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Ten More Things to Do in Denver This Weekend

Betsy Tobin tells a tale of recycling at the Dairy in Boulder.
Betsy Tobin tells a tale of recycling at the Dairy in Boulder. Dairy Arts Center
This last weekend of March is full of action, as some theaters close the curtains on current shows and others make their debut. And Boulder Arts Week is underway!

See our list of free things to do here; we've wrapped up art openings here. Now keep reading for ten events around town all worth the price of admission.

Wandering Wetplates With Jessica Rowell
Sunday, March 27, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
RitualCravt, 7700 West 44th Avenue, Wheat Ridge
If you’ve never sat for a tintype — a vintage form of photography made on a metal plate coated with lacquer or an emulsion, using an enormous, box-like camera — you can go back in time at RitualCravt. Wandering Wetplates will be preparing and shooting the images after each subject is done up in Victorian gear by costumer and stylist Jessica Rowell. The cost for a tintype and styling ranges from $150 to $240; appointments are scheduled on the hour only. Appointments are filling fast; sign up here.

Papi, Me and César Chávez
Sunday, March 27, 2 p.m.
Su Teatro, 721 Santa Fe Drive

As part of Su Teatro's fiftieth-anniversary season, it's revived Papi, Me and César Chávez, a play written and directed by Anthony Garcia, Su Teatro resident playwright and artistic director; the show coincides with the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the United Farmworkers. This is the final weekend of the musical that started as a school touring production in 2003, then grew into a full-fledged production. Tickets are $17 to $20; get them here.
click to enlarge Last chance to catch INbox at the Savoy. - THEATRE ARTIBUS
Last chance to catch INbox at the Savoy.
Theatre ARtibus
INbox: Theatre Artibus
Sunday, March 27, 2 and 8 p.m.
Savoy Denver, 2700 Arapahoe Street
The Savoy in Curtis Park, now owned by physical-theater specialists Meghan Frank and Buba Basishvili of Theatre Artibus, went quiet during the pandemic and then closed for renovations. Now the Savoy’s new improvements are being unveiled with a side of INbox, a droll sci-fi comedy played out silent-movie style, right down to the overstated movements and framed titles used in the silver-screen era. The work is tied to a true story of an unlikely project in Tasmania and closes this weekend. Tickets are $19 to $48 at Eventbrite.

Bear Grease!
Sunday, March 27, 4 p.m.
Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder

Bear Grease!, a fringe-style reimagining of the musical Grease by an all-Indigenous troupe, is coming to the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder for three shows unlike anything you’ve ever seen on stage before. Led by masterminds Crystle Lightning and MC RedCloud, the company takes on issues that no cast of Grease ever imagined existed, with a good helping of Indigenous character, humor and cultural pride. Learn more and reserve tickets, $20 to $25, here.

Now or Never Theater: Tales From the Tipping Point
Sunday, March 27, 4 p.m.
Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder

Betsy Tobin’s work is not a puppet show. While the Boulder multimedia performer is an artist who does wield a variety of puppets, depending on the effect she wants, they are simply magical props. Her latest show, Tales From the Tipping Point, is a cautionary tale about the importance of slowing down consumer-driven waste by recycling and upcycling used items and materials — which she does, along with musician Janet Feder, who uses homemade instruments to perform music alongside Tobin. See what happens over a four-day run at the Dairy; get info and tickets, $12 to $20, here.
click to enlarge Ephemera comes to ReelWorks Denver. - FASHION WEST
Ephemera comes to ReelWorks Denver.
Fashion West
Fashion West: Ephemera
Sunday, March 27, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
ReelWorks Denver, 1399 35th Street

What have Charlie Price and his Fashion West crew dreamed up for Ephemera, their spring 2022 fashion show? The best of the West, as far as local designers go, including Matilda Marginal handling the avant-garde edge on the runway and Mona Lucero capturing the Southwest with a new, lightweight round of Clint-Eastwood-worthy ponchos in fabulous fabrics that you will be able to buy on the spot at a pre-show pop-up market with fifteen vendors. And that’s just the tease. Snap up your tickets, $25 to $240, here, and don’t miss the after-party at Tracks.

Coffee & Cold Reads: Puerto Rican Nocturne
Sunday, March 27, 6:30 p.m.
Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo Street

Think of Coffee & Cold Reads as the street-level version of the DCPA’s Colorado New Play Festival. Part of Higher Ground, a new BIPOC play-development program launched by the Bug Theatre with support from IDEA Stages, Sasquatch Productions and Control Group Productions, it’s a first chance to see and weigh in at a dramatic reading of Puerto Rican Nocturne, a no-holds-barred work-in-progress by Denver-based Puerto Rican author Jonathan Marcantoni. If all goes well, the finished drama — based on events surrounding the 1978 Cerro Maravilla murders, in which two Puerto Rican activists were ambushed and shot by police officers — will be fully staged in August. Admission is $10 for the reading only, or $25, which includes the August performance. Learn more here.
click to enlarge The puppets are part of the story in Refuge. - CURIOUS THEATRE COMPANY
The puppets are part of the story in Refuge.
Curious Theatre Company
Refuge
Through April 9
Curious Theatre, 1080 Acoma Street
Curious Theatre Company addresses the border situation in folkloric fashion with Refuge, a play by Satya Jnani Chávez and Andrew Rosendorf that tells the bilingual story of a young Honduran immigrant heading north into Texas. The production has a lilt of magic realism, traditional music and puppetry; Curious commissioned and developed the work, an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award recipient, with help from transcreator Mari Meza-Burgos, who helped mold the script’s shifting languages to make sense between two cultures. Reserve tickets, $35 to $50, here.

Hurricane Diane
Through April 10
Aurora Fox Art Center, 9900 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora
In Hurricane Diane, Madeleine George’s Obie-winning comedy, a spunky permaculture gardener provides cover for her real identity: the Greek god Dionysus, whose objective is to set the world straight, righting the wrongs of climate change and out-of-control civilization to return Earth to its pristine beginnings. What’s funny about that? It all goes down in suburbia, where a quartet of New Jersey housewives catch the fire. Janae Burris is the leading lady, making everything perfect for a swell night out at the Aurora Fox. Get info and tickets here.

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Nashville Ballet, Lucy Negro Redux
Tuesday, March 29, and Wednesday, March 30, 7:30 p.m.
Gates Concert Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 East Iliff Avenue

Denver is the lucky winner of a two-night stand by the Nashville Ballet, with that magnificent chameleon Rhiannon Giddens, a MacArthur Fellowship awardee, providing and performing the score for the centerpiece of the evening, Lucy Negro Redux. The Nashville original is based on the poetry of Caroline Randall William, who theorized that Shakespeare’s love sonnets spoke of a male “Fair Youth” and a “Dark Lady”: the black Lucy Negro. Giddens, whose repertoire as a vocalist and musician is an encyclopedia of American music, brings the dance to life in a beautiful interdisciplinary production. Find information and tickets, $27 to $63, 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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