Migrant farm workers didn't just fade away with the '70s. They continue to labor in American fields, still facing many of the same issues they did back then, including discrimination, low pay, and poor working and living conditions. The powerful images in The Migrant Project: Contemporary California Farm Workers, a new exhibit of photographs by Rick Nahmias opening today at the Museo de las Américas, pick up where the '70s left off, telling modern stories of Mexican immigrant workers in forthright, WPA-style black and white. Accompanying the display -- and just in time for the state holiday in his honor-- is a biographical display about celebrated farm-labor leader Cesar Chavez, along with archival posters from the Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles. An official opening reception for the show, which continues through June 12, takes place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 1; additional related events include a Family Free Day on April 24 and a panel discussion on May 27. The Museo is at 861 Santa Fe Drive; call 303-571-4401.
Friday, March 26
Notable Boulder choreographer Robert Scher-Macherndl brings his latest contemporary ballet to Denver this weekend when his Lemon Sponge Cake Productions presents LoveCrimes, a novel take on an old dance genre. The piece is set to a soundscape that juxtaposes an electronica mix and the music of R&B singer Etta James and modern composer Arvo Pärt. Performances are at 8 p.m. today and tomorrow and 2 and 8 p.m. Sunday at the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre, 119 Park Avenue West. For tickets, $22, call 1-866-464-2298 or log on to www.ticketswest.com; for information, log on to www.lemonspongecake.com.
Stories as old as time come to life in Over Nine Waves: A Collection of Celtic Myths, a series of dramatic narratives featuring youthful actors from the Boulder Conservatory Theatre. The talented cast retells classic Celtic tales of the Tuatha de Danaan and other iconic figures during a short run beginning tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder, and continuing through April 3. Admission ranges from $6 to $9; for reservations, call 303-444-1885 or go to www.b-c-t.org.
Other mythic heroes will take to the stage tonight in a true theatrical harbinger of spring. Local troupe the E Project will resurrect Denver-born playwright Mary Chase's screwball comedy Harvey, about an imaginary six-foot rabbit, beginning tonight at 8 p.m. at the Full Moon Events Center, 9108 West Sixth Avenue in Lakewood. In tandem with the show, which continues Fridays and Saturdays through April 10, Full Moon will host the annual Wild Hare Art Show, an exhibit of rabbit-themed art by local artists. Tickets for Harvey are $12 to $14; call 303-717-1238 or log on to www.theeproject.org.
The Delores Project, an emergency shelter for homeless women, holds Tapestry, its third annual art exhibit, at 6 p.m. tonight at the Art Students League of Denver, 200 Grant Street. For details, go to www.thedeloresproject.org.
Saturday, March 27
Don't get stuck at the Denver Botanic Gardens this weekend, but do go. Just keep your hands to yourself at the Colorado Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale, an annual opportunity to take home rare finds, including winter-hardy desert-dwellers suitable for planting outdoors in Denver garden plots. Educational displays, seminars, a book sale, repotting service and hourly plant drawings will round out the event, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow at the gardens, 1005 York Street; admission is free with regular DBG gate fee of $4 to $7.50 (members and kids ages four and under admitted free). Call 720-865-3500 or visit www.botanicgardens.org.
Make the most of a truly Colorado-specific holiday. Speakers, poets, musicians, dancers and artists will be on hand for today's third annual Cesar Chavez Day Celebration, a community-connecting affair hosted by the Cesar Chavez Peace and Justice Committee of Denver. The day begins with a 1 p.m. Catholic Mass at Our Lady of Grace Parish, 2645 East 48th Avenue, followed by a solidarity march and 3:30 p.m. celebration at Bruce Randolph Middle School, 3955 Steele Street. Diversity will rule at the free event, which continues until 7 p.m.; call 720-299-1466 for details.
Sunday, March 28
Dobro ace Jerry Douglas, who's as comfortable with traditional string-band fare as he is with Jimi Hendrix or Bill Frisell, seems to be everywhere at once, yet always in the background. Douglas quietly lays down those instantly recognizable silken slide runs behind just about every star in Nashville's acoustic division. The one place you rarely get to hear him work is front and center, which is all the more reason to see him stretch out whenever the opportunity arises -- like tonight, at an 8 p.m. show at the Fox Theatre, 1135 13th Street, Boulder. For tickets, $20, call 303-443-3399 or log on to www.foxtheatre.com.
Monday, March 29
Who ever dreamed they'd get to spend an evening with Prince? Fans won't be able to touch him, exactly, but he will be in the house. Party like it's 2004, and groove to the Artist's digital sounds; they'll come from the big screen at the United Artists Greenwood Plaza 12, 8141 East Arapahoe Road. The one-night satellite screening of his Musicology tour will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The best part is the ticket price: Prince prances, right in your face, for only $15 in advance ($17.50 day of show); to reserve a seat, call 303-741-1200 or log on to www.regalcm.com.
Tuesday, March 30
Spring-breakers ages ten to seventeen are invited to Ride the Rails and RTD during a series of chaperoned excursions sponsored by the City of Aurora. Trips leave the Aurora History Museum, 15001 East Alameda Drive, weekdays at 8:30 a.m. through April 2; bring your own lunch and be prepared to be out on the road until 1 p.m. Fees for the changing roster of urban expeditions are $8 to $10 daily; for information, call 303-739-6660 or log on to www.auroragov.org.
Wednesday, March 31
Short and sweet -- that's the annual Aspen Shortsfest, a different kind of film festival presenting only short works during its five-day duration. This year's film and video competition, held today through April 4 at Aspen's Wheeler Opera House and other locations in Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, offers a kaleidoscopic range of 58 films from 21 countries. The fest comprises everything from comedies to animation, as well as celebrity guests, a Planet Cinema history program, a family film event and more; for schedule and ticket information, call 1-970-920-5770 or visit www.aspenshortsfest.org.