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Improve your yoga practice during one of 11 different workshops at the Lake Street Union Yoga Festival in Avon. —Photo courtesy of Unsplash

What to Do in Denver (and Beyond): September 13 to September 19

From the McNichols Civic Center Building re-opening to a Game of Thrones-inspired burlesque performance, here are five can't-miss events across the Centennial State this week. 

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McNichols Grand Re-Opening, September 15

Celebrate the grand re-opening of one of Denver’s preeminent arts spaces with two new exhibits. Photographer Rich Clarkson’s portraits of iconic athletes, including Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller, are the highlights of his sports-focused exhibition while a variety of local artists, including designer Rick Griffith and installation artist Rebecca Vaughan, will show off their cycling-themed works in I’ve Got A Bike. After browsing the galleries, enter the raffle to win tickets to a Red Rocks concert or a show at the Buell Theatre. Thu 5:30 p.m. McNichols Civic Center Building 144 W. Colfax Ave., 720-865-4220, $10-$25.

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Gloria Steinem, September 16

Meet one of the most prominent voices of the American women’s rights movement at this engaging talk and book signing. Listen to feminist icon Gloria Steinem discuss her recently published book, My Life on the Road, which chronicles her personal growth and travels during her life of activism, and take home a signed copy to read yourself. Bonus: Steinem will share her insight on some of the issues facing young girls today during her chat with moderator Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, a self-help book focused on cliques and bullying in high school. Fri 7:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church of Boulder, 1421 Spruce St., Boulder, 303-447-2074. $25.

Lake Street Union Yoga Festival, September 17

Unwind after a stressful week at this relaxing day-long yoga retreat. Ten instructors from Colorado studios, including Vail’s In Your Element and Avon-based Revolution Power Yoga, will offer 11 workshops catering to both beginners and experienced yogis. Newbies can learn about guided meditation or practice poses with their pups during a dog-a bonding session, while pros can test their balancing skills while SUP-ing on Nottingham Lake. A portion of the proceeds benefits Big Heart Big Hands, a nonprofit that raises funds for mountain rescue groups, and Africa Yoga Project, an organization that offers yoga classes in East Africa. Sat 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Avon Recreation Center, 90 Lake St., Avon, 970-390-3971. Ticket prices vary.

SausageFest: An Oktoberfest Celebration, September 17

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You don’t have to travel to Munich this fall to sample a delicious spread of German fare. At this Oktoberfest bash, fill your stein with a frosty beer, such as a malty Märzen or a citrusy Weissbier, from Prost Brewing and snack on a roasted bratwurst from Denver’s Continental Sausage. After you nosh, clap along to a live polka performance by the Polkanauts and a selection of European-inspired tunes by the costumed Frisco-based group the Lederhosers. Sat 7 p.m. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St., 720-668-8833. $10.

Burlesque Is Coming, September 19

Thanks to this sensual comedic performance, you can experience King’s Landing without waiting for the Game of Thrones premiere next April. Burlesque dancers from across the country, including Cherie Sweetbottom from Washington, D.C. as well as Denver’s Maggie Missiles, will show off their sexy adaptations of your favorite characters from the series, including Danaerys Targaryen and the Lannister siblings. Between their routines, fans will also appreciate Richmond-based comedian Ray Bullock’s hilarious riffs on the story. Mon 8-10 p.m. The Oriental Theater, 4435 W. 44th Ave., 720-420-0030. $15-$20.

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