Mixed Taste: Still At Home– 100 Year Starship & Cattle Breeding


The off-beat series you’ve loved in person for nearly 18 years can still be enjoyed without having to put pants on. That’s right — Mixed Taste is back for a winter edition! And it's still virtual because we're still at home.

Two speakers get 20 minutes each to enlighten you on unrelated topics, selected by a guest curator for the first time: Mixed Taste fan-favorite lecturer Adrian Miller. After the speaking portion, ideas start to blend when audience members ask questions and anything goes. On March 3, join us for 100 Year Starship & Cattle Breeding featuring Alires Almon & Mark Enns.

This is our second edition of Mixed Taste presented virtually, so you can tune in from any device anywhere in the world. Mixed Taste: Still At Home will only be a three-part series, so don't miss out on this wildly popular program. 

Each evening will conclude with an original poem inspired by the topics performed by some of Denver’s best poets.

How to Watch

Tickets to each event are $10.

A streaming link will be sent to buyers via the email on your DCPA account 24 hours prior to the event. A final reminder with the link will also be sent at 6PM MST the day of each event, one hour prior to the 7PM MT start.

Can’t watch night-of? No problem!

Ticket purchasers will be able to use the streaming details provided to watch through Apr 3, 2021 — one month after the final event.

Can you help us out?

You can choose a higher-priced ticket or add on a donation to help support both the DCPA and MCA Denver. 

Please consider the number of people that may stream this project with you and select the price that works best for you. Previous in-person Mixed Taste events were $20 per person.

About the speakers & poet

Alires Almon: An innovator and orchestrator connecting cross-disciplinary ideas, Alires Almon fuses a deep passion for science’s opportunities with the emerging pathways delivered by technology. She advances the consideration of the social and cultural impacts of technology in equal importance as its innovative impacts.  Alires founded Deep Space Predictive Research Group to push the boundaries of social science and behavioral technologies to be utilized in space mission planning and leads an international research team whose goal it is to create new behavioral technology to support that mission.  As a co-author of the award-winning response to the DARPA/NASA RFP for the 100 Year Starship Project, Alires focuses her contributions on the psychological impacts of long term space travel. Through her role as Partner Director of the Artificial Intelligence Institute at the Iliff School of Theology, she is focused on building a trust-based AI ecosystem. The institute facilitates a deeper understanding of the complex integrations and social implications of developing and applying artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies. As well, Alires serves as Director of Innovation for the Mental Health Center of Denver, where she integrates technology into behavioral health applications which engage the healthcare/IT innovation community to create partnerships locally, nationally, and internationally to develop world-class services for the Denver community. Twitter @alires | Web deepspacepredictive.com

Mark Enns grew up working on the family’s 4th generation wheat and cattle operation in northwest Oklahoma. Those early experiences stimulated his interest in livestock and agriculture and led him to undergraduate degrees from Tabor College, and Masters and Doctorate degrees in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Colorado State University.  After completing his education, he worked two years in New Zealand as a visiting scientist for Landcorp Farming Ltd.  At Landcorp, he developed genetic improvement programs for beef cattle, deer, sheep, and goats suited to that grass production system.  After his time in New Zealand, he spent 4 years at the University of Arizona and then joined the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University in 2001.  At CSU he teaches graduate and undergraduate students and has an active research program focused on genetic evaluation and improvement of livestock using pedigree, performance and DNA marker information.  The goal of his research program is to enable breeders to make more accurate selection decisions that result in animals more adapted to their production system.  Mark is passionate about animals, agriculture, and genetic improvement of livestock.  He enjoys camping, flyfishing and just about anything in the outdoors.  His wife is also faculty at CSU and together with their children they raise beef cattle, pigs, and chickens on their small farm. Web theseekrproject.com 

Suzi Q. Smith is an award-winning artist, activist, and educator who lives in Denver, Colorado. Performing across the U.S. for over a decade, she has shared stages with Nikki Giovanni, the late Gil Scott Heron, and many more. Her poems have appeared in Union Station MagazineSuspect PressLa PalabraMuzzle MagazineMalpais ReviewThe PedestalThe Los Angeles JournalDenver SyntaxWord is BondThe Peralta PressYellow Chair Review; in the anthologies The Mutiny Info ReaderDiverse-CityHis Rib: Anthology of Women, and In Our Own Words; and her chapbook collection of poems, Thirteen Descansos, was published by Penmanship Books. She co-wrote the dramatic productions How I Got Over: Journeys in Verse and Where We Are From: Freedom is a Constant Struggle.
Suzi Q. has also worked extensively as an activist with civil rights organizations, victims advocate organizations, arts organizations, peace organizations, hospitals, prisons, and more. She was the founding Slammaster of Denver’s Slam Nuba, and she spent 12 years in the poetry slam arena as a coach, organizer, and performer. In addition, she has worked extensively with youth, serving as a Teaching Artist with Youth On Record, and as a coach of Denver Minor Disturbance Youth Poetry Slam, resulting in two international championships.  Currently, Suzi Q. is at work on her next collection while she continues to teach Creative Writing, and she serves as the co-Chair of the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs. Instagram @suziqsmith | Twitter @suziqpoet | Web suziqsmith.com