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The 21 Best Events in Denver This Week

RiNo gets a new park on April 15, and will celebrate Rhino Week  starting with a neighborhood cleanup April 221.
RiNo gets a new park on April 15, and will celebrate Rhino Week starting with a neighborhood cleanup April 221. Courtesy of the River North Art District
No, filing your taxes isn't fun, but once you've gotten that out of the way, there's plenty of fun to be had in Denver this week, from learning about psychedelics and natural wine to taking a ride on Kaleidoscape, the new dark ride at Elitch Gardens, which officially opens April 20. And that, of course, is the day of the annual cannabis celebration at Civic Center Park. Keep reading for the 21 best events in Denver over the next seven days.

Monday, April 15

Dave Barry, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and best-selling author, will be the focus of an evening both hilarious and heart-warming as he talks about his latest book, Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog. Barry’s anecdotes, routine humiliations and stream-of-consciousness accounts of the absurdities of daily life are anchored by his best dog Lucy, who teaches him how to live his best life. Tickets, $26, include a copy of the book and a place in the signing line, which will start long before the 7 p.m. speech.  Because Barry is so popular, Tattered Cover is hosting this event at Trinity Methodist Church, 1820 Broadway. Find out more at tatteredcover.com.

Tuesday, April 16
If you’re trying to find time to write, looking for inspiration, or just have something you need to get off your chest and onto paper, follow Amanda E.K., the editor of Suspect Press, during her Drop-in Creative Writing session, a workshop for writers of all levels over the age of thirteen. Whether you’re looking to start a new project or hone something you’re already buried in, E.K. has guidance for you, offering writing prompts, themes and casual instruction. Your first class is $15 (in cash or by Venmo at @AmandaEK); subsequent classes are just $10. The weekly workshop takes place next at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the basement of Hooked on Colfax, at 3213 East Colfax Avenue. Find more information on Amanda K Facebook event page.

Wednesday, April 17
Expand your mind, man, at a series of educational chats and lectures about cannabis and psychedelics at the University of Colorado Boulder's sixth annual Cannabis and Psychedelic Symposium. With CU Boulder's history as a 4/20 celebration powerhouse, hosting a serious discussion about the potential medical use, social issues and harm reduction methods around cannabis and psychedelics is right in the university's wheelhouse (and could be in Denver's, too, if a ballot question decriminalizing mushrooms passes in May). Check out the free forum from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the Wolf Law Building, 450 Kittredge Loop Drive on the CU Boulder campus. Register and find the symposium's symposium's schedule here.

The subject is depressing, but the performance will be uplifting when the Mizel Museum presents Survivors Sing: A Concert in Celebration of Courage and Resilience. Oscar "Osi" Sladek, Estelle Nadel, Zachary Kutner and Jack Welner will share inspirational stories of local Holocaust survivors through song. The concert starts at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the museum, 400 South Kearney Street; get there early, because the $8 ticket includes admission to the museum’s Abide and 4,000 Year Road Trip exhibits. Find out more at mizelmuseum.org.

What makes wine natural? That's a big topic of debate in the wine community, but if you want to find out for yourself, come to the Colorado Natural Wine Week Grand Tasting at Zeppelin Station, 3501 Wazee Street, on Wednesday, April 17, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. This is the sixth year for the vinous event, so organizers are bringing their A-game, with hundreds of American and international wines available for tasting, all poured by pros who can discuss natural wine until you're ready to shout "Just shut up and pour!" Tickets, available at conaturalwineweek.org, are $50 each or $90 for two, and include a $15 card for food at any of the Zeppelin Station food hall counters.

click to enlarge Night gathers — time to eat and drink! - KENNETH HAMBLIN III
Night gathers — time to eat and drink!
Kenneth Hamblin III
Thursday, April 18

Su Teatro and the Source Theatre, co-tenants at the Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, will join forces again for the 5th Ever WordFest and Artists of Color Summit, an annual event anchored by weekend performances from each group. The Source heads up the fest with The B Word, an adaptation of a narrative by journalist and scholar Greg Tate, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, and running nightly through Saturday, April 20; Su Teatro then takes the reins for AMAL, a performance about veterans adjusting to life after war by the Puerto Rican theater collective Combat Hippies, on the following weekend. Find tickets, $17 to $20, at suteatro.org.

Horror and mystery drive the Pandemic Collective’s zeal for presenting the darker side of theater, and to do it right, that means working with inventive stagecraft and a real sense of the uncanny. The premise of Laveau might or might not be made up, but Pandemic claims that it received this typewritten script haunted by voodoo nightmares and a New Orleansian vibe from an anonymous source. Told using shadow puppetry by Katy Williams Design, Laveau is an inventive evening that will send a chill down your spine. The show opens at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 18, and runs on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through May 4 at Theater 29, 5138 West 29th Avenue. Purchase tickets in advance for $22 at eventbrite.com, and learn more at pandemiccollective.org.

"Valar morghulis!" Or maybe it's "Valar margaritas!" On Thursday, April 18, Mister Tuna, 3033 Brighton Boulevard, is celebrating the final season of Westeros watching with a Game of Thrones Chef Throwdown where swords (okay, chefs' knives) will clash in an Iron Chef-style battle from 10:30 to 11:55 p.m. You probably won't get a taste of Lord Manderly's meat pie or direwolf-shaped bread, but you can practice your Valyrian with fellow GoT fanatics while enjoying passed appetizers and drinks. The main event will see two Denver chefs turn three mystery ingredients into a variety of small plates and appetizers in thirty minutes to impress the judges. The winner will receive a custom blade from Carbon Knife Company, so cheer them on or yell "Shame!" Call Mister Tuna at 303-831-8862 for details, and purchase your $10 tickets at nightout.com. Night gathers, and now your watch begins.

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