Rather than seethe with jealousy at Facebook friends who are paying big money to head to Austin for South By Southwest, you can stay in Denver and enjoy movies and panel discussions this week -- for free! From a screening of the 1968 Romeo and Juliet to Uranium Drive-In to Dead Man Walking, with a panel discussion about the death penalty, there's plenty to do here that won't cost you a dime. For more events, visit the Westword calendar, and share other bargains in our comments section below.Romeo and Juliet at the Denver Central Library (Tuesday, free)
Long before Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio brought Shakespeare's most famous star-crossed lovers to the screen in Baz Luhrmann's adaptation, Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 version won Academy Awards for cinematography and costume design. See the doomed teenage love story as part of the Denver Public Library's Celluloid Shakespeare series.Prisons, Compassion and Redemption Project at the Jewish Community Center and Greek Orthodox Metropolis Cathedral of Denver (Wednesday and Thursday, free) Dead Man Walking
,Sister Helen Prejean's eyewitness account of the death penalty, has been a book, movie and play, and the Jake Heggie opera will be produced at Central City. In advance of that production, Central City Opera has created the Prisons, Compassion and Redemption Project that includes a screening of the movieDead Man Walking
on Wednesday, March 12 at the Wolf Theatre in the Jewish Community Center; Sister Helen Prejean will be there to sign her book. And on Thursday, March 13, there will be a panel on the death penalty featuring lawyers, judges and more. at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral.Uranium Drive-In at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry (Thursday, free)
Join director Suzan Beraza today at this free screening of her documentaryUranium Drive-In
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. The film follows the conflict between environmentalists and those who want to build a uranium mill in southern Colorado, and will feature a follow-up discussion with the director after the show. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure a space.