Cure what ails you with one of our top events of the week, from a celebration of Colorado's food and beverage producers to a burlesque show to a William Shakespeare play about a king driven to madness. This week, friends and family of the late DIY artist and musician Colin Ward will gather to celebrate his life. Keep reading for more of our best events of the week.
Tuesday, March 6
Feed your head and your stomach from noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, when the Eat Colorado Food Show
will show off some of the state's most innovative food and beverage producers. The expo, held at the National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt Street, will boast more than 120 producer booths as well as a Zero Waste Street, where you can explore sustainability. There's more food for thought, too, with speakers ranging from Spencer Lomax, director of sourcing for the Kitchen Restaurant Group, to chef Alex Seidel of Fruition and Mercantile Dining & Provision. Admission is free; find out more at eatcolorado.org
The world of comedy has long been dominated by bros, whose raunchy jokes make comedy a bit snoozy and predictable these days. This has, of course, trickled down, poisoning the humble world of open mics. In an effort to level the playing field, Diagnosis Hysterical has been hosting Stagetime for Women
, free open mics on the first Tuesday of the month. This month’s edition, hosted by Emily Zeek, falls on March 6; sign-up starts at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8. While everybody is encouraged to attend (yes, bros, even you), the mic is reserved for women and femmes; solo comics, musicians, actors, poets and sketch-comedy artists are all welcome to sign up. Find out more at facebook.com/diagnosishysterical
Wednesday, March 7
On the surface, "The Starry Night," arguably Vincent van Gogh’s most famous painting, and Nintendo's iconic video game Super Mario Bros.
would seem to have very little in common. But bringing the two together in what might be one of the weirdest art classes around is Canvas and Cocktails, which will host a session at crafty brewery Grandma’s House during which participants will master the art of merging highbrow painting with pop culture. Starry Mario at Grandma's House
takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at 1710 South Broadway; tickets, $40, include a free beer. Get yours at the Grandma's House Facebook events page.
Elevate that oh-so-crafty Blue Moon beer with Beethoven and Brews
on Wednesday, March 7, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., when the Colorado Symphony's ongoing series hits Blue Moon Brewing Company, 3750 Chestnut Place. Its largest performance group to date will take advantage of the expansive taproom to serenade drinkers with a selection of classical music while the suds flow. For $65, guests will enjoy a performance by symphony musicians plus appetizers and two pints; $85 VIP tickets include a brewery tour, VIP seating, souvenir glassware and an additional tasting. Because no one in Colorado can truly enjoy a happening without a beer in hand, these events sell out quickly, so nab your ticket at coloradosymphony.org
. And if you miss out on this one, you can always book the next event in the series, at Left Hand Brewing on May 30.
Thursday, March 8
"Home on the Range" by Arturo Garcia.
Arturo Garcia Fine Art
Gender differences are out in the open — so it's high time to have an open discussion on why transgender issues matter. The TRANSforming Gender Conference
, now heading into its twelfth year, is a giant step in that direction. Beginning Thursday, March 8, and running through Saturday, March 10, on the University of Colorado Boulder campus, TRANSforming Gender will raise awareness through lectures, panels and workshops presented by national and local transgender, genderqueer, intersex and trans activists and scholars, including keynote speakers Kat Blaque, Sam Bullington and Chase Strangio. The conference, at CU’s Wolf Law Building, 2450 Kittredge Loop Road in Boulder, is inclusive and free to attend if you come with an open mind; learn more at colorado.edu/gsc/conference
Bison once roamed the West, but the animals were almost extinct by the turn of the last century. Now they're making a big comeback, both on the land and in the imagination.“In the last four years, I have been working on a series of bison paintings titled Tatanka: The Spirit of the Land
where the American buffalo is the main character," explains Arturo Garcia. "I believe in storytelling through art, in narrating with paint strokes a visual tale coherent to both the mind and the spirit.” Get the full story from the artist when the exhibit opens at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at the Mexican Cultural Center, 5350 Leetsdale Drive, where the show will remain through May 30. Admission is free, and artwork will be for sale; find out more at mccdenver.org
Friday, March 9
America's got talent, and our rich refugee population is a major reason why. At the third annual International CITY Talent Night
, hosted by the ECDC African Community Center, you'll get the chance to see at least ten young refugees who've settled in Denver demonstrate resilience through self-expression. "This evening represents the success and passion of refugee students here in Colorado," says Melissa Theesen, managing director of ECDC ACC. "It's a tribute to our state's heritage of not only accepting refugees, but celebrating their individual talents and strengths." The show starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, at Aurora Central High School, 11700 East 11th Avenue; admission is a $2 donation or donated school supply. Get more details at acc-den.org