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4 Ways To Get Your Culture On In April

A roundup of some of April's most compelling artistic and educational events in and around Denver.

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As we enter into spring, Denverites are eager to get outside more than ever. But there are still plenty of indoor activities happening in April that you won’t want to miss. Here’s a sampling of some of the fun, enriching, and informative things to do around town over the next several weeks.

Joan Miro: Instinct & Imagination

This exhibition showcases work from the final two decades of the legendary Spanish surrealist‘s career before his death in 1981. The installation includes about 50 paintings and sculptures, including some that have rarely been displayed outside Europe. It runs until June 28 and is included in the Denver Art Museum‘s general admission price.

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History Colorado

The center is running a lecture series in April that complements two of its installations: El Movimiento and The 1968 Exhibit. The talks about El Movimiento take place on April 27 and April 28 and address, respectively, the journalistic approach to chronicling the Chicano movement of the late-60s and 70s, and how we should think about race and race relations moving forward. The 1968 Exhibit will be supplemented on April 13 with a talk by Colorado historian Bill Convery about Richard Nixon’s legacy vis-a-vis American political upheaval in 1968; and on April 21, an official from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum will discuss the Apollo 8 moon landing.

Denver Music Summit

This three-day conference, running from April 24 to 26 at the McNichols Civic Center Building, convenes musicians, fans, and business folks for a series of performances, exhibits, and educational programming, concluding on Sunday with an NPR “All Things Considered” listening party. Details on specific sessions and musical acts can be found here.

Star Sailors

The latest piece from the innovative Frequent Flyers dance troupe features a movement-based meditation on the notions of “afloat” and “far from shore” as envisioned from a few hundred years in the past to many millennia into the future. The high-flying performers use props, harnesses, and wires to create a thrilling visual experience that commands not only the stage itself, but all the air around it. Performances are April 10 to 12 and 17 to 19 at Boulder’s Dairy Center for the Arts.

—Follow 5280 editor-at-large Luc Hatlestad on Twitter at @LucHatlestad.

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