Things to do in Denver this weekend, Nov. 24-26

Looking for things to do in Denver this weekend? Here’s a big, curated list of options in arts and entertainment, food and drink, causes, sports and more!

Champagne at Tavernetta on 16th Street by Union Station. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) food; restaurant; union station; downtown; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado; denver;
Champagne at Tavernetta on 16th Street by Union Station. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Hey there! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Take your time and recover, whether that means nursing a hangover or continuing to digest. When you’re ready to get back at it, we’ve got suggestions.


What happened when Denver prioritized enrolling low-income students at some affluent schools

The results have been mixed.

By Melanie AsmarChalkbeat

Two years ago, Denver Public Schools approached its most affluent schools with an idea: What if, after enrolling all of the students who lived in their school boundaries, they prioritized filling their remaining open seats with low-income students from other neighborhoods?

The goal was to increase socioeconomic integration in a gentrifying city where housing patterns have exacerbated a familiar problem: At some schools, very few students qualify for subsidized lunches. At other schools, nearly all do. And there aren’t enough schools in between, even though some research shows all students benefit when schools are integrated.


Denver shooting sends three to the hospital on Thanksgiving

The suspects fled on foot and were headed east, the Denver Police Department said. There are at least two suspects — possibly three.

Denver police are investigating a shooting in Whitter that sent three people to the hospital on Thanksgiving.

The incident happened a little before noon in the 1700 block of East 28th Street.

The suspects fled on foot and were headed east, the Denver Police Department said. There are at least two suspects — possibly three. One was wearing a green and white shirt and the other was wearing a white hoodie.


You can now submit your music to play in tiny magic doors in Denver trees

“People don’t need to hear pop music, they need to hear what’s happening in their neighborhood,” said artist Nikki Pike, who has put up now five singing portals in five Denver parks.

A second illicit totem in City Park, Nov. 19, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; sound totem; public art; denverite; kevinjbeaty;
An illicit totem in City Park, Nov. 19, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

There are a few enchanted spots in Denver where there are tiny, singing doors on the side of trees. Stumble across one, open it, and if you’re lucky, sweet sounds will begin to flow from within.

These doors are called “sound totems” and are the brainchild of artist Nikki Pike. Over the past six years, with the help of engineer Tom Dodds, Pike has set up five totems across town. Each plays music or spoken word from residents of the totem’s neighborhood.

Pike says it’s an attempt to inform people about the creative life around them, and now she’d like to open the door to pitches from more local artists.


That new East Colfax rec center won’t open this year after all

“We have some technical issues, mechanical issues with the elevator. We want to be sure everything is working perfectly.”

The Cara Madison Recreation Center is still under construction, Nov. 22, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) cara madison recreation center; rec center; colfax; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
The Cara Madison Recreation Center is still under construction, Nov. 22, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The opening of Denver’s next recreation center has been delayed by a month for finishing touches. It should happen in January, according to parks manager Happy Haynes.