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Six More Things to Do in Denver This Weekend

You'll go hog wild at the National Western Stock Show.
You'll go hog wild at the National Western Stock Show. Brandon Marshall
Denver is living up to its dueling reputations as a cowtown and a cultural mecca this weekend, when new (and closing) art and theater shows coincide with the start of the National Western Stock Show, a tradition dating back to 1906.

A few holiday traditions are wrapping up, too. See our list of things to do for free here, and catch the latest lineup of art shows here. Now keep reading for ten events worth the price of admission:

National Western Stock Show
Through Sunday, January 22
National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt Street
Yeehaw! The Stock Show is in town, with sixteen days of Western education and entertainment, ranging from the fiddle contest on opening day to rodeos and dog shows. Grounds admission for adults ranges from $17 to $25, $4 to $5 for kids depending on the day; rodeos and other special events are extra. Get the complete rundown here.

Frank Lloyd Wright Inside the Walls

and Sunday, January 8, noon to 5 p.m.
Kirkland Museum, 1201 Bannock Street

If you haven't caught Frank Lloyd Wright Inside the Walls, this is your last chance to see this exhibit devoted to eleven of the legendary architect's building projects, and how the chairs, dishes, windows and lamps from those buildings reflect the architectural whole. The exhibit is included with general admission. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 seniors/students; get them here.

Performance Now Theatre Company: Little Women
Sunday, January 8, 2 p.m.
Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 South Allison Parkway, Lakewood

Victoria Holloway directs this Tony Award-winning musical based on Louisa May Alcott’s novel focusing on the lives of the four March sisters and their beloved Marmee during the Civil War. Performance Now Theatre is putting on what promises to be a complete contemporary version of a good, old-fashioned show. The run continues weekends through January 22 and tickets start at $20; get more information here.

Elvis Burnin' Birthday Special
Sunday, January 8, 2 and 7 p.m.
Arvada 14, 5550 Olde Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada

Harkins Theatres is honoring the King on what would have been his 88th birthday with a special showing of Elvis, a big-screen spectacle directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Baz Luhrmann that explores the life and music of Elvis Presley, starring Austin Butler as the singer and Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker, who tells the story of Elvis's rise and fall. Tickets are $5; find out more here.

Zoo Lights
Daily through January 15, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele Street

Zoo Lights at the Denver Zoo is a bright spot on the holiday schedule. Over one million lights are spread across 83 acres, decorating exhibits and forming the shapes of animated animals. Wildlife is a common theme for the ice sculptures on display, and if you’re lucky, you’ll spot a few actual elephants and tigers, too. Admission is $25 per adult, and several add-on packages are available; get hours and all the details here.

Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum
Sunday, January 8, online

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble is offering an online version of Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum, a traditional holiday show. Watch the 2021 version today for just $5; get your ticket here.
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MCA Denver is ready for a new year.
Nikki A. Rae
plan ahead:

The Dirty South: Kaneem Smith Artist Talk
Wednesday, January 11, 6 p.m.
MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany

Join exhibiting artist Kaneem Smith and Miranda Lash, MCA Denver Ellen Bruss senior curator, for a conversation in the galleries of The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse. Smith's thought-provoking installation, "The Past Is Perpetual/Weighted Fleet," investigates the nature of material to evoke dialogue. Smith and Lash will discuss Smith's practice, and how the South informs our understanding of American history. Tickets are $15 and include admission to the exhibit; find out more here.

Do you know of a great event in metro Denver? We'll be updating this list through the weekend; send information to [email protected]
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