Reviews and Blog Posts: Biennial of the Americas

The Biennial Has Arrived!

Don't know about you, but I've been anxiously awaiting the return of the Biennial of the Americas for 2 years! And now that it's here there is so much to do I barely know where to start & wonder if I'll have the energy to attend all the events!

First there are the nightly public symposia. I'm attending Tuesday and Wednesday nights - July 16, Unleashing Human Potential: Reinventing Communities, Business, and Education; July 17, Reinventing Communities and How We Live. But not sure I'm up for the other 2 nights of discussions - July 18, Reinventing Business As Usual; July 19, Reinventing Education for the Global Market, because by Thursday I'm ready to party!

Free 4th of July Concert

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Make plans to attend the free concert in the park and accompanying fireworks display on Saturday, July 3 at Denver's Civic Center Park, located at 14th and Broadway, at 8pm! Picnics encouraged!

In conjunction with the Biennial of the Americas and the opening of the Colorado Symphony's summer season, come celebrate the revitalized Greek Theatre as part of the Better Denver Bond project and most importantly, our nation's birth, brought to you by

Hazlo Ahora (Do it Now) Photography Exhibit

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In conjunction with the Biennial of the Americas, the Denver Public Library is displaying an exhibit of inspirational photography from Hazlo Ahora (Do it Now), in Mexico called De la Discapacidad (the ABC of Disability). The exhibit will be on display in Schlessman Hall at Central Library through July.

The Biennal is a month-long cultural celebration of innovation, imagination and the artistic achievement of the Western Hemisphere, hosted by the City of Denver. The exhibit also is a fitting way to recognize the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Newer Books with a Focus on the Americas

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I’m really looking forward to the upcoming Biennial of the Americas, a citywide event during the month of July. There will be art exhibits, entertainment and forums focusing on the Americas with visitors from many—maybe from all—of the countries of the Western Hemisphere in attendance. Here are some of the newer books related to the countries and cultures of the Western Hemisphere that captured my attention:

Latin American Graphic Design Edited by Felipe Taborda and Julius Wiedemann

Border Culture By Ilan Stavans

Sudden Fiction Latino: Short Stories from the United States and Latin America Edited by Robert Shapard, James Thomas and Ray Gonzalez

¡En sus marcas! À vos marques!: Tour the Americas with Music

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Get ready for the Biennial of the Americas and take a musical tour of the Western Hemisphere. Among this varied selection of CDs, at least one of them is sure to awaken your soul or make you dance.

Welcome to Haitian Creole 101 by Wyclef Jean
This is a full-fledged Caribbean album that careens from style to style showcasing glints of everything from reggaeton to cumbia without ever succumbing to the confines of a single style. It's really an amazing listen, especially if you're at all attracted to Caribbean music. All Music Guide.

Wátina by Andy Palacio and the Garifuna Collective

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