Things to Do

Ten More Things to Do in Denver This Week

Fran Lebowitz comes to Denver Monday.
Fran Lebowitz comes to Denver Monday. Ticketmaster
After a few days spent under your quilt watching Netflix (or CNN), you're ready to go out again. Fortunately, this last weekend of February is full of activities that will transport you everywhere from ancient Egypt to Spookadelia.

See our list of free events here, and keep reading for ten more of the best things to do in and around town, all worth the price of admission.

2022 WinterWonderGrass
Through Sunday, February 27
Upper Knoll Lot, 2160 Mount Werner Circle, Steamboat Springs

Bluegrass takes over Steamboat for the weekend when WinterWonderGrass descends on the northern Colorado ski haven on Friday and keeps the tempo hard and fast through Sunday. The fest fills four stages with music (including big names like the Travelin’ McCourys and Trampled by Turtles) daily from 1:30 to 11 p.m.; after that, nightlife and more music begins in local clubs and bars at 10 p.m. Ticket options range from $20 to $439 at Eventbrite, but hurry: Some of them are already sold out.

DCPA Colorado New Play Summit
Sunday, February 27, readings at noon and 3 p.m.
Festival Weekend: Friday, March 4, 11 a.m. to midnight, and Saturday, March 5, 9 a.m. to midnight
Bonfils Theatre Complex and Seawell Ballroom, Denver Performing Arts Complex

The DCPA Theatre Company’s Colorado New Play Summit is back, with two weekends of new-play readings, special events and two optional full-length world premiere New Play Summit winners — In the Upper Room and Rattlesnake Kate — in the Killstrom and Wolf theaters. The idea is to experience and give feedback on draft readings during the first week, then come back the following week to see how the plays have been improved. It's an inside view of how scripts become plays, with your input taken into consideration. Learn more and find ticket options, including packages and à la carte pricing, here.

Soul Stories @ The Merc: Labor
Sunday, February 27, 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street
Soul Stories, a creative organization bringing people together through conversations and stories, is back — on a monthly schedule — at the Mercury Cafe. This month, the discussion is about all aspects of labor, and guests are asked to be ready to share personal stories in the realm of working up a sweat about issues both public and private. Admission is a $5 to $10 suggested donation at the door; find details here.

Spookadelia 4: The Curse of Novo Ita
Sunday, February 27, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Spectra Art Space, 1836 South Broadway

Spookadelia has been such a hit at Spectra Art Space that "The Curse of Novo Ita" has been heldover to March. The immersive, introspective fourth installment of the Spookadelia series includes work by the artists, makers and mover-shakers who brought you Novo Ita and Spookadelia 1,2 and 3, along with some  surprise artists who made their Spookadelia debut here.The show runs Wednesdays through Sundays,and tickets are $28 ($12 kids); book your time here.

Rattlesnake Kate

Through March 13, daily (except Monday)
Wolf Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex

Cellist Neyla Pekarek was studying at the University of Northern Colorado in 2008 when she came across the story of Rattlesnake Kate, a farmer who killed over 100 rattlesnakes one day in 1925. She became determined to tell Kate Slaughterback’s story — first in song, and now in a new musical that chronicles sixty years in the life of this Colorado legend. Read more about the show here; tickets are $30 to $74 at denvercenter.org.

Denver Jewish Film Festival
Through March 1
Elaine Wolf Theatre, Mizel Center at the J
The 2022 Denver Jewish Film Festival offers both in-person and on-demand screenings, as well as an entirely “virtual festival” beginning February 23. More than thirty films are in the lineup. On Sunday, February 20, in-person films include Here We Are (With a Father's Kaddish) at 1 p.m., followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with Mizel Arts and Culture General Manager Richard Cowden; JCC Ceramics Studio Program Manager Ari Shahbazi; and Steven Branfman, a ceramic artist who's the subject of the film. Get the full festival details here.

Colorado Environmental Film Festival
Through March 6, online
The Colorado Environmental Film Festival includes more than 95 feature-length and short films by filmmakers from 22 countries — all available to watch on demand, some with representatives from local and national organizations. Get the schedule, ticket prices and all other details here.
click to enlarge A wall of hieroglyphics from Egypt: The Time of the Pharaohs. - COURTESY OF THE DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE
A wall of hieroglyphics from Egypt: The Time of the Pharaohs.
Courtesy of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Egypt: The Time of the Pharaohs
Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard

The lives of the pharaohs and the mysteries of ancient Egypt, from its ornate sarcophagi to pictorial hieroglyphics, never stop teasing the human imagination, making Egypt: The Time of the Pharaohs an instant blockbuster for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. By combining elements from history, including wonders of architecture and engineering, cultural rituals, the invention of record-keeping and written language, and the art and artifacts of a lost kingdom, the show answers questions without spoiling the romance of it all. Exhibit admission is $7 to $9.50 (in addition to regular museum entry fees); purchase tickets and sign up for a timed-entry slot here.

Plan Ahead:

Marshall Fire Benefit Concert
Monday, February 28, 7 p.m. online

Chuck Morris & AEG Presents is presenting this pre-recorded Marshall Fire Benefit Concert hosted by Etown's Nick Forster. More than fifteen Colorado-based and national acts will perform; you'll be able to view the stream on-demand for 24 hours after the broadcast. Tickets are $10; get them here.

An Evening With Fran Lebowitz
Monday, February 28, 7:30 p.m.
Paramount Theater, 1621 16th Street

In a cultural landscape filled with endless talking heads, writer Fran Lebowitz stands out as one of the country's most insightful social commentators. The subject of Martin Scorsese's recent Emmy-nominated Netflix series, Pretend It's a City, Lebowitz is now on a national tour, offering her acerbic views on current events and the media. The talk will be moderated by Westword editor Patricia Calhoun. Tickets start at $35; get them here.

Catamounts, One Way-Back Day
Wednesday, March 3, through March 19: Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m., and Sunday, 4 p.m.; industry night: Monday, March 14, 8 p.m.
Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder
The Catamounts, Boulder’s adventurous, foodie-friendly and community-minded theater troupe, is getting comfortable working under a roof these days — not that its work has suffered during outdoor ventures. Come welcome the group to the Dairy for its latest: One Way-Back Day, a down-home story sourced by director Tresha Farris from a stew of African, Black and South Carolinian Gullah and GeeChee American fairy tales and folklore. Kept in line by director Lisa Young and a well-picked cast, this is an unforgettable kind of front-stoop play that will take audiences far away from the usual grind, guided by a matriarchal, 101-year-old storyteller named Lettice Boyer. This weekend's premiere is sold out, so hurry to get tickets, $20 to $50, and information at the Dairy’s website.

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