The Mile High city(and about to get higher in January) is celebrating arts and culture for a week, starting Friday, with Denver Arts Week.

The week, which runs through Nov. 9, features visual arts, theater, music, film, museums, dance, opera, comedy, history and heritage events.

One of the highlights of the week is Night at the Museums (Saturday night). Attendees get to museum-hop to Denver's top museums (including Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Botanic Gardens and way more), which will be open late (5 p.m.-10 p.m.) and offer a free shuttle service.

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Christy Fantz

Also on the Arts Week agenda is the regular art walk through not only the popular Arts District on Santa Fe, but also various arts districts throughout Denver (Tennyson Cultural Art District, RiNo, Golden Triangle, etc.). This weekend is Know Your Arts First Friday, where some galleries in this district are offering hot deals on original local pieces. Plus, there will be workshops, artist meet-and-greets, lectures and more.

Other must-sees: The Starz Denver Film Festival (Nov. 6-17) and Denver On Stage, featuring various plays and musicals around the city (notably CU alum and "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker's "The Book of Mormon" at Denver Center For The Performing Arts through Nov. 9).

Find all the info here: denver.org/denverartsweek.

Brony-con in Denver

We all love My Little Ponies. Some more than others. And although we grew up playing with the plastic friends, they are now riding the friendship rainbow through the bandwagon of life.

Everything neat takes a bandwagon spin, then spins for too long until we want to punch it in the nuts. Then it will come back in a decade or so and we'll love it again. It's the spice of life.

(Postscript: The new Ponies suck. They're all streamlined and fancy and pointy.)

Anyway, the Brony bandwagon is taking a spin through Denver this weekend with a new gathering — Running of The Leaves Convention.

Through Sunday at the Ramada Plaza, 10 East 120th Ave., Northglenn, there will be tons of Brony-filled activities, including a Brony-themed 5K, workshops, panels, vendors, art, cosplay and a Nightmare Night Party Halloween costume shindig.

Don't forget your furboots and glowsticks because there will also be a "fantabulous rave" two nights in a row, for those who still think it's 2003.

So throw on your glitter butt piece, boys, those Bronies aren't going to multiply themselves.

Check out rotlcon.com for all the sparkly details.

Day of the Dead

There are numerous parties in Denver for the Mexican holiday, El Dia de los Muertos, which has become a staple in popular American culture.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 5-9 p.m., Pirate gallery, 3655 Navajo St., Denver, is celebrating 30 years with its annual Day of the Dead Show and Celebration. The gallery will feature a display of altars, Aztec dancers, piñatas, a candlelight procession and the popular Muertos Mart — arts and crafts from various artisans and vendors. Free. Info: pirateartonline.org

Saturday, City Hall, 1144 Broadway, Denver, is celebrating the tradition with its Death Takes a Holiday — a New Orleans voodoo-themed party, featuring three DJ stages, aerial dancers and more. (Do not show up at Denver's real city hall. It will be closed. This is a club on Broadway.)

On Friday, Ironton Studios & Gallery, 3636 Chestnut Pl., Denver, (RiNo district) is having a reception from 6-10 p.m. for Los esqueletos (The Skeletons), a series of 12 works by Denver artist Tracy Weil, that were inspired by a children's song of the same name — and what Weil calls "a darker version of the Twelve Days of Christmas." Info: tracyweil.com

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