starting line for a prior Veteran’s Day 5K/10K run. Credit: Colorado Veterans Project

This family-friendly celebration is meant to honor our military veterans. Three events are planned on Nov. 11 at City Park. Beginning just before 9 a.m., a 5K/10K run kicks off the day. It is followed by a parade at about 10:35 a.m. The day finishes with a festival that runs until 1 p.m. The Denver Veteran’s Day celebration is hosted by the Colorado Veterans Project. All proceeds benefit local veteran organizations and veterans themselves. For more information, visit denverveteransday.com.

An informed dialogue on homelessness

Regis University is hosting a new series of events called Regis Conversations and the divisive issue of homelessness is the inaugural topic. The public is invited to participate in the conversation, “An Informed Dialogue Around the Complexities of Homelessness,” which will feature a panel of local experts followed by an interactive, community Q&A session. The conversation is free and takes place from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 17 in Regis University’s Claver Hall, 3333 Regis Blvd. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to contribute to a food drive that will benefit the Denver Rescue Mission. The conversation can also be live-streamed. Registration is required for both the in-person and virtual event.  To learn more or register for Regis Conversations, visit regis.edu/signature-events/regis-conversations.

‘Sounds of Change’

Credit: Amanda Tipton Photography

The Denver Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Sounds of Change” concert will highlight transformation and evolution, featuring Florence Price’s Concert Overture No. 1, Lowell Liebermann’s Flute Concerto and Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 “Reformation.” It takes place Nov. 10 on the Antonia Brico Stage at Denver’s Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman St. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $27 for adults, $19 for seniors who are 65 or older, $12 for students, and free for children 12 and younger. To purchase tickets, visit denverphilharmonic.org.

A queer country night with MCA Denver

Time to get boot-scootin’ because the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) and MissFitts Entertainment is hosting a Queer Country Night. This event is an accompaniment to MCA Denver’s “Cowboy” exhibit that is on display through Feb. 19. “Cowboy” explores the origins of the American cowboy and its cultural significance today. Queer Country Night begins at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Holiday Theater, 2644 W. 32nd Ave., in Dever. It will feature country line dancing and lessons and live music by Jordin Dearinger and their band. The cost is $20 for the general public and $15 for MCA Denver members. Purchase tickets at mcadenver.org.

Check out MSU student art

Seventeen emerging artists will showcase their work at the Fall 2023 BFA Thesis Exhibition. The exhibit highlights student work as they complete their undergraduate studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Themes include exploration, communication, advocacy, identity, sexuality, autonomy, connection and hybridity. The collection incorporates installation, design, video, performance, drawing, painting, ceramics and sculpture. The exhibit takes place Nov. 3-Dec. 8 at MSU’s Center for Visual Art, 965 Santa Fe Dr., which is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Extended hours until 8 p.m. are offered on First Fridays. Admission is free. To learn more, visit msudenver.edu/cva.

Christy Steadman is the editor of the Washington Park Profile, Life on Capitol Hill and Denver Herald newspapers. She started with Colorado Community Media in 2014, and as a reporter, covered Highlands...

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